The budget is supposed to be a reflection of our Nation's priorities, a statement about what we value as Americans. Yet, this budget leaves much to be desired.Like so many other bills we have considered this year, it represents a tragic missed opportunity. Given the many serious short comings in the budget, it is no surprise that it has taken the Republican Leadership so long to bring this budget resolution to a vote.

This reckless House Republican budget is both fiscally and morally irresponsible. As a Nurse and former educator, I am particularly concerned about the deep cuts to education and veteran's health care. Also troubling are the short sighted cuts to infrastructure projects and domestic disaster preparedness programs that are sorely needed in my district and across the country. These misplaced priorities truly embody the saying "penny wise and pound foolish."

After years of reckless tax cutting, chronic under funding of critical programs and record annual deficits, it would seem to be time for a new direction on budgetary matters. Unfortunately, the Republicans would rather run up record deficits and give away massive tax cuts to special interests and the wealthy rather than invest in the programs that would best serve and protect our nation. The harmful effects of these misguided cuts will be felt throughout our nation.

I urge my colleagues to reject this budget resolution and prove that you are committed to protecting funding for our nation's hard-working families, and not special interests.