Zinke, Arntzen, Rosendale, Stapleton, Turiano Owe Clear Explanation: Do They Support Ryan Budget?

Following is a statement from the Montana Democratic Party on Congressman Paul Ryan’s new budget that will again attack Medicare:

“Congressman Steve Daines supported the Ryan Budget to cut millionaire taxes while raising the price of Medicare for seniors. If Ryan Zinke, Elsie Arntzen, Matt Rosendale, Corey Stapleton and Drew Turiano are running to replace Congressman Daines, they owe voters a clear and direct answer to whether they support Congressman Ryan’s new budget,” said Bryan Watt, spokesperson for the Montana Democratic Party. “Budgets reflect values and are a sign of priorities and Zinke, Arntzen, Rosendale, Stapleton and Turiano need to make it clear if they side with Congressmen Ryan and Daines’ reckless and irresponsible push to raise costs on our seniors.”

Last Year Congressman Daines Voted for a Budget that Would Cut Taxes for Millionaires and Corporations While Raising Taxes for the Middle Class and Making Medicare “Unrecognizable.”  In 2013, Congressman Daines voted for Congressman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal. The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities reported that under Ryan’s budget, families with incomes below $200,000 would face tax increases averaging more than $3,000, filers with incomes of $1 million or more would still have an average net tax cut of $245,000, and the corporate tax rate would be cut from 35 to 25 percent. The National Journal reported: “And, for those younger than age 55, Medicare could look unrecognizable: People receive a fixed sum of money from the federal government to buy health insurance in their old age, regardless of the way inflation has caused health care costs to increase.” [H Con Res 25, Vote #88, 3/21/13; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/17/13; National Journal, 3/10/13]

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