U.S. Representative Martha Roby (District 2) Wednesday reacted critically to President Barack Obama's budget proposal.
"The good news is that President Obama has finally released his budget. The bad news is that it's 65 days late and $744 billion short of balance," Rep. Roby said. "One thing is clear: President Obama is still on a mission to raise taxes. His budget proposal calls for $1 trillion in new taxes, and that's on top of the more than $600 billion he got in January."
Roby said she was pleased with one thing. "I am glad the President has begun to show some interest in addressing the future explosion of mandatory spending programs, but we still have a long way to go in order to reach a sustainable path."
Roby says the U.S. House of Representatives passed a plan to reform federal spending, keep taxes low and balance the budget in March. She says she remains hopeful a budget will ultimately be passed "that offers our country a much needed path to fiscal strength and prosperity."
Roby's statement on the president's budget, which is being hit hard from both sides of the aisle, echoes those of fellow Alabama Republican Representative Mike Rogers (District 3) who called the budget disappointing. "East Alabamians know Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem." Rep. Rogers is urging the president and Congress to "forge a compromise that truly helps get our country's fiscal house back in order."
Democratic Representative Terry Sewell's office has not issued any public statements at this time regarding the budget.
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