February 02,2015

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Hatch on President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

WASHINGTON –Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) today issued the following statement in response to the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Budget that was submitted to Congress:

“The President’s budget is a retread of the same top-down redistributive policies that have failed to lift hard-working American families and promote a strong and healthy economy. A $4 trillion government spending spree propped up by massive new take hikes, this budget blueprint shamelessly panders to the Democratic base and does nothing to put our nation back on a sound fiscal footing. Rather than creating a simpler, fairer, more competitive tax system it adds complexity and confusion. It lacks fiscal responsibility, not ever reaching a balance, and does nothing to reform the greatest drivers of our debt – Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. This budget is partisan, not practical. Even the White House has conceded it will be a nonstarter with Congress. It’s time for the President to move past political talking points and start working with Republicans and Democrats to find consensus on policies that will expand the economy, create more jobs and provide bigger paychecks and better opportunities for the American people.”