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Congresswoman Terri Sewell Supports Obama Budget

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter 

Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D) from Selma issued a press release praising President Obama’s budget proposal.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell said, “Today, President Obama released his budget for fiscal year 2013. I agree with the President that the recovery of our American economy must be built upon two fundamental principles – protecting the middle class and promoting shared sacrifice and collective responsibility.”

Rep. Sewell said, “In the State of the Union Address, the President outlined his vision for an American economy “built to last,” based on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers and a renewal of American values.  I believe this budget provides a fair and balanced approach.”

Rep. Sewell continued, “I applaud the President’s aggressive efforts to reduce the deficit. The budget provides for important investments in research and innovation which are vital to preparing our businesses and manufacturing sector to take advantage of new opportunities. This budget promotes public-private partnerships that will increase job creation, workforce development and improve access to higher education for all American workers.  America is and has always been most successful when we invest in our people—middle-class families and small business owners—who can grow our economy from the bottom up.”

Rep. Sewell announced her support for higher taxes: “We can no longer afford to provide tax breaks to wealthy Americans by depriving seniors and the middle class of the support they need and deserve. Everyone must do their part.”

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“I look forward to continuing to work with the president and my colleagues in Congress on a comprehensive plan to stimulate our economy and reduce our deficit,” Rep. Sewell concluded.

Rep. Sewell, the highest ranking Democratic Party officeholder remaining in Alabama, views on the President’s budget are in sharp contrast to her Republican colleagues in the state’s Congressional delegation.  Republican Senator Jeff Sessions said, “After four straight years of trillion-dollar-plus deficits (breaking his promise to cut the deficit in half), President Obama’s budget worsens our fiscal crisis and speeds the country to bankruptcy.”

Spends Too Much: $47 Trillion In Ten Years — A Net Increase Over Current Projections

After four straight years of trillion-dollar-plus deficits (breaking his promise to cut the deficit in half), President Obama’s budget worsens our fiscal crisis and speeds the country to bankruptcy. Three years after the passage of the President’s trillion-dollar spending stimulus, this gimmick-filled budget calls for more wasteful spending taken from workers’ paychecks or borrowed from abroad. The massive spending increases are greater than the few proposed spending reductions.”

President Barack H. Obama is requesting $3.8 trillion in federal spending for fiscal year 2013, an annual increase of ~$200 billion.  President Obama’s budget is not expected to pass in either the Republican controlled House or the Democrat controlled Senate

The growing national debt now stands at $15.4 trillion.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell is in her first term in the United States Congress.  She represents Alabama’s Seventh Congressional district.  She is unopposed in the March 13th Democratic Party Primary; but will face Republican opposition in the November 6th general election.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.