Response from Congressman David McKinley to Tom Stark on Ryan Budget

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Rep. David McKinley
Rep. David McKinley

A response from First District Congressman David McKinley (R-WV) regarding a recent guest commentary by Tom Stark et al, entitled, "Rep. McKinley Wrong to Inaccurately Describe Paul Ryan's Plan As Devastating to Seniors," from the September 4, 2012 edition of HNN:

“Too often in politics people are quick to demonize without having all the facts. It’s unfortunate that the authors have chosen to look at only one side of the story in their criticism of Congressman McKinley. If they had taken the time to talk with us about the Ryan budget, they would have found other reasons Congressman McKinley voted against the budget. One of the concerns was that the plan didn’t bring the budget into balance for 28 years. Another reason was his concern over the tax implications for middle class Americans. Several other conservative leaders in the House – including Ron Paul -- shared these concerns and also voted against the plan.” 

“Congressman McKinley respects Paul Ryan, considers him a friend, and believes he has started a serious conversation about our fiscal future. His budget is a good start, but it’s not the only solution. We have to take the whole picture into account. Congressman McKinley has done what he said he would do when he was first elected. He has voted to cut over $5 trillion in spending and worked to repeal and defund ObamaCare. He is committed to balancing the budget. He’s working to find a solution, and attempts like this to divide conservatives only make the task harder.” 


Rep. McKinley's office also offered this original release they sento ut following the vote on the Ryan budget this year:

 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) voted against the 2013 budget passed by the House on Friday, saying that although he shares the goal of reducing the deficit, he cannot support the Medicare cuts included in the bill. 

McKinley also stated that he remains unequivocally opposed to the latest budget devised by President Obama, as well as other alternatives that raise taxes. President Obama’s plan was unanimously rejected, 414-0, by the House on Wednesday. 

“Since coming to Washington, I have voted to cut $5.5 trillion in federal spending, but we still have a long way to go,” said McKinley. “I certainly recognize what Congressman Paul Ryan is trying to achieve. Government spending is out of control, and we all know something must be done. 

“However, I can’t support a plan that cuts Medicare, removes widely-used tax credits for homeowners and health care, and still doesn’t balance the budget for 28 years,” added McKinley.  

“There are aspects of the Ryan plan and other budget proposals that I like.  Unfortunately, the legislative process for the budget resolution does not allow us to ‘cherry pick’ the proposals that we like; it is all or nothing. 

“Again, my votes to cut $5.5 trillion in spending since coming to Congress serve as a demonstration of my commitment to fiscal responsibility. But whether it’s President Obama’s budget, the budget passed today or any other proposal that has been offered thus far, I do not believe the right solution has been found yet.”


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