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Gerlach Opposes Budget that Taxes, Spends and Borrows Too Much

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Location: Washington, DC

Gerlach Opposes Budget that Taxes, Spends and Borrows Too Much

Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District) refused to burden American workers and job creators with higher taxes, deeper debt and hefty borrowing increases and voted against the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget presented by a House-Senate Conference Committee.

"President Obama deserves some credit for at least mentioning the need to trim $100 million in discretionary spending," Gerlach said. "But any savings will be completely wiped out by the $3.6 trillion spending plan the Democrat House leaders passed today.

"Under this budget, taxes would jump by $1.4 trillion over the next decade. These job-crushing tax hikes come at a time when workers and employers can least afford additional burdens. And future generations will have to pay off trillions in debt. This spending plan would pass a debt burden equal to two-thirds the size of the U.S. economy onto our children and grandchildren. Very simply, this budget plan taxes too much, spends too much and borrows too much."

Also troubling is a fast-track provision that will allow the Majority to ram its legislative agenda through both the House and Senate. That clears the way for quick passage of new or increased taxes on energy, which directly affect every Pennsylvanian resident's ability to find a job and provide for their families.

"Americans sent a clear message last year that they want members of Congress working together on turning this economy around and putting people back to work," Gerlach said. "This budget bill will snuff out vigorous debate and make it harder for rank-and-file lawmakers to craft common-sense legislation."

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