Date: May 4, 2017
Contact: Olivia Hwang, 608.266.5504

MADISON – Today, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) gave the following statement on the Assembly Republicans’ new transportation plan and the passage of the American Health Care Act in the House of Representatives:

“Once again, Republicans have made tax breaks for the wealthy their top priority, whether it be in Madison or Washington D.C.

“In Madison, Republicans released another half-baked transportation ‘plan’ that they acknowledge will not solve the transportation funding problems we have in Wisconsin. Instead, it gives tax breaks to the richest and raises certain taxes for thousands of Wisconsin families. Worse, this poison pill is going to hurt Wisconsin workers and small businesses.

“We need a sustainable transportation funding solution that somehow has eluded the Republicans in power for six long years. It’s time for a real plan.

“In Washington D.C., it’s more of the same from Republicans. In another blow to the middle class, the House of Representatives passed legislation that would ensure millions of Americans would lose health care. Once again, it would give tax giveaways to the very wealthy. Not to mention, those with pre-existing conditions would be left out in the cold. It would be a disaster for the American people.

“It’s clear where the GOP priorities lie—loyalty to their party and the one percent trumps their constituents each and every time. The people deserve better.”

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