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Mar 25, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC- Today, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Members released the following statements after today’s vote on the House GOP Budget.  The FY2016 Republican budget includes cuts to the Pell Grant program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and repeals the Affordable Care Act.

Earlier this week, the CHC held a press conference in the Capitol to highlight the harmful impact the Republican budget would have on the Latino community.  For photos of that press conference, click here.

CHC Chairwoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38): “Republicans are at it again attacking the Latino community and hardworking families across the country. The House Republican budget throws our most struggling families under the bus and slashes programs that Latinos critically rely on.  We strongly oppose the Republican budget vote taken before the House of Representatives today.” 

CHC Second Vice Chair Joaquin Castro (TX-20): “The GOP’s budget hurts middle class families and our economy. Republicans’ proposal makes it more difficult to send kids to college, takes healthcare away from millions of folks who gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act, and slashes investments in infrastructure and innovation that are so important to Texas’ and America’s economic growth. This budget is exactly what our young people and hardworking Americans don’t need.”

CHC Whip Ruben Gallego (AZ-07): “The Republican budget is another attack on the Latino community and low-income families – it makes it more difficult for families to buy a home, pay for college or save for retirement. Instead of turning Congress into a political show to appease their base, or passing legislation that only helps special interests and corporations, Republicans should work on legislation that will give Latinos and the American people a ladder of opportunity and help them move ahead,” said Congressman Ruben Gallego. He added “ The GOP budget will severely harm our community by cutting Pell Grant funding and SNAP spending, as well as repealing the ACA which is already benefiting over 11 million Latinos. I stand with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in opposition to the GOP budget.”

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (CA-34): "The hopes of most Americans are pretty straightforward - give them a chance to own a home, send their kids to college, and enjoy a secure retirement as they get old. The Republican budget does the exact opposite. It guts the opportunities to believe you can aspire to that American Dream."

Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez (IL-04): Any budget that puts women, children and seniors in jeopardy is not a budget I can support   More than 50,000 food-insecure children in my District need the SNAP program, not cuts.  We need to increase access to affordable housing, not cut it.  We need to build strong families and communities rather than cut important investments in the American people.

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ): “I consider a budget to be a reflection of our values, and this year Republicans in Congress have shown us again that they value big business over hard-working families, and anti-immigrant rhetoric over sensible and commonsense policies. Instead of showering millionaires and big corporations with tax cuts, we should ensure Latinos and all hard-working families across our country have a fair shot at the American Dream by investing in education, science, and protecting programs like Medicare. That is why I will oppose any proposal that tries to balance the budget on the backs of our nation’s most vulnerable. I urge my Republican colleagues to join us in passing a commonsense budget that supports hard-working families, creates good-paying jobs, makes college more affordable, and invests in our future.”

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40): “The House Republican budget makes life harder for the American people, including Latinos.  This budget kills jobs and shrinks paychecks.  It repeals the Affordable Care Act, eliminating health coverage for 4.2 million Latino adults.  It hurts low-income Latinos by making steep cuts to nutrition assistance and Medicaid.  And it ignores America’s pressing need for comprehensive immigration reform.  This budget completely fails to meet the needs of America’s hard-working Latinos.  Instead, Congress should pass the House Democratic budget, which creates jobs, boosts paychecks, strengthens the safety net, protects the ACA, and provides for comprehensive immigration reform.”

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46): “It is reprehensible that the Majority would vote on a budget that would strip away our health care, strip away a student’s access to an affordable education and strip away the ability for parents to provide food for their families. More so, as a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, this bill would hit Hispanic and other minority communities the hardest. I will continue to vote against these outright attacks on the hard working families of America.”