Emily Cain Says Rep. Ryan’s Federal Budget Proposal Sells Out the Middle Class
April 10, 2014
Proposal would increase cost of prescription drugs and health care for seniors
(Bangor, ME) – Emily Cain, a Democratic candidate for Congress in Maine’s Second Congressional district spoke out against Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal today, calling it irresponsible, short-sighted, and counter-productive. The Ryan budget was being voted on today by the U.S. House of Representatives.
“It’s time for Republicans in Congress to stop selling out the middle class,” said Cain. “This proposal would be laughable if it were not reality. It’s another example of polarizing politics in Washington, without focusing on the senior citizens and working families who are struggling to make ends meet. There are solutions to the federal budget problems, but taking money and services away from the people who need it the most while ensuring the rich get richer is not the way to solve anything.”
The Ryan Budget includes a tax hike on middle class families with children by an average of at least $2,000 while cutting taxes for households with incomes over $1 million; ending guaranteed Medicare and reopening the donut hole for prescription drugs, which would increase costs dramatically for senior citizens; cuts to medical research to cure diseases like Alzheimer’s; tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas; cuts to education at every level; and repealing the Affordable Care Act, kicking millions of newly insured Americans off their health care plans.
“I am running for Congress to ensure Maine’s middle class continues to have a voice in Washington,” said Cain. “My top priorities are strengthening the economy, creating jobs, and looking out for working families. This budget does the opposite. I’ve worked together with all parties in Augusta to find common ground on difficult budget issues while maintaining a focus on the people of our state – the people we all represent. A budget proposal that is putting seniors, students, and middle class families at risk to benefit big corporations and the wealthy is horribly irresponsible.”