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
for drugs over thenext decade.
Eliminate new preventive care benefits for
117,000 Medicare beneficiaries
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
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
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
in the district who are age 44 to 49 and by two years to age 67 for
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