Today, Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) released the following statement following the release of President Obama's proposed FY14 budget:
"The President's budget offers a reasonable and balanced approach that invests in the American people and in Louisiana while also reducing the deficit. While I have concerns about the impact some of these proposals could have on Medicare and Social Security, I will work with the President and my colleagues in the House to preserve and strengthen critical programs that many of our seniors rely on. It is important that we all understand spending cuts alone will not address the larger need of job creation in an economy that is still recovering, nor will it prioritize investments needed in health care, education and infrastructure.
This budget is one that reflects compromise, something my Republican colleagues have had considerable trouble comprehending. It offers a fair approach that asks a bit more from the most fortunate among us, while preserving critical investments like coastal restoration and the expansion of Pre-K. We must all work together to agree on a compromise that is fiscally responsible yet committed to investing in our children, elderly, disabled and middle class families."