Monday, January 30, 2006
Back to work for Sue...
--Sue gets another shot at voting to cut $40 billion from the budget. This would cut $12.7 billion from federal student loan programs -- the largest cut ever -- at a time that college costs are rising sharply. Medicaid would be cut by $7 billion and funding for Medicare and child support enforcement would also be cut sharply. The House is voting on this again because the Senate made several changes to an earlier budget bill. Sue's already voted twice here and here in favor of these drastic cuts, so it's unlikely she'll suddenly have a change of heart the third time around.
--More tax cuts for the wealthy. The House will vote on extending tax cuts on capital gains and dividends, even though those tax cuts are not set to expire for another two years. Kelly voted to approve this once before. There's no reason to believe she won't do it again.
With these types of irresponsible votes, maybe we're all better off when Sue is on vacation.
John Hall, a 35 year member of two unions, joined in solidarity with CSEA, SEIU, Planned Parenthood and students to protest the budget cuts to Medicaid and student loans that Kelly voted for.
Below is his statement:
"I would never dump the tax breaks for corporations and the top 1% onto the backs of students and the sick. I
n Congress I will be a voice for people of the district and fight for their interests, not the special interests.
On a day where ExxonMobil again announces record profits, I oppose the $40 billion in budget cuts to student loans, Medicaid, Medicare, Child Support Enforcement, Foster Care and Supplemental Security Income."
If you had a chance to watch the State of the Union there was a small pink blur bouncing all over the chambers of the Congress. In typical groupie fashion die hard Bush-Cheney-Delay fan Suzie couldn't do enough to get the attention of her favorite wire-tapper President Bush. And then to top it off she made sure to get a signed autograph of the Wire-tapper in Chief. Does she plan on hanging it over her phone in Yorktown?
For those interested, it can be read here: