Republicans continue to introduce real solutions while Democrats further endanger economic recovery. Instead of trying to find common-ground on a budget that can pass both chambers or highlighting a continuing resolution (CR) Republicans and Democrats have agreed on, Harry Reid has opted to spend his time on the Senate floor condemning the Republican budget – deepening an ever-growing party divide. The time has come for Congress to do what the American people sent us to Washington to do. And that certainly isn’t following the Obama Doctrine of leading from behind.

Chairman Paul Ryan and the House Budget Committee introduced a budget proposal that would balance in 10 years. It would foster a healthier economy, put America on track to fiscal sanity and create jobs. Today, the House approved this proposal. But unfortunately, the Senate and White House have deemed it dead on arrival. 

After four years, the Senate has finally introduced a plan of its own. A budget that increases the tax burden on hard-working Americans while doing little to get our fiscal house in order. And needless to say, the Senate budget never balances – ever, nor will the one that comes out of the White House.

 Just last week, President Obama said, “My goal is not to chase a balanced budget just for the sake of balance. We are not going to balance the budget in ten years.” In contrast, my good friend Paul Ryan said, "We think a budget is a necessary means to a healthier economy, to more jobs. That's why we're saying let's balance the budget so we can make sure that we don't have a debt crisis, give businesses the certainty they need so they can plan, invest, give families more of their own take-home pay."

We owe the American people a responsible and balanced budget. And while the Republican budget will grow the economy, the Democrats plan grows only one thing – the national debt. 

A real budget proposal will strengthen Medicare and save it for future generations. It will ensure the long-term sustainability of Medicaid and Social Security and repair safety nets for the poor without raising taxes on American families and businesses.  Waste will be addressed by terminating unneeded or duplicative government programs and agencies. And pro-growth tax reform will create certainty in the marketplace and lead to job creation. 

But in lieu of coming up with practical solutions to the real problems facing our great country, Democrats remain intent on playing political games.

The bottom line is we can’t keep spending money we don’t have. The American Dream is at stake and unless we take immediate action, our children and grandchildren will be burdened with a meager economy and a mountain of debt. 

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