Doyle Votes Against Bill That Would Force Massive Cuts in Essential Programs like Social Security and Medicare

July 19, 2011
Press Release

 Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) voted against HR 2560, the “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act,” when it was considered by the House of Representatives today.  

“This legislative monstrosity would undermine decades of government efforts to grow the middle class and provide a decent safety net for poor, elderly, and disabled Americans,” Congressman Doyle observed after the vote.  “Given the fact that the number of seniors on Social Security and Medicare is expected to double in the coming years, capping federal spending at the levels set in H.R. 2560 would make cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid inevitable.”

“What’s more, the bill would effectively prevent Congress from raising any revenues to help pay for those essential programs,” Congressman Doyle added.  “I’m never going to vote for a bill that makes it easier to cut Grandma’s Medicare than to raise Rupert Murdoch’s taxes.”

H.R. 2560 would cut federal spending by $111 billion in Fiscal Year 2012, which starts on October 1st.  It would also require the federal government to reduce its overall spending from 24 percent of national economic activity to 19.9 percent over the next ten years.  Finally, H.R. 2560 would prohibit any increase in the federal government’s debt limit until both bodies of Congress approved and sent to the States a Constitutional Amendment which, if ratified, would cap federal spending at 18 percent of GDP and require a 2/3 majority of both the House and Senate in order to raise taxes, which are currently close to record lows.  

“This bill is a Trojan Horse for the Tea Party’s “drown the federal government in a bath tub” agenda,” Congressman Doyle said.  “I can understand why House Republicans would want to call this atrocity a “balanced budget” bill rather than a bill to eliminate federal safety net programs, but this bill’s even worse than the Ryan budget that House Republicans approved this spring.”

HR 2560 was approved in the House by a vote of 234 to 190.  H.R. 2560 is not expected to be approved by the Senate, and President Obama has promised to veto it if the Senate were to pass it.

“The only good thing about this transparent effort to appease the Republicans’ Tea Party wing is the fact that it stands no chance of becoming law.  Congressional Republicans have to get serious about raising the debt limit and negotiating a deficit reduction both sides can agree to,” Congressman Doyle said.  “The first step is for them to stop grandstanding and pandering to their base with ridiculous legislation that’s going nowhere – like H.R. 2560.”

Click here to read the text of H.R. 2560.

Click here to read a House Budget Committee summary of HR 2560.

Click here to read about the devastating impact this bill would have on our economy.

Click here to read how HR 2560 would hurt middle-class households.