Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) made the following statement after the release of President Obama's budget:
"The President's budget restarts the conversation we need to have right now, one that shouldn't be about "big' or "small' government, but about "smart' government. A government that is responsive to the needs of the people it serves, but always managed in a balanced, fiscally responsible manner.
"To meet that goal, the President is right to call for the consolidation or elimination of up to 215 federal programs that are redundant or duplicative, such as the 220 science education programs that are currently spread over 13 federal agencies. These moves could result in $25 billion in savings next year. Since my days doing research for Senator William Proxmire's "Golden Fleece' awards I've worked to identify and end wasteful government spending, so I strongly support the President's efforts to streamline government and reduce waste.
"The President's budget also prioritizes initiatives that lay the groundwork for improved economic competitiveness in the global marketplace, including Head Start, higher education, job training programs and broadband expansion. Pro-growth programs that invest in America's human capital need our support now, because we won't get a second chance to invest in our students and our workforce."