From House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio:
“House Republicans passed a balanced budget that will help foster a healthier economy and to help create jobs. Unfortunately, the president’s budget never comes to balance. Every family has to balance its budget, Washington should as well.
“The American people know you can’t continue to spend money that you don’t have. The federal government has spent more than what it has brought in in 55 of the last 60 years. Now think about this, you can’t continue to go on like this. That’s why we came forward with a plan that will balance the budget over the next 10 years. We believe strongly that it is time for Washington to deal with its spending problem.
“And while the president has backtracked on some of his entitlement reforms that were in conversations that we had a year and a half ago, he does deserve some credit for some incremental entitlement reforms that he has outlined in his budget. But I would hope that he would not hold hostage these modest reforms for his demand for bigger tax hikes. Listen, why don’t we do what we can agree to do? Why don’t we find the common ground that we do have and move on that?
“The president got his tax hikes in January, we don’t need to be raising taxes on the American people. So I’m hopeful in the coming weeks we’ll have an opportunity, through the budget process, to come to some agreement.”
From Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland:
“The President’s budget makes critical investments in our economy and in job creation. I’m particularly pleased to see the investments in mental health, HIV/AIDS, and education, including promise neighborhoods, and universal pre-K. Given my efforts to repeal the Tiahrt amendments, I’m also very pleased to see that this budget excludes pieces of that policy rider which inhibits law enforcement’s abilities to track illegal guns and prevent gun violence. Unfortunately, this budget also includes chained CPI, a benefit cut to Social Security which I strongly oppose.”
From U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee:
“What a disappointment this budget is. Not only is it two months late, but the President’s budget is a rehash of the same tax hikes, spending increases and deceptive budget gimmicks that have already been rejected by Democrats and Republicans alike. What’s more, it barely makes a dent in our sky-high debt, while not doing enough to fundamentally reform Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Any reasonable person understands that our $17 trillion debt – which represents a burden of over $55,000 for every man, woman, and child in America – is a crisis that demands addressing.”
“Falsely claiming $1.8 trillion in deficit reduction, as the President proposes, isn’t the kind of leadership the people of Utah and America deserve. Confronting our debt crisis with such an unbalanced set of massive tax increases, as the President does in his budget, will only result in less economic opportunity for middle-class families and small businesses, and more government spending from Washington. After last week’s dismal job numbers where the labor force dipped by a half-a-million workers and the labor force participation rate fell to the lowest since the early years of the Carter Administration, we need policies that grow our economy, the paychecks of the American people, and opportunities for our children and grandchildren – not grow our government as the President proposes in his budget.”
From House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco:
“The President has made it clear that this proposal is in furtherance of his efforts to achieve compromise with Republicans and demonstrates that he is willing to make tough decisions to reduce the deficit, but only in the context of a bold and balanced agreement that asks the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share and includes initiatives that spur economic growth by creating jobs.
“Now that the House and Senate have acted on their own budget proposals, it is time for Speaker Boehner to appoint budget conferees to avoid any further delay. The American people want their elected representatives in Washington to work together to tackle the difficult decisions facing our nation. We must lift the sequester and find common ground to grow our economy, put people to work, and build a strong, thriving middle class.”
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From Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Modesto:
“Americans can’t afford another round of taxes. Future generations should not be forced to pay for today’s careless spending habits. We should look for more common-sense, bipartisan solutions to cut spending and save billions in taxpayer dollars, such as selling unneeded or wasteful federal properties.”
From Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez:
“President Obama’s budget makes difficult choices, to be sure, not all of which I agree with. But his plan is clearly intended to grow our economy, create jobs, and invest in our future. I commend his effort to balance the need between increasing revenues, long term deficit reduction, and investing in and growing our economy as the path forward. Refusing to agree to a balanced approach is refusing to be part of the solution, only part of the problem.
“Now, Speaker Boehner, who has stated repeatedly this year how important it is for Congress to pass a budget, should appoint congressional conferees right away so that we can get to work reconciling the differences that Democrats and Republicans have regarding the budget and our economy.
“Understandably, a great deal of concern has been raised over one aspect of the president’s budget that has been offered in the past by Republicans as well, the proposal to change the measure of inflation for cost-of-living adjustments for a number of programs throughout the budget, including Social Security benefits, known as chained CPI. I have serious concerns about whether chained CPI is the right step to take and believe that Congress must study the proposal very carefully before taking any action on it. I have never let seniors down, nor veterans and the disabled, in all of my years in Congress and I won’t let them down now.”