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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette would provide a great service to its readers if it regularly published how each of our elected state and federal officials vote on major legislation. This would enable voters to compare campaign rhetoric to the voting record of incumbents.

All but 12 Republican House members and no Democrats voted for the Paul Ryan Budget, which cut federal spending by $5.1 trillion over the next decade by slashing education funding, food stamps and Medicaid, repealing the Affordable Care Act and turning Medicare into a voucher program.

Republicans will tell you they are the fiscally responsible party but they want us to forget that their engineered shutdown of the government in 2013 cost the U.S. economy $24 billion. They will tell you that we cannot burden our children and grandchildren with debt, but there is not a single Republican co-sponsor of Sen Elizabeth Warren’s bill that would substantially lower the current interest rates paid by 40 million students and their parents on education loans.

We have a Republican-controlled House that is squandering our precious resources on unnecessary investigations and whose sole purpose is to thwart every attempt by the president to move the country forward.

If President Barack Obama discovered the cure for cancer, Republicans would accuse him of launching a war against oncologists!

MINDY FLEISHMAN
Squirrel Hill

 


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