Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Passage of Republican Budget

Apr 1, 2015 Issues: Helping Working Families

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement after voting against FY2016 Republican Budget:

This budget will not help grow our economy, provide high wage jobs for hard working Americans or, ultimately, balance the budget. This budget makes America less competitive, pushes more burdens on to working families and continues to feed the fires of inequality in our society.  With all the challenges our families face today, the Republican budget lacks any vision for how to give them opportunity to pull themselves up the economic ladder. 

It is no surprise that this legislation passed without any Democratic support. Like proposals we’ve seen before, it favors the wealthy and most powerful in our country, once again cutting tax rates for millionaires – providing an average tax cut of $200,000, while increasing taxes on hardworking families by $2,000 per year. Further, this budget reduces financial aid for 260,000 Ohio students, eliminates health care coverage for 234,000 Ohioans, and ends Medicare as we know it – replacing it with a voucher program. This budget shows just how out of touch Congressional Republicans are with what American families really need in their daily lives.

The American people deserve a budget that invests in our country and has the foresight to plan for the future. At the end of the day we all want a balanced budget that ultimately helps the American people, but instead we were presented with a partisan budget that makes draconian cuts to many necessary domestic programs.