Cole Praises GOP Path to Prosperity Budget
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement in response to the announcement of "A Path to Prosperity: Restoring America’s Promise," the 2012 budget proposal released today by House Budget Committee Republicans. Cole serves on the House Budget Committee and the Appropriations Committee.
"The House Republican budget is more than serious -- it's revolutionary. We've reached the point where only a decisive plan can reverse our disastrous debt trajectory, and that's exactly what Chairman Ryan and House Republicans have delivered. This budget cuts $6.2 trillion, reforms our outdated tax code, and saves Medicare and Medicaid from bankruptcy.
"The contrast with the president's budget couldn't be more clear. Where President Obama didn't even attempt to address the primary drivers of our debt, Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's plan represents the single most significant effort to deal with entitlement spending in more than a generation.
"With this budget, House Republicans have taken the lead in the fight to save the country from fiscal catastrophe. President Obama and congressional Democrats must now choose whether to work with us or to criticize from the sidelines."