Senate Democrats

Reid: Together, We Can Do Better Than the Misplaced Priorities of the Republican Budget

Washington, DC – Today, Democratic Leader Harry Reid released the following statement on the so-called Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 2005:

“Democrats know that together, we can do better than the misplaced priorities of the Republican budget passed today. The Republican Senate stood up for the special interests and against the American people’s interest today. In the pursuit of their immoral budget that will increase the deficit, Republicans stood in the way of important initiatives for middle-class Americans.

“Today’s budget debate hides the irresponsible Republican priorities that are still to come. After cutting important priorities for working Americans, Senate Republicans will now turn to spending billions more on tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. Democrats will continue to stand on the side of the American people.”

HERE’S WHAT SENATE REPUBLICANS DID FOR YOU TODAY

Republicans Voted Against Fiscal Responsibility. Senate Republicans voted against Senator Kent Conrad’s attempt to restore Pay-As-You-Go rules to the budget process. The amendment, which required 60 votes to pass, failed 50-49. [RC 283, A. Amdt. 2351 to S. 1932, 11/3/05]

Republicans Voted To Increase Medicare Premiums. Senate Republicans voted against Senator Bill Nelson’s amendment that would have protected an increase in Medicare reimbursement rates for physicians but would have ensured the cost was not passed onto seniors through an increase in Medicare Part B premiums. The amendment failed 49-50. [RC 287, S. Amdt. 2357 to S. 1932, 11/3/05]

Republicans Voted Against Protecting Low Income Seniors. Senate Republicans voted against Senator Patty Murray’s amendment to provide a 6-month transition period to ensure that individuals do not lose their drug coverage as it is moved from Medicaid to the Medicare prescription drug program. The amendment, which required 60 votes to pass, failed 43-56. [RC 294, S. Amdt. 2372 to S. 1932, 11/3/05]

Republicans Voted Against Health Care for Hurricane Victims. Senate Republicans rejected Senator Blanche Lincoln’s amendment to provide emergency health care coverage to for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. The amendment, which required 60 votes to pass, was rejected 48-51. [RC 285, S. Amdt. 2356 to S. 1932, 11/3/05]

Republicans Voted to Drill the Pristine Arctic Reserve. Senate Republicans rejected Senator Maria Cantwell’s amendment to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. The amendment was rejected 48-51. [RC 288, S. Amdt. 2358 to S. 1932, 113/05]

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