Today, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) released the following statement after President Obama released his fiscal year 2013 budget:
"Today, President Obama released his budget for fiscal year 2013. I agree with the President that the recovery of our American economy must be built upon two fundamental principals -- protecting the middle class and promoting shared sacrifice and collective responsibility.
In the State of the Union Address, the President outlined his vision for an American economy "built to last," based on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers and a renewal of American values. I believe this budget provides a fair and balanced approach. I applaud the President's aggressive efforts to reduce the deficit. The budget provides for important investments in research and innovation which are vital to preparing our businesses and manufacturing sector to take advantage of new opportunities. This budget promotes public-private partnerships that will increase job creation, workforce development and improve access to higher education for all American workers.
America is and has always been most successful when we invest in our people--middle-class families and small business owners--who can grow our economy from the bottom up. We can no longer afford to provide tax breaks to wealthy Americans by depriving seniors and the middle class of the support they need and deserve. Everyone must do their part.
I look forward to continuing to work with the president and my colleagues in Congress on a comprehensive plan to stimulate our economy and reduce our deficit."