Coats Notes: Obama Budget the Wrong Call

Senator Dan Coats
2015-02-06 18:46:46
A message from Senator Dan Coats <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/coats_ topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Obama Budget the Wrong Call On Monday, President Obama submitted his annual budget proposal to Congress for our consideration. As anyone familiar with federal budgets knows, the budget is a list of priorities, a wish list for the administration. Given our country's enormous financial challenges and the results of the 2014 midterm election, there was hope that the release of this budget would be an opportunity for President Obama to work with Congress. But much like the Seattle Seahawks at the one yard line, the president failed to make the right call. In this case, the right call would have been a plan that addresses our skyrocketing mandatory spending burden, reforms our outdated tax code and promotes pro-growth policies. These are basic ideas Republicans and Democrats agree are in our national interest. These are areas where we can find common ground. Rather than pursue consensus on these issues, President Obama proposed $2.1 trillion in tax increases over a decade. He proposed to spend $3.99 trillion in fiscal year 2016, a 7% increase from 2015 and about $1 trillion more than the federal government spent in 2008. Additionally, his budget would add $8.5 trillion to the debt over the next decade. And the president wants to eliminate the very budget caps his administration proposed and he signed into law in 2011. Instead of addressing our debt and deficit problems, the proposal is a list of the president's political priorities that will keep our nation's balance sheet firmly in the red. President Obama likes to talk about his veto pen and with the release of this budget, we can only conclude that he writes with red ink. This was a golden opportunity to move forward and work together. Unfortunately, this will go down as a missed opportunity to address our debt and deficit problems. It is imperative that we do so. _____ Anthem Cyber Attack <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15881.18666954.5591542.7189397&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.yout ube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dF9Ce9PoxdYA> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15881.18666954.5591542.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.whas1 1.com%2fstory%2fnews%2finvestigations%2fiteam%2f2015%2f02%2f05%2fwhas11- i-team-investigates-cyber-threat-to-local-power-water-supply%2f22953977% 2f> Click here <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15881.18666954.5591542.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.whas1 1.com%2fstory%2fnews%2finvestigations%2fiteam%2f2015%2f02%2f05%2fwhas11- i-team-investigates-cyber-threat-to-local-power-water-supply%2f22953977% 2f> or on the image above to watch me discuss cybersecurity with WHAS. Hoosiers learned this week that Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc., the second largest health insurer in the nation, experienced a cyber attack. According to news reports, hackers gained access to up to 80 million records that included Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses, email and employment information and income data. My immediate concern is for those in Indiana and across the country who have been impacted by this cyber attack. This is another reminder that the cybersecurity threat to America's infrastructure is the number one national security risk our country faces. Protecting Americans from cyber attacks should not be a partisan issue. As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I am fully aware of the threat cyber attacks pose and believe it is imperative that policymakers break down the barriers to information sharing that limit cyber defenses. I have been fully engaged in efforts to pass legislation that strikes the right balance between strengthening security and respecting the privacy rights of Americans. Neither industry nor government alone can broadly improve our nation's cybersecurity, and Congress must renew its commitment to address the wide range of issues posed by cyber threats through targeted legislation. Anthem has encouraged Hoosiers with questions about the attack to visit this website: www.anthemfacts.com/ <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15881.18666954.5591542.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.anthe mfacts.com%2f> Coats in the News Coats: Repeal Tax on Medical Devices <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15881.18666954.5591542.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.insid eindianabusiness.com%2fcontributors.asp%3fID%3d3131> Coats: Where's Obama's ISIS strategy? <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15881.18666954.5591542.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.cnn.c om%2f2015%2f02%2f05%2fopinion%2fcoats-obama-isis-strategy%2f> Republicans: Obama budget 'laughable' <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15881.18666954.5591542.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.polit ico.com%2fstory%2f2015%2f02%2frepublicans-obama-2015-budget-response-114 832.html%3fhp%3drc2_4> Verbatim: Coats supports Obamacare Repeal Bill <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15881.18666954.5591542.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.journ algazette.net%2fblog%2fthe-scoop%2fVerbatim--Coats-supports-Obamacare-Re peal-Bill-4833553> Health insurance giant Anthem hit with major data breach <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15881.18666954.5591542.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fthehill.c om%2fpolicy%2fcybersecurity%2f231832-health-insurance-giant-hit-with-maj or-data-breach> _____ Stay Connected <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15881.18666954.5591542.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.faceb ook.com%2fpages%2fSenator-Dan-Coats%2f180671148633644> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15881.18666954.5591542.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2ftwitter.c om%2fSenDanCoats> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15881.18666954.5591542.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.youtu be.com%2fSenatorCoats> _____ Coats in Washington <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15881.18666954.5591542.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats.sen ate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fphotos%2fjune-visits-with-hoosiers> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15881.18666954.5591542.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats.sen ate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fphotos%2fcoats-tours-countrymark-refinery> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15881.18666954.5591542.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fcoats.sen ate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fphotos%2fcoats-tours-posey-county-flood-damage> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/020615 enews.jpg> I enjoyed meeting with Secretary of Defense nominee Dr. Ash Carter. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/CoatsP ence2.jpg> I discussed HIP 2.0 with Gov. 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Dan Coats


