Illinoisans in support of strengthening Medicare, Social Security and other crucial programs denounced the Ryan Budget at a roundtable discussion in Wheeling Tuesday afternoon, calling the GOP-backed fiscal blueprint a "highway to hardship" for senior citizens, disabled individuals and the poor.
U.S. Reps. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL,08), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL,09) and Brad Schneider (D-IL,10) hosted the talk about “keeping Medicare healthy” with their constituents and members of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL,11) also held a roundtable discussion on the topic in Aurora with representatives from the organization.
Back in April, Republicans in the GOP-led House approved the chamber's controversial fiscal year 2015 budget drafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI,1). Duckworth, Schakowsky, Schneider and Foster voted against the budget.
"I'm proud to stand up to Representative Ryan and his desire to spend taxpayer dollars on corporate tax breaks at the expense of working families and seniors," Duckworth said at the discussion, held at the Wheeling Pavilion Senior Center. "We're going to keep fighting him every step of the way."