Statements about Federal Budget
The so-called doc fix in the fiscal cliff deal will cut payments "for treating illnesses disproportionately impacting minorities, including end stage renal disease and diabetes."
"The problem with raising tax rates on the wealthiest Americans is that more than half of them are small business owners."
AIG has fully repaid the federal government "plus a profit of more than $22 billion."
"Over $1 trillion" was spent on anti-poverty programs in 2011, enough to "give every single poor American a check for $22,000."
"If lawmakers fail to avert the fiscal cliff, 18 percent of the federal money that is sent to the states will be eliminated."
Says budget savings by reducing pay and benefits for federal employees total $103 billion over 10 years -- more than $50,000 per worker.
President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal "couldn't get support from either party in the House or the Senate."
"If the House of Representatives fails to extend the middle-class tax cuts, 400,000 middle-class Rhode Island families will see their federal income taxes increase."
Says Gov. Scott Walker has "led people to believe that if Wisconsin doesn’t implement a (health-care) exchange, Obamacare doesn’t happen here."
Budget analysts say the looming tax hikes and spending cuts would "take us into a recession and kill jobs."
"Revenues are 15 percent of GDP — it’s still in the range of the lowest it’s ever been."
Says U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin "proposed a $3.9 trillion tax increase -- a tax increase so extreme" that "even Nancy Pelosi voted against it."
Says Mitt Romney wants to "get rid of Planned Parenthood."
On support for U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform plan
Says U.S. corporate tax rate is "highest in the world at 35 percent."
On a single-payer healthcare system
"We borrow $4 billion every single day, much of it from China."
Says Connie Mack initially said he would have voted "yes" for the Paul Ryan budget plan, and then, "you said it was stupid and you would vote no. And then your folks corrected you, and you changed your position again, yes."
Rhode Island has taken its federal Medicaid funding and shown it can run the program more cost-effectively than the federal government.
Says U.S. Senate rival Tommy Thompson ran Medicare "into the ground" and "nine years closer to bankruptcy."
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