Feb 13, 2012
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement upon the release of the president’s annual budget proposal.
“The president’s budget is a gloomy reflection of his failed policies of the past, not a bold plan for America’s future. It is bad for job creation, our economy, and America’s seniors. Our nation needs Washington to demonstrate some courage with a budget that honestly addresses the near- and long-term challenges we face. Instead, the president offered a collection of rehashes, gimmicks, and tax increases that will make our economy worse.
“At a time when millions of Americans are out of work, the president has proposed a $1.5 trillion tax increase – beginning next year. The plan makes no effort to pull back on the policies, such as the president’s health care law, that are making it harder for small businesses to grow their companies and hire more workers. The president continues to rely on a failed ‘stimulus’ approach, and he ignores the threat that massive deficits pose to long-term economic growth.
“The budget also does nothing to protect and preserve important safety net programs for America’s seniors. The greatest threat to Americans’ retirement security is the status quo, and the president has offered seniors nothing more with this budget. A tidal wave of debt is cresting over important programs like Medicare, and the president continues to look the other way.
“In the coming weeks and months, the House of Representatives will work to put together an honest budget that will focus on putting Americans back to work, protecting American seniors, and closing the massive deficits that have become a hallmark of President Obama’s time in office.”