Shame on Sen. Cornyn

Posted on 05/26/2011. Filed under: 2012 elections | Tags: , , , |

Last night, Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) Tea Party-inspired budget didn’t even come close to passing the Senate. It was voted down 40–57.

But 40 senators, including Sen. Cornyn, voted for Rep. Ryan’s budget that would replace Medicare’s guaranteed health care funding for seniors with underfunded vouchers for private insurance—forcing a typical 65-year-old to spend $6,359 more a year in out-of-pocket costs by 2022.

Forty senators, including Sen. Cornyn, voted to make $4.3 trillion in drastic cuts—hitting everything from education and food aid for children to job training and Medicaid.

And 40 senators, including Sen, Cornyn, voted for $4.2 trillion in tax cuts, which go disproportionately to corporations and the rich.

Sen, Cornyn needs to be held accountable for this outrage. As Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said before voting “no” last night, “The Republican plan to kill Medicare is a plan to make the rich richer and the sick sicker.”

Let Sen. Cornyn know last night’s vote to end Medicare as we know it is inexcusable—and working people won’t stand for it.

Politicians like Sen. Cornyn clearly will work actively to further enrich the rich at any cost to working families, at a time when inequality already stands at historic levels.

There are no excuses for this vote. And no acceptable explanation. We all need to make sure voters know where Sen. Cornyn stands. That starts right now, with letting your senator know this vote will have serious consequences.

Act now: Let your senator know you’ll hold Medicare-scrapping politicians accountable.

Last night’s vote sent a loud and clear message to the American public that, according to Republican leaders in the House and Senate, sacrifice is for the weak, while the powerful and well-connected get tax cuts.

Politicians who forget that the majority of voters work for a living do so at their own political peril. We’ll make sure voters know the truth—and they’ll make the point at the ballot box, just as voters in New York’s 26th congressional district did Tuesday.

Act now: Let Sen. Cornyn know yesterday’s vote won’t be forgotten by working people.

Thanks for making it clear this shameful vote won’t go unnoticed.

In Solidarity,

Manny Herrmann
Online Mobilization Coordinator, AFL-CIO

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