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Rep. Kind Votes for a Fiscally Responsible Budget, Directs Tax Relief to Middle Class Families

March 13, 2008
Press Release

Washington, D.C. ––Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) voted with a majority of the House to pass a budget that works to restore fiscal responsibility and directs tax relief at middle-class families.

“As families across western Wisconsin know, a budget is about priorities,” Rep. Kind said. “Families generally adhere to some simple principles: don’t spend more than you take in, and make smart investments that will help you down the road. Congress must start following their lead; reverse years of record deficits and make key investments to grow our economy. I’m proud that this budget does both.”

The budget brings the country back to surplus starting in 2012, and strictly adheres to the pay-as-you-go budgeting rules. It also makes a significant investment in education, health care, and vital infrastructure, and provides tax relief to middle class families through directed tax cuts.

The budget plan rejects the harmful cuts in the President’s budget, including reductions in Medicare, education, energy assistance for low income families, and the COPS program – instead investing in these vital programs. It also paves the way for an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) that funds BadgerCare in Wisconsin, which would allow millions more kids to be covered.

“The budget not only gets our fiscal house back in order, it will help families do so as well – with more money in their pockets, more affordable health insurance for their kids, and a break on college costs,” Rep. Kind said.

For a detailed summary of the budget, visit: