Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) issued the following statement welcoming President Barack Obama to Georgia where he is set to make an appearance at an early childhood learning center:
"Today President Obama will meet with the next generation of Georgians. We are united in our desire for them to be afforded the same -- if not better -- opportunities as the generations before them.
"Unfortunately, President Obama's borrow-and-spend policies threaten these children with a life indebted to China. For every dollar the government spends, 42 cents in borrowed. It took just three and a half years for President Obama to add more to the national debt than every president from George Washington to Bill Clinton combined.
"The choice is clear: either we restrain Washington spending today, or Washington spending will restrain us tomorrow. Every dollar the government spends on the national debt is a dollar we cannot spend on early childhood development and education or any other worthy program.
"While I welcome President Obama's interest in the future of Georgia's youth, they would be better served if the President would work with Congress to get our country's fiscal house in order. This is about more than reducing the national debt. It is about restoring the American dream."
In January, Kingston was appointed Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies. This subcommittee is responsible for providing funding and budget oversight for federal initiatives related to education and childhood development which are expected to be the topics of President Obama's remarks.