Congressman Gary Palmer voted for the Republican budget resolution that was passed by the House today and offers the following statement:
"We face a fiscal crisis in America. We spend more than we earn and then try to pretend deficits don't matter. Our national debt is now over $18 trillion, and the deficit is set to rise massively in coming years due to structural problems with Medicare, Social Security, and other entitlement programs. Because of this, righting our fiscal ship is one of my top priorities.
"This budget was not perfect. I believe this budget, like the Republican Study Committee budget which I also supported, could have been more aggressive in fixing our fiscal problems. However, this budget creates a framework for reducing the size and scope of government by proposing serious reforms that steer us in the right direction. It repeals Obamacare, strengthens Medicare by providing market incentives for both better and less expensive care, lifts the ban on crude oil exports and creates work requirements for welfare. The House should act on each of these provisions and fully implement the budget. If this is done, I believe that the savings and economic growth that will occur as a result will exceed projections and further contribute to fixing the federal deficit and debt.
"I applaud the leadership of Chairman Tom Price and the hard work of the Budget Committee and Budget Committee staff in creating this budget and I hope we continue on the path of shrinking the size and scope of the federal government while empowering Americans to live up to their full potential."