Delivers GOP Weekly Address
Lee, R-Utah, delivered the Republican response to President Obama's
weekly address. In his response he raised concerns about the
priorities reflected in the first budget submitted by Senate Democrats in four
years. He suggested that we can do better than a budget that
raises taxes by trillions of dollars and makes no serious effort to
eliminate wasteful spending.
Republicans, the budget isn't just about dollars; it's about sense:
common sense," he said. "That's why the budget Republicans proposed in
the House of Representatives puts its trust in the American people. We
want dollars and decisions in your hands and not in the hands of
"Democrats disagree. They
think you don't send enough of your money to Washington. The
Democratic budget increases taxes by one and a half trillion dollars, on top of
the hundreds of billions they already added to your tax bills at the
beginning of the year."
Here is the
full text of Senator Lee's remarks:
�Hi, I�m Senator
Mike Lee from Utah.
�This week the United States
Senate finally took up its annual budget. This shouldn�t be news, but
Senate Democrats haven�t passed a budget in four years. The
President has again failed to follow the law requiring him to submit his
budget by the first Monday in February. In what clearly falls into the
category of �a day late and a dollar short,� he announced he wouldn�t
submit his budget until the second week of April.
Republicans, the budget isn�t just about dollars; it�s about sense:
common sense. A budget is the only way to end the nonsense of
Washington�s out of control spending. Reckless government spending
has laid nearly $17 trillion of debt onto the backs of hardworking
�Budgets are economic documents, but
they�re much more than that. Budgets reflect the moral choices we
make as a nation and shape the kind of society we will build for the
�That�s why the budget Republicans
proposed in the House of Representatives puts its trust in the American
people. We want dollars and decisions in your hands and not in the
hands of bureaucrats. We know that if you can keep more of your
hard-earned money, you�ll use it to help your community, to save for your
child�s college tuition, and to deploy it in ways that will create jobs
and grow your local economy.
disagree. They think you don�t send enough of your money to
Washington. The Democratic budget increases taxes by one and a half trillion
dollars, on top of the hundreds of billions they already added to your
tax bills at the beginning of the
�They also have no plan to save our entitlement programs, even though
everyone�even the President�knows that doing nothing to address the
exploding costs of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security isn�t an
option. Doing nothing makes no sense and it threatens the most
vulnerable among us.
�Budgets are about setting
priorities. Republicans realize that we have a moral obligation to spend
your hard-earned tax dollars wisely. We should spend only what we
need to cover the constitutionally authorized functions of government
and not a dollar more. That�s why we support reforms to fix the
programs Washington should be funding, to eliminate the programs it
shouldn�t, and balance the budget.
�You and I know that
the federal government wastes hundreds of billions of dollars each year.
We believe the President should work with Congress to identify
and remove wasteful areas in the
�Unfortunately, the President�s strategy is instead to cut spending on
important services, like border security, first responders, veterans,
and law enforcement.
�For example, the Director of
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently testified before a
House subcommittee that for quote �budgetary reasons� more than 2,200
illegal immigrants who were scheduled for deportation, including 10 high
level offenders, were released back on to our
�At the same time, news outlets reported that the
Transportation Security Administration signed a new deal to purchase $50
million worth of new uniforms.
�Mr. President, how is
it that we have tens of millions of dollars for new uniforms, but not
even enough to keep dangerous criminals behind
�We could have prevented this kind of nonsense if Washington had a
budget. Rather than having a budget battle between Republican and
Democratic priorities, we should be having a dialogue about American
priorities. So, what are those
�Well, 75 percent of Americans support a balanced budget. Three
out of five believe we should cut spending in a targeted way. And
more than any other issue, Americans say the economy and jobs are the
most important challenges facing the country today.
�We have a moral obligation to future generations to
make the people�s priorities, our priorities. Again, this budget debate
isn�t about dollars�it�s about common
�Republicans recognize that keeping dollars, decisions, priorities and
power in the hands of the people is what has made America the greatest
civilization the world has ever known. Now is the time to return
to that model. Working together we can, we must and we will
restore the greatness and prosperity of our
�Thank you and may God bless America.�
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