Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: GOP fright fest: Senator Johnson and the Ryan budget

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: GOP fright fest: Senator Johnson and the Ryan budget
10/29/2015 

Contact: Sadie Weiner – 202-545-3518  

GOP Fright Fest: Senator Johnson And The Ryan Budget 

Today, Paul Ryan, the architect of the extreme Ryan Budget, is set to be elected Speaker of the House. With Ryan leading the House, it is important to remember that Senator Ron Johnson has supported the Ryan Budget, which would end Medicare as we know it and cut taxes for millionaires while risking raising them on the middle class – a plan that is downright scary for seniors and middle class families. In fact, Ron Johnson has voted for the Ryan budget three times. 

“Senator Johnson has repeatedly voted for the Ryan budget that would have terrifying consequences for seniors and hardworking middle class families, and now that budget’s namesake is Speaker of the House,” said Sadie Weiner, DSCC Communications Director. “Ron Johnson has shown that he is perfectly fine dismantling Medicare as we know it leaving seniors hanging in the balance with higher costs, and that’s just not right for Wisconsin.” 

BACKGROUND: 

JOHNSON HAS VOTED FOR THE RYAN BUDGET THREE TIMES AND SAID IT SHOWED “COURAGE” 

Johnson Voted For The Ryan Budget Three Times. [CQ, 3/21/13; S.Amdt. 433 to S.Con.Res. 8, Vote 46, 3/21/13; CQ, 5/16/12; H.Con.Res. 112, Vote 98, 5/16/12; CQ, 5/25/11; H. Con. Res. 34, Vote 77, 5/25/11

Johnson Said The Ryan Budget Showed “Courage” And Wanted To Go Even Further In Slashing Programs. “In his first news conference in Milwaukee since taking office, Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Friday that Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal shows ‘courage,’ but Johnson would push for what he sees as stronger medicine: He wants to see spending caps and a constitutional limit on government spending. […] While Johnson said he likes many aspects of the budget written by Ryan, a Janesville Republican, and approved by the House on April 15, he declined to endorse it because he doesn't know how the Ryan budget package will be presented in the Senate.” [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 4/29/11

Johnson Voted For The Ryan Plan And Said Medicare Was Unsustainable Without Structural Changes. “Wisconsin's other Senator, GOP freshman Ron Johnson, voted yes on the Ryan plan. Johnson called Medicare unsustainable without structural changes. As for the New York race, he said he didn't see it as a statement against the Ryan plan, since the Democratic winner got less than 50% of the vote. ‘I think we have a pretty receptive audience for structural reform,’ he said of the politics of changing Medicare.” [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 5/25/11

THE RYAN BUDGET WOULD ALSO TURN MEDICARE INTO A VOUCHER PROGRAM AND RE-OPEN THE DONUT HOLE, RAISING COSTS FOR SENIORS 

Reuters: The Ryan Plan “Calls For An End To The Guaranteed Benefit In Medicare And Replaces It With A System That Would Give Vouchers To Recipients To Pay For Health Insurance,” Which Could Increase Costs For Seniors. “Ryan's plan calls for an end to the guaranteed benefit in Medicare and replaces it with a system that would give vouchers to recipients to pay for health insurance. The risk in such a plan is that if healthcare costs rise faster than the value of the vouchers, seniors would have to pay the difference.” [Reuters, 8/12/12

The Ryan Budget Repeals Provision That Closed Donut Hole in Medicare Prescription Drug Program. “Among other elements, the House GOP budget would repeal: The provisions that closed the ‘doughnut hole’ in Medicare Part D.” [Bipartisan Policy Center, 3/12/13

THE RYAN BUDGET WOULD CUT TAXES FOR THE WEALTHIEST, WHICH WOULD MEAN TAX INCREASES FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS OR MORE DEBT… 

Center On Budget And Policy Priorities’ Robert Greenstein: The Ryan Budget “Would Likely Produce The Largest Redistribution Of Income From The Bottom To The Top In Modern U.S. History.” “The new Ryan budget is a remarkable document — one that, for most of the past half-century, would have been outside the bounds of mainstream discussion due to its extreme nature. In essence, this budget is Robin Hood in reverse — on steroids. It would likely produce the largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern U.S. history and likely increase poverty and inequality more than any other budget in recent times (and possibly in the nation’s history). It also would stand a core principle of the Bowles-Simpson fiscal commission’s report on its head — that policymakers should reduce the deficit in a way that does not increase poverty or widen inequality.” [Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3/21/12

CNN Money: “Millionaires Would Get A Sizable Tax Cut If Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget Proposal Were To Become Law.” “Millionaires would get a sizable tax cut if Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal were to become law. Those with incomes exceeding $1 million would enjoy an average tax cut of more than $200,000, according to Citizens for Tax Justice, a left-leaning group. And it could be even bigger if Congress doesn’t try to limit tax deductions, credits and preferences to offset the costs of the proposed tax cuts. Under the Ryan budget, released Tuesday, income would be taxed at only two rates, 10% and 25%. Currently, there are seven brackets ranging from 10% to 39.6%.” [CNN Money, 3/15/13

Center for American Progress: “Only Two Possible Outcomes With the Ryan Plan: Tax Hike on Middle Class Or Massive Increase In The Debt.” “The current House Republican budget runs the same play again. They’ve promised lower rates, no revenue loss, and no way to make the numbers work. And just like the Romney tax plan, there are only two possible outcomes with the Ryan plan: a tax hike on the middle class or a massive increase in the debt. Either way, the plan offers enormous tax breaks for the rich—and either way, the American people were very clear that this was not the direction in which they wanted to go.” [Center for American Progress, 3/12/13

…WHILE SLASHING MIDDLE CLASS INVESTMENTS 

Center On Budget And Policy Priorities: The Ryan Budget “Proposed Very Deep Cuts, The Bulk Of Which Were In Programs That Serve Low- And Moderate-Income Americans.” “House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new budget cuts $3.3 trillion over ten years (2015-2024) from programs that serve people of limited means. That’s 69 percent of its $4.8 trillion in total non-defense budget cuts. Not much has changed on this front from Chairman Ryan’s budget plan of a year ago, or the year before that. Then, too, Chairman Ryan proposed very deep cuts, the bulk of which were in programs that serve low- and moderate-income Americans.” [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 4/8/14]

 

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