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Palmer Statement on President Obama’s Budget

February 2, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Gary Palmer, a member of the House Budget Committee, offers the following statement concerning the budget proposed by President Obama:

“What President Obama has proposed is not a budget, it is a conglomeration of policies and programs that Congress has rejected during his first six years in office.  The primary purpose of the nation's budget should be to secure our financial future and assure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.  Instead, the President's proposal continues the path to economic ruin.  I will give him credit for remaining consistent with his spending visions, which have been consistently rejected by the Congress every time he has proposed them.

If the President were serious about working with the Congress, he would have set some reasonable priorities.  What he’s produced is rhetoric about helping the middle class and a document that does not match that rhetoric.  Increasing taxes and spending is not the way to help the middle class.  We need to find ways to reduce the tax burden across the board.

In a few months, the nation will be faced with another debt limit increase.  We cannot look the American people in the eyes and tell them we need to increase the debt limit, while continuing to spend more.

This budget proposes $4 trillion in spending, but the Administration acknowledges that projected revenues are only $3.52 trillion. Thus, if the numbers were true, we would be looking at a $474 billion deficit.  Given this is only a projection, the deficit would be even higher.

Finally, economic growth does not come from bigger government, but from fiscal discipline.  This budget is anything but disciplined.”

For any additional questions, contact:

Cliff Smith, (202) 225-4921,

U.S. Representative Gary Palmer (R-AL) serves on three Congressional committees: Oversight and Government Reform, Budget, and Space, Science and Technology.  Visit Palmer online at his website or via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram