Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the U.S. House Budget Committee have unveiled a responsible Fiscal Year 2014 budget that promotes economic growth while reducing wasteful spending.
"Our country is more than $16 trillion in debt," said Hartzler, a member of the House Budget Committee. "In crafting this 2014 budget we set out to rein-in out-of-control spending that is hindering the efforts of businesses to grow the economy and is piling up huge amounts of debt that will have to be paid by our children and grandchildren."
This budget also restores funding for our national defense at pre-sequester levels," continued Hartzler. "One of the most important Constitutional requirements of the federal government is to provide for the common defense. The President's sequester, which I opposed since it was first introduced, drastically slashes our national defense and puts our country at risk."
"Our budget reduces the annual rate of growth in spending from 5 percent, which is the current trajectory, to 3.4 percent each year over the next decade," added Hartzler. "This budget cuts wasteful spending while protecting the most vulnerable among us, getting us to a balanced budget over ten years. It provides economic security for workers and parents as well as ensuring a secure retirement for the elderly. I am pleased that for the first time in four years the Senate has pledged to produce a budget of its own this year. I look forward to studying the Senate's version to see where our two chambers can come together to reduce our debt burden and to serve the American people."
In addition to serving on the House Budget Committee, Congresswoman Hartzler is a member of both the House Agriculture and House Armed Services Committees.