SANFORD RELEASES STATEMENT ON BUDGET DEAL
Today, Representative Mark Sanford released the following statement regarding the announcement that Paul Ryan and Patty Murray had come to a budget agreement:
"Coming to any sort of agreement is never easy in Washington, and accordingly I want to thank Chairman Ryan and Senator Murray for all they did in preparing this deal," said Sanford.
"While I appreciate that change in politics comes by degree, I think this deal comes up short. It sets federal spending levels for the next two years at just over $1 trillion per year -- an increase of $63 billion from the levels Congress passed into law in 2011. Then it goes on to offset that higher spending by raising taxes," Sanford continued.
"For instance, fees for airline travel will more than double from the current $5 per round trip to $11.20 per round trip. This provision, along with others, results in $63 billion in increased revenues for the government - which most of us would call $63 billion in higher taxes, given that it's a transfer of money from the taxpayer's pocket to Washington."
"It doesn't need to be this way, given that as recently as October the $967 billion level of funding that was set by the 2011 Budget Control Act was widely accepted in Washington. With that in mind, I joined 32 other conservatives in sending a letter written by fellow South Carolina Representative Mick Mulvaney expressing our preference for a "clean" budget agreement, or one that simply upholds current law," added Sanford. "I believe Congress needs to preserve the small victories it has already made for financial discipline -- not add $63 billion in higher spending and increased taxes with only future promises of savings to show for it."