U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, a member of the House Budget Committee, today voted in favor of H. Con. Res. 25, the House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2014, which balances in ten years by repealing ObamaCare, fixing the broken tax code and reforming social safety net programs. The House passed the resolution 221-207.
"Today, we passed a responsible and balanced budget to address the debt that plagues our country and our future. This truly balanced budget repeals the deficit-exploding ObamaCare, strengthens social safety net programs like Medicare and Medicaid, provides the blueprint for real tax reform, and pays down our debt so that we can get our economy moving again.
"While some want to ignore the need to balance our budget and pay down our debt, my Budget Committee colleagues and I crafted this budget to do both. If we never balance, we can never begin to eliminate the debt that is crippling our economy today and threatens the very future of our children and grandchildren. It would be reckless and immoral to pass along to future generations a sick economy and a massive debt they can never repay. This budget makes the responsible decisions necessary for a brighter tomorrow," said Rokita.
The budget includes Medicaid reforms advanced by Rokita that would strengthen the program by giving increased flexibility to states, allowing them to tailor the program to their unique populations. This would allow Indiana to expand the successful Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) to provide health care to more needy Hoosiers. Under current federal law, in particular ObamaCare, Indiana must get explicit permission from the Obama administration before it can provide this crucial lifeline to Hoosiers. To date, the Obama administration has not provided this permission. The House budget would provide an innovative solution to this standoff between Indiana and the federal government.