U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, voted no
“A budget is a set of priorities, a vision of the direction you believe the country should be moving towards. Unfortunately, the Republican budget that passed the House today would balance the budget on the backs of seniors and middle-class families, those who did not get us into this fiscal mess. We’ve got to grow the economy, create jobs and substantially reduce the unsustainable deficit over the long-term, but it must be done in a balanced way. In order to do that, Republicans and Democrats have to sit down with one another and truly make the difficult decisions that are necessary to get our economy moving again. We must lay our political differences aside and pass a common-sense budget.”
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, voted no
“By changing Medicare as we know it, the Ryan Budget puts the promise of Medicare at risk for future generations of retirees who have paid into the program their whole lives. This budget also does nothing to address the damaging across-the-board budget cuts that went into effect March 1. Finally, I’m disappointed by the hypocrisy of this budget. It abolishes Obamacare, yet continues to rely on $716 billion in Medicare savings created by Obamacare. And it includes revenues created by a small tax increase on the wealthiest Americans that started Jan. 1, even though Paul Ryan and his political allies fought that every step of the way. If House Republicans had been willing to even consider these new revenues a year ago, we wouldn’t be facing the problems caused by ‘sequestration’ and its damaging cuts to vital federal programs. The American people want a balanced approach to deficit reduction, and they’re sick of these political games. It’s time that Republicans and Democrats came together to do the hard work of reducing the debt.”
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., voted no
“Standing up for Illinois middle class families is my top priority and that is why I voted today against the out-of-touch Ryan Budget that would end Medicare as we know it and raise seniors’ health-care costs. We need to rein in our deficits and debt, and that is why the first bill I introduced was the Government Waste Reduction Act, a bipartisan common-sense bill that would reduce the deficit in a balanced way by cutting down on duplicative services and rooting out waste in government, while preserving Medicare and Social Security.
“What we cannot do is take the approach the Ryan budget does by shifting even more costs onto the backs of those who can least afford it. It asks those in the middle class who have worked hard their whole lives to pay thousands more a year in out-of-pocket health care costs while asking nothing of millionaires, billionaires and Big Oil companies making record profits. The Ryan budget epitomizes the sort of misplaced, upside down priorities that inspired me to run for office in the first place.
“It is my continued hope that Democrats and Republicans can put these partisan games aside and come together to find a bipartisan, common sense solution that reduces the deficit in a balanced way and prioritizes the middle class.”