Local Representative disapproves of Republican budget

By WEEK Reporter

March 25, 2013 Updated Mar 25, 2013 at 9:32 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved a conservative budget plan authored by Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan.

No Democrats voted for the plan.

17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was at the labor temple in Peoria Monday to talk with area seniors.

She told the group she voted against the Ryan budget because it is harmful to those who rely on Medicare.

"It creates what's called a voucher program, that doesn't keep pace with inflation. So instead of the standard Medicare that seniors have paid into for a lifetime of work, now would be turned into a set program with vouchers. As seniors grow older and as healthcare costs go up, the vouchers don't keep pace with that," said Bustos.

Representative Bustos said she has introduced an alternate budget plan that would make cuts by eliminating waste and redundancy and taking a closer look at the money that is coming in and going out.

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