House Republicans’ Agenda? Gut Health Care, Raise Costs, Defund Law Enforcement While Exploding the Deficit to Cut Taxes for the Wealthy
March 21, 2023
Today as the MAGA Republican majority close out their Issues Conference, it’s clear their plans include making devastating cuts to programs Americans rely on by threatening working families’ health care, public safety and national security, raising costs for families, and pushing tax breaks for the wealthy and special interests – all while failing to reduce the deficit by a single penny.
House Republicans have proposed making drastic cuts to programs working families rely on by raising health care, energy and child care costs, while at the same time helping billionaires and special interests cheat out of paying their taxes.
Washington Post: “The ultimatum from the House Freedom Caucus — led by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) — threatened to deal a massive blow to government health care, education, science and labor programs.”
Washington Post: “The far-right caucus… also targeted the roughly $80 billion recently approved to help the Internal Revenue Service pursue tax cheats… That move could add to the deficit”
American Independent: “House Republicans want to repeal Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. Voters do not.”
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: “House GOP’s First Bill: A Misleading Gambit to Protect Interests of Wealthy Tax Cheats”
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget: “IRS Funding Repeal Could Cost Over $100 Billion, Encourage Tax Cheating”
They’ve also pushed for defunding law enforcement which would weaken our national security and make our border less secure.
Insider: “Far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she won’t vote for a budget without cuts to DOJ and FBI”
MSNBC: “House Republican calls for defunding Homeland Security department”
Punchbowl: “According to Biden administration estimates […] Roughly 11,000 FBI personnel could be laid off.”
And their proposals could also stunt the growth of American manufacturing jobs, making us less competitive with China, while increasing health care premiums and cutting Medicare.
CNBC: “Inflation Reduction Act has spurred 100,000 new green jobs so far: Here’s where they are”
Bloomberg: “The group also is demanding an end to Biden’s student loan forgiveness program, rescinding unspent Covid funds, and rescinding both the $80 billion expansion of the Internal Revenue Service enacted last year and climate change spending from the Inflation Reduction Act.”
Kaiser Family Foundation: “The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act will extend temporary subsidies, preventing out-of-pocket premium payments from rising across the board next year for virtually all 13 million subsidized enrollees.”
New York Times: “The Republican Study Committee, a group that includes 173 of the 222 Republican House members, has offered a fairly detailed plan… The committee also relies on significant reductions in Social Security and Medicare to erase the deficit.”
Republicans’ plans could also scale back rail safety inspections and threaten air safety even in light of recent accidents threatening community safety.
Punchbowl News: “Air traffic control towers would need to be shut down at one-third of airports, and rail safety inspections would be reduced.”
Let’s be clear: Only President Biden’s budget proposal would reduce the deficit by $3 trillion over the next decade while protecting Social Security and Medicare, while House Republicans’ plans would be a disaster for working families.
AP: “Biden budget aims to cut deficits nearly $3T over 10 years”
Bloomberg: “Biden to Urge 25% Billionaire Tax, Levies on Rich Investors”