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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 7, 2003

Wilson supported 2004 budget resolution that cut $163 million to NM
Congress votes for mammoth cuts to social programs in anticipation of tax cuts

ALBUQUERQUE - Congresswoman Heather Wilson voted for a congressional budget resolution that included $163 million in cuts to New Mexico programs including education, water quality, air pollution, health care, and transportation. The budget resolution was part of a package that would help President George Bush pass a tax cut. The Senate and House are prepared to vote on the tax cut Thursday or Friday.

Wilson voted to cut education, social services, training and reemployment by $36 million. Class-size reduction programs, teacher funding, school renovation and construction, work study and other student aid programs, battered women's shelters, were some social programs cut by the 2004 House Budget Resolution.

Other programs cut in New Mexico by Wilson: environmental and natural resources ($40 million), low income support ($14 million), health care ($26 million), transportation ($24 million), police and security ($16 million), and agriculture ($7 million).

Wilson voted to cut veteran's benefits and services which were cut by $11 billion nationwide. Despite claims from Rep. Wilson's office that VA benefits were not cut, the proposal Representative Wilson supported would cut programs that support veteran education, healthcare, and housing.

WilsonWatch said that the cuts show the disturbing priorities of the Congresswoman, which hit especially hard in a state like New Mexico. "Perhaps Rep. Wilson should consider money for education, healthcare, and infrastructure a priority over giving large tax cuts to the richest Americans," WilsonWatch's Travis Green said.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Travis Green - green@wilsonwatch.org

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EDUCATION

Our state desperately needs better schools, but our representative votes against education. She cut Title I funding by $4 billion and voted for a budget resolution that took $36 million from New Mexico social programs.
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