Congressman Tom Price, M.D (R-GA), vice chairman of the House Committee on the Budget, responded to the release of President Obama's federal budget today, saying:
"More than two months after missing a legally mandated deadline to submit his budget, President Obama has finally presented his plan to Congress. Unfortunately, rather than taking that extra time to reflect on the enormous challenges facing our great nation, the president settled on a plan that will saddle the public with higher taxes, more debt, and less economic opportunity. The priorities of the American people -- whether it is a stronger economy or a Washington that lives within its means -- are not reflected in the president's budget. His plan never balances, and it takes more from the paychecks of hard working Americans in order to spend more in Washington.
"On the other hand, House Republicans have shown responsible leadership by passing a budget on time and with a plan that balances within a decade, ensuring the government lives within the same rules as American families and businesses. We do so without raising taxes on American families and job creators and by saving, strengthening, and protecting the critical programs that matter to our seniors, the sick and the poor. Our plan honors America's most important priorities, from national security to education, while jump-starting our economy so that jobs may be created.
"The American people have asked repeatedly that their elected leaders tackle the nation's most significant fiscal and economic challenges. Unfortunately, for now President Obama is choosing not to listen. In the days ahead, we urge the president to turn his focus to empowering the American people by embracing real solutions that will lift the burden of debt from our nation and bring greater economic opportunity and freedom."