Leader Pelosi Announces Report on How the Ryan Republican Budget Will Affect Californians

Apr 10, 2014
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. Today, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi voted against the destructive Ryan Republican budget and touted a report on the full extent of the devastating impacts it could have on the people of California.

The Ryan Republican Budget, which passed by a vote of 219 to 205, was unanimously opposed by House Democrats – the fourth consecutive year Democrats have stood united against the Ryan Republican Budgets’ annual efforts to empower millionaires and special interests, while ransacking the future of our nation and crippling the middle class.

“Republicans’ broken priorities are the wrong path for our nation, and unworthy of the American people.”  Leader Pelosi said.  “This budget is nothing less than a road to economic ruin that betrays California’s seniors, students, workers, women and families.  As this new report demonstrates, the Ryan Republican budget would have a devastating impact on California and the future of our nation.”

Recent data from the White House exposes the full extent of the damage that House Republicans’ budget would do to California seniors, students, women, workers, and middle class families.


The GOP plan significantly undermines the health and economic security of seniors here in California.

  • For a fourth  consecutive year, Republicans’ plan would end the Medicare guarantee and raise health care costs for seniors;
  • Their plan jeopardizes nursing home care for tens of thousands of seniors in California by slashing Medicaid by $95.6 billion over the next 10 years due to the GOP block grant proposal; 
  • Nearly 359,000 Californian seniors would pay more for prescription drugs, as the Ryan Republican budget reopens the Medicare Part D donut hole.


The House Republican budget ransacks our nation’s commitment to education – the foundation for economic opportunity and a successful future – with severe cuts in elementary and secondary education and early learning initiatives.  For example, the budget makes cuts in 2016, if non-defense cuts are applied across-the-board, that would:

  • Push more than 21,000 California children out of Head Start;
  • Rob 890 schools and more than 522,000 disadvantaged students of the extra academic support through Title I they need to succeed, with 3,400 fewer teachers and aides to help these students;
  • Cut by more than 2,300 the number of special education teachers here in California.

The Ryan Republican Budget also makes college less affordable for millions of students who rely on Pell grants, federal student loans, and higher education tax credits – pushing college out of reach for many bright young Californians.

  • The budget slashes student aid and support by a total of $260 billion below current policy over the next 10 years;
  • At a time when college costs continue to rise, college students in California will receive almost $247 million less in Pell Grants, and more than 51,000 fewer students will receive Pell Grants needed to help pay for college.

Workers, Women & Children

This dangerous and irresponsible Republican budget threatens workers, women, and even children at risk of abuse.  For example, the Republican budget makes cuts in 2016, if non-defense cuts are applied across-the-board, that would result in:

  • 175,000 Californians losing training and employment services, and 313,000 people losing job search assistance – all critical for workers to get jobs and get ahead.
  • $204 million less funding for Social Services Block Grant, which supports child care for low-income parents along with protective services for children at risk of abuse and neglect. 
  • Almost 6,600 children losing access to child care, which is essential for working parents to hold down a job.  
  • 1,300 fewer victims of domestic violence being served through the STOP Violence Against Women Program.

Jobs & Middle Class Families

These devastating Republican cuts are not the only problem for America’s middle class in this budget.  Under the Ryan Republican Budget, middle class families will see higher taxes and millions will see fewer jobs:

  • The GOP budget will cause the loss of three million American jobs in 2016 year alone.
  • Republicans would raise taxes on middle class families with children by more than $2,000 – to pay for a more than $200,000 tax break for millionaires.
  • At a time when families are living paycheck to paycheck, the GOP budget would stall our nation’s recovery by cutting economic growth by 2.5 percent in 2016. 

The last thing middle class Americans can afford right now is higher taxes, fewer jobs and less growth – all because Republicans place a priority on reducing taxes for millionaires, and protecting tax breaks for corporations shipping jobs overseas.

Democratic Budget Alternative

Democrats have a different vision for America: a brighter future of shared prosperity achieved by strengthening the middle class, creating jobs, investing in our infrastructure and our children’s education, closing the opportunity gap, and responsibly reducing the deficit.  Californians are tired of House Republicans’ political games and broken promises. It is time for Republicans to come together with Democrats to build an economy that works for everyone and reignite the American Dream.

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