Rep. Richmond Statement on the President’s Budget Proposal

February 9, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) issued the following statement after the President released his 2016 budget proposal:

“The President’s budget proposal sets clear priorities and funds programs that will help working families get ahead,” said Rep. Richmond. “The budget is more than just a spending document, it represents our values as a nation. We need to make investments that will have a real impact in people’s lives in order to put our country on a prosperous path forward.

Investments like the proposed $3 billion for workforce development would make America the most attractive job market in the world. The additional $2 billion investment in Pell Grants will help ensure every student has a chance to go to college. Hiring 400 new ATF and FBI staff would improve background checks and help prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands. The $100 million for re-entry programs would reduce recidivism and help those exiting the criminal justice system rejoin their communities and lead productive lives.

For states like Louisiana that recently decided to expand their Medicaid program to cover hard-working Americans, this budget includes a legislative proposal to provide the same three years of Federal resources as states that expanded in 2014 received. It also makes a new $1 billion investment for cancer detection, treatment, and research. There is not a single American whose life has not been impacted by deadly disease. This proposal would go a long way in tackling cancer once and for all.

Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress seem to be more concerned with undermining the President than ensuring every American has a chance to succeed. By refusing to even hold a hearing on this proposal, they have made it clear that they have no interest in actual governing, only in taking every opportunity to disrespect the President. Democratic and Republican Congresses have extended this basic courtesy for the President for the past 41 years regardless of party affiliation and this year should be no different. The American people deserve the opportunity for an open debate on where our values are as a nation, not just talking points.”