ALASKA DELEGATION RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FISCAL YEAR 2010 BUDGET
The Alaska Congressional Delegation today made the following comments regarding President Obama's proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins October 1. Obama's Fiscal Year 2010 budget would cut missile defense funding by 35 percent, and slash spending for the Denali Commission and the Village Safe Water program.
U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, said:
"I appreciate the President's attempts at cutting the budget, as half-hearted as they might be. But cutting it by less than a half percent, and using essential projects to do so, is counter-productive. The President's budget would still add a net $1.4 trillion in entitlement spending over the next 10 years, so at this point it all appears to just be political posturing for the media.
"Cuts definitely need to be made to the budget, but not to programs like job training in Alaska (through the Denali Commission), the Denali Access System, high energy cost grants, or missile defense. North Korea announced they are continuing nuclear and missile testing and Iran continues with their nuclear program, but through this budget proposal, the President wants to stop production of least 14 interceptors and their placement at Ft. Greely? They want to cut $310 million in health care facilities and construction, but promise to provide better health care for all Americans? How are they going to do that without facilities?
"I hope Alaskans and all Americans are as outraged at that as I am. I want to reassure Alaskans that these are just proposals and not the law and I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that our great state is taken care of. The Administration is playing politics with the budget by cutting small items they think they can get away with as opposed to the larger social programs they are trying to force upon us. If the President was serious about cutting the budget, he'd start by cutting down on entitlement spending, which is where the big money lies."
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