Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and her Republican challenger Mark Greenberg are sparring over Thursday’s budget vote in the House.
Esty, a freshman from Connecticut’s 5th District, voted no on the fiscal 2015 spending plan put forth by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin. Ryan’s budget cuts federal spending by $5 trillion and includes sharp cuts to Medicaid and other health-care programs.
In a statement, Esty outlined her opposition to what she called Ryan’s “harmful, bad-faith budget.”
“It would break our commitments to seniors by ending Medicare’s guaranteed benefits and would increase out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and preventive care. The Ryan budget also slashes investment in education and limits our ability to improve our roads and rail infrastructure. And it keeps incentives for companies that ship jobs overseas while forcing middle-class families to pay more,” Esty said.
Greenberg lashed out at Esty, saying the Democratic spending plan she backs “continues [a] pattern of irresponsible spending and back-breaking tax increases.”
The Democrats’ plan would boost spending by $740 billion, Greenberg said in a press release. “Does Esty stand with her DC allies or the people in the 5th District who continue to suffer? I call on her to reject this type of tax and spend budget,” he added.
Asked which budget Greenberg would support, his campaign manager Bill Evans said: ” Mark is not a member of Congress and can’t commit to voting for a bill he has not read. I can say that he wouldn’t support the plan being advanced by Esty’s colleagues because it raises taxes and balloons spending.”