April 17,2023

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Wyden Slams Reckless McCarthy Debt Ceiling Proposal

House Republican Attempt to Hold Debt Ceiling Hostage Rides on Kicking Americans Off Health Care, Food Assistance

Washington, D.C. – Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today issued a statement following a speech by Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy regarding the House Republican position on the debt ceiling.

“Today House Republicans have made their priorities crystal clear: keep Wall Street happy and take away health care and food assistance from working Americans,” Wyden said. “The only thing that so-called work requirements accomplish is burying people with paperwork in order to deny them necessities like food and health care. Republicans have tried this scam before at the state level, and it did nothing to increase employment. All it did was boot tens of thousands of families off their Medicaid coverage, which is obviously the Republicans' real, unspoken goal. The full faith and credit of the United States should never be held hostage, especially in an effort to rip holes in the social safety net.”