Americans for Prosperity, the nation’s largest grassroots advocate for economic freedom, released the following statement from AFP president Tim Phillips:
“Budget Chair Paul Ryan should be commended for once again crafting a serious federal budget that begins reining in government overspending, which is the greatest threat to economic prosperity our nation faces. Others talk about needed entitlement reform, but Chairman Ryan actually presents a bold reform plan to preserve Medicare and Medicaid for our nation’s elderly and poor, while making necessary changes to save tax dollars and avoid seeing these programs go bankrupt. In addition, the Ryan budget repeals the President’s expensive Washington, D.C. takeover of our health care.
“We urge the chairman to reject the $620 billion in new taxes negotiated by the Obama Administration during the fiscal cliff deal. For years our government has been grievously overspending, and that behavior should never be reinforced by allowing more tax dollars to be taken from the American people.
“Our hope is that the Senate – which has not passed a budget in four years – look to the Ryan plan as a framework for their own proposal.”
Nebraska state director Brad Stevens added, “While Nebraskans are looking for leadership to solve our nation’s budget crisis it is disappointing that Congressional Democrats have vilified Congressman Ryan’s budget without offering a practical alternative.”