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Ryan Budget Passes the House, Puts Working Families on the Chopping Block to Protect Corporations and the Super-rich

March 21, 2013

March 21, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT:
Rev. Bill Calhoun (303) 596-3011
Together Colorado, Clergy Leader

Ryan Budget Passes the House, Puts Working Families on the Chopping Block to Protect Corporations and the Super-rich

Today, the House of Representatives voted on and passed Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R, Wisconsin) newest budget plan, which he promises will eliminate the national deficit in 10 years. Together Colorado faith leaders are disappointed that the House of Representatives continues to worship at the altar of austerity, choosing tax breaks for Wall Street and the ultra rich, over programs that protect the well-being of thousands of Colorado families.

Rev. Bill Calhoun, a pastor with Together Colorado, said “Mr. Ryan's budget comes from the value system of profits over people, select individuals over the common good. We must stand by values of our faith and demand economic leadership for all of ‘we the people.’”

While the Ryan plan includes absolutely no avenues to raise much needed revenue for our nation, it is composed entirely of cuts. The Ryan plan’s cuts to Medicaid and other healthcare programs will increase the number of uninsured Americans by 40 to 50 million people. Its Medicare cuts would end the guarantee of universal coverage and stick seniors with unaffordable cost increases. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities concludes that two thirds of the budget proposal’s cuts would fall on protections for low-income Americans.

Last week Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray introduced a budget proposal calling for a balanced approach to deficit reduction that includes a dollar of additional revenue from the richest Americans for every dollar in spending cuts. More importantly, it invests in job creation and avoids the House proposal’s draconian punishment of low-income families. Relative to Rep. Ryan’s proposal, the Senate plan would protect millions of Americans from poverty, hunger and lack of healthcare. The moral difference between the two plans is stark.

Faith leaders, like Rev. Calhoun, pray the conscience and common sense of our nation’s leaders be restored, and that Congress will reach a plan that will return us to the work of making our nation a land of opportunity for all people.

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