Obama Budget the Wrong Call 

On Monday, President Obama submitted his annual budget proposal to Congress for our consideration. As anyone familiar with federal budgets knows, the budget is a list of priorities, a wish list for the administration. Given our country’s enormous financial challenges and the results of the 2014 midterm election, there was hope that the release of this budget would be an opportunity for President Obama to work with Congress.

But much like the Seattle Seahawks at the one yard line, the president failed to make the right call. In this case, the right call would have been a plan that  addresses our skyrocketing mandatory spending burden, reforms our outdated tax code and promotes pro-growth policies. These are basic ideas Republicans and Democrats agree are in our national interest. These are areas where we can find common ground.

Rather than pursue consensus on these issues, President Obama proposed $2.1 trillion in tax increases over a decade. He proposed to spend $3.99 trillion in fiscal year 2016, a 7% increase from 2015 and about $1 trillion more than the federal government spent in 2008. Additionally, his budget would add $8.5 trillion to the debt over the next decade. And the president wants to eliminate the very budget caps his administration proposed and he signed into law in 2011.

Instead of addressing our debt and deficit problems, the proposal is a list of the president's political priorities that will keep our nation’s balance sheet firmly in the red. President Obama likes to talk about his veto pen and with the release of this budget, we can only conclude that he writes with red ink.

This was a golden opportunity to move forward and work together. Unfortunately, this will go down as a missed opportunity to address our debt and deficit problems. It is imperative that we do so.


Anthem Cyber Attack
 

Click here or on the image above to watch me discuss cybersecurity with WHAS.

Hoosiers learned this week that Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc., the second largest health insurer in the nation, experienced a cyber attack. According to news reports, hackers gained access to up to 80 million records that included Social Security numbers, birthdays, addresses, email and employment information and income data. 

My immediate concern is for those in Indiana and across the country who have been impacted by this cyber attack. This is another reminder that the cybersecurity threat to America’s infrastructure is the number one national security risk our country faces. Protecting Americans from cyber attacks should not be a partisan issue. As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I am fully aware of the threat cyber attacks pose and believe it is imperative that policymakers break down the barriers to information sharing that limit cyber defenses.

I have been fully engaged in efforts to pass legislation that strikes the right balance between strengthening security and respecting the privacy rights of Americans. Neither industry nor government alone can broadly improve our nation’s cybersecurity, and Congress must renew its commitment to address the wide range of issues posed by cyber threats through targeted legislation.

Anthem has encouraged Hoosiers with questions about the attack to visit this website:   

Coats in the News

Coats: Repeal Tax on Medical Devices

Coats: Where's Obama's ISIS strategy?

Republicans: Obama budget 'laughable'

Verbatim: Coats supports Obamacare Repeal Bill

Health insurance giant Anthem hit with major data breach


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Coats in Washington

I enjoyed meeting with Secretary of Defense nominee Dr. Ash Carter.
 
I discussed HIP 2.0 with Gov. Pence this week.To see my remarks about HIP 2.0, click here.
 
I met with leaders from independent colleges in Indiana. 


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