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Duckworth Stands with Dem Candidates on Ryan Budget

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    Tammy Duckworth stood with Democratic candidates Brad Schneider and Bill Foster to call out their Republican opponents.

    Tammy Duckworth joined two other Democratic candidates Thursday to call out their opponents on what they call a failed House GOP budget that would end Medicare and give tax breaks to the rich.

    "My colleagues and I are here to ask our Republican opponents to step up and do the right thing by the American people and ... stand up and oppose the Ryan budget, which passed out of committee yesterday," Duckworth said beside Brad Schneider and Bill Foster.

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    Duckworth said the budget will "gut Medicare as we know it" and increase the budget deficit "on the backs of our most vulnerable population."

    "I call on Joe Walsh to do the responsible thing," she said.

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    Candidates Schneider and Foster echoed her concerns and added to a unified directive.

    "We need to make our decisions in a way that doesn't put the burden on the people who can afford it the least," said Schneider, who's running against Rep. Robert Dold in the 10th Congressional District.

    "The truth is that none of our opponents would be in the majority or even in offices if they had told seniors the truth about the intentions about Medicare," said Foster, who faces Rep. Judy Biggert in the 11th District.