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Messer Votes to Restore Fiscal Responsibility and Balance the Federal Budget


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Luke Messer voted in support of H. Con. Res. 25, the budget resolution for fiscal year 2014. The "Path to Prosperity" budget reduces deficits by $4.6 trillion and balances over the next ten years. Messer serves on the House Budget Committee.

"It is time the federal government do what families all across this country do every day: live within our means and balance our budget," said Messer. "This plan balances the budget in 10 years and gets our fiscal house in order. A balanced budget will help restore a healthy economy that creates more jobs. A balanced budget will lead to more opportunities for families, more affordable energy, and it also means a more secure retirement."

Two leading economists from Stanford University have said enacting this budget will result in 500,000 more jobs and $1,500 more take-home pay for families in 2014. In ten years, the budget would result in 1.7 million more jobs and $4,000 more take-home per family.

"The President has still not turned in his budget proposal that was due almost two months ago," said Messer. "The U.S. Senate is still working on their first budget proposal in more than 1400 days. We cannot simply tell the American people that the dog ate our homework. We need to do our jobs and balance the budget. That is exactly what this plan will do."

"The Senate budget not only does not balance but it will throw $1.5 trillion in tax increases on the backs of American families," Messer continued. "We do not have a revenue problem--we have a spending problem. We cannot keep spending money we do not have. We need to restore fiscal responsibility and balance the budget."

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