GOP Not Fooling Anyone with Balanced Budget Amendment
Today, Speaker Ryan and House Republicans are forcing a vote on a radical Republican balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that brazenly attacks Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – abandoning America’s seniors and working families.
A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that the balanced budget amendment would:
- Cut Social Security by $2.6 trillion through 2028.
- Cut Medicare by $1.7 trillion through 2028.
- Cut Medicaid, CHIP, and ACA subsidies by $1.2 trillion through 2028.
- Cut Veterans’ disability compensation and other benefits by $250 billion through 2028.
After exploding the deficit by nearly $2 trillion with the GOP tax scam and its massive handouts to big corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent, Republicans are now shamelessly demanding that seniors sacrifice their retirement security to pay for the GOP’s fiscal recklessness.
Even Republican Members of Congress and talkers are blasting the vote as insincere and hypocritical:
Rep. Jim Jordan [R-OH]: ‘Everyone knows this is a joke. It’s all pretend, Never gonna become law, never gonna happen … Everybody on [the House floor] knows this is all pretend.’
Rep. Mark Meadows [R-NC]: ‘There is no one on Capitol Hill, and certainly no one on Main Street, that will take this vote seriously.’
Andrew Roth, VP for government affairs at Club for Growth: ‘Leadership is just trying to check a box here.’
Conservative commentator Barbara Boland: ‘[It’s like] gorging on a sumptuous feast while insisting that you want a svelte physique.’
Former Senator Alan Simpson [R-WY]: ‘It’s madness. It won’t do anything to help improve the budget … It’s just chest-pounding fakery, laugh-er of the century.’
House GOP’s balanced budget amendment is not about budgeting or balance. It’s about Republicans pushing their cruel agenda to further enrich the special interests on the backs of working families.
Democrats believe in real fiscal responsibility and continue to fight for America’s seniors and our veterans, to create more good-paying jobs, and to reduce deficits in a responsible and sustainable manner.