Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Casts Vote in Strong Opposition to Senate Republican Budget
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) voted against the Senate Republicans’ FY 2018 Budget Resolution which was passed today by the U.S. House of Representatives. The budget resolution would provide tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, raise taxes on hard-working middle class families, increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion, gut crucial healthcare, education, research, and social service programs for seniors, veterans, children, and vulnerable communities while creating a pathway to overhaul America’s tax system that favors top income earners and corporations.
In May, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard warned that the Trump Administration’s 2018 Budget Blueprint would put the health and safety of the most vulnerable in our country at risk with massive cuts to government programs that spur economic growth and provide critical services.
“The budget resolution passed in the House today puts aside the needs of the most vulnerable communities in Hawaii and across the country, in order to provide tax breaks and giveaways to huge corporations and the wealthiest 1% in the country. This budget not only continues to drive a wedge between the rich and poor, but it heartlessly cuts programs that America’s elderly, children, veterans, and low-income communities rely on just to make ends meet. This includes drastic funding cuts to long-standing and historic programs like Medicare, Medicaid, the Highway Trust Fund, Pell Grants, Head Start services, NIH research, and nutrition assistance programs, while fast-tracking oil and gas drilling in the Alaska Wildlife Nature Reserve.
“I cast my vote in strong opposition to this vote today, not only because it strips crucial services for hard-working Americans, but it fast-tracks a plan that will plunge the United States $1.5 trillion further into debt to pay for tax cuts that would benefit the wealthiest one percent of Americans, on the backs of an already struggling middle class.”
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