Congress Debates Budget Priorities

Congress has begun the debate over the budget and Republicans are calling the shots. The republicans and President Barack Obama have contrasting priorities for government spending and future budget policy.

 

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., priorities are outlined in his statement, “”The proposal the House Budget Committee introduced is a plan…that balances the budget in less than 10 years, secures and strengthens vital programs, provides our military men and women with the resources they need to protect American families, and would make Washington more efficient, effective and accountable to hard-working taxpayers.”

 

Price’s plan prohibits tax increases, and he says “promotes freedom of choice” in heath care because he demands that Congress pass an amendment repealing Obamacare. Price also wants to “restore federalism” as it “devolves power back to the states” for “Medicaid, nutrition assistance, education, and other programs.”

 

According to Senate Budget Committee’s minority leader, Bernie Sander, Ind.-VT., “At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, the Republicans apparently believe the richest people in America need to be made even richer. It is apparently not good enough that 99 percent of all new income today is going to the top 1 percent. That’s apparently not enough.  It is not good enough that the top one-tenth of 1 percent today own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent.”

 

Sander states that Republicans are trying to bail out millionaires and billionaires instead of “millions of middle class and working families, people who are working longer hours for lower wages, people who have seen significant declines in their standard of living of living over the last 40 years. “

 

He summarizes, “The rich get much richer, and the Republicans think they need more help. The middle class and working families of this country become poorer, and the Republicans think we need to cut programs they desperately need.”

 

Congress will continue to debate the budget until the end of March.

 

Source: PAI