Rep. Barbara Lee calls GOP budget “Morally Bankrupt”

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After the GOP-controlled House of Representatives pushed through their budget that would increase the deficit by $1.5 trillion dollars, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) released a statement condemning the resolution in harsh terms. The budget is intended to set the stage for Congress to give President Trump his tax cuts, which will further increase the deficit and benefit the wealthiest Americans.

Lee’s statement:

“Once again, Republicans proved they have no concern for everyday Americans and families struggling to make ends meet. At its heart, the federal budget is a moral document that spells out the principles and priorities of a nation. The Republican budget is nothing more than a morally bankrupt Trojan horse that steals healthcare from children and rips food from the hungry just to fast track massive-tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires.

“In nearly two decades of service, I have never witnessed such an un-American budget pass through the House of Representatives. Their budget cuts $1.3 trillion from Medicaid and $500 billion from Medicare. It takes an ax to education, research, and job training programs while increasing the national deficit by more than $1 trillion. What’s worse is that this cruel budget is Robin Hood in reverse. As it devastates families across the country, it showers tax cuts on the rich and powerful.

“Any changes to our nation’s tax code will impact millions of Americans – Republicans are using this sham of a budget to try and rush massive tax giveaways past the American people. Today’s vote was simply disgraceful. I reject this sinister budget and remain committed to fighting for a federal budget that lifts Americans out of poverty and  invests in job creation and  healthcare. A budget that empowers the American people and moves our country forward.”