Congressman Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls) made a statement regarding the federal spending reductions proposed by President Obama, which is now being referred to as sequestration.
“Frankly, it’s very frustrating to see Washington once again fail to do anything about the problems our nation is facing,” said Benishek.
Despite his frustration, Benishek makes clear his view that the US House of Representatives has indeed been trying.
“In the House, we have passed two different common sense bills last year that would have replaced the president’s sequester with smarter spending reductions, but the Senate never acted on them,” he said. “They knew this mess was coming for over a year now and they have done nothing.”
Dr. Benishek also expressed frustration for the locals in his district.
“Hard working taxpayers in Northern Michigan are fed up with seeing Washington move from one fiscal crisis to another,” added Benishek. “This is no way to run the government and it is killing job growth right now. This keeps happening because the Senate and the White House have not put forward any responsible budget plan that get’s Washington’s spending under control.”
The issue, he adds, is the lack of a finalized budget.
“We need a federal budget now. It’s time these guys in Washington get their act together and offer a plan to outline and prioritize the federal government’s spending for the next year and beyond. I’ve supported reasonable budget plans in the House the last two years. They might not be perfect, but at least these budgets are a plan. And the American people deserve a plan.””