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Bucshon - Clipbook

Bucshon - Clipbook

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Budget Issues
Favored Balance Budget Amendment at 2008 Spending Levels
In May 2011, Bucshon said he preferred a balanced budget amendment that would put spending levels at 2008 levels.He said, “I am in favor of a balanced budget amendment. I’m a co-sponsor on the House side of a balanced budget amendment(HJ Resolution 56) and the companion bill on the Senate side has all 47 Republican senators signed onto it… We ultimately aregoing to have a solid balanced budget to force Washington, D.C. to live within its means and I am in favor of that.” [TribuneStar, 5/17/11]
Impact of the Republican Budget on Medicare
According to the Energy and Commerce Committee, Ryan’s budget affected CongressmanBucshon’s district in the following ways:
Increase prescription drug costs for 
10,600 Medicare beneficiaries
in the district whoenter the Part D donut hole, forcing them to pay an extra
$104 million
for drugs over thenext decade.
Eliminate new preventive care benefits for 
117,000 Medicare beneficiaries
in thedistrict.
Deny
500,000 individuals age 54 and younger
in the district access to Medicare’sguaranteed benefits.
Increase the out-of-pocket costs of health coverage by
over $6,000 per year in 2022
and by almost
$12,000 per year in 2032
for the
112,000 individuals in the district who arebetween the ages of 44 and 54.
Require the 112,000 individuals in the district between the ages of 44 and 54 to save anadditional
$26.2 billion
for their retirement – an average of 
$182,000 to $287,000 perindividual
 – to pay for the increased cost of health coverage over their lifetimes.Younger residents of the district will have to save even higher amounts to cover their additional medical costs.
Raise the Medicare eligibility age by at least one year to age 66 or more for 
60,000individuals
in the district who are age 44 to 49 and by two years to age 67 for 
386,000individuals
in the district who are age 43 or younger.
[Committee on Energy and Commerce,June2011]
Not Necessarily Opposed to Returning to 2006 Spending Levels
After voting against an amendment that proposed an across-the-board spending cut to the federal budget, a spokesman for Bucshon said, "While the congressman is not necessarily opposed to returning spending to FY 2006 levels, he would haveliked more debate on the issue and to understand how it would have impacted Indiana's 8th Congressional District.”[Indianapolis Star,2/27/11]
Voted against Funding Cuts to Poverty-Reduction Programs and the NLRB
In February 2011, Bucshon voted against his party and opposed during debate over the continuing resolution ending a grant program for services that reduce poverty. And he opposed zeroing out funding for the National Labor Relations Board.[Indianapolis Star,2/27/11]2
 
Voted against Funding Cuts to Poverty-Reduction Programs and the NLRB
In February 2011, Bucshon voted against his party and opposed during debate over the continuing resolution ending a grant program for services that reduce poverty. And he opposed zeroing out funding for the National Labor Relations Board.[Indianapolis Star,2/27/11]
Bucshon Supported Funding for Wasteful Jet Engine
In February 2011, a representative for Bucshon said the representative was “hopeful that we can restore funding” for analternative engine for the military’s new Joint Strike Fighter.Parts for the engine, called the F136, were made at Terre Haute’s Unison Engine Components, a high-tech manufacturing business on U.S. 41 South. Continued funding for the alternative engine could mean up to 200 new jobs at Unison, localeconomic development officials have stated.The F136 was slated to cost $450 million in 2011. President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates were stronglyopposed to the engine, calling it unnecessary and a waste of money.The House voted 233-198 to cut funding for the engine. [Terre Haute Tribune Star, 2/17/11]
Bucshon: Said He Doesn’t Possess a Magic Wand…But Will Address Entitlement Programs
In an April 2011 Op-Ed in the Terre Haute Tribune Star, Bucshon argued that Congress must reform Social Security, Medicare,and Medicaid, but admitted that he did not know how to do it or how long it would take.
He said, “The way to avoid another crisis in the long-run is to address mandatory spending, made up mostlyof entitlement spending. This means we’ll have to reform entitlement programs in a way that will ensure promises are kept to current and future seniors. I often get asked for the solution and I often reply that thereisn’t a “silver bullet” and that I don’t possess a “magic wand”.”
[Terre Haute Tribune Star,4/1/11]
Agreed to Making Cuts to Defense
In April 2011, Bucshon said that he agreed that defense cutting should be explored while not undermining the military.[Evansville Courier & Press,4/19/11]
Said Republican Budget Could Give Tax Breaks to the Wealthy
In April 2011, when asked if the Ryan Budget gave tax breaks to the wealthy, Bucshon said, “It depends.” He touted the planas revenue-neutral and does reduced elements of the tax code as well as eliminates many tax write-offs and other deductions.[Tribune Star,4/27/11]
Called Fights over the Budget “Class Warfare”
Bucshon said the arguments over the Ryan budget were “class warfare.” He told his constituents to not believe “therhetoric” that taxing the wealthy will change the fact that the federal government spends $12 billion a day whiletaking in $8 billion. He argued the real issue is spending, not revenue. [Tribune Star, 4/27/11]
Called Obama’s Budget “Disingenuous”
In February 2012, Bucshon called Obama’s 2013 budget proposal “disingenuous.” [Courier Press,2/18/12]
Called Obama’s Budget “Irresponsible” and Referred to the President as a “Constant Campaigner”
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