Republican U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler put out a statement explaining her vote today for the U.S. House budget bill that passed on a 235-to-193 vote with no Democrats in support.
The plan cuts $6.2 trillion over the next decade from federal spending, by comparison to President Barack Obama's budget proposal in February, and it turns Medicare into a voucher program. Democrats fear it reduces coverage for the elderly and needy, and the New York Times has this report on it today.
Herrera Beutler represents the 3rd Congressional District which takes in Thurston County south and west of Olympia and most of Southwest Washington. She replaced a Democrat in January and she says on her web site she voted for the measure because she supports a “sustainable” budget, and she believes the nation’s $14 trillion debt is unsustainable.
Her statement lists four things “the 2012 Budget Does for Medicare:
But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said yesterday the congresswoman would be voting to almost double healthcare costs for seniors "while taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil companies making record profits and tax breaks for the ultra rich would remain in place."
Here is a link to the U.S. House budget panel chaired by Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.