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A press release from Senator Claire McCaskill (D):

McCaskill Rejects Proposal to Weaken Medicare, Focuses on Jobs

Senator: House of Representatives should focus on job-creation, drop ‘obsession’ with turning Medicare into voucher program

March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today released the following statement in response to the U.S. House of Representatives budget proposal which would weaken Medicare while providing huge tax giveaways to corporations and the richest Americans:

“Too many members of Congress who told us they’d focus on job-creation, instead seem willing to pull the rug out from under Missouri’s seniors in order to reward corporations and the richest Americans. They need to drop their obsession with turning Medicare into a voucher program and start finding ways to put more Americans back to work.”

House Budget Committee Chairman Congressman Paul Ryan announced his federal budget proposal this morning-a plan which would weaken Medicare by shifting the cost of care to seniors instead of insurance companies. The budget plan would also dramatically restructure America’s tax code to favor big corporations and the wealthiest Americans, while preserving existing tax giveaways such as those for big oil companies.

Meanwhile, McCaskill is supporting efforts in the Senate this week to pass legislation boosting American exports in order to support manufacturing and agriculture jobs in Missouri and across the country. The bill under consideration would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank of the United States-an agency that supports American manufacturers and producers without adding to the national deficit.

McCaskill heard from Missouri seniors late last year at town hall meetings across the state, where she discussed her work to protect and sustain Medicare and Social Security. Previously, McCaskill led the fight to pass legislation protecting seniors from predatory lending after holding two field hearings to get input from Missourians. McCaskill was honored by the AARP for her work to protect seniors from mortgage fraud.

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There is a difference.

“…House Budget Committee Chairman Congressman Paul Ryan [r] announced his federal budget proposal this morning-a plan which would weaken Medicare by shifting the cost of care to seniors instead of insurance companies…”

Yes, please keep grabbing those third rails.