McKinley Votes Against Budget

Rep. David B. McKinley was one of just 10 House Republicans who voted against a federal budget bill Thursday.

House Concurrent Resolution 112 passed the House by a vote of 228-191 nearly along party lines. All 228 “yes” votes came from Republicans, but 10 GOP members joined all 181 Democrats voting to cast “no” votes.

Reps. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; and Bob Gibbs and Bill Johnson, both R-Ohio, voted in favor of the measure, while McKinley, R-W.Va., and Nick Rahall, D-W.Va. were opposed.

The $3.6 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2013, introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., cuts more than $5 trillion in spending over the next decade, and overhauls the federal Medicare program.

It would force deep cuts in a wide range of spending, including rail projects, research and Pell Grants for low-income college students.

And it blocks President Barack Obama’s plans to raise taxes on couples earning above $250,000 a year. Instead, it collapses the current six income tax rates into just two, with a top rate of 25 percent – well below the current 35 percent ceiling – while erasing tax deductions and other breaks the GOP plan failed to specify.

McKinley said he shares the goal of reducing the federal deficit, but he “cannot support the drastic Medicare cuts included in the bill.”

He added he also opposes the budget plan proposed by Democrats, as well as other alternatives that seek to raise taxes.

“Since coming to Washington, I have voted to cut $5.5 trillion in federal spending, but we still have a long way to go,” said McKinley. “I certainly recognize what Congressman Paul Ryan is trying to achieve. Government spending is out of control, and we all know something must be done.

“However, I can’t support a plan that cuts Medicare, removes widely-used tax credits for homeowners and health care, and still doesn’t balance the budget for 28 years.”

He added there are aspects of Ryan’s budget plan he does like.

“Unfortunately, the legislative process for the budget resolution does not allow us to ‘cherry pick’ the proposals that we like – it is all or nothing,” McKinley said.

Capito acknowledged the budget plan wasn’t “perfect.”

“But it honestly assesses our troubling budget situation and recommends reforms to put us on a path to regain and retain our fiscal health,” she said. “We cannot turn away from this impending debt crisis. We have a moral and legal duty to make tough decisions in order to ensure our kids and grandkids have the same opportunities that my generation did when we were starting out.”

Johnson added Americans deserve a government that “will work for them, not against them,” and “that accepts genuine accountability for its actions.”

He noted the budget plan is part of the GOP’s “Path to Prosperity.”

He said it guarantees the promise of Medicare to everyone while making sure that current Medicare beneficiaries, and those over 55 years old won’t see any changes to their fully funded benefits.

“Future Medicare beneficiaries 54 years of age and under will have the same health care choices as a member of Congress with the Republican budget,” Johnson said.