Larsen: Budget Must Cut the Deficit while Investing in Foundation of Long-Term Economic Growth

Mar 12, 2013 Issues: Budget, Jobs Labor and the Economy, Transportation

WASHINGTON—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, issued the following statement today after House Republicans released their budget proposal. The House of Representatives will debate the budget proposals next week.

“My top priority in Congress is to invest in the foundation of long-term economic growth that creates jobs and opportunity in the Pacific Northwest. We need to start with a budget that recognizes the obligation to make investments in transportation, education and innovation that let our economy grow.

“Cutting the deficit is important, which is why I am one of a small group of members from both parties to have voted for a bold and balanced plan that includes spending cuts, new revenues and entitlement reforms that protect guaranteed benefits for today’s seniors and future retirees. The only way to control the deficit in the long term is by embracing this balanced approach.

“I don’t understand why Republicans are once again pressing forward with their plan to turn Medicare into voucher-care, give huge new tax breaks to the richest few, and let American roads crumble when in election after election Americans have rejected this ideological approach to government. It is time for House Republicans reject this plan and work with Democrats on a balanced solution.”