U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Contra Costa) issued the following statement upon President Barack Obama's Budget submission today:
"President Obama's budget makes difficult choices, to be sure, not all of which I agree with. But his plan is clearly intended to grow our economy, create jobs, and invest in our future. I commend his effort to balance the need between increasing revenues, long term deficit reduction, and investing in and growing our economy as the path forward. Refusing to agree to a balanced approach is refusing to be part of the solution, only part of the problem.
"Now, Speaker Boehner, who has stated repeatedly this year how important it is for Congress to pass a budget, should appoint congressional conferees right away so that we can get to work reconciling the differences that Democrats and Republicans have regarding the budget and our economy.
"Understandably, a great deal of concern has been raised over one aspect of the president's budget that has been offered in the past by Republicans as well, the proposal to change the measure of inflation for cost-of-living adjustments for a number of programs throughout the budget, including Social Security benefits, known as chained CPI. I have serious concerns about whether chained CPI is the right step to take and believe that Congress must study the proposal very carefully before taking any action on it. I have never let seniors down, nor veterans and the disabled, in all of my years in Congress and I won't let them down now."