ND lawmakers: Budget isn't good enough
In written statements, North Dakota's congressional delegation said Obama's budget isn't enough to curb the country's growing financial shortfall. Sen.
In written statements, North Dakota's congressional delegation said Obama's budget isn't enough to curb the country's growing financial shortfall.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said the budget "doesn't go far enough" to address the nation's deficit and debt and would hold spending at its current levels - despite the fact that spending has increased by 24 percent since Obama took office in early 2009, not including nearly $1 trillion in economic stimulus funding.
"The right approach is two-fold: First, we need to come together in a bipartisan way to find savings and reduce overall spending, and second, we need to create a pro-growth approach to our economic policy, which means building the kind of legal, tax and regulatory climate that will encourage American business to grow and create jobs," Hoeven wrote.
Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., said the budget "spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much."
"North Dakotans have sent a loud message that the Washington way of doing things hasn't worked, and the president's budget proposal simply offers more of the same reckless spending that has already driven our country deep into debt," he said.