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MURPHY VOTES AGAINST RYAN BUDGET, JOINS BIPARTISAN FRESHMAN GROUP IN CALLING FOR GRAND BARGAIN

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Washington, Mar 22, 2013 | Erin Moffet (202-225-3026) | comments

Today, Congressman Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) voted against the Ryan Budget, which would balance the budget on the backs of seniors and middle class families while providing tax breaks for billionaires.  Rep. Murphy also did not support any of the alternative, partisan budgets that were debated in the House of Representatives, instead calling for a bipartisan and balanced grand bargain. Following the votes, Rep. Murphy led a bipartisan group of freshman members in sending a letter to House Leadership calling for Republicans and Democrats to come together and negotiate a responsible compromise to address our fiscal challenges.  (Please find below and attached a copy of the letter).

"It was disappointing to see Rep. Ryan once again propose a plan that has no chance of bipartisan support.  Even more disappointing was the decision by House leadership to spend this week debating partisan legislation when our country desperately need a bold, balanced plan to address our pressing fiscal issues.  We cannot achieve a balanced budget without specifics and with numbers that don't add up, like the Ryan Budget, and we cannot be serious about deficit reduction without acknowledging the need to generate revenue.

"The American people have made it clear that they do not want to balance the budget on the backs of seniors and the middle class while handing out massive tax breaks to billionaires, as the Ryan Budget proposes.  It is neither fair nor sustainable to ask the middle class to pay higher taxes while the wealthiest have their taxes dramatically slashed.  Furthermore, this proposal would turn Medicare into a voucher program, ending the Medicare guarantee for future seniors, which is completely unacceptable.

"Our country is at a tipping point and what we need are serious, bipartisan budget proposals that will take a balanced approach to deficit reduction, while replacing sequestration and protecting our investments in education, infrastructure, research, and the middle class.  Unfortunately, the budget proposals put forward do not go far enough in addressing spending, deficit reduction, job creation, and economic growth to balance the budget and get our fiscal house in order. And I am once again calling on the leadership of both parties, in Congress and the White House, to come to a bipartisan, grand bargain to ensure our nation's prosperity for generations to come."


 

Dear Speaker Boehner, Leader Cantor, Leader Pelosi, and Whip Hoyer:

As newly elected Representatives committed to finding bipartisan solutions to our country’s serious fiscal challenges, we write to request that you meet with our freshman class to discuss our shared vision for the federal budget.  We are hopeful that the Senate and House of Representatives will agree to a budget resolution for fiscal year 2014, and we believe our voices—and those of our constituents—must be heard during this important process. 

As you know, the freshman class constitutes nearly a fifth of the House of Representatives.  In addition to sheer numbers, we bring to the table fresh perspectives and a genuine desire to find common ground.  Republican and Democrat alike, we were sent to Congress by voters frustrated with partisan gridlock and dysfunction.  The people we represent demand and deserve better from their government, and we are committed to focusing on those areas of agreement that unite us—not refighting the same battles that have consumed the Congress in years past.

Like our constituents, we are all deeply troubled by the fiscal trajectory of our country.  Regardless of home state or party affiliation, we all share a focus on promoting economic growth, cutting spending, helping create jobs, eliminating waste, streamlining government, reforming our tax code, reducing the cost of healthcare, and preserving Medicare and Social Security.  Perhaps most importantly, we hold a common commitment to working with members of both parties to realize these goals.

It is long past time for Republicans and Democrats to come together and negotiate a responsible compromise to address our fiscal challenges, and we believe the freshman class has a critical role to play in bridging the divide between the parties and forging united solutions.  Again, we request that you meet with our freshman class and give us the opportunity to help Congress deliver serious, bipartisan results for the American people.  Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Patrick E. Murphy
Member of Congress

Ami Bera
Member of Congress

Julia Brownley
Member of Congress

Cheri Bustos
Member of Congress

John Delaney
Member of Congress

Lois Frankel
Member of Congress

Tulsi Gabbard
Member of Congress

Pete P. Gallego
Member of Congress

Joe Garcia
Member of Congress

Steven Horsford
Member of Congress

David Joyce
Member of Congress

Joe Kennedy
Member of Congress

Ann McLane Kuster
Member of Congress

Alan S. Lowenthal
Member of Congress

Dan Maffei
Member of Congress

Mark Meadows
Member of Congress

Beto O'Rourke
Member of Congress

Scott Peters
Member of Congress

Kyrsten Sinema
Member of Congress

Filemon Vela
Member of Congress

Representative Patrick E. Murphy (D-Jupiter) represents the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches in Congress.  He serves on the Financial Services Committee, Small Business Committee, and as Ranking Member of the Agriculture, Energy, and Trade Subcommittee.  Additionally, he is the co-founder and co-chairman of the bipartisan United Solutions Caucus.

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