U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) voted today to approve a historic budget proposal that would cut $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next decade. Roby made the following comments after the vote:
"Those closely following the budget battle in Washington understand that today's historic vote represents a monumental shift in the debate over the size and power of government. For two years, Democrats have pushed to borrow more, spend more, and regulate more. Today, House Republicans passed a budget that would return our nation to a path to prosperity by cutting $6.2 trillion in spending, lowering taxes, and repairing Medicare. Conservatives have been waiting for years to deal with these big picture issues.
"A budget is more than just data, tables, and charts. It is a vision for what our country should look like for future generations of Americans. According to President Obama's budget, he believes Americans should pay more in taxes and the government should spend more money. But the American People rejected that approach. Our plan--prepared with the American people in mind and based on the principles of lower taxes, less spending, and less debt--would create an environment where small businesses can grow and create jobs, where taxpayers are free from the burden of soaring debt, and where more Americans are able pursue their highest dreams and aspirations. The passage of this budget is a big victory for the American people."
"Our goal is to create a strong and prosperous America so that our children and grandchildren have the same opportunities that past generations have enjoyed. In the wake of an epic spending spree where Democrats increased discretionary spending by 24 percent and added more than $4 trillion to the national debt--the Republican budget draws an important line in the sand. It stands in stark contrast to Democrat's big government agenda, and sets up an important debate moving forward."
The following information regarding the budget plan that passed today was published by the House Committee on the Budget:
Cuts $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next decade compared to the President's budget.
Eliminates hundreds of duplicative programs, reflects the ban on earmarks, and curbs corporate welfare bringing non-security discretionary spending to below 2008 levels.
DEBT AND DEFICITS
Reduces deficits by $4.4 trillion compared to the President's budget over the next decade.
Puts the budget on the path to balance and pays off the debt.
Keeps taxes low so the economy can grow. Eliminates roughly $800 billion in tax increases imposed by the President's health care law. Prevents the $1.5 trillion tax increase called for in the President's budget.
Calls for a simpler, less burdensome tax code. Lowers tax rates for individuals, businesses and families. Improves incentives for growth, savings, and investment.
GROWTH AND JOBS
Creates nearly 1 million new private-sector jobs next year and results in 2.5 million additional private-sector jobs in the last year of the decade.
Unleashes prosperity and economic security, yielding $1.1 trillion in higher wages and an average $1,000 per year in higher income for each family.