Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after House Republicans passed the Ryan budget by a vote of 221-207. For the third year in a row, all House Democrats voted against the Ryan-Republican budget blueprint:
“The Ryan-Republican budget is nothing more than more of the same Romney-Ryan policies that the American people rejected last November – yet nearly every House Republican supported it and those that voted against it did so because they wanted to go further to the right. Once again, House Republicans doubled down on a budget that will risk two million jobs next year, stall our economic recovery, raise taxes on the middle class, and end the Medicare guarantee. That is not a ‘path to prosperity;’ it is a ‘path to pain’ for working families, children, seniors, and our economy.
“For the third year running, not a single House Democrat voted for the Ryan budget. Democrats stood united in opposition to Republicans’ extreme, ideological, partisan agenda and stood up for fairness, opportunity, and equality for all Americans.
“It’s time for Congress to enact a budget that reflects our fundamental values as a nation – a solutions-based plan that responsibly reduces the deficit and strengthens the middle class. That’s what Democrats put forward and Republicans rejected; now, let’s work together to enact a plan that creates jobs, grows our economy, and brings down our deficit in a balanced way.”