On April 10, our congressman, U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, outdid himself. He sank to a new low.
Thompson voted in lockstep with his fellow Republicans in favor of Rep. Paul Ryan’s latest slash-and-burn budget.
The 2014 budget the House passed is a heartless spending plan for our country and, especially, the people of his district.
The budget he voted in favor of would repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act, which has provided more than 7.5 million people with coverage. The vast majority of those people would be without health insurance. The nation’s uninsured rate would rise again to an unacceptable level.
This budget would turn Medicare into a voucher program and raise the eligibility age to 67.
Thompson voted to once again slash food stamps, kicking millions of people off basic nutritional assistance, disproportionately affecting both women and children while cutting taxes for the wealthiest citizens.
The budget would also gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as well as make college less affordable by cutting Pell grants.
Reps. Ryan and Thompson think this will lead to a balanced budget, but not until 2024, assuming all goes according to their plan.
Why? It appears Thompson has no concern for the people of his largely rural district, the people who depend on him to represent their best interests in Congress.
He should explain himself to the people of his district. Open town hall meetings with unscreened questions from a live audience would be a good place to start.
Bonnie S. Marshall, Boalsburg