Earlier this week Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2013. This budget proposal, politicized well before it was officially released, continues the important and difficult work of moving federal spending toward fiscal discipline, and seeks to address the decade's long trend of out of control spending in Washington.
We now face a national debt of more than $15.5 trillion, threatening our ability to grow the economy and placing key spending priorities that millions of Americans rely on at risk.
The threats we face are serious and should not be ignored. For too long Washington has ignored the warning signs of our mounting fiscal problems, and efforts to spend our way out of the problem have failed.
We cannot blame one political party. Both Republicans and Democrats have led us to where we are today. As such, both parties have a responsibility to come to the table to figure out how to solve the problem.
Once again, Congressman Paul Ryan as Chairman of the House Budget Committee has given us a starting point to have a conversation about how to get federal spending under control.
While the House budget proposal should be scrutinized and fully examined, it is the responsibility of all Members of Congress as well as the President to come together and make a real effort to get America's fiscal house in order.