Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-01) today released the following statement following the introduction of the House FY 2013 Budget Plan:
"The House budget plan introduced this morning is an excellent starting point to begin a serious conversation about America's spending priorities. There is no doubt that the Congressional budget process is broken. The government is routinely funded by short-term resolutions and the U.S. Senate has not even passed a budget in over three years.
As America's federal debt has grown to nearly $16 trillion, Washington has continued to avoid making any tough spending decisions. Reasonable people might disagree with particular components or spending cuts in this budget plan, but I believe we all must recognize the vital need to begin a national effort to make a fiscally stronger nation.
The House, the Senate, and the White House should work together to achieve true spending discipline and ensure the federal government's promises of Medicare and Social Security are kept for our seniors.
The federal government borrowing 40 cents of every dollar it spends is unsustainable. But we can change that. We must end the explosion of debt that is crippling our economy and robbing our children of their future. If both parties collaborate, Congress can finally set realistic spending priorities for this nation."