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Senator Dean Heller Just Voted to Cut More Than $1 Trillion from Medicaid, Breaking Promise to Nevadans (Again)

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Stewart Boss released the following statement after Senate Republicans including Dean Heller passed a partisan budget bill that guts Medicaid without a single Democratic vote:

“Senator Heller just voted with Mitch McConnell to decimate Medicaid, Medicare, and Pell Grant funding so that Republicans can pave the way for tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy. This summer, Heller promised not to support any bill that would harm the hundreds of thousands of Nevadans who rely on traditional Medicaid and Medicaid expansion. This destructive budget is now the latest example of Senator Heller blatantly breaking his health care promises to his constituents. Senator Heller’s budget vote confirms that he is nothing more than a rubber stamp for his party bosses in Washington.”

BACKGROUND

The Senate Budget Plan Includes Slicing More Than $1 Trillion From Medicaid Over The Next Decade. “In Congress, the annual budget resolution provides an outline of federal spending and revenues. The Senate’s blueprint, for the 2018 fiscal year that began Oct. 1, claims to achieve a balanced budget within a decade, assuming greater economic growth and using an accounting method that excludes Social Security. In order to erase projected deficits, it calls for trillions of dollars in spending cuts over the coming decade. But the cuts exist only on paper, without legislation to achieve them. Even so, Democrats sounded the alarm, warning that the aspirational cuts in the budget plan called for slicing more than $1 trillion from Medicaid and about $470 billion from Medicare over a decade.” [New York Times, 10/19/17]

The Senate Budget Plan Includes Cutting $473 Billion From Medicare Over The Next Decade. “Under Capitol Hill’s byzantine budget rules, the nonbinding budget resolution is supposed to lay out a long-term fiscal framework for the government. This year’s measure calls for $473 billion in cuts from Medicare over 10 years and more than $1 trillion from Medicaid. All told, Senate Republicans would cut spending by more than $5 trillion over a decade, though they don’t attempt to spell out where the cuts would come from.” [AP, 10/19/17]

The Senate Budget Could Cut Pell Grant Funding By More Than $100 Billion Over A Decade. According to an analysis by the Senate Budget Committee Minority Staff, “If the Republican budget’s unspecified spending cuts are applied proportionately, the budget over the next decade: […] Slashes Pell Grant funding by more than $100 billion – a 33 percent cut, making college less affordable for more than 8 million working-class students.” [2018 Budget Analysis, Senate Budget Committee Minority Staff, 10/19/17]