NC delegation splits on budget bill that spares Pentagon, cuts food stamps, health care

The U.S. House on Thursday passed a Republican budget reconciliation bill that  will spare the military from mandatory budget cuts next year, replacing those cuts with reductions in funding for food stamps, Medicaid, and other domestic programs.

The $110 billion in scheduled cuts are just the first in a much larger debt deal that would reduce federal spending by $1.2 trillion over the next decade.

Rep. David Price (D-NC4) was quick to criticize Thursday’s passage, releasing the following statement:

“The Republican plan asks us to eliminate the breakthrough preventive health care fund created by the Affordable Care Act to provide free childhood immunizations and breast cancer screenings.  It also would eliminate health coverage for at least 300,000 kids on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, reduce food and nutrition assistance that goes to 20 million households and kick another 300,000 children off school meal programs.  Should we ask these children to go hungry so that the wealthiest can keep their Bush tax cuts?

“These shameful cuts are only ‘necessary’ because Republicans continue to insist that no revenue can ever be raised to reduce the deficit and pay for programs that benefit our people. Valuing tax breaks for the wealthy over the health of children and women is wrong. I will vote no, and I urge House Republicans to embrace a balanced approach to averting the sequester that is consistent with American values.”

Rep. Walter Jones  (R-NC3) was one of 16 Republicans to vote against the GOP reconciliation bill.

Here’s how the rest of North Carolina’s congressional delegation voted:

Yea

Rep. Renee Ellmers – 2nd District
Rep. Virginia Foxx – 5th District
Rep. Howard Coble – 6th District
Rep. Sue Myrick – 9th District
Rep. Patrick McHenry – 10th District

Nay
Rep. G.K. Butterfield – 1st District
Rep. Walter Jones – 3rd District
Rep. David Price – 4th District
Rep. Larry Kissell – 8th District
Rep. Heath Shuler – 11th District
Rep. Mel Watt – 12th District
Rep. Brad Miller – 13th District

Not Voting
Rep. Mike McIntyre – 7th District

7 Comments

  1. Just Sayin'

    May 11, 2012 at 9:15 am

    2Pac said it in simple terms: They got money for the wars but can’t feed the poor…

  2. Jeff S

    May 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I knew the military cuts were too good to be true. Further proof, as if we really needed it, that Republican austerity is nothing but a smokescreen for their political agenda.

  3. Doug

    May 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

    If you fail at defense of the country, little else matters !

  4. david esmay

    May 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    We are no where near failing at defending the country, the joint chiefs said they could work with the cuts. This is about Haliburton and General Dynamics, etc.

  5. david esmay

    May 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Alex, have you changed your name to Doug!

  6. david esmay

    May 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Let the bush tax cuts expire and cut defense, subsidizes to big oil, close tax loop holes that only benefit the rich and we’re off to a good start.

  7. Jack

    May 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    David, if what you suggest is done how will the rich and big business then be able to create jobs and improve the economy?

    I no its been half a decade but you just need to give the rich and big business more time and another tax break here and another tax loop-hole there and then things just might start getting better for the rest of us.

    See! It all makes sense when you think about it. Right?