Congressman Tim Ryan Votes Against Republican Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan voted against the Republican Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution today. This legislation, which was needed by Republican Leadership to use as a vehicle for reconciliation for the Ryan-McConnell tax plan, makes massive cuts to valuable social programs and economic imperatives to offset huge tax cuts for the wealthy. Using reconciliation, Republicans can pass the GOP tax plan in the Senate with only 51 votes, rather than 60.
“This Republican budget is nothing more than a laundry list of broken promises. Congressional Republicans would hand tax breaks to billionaires, and pay for them on the backs of senior citizens and hardworking Americans. This budget is devastating to our long-term stability, will stifle innovation, and suppress job creation. In a normal political climate this legislation should have been a nonstarter. Every Republican who voted YES today, voted to increase the national deficit by $1.5 trillion. Voted to slash Medicare by $473 billion and Medicaid by $1 trillion. Voted to gut funding to repair our nation’s infrastructure by nearly $200 billion. And voted to cut Pell Grants by more than $100 billion, making college less affordable for nearly 8 million working class students. This Budget Resolution, and the tax plan it paves the way for, does nothing to position the United States for long term economic growth. In fact it achieves the opposite,” said Congressman Ryan.
The Budget Resolution passed in a 216-212 vote, with every Democrat and 20 Republicans voting no.