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A Statement from Congressman Young on the President’s Budget

Washington, DC - Alaskan Congressman Don Young issued the following statement this afternoon regarding the release of President Obama's budget for Fiscal Year 2012:

"The budget released today is nothing more than a blueprint for tax increases, and ineffective budget cuts on the backs of rural America.  We've got an urban President trying to dictate to rural America that subsidies for clean energy are more important than filling their heating tanks this weekend.  The President is long on rhetoric but so far, short on results.  I appreciate his vision of cuts to balance the budget, but I would be more impressed if he realized that cuts mean nothing if we don't start producing and growing our economy.

"It is our responsibility as legislators to make sure we do a comprehensive evaluation of the budget.  I have served eight Presidents and a total of 38 budgets have been presented under my jurisdiction.  According to the Constitution, the President has to submit a budget to Congress, and we have the authority to implement the budget."

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