Pelosi Statement on Republicans’ Medicare-Destroying Balanced Budget Amendment

Apr 6, 2018
Press Release

Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on Republicans’ balanced budget constitutional amendment, which is expected to be considered by the House of Representatives next week:

“Republicans’ decision to bring forward a radical GOP balanced budget constitutional amendment next week is an act of breathtaking hypocrisy and an open assault on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.  After exploding the debt by nearly $2 trillion with the GOP tax scam’s giveaways to big corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent, Republicans have the gall to demand America’s seniors give up the pillars of their retirement security.  
“This empty Republican stunt is further exposed by the Trump FY19 budget that steals trillions from seniors and families and still never balances.  Meanwhile, the Republican Congress has apparently decided not to write any kind of budget this year, terrified that the American people would see the truth of their toxic hypocrisy on fiscal responsibility.  Instead, Republicans think they can hoodwink the American people with an amendment purpose-built to force devastating cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. 
“It is clear that GOP deficit hawks are not endangered, but extinct.  Democrats will continue to fight to responsibly reduce the deficit, protect seniors, and create millions of good-paying jobs through A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.”

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