McCarthy’s Newly Passed ‘Default On America’ Act Endangers Americans

Default plan guts popular programs, eliminates funding for thousands of law enforcement jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Republicans voted to pass McCarthy’s MAGA Default on America Act, which would slash funding for Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, law enforcement, border security, and SNAP among other harmful outcomes.

“The MAGA Default On America Act would be devastating to American seniors, veterans, and children — reducing access to Medicaid, nutrition assistance, and opioid treatment and gutting funding for law enforcement from border security to local police,” said Laura Packard, Courage for America spokesperson. “The way to address the debt is to raise taxes on billionaires and corporations that ship American jobs overseas — not take away health care from millions of Americans and make life harder for veterans.”

Facts About the MAGA Default On America Act: 

  • Threatens 22% cuts to education, veterans’ health care, child care, and opioids treatment.
  • Endangers public safety, cutting funding for over 2,000 Customs and Border Protection Agents11,000 FBI personnel, and hundreds of local law enforcement positions.
  • Makes traveling harder and less safe, shutting down 125 air traffic control towersincreasing airport security wait times and slashing rail safety inspections.
  • Hurts our children’s education, eliminating Pell Grants for 80,000 students and causing 300,000 kids to lose access to Headstart and child care.
  • Sends good-paying American manufacturing jobs overseas by repealing clean energy investments from the Inflation Reduction Act.
  • Cuts Medicaid for 2 million people, catering to MAGA extremist Rep. Matt Gaetz’s demands to make even harsher Medicaid cuts.
  • Evicts hundreds of thousands of families, older adults, veterans and people with disabilities from Section 8 housing and cuts rental assistance.
  • Takes away food assistance from more than one million seniors and 1.2 million women, babies, and children.
  • Takes away health care access for 2 million people via community health centers, disproportionately impacting rural areas.


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