Apr 30 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) today issued the following statement after voting against the Budget Resolution:
"Our country needs a budget that works toward strengthening our long term economic sustainability, not a budget that taxes and borrows too much. The Democrats' budget puts our country on the wrong path by running up the national debt to a level equivalent to that of every president from George Washington to George W. Bush combined.
"The most troubling part of this budget is that every dime Congress spends in discretionary spending, which includes defense, transportation, and education among others has to be borrowed. The government's estimate for the amount of money it will take in over the next fiscal year is equal to the amount of money we must pay in mandatory spending - Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. President Obama has given us a budget with over $1.5 trillion in discretionary spending and we're out of money before we open our doors without borrowing. The amount of borrowing that will result from this budget make it clear that Congress can no longer afford to not address the entitlement crisis."
The Senate passed the $3.5 trillion budget resolution on a 53-43 vote.