• Representative Paul Ryan's budget is an attack on the middle class

    The average middle-income family with children would face a $2,000 tax hike.

    A budget is more than just an economic blueprint. It's an outline of priorities and values. Congressman Paul Ryan's budget, which passed in the House yesterday, makes his priorities perfectly clear.

    It's hard to believe that at a time when people are working so hard just to make ends meet, Paul Ryan's plan is to slash $3.3 trillion from programs that aid low-income and middle class families, like Medicaid, Medicare, student loans and nutrition assistance, while doubling down on tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. Congressman Ryan's budget would take an axe to programs that aid children, the middle class, and those working to join the middle class, while offering massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans.

    And the stark reality is that this budget is projected to increase the uninsured population by 40 million by 2024.

    This budget offers a clear definition of what Ryan, and the 219 House Republicans who just voted for it, thinks America should look like. It embraces the same disproven notion that if we just help the rich get richer, everyone else will prosper. It ignores the reality of the millions of Americans who wake up every morning and go to work dreaming of a brighter future for their children, but come home every night and have to figure out how to pay their bills this month.

    It's also a far cry from the budget that President Obama introduced earlier in the year, that would invest in the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity for those working to get into the middle class.

    Here's an overview of what Ryan's budget really does:

    • Costs middle-income families with children another $2,000 in tax hikes
    • Costs students $40 billion by forcing them to pay interest on their loans while still in college
    • Grants massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans
    • Ends Medicare as we know it, by turning it into a voucher program
    • Cuts Medicaid by $1.5 trillion
    • Cuts SNAP funding by $125 billion
    • Cuts education funding by $145 billion
    • Cuts Pell Grant funding by $90 billion
    • Cuts infrastructure spending by $173 billion

    OFA supporters are fighting to raise the minimum wage so full-time workers aren't forced to raise their children in poverty, restore a critical lifeline to job-seekers by renewing unemployment insurance, and help close the gender pay gap. But Congressman Ryan and the 218 representatives who voted in favor of this budget are more focused on sweetening the deal for the wealthy few than giving average Americans a fair shot. They've made their priorities clear.

    Now, OFA is doing the same. Add your name if you want to see a better bargain for the middle class, and an economy that gives every American a chance to succeed.

    Add your name

    Sources:
    NYT: Ryan’s Budget Would Cut $5 Trillion in Spending Over a Decade
    CBPP: Statement by Robert Greenstein, President, on Chairman Ryan’s Budget Plan
    CBPP: Ryan Budget Again Proposes a Medicaid Block Grant, Adding Millions to the Ranks of the Uninsured and Underinsured
    Vox: Everything you need to know about Paul Ryan's budget
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