Kelly Condemns Democrats' Reckless Budget, Says Americans are on the Pit Being Roasted by a Party that Doesn't Care About Them

Washington, D.C - U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) today joined fellow members of the Republican Study Committee for a press conference to rally the American people against the Democrats' $3.5 trillion budget proposal.

The budget resolution, which passed the Senate earlier this month and the House of Representatives today shortly after this press conference, calls for $3.5 trillion of new federal spending. It does not include the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that is likely to become law or the $6.8 trillion already projected to be spent in FY 2021.

The Democrats will now begin the budget reconciliation process where committees will write legislation pursuant to the budget resolution's instructions. If all $3.5 trillion is successfully enacted, the federal government will spend approximately $11.5 trillion in one year alone.

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Key Excerpts

"I have ten grandchildren. I can't imagine sitting down with my grandchildren and saying, Grandpa's got an idea: you're going to make about $38,000, and grandma and I think you should go out and spend $68,000."

"We talk in trillions here, we talk in billions here, and we talk in millions here, and the only people back home that I represent that talk in millions are the people hoping to win the Pennsylvania lottery. The rest of them go from paycheck to paycheck. The rest of them look long range."

"What are doing? Funded and unfunded debt right now exceeds $130 trillion. We have become so out of touch with the people that supply every penny and cosign every debt that we do. My question is when do we in Washington start to surely represent the people who had faith and trust and sent us here."

"Why do we think that spending ourselves into oblivion somehow is going to  win the next election for us? It's not a matter of who wins the election, it's who puts this country in the right direction."

"My colleagues are not going to vote for something that puts Americans in a position where they'll never see the light of day again. I don't want them to have so much unfunded debt that they can never climb out of it."

"God bless our American citizens. They are on the pit right now and they're being roasted by a party that doesn't care about them."