Campaign 2010

Nov 18, 2005

Musgrave Votes for Budget That Puts Special Interests First, Middle Class Last

DCCC Press

Nov 18, 2005

Musgrave Votes for Budget That Puts Special Interests First, Middle Class Last

Today, Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave Voted for the GOP Budget Which Included Massive Cuts to Middle Class Investments Instead of Cuts to Huge Special Interest Giveaways

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, after two weeks of arm twisting and deal making the Republican leadership in Congress finally put the budget to a vote. The budget reconciliation bill sets the fiscal agenda for the country and the Republican leadership is supporting their status quo: maintaining big special interest giveaways at the expense of middle class families. Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave could have supported the Colorado families she represents, but instead she supported the massive cuts to middle class investments.

"Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave blindly rubberstamped the status quo Republican leadership in supporting a budget so full of cuts to critical middle class priorities," said Bill Burton, communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Musgrave could have fought to take back billions in giveaways to the special interests, but instead she chose cuts, cuts and more cuts for investments that middle class families depend on, such as student aid, job creation and child care support. Colorado families deserve a member of Congress who fights for what they need, not what their special interests donors demand."

Marilyn Musgrave could have pushed to take back the $14.5 billion in giveaways to big energy corporations but instead she supported massive cuts to:

  • Student Aid – At a time when college tuition is skyrocketing, the Republican budget slashes student loans by more than $14 billion. As a result of the raid on student aid, the typical student borrower—already saddled with $17,500 in debt—could be forced to pay up to an additional $5,800 for his or her college loans.

    Marilyn Musgrave could have led the fight to take back the $5.4 billion HMO slush fund but instead she chose massive cuts in:

  • Job Creation – The Republican proposal would eliminate up to $3.2 billion in initiatives that help protect American jobs from unfair foreign trade.

    Marilyn Musgrave supported all $50 billion in cuts to critical middle class investments, she could have stood with Colorado families but instead he chose cuts in:

  • Child Support Enforcement – The Republican proposal weakens the crackdown on 'dead beat dads.' The budget weakens the enforcement of critical child support payments to single mothers by $5.4 billion over the next five years.