Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Statement on Ryan Budget

Bustos: Ryan Budget “Scary Déjà Vu” For Illinois Seniors & Middle Class

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) released the following statement after Congressman Paul Ryan, the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, released his latest budget proposal:

“Today’s budget proposal from Congressman Paul Ryan should give seniors and all middle class Americans a scary sense of déjà vu.

“Instead of looking out for Illinois working families, Ryan’s budget shifts even more costs onto the backs of those who can least afford it.  It asks those in the middle class who have worked hard their whole lives to pay thousands more a year  in out-of-pocket health care costs while asking nothing of millionaires, billionaires and Big Oil companies making record profits.  It truly represents the sort of upside down priorities that have plagued politicians in Washington for far too long.

“I ran for Congress to protect Medicare and Social Security and the seniors and middle class families in our region of Illinois who rely on them.  There are ways to get back on the road toward a balanced budget that Democrats and Republicans can agree on such as eliminating waste in government.  That is why I introduced the Government Waste Reduction Act, a bipartisan common sense bill that would reduce the deficit in a balanced way by cutting down on duplicative services and rooting out waste in government, while preserving crucial services and programs.

“I’ll continue to stand up and fight for common sense solutions that prioritize the middle class while opposing plans that only look out for the big guys in Washington.”