Congressman Robert Hurt today released the following statement after President Obama submitted his FY14 budget proposal:
"I am pleased that for the first time in nearly four years, the American people will have a clear choice between the Senate, the White House, and the House of Representatives budget blueprints. Unfortunately, today we have seen that there is nothing balanced about the President's budget; we cannot afford more of the same. It taxes more, spends more, grows the federal government, and fails to ever achieve balance at a time when our staggering debt is driving our economy deeper into decline. As more and more 5th District Virginians and Americans across this country are struggling to find work, the President's budget does nothing to restore fiscal sustainability and give our small businesses an economic environment where they can hire and expand.
"I remain committed to working with the President and the Senate to find common ground to balance our budget, strengthen health and retirement safety programs, and jumpstart our economy. Yet, at a time when we are piling trillions of dollars of debt onto our children's future, the President and the Senate seem laser-focused on growing the government. Common ground must be reached. I look forward to working with my colleagues to balance our budget and make the difficult but necessary choices to restore a healthy and vibrant economy now and for generations to come."