Cicilline Statement on Republican Budget

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a former member of the House Budget Committee, today released the following statement after House Republicans and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released their version of this year’s budget proposal:

“Today, House Republicans released their budget proposal which reflects a set of misguided spending priorities for Fiscal Year 2015.  Our budget should reflect our values as a nation and promote the single most important priority facing our country the creation of good paying jobs and growing our economy.  Unfortunately, this Republican plan does not do that and instead doubles down on a flawed view of how we should build our economy.  It preserves many tax loopholes including those that incentivize companies to ship jobs overseas.  Rather than asking the wealthiest among us to pay a little more, the Republican proposal places that burden on seniors and middle class families.  The Ryan budget plan singles out programs like the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Program that helps manufacturers and small businesses compete in the global marketplace, and it hurts middle class students in college by freezing the maximum Pell Grant and decimating investments in job training. It also rehashes old partisan fights by once again proposing policies that would undermine Medicare by causing some seniors to choose an option other than the traditional Medicare system.  This is not a serious proposal and it will hurt our economy and middle class families.  At a time when unemployment is unacceptably high in Rhode Island and across the nation, creating jobs should be our top priority.  

“We need to expand economic opportunity for all Americans and that means investing in advanced manufacturing, workforce training, education, and other programs that will help boost employment and close the skills gap, like the Make It In America agenda.  This Republican budget proposal doubles down on failed policies and neglects priorities that a vast majority of Americans favor - like equal pay for equal work, raising the minimum wage so no full time worker has to live in poverty, enacting comprehensive immigration reform and renewing unemployment insurance for jobless Americans.  

“I strongly oppose this framework and will work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to develop a budget that will get our economy back on track and ensure that our spending priorities promote job growth here in Rhode Island and all across our country.”

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