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White House Doubles Down on Failed Policies in Budget Proposal

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Washington, February 5, 2015 | Tiffany Haverly (202-226-8072) | comments

On Monday, President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2016. Even though the president’s failed policies were soundly rejected in November, the White House refuses to change course. This budget will never balance—in fact, it adds more than $8 trillion to the national debt. Worse, it includes tax increases totaling more than $2 trillion. In these tough economic times when hardworking families are tightening their belts and doing more with less, it’s time for government to do the same.

I strongly believe that one of the best ways to address out-of-control spending is to add a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Balancing our budget would require tough decisions, but I know it’s possible to do so without hindering economic growth. Tennessee requires a balanced budget and does not have a state income tax. Our state has proven you can fund the essential services of government and keep your balance sheet in the black. Even better, you can do it without high taxes. I don’t know why it’s so difficult for the federal government to do the same.

Unfortunately, the president’s budget only underscores his unwillingness to work with Congress to truly address our crippling deficit and national debt. Since 2009, we’ve added $7.5 trillion to the debt, spending more than $21 trillion. Under this plan, total spending will increase by 65 percent over ten years. This is not only unacceptable, it’s unsustainable. House Republicans have fought for spending reductions, but we must do more. While the American people voted for smaller government, less spending and tax reform that would grow the economy, the president is pushing for more government, runaway spending and higher taxes.

The American people have an expectation for the federal government to work together and get things done. East Tennesseans don’t care whose name is on the door and whether they are Republican or Democrat, they worry about being able to pay their mortgage and afford groceries for their family. Frustration with the government is at an all-time high, and rightfully so.

I didn’t come to Congress to maintain the status quo, I came to present solutions. Whether it’s writing a patient-centered alternative to the president’s health care law or pushing for spending reductions, I am committed to getting our country back on track and back to work for you and your family. I want to do everything my in power to make sure we’re leaving a better country for our children and grandchildren, not a mountain of debt and a maze of government programs.

Feel free to contact my office if we can be of assistance to you or your family. 
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