Hatch: Democrats’ 2014 national budget ‘cynical,’ filled with ‘political talking points’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a speech on the Senate floor Thursday, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, slammed Senate Democrats’ budget blueprint for fiscal year 2014 for failing to address the nation’s ongoing spending-fueled debt crisis.

“The budget we’ll be debating next week is, to put it bluntly, a cynical political document. It is not designed to address our nation’s pressing fiscal challenges, but rather, it is designed to please the Democratic base and provide a fresh supply of political talking points,” Hatch, a ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, said.

“Rather than addressing our government’s spending problems and our runaway entitlements, the Democratic budget contains yet more wasteful spending. And, in order to pay for that spending, the budget contains what could be around $1.5 trillion in tax hikes, much of which will unnecessarily impact the middle class and small businesses.

“The budget proposed by the Democrats on the Budget Committee is fiscally irresponsible and will be detrimental to current and future generations of American workers who depend on the social safety net and who want to see it preserved for the future. This budget grows government, not the private economy. This budget taxes too much and spends too much. This budget doesn’t balance today, tomorrow, or ever. This budget keeps us at the edge of a fiscal crisis, with no flexibility to respond to future emergencies.”

The complete text of Hatch’s speech can be found here (PDF).

Submitted by: The Office of Sen. Orrin Hatch

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  • William March 15, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Come on Senator Hatch. You are grandstanding as much as the Democrats.

    All of you phonies in DC shout and bray like jackasses over form and NEVER offer any substance. If you don’t like the proposed budget by the Democrats make your case on the Senate Floor. You make yourself and the entire nation look ignorant with these silly little political antics for the media.

    Shame on you Senator.! Shame on you, and any of your colleagues in the Senate that use the same tired old tactics. Be a man and apologize for acting like a child while taking tax money for your fellow citizens. (that is a serious challenge-I would like to see you ap0ology right here. I know you won’t, but the challenge is there).

  • Jerry Mitchell March 16, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Don’t blame me, I tried to retire this idiot. Those of you that voted for him, own up to your mistake. Maybe in another six years, we can get a real conservative senator! Yes, just like Mike.

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