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Broun: POTUS Should Give Budgeting Responsibilities Back to Congress


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) issued the following statement after the White House announced it would again miss its statutory deadline to submit the President's budget to Congress:

"Under the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921, the President is required to submit an annual budget to Congress for its approval," said Rep. Broun. "This is completely contradictory to how our Founding Fathers expected our government to operate.

"If the federal government were a business, Congress would act as the Board of Directors, and the President similar to a CEO. It should be up to Congress, not the President, to set boundaries on how much money our country should spend, where that money should be spent, and who should be able to spend it. And likewise, it should be up to the President to enforce the limits that Congress creates.

"It has been 1,000 days since Congress last enacted a federal budget, and during this time of economic crisis, it is imperative that we get serious about establishing a fiscally responsible framework to limit government spending. As a result, I implore "We the People' to demand that budgeting responsibilities be returned to the rightful branch of the federal government as our Founding Fathers intended."

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