Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today released the follow statement after H. Con. Res 112, the House Republican fiscal year 2013 budget resolution, passed by 228 to 191 in the United States House of Representatives:
"There is little doubt that our nation's $15 trillion debt is this generation's greatest domestic challenge," said Aderholt. "Failure to address the staggering debt now is irresponsible and will ensure for the first time in our nation's history our children and grandchildren will live in an America with less opportunity than this generation."
"Earlier this year, the President presented Congress a budget proposal that would increase spending by $1.5 trillion and projects adding $11 trillion to the debt, meanwhile the Senate still hasn't passed a budget in over 1,000 days. The unserious approach of the Administration and Senate leadership to budgeting is simply unacceptable. Once again the House is leading the charge offering principled, practical solutions to our nation's greatest challenge."
"Rising health care costs have put enormous strain on Medicare and are ultimately threatening to bankrupt the program and the country. Throughout budget discussions I have been greatly concerned our nation's seniors will be affected by any reforms to Medicare and it is important to note that the budget passed today would not change the program for anyone 55 years of age or older. While I remained concerned about the overall impact of these proposed systemic changes, it is clear that we have to start the conversation and this bill is a first step."
Aderholt currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science; and Agriculture Subcommittees, and also serves on the Helsinki Commission.