LaMalfa: Budget not in-line with Northstate needs
A budget battle is brewing in our nation's capital as President Barack Obama laid out his $4 trillion budget plan. It’s one that raised many concerns for the Northstate congressman.
"It's not a realistic budget because the level of spending - it's just not going to pass through this House or this Senate that the voters of the U.S. have put in place,” said California Congressional District 1 Representative Doug LaMalfa.
President Obama sent Congress the proposal Monday. It is a record $4 trillion budget that would boost tax credits for families and the working poor but also raise taxes on the wealthy.
As expected, Republicans in Congress aren't welcoming the plan.
House Speaker John Boehner said, "The president is advocating more spending, more taxes and more debt." And he adds, "A proposal that never balances is not a serious plan for America's fiscal future."
According to Rep. LaMalfa, the budget’s size was the most disturbing aspect.
“We've worked hard during my term and those before me here to curtail spending and keep it under control with the various needs,” LaMalfa told KRCR News Channel 7. "The president's budgets have largely been a giant expansion of spending, and even the votes in his Democrat-controlled Senate have rejected them soundly in the last couple budget years. So he's not even finding the support amongst democrats.”
In the proposal, President Obama wants to boost taxes on higher-income Americans and on corporations. And he wants to get rid of tight federal spending caps, to send more money toward domestic and military programs.
“On overall military spending it looks like, some of those areas, the president wants to beef up a bit - which I do support. Some of that is on aircraft and other areas,” LaMalfa said.
But LaMalfa thinks it’s a mistake to reduce “effective” military spending.
“Now there's certainly a lot of areas that could be cleaned up in it and audited, as with any aspect of government spending. But at this point we don't need to send a signal to our fighting people overseas or our [Veterans Affairs] customers - our veterans - that those would be reduced for current or previous military.”
"It's not a realistic budget because the level of spending - it's just not going to pass through this House or this Senate that the voters of the U.S. have put in place,”
-Rep. Doug LaMalfa, Calif. District 1
When asked what it means for Northstate residents, LaMalfa reverted back to budget issues for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, citing the many frustrations he’s hearing from his constituents.
"[They] are upset when they find out that the debt ceiling is going to be increased each time it happens. And that's a function of a budget that doesn't balance. Well once we get it to balance, there's no more debt ceiling increases, we can start the pay-down some time,” LaMalfa said. “What we want to ensure is that the VA is moving in the right direction. There's still a lot of work to do there and a lot of attitude change needs to happen at the upper level of that bureaucracy."
Overall, the budget plan would provide middle-class tax relief. It would also fund an ambitious public works effort to rebuild aging roads and bridges. The budget envisions a spending increase of 6.4 percent over the current year.
Republican leaders have said they will produce a budget this spring that will achieve balance within 10 years. They also say it will curb the explosive growth of government benefit programs, and reform the tax code, which is cluttered with loopholes.
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