Pelosi Statement on Passage of Ryan Republican Budget

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after House Republicans passed the Ryan Republican Budget.  The budget passed by a vote of 219 to 205.

“For the fourth consecutive year, House Democrats have stood united against Republicans’ broken budget priorities.  But House Republicans have now fully embraced the destructive values of the Ryan Republican Budget – a road to economic ruin and an irresponsible assault on seniors, students, women, families and our future.

“Today, Republicans voted to raise taxes on middle class families with children, while giving $200,000-plus tax breaks to millionaires.  They voted to destroy three million jobs over two years, while protecting tax breaks for corporations shipping jobs overseas.  They voted to end the Medicare guarantee for our seniors, ransack the education of our children, and surrender our global economic competitiveness.  With this budget, Republicans have voted to hollow out the middle class and dismantle the American Dream.

“Democrats have a better plan: create jobs, strengthen the middle class, invest in the future, reduce the deficit, and build an economy that works for everyone.  We should be renewing emergency unemployment insurance, raising the minimum wage, and passing comprehensive immigration reform that will grow our economy, empower small business, spur innovation, and reduce the deficit by nearly $900 billion.  Republicans’ backwards priorities are the wrong path for our nation, and unworthy of the American people.”