Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District
STATEMENT, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Barb Solish, 202-226-8373, Barb.Solish@mail.house.gov
REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ ON PRESIDENT’S FY15 BUDGET PROPOSAL
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) today released the following statement in response to the release of the President’s FY15 budget proposal.
“Each year of his tenure, the President has put out a budget framework to address the many challenges we face as we climb out of the greatest recession since the great depression. This year is no different, and I am glad to see the outlines of how we can continue to grow our economy by expanding opportunity while maintaining fiscal discipline.
“I am particularly encouraged to see the clear effort to increase opportunity for the middle class and those working to join it. Cutting taxes for working Americans through the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit and the American Opportunity Tax Credit – all proven tools that reduce poverty and help get people back to work – will be a boon to our economy. As a product of Head Start I know firsthand that the best way to close the achievement gap in high school is to close it in preschool, so I am also pleased to see the President’s focus on early childhood education. And the infrastructure plans included in the budget are middle-class job creators, economic drivers and investments that pay dividends into our future.
“As a Blue Dog Democrat, I am glad the budget pledges to reduce our deficit to 1.6 percent of GDP by 2024 and stabilize our debt as a share of our economy by 2015. As we pull out of two wars, we must consider what our strategic and national security needs truly are. This budget reflects those needs, but does so in a fiscally responsible way.
“As we continue to fully withdraw from Afghanistan this year, it is critical to protect funding for veterans not just this year but for the future, which is why I am happy to see that the budget secures funding not only in 2015, but also through 2016 advance appropriations for veteran medical care programs. The budget also sets aside money to address veteran homelessness, a very serious but always underfunded issue, especially in Orange County.
“As always, I look forward to reviewing the President’s budget framework line-by-line in the coming weeks.”
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent California’s 46th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, and parts of the cities of Garden Grove and Orange in Orange County. She serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and the second ranked Democrat on the Committee on Homeland Security. Rep. Sanchez is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and sits on the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Economic Committee.