Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted on Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposals:
“With increasing income inequality, decreasing wages, and a shrinking middle class, we need a budget that prioritizes those that aren’t sharing in the recent economic recovery. The Democratic budget does just that by expanding tax credits for working families, increasing access to quality education, improving our nation’s aging infrastructure, and ending sequestration.
“Unfortunately, the Republican budget stands in stark contrast by instead giving large tax breaks to the wealthy while failing to address the challenges faced by many hard-working Americans. Their budget would slash funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) resulting in millions of children and families losing essential support to help put food on the table. It would turn Medicare into a voucher system, gut Medicaid and make it more difficult to protect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). It makes devastating cuts to education, research, and energy which will stifle innovation and the economy.
“These budgets offer two very different visions for the future of our country. It is critical that we come together to support policy priorities in the Democratic budget that invest in our workers, expand economic and education opportunities, and provide funding to rebuild our infrastructure.”