Congresswoman Stefanik Votes In Favor Of Budget PlanPosted: Updated:
North county Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted in support of a $4.1 trillion budget plan, which she describes as "a critical first step in bringing needed tax reform."
The House has passed the plan, which promises deep cuts to social programs and Cabinet agency budgets, but whose chief purpose is to set the stage for a comprehensive GOP overhaul of the U.S. tax code later this year.
The measure won approval along party lines by a vote of 219-206. Eighteen Republicans voted against it.
The plan calls for more than $5 trillion in spending cuts over the coming decade, including a plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-like program for future retirees, slash Medicaid, and repeal the "Obamacare" health law.
But Republicans are not actually planning to impose any of those cuts with follow-up legislation that would be required under Washington's Byzantine budget rules. Instead, the motivating force behind the budget measures is the Republicans' party-defining drive rewrite the tax code.
The measure now goes before the Senate for a vote.
When asked for comment, a Stefanik spokesperson referred 7 News to the congresswoman's Facebook page. She issued the following statement:
"This budget balances our books in ten years and is a critical first step in bringing needed tax reform to families and businesses in the North Country. You deserve a fair and simple tax code that will help increase wages, make our businesses more competitive around the globe, and allow you to keep more of your hard-earned paychecks. During the Appropriations process, I will continue my record of strongly advocating for the priorities of our district. This budget resolution to allow the tax reform process to begin passed the House today by a vote of 219-206."