Feb 07 2005

SHELBY REACTS TO PRESIDENT’S BUDGET PROPOSAL

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) provided the following statement upon release of President Bush’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2006:

“I am pleased that the President’s budget places a priority on cutting the deficit in half by 2009, as I believe that deficit reduction is a must. Congress must get its fiscal house in order and reduce wasteful spending, and I support the President’s plan to limit growth in discretionary spending to 2.1 percent. I am also encouraged by the President’s unwavering commitment to continued economic growth and job creation by making the tax relief that was passed in previous years permanent.”

“I further share President Bush’s commitment to our military personnel. We are reminded, now more than ever, that our armed forces must have the best equipment, best supplies, best technology, and best leadership to get the job done. I commend President Bush for maintaining his commitment to our military and presenting Congress with a budget that provides a significant increase in overall defense spending.”

“It is important to remember that the President’s budget proposal is a starting point for Congress. Over the next several weeks, I, along with my colleagues, will look closely at the proposed spending increases and cuts to ensure that, in our effort to achieve the goal of deficit reduction, important programs are not unduly underfunded.”