Shaheen Statement on Senate Passage of Partisan Budget Proposal: Doesn’t Provide the Bipartisan Basis That’s Needed to Tackle our Nation’s Many Fiscal Challenges

October 19, 2017

(Washington, DC)—U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after voting against the partisan budget proposal for fiscal year 2018:

“This budget makes drastic cuts to Medicaid and Medicare – programs that are vitally important to the health and well-being of Granite Staters – and doesn’t provide the bipartisan basis that’s needed to tackle our nation’s many fiscal challenges,” said Shaheen. “This budget also sets the stage for a partisan process to pass tax legislation. While tax reform is long overdue, it’s imperative that it be done in an open, bipartisan process that focuses on providing relief and tax code simplification to small businesses and middle-class families. The American people want to see real progress towards these goals rather than tax cuts for the rich that explode the deficit. I will continue to work across the aisle and call for good faith negotiations to deliver real tax relief.”