WASHINGTON—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the Republican budget introduced by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan:
"It is morally unacceptable and economically indefensible for House Republicans to put forth a budget that doubles down on a cuts-only approach to our economy at a time when our children and families continue to struggle to get by.
"Today, half of all Americans are either poor or low-income. Three million more children live in poverty today than when this recession began. And we've already slashed more than 300,000 education jobs at a time when our children and our public schools desperately need resources and support to compete in a 21st-century knowledge economy.
"This budget prioritizes huge tax breaks for the wealthy and big corporations, while likely cutting money from public education and programs such as Title I that go directly to support low-income children in the classroom. It would end Medicare as we know it and leave seniors without access to affordable, high-quality healthcare, and it would make college more costly. It would do nothing to help Americans find good jobs, keep their homes, and ensure our children have a better and brighter future.
"The American people can't afford a reckless economic plan like the Ryan Republican budget that says you're on your own unless you're wealthy or a big corporation. Instead, we need a bold economic vision that is rooted in rebuilding the middle class, strengthening our public schools and our democracy, and ensuring that everyone has a fair shot at success."