Emerson Slams Administration's $3.8 Trillion Budget Proposal

Press Release

Date: Feb. 1, 2010
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (MO-08) said $3.8 trillion in federal spending requested by the Obama Administration today is far too much for the American taxpayer to bear. The proposal rests on a record-breaking federal deficit for 2011 of $1.56 trillion.

"You can't have it both ways. We have to end the irresponsible spending of money we do not have, and we have to start today. This budget leaves the responsibility of saving for future years and puts the weight of incredible deficits on future generations," Emerson said.

Emerson, who opposed all five federal budget proposals in 2009, says that she would not hesitate before voting against the president's FY 2011 budget.

"I refuse to support this budget -- it ignores the realities of our country's economic situation and it defers massive debts to our children. There is nothing responsible about freezing federal spending at all-time record levels. The federal government will have added $3 trillion to the national debt in 2010 and 2011 if this proposal becomes law. We are now borrowing nearly half of the money the federal government spends each year. It's unsustainable, and it will end in fiscal disaster," Emerson said.

Over the course of ten years, the Obama budget contains $46 trillion in federal spending.

Emerson is a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, which is responsible for the final shape of federal spending proposals. "I can tell that even though I am in the minority opinion on this issue, I will be fighting to cut spending in our appropriations bills for this year. We have to curb the administration's desire to rack up new spending records. It is a very serious responsibility for the committee to be a voice of reason," Emerson said.