Florida’s congressional delegation sounds off on House passage of Ryan budget

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The House approved along party lines a budget plan that would reach balance in 10 years by cutting taxes, repealing President Obama’s health care law and cutting social programs in favor of the national defense.

“What this budget comes down to is a matter of trust,” said House Budget Committee Paul Ryan, who authored the budget. Republicans put their trust in individual Americans while Democrats put more trust in government, he said. “Who knows better: the people or Washington? We have made our choice with this budget.”

The conservative fiscal blueprint is the final resolution authored by Ryan, who is term-limited as Budget chairman. Like all of his previous efforts, it was approved on a party line vote, 219-205.

Twelve Republicans, including Florida’s David Jolly voted against it, as did all House Democrats. 

Here is a compilation of reactions to the vote from Florida’s congressional delegation.

U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw:

“Americans know best how to spend their own money, not Washington. When they can keep more in their own wallets and bank accounts, they can make the decisions that best suit their needs. That’s why I pushed Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to include a recommendation in the budget bill for Congress take up FairTax legislation.

“Americans spend $265 billion dollars and use 6.1 billion hours every year filing tax forms – money that could be better spent investing in a new business, buying a home, or saving for college. With passage of the Republican budget, we are closer to House consideration of a FairTax and replacement of 70,000 pages of outdated code with one, transparent national sales tax on goods and services, administered primarily by the states.

“This Republican plan balances the budget and lays out a long-term vision to create jobs and grow the economy and provides economic peace of mind for millions of Americans. While tremendous challenges are ahead and much more work to be done, I am proud to support the Path to Prosperity as a step toward a stronger nation.”

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch:

“The American people have consistently rejected Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to give the wealthiest Americans another tax cut and pay for it by dismantling the Medicare guarantee, hiking taxes on middle class families, and slashing critical investments in our nation’s future. Unfortunately, that has not stopped my Republican colleagues from once again embracing these dangerously misplaced priorities. 

“The Ryan budget is an assault on seniors, students, and families struggling to pull themselves out of poverty.  First, it makes radical cuts to vital assistance for low-income families, like anti-hunger programs for poor women with infant children, affordable childcare provided through through Headstart, and Pell Grants that help low-income students earn their degrees. Then, the GOP budget slashes the kinds of investments in research, infrastructure, and education that would create economic opportunity for these Americans. All told, at least three-quarters of the GOP budget’s 4.3 trillion in nondefense cuts target programs that hurt those who can least afford it all the while giving tax cuts to billionaires who don’t need them.

“Our deficit has dropped to its lowest level in half a decade and yet millions of Americans are struggling with long-term unemployment, historically-low wages, and poverty. What Chairman Ryan and his colleagues fail to realize is that we will never get our fiscal house in order without closing our jobs deficit, growing the paychecks of middle class families, and advancing economic opportunity.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney:

“Our massive national debt poses the gravest threat to the future of our country. For the sake of our children, we have to start making the tough decisions to solve this debt crisis. Our budget cuts wasteful spending, saves Medicare and Social Security for the next generation, and balances within 10 years. It keeps our nation secure by rejecting the President’s proposed cuts to national defense, invests in our future through programs that give our students and workforce access to the knowledge and skills they need to succeed, and reforms the tax code to build an environment where the free market can thrive and create good jobs.”

U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross:

“Every day we have a choice to make. Will Congress continue to recklessly spend the taxpayer’s money, or will we choose to create and follow a plan that chips away at our $17 trillion debt so that we don’t pass it on to our children? Today, we responsibly chose to create a plan. I’m pleased to support this one that reforms government, cuts $5.1 trillion in spending, and balances the budget in 10 years.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.