Velázquez on the Devastating GOP Budget Resolution
Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement today regarding the passage of the 2018 House Republican Budget Resolution:
“The Republican budget is a slap in the face for everyone but billionaires and the wealthiest Americans. For New York’s working families, this heartless proposal rips away healthcare from children, forces students into mountains of debt and drastically cuts funding for public housing.
“Instead of bolstering the middle class, Republicans are shortchanging working Americans for the sake of cutting taxes for billionaires. Make no mistake, this budget steals trillions of dollars from the pockets of seniors and working families by taking away a total of $1.1 trillion from Medicaid and $487 billion from Medicare. Nondefense spending such as funding for education, infrastructure and research would be cut by $1.3 trillion over the next 10 years, dipping to a historically low level.
“Budgets are about priorities and this budget prioritizes the extraordinarily wealthy ahead of everyone else. We must reject the policies in this budget and work for a fairer economy for all Americans.”