Aaron Fobes, Julia Lawless (202)224-4515
Hatch on President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
WASHINGTON – In response to the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Budget that was submitted to Congress today, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) issued the following statement:
“Now in his eighth year of office, the President has put forward a budget that encompasses some new, but mostly the same old recycled, misguided policies that have repeatedly failed to be cleared by Congress. Expanding a broken Medicaid system without substantial reform will not improve access to care for patients. Hitting Americans with tax hikes to prop up more government spending will only drag our economy down. As will the backdoor gas tax increase that will only cause pain at the pump for consumers. And, turning a blind eye to the greatest drivers of our debt - the nation's unsustainable entitlement programs -- will only lead to crippling deficits. This President has never submitted a budget to Congress that balances, and this year is no exception. His budget isn’t a blueprint that will get our fiscal house in order, but rather a political roadmap designed to navigate a tough campaign trail during an election year.”
This week the Senate Finance Committee, which has the largest jurisdiction in either House of Congress, overseeing more than 50 percent of the federal budget, will examine the administration’s budget request for the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Details for the hearings can be found here.
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