Rep. Kelly Responds to President Obama’s Final Budget Proposal

Feb 9, 2016 Issues: Spending Cuts and Debt

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) – a member of the House Ways and Means Committee – issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s federal budget proposal for fiscal year 2017.

“President Obama’s latest and final budget confirms that he is no longer interested in governing in reality and has left serious leadership to other people. For the eighth time in a row, his budget proposal sinks our nation further in debt, threatens our economy with higher taxes, and never even comes close to balancing—ever. By the end of this presidency, our national debt burden will be doubled and millions of American families will be left badly bruised from a disappointing economy that was constantly kept from growing to its full potential. Considering all of the challenges that lay before us, only in a left-wing fantasy world does $2.5 trillion in new spending and $3.4 trillion in tax increases – including a costly new oil tax – make any sense.

“Western Pennsylvanians and hardworking Americans all across our country see budgets like this for the scams they are. They know that a budget that permanently spends more than it takes in is utterly unsustainable. They know an unbalanced checkbook only puts a family or any individual’s financial well-being in severe jeopardy. They know that in the private sector, a budget approach like this president’s would only lead to lost jobs, widespread bankruptcies, and blocks full of ‘out of business’ signs.

“The American people deserve so much better than a president who writes the nation’s budget with his ideological pen. Yet again, where President Obama failed, Congress will lead. My colleagues and I will soon present a responsible budget that reduces our debt, grows our economy, protects our country, and paves the way for a much stronger future.”

NOTE: This week Rep. Kelly will be participating in two separate hearings hosted by the Ways and Means Committee to assess President Obama’s FY 2017 budget featuring testimony by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, respectively.