Calls on Republican opponent to join him in pledge
At a meeting with local residents and senior citizens on Monday evening, Mark Takano signed a pledge to protect Medicare from the draconian cuts outlined in Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s proposed budget. A Democratic candidate running to represent the Inland Empire in Congress, Mr. Takano signed on to the following statement:
“If given the honor of representing Riverside County
in the United States Congress, I will never vote for any budget
or bill that would end the guaranteed Medicare benefit.
I oppose the Ryan budget proposal. I will not vote to elect a
Speaker of the House who would allow such a bill to the floor.
I will honor the sacred promise of Medicare.”
Prior to signing the statement before residents from across the 41st Congressional District, Mr. Takano led a round table discussion on the importance of Medicare.
“The Republican plan to slash funds to Medicare to pay for deep tax cuts for millionaires and big oil companies poses a danger to the welfare of everyone in Riverside County. Medicare is a promise we as a nation have made to our grandparents, our parents and our children, and I am pledging to keep that promise,” said Mr. Takano.
Mr. Takano also encouraged County Supervisor John Tavaglione, a Republican candidate in the same race, to join him in supporting Medicare.
“What I have heard from the people of Riverside County has been clear: they oppose the Republican plan to eliminate Medicare. They reject the notion of replacing the promise of Medicare with a risky voucher scheme. Voters have a right to hear from every candidate where they stand on this issue. I hope that my opponent would join me in signing this pledge,” said Mr. Takano.
Mark Takano has served for over 20 years as a public school teacher and a member of the Riverside County Community College Board of Trustees. He is running for election to the U.S. House in the newly-redrawn 41st Congressional district.