On March 24, 2009, President Obama promised to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term in office. However, his Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal does the exact opposite. His budget proposal adds an additional $9.5 trillion to the national debt. Frankly, his proposal spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much. The President failed to do what he promised to do--tackle the urgent fiscal and economic threats facing our nation. American families have been tightening their belts throughout this economic downturn. It is past time for the federal government to cut back as well.
Where the President's budget has failed, House Republicans will lead. The House Republican "Path to Prosperity" helps spur private job creation today, stops spending money we don't have, and puts us on the road to a balanced budget. We will cut $6.2 trillion in federal spending, strengthen our safety net, and reduce the tax burden. This is about securing a prosperous future for the next generation. My top priority is to preserve the economic opportunities, personal freedoms, and individual liberties of our children and grandchildren. Tough decisions are ahead, but this is no time to shrink away from the challenge. The stakes are simply too high. With this budget, my Republican colleagues and I have taken the first step to meet that challenge. Throughout this Congress, we continue to work every day to put us back on the "Path to Prosperity."
I appreciate hearing your thoughts on the issues that mean the most to you. Please stay in touch with me via www.Facebook.com/RepAustinScott. Also, to stay up-to-date with the latest from Washington and the 8thdistrict, sign up for my e-mail updates at http://austinscott.house.gov/contact-me/newsletter.