WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07) voted against the extreme House Republican budget proposal dubbed the ‘Default on America Act’ (DOA).
“The House Republican budget would cripple our economy and hurt working families across Southern Arizona,” said Rep. Grijalva. “This extreme proposal will have consequences on every aspect of society: from laying off teachers to kicking families out of their homes, robbing food assistance from seniors to taking Medicaid away from underserved communities, slashing health care for veterans to losing millions of jobs. These radical cuts will reverse our climate progress and devastate the way of life for millions of Arizonans and people across the country. While extreme House Republicans play with American’s lives, House Democrats are ready to act now to prevent a devastating debt default that won’t risk our economy.”
Rep. Grijalva previously issued statements on how the extreme House Republican proposal would hurt Southern Arizona families:
Further background on the Republicans’ Default on America Act and impacts on the 7th Congressional District of Arizona
House Republicans’ extreme demands will:
- Put 316,000 people at risk of losing Medicaid coverage in Arizona.
- Threaten access to food assistance for 17,000 people aged 50-55 in Arizona.
- Eliminate preschool and child care for at least 5,600 children in Arizona.
- Increase housing costs for at least 5,300 people in Arizona.
- Make college more expensive for at least 275,700 students in Arizona.
- Eliminate at least 6 air traffic control towers in Arizona.
- Cut at least 90 rail safety inspection days in Arizona.
- Repeal investments in cleaner, cheaper energy — threatening at least 12,300 clean energy and manufacturing jobs announced in Arizona since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act.
- Kill about 7,000 jobs in AZ-07 alone. Nationwide, a default could kill more than 7 million jobs.
- Jeopardize Social Security payments for 90,000 families in AZ-07.
- Put health benefits at risk for 354,000 people in AZ-07 who rely on Medicare, Medicaid, or Veterans Affairs health coverage.
- Increase lifetime mortgage costs for the typical homeowner in Arizona by $62,000.
- Raise the costs of a new car loan for the typical American by $800.
- Threaten the retirement savings of 85,700 people near retirement in AZ-07, eliminating $20,000 from the typical retirement portfolio.