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Walden Votes For Ryan Budget, Against Seniors

Apr 10, 2014

Do Monica Wehby and Jason Conger Stand with Walden in Support of the Republican Budget?


Contact: Jamal Raad / press [at] dpo [dot] org / (503) 239-8631

PORTLAND, Oregon (April 10, 2014) – 

Portland, OR – Earlier this morning, Congressman Greg Walden (R- OR), Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, voted with House Republicans for the Ryan budget, which would end Medicare as we know it, raise the retirement age for Medicare, drastically cut programs that benefit middle class families, while cutting taxes for millionaires and billionaires. Today, the Democratic Party of Oregon denounced Walden’s vote and demanded Monica Wehby and Jason Conger, the two main contenders for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, to take a position on the Ryan budget and end their silence on the big issues facing America.
“A good budget would invest in education and infrastructure, create good-paying jobs, and protect Social Security and Medicare. The Ryan budget fails on all counts,” Democratic Party of Oregon Chair Frank Dixon said. “I can get why millionaires and billionaires would support this budget. They get huge special tax breaks, while the middle class pays more for less. With his "yes" vote, Greg Walden must be more focused on his fundraising efforts for the National Republican Congressional Committee than the values and well-being of Oregonians."
“Monica Wehby and Jason Conger hope to join Greg Walden in the Oregon Congressional Delegation, but they have so far been silent on the Republican budget. It’s time that Wehby and Conger come out of hiding and start taking positions on issues that matter to Oregonians.”
Key facts on the effect of the Ryan budget on Oregonians:

  • 44,617 Oregon seniors would pay more for their prescriptions due to the reopening of the donut hole.
  • ·8,950 fewer Oregon students would receive Pell Grants.
  • $9.795 billion would be cut from the Oregon Health Plan over the next 10 years.
  • At least 234,000 Oregonians would lose their health insurance.


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