U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-09) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the House Republican Budget for fiscal year 2013. The budget cuts spending by $5 trillion relative to the President's budget, simplifies the tax code, clears out special interest loopholes, and brings deficits below 3% of GDP by 2015. It also repeals the Obamacare law, prevents indiscriminate cuts to defense, and strengthens Medicare for future generations.
"The House-passed budget is a positive step towards restoring America's fiscal solvency. It lowers taxes, lessens regulations, and moves America towards energy independence. And, it puts our nation on a path to a balanced budget. Republicans proved today we stand ready to address the fiscal challenges facing the nation."
"America has never shied away from a challenge, and this is another opportunity for us to rise to the challenge yet again and stare down the fiscal challenge facing our great nation. This budget is a bold solution which will put America back on solid economic ground."
Wednesday night, House Republicans moved President Obama's $3.6 trillion budget to the floor for a vote, and it was it was unanimously defeated, 414-0. While Democrats have publicly defended Obama's budget priorities, they voted "no" Wednesday night.
The House Republican budget cuts $5 trillion in spending over the next decade compared to the President's budget. It eliminates hundreds of duplicative programs, reflects the ban on earmarks, and curbs corporate welfare. It reduces deficits by $4.4 trillion over the next decade and keeps taxes low so the economy can grow. And, it protects Medicare for those in or near retirement, while strengthening it for future generations.