FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2012
House FY 2013 Budget Resolution: Same Song, Same Cast, Different Year
Following is a statement by Alan W. Houseman, executive director of CLASP, The Center for Law and Social Policy, regarding the House FY 2013 Budget Resolution released today by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.
"House Republicans today released a budget that once again is strong on rhetoric but weak on reasonable ideas regarding how to restore prosperity to the economy, not to mention strengthen the nation's families and provide pathways to education, work, and economic security. The budget harkens back to the failed theory of trickle-down economics by providing tax cuts to those at the top, preserving special treatment for capital gains, cutting deductions for most workers and offering a vague hope that the benefits will eventually trickle down to ordinary Americans.
"The so-called Path to Prosperity explicitly notes its goal to reduce the size of the federal government and envisions a fundamentally flawed ‘path to prosperity' that slashes critical programs including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, and Pell grants. These cuts would put the core elements of the American dream–access to education and training to get a good job, health care when you are sick, and economic security in retirement–out of reach for millions of families.
"The economy is still recovering. While unemployment has steadily declined in recent months, it remains historically high. Many families are getting back on their feet but others are still struggling. Demonizing government and vital safety net programs that help ordinary families without offering a realistic path forward is counterproductive.
"Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have said over the past three years that deficit reduction should not come at the expense of vulnerable families and individuals. This budget proposal pays lip service to the idea of protecting the safety net and vulnerable families but then proposes that the poor, the disabled, and the elderly should carry the greatest burden for deficit reduction, while protecting millionaires and defense contractors. Congress and the American people should reject this doublespeak and misaligned vision of the nation's future and move forward with a realistic and shared pathway to prosperity that includes the most vulnerable among us."