McCollum's eNewsletter: Defending Medicare, Marriage Equality, and More
McCollum Opposes Republicans’ Effort to Protect Weapons Systems and Defense Contractors with Deep Cuts to Social Safety Net for the Poor
By protecting a bloated Pentagon budget that in 2013 will exceed $600 billion with cuts to critical services for the poorest, sickest and most vulnerable Americans, Congresswoman McCollum called the Republican bill “…another example of destructive priorities that will cause real suffering in the lives of millions of families.” The New York Times said, “House Republicans have energetically worked to demolish vital social programs that have made this country stronger and fairer over the last half-century.”
Congresswoman McCollum, a member of the House Budget Committee, earlier in the week offered an amendment to the GOP bill to exempt Medicare from automatic spending cuts in the 2013 budget, a cut that would harm seniors and people with disabilities. The amendment ensured that physicians, nurses, and the other health professionals will continue to provide critical care to America’s vulnerable populations while eliminating unnecessary tax breaks for oil and gas companies. The amendment was defeated on a party-line vote with the Republicans voting to protect oil and gas subsidies to companies like Exxon.
“When the choice is between ensuring our seniors have access to the health services they need to stay healthy or keeping unnecessary tax breaks for oil and gas companies, I will always choose our seniors,” said Congresswoman McCollum.
World Bank President Robert Zoellick Leaves Impressive Legacy
“President Zoellick recognized a critical reality: that alleviating poverty is vital to economic recovery,” Congresswoman McCollum wrote. “Investments in global health, education, food security, and empowering women and girls not only lift millions of people out of poverty, but create important sources for economic growth.”
Congresswoman McCollum Applauds President Obama’s Support of Same-Sex Marriage