WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Assistant Republican Whip, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget, announced today:
“The American people have been saying: cut spending, get to work in Washington, and get out of the way of private sector job creators,” Palazzo stated. “Today, the president responded – days late and leaving the taxpayer more than a few dollars short – with a $3.8 trillion budget including $350 billion-worth of failed stimulus policies, and almost $2 trillion in tax hikes; the largest tax-hike in history. And instead of living up to promises to cut the deficit in half by the end of his term, we’re looking at the fourth year in a row of deficit spending of more than a trillion dollars.
Once again, we see a lack of leadership from our commander in chief. Conservatives in the House of Representatives remain serious about passing a workable budget as we did last year, and I call on Democrat leaders in the Senate to do the same.”
The Republican-led House of Representatives passed a budget in 2011 that would have cut spending by more than $6 trillion over the next 10 years and reduced deficits by more than $4 trillion. The Senate, under Democrat leadership, has not taken up a budget in more than 1,000 days. The publicly held debt currently stands at $15.3 trillion. President Obama also delivered his budget late again for the third time in four years, making him the most delinquent president in history when it comes to submitting a budget to Congress.