Gerlach Opposes Tax Hikes, Runaway Spending

Press Release

Date: April 2, 2009
Location: Washington, D.C.

Gerlach Opposes Tax Hikes, Runaway Spending

Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-6th District) rejected a 2010 fiscal year budget proposal on Thursday that would force Americans to send more of their hard-earned paychecks to Washington while running up the largest budget deficit since World War II.

"Families across America are working harder to stretch their paychecks and eliminate frivolous spending while waiting for the economy to rebound," Gerlach said. "Washington needs to do the same. That's why I support making permanent tax cuts that have saved the average Pennsylvania resident more than $2,000 a year and commonsense spending that would shrink a ballooning budget deficit.

"Unfortunately, this colossal budget proposal the House passed on Thursday calls for spending $1.22 trillion more than the federal government expects to collect in revenues. Non-emergency discretionary spending would top $1 trillion - or about 35 times the size of Pennsylvania's annual budget. Taxpayers understand that Washington cannot print money fast enough to keep up with that reckless pace of spending. And under this budget, taxes would jump by $1.4 trillion at a time when job creators can least afford additional burdens. Very simply, this budget plan taxes too much, spends too much and borrows too much."