U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, issued the following remarks regarding the President's fiscal year 2013 Budget request, which was released today:
"With the release of the President's fourth budget request, it was my hope he'd move in a new direction. But to little surprise, his plan, which still reflects a heavy tax-and-spend governing agenda, is more of the failed policies of the last three years.
"Rather than presenting a feasible financial blueprint, the president offered a partisan plan that includes $1.9 trillion in new taxes, and over the next decade, government spending will total $47 trillion. To make matters worse, the tax increases will be used to finance more government spending instead of paying down our enormous, ever-growing debt.
"While the President has let down hard-working Americans, I will use my spot on the House Appropriations Committee to dissect how taxpayer dollars will be spent. Hopefully, we can find ways to work together in areas of mutual agreement, and produce real solutions that address the biggest drivers of our unsustainable debt.
"Without meaningful reform, our financial state will further regress. We must move beyond words and follow a budget which is within our means."