State Of The Union Rhetoric Does Not Match Record

Date: Jan. 29, 2010
Location: Washington, DC

During his State of the Union address on Wednesday, President Obama announced several proposals aimed to reign in the rapid increase in government spending. Of these initiatives, the President announced his Fiscal Year 2011 budget will propose a freeze in nonsecurity discretionary spending, which is only one-eighth of the federal budget, for the next three fiscal years. The proposal is expected to save $250 billion over 10 years, but the savings is small compared with Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) projected $6 trillion deficit over the next 10 years. While Congressman Miller welcomes the President's call for a spending freeze and hopes that it is a positive turning point, he is wary of this announcement since the President recently signed an omnibus appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2010 that increased nonsecurity funding by a whopping 12 percent. In fact, CBO just announced that this year's budget deficit will reach $1.35 trillion and described our nation's fiscal situation as "unsustainable." Although a spending freeze is certainly a step in the right direction, Congressman Miller believes Congress and the Administration can do better. To this end, he has consistently cosponsored legislation to force Congress to pass a balanced budget every year.