Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon made the following statement following today’s passage of the Republican budget. The budget passed with a vote of 228-191.
“Today the House passed a budget that puts us back on the path to prosperity. The facts of our country’s fiscal situation are clear: we are facing the most predictable crisis in U.S. history. The federal government is consistently operating on unsustainable deficits, we have a dangerous $15 trillion and climbing national debt, and absent reform, it is a mathematical impossibility for government programs to fulfill their promises in the 21st century.
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“However, if we act now, an American debt crisis is preventable. This budget cuts spending to sustainable levels and puts us on a path toward a balanced budget and a brighter future, while protecting and preserving our country’s vital safety nets, especially for our seniors. The budget also reforms our tax code so that it is fairer, simpler and more competitive, helping American businesses hire and expand.
“While the budget is full of tough choices, it is our moral obligation to leave a free and strong America for our future generations. We can no longer ignore the very real consequences of our current fiscal course. We have two futures to choose from: a future of greater doubt, debt and decline, or one of greater strength, opportunity and prosperity.”