Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis/Arlington) made the following statement Thursday after voting for a plan that balances the federal budget within 5 years:
"The GOP budget or Path to Prosperity is much better than President Obama's proposal, which saddles the American people with massive tax increases and more debt. However, the Ryan plan still won't get us to a balanced budget for 26 years and that breaks the promise we made to voters to immediately cut spending.
"We are playing a little bit of a shell game. Each year we keep putting off the tough decisions -- cutting a little less than we said we would, vowing to do it in the future. The cuts never seem to happen and now the national debt is more than $15 trillion and climbing fast. It is time to stop kicking the can down the road and display some political courage.
"I voted for the Republican Study Committee budget. It makes some tough choices, but also contains real results. It balances the budget in 5 years and makes $100 billion in cuts, this year alone. Those are true reforms that will build over time and ultimately have a significant impact on our ballooning debt."