No budget once again from the pointless pResident Buck Ofama…
February 5, 2013
Dear Mr. MaddMedic:
Knowing of your interest in government spending and the budget, I would like to provide you with an important update about the FY 2014 budget.
As you may know, President Obama failed to submit his FY2014 budget yesterday. The president is legally required to submit a budget proposal to Congress by the first Monday in February. His inaction comes against a backdrop of the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression and rising concerns about partisan tension. Every year, families and small businesses adhere to a budget, but for 1,378 days the Senate has also refused to operate by the same standards. Hardworking taxpayers deserve better.
As your Congressman, I have voted for a budget every year to keep the government accountable and address spending. A federal budget is an integral part of addressing the fiscal crisis threatening our economic future and security of our children and grandchildren. The best way to get our country back on track while solving our debt crisis is to achieve economic growth by balancing the budget over the next 10 years, cutting wasteful government spending, and enacting real pro-growth tax reform.
Minnesotans expect Washington to pass a budget and live by it. Accordingly, the House acted and passed the No Budget, No Pay Act (H.R. 325). This bipartisan legislation requires the House and the Senate each to pass a budget by April 15 or salaries for members of the respective chambers would be withheld until they do so. The principle is simple: no budget, no pay. A budget must be passed to establish priorities and reign in reckless Washington spending. I am pleased the president quickly signed the No Budget, No Pay Act into law.
As the House of Representatives continues to move forward with the budget process, I encourage you to visit the House Committee on the Budget website at www.budget.house.gov. As I continue to serve you in Congress, I will remain a strong and vocal advocate for fiscal responsibility. For additional updates on legislative activity and my efforts on your behalf in Congress, visit my website here.
Member of Congress
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