Breaks with Fellow Republicans
On May 4, 2015, the South Jersey Times reported that Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd) “Was one of only 14 House Republicans to vote against deep cuts in social programs in order to balance the federal budget within a decade without raising taxes.”
On May 6, 2015, the Star-Ledger published an editorial “Here’s to LoBiondo, for voting against the disastrous GOP budget.”
Negotiated between the House and Senate, the budget bill awaits Senate approval. It increases defense spending while reducing programs that assist low-income individuals and families such as food stamps and housing vouchers.
“LoBiondo voted against the original House measure last month, citing ‘proposed reductions in the food stamp program, freezing student loan aid, and financial restraints on those nearing retirement’ that are ‘vital to the families I represent.
His opposition to the final budget was a ‘consistent vote,’ spokesman Jason Galanes said Monday.”
According to the South Jersey Times.
Four of the other five New Jersey Republicans voted for the deep cuts with the remaining Republican Scott Garrett missing the vote.
Every year the Republican leadership in Washington looks across this great land and sees grave economic injustice: They want to the rich to have more, and the poor to have less.
The budget does nothing to close any of the obscene loopholes that allow the super-rich to avoid taxation …But when it comes to programs for low-income families, not a dime is to be spared. In all, 63 percent of the cuts in this budget, outside of defense, come from programs aimed at low-income households — the definition of balancing the budget on the backs of the poor.
Said the Star-Ledger in their editorial.
“The agreement more than doubles sequestration cuts and we have already seen the damage sequestration caused to the Housing Choice Voucher program and loss of vouchers.”
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ President Robert Greenstein.
Click here for the full South Jersey Times article.
Click here for the full Star-Ledger Editorial.