WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following statement after President Obama released his proposed budget:
“I will closely review President Obama’s budget proposal and its impact on Pennsylvania, job creation and the economy as the congressional budget process moves forward.
“Long-term deficits and debts are not sustainable. Government spending must be reduced. At the same time, we can’t indiscriminately slash funding for good programs that benefit Pennsylvanians and invest in our economic future. The budget should invest in growth and cut what doesn't work. Cuts to already underfunded priorities like local law enforcement, medical research and education for our children will leave us less secure and hurt our ability to compete in the global economy.
“A host of options must be considered to reduce the deficit. As a former Pennsylvania Auditor General and State Treasurer I know that significant savings can be found in budgets. Reform to target duplication, wasteful subsidies and loopholes can reduce spending and make government more efficient.”