For Immediate Release
June 7, 2016
 
CONTACT: Ian Jannetta – 202-225-1527
Van Hollen Statement on Republican Poverty Agenda
“Americans won’t be fooled by press releases and platitudes – the real Republican plan for poverty lies in their budget, and it would make the problem much worse”
 
Washington, DC – Today Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement on the poverty portion of the so-called “A Better Way” agenda unveiled by House Republicans: 
“The set of recommendations released today by Speaker Ryan is an unspecific regurgitation of the same failed trickle down policies that the GOP has been peddling for decades. Behind the rhetoric is a disastrous recipe we have seen many times before: make it harder for struggling Americans to get ahead while protecting those already at the top.
  
“In January of this year, Speaker Ryan said at a forum on poverty, ‘This is not a budget-cutting exercise. Take the same amount of money. It should be a life-saving exercise.’ Two months later, the House Budget Committee put forward a budget with trillions of dollars in cuts to programs serving vulnerable Americans while protecting tax breaks for hedge funds and billionaires. Their cuts include $2 trillion from Medicaid, $185 billion from federal college aid, and $157 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, to name a few. The disconnect between Republican rhetoric and the impact of their policies is galling.
 
“As extreme as it was, the Republican budget couldn’t overcome opposition from the Tea Party and wasn’t even brought to the House floor for a vote. Americans won’t be fooled by press releases and platitudes – the real Republican plan for poverty lies in their budget, and it would make the problem much worse for Americans already struggling to get ahead.”