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Pallone Statement on Republican Budget

October 5, 2017
Press Release

Long Branch, NJ-  Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement on his vote against H.Con.Res. 71 – the Fiscal Year 2018 Republican Budget Resolution.

“The Republican budget is a sham, pure and simple.  It is a cover for Republicans to give huge tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires, and multinational corporations at the expense of the rest of us.  The GOP tax plan would also make it harder for working people across New Jersey – many of my constituents would see their average tax burden increase by more than $16,000.  This is primarily because their plan eliminates the tax deduction for state and local income and property taxes.

“To achieve this backwards-thinking tax philosophy, the Republican budget would gut investments in education, infrastructure, innovation, clean energy, job training, medical research, and health care – including cutting Medicaid by $1.1 trillion and Medicare by $487 billion.  It is irresponsible and shameful, which is why I voted against its passage.

“There is a better way forward.  One that invests in the American people and commits to their future.  One that prioritizes good jobs, great education, world-leading research, affordable and accessible healthcare, and our climate.  I was proud to vote for budget alternatives that prioritize those efforts, and I will continue to work every day to advance them, even as many of my Republican colleagues remain dead-set on rolling back progress and padding the pockets of their rich friends.”