September 15, 2017 • News Article

NJ Today: New Jersey Democrats scorn GOP spending plan

The Republican majority in House of Representatives passed a 2018 spending bill that cuts training for teachers, cuts $3.3 billion in student financial aid, attacks vital women’s health programs, cuts funding to protect the environment, and will cause health care premiums to skyrocket.

Lisa Mandelblatt, one of nearly a dozen Democratic candidates competing in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, panned Rep. Leonard Lance’s “yea” vote on the bill.

“Once again, Rep. Lance has shown that his allegiance is to his party bosses in Washington and not to our communities here in New Jersey,” said Mandelblatt. “With one vote, Leonard Lance has turned his back on education, women’s health, clean air and water, and affordable health care. As a lifelong New Jerseyan, I am tired of our representative in Washington paying lip service to us during election season, only to turn his back on us once he is back in Washington.”

Since announcing her candidacy in May, Mandelblatt’s campaign has raised far more money than any other contender, including Peter Jacob, the 2016 nominee who picked up an endorsement from Justice Democrats. corporate lobbyist or corporate PAC money

“The spending bill passed by Republicans Thursday stands no chance of making it through the Senate in its current form, because it reflects Republican priorities that conflict with American values,” said Lisa McCormick, a Democrat who has been rallying progressive voters to become more politically engaged. “The Republican spending bill would provide government funding of $1.2 trillion. adding billions in record budget increases for  military adventures while ignoring the needs of American working class families, crippling investments in our shared future and widening the gap between the very rich and everyone else.”

McCormick said Republicans voted to slash government accounts on studying climate change, eliminate Title X family planning funds, and sharply cut foreign aid accounts.

Spending more than President Donald Trump’s budget requested, the legislation was shepherded through by House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) laced with conservative provisions reversing Obama-era regulations, blocking implementation of the Affordable Care Act and defunding Planned Parenthood.  

Despite the legislation’s uncertain future, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the vote shows the GOP is serious about “regular order” and completing all 12 bills before the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1.