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Larsen: Final Bush Budget More of the Same

Washington, DC, February 4, 2008

U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) released the following statement today on President Bush’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2009:

“Today President Bush released the eighth and final proposed budget of his presidency. Unfortunately, his budget proposal for the next fiscal year is more of the same failed policies:  more cuts in funding for local law enforcement and drug courts in the fight against meth, more fee increases for veterans’ health care, more cuts to health care and hunger relief for seniors and more cuts in energy assistance for low-income families, denying more than one million Americans the help they need to heat their homes.”

“Our top priority needs to be getting our economy back on track. Cutting funding for education and job training while keeping tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans is not the answer.  We owe it to our children and grandchildren to get our fiscal house in order and invest in our communities to keep our economy strong for the future.”

“I hope President Bush will work with Congress this year to strengthen our economy, help create jobs and fund our nation’s priorities.  We have a lot of work to do, and this country can’t afford to wait until there’s a Democrat in the White House to get it done.”