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Bill Johnson Comments on President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposal

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Washington, February 9, 2016 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after President Obama unveiled his Fiscal Year 2017 budget, a proposal that would increase spending by $2.5 trillion and raise taxes by $3.4 trillion over the next decade:
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Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after President Obama unveiled his Fiscal Year 2017 budget, a proposal that would increase spending by $2.5 trillion and raise taxes by $3.4 trillion over the next decade:

Eight years, eight budgets that don’t come close to balancing, and even more debt passed onto future generations. Those are the headlines of today’s budget proposal by President Obama. Accompanying these non-surprises were more taxes, more spending, and no plan to address the key drivers of our debt. The President will be long gone from office when the bill from this budget comes due, but our children and grandchildren will be left to clean up the mess.

Southern Ohio is a major loser in the President’s proposal: his budget contains insufficient funds to keep operations in Piketon going – leaving the United States with no domestic source of uranium. This is the orbit that President Obama resides in: He’ll ease sanctions on Iran and allow that state sponsor of terrorism to resume enrichment, but won’t prioritize the money needed to keep Ohioans employed to do the same.

The contrast with the budget of the House Republicans is stark: Our positive budget alternative that will be introduced later this month will balance, create jobs, and tackle our major debt problem. A serious conversation about our debt needs to be had - now. Our collective national debt just went over $19 trillion dollars, a number so large that most of us can’t even comprehend it. Families I meet everyday live within a budget, but President Obama and representatives from both political parties have acted for too long as if that basic rule doesn’t apply to them. In fact, then-candidate Barack Obama criticized his predecessor, saying he was “unpatriotic” for adding to the national debt. Under his new budget, the national debt will be more than double what it was when the President took office.

I understand your tax dollars aren’t part of a bottomless piggy bank for government to reach their hands into. I look forward to using my new position on the House Budget Committee to promote a fiscally responsible budget – one that reigns in spending and creates better opportunities for Eastern and Southeastern Ohio. That fiscally responsible budget I’m looking for certainly isn’t the one released today by the White House. 

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