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Foster Speaks Out Against GOP Budget

Mar 18, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, on the House floor, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) spoke out against the Republican budget proposal.

Video of Foster’s speech is available here.

Text of Foster’s remarks is below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak out against the latest budget proposal from House Republicans.

When Bill Clinton left office in 2001, our government was running a surplus, and on track to pay down our national debt to ZERO by 2009.

Republicans then took control of the House, Senate, and Presidency, and we saw eight years of Republican budgets that drove us into debt and wrecked our economy.

By the time Democrats regained control in 2009, our economy was in collapse and the deficit was over 1 trillion dollars a year.

Republicans are now proposing to return to the very same policies that destroyed our economy in the first place: wars and military spending paid for on the backs of the middle class, tax cuts skewed to the wealthy that produce no jobs, and underinvestment in education, research, and infrastructure that are the lifeblood of our nation’s economic growth.

Once again we are seeing a budget that would increase financial stress on the middle class, end the Medicare guarantee, and force seniors to pay more for health care and for prescription drugs.

We can and must do better.

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