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Capito Votes For Sensible Budget Plan: We're Serious About Making Tough Decisions To Get Our Fiscal House In Order

Today, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., voted in support of H.Con.Res. 34, the budget plan introduced by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-WI. 

“In order to preserve a strong, prosperous future for our kids and grandkids tomorrow, we have to make tough decisions today.  This is not the time to stand divided; we must and will make serious choices about where and how we spend the taxpayer’s dollar.  I do not agree with everything in this budget, but I agree with the underlying principle of a smaller, less costly, more accountable government,” stated Capito.  “In order to get our economy back on track and people back to work, we have to stop spending money we don’t have and work toward a balanced budget.”

“The Path to Prosperity” cuts $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next decade compared to the President’s budget, changes Medicare to make it stronger (but does not affect anyone currently on Medicare or anyone 55 and older), and provides States much-wanted flexibility in Medicaid.  In contrast, the President’s FY2012 budget includes $1.5 trillion in tax increases and mortgages our children’s futures by generating $9 trillion in deficits over the next decade. 

The Medicare trustees say that Medicare will be exhausted within 7 to 19 years without corrective legislation.  While Capito still has questions about the Medicare changes, specifically how West Virginia will be affected, she applauds Budget Chairman Ryan for seeking to ignite a conversation about the future of this vital program.

“This is a good first step,” commented Capito.  “I am disheartened that some have used proposed reforms to the Medicare program as a political weapon.  We have to reform Medicare in order to preserve it.  Period.  The ‘Path to Prosperity’ does not change Medicare for those 55 and older, but it addresses the hard reality that younger generations will not be able to benefit from this vital program unless serious changes are made.”

The “Path to Prosperity” spends more money on Medicaid each year and seeks to ensure its long-term sustainability.

“Thousands of West Virginians depend on Medicaid, and I am committed—as I have always been—to ensuring this program continues to provide lower-income families access to medical care.  I think most West Virginians would agree that we know how to spend our money better than the Federal government, so I support the proposal to end the one-size-fits-all approach and give States much-wanted flexibility,” continued Capito.

To view the budget, click here.