Ryan budget reflects leadership Americans deserve

The president says it’s important that we address our mounting debt, but how can we take these claims seriously? Each year, the president is required by law to deliver his budget for the upcoming fiscal year to Congress the first Monday in February. But for the fourth time in five years his budget is late, and this time, it’s really late. By the time the president submits his budget to Congress, the House will have sent their budget to the Senate for approval. House Republicans get it: it is time for our bloated government to scale back and stop spending money we don’t have.
For the third consecutive year, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanOvernight Finance: Senate sends Puerto Rico bill to Obama | Treasury, lawmakers to meet on tax rules | Obama hits Trump on NAFTA | Fed approves most banks' capital plans The Trail 2016: When a pivot isn’t always a pivot Kasich touts poll showing he does better against Clinton than Trump MORE (R-Wis.) has put forth his budget blueprint. This year’s budget is an improvement over last year’s because it would balance the budget over ten years, reform our complicated tax code, repeal President Obama’s health care law and ensure our military leaders have the tools they need to protect Americans at home and abroad. According to a recent poll conducted by The Hill newspaper, 55 percent of likely voters believe we should cut spending by $5 trillion, balance the budget and refrain from raising taxes. These principles are all key provisions in the Ryan budget. In contrast, just 24 percent of respondents said the budget should be balanced only by raising taxes, the approach the president supports.
Americans have spoken out against these tax, borrow, and spend policies, and the Republican plan proves we’ve heard the message. This plan would start the process of getting our fiscal house in order and by 2023, we’ll have a $7 billion annual budget surplus. This budget proposal reflects the kind of leadership Americans deserve, and I look forward to supporting this plan. I hope my colleagues in the Senate will stop putting off the tough decisions and join House Republicans to get our country back on track.

Roe is a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee.

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