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April 20, 2013

Mullin weighs in on proposed budget

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) issued the following statement on the announced budget proposal from the Obama administration:

“President Obama’s budget is another example of how Washington D.C. just doesn’t get it. The President’s budget attempts to find savings on the backs of our senior citizens by taking away billions of dollars from Medicare.

This budget also calls for tax increases after the President already imposed a tax hike back in January of this year. These new taxes fall primarily on businesses which are struggling under uncertain regulations and new mandates as well as fees and penalties through the implementation of ObamaCare.

We cannot grow the economy by further punishing hard working business owners who create jobs.

While I do not support the President’s budget, not all of the ideas presented in it are bad ones. Enacting the Chained Consumer Price Index (Chained CPI) as a means of calculating the rate of inflation will make Social Security stronger by slowing the rate of other government spending.

I am pleased to see that the EPA would receive a 3.5 percent cut in funding under the President’s budget. This agency has been exceeding its original mandate for decades and for too long has overregulated businesses in Oklahoma and across the country.

I also support the effort to eliminate “double dipping” from individuals drawing both unemployment benefits and disability benefits at the same time.

Overall, while there are certainly some good things attached, this is not a serious long term budget. Unlike the Ryan budget, the President’s proposal never achieves balance. It is absolutely critical that, like Oklahoma, the Federal government has a budget that is balanced and does not raise taxes on businesses which are already struggling.”

 

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