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Boyle Statement After Voting Against House GOP Budget Disastrous For Seniors, Students, and Middle Class Families

June 21, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – House Budget Committee member Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) released the following statement tonight upon the committee’s passage of the 2019 House Republican budget resolution on a party-line vote.  Boyle offered amendments to reverse the bill’s cuts to Medicare and student loan assistance, which were both rejected on a party-line vote as well.
“This budget is a sham that betrays the American people,” said Congressman Boyle. “Its purpose is clear: to force hard-working American families to foot the bill for the GOP tax scam that showers massive handouts upon big corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent.  It is yet another attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act while slashing health care, retirement security, anti-poverty programs, education, infrastructure, and other critical investments.  These cuts are very real and will have profound consequences on American families.  A budget is a statement of values.  This budget again reveals Republicans’ special interest agenda putting corporate and wealthy donors ahead of middle and working class Americans.”
“It represents the final step of the Republican 3-step plan to give to the rich, increase our debt and deficit, and use this to justify cuts to programs relied upon by middle and working class Americans.  First, they passed the Republican tax scam to mainly benefit the rich.  Since enactment, there has been a growing pile of evidence that their tax law is a huge giveaway to millionaires and corporations.  Second, their tax cut for the rich was a major factor in exploding the federal deficit. In CBO’s latest budget and economic outlook, CBO estimates the GOP tax scam will increase deficits by $1.9 trillion over ten years, even with the savings from economic growth.  Third, they point to the now even larger deficits and instead of working on balanced solutions, demand huge cuts to crucial programs Americans rely on.  Rather than working on balanced solutions to preserve crucial benefits for American families, the GOP budget resolution demands unacceptable cuts to the programs they rely on.  It also includes fast-track reconciliation procedures to push through cuts in mandatory spending programs totaling $302 billion across eleven House committees.  These cuts are likely to fall heavily on programs serving low-income families, students struggling to afford college, and seniors and persons with disabilities.”
The Committee passed the resolution by a vote of 21-13 with all Democrats in opposition.  It may now head to the House floor for a vote, and the Senate for a filibuster-proof reconciliation vote allowing for the repeal of Obamacare.  Congressman Boyle and Congressional Democrats have vowed to fight the bill because it inflicts multi-trillion dollar cuts to vital initiatives for students, veterans, hungry families, farmers and retirees.