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Van Hollen bashes GOP budget

March 17th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Today Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement about the House Republican budget:


“Congressional Republicans have been quick to pay lip service to wanting to help working families – but this budget means that Americans who are working harder than ever will be getting even less.  It does nothing to boost the paychecks of working Americans and makes it harder to buy a home. Students will see deep education cuts and college will be less affordable. And this budget takes away the tools that allow people to climb the ladder of opportunity. 


“It also makes it harder to have a secure retirement. Seniors on Medicare will immediately pay more for preventive health services, and those with high prescription drug costs will see prices skyrocket.  It will mean the end of the current Medicare guarantee, and millions of seniors in nursing homes will be especially hurt by the irresponsible cuts to Medicaid.  “It makes all of these cuts while green-lighting the Romney-Ryan plan to give windfall tax breaks to the top 1 percent.  It reinforces a tax system that is rigged to reward those making money off of money more than people who make money through hard work.


“As I talk to the people in my home state of Maryland and across the country, it’s clear that too many families are working harder than ever but feel like they are running in place or falling behind.  We must ensure that all people who work hard and play by the rules are rewarded with a fair share of a growing economic pie.  But all the Republican budget does is rig the system in favor of the elite – and its phony claim of reaching ‘balance’ is built on a shaky foundation of huge gimmicks.  It is a dangerous recipe for our nation’s economic decline.”

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