By Ed Enoch
U.S. Reps. Martha Roby and Mike Rogers expressed disappointment with the $3.8 trillion budget released by President Barack Obama today, criticizing proposed tax increases included in the spending plan.
"The good news is that President Obama has finally released his budget. The bad news is that it's 65 days late and $744 billion short of balance," Roby, R-Montgomery, said in a statement released by her office. "One thing is clear: President Obama is still on a mission to raise taxes. His budget proposal calls for $1 trillion in new taxes, and that's on top of the more than $600 billion he got in January."
The president's budget mixes spending cuts with tax increases in an effort to reduce the deficit and fund new infrastructure and jobs initiatives, according to an Associated Press report. The president proposes increasing taxes on smokers and the wealthy while trimming Social Security benefits, health care programs such as Medicaid, and operating budgets for the Pentagon and domestic agencies.
"I am very disappointed in initial reviews of the president's budget, which was released today over two months late. East Alabamians know Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem," Rogers, R-Saks, said in a statement released by his office.
Roby and Rogers suggested a budget proposed by House Republicans was a more sustainable alternative. Both lawmakers urged the president to continue working with Congress to find a compromise.
"I remain hopeful that this process will result in finally enacting a sensible federal budget plan that offers our country a much needed path to fiscal strength and prosperity," Roby said.