SPECTER COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED FY08 BUDGET
Washington, D.C. - Senator Arlen Specter, the Senior Senator from Pennsylvania and Ranking Member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee made the following statement today regarding the Administration's proposed Fiscal Year 2008 budget:
"The President's budget is totally insufficient on funding for health care and education with cuts for the National Institutes of Health and Head Start. The $800 million funding request for Amtrak would leave us without indispensable rail service. I am opposed to the President's proposal to rescind $100 million to fund the nation's first coal-to-diesel plant in Schuylkill County, which is vital for exploring and developing our nation's alternative energy sources. As a senior appropriator, I am sure the President's budget will be thoroughly revised in accordance with the constitutional provision which gives Congress the authority to determine spending levels."