Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ), a cosponsor of the Republican Study Committee's (RSC) alternative budget for FY 2013, made the following statement today after he voted for the RSC budget and then subsequently the Ryan budget. The RSC proposal returns spending to 2008 levels and balances the budget in 5 years:
"I am not only a cosponsor of the RSC budget, but a staunch advocate for demonstrating that our budget can be brought into balance in five years. I am disappointed this did not pass, but thank my colleagues, Reps. Jim Jordan and Scott Garrett, for their leadership in taking our debt seriously.
"The Ryan budget includes many good policy provisions. While it does not come into balance as fast as the RSC budget alternative, it is still the most conservative budget to passed the House in modern history.
"Sadly, it is a testament to how serious our fiscal situation is that even this budget takes seven years to unwind our bloated entitlement system. We must continue to do more to get our fiscal house in order."