Larsen Statement on President Bush’s 2008 Budget Proposal</A

Feb 5, 2007


Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Rick Larsen (WA-02) released the following statement today on President Bush’s budget request for 2008:

“The President’s irresponsible budget proposal raises co-pays and enrollment fees for veterans, cuts funding to combat methamphetamine, cuts funding for programs that help small businesses get off the ground and fails to balance the budget by 2012.”

“The President’s proposal cuts funding for Small Business Development Centers. My district has three of these centers in Bellingham, Mount Vernon and Everett, and they need every penny they can get to help small businesses grow and create jobs.  The President also proposes eliminating technical assistance for the Microloan Program. Without technical assistance, small start-up companies that benefit from this program would have a harder time succeeding.”

 “Methamphetamine is a highly dangerous drug that is wreaking havoc on families and communities across our country, and methamphetamine use is on the rise. Communities and law enforcement in my district and across the country face this problem with urgency and commitment every day. Yet under the President’s proposal, local law enforcement would face cuts in funding for programs used to battle methamphetamine and bust drug trafficking rings.”

“The President’s budget fails to recognize the debt we owe our men and women in uniform.  Newly returning veterans are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan every day, yet the President’s proposal would make it harder for some of them to get the health care they need and deserve. The President’s budget would establish an enrollment fee for some veterans entering the Veterans Administration system, while almost doubling their prescription drug co-pays from $8 to $15. Congress defeated a similar proposal last year, and I’ll fight to make sure we defeat it again this year.”

“As Congress tackles the Fiscal Year 2008 budget process, I will work to make sure the budget we write is fiscally responsible and reflects the values and priorities of the 2nd Congressional district.”