Merkley: Ryan Budget Would Be a Deadly Blow to the American Dream

WASHINGTON – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after Congressman Paul Ryan released his 2015 budget blueprint:

“The budget put forth by Congressman Paul Ryan is another attempt to balance the budget on the backs of hardworking middle class families, students and seniors.  The Ryan budget would end Medicare as we know it while raising the retirement age, make college less affordable for thousands of students, and would kick millions of people off of their health insurance.  It does all this in order to fund tax breaks for millionaires, billionaires and big business. 

“Budgets are about setting priorities.  What you fund and at what level says a lot about your core beliefs.  Unfortunately the values shown by the Ryan budget are the wrong ones for America. It puts cutting taxes for millionaires and billionaires ahead of students, seniors and middle class families.  If this budget were to become law it would be a deadly blow to the American dream.”