U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei delivered a speech on the House floor Wednesday opposing the Republican budget proposal sponsored by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

The budget proposed by Ryan, R-Wis., would cut spending by $5.1 trillion over the next 10 years, but also includes provisions to repeal the Affordable Care Act and would alter Medicare by offering an alternative — a voucher to purchase a private health insurance plan — to enrolling in the government program.

"Once again, the Ryan budget ends the Medicare guarantee as we know it and would turn Medicare instead into a privatized voucher program and shift health care costs to seniors," Maffei, D-Syracuse, said in his speech.

Maffei, who said the Ryan budget plan "is more of the same recklessness and extreme partisanship we've seen year after year from the House Republican leadership," pointed out other specific problems he sees with the proposal.

Middle class families in the 24th Congressional District would pay $2,000 more in taxes each year if the Ryan budget is adopted, he said. According to Maffei, the budget would also cut funding in other areas, including education and infrastructure.

"(The budget plan) cuts critical investments in job creation and infrastructure and it slashes education funding at a time when local school districts in central New York are already struggling to find the resources necessary to provide our children with the high-quality education that they deserve," he said.

With the cuts and other flaws, Maffei said the Ryan budget proposal isn't a balanced approach and urged his House colleagues to reject the plan.

"Congress must get serious about balancing the budget and reducing the national debt and deficit, but not on the backs of our seniors, and not on the backs of the middle class, and certainly not on the backs of future generations of Americans," he said.

Maffei isn't alone in his opposition to the Ryan budget. 

As expected, Democrats oppose the budget proposal. Even some Republicans have come out against Ryan's budget outline

The chances of the Ryan budget being adopted are zero. The budget won't pass in the Senate, where Democrats hold the majority. And President Barack Obama, if the budget plan were to reach his desk, would certainly veto the measure. 

Here's the text of Maffei's floor speech: 

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. 

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to the legislation H. Con. Res 96, the budget proposed by the Chairman of the Budget Committee, the gentleman from Wisconsin, Mr. Ryan. 

Unfortunately, this year’s Ryan Budget is more of the same recklessness and extreme partisanship we’ve seen year after year from House Republican leadership. 

Under Ryan’s plan, middle class families in my district in Central New York will pay an average of $2,000 more each year in taxes. 

Once again, the Ryan Budget ends the Medicare guarantee as we know it and would turn Medicare instead into a privatized voucher program and shift health care costs to seniors. 

It cuts critical investments in job creation and infrastructure and it slashes education funding at a time when local school districts in Central New York are already struggling to find the resources necessary to provide our children with the high-quality education that they deserve. 

This is not a balanced approach and it’s not a responsible solution, and people in Central New York and our country need better. 

Congress must get serious about balancing the budget and reducing the national debt and deficit, but not on the backs of our seniors, and not on the backs of the middle class, and certainly not on the backs of future generations of Americans. 

At a time when many Central New Yorkers are still struggling as the economy recovers, we simply cannot accept the irresponsible policies in the Ryan Budget. 

I call on my colleagues to reject the Ryan Budget and work together to create a bipartisan budget that gets our fiscal house in order and promotes economic growth, creates jobs, protects our seniors, and strengthens the middle class. 

I yield back my time.

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