Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Congressman Garamendi Votes Against Republican Budget that Sacrifices Seniors and Middle Class to Pay for Tax Cuts for Millionaires and Billionaires

April 15, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-Walnut Creek, CA) today voted against the House Republican 2012 budget, because he is opposed to dismantling Medicare and other critical American priorities to pay for a drastic reduction in the tax rate for millionaires and billionaires. Congressman Garamendi issued the following statement:

"I voted against the 2012 Republican budget, because it does not reflect my values or the priorities of our great country.

"I for one did not come to Washington to destroy Medicare, an effective, affordable, and popular program that provides the peace of mind of quality health coverage to 47 million seniors and persons with disabilities. The Republican budget dismantles Medicare, replacing it with an untested privatization scheme that will lead to less coverage and higher premiums. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the Republican budget would more than double the amount seniors pay for health care, forcing them to pay $6,000 more by 2022. Under the Republican budget, thousands of seniors would lose their health coverage entirely. In a few short years, this plan will lead to delayed preventative treatments, harming seniors' quality of life, increasing preventable deaths, and imposing on all insured Americans the 'hidden tax' of costly emergency room visits.

"Republicans on the House floor have talked about 'shared sacrifice,' but the Republican budget inflicts sacrifice on working families with deep cuts to essential health, education, and employment programs. This plan increases college tuition and slashes 1.7 million jobs in manufacturing, transit, research, education, clean energy, and other national priorities. Flood protection would be stymied, and public transit and road construction would be drastically scaled back. Yet House Republicans propose making these deep cuts in a budget that actually reduces the tax rate for millionaires and billionaires by a third. This budget also continues $40 billion in Big Oil subsidies while slashing clean energy investments by 70 percent. Why are House Republicans cutting good middle class jobs to increase profits for BP and Donald Trump?

"I call on the U.S. Senate to reject this short sighted budget proposal, giving us time to develop a more balanced and better focused compromise. There are responsible ways to reduce the budget while still preserving our most critical investments, and I'm hopeful the Republican Majority will eventually produce such a compromise. In the America I love, people across the political spectrum agree that we don't kick seniors off of their health care to pay for a billionaire's yacht."