Rep. Roybal-Allard Reacts to House Republican Budget
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) released the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2015 House Republican Budget:
The federal budget is about much more than just dollars and cents. It is a moral document that reflects our values and our vision for our nation’s future.
Unfortunately the Republican budget before us is a reflection of misguided priorities and values.
Instead of creating jobs and opportunity for the middle class and those aspiring to realize the American dream the Republican budget recklessly and unfairly protects the super wealthy and special interests at the expense of everyone else.
The Republican budget ignores the significant importance of investing in education, job training, research, innovation, modern day infrastructure and advanced manufacturing. In doing so, it will foolishly cripple our country’s economic growth and the future potential of hardworking Americans and their families to create and successfully compete for 21st century jobs.
The Republican plan also jeopardizes the well-being of our seniors by proposing to turn Medicare into a voucher system.
In my state of California alone, this disastrous Republican budget would raise health care costs for seniors by ending the Medicare guarantee and forcing 358,862 seniors to pay more for prescription drugs. It would ransack our nation’s commitment to education and push 21,140 Californian children out of Head Start and deny Pell Grants to 51,350 low income California college students. The Republican budget would also force California to turn more than 488,000 people away from job training, employment and job search assistance.
And, according to the non partisan Congressional Budget Office, it would stall our nation’s recovery by cutting economic growth by 2.5 percent in the year 2015.
I am proud to stand with my Democratic colleagues who have a different vision for America that responsibly reduces our deficit. Our vision respects the American people, gives them opportunity through the creation of good paying jobs that build and strengthens the middle class, protects the future and wellbeing of our children and insures we remain the greatest country in the world.