Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today voted for a budget that invests in our critical national priorities while putting us back on the path to fiscal responsibility.
"Budgets during the Bush years were defined by one thing: tax cuts for the rich at the expense of nearly every domestic program designed to help working families," Hare said. "Today marks the end of that era."
The House-passed budget will reduce the deficit nearly two-thirds by 2013. It will cut taxes for middle class families by $1.5 trillion. It will create jobs and grow our economy with targeted investments and reforms in health care, clean energy and education. It reduces non-defense discretionary spending to its lowest level in nearly half a century.
The budget also provides $53.3 billion for veterans programs, an 11.5 percent increase from last year. "With the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is critical that we have the resources necessary to care for our returning servicemen and women," Hare said. "We should never balance the budget on the backs of our veterans."
Finally, the budget honestly represents known costs like the two wars and fixing the Alternative Minimum Tax so that millions of middle class families are spared a higher tax bill. Previous budgets masked these costs to make the deficit appear smaller. "This is an honest, responsible budget that invests in America and its citizens." Hare said.