What they said about the President’s budget

The House today voted 233-196 to pass President Barack Obama’s budget proposal, which sets guidelines for how much Congress and the President can spend over the next five years in all areas of government services; now it goes to the Senate. Unsurprisingly, all Bay Area House members voted in favor of the budget plan, and several issued statements on it.

From Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont:

“This budget clearly distinguishes the priorities of the new Congress and President Obama—jobs, universal health care, and a first rate education system—from the misplaced priorities of past Republican budgets—tax cuts for the wealthy, war, and an eviscerated safety net. I urge all of my colleagues to embrace priorities that put the health and wellbeing of people ahead of the narrow interests of the well connected and support this budget.”

From Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez:

“We have taken a critical step in approving President Obama’s historic economic plan, a plan that paves the way for historic investments in education, health care, and clean energy. The President’s budget would have a dramatic impact on Bay Area families and working people throughout our country who are not only struggling in today’s deep recession, but who are yearning for a new direction in America.

“I am proud of what this economic plan would do for our youngest children and students of all ages. We’re building on the historic investments we just provided America’s schools in the recovery bill intended to stave of layoffs and improve education. This budget goes the next step to provide sufficient funds for education to really achieve greatness in our public education system.

“We finally have real leadership in the White House, and if Congress goes along with this plan, the President will lead our nation to prosperity, security and greatness.”

More after the jump…

From Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto:

“This budget represents a sea change for America. It is the blueprint for a sustained economic recovery for our country’s future, making historic investments in health care reform, education, science, and energy independence which will create jobs today and establish the foundation for prosperity for the next generation of Americans. It’s a return to fiscal responsibility, cutting the deficit by nearly two-thirds and reducing taxes for middle class families. It also tells the truth about the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”


“This budget is a sound economic plan and it represents the highest American values. It reverses eight years of neglect of our nation’s most critical priorities – health care, energy, science, and education – while putting the federal government back on a path of fiscal sanity.”

And, for some counterpoint, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio:

“So if you look at a budget it’s always called an outline, a road map. Well I have a description of what this budget is – it’s called a road map to disaster. As I said earlier this year we’re going to be the party of better solutions. We clearly are not in agreement with the Democrat budget. Paul Ryan, my colleague from Wisconsin and the members of the budget committee on our side of the aisle have put together a better solution that has less spending, that has less taxes and has much less debt on the backs of our kids and grandkids.

“As I said before, previous generations have made tough decisions. Tough decisions to ensure their kids and grandkids will have a brighter future. The budget presented by the majority doesn’t make those decisions. There’s no question our budget does require us to make tough decisions. We actually deal with the issue of entitlements, which is important for us to deal with because there’s no way to balance the budget and begin to reduce the debt unless you begin to look at these entitlement programs where our generations made promises to ourselves that our kids and grandkids can’t afford.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    With the dems in power, we’re doomed.

    Come on 2010.

  • RR

    Stark’s endorsement does more harm than good. No one who has any doubts about the budget need look any further than Pete’s statement, filled with Bush-bashing.

  • BGR

    I want what Miller’s smoking.