For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 10, 2014
AFSCME President Blasts House Approval of Budget for Wealthy
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders released the following statement following the House approval of the budget drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan.Washington, DC —
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders released the following statement following the House approval of the budget drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan:
“Yet again, the House GOP has voted for a budget proposal that hurts families, kills jobs and would send the economy back into a tailspin. Only corporations and the wealthy benefit from its wide-open tax loopholes and additional tax breaks.
“The Ryan budget once again calls for replacing Medicare with a voucher, shifting costs to already struggling seniors and putting profit-motivated insurance company executives in charge of their health care decisions. The budget slashes Medicaid, forcing states to cut health care services for the poor, elderly and people with disabilities. It repeals the Affordable Care Act, eliminating health care for more than 10 million people. It cuts domestic spending, devastating public services provided by federal, state and local governments.
“The party-line vote for this budget underscores that House Republicans are motivated by an obsession with cutting crucial government services upon which our communities rely, and boosting the bank accounts of billionaires. They are out of touch with the pressing needs and values of most Americans.”