Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

BY TULSI GABBARD – Today, the Republicans in the House released a “new” budget proposal. There wasn’t much new about it.

Yet again, Republicans want to cut Medicare, Medicaid, medical and education benefits for veterans and food programs for children. The Republican budget would cut transportation funding by almost 40 percent, and reduce funding for education, training and employment services by almost half.

All that before we get to the tax proposal, which would cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans and raise taxes on almost everyone else.

This is a budget we can’t afford, and Hawaii needs a Representative who will stand up to this kind of class warfare.

America has some real fiscal challenges, and we need to get serious about reducing the deficit. But we can’t balance the budget on the backs of the poor, our seniors and our middle class. As your Representative in Congress, I’d vote against this budget, and I’ll vote against any budget that destroys services provided to those most in need.

Join my campaign and help me go to Washington to fight for better schools for our keiki, better roads, real job creation and a safety net that helps people climb out of poverty. It’s time for fresh leadership and new energy in Congress – it’s time to tell Congress what you want.

Tulsi Gabbard is a Honolulu City Council member and candidate for U.S. House.