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Statement by Senator Mark Pryor: Obama Budget Forgets Basic Needs, Invests in Luxuries


Location: Washington, DC

While I agree with the President that we should reinvigorate American manufacturing and focus on job creation, this budget proposal is simply a case of misplaced priorities when it comes to Arkansas. I am concerned that spending on luxury programs, such as high-speed rail and spaceship taxis, take precedence over basic needs. Arkansas's needs are much more down to earth. Yet, programs that provide communities with access to drinking water, navigable waterways and agriculture assistance are being reduced. Moreover, some of the nation's best and most cost-effective military units have been targeted for cuts. I will not support a budget that sidelines basic needs, invests in luxuries and still results in a whopping $700 billion deficit in 2022.

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