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May 5, 2015

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Cardin Votes No on Misguided Republican Budget

“A budget should reflect the priorities of a nation concerned with the well-being of all citizens. Far from that goal, this budget fails working- and middle-income families across America.”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after Senate passage of the Budget Conference Report:

“I am disappointed that Republicans chose not to work in a bipartisan manner to create a budget that prioritizes a bright future for all Americans. This is a partisan budget that passed the House without a single Democratic vote and with even a few Republicans opposing it.  We could have worked together to reduce the deficit and ease the tax burden on families and businesses. This is a deeply flawed budget that simply ends up as a bad deal for Marylanders and contributes to the widening income inequality and scarce investments in our people and our communities that were at the root of the recent protests in Baltimore. It continues the dangerous effects of sequestration and continues to undercut the value of our federal workers, undermining their ability to carry out their work on behalf of the American people.

“A budget should reflect the priorities of a nation concerned with the well-being of all citizens. Far from that goal, this budget fails working- and middle-income families across America. It doesn’t invest in job growth or opportunity, and stalls U.S. competitiveness and cutting-edge research. It attempts to strip quality health care coverage from millions by repealing the Affordable Care Act, makes it harder for students to afford higher education, and weakens important protections keeping our air and water clean and safe. The budget fails to provide the resources so we can rebuild America through infrastructure investments. And this is all done in order to cut taxes for a small percent of the public. With this budget, Republicans sent a clear message to the American people about their misguided priorities.”