WASHINGTON, D.C. | March 4, 2014 -
House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement after President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal:
President Obama has tried to convince the American people that our commitment to helping those in need should be judged by the number of programs we create and taxpayer dollars we spend. With each new budget request we’re told a strong recovery is just around the corner if the president is allowed to spend more, tax more, and borrow more. Yet despite higher spending, tax hikes, and mountains of debt, millions of families remain trapped in poverty and searching for work.
Instead of changing course, the president expects the country to support more of the same. Today’s budget proposal includes hundreds of billions of dollars in additional spending to fund new federal programs. In critical areas such as early learning, job training, and higher education the president wants to make an existing maze of programs even more costly and confusing. Spending more money on broken programs will not provide the support our most vulnerable children, workers, and families desperately need.
The American people can no longer afford to invest in the president's failed agenda. We all want to ensure students receive a quality education and workers acquire the skills necessary to compete in today’s workforce. To achieve these goals we have to abandon the status quo and enact responsible reforms. Let’s reject the president’s attempt to double-down on failed policies and invest in real solutions that will help grow our economy and expand opportunity for every American who seeks it.
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