By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Congressman Jo Bonner (R) from Mobile said in a written statement that “Again, House Leads the Way by Passing Budget with Serious Spending Cuts.”
Rep. Bonner said, “Last week, the House of Representatives did something the Senate has been unable to do in nearly three years – pass a budget. In fact, this is the second time in two years that the House has mustered the votes to approve a responsible plan to cut federal spending and put our government on a path to a balanced budget.”
Rep. Bonner said, “The president’s new 2013 budget proposal overspends to the tune of $1.5 trillion, this despite the addition of $1.9 trillion in tax increases. Not surprisingly, when the House had an opportunity to vote on the Obama budget last week it soundly defeated it. In fact, the vote was a resounding 414 to 0, without a single member of the president’s own party supporting it.”
Rep. Bonner told constituents in Alabama, “I don’t have to tell you that our government’s financial picture is bleak. Years of overspending by Washington have led us into so much debt that no amount of record-breaking lottery jackpots could put a dent in it (and don’t forget that the government collects taxes on lottery winners).”
Rep. Bonner said that the House passed a conservative budget authored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. Bonner said that Rep. Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” budget blueprint cuts spending by $5 trillion and reduces the deficit by $3 trillion over the next ten years compared to the budget that President Obama sent to Congress. Bonner said that the House Budget nixes President Obama’s tax increases, repeals Obamacare, and reforms that tax code while it decreases the deficit.
Rep. Bonner said that even though Congress’s work on the federal budget will affect every American in some way more Americans would rather daydream about winning the $640 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot than consider their Congressman’s vote on the 2013 federal budget.
Rep. Bonner said that a March 19th 2012 CBS News report said that the National Debt has increased more during President Obama’s three years and two months in office than it grew during all 8 years of Pres. George W. Bush’s Presidency.
Rep. Bonner said, “It’s also a bipartisan debt. Both political parties have contributed to the sea of red ink in which we are now adrift. However, what is most alarming about the nation’s debt is the recent surge in borrowing and spending since President Obama took office in 2009. He has managed to not only increase the total national debt by a third in less than four years, but he has set in motion a trend to effectively double it from the 2009 level in a mere four more years.”
Congressman Bonner said that he voted for the Ryan budget like he did last year and like last year he expects that Sen. Harry Reid (D) and the Democratic leadership of the Senate will kill the Ryan budget but won’t pass a budget of their own.
Rep. Bonner said that all six counties of the First Congressional District saw a small decrease in unemployment from the January levels. Rep. Bonner said that unemployment is still too high and more must be done to restore employment opportunities across the region.
To read Rep. Bonner’s press release in its entirety: