Press Release

New GOP Budget Recycles Old Attacks on Medicare and Economic Fairness

For Release: 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Carolyn Fiddler

Washington—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten released the following statement on the Republican budget introduced by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. 

"The new Republican budget proposal from Rep. Ryan is as unoriginal as it is awful. This budget recycles the extreme cuts-only approach rejected by voters last fall and would sabotage our economic recovery. The Ryan budget is unsound, unrealistic and out-of-touch with the needs of the American people. Balancing the budget on the backs of people and institutions already suffering, while failing to ask those at the top to do their share, shows no courage and is a failure of leadership. 

"Rep. Ryan's budget fails to invest in our children and our future. Instead of creating opportunities for the wealthiest Americans to contribute fairly to our country's fiscal health, the Ryan budget places additional burdens on the middle class, women, children, seniors, federal employees, low-income families, and workers nearing retirement. Instead of helping rebuild the middle class by investing in public education, creating jobs and rebuilding our infrastructure, the Ryan budget rehashes proposals to voucherize Medicare, eliminate the Affordable Care Act, and cut other programs crucial to kids, the poor and other Americans in the greatest need. 

"Now is the time for a balanced approach to the nation's budget that invests in our children and supports working families, not a proposal that undermines our future by relying on draconian cuts and that fails to ask the wealthiest Americans to contribute their fair share. Congress must work together to pass a budget that keeps our promise to our seniors and the most vulnerable and that lives up to the ideals of economic fairness and shared prosperity, which form the foundation of the American dream."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.