WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Require a PLAN Act, that will require the President to show the American people his plan to balance the budget over the next ten years. This legislation passed the House with bipartisan support:
"While President Obama has given many speeches about deficit reduction, he has yet to lay out a plan to achieve it. The people of Virginia's 5th District and those across this country deserve better. In adopting the Require a PLAN Act today, the House has once again lead the way toward reducing our debt and deficits by asking the President to show us his plan for balancing the budget. With the House ready to pass a budget that balances in ten years, and the Senate now prepared to offer a budget for the first time in four years, requiring that the President present his plan for a balanced budget is a critical step in working toward true deficit reduction. With the three plans on the table, the American people will finally have a clear choice and, for the first time in two years, the House and Senate will gather at the conference table to work out a plan to pay down our debt. At a time when we are borrowing 45 cents on the dollar – and when our economy is contracting as unemployment rates are growing – it is time for Washington get serious about reducing the debt and creating a stronger economic environment to promote job creation. Fiscal sustainability can be achieved if we work together with common purpose toward balancing our budget, and this measure adopted today brings us one step farther in that direction."