Carol A. Hand
Normally, I avoid posting more than one article on my blog in a day. Recently, I rarely post more than once a week. But I just received the Monday Report my Congressional Representative, Rick Nolan, shares with his constituents. Below is an excerpt with crucial information that is important to share because the mainstream media may not.
From Minnesota’s 8th District Congressman
“A Wish List for the Rich”
House GOP Budget Targets Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid to Fuel Tax Cuts for Wealthy People and Corporations
Dear Ms. Hand,
So much for President Trump’s campaign promise not to cut Medicare and Social Security. Trump and House Republicans last week signed off on a catastrophic budget plan to slash Medicare by $500 billion over ten years and turn it over to costly the private insurance industry. Traditional benefits would be replaced with a yearly voucher check, leaving seniors on their own to find insurance they can afford. Republicans reportedly also have a plan afoot to raise the eligibility age for Social Security to 70, and impose drastic cuts to benefits for disabled workers and other especially vulnerable recipients.
Moreover, this House GOP plan doesn’t achieve one penny of deficit reduction by closing tax loopholes for super-rich people and businesses on Wall Street. Instead, Republicans hand a shameless and needless trillion dollar tax cut to millionaires, billionaires and wealthy corporations and pay for it with devastating cuts to Medicaid assistance for the elderly in nursing homes, the poor, the disabled, and for students with special needs. Small communities and hospitals would be especially hard hit. Many small hospitals would be forced to close. And community services like Meals on Wheels that help seniors live at home and avoid expensive nursing home care would find themselves in real trouble.
Instead of reinvesting in America and our people, the GOP budget plan would continue to fund endless wars of choice in the Middle East to the tune of $75 billion for “overseas contingency operations.”
And while undermining diplomacy with deep cuts to the State Department, House Republicans would provide the Pentagon with an extra $19 billion above the president’s $603 billion request.
The carnage doesn’t end there. The GOP budget plan also targets medical research, heath care for our military Veterans, public education, childhood nutrition, transportation, environmental protection and homeland security just to name a few.
To be clear, this proposal by President Trump and House Republicans is just that a proposal. In essence, it’s a wish list for the rich at the expense of working middle class families, seniors and folks in need. We can and must to better for the American people, and that will continue to be my focus here in Congress.
We will keep you posted as events proceed. Meanwhile, I want to hear your thoughts. Feel free to contact any of our offices listed below or send me an email.
I plan to contact Congressman Nolan to thank him for the information and for his continuing efforts to work for the well-being of his constituents.