Senator Richard Blumenthal Statement on Proposed FY 2012 Budget

(Washington, DC) – Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement today on President Obama’s budget proposal for FY 2012:

“The President’s budget takes several important steps to cut spending and reduce the deficit, while making sure that we continue to invest in areas that have been the bedrock of our nation’s economic strength, including infrastructure and education. In an increasingly competitive global economy, we must ensure that our state and our nation are equipped with the resources we need to thrive.

“I am particularly encouraged to see a non-security discretionary spending freeze, which would cut $400 billion from the deficit and compel government to live within its means, just as Connecticut’s families do every day.

“However, several of the President’s proposed cuts would adversely affect Connecticut, including the recommended cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  A reduction in this crucial assistance would be devastating to Connecticut’s low-income families and seniors at any time, much less particularly during one of the most difficult winters in memory.

“While fiscal responsibility and eliminating excess spending is a top priority, it should not be done on the backs of those struggling every day just to pay their heating bills or put food on the table. I have already joined my Senate colleagues in opposing these cuts, and I will continue to fight for Connecticut’s families.

“Creating jobs, boosting our economy, and reducing our debt and deficit are my top priorities, and the President’s budget provides a good blueprint for achieving many of our shared goals. In the coming days, I will continue to review the details to make sure that we are set on the right economic course for Connecticut, our nation, and most importantly, for future generations.”

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