Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) issued the following statement regarding the release of President Obama's budget earlier today:
"After 65 days of waiting I, like many Americans, was frustrated to see the budget proposal put forward by the Administration.
Not only was it late- which hinders the budget negotiation process- the Administration's budget does not tackle the very serious fiscal problems facing the nation in a manner that puts Americans back in the driver's seat of our economy.
The proposal does not balance. In fact, it actually calls for $1.1 trillion in new taxes, adds $8.2 trillion in new debt, and increases the size of government.
I support a balanced budget amendment and voted for a House budget that comes to balance in ten years.
America's communities and families are required to balance their books and live within their means, as are state and local governments. It shouldn't be too much to ask Washington to do that as well.
As a member of the No Labels "Problem Solvers' coalition, I was an early advocate of No Budget, No Pay which became law earlier this year and forces Washington officials to come up with a budget or lose their pay.
Finding common ground between parties is the best way for our nation to move forward and tackle the issues we face. By working together lawmakers can end the partisan gridlock and act with a sense of urgency demanded by the American people."