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H. Con. Res. 71, the Fiscal Year 2018 Republican Budget Resolution

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More Evidence of Misguided Budget Priorities

On Thursday the House considered H. Con. Res. 71, the Fiscal Year 2018 Republican Budget Resolution. The House already missed the statutory deadline to pass a budget resolution by about six months and the current federal fiscal year started on October 1st. House Republicans are using this budget resolution to ease the path to passage of the Trump Administrationís tax cuts which will primarily benefit the wealthy. The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has calculated that the Trump tax plan would increase the deficit by almost $2.5 trillion over ten years.

H. Con. Res. 71 includes budget reconciliation instructions that will allow the Senate to pass tax cuts with 50 votes instead of the 60 votes usually required. Vice President Pence represents the 51st vote. It calls for more than $200 billion in spending cuts that hit everything from infrastructure and health care to student loans. It cuts veterans benefits by almost $50 billion over 10 years, Medicaid by over $1 trillion, housing, nutrition programs and so much more. The budget resolution does, however, provide for Trumpís wall. It authorizes $1.6 billion despite his repeated assertions that Mexico would pay for it. The budget resolution also presumes the elimination of the Affordable Care Act. All of these massive spending cuts are proposed to help make the case that the Trump tax cuts wonít increase the deficit. I voted NO. H. Con. Res. 71 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

219

18

0

3

DEMOCRAT

0

188

0

6

TOTAL

219

206

0

9

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

0

9

0

0



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