Hoyer Statement on Senate Vote on Republican Budget

For Immediate Release:

May 25, 2011

Contact:

Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Senate voted on the Republican budget that ends Medicare as we know it and raises costs for seniors:

“Last night, voters in Western New York sent a clear message that the Republican plan to end Medicare as we know it is the wrong choice. But today, Senate Republicans chose to ignore that message and instead voted for the Republican budget that does not balance and puts insurance company bureaucrats in charge of seniors’ health care – a move that will more than double seniors’ health care costs.

“By voting for this budget, Senate Republicans have made their priorities clear: financing tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and taxpayer handouts for big oil companies on the backs of seniors and middle class families.

“We all agree we must address the deficit, but the Republican budget that ends Medicare as we know it is clearly not the answer. Democrats continue to stand ready to work together on a balanced path forward. Now that this misguided plan has been defeated, I hope we can turn the page and work towards a bipartisan solution to reduce our deficit, create jobs and help more families Make it in America.”

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