WASHINGTON, D.C. – On last Thursday, October 26. 2017, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) voted against the Republican budget, which passed the House of Representatives without Democratic support.
“I voted against today’s budget because it trades away critical investments in infrastructure, education, job-training, and health care programs in exchange for short-sighted tax cuts for special interests and the wealthy,” said Rep. Sewell.
“As our country faces serious fiscal challenges, we need to make responsible budgeting decisions that build a foundation for job growth, better wages, and improved economic and health outcomes. Instead, today’s budget relies on gimmicks and irresponsible cuts to make way for a special interest tax plan that adds $1.5 trillion to the deficit.”
“For our state in particular, the Republican budget will have a devastating impact on hardworking families, businesses, hospitals, and schools. This budget would slash Medicare and Medicaid by $1.5 trillion, impacting over a million Alabamians who rely on these programs for care.
The budget also cuts $37 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), through which our district receives more than $240 million annually for health research. Put simply, this budget pays for tax cuts for special interests and the wealthy on the backs of Alabama’s working families.”