Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today issued the following statement on President Barack Obama's budget proposal:
"The budget proposal unveiled by President Barack Obama today is a measured approach to reducing our deficit without jeopardizing our fragile economy. It replaces the sequester and includes a plan to create jobs and enhance the nation's infrastructure. This is a starting point for us to work together, seek common ground, and take immediate steps to put our nation on firm financial footing. This budget represents a sincere effort to encourage economic recovery and create conditions for job growth.
"However, I have serious reservations about some elements of the President's budget, such as proposed cuts to Social Security. It would also cut our missile defense budget, even as Hawai"i and the rest of the country face direct and heightened threats from North Korea. As we consider all options for a smart and balanced approach, I will work together with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to tackle the difficult decisions facing our nation."