House Republicans shed crocodile tears about the deficit in the same breath they cast votes for legislation like the Ryan budget plan, which asks the poor to pay for deficit reduction. The Ryan budget ends Medicare as we know it, guts low-income programs and gives millionaires anothertax cut they don’t need.
As much as the GOP claims they are the party willing to tackle the deficit (mainly by gutting federal programs), the House Republicans voted 33 times to increase the deficit. That’s right: 33.
Usually you don’t hear a lot about nuns in the mainstream media. But everyone’s talking about the Nuns on the Bus these days and the ruckus made by Sister Simone Campbell and her band of sojourners. These Roman Catholic nuns chose the bus tour as a very public way to bear witness—to speak out against the House Republican budget authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).
In a 40-57 vote, the U.S. Senate rejected the budget passed by House Republicans. The budget would have replaced Medicare’s guaranteed health care funding for seniors with underfunded vouchers for private insurance, forcing a typical 65-year-old to spend $6,359 more a year in out-of-pocket costs by 2022. It also would have made drastic cuts to services for children and working families to pay for tax cuts that mostly would benefit corporations and the wealthy.