Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted on the Ryan budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2013.
“We’ve got to grow the economy, create jobs and substantially reduce the unsustainable deficit over the long-term, but it must be done in a balanced way. By breaking the Medicare guarantee, destroying American jobs and pulling the rug out from those who are less fortunate, the Republican budget does not work for Iowa families. Seniors and working families are not the ones who got us into this fiscal mess and it is unfair that they get punished for Washington’s reckless behavior.
“I recently introduced an amendment that would uphold our commitment to seniors. It was very simple, it said: don’t eliminate Medicare and don’t increase costs or reduce benefits for seniors. Unfortunately the Republicans, as they again did today, voted to end the guarantee. I have met with seniors from across Iowa, and far too often I hear that many of them are struggling to make ends meet and how much they rely on Medicare in order to stay healthy and stay afloat financially. They want to keep Medicare the way it is: a guaranteed benefit they can count on when they need it, not a voucher program as the Republican budget calls for.”
“It is time to hit the restart button. Neither Republicans nor Democrats were willing to sit down with one another and truly make the difficult decisions that are necessary to get our economy moving again. I believe passing a budget is one of the most important things for Congress to do each year, which is why I was the second person to cosponsor the No Budget, No Pay Act. This legislation is very simple, it says if Congress doesn’t pass a budget, it doesn’t get a pay check. This is an important measure that needs to be put in place to make sure Congress does its job. In order to grow the economy, support middle-class families and make reductions to the deficit, we must lay our political differences aside.”