(BOSTON) Statement of Robert Restuccia, executive director of Community Catalyst, in response to passage of a budget resolution today in the House of Representatives that sets in motion massive tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and corporations and cuts to vital health care and other social safety-net programs. 

“Today, the House joined the Senate in passing a budget resolution that sets the stage for  massive $1.5 trillion tax breaks for the wealthiest top one percent of Americans and corporations and creates a back door to devastating cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and other critical safety-net programs.

“Time and time again we hear from Republicans that to reduce the deficit we need to cut spending on programs critical to seniors, children, people with disabilities and working families, yet they have no problem exploding the deficit to cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires.

“Republicans in Congress should be putting the needs of working families ahead of the interests of the wealthiest Americans and corporations. The American people have made it abundantly clear they want Congress to stop taking steps to dismantle health care for people across the country and instead work in a bipartisan fashion to protect and improve our health care system.”


About Community Catalyst

Community Catalyst is a national, non-profit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1998 with the belief that affordable, quality health care should be accessible to everyone. We work in partnership with national, state and local organizations, policymakers, and philanthropic foundations to ensure consumer interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and the health system are made: in communities, courtrooms, statehouses and on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit www.communitycatalyst.org. Follow us on Twitter @healthpolicyhub.