The President's Budget Request
I applaud President Obama’s final budget request, which calls for the critical investments a great country must make while laying out a comprehensive blueprint to reduce our long-term deficits. The proposal includes robust funding for urgent needs, such as rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and protecting Americans from emerging health threatslike the Zika virus; it also increases support for forward-looking priorities, including science and technology research and initiatives to lift millions out of the crippling cycle of poverty.
This balanced proposal deserves the full consideration of the Congress, and I strongly condemn the recent announcement by House Republicans that they will defy decades of bipartisan precedent and decline to hold a hearing on the President’s proposal. Disagreements about budget priorities are part of the political process, but refusing to even engage with the Administration on areas of potential agreement or compromise represents the height of partisan folly.