Guam – Another joint release from Senators Rory Respicio and Tom Ada. This one praising passage of a resolution calling on the federal Government to maintain medicaid funding in 2013 at current levels.
Resolution 370 was passed unanimously Friday.
It calls on Congress to “ensure that the Federal Medicare, Medicaid and Food Stamps programs all be fully funded in the Fiscal Year 2013 Federal Budget” and that “at a minimum, be maintained at current levels of coverage.”
Under the budget proposed by GOP Congressman Paul Ryan Medicare and Medicaid are facing a cut of up to $800 billion dollars.
The release quotes Senator Respicio as saying the resolution “will arm Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo as she continues to oppose this federal budget proposal.”
And Senator Ada is quoted as saying that he is “hoping the Republican controlled House and the Democrat-led Senate will work it out so that those who need help the most will not be abandoned.”
READ the Joint Release from Senators Respicio and Tom Ada in FULL below:
News Release: Sens. Rory Respicio & Tom Ada affirm commitment to Guam’s most needy, via unanimous adoption of Resolution 370
(Hagåtña, Guam) Majority Leader Rory J. Respicio, with Senator Tom Ada, acted today to challenge Congress’ proposal to reduce benefits to the most vulnerable members of our island community.
“I’m pleased that my colleagues unanimously adopted Resolution No. 370-31, and this unified statement will arm Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo as she continues to oppose this federal budget proposal,” Senator Respicio said. “The resolution calls for Congress to ‘ensure that the Federal Medicare, Medicaid and Food Stamps programs all be fully funded in the Fiscal Year 2013 Federal Budget. The budget should, at a minimum, be maintained at current levels of coverage for children, seniors, the ill, the disabled, and individuals of limited means…’”
News reports and analyses have stated that the budgets proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and President Obama are $2 trillion apart. “Chairman Ryan’s spending on Medicare is about $200 billion lower than the President’s proposal, and cuts to programs the help the poor and less fortunate are extremely deep,” the Senators pointed out.
The “Ryan Plan” calls for an $800 billion cut on Medicaid and non-Medicare health programs; and a $200 billion cut in education and worker training. “Every so-called ‘income security’ program for the poor: from food stamps, to housing assistance, to the earned-income tax credit; all will be cut. It’s irresponsible and it will hurt the most disadvantaged persons across the country and in all insular areas, including Guam.”
“The Ryan Budget and the President’s budget are so far apart, there will have to be a compromise to get it passed and signed,” Sen. Tom Ada said. “I’m hoping the Republican controlled House and the Democrat-led Senate will work it out so that those who need help the most will not be abandoned.”
UNSWORN DECLARATION: ‘I hereby declare that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, under penalty of
perjury of the laws of Guam, this declaration being sworn and made in lieu of an affidavit pursuant to Title 6 Guam Code Annotated §4308, at
the place and date identified herein.’