Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today voted against the president's fiscal year 2013 budget and instead backed three Republican alternative plans that would reduce government spending, balance the budget and preserve Medicare for future generations.
"It has been 1,113 days since the Senate has passed a budget, yet today Senate Democrats unanimously opposed every budget proposal brought forward for a vote, including the President's plan. The majority party has a duty to show the American people what their priorities are, but they continue to duck their responsibilities and ignore our fiscal crisis.
"Republicans offered several budget proposals aimed to reduce spending and restore economic growth. Although I don't agree with every aspect of these alternative proposals, I believe each contains valuable components that should be included in the larger debate on addressing our fiscal crisis.
"With massive deficits continuing to pile up, it is irresponsible for Senate Democrats to continue blocking all efforts to pass a budget blueprint. Those who opposed every budget plan today should immediately present their own proposals to return this nation to firm financial footing."