Obama’s Lame-Duck Budget Will Grow Government While Middle Class Shrinks

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, made the following statement today regarding the release of President Obama’s long-delayed FY 2015 budget proposal:

“With over two years still left in his presidency, and millions of middle-income Americans hurting in this weak economy, it’s unfortunate the president has already given up on addressing our economic woes and is content to put forward a budget that merely panders to his political base. Despite the fact that household income is down by $3,600 since the president took office, and the labor participation rate is at its lowest level since Jimmy Carter was president, President Obama is proposing more of the same policies to grow the government at the expense of the middle class. It’s long past time for the president to get serious about working with Congress to pass bipartisan reforms that will actually improve Americans’ lives, like repealing the medical device tax, approving the Keystone XL pipeline, and enacting Trade Promotion Authority.”