Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after House passage of the fiscal year 2013 Budget Resolution (H.Con.Res. 112):
"President Obama's reckless budget plan raises taxes, ignores our staggering national debt, cuts funding for our national defense and allows Medicare to continue its march toward bankruptcy, which is why no one in the House voted for it and the Senate won't even consider it. The House budget reduces our deficit, saves and strengthens Medicare and helps hardworking Arkansas taxpayers by simplifying the tax code and closing special interest loopholes. It's time for the Senate to break its 1,065-day record of not passing a budget and join us in restoring genuine accountability to government."
The House budget is $5.3 trillion lower than what the President requested. It reduces federal spending from historic highs (24.1 percent of GDP in 2011) to 20 percent of GDP by 2015 and puts us on a path to pay off the national debt. Under the House budget, tax rates will be lowered and the tax structure will be simplified for individuals, businesses and families. It also prevents indiscriminate cuts to the defense budget and protects services for military families and veterans.
Learn more about the House's budget by visiting the House Budget Committee's website.