Monday, February 2, 2015

Moran, Yoder responds to President Obama's budget

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R, Kan.) and U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R, Kan.) responded to President Obama's budget today.

Full statements from both are below.

“At a time when our national debt exceeds $18 trillion, the United States desperately needs a serious, reform-oriented budget. The President asks Americans to accept a new rationale for the same stale policies that continue his long history of higher taxes and more spending. The proposal includes a staggering $2.1 trillion in new tax increases and would add $8.5 trillion to the national debt.

“I will examine and evaluate the provisions of the President’s proposal, and I will work with my Senate colleagues to shape a federal budget that funds the government’s liabilities while facilitating a pro-jobs environment through critical decisions to reduce our debt and deficits. Especially when resources are scarce in an increasingly dangerous world, we must better prioritize spending to make certain our economy is growing and our citizens are protected. American safety and prosperity calls for serious policy – unfortunately, the President’s plan falls well short.”
“Each year the President brings us a budget that increases spending, raises taxes and seeks trillions upon trillions of new debt upon our nation. If the Republican-led House had agreed to these budgets, our federal government would be 20 percent larger today. This year's proposal from the President seeks to double down on those ideas and serves as a massive expansion of government that would lead to greater dependency upon a bloated and ineffective Washington bureaucracy.

"With our nation already $18 trillion in debt and counting, the President's budget proposes another $8.5 trillion in deficits that will push our debt to well over $26 trillion in the next 10 years, slowing our economy and leaving the next generation with a legacy of higher taxes and less opportunity. I appreciate the President putting forward his vision for our country, but it is not one that the American people can afford or one that I can support.

"We must work together, Democrats and Republicans, to balance our budget by holding the line on spending increases, reforming programs, and reducing the size of government. A leaner, more efficient and effective government is a key component of strengthening our economy and creating a prosperous future for every American.”