WASHINGTON, DC -- Republicans in the House passed Rep. Paul Ryan's harmful budget before adjourning for a two week recess, and left town without taking up a Senate-passed bill to reinstate the extension of unemployment benefits for 9,000 Mainers. The Ryan budget, which Rep. Michaud voted against, is designed to place an increased burden on the backs of virtually all Americans -- from middle-class families, to veterans, to seniors.
"There's no question that this budget is a step in the wrong direction," said Rep. Michaud. "It's hard to believe that, after refusing to act on raising the minimum wage or passing a much-needed extension of unemployment insurance, Republicans have pushed through a budget that increases taxes on middle-class families and slashes access to badly needed services. At a time when so many people are struggling to live paycheck to paycheck, Republicans have chosen to make life even more difficult and jeopardize our economic recovery."
The Ryan budget stands to:
Harm middle-class families by hiking their taxes by $2,000 - to pay for a more than $200,000 tax break for millionaires;
Fail our veterans by exposing them to a $146 billion cut in veterans' healthcare from 2016-2024;
Jeopardize badly needed infrastructure developments --despite the well-documented need to rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges -- by slashing $52 billion in transportation investments; and
Increase the burden on seniors by ending the Medicare guarantee and increasing costs -- making it harder for seniors to pay for the medication and care they need.
"I'm disappointed that this budget fails so many Mainers and so many Americans -- from our veterans and our seniors, to our children, to hardworking people already struggling to make ends meet," added Michaud. "I think it is the height of irresponsibility for Republicans to turn their noses up at a much-needed minimum wage increase or the extension of unemployment benefits one day, and pass this budget the next."