Roe Statement on 1,000 Day Budget Resolution
WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01), cosponsor of H.Res. 516, released the following statement regarding the Senate’s failure to pass a budget in 1,000 days:
“Today, there are 13.1 million unemployed Americans. Today, our national debt exceeds $15.2 trillion, with no signs of slowing. And today marks the 1,000th day since the U.S. Senate has passed a budget.
“Every April 15th, every single taxpayer has to submit their budget to the IRS so that they can settle up with Uncle Sam. Why won’t the Harry Reid-led Senate settle up with the American people?
“At a time when this country desperately needs fiscally responsible leadership, it is nowhere to be found in the Senate. Just last May, Senator Reid remarked, 'There’s no need to have a Democratic budget in my opinion…it would be foolish for us to do a budget at this stage.'
“People are hurting all across this country, and the Democrats—for political purposes—refuse to release a blueprint detailing how they will respond to the continuing economic crisis. This is unconscionable.
“Republicans, by contrast, have chosen to lead. We passed a budget which would have cut wasteful spending, kept taxes low, and created an environment that would allow us to create the jobs we need to put Americans back to work. Democrats were quick to criticize this plan using stale scare tactics from the past. But they didn’t care to offer the American people an alternate vision.
“Passing a budget this year must be a priority. Let’s hope Sen. Reid is listening.”