U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, today issued the following remarks after the House approved its fiscal year 2014 budget resolution:
"I am proud of my colleagues in the House for working together to produce a responsible budget--one that puts us on the path to prosperity and one that is sustainable for our nation going forward. Rather than staying on the current reckless course, fueled by money we don't have, Congress must set priorities. The American people and businesses do this every day and so should the federal government.
"The House budget resolution targets Washington's wasteful spending habit and reforms the biggest drivers of the debt, while balancing the budget in 10 years without raising taxes. Like my Republican counterparts, I stand firm in my belief that by tackling our debt, we will foster a healthier economy and preserve the American Dream.
"As a majority, this is the third time we've brought forward a plan to balance the budget. During this timeframe, the Senate has shirked this budgetary responsibility. Finally after four years, Senate Democrats have turned rhetoric into a tangible plan; however, it keeps us on the same reckless course. Their plan will never balance and proposes to raise taxes by nearly $1 trillion. Before they take even more from our hardworking families, I say they have more work to do.
"Let's look at areas where we can agree and make the critical improvements to save and strengthen programs like Social Security and Medicare. I know both sides want to honor our commitments to Americans, and we can do this without further pilfering the pockets of the taxpayer."