WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) today delivered the following speech urging the Senate and the President to work with the House toward a balanced budget:
"Mr. Speaker, the American people know that a budget is one of the most important documents produced by any legislative body. It is a document that reflects the values and priorities of our government – and our nation.
"And while it is a document that is a reflection of today – more important, it is a document that lays out a vision for our nation's future – the future for our children, and the future they will inherit.
"So now – for the first time in four years – the American people are able to compare – side by side – the three competing visions for our future – as proposed by the House, proposed by the Senate, and proposed by the President.
"Two of these proposals would give to our children more taxes – more spending – and neither ever reaches balance. There is only one proposal – the House budget – that would instead give to our children a balanced budget and a brighter future of freedom and opportunity.
"Now is the time to choose the budget that reflects our American values. Mr. Speaker, the American people and future generations of Americans deserve a balanced budget."