Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Congressman Garamendi Alarmed by Republican Budget that Harms Medicare, Kills Jobs

March 20, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi, California’s Insurance Commissioner for eight years, criticized the House Republican budget plan released today. He issued the following statement:

"A year ago, Republicans in Congress voted repeatedly to end Medicare and replace it with an underfunded coupon system. This year House Republicans are once again proposing to end the Medicare guarantee and to shift more costs to seniors struggling to make ends meet. The Congressional Republicans’ proposal will undermine Medicare and cost seniors more, and it maintains Big Oil subsidies and increases tax giveaways for millionaires and billionaires. This is just wrong, and the deficit will actually grow.

"Seniors aren’t the only people harmed by this terrible plan. Investments in education are slashed. Roads, bridges, and public transportation are decimated. Thousands of jobs will be destroyed. Middle class and working class families will pay more and see less.

"America deserves a budget that creates jobs, invests in vital national priorities, strengthens small businesses, preserves retirement security, improves education access and affordability, and responsibly reduces the deficit. The Republican budget does the opposite."