Monday, March 30, 2009

Thurman: Obama's Budget Is A Critical Element of Broader Economic Recovery


As the debate over President Obama's budget continues in Congress, Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman issued the following statement to reiterate her support for President Obama's budget plan:

"Residents across Florida are struggling. With unemployment continuing to rise, people are tightening their belts and making adjustments large and small in their own fight to get by.

"As we heard again from the President this week, his budget proposal is centered around four core principles: making healthcare affordable for all Americans, investing in clean energy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, investing in education so American students are competitive in the global marketplace and cutting the budget deficit in half by the end of his first term.

"The President understands that it took us a long time to fall as far as we have, and that it will take patience and persistence to get us back to where we want to be. President Obama's budget makes strong, sustainable investments in America's future to ensure that the foundation on which we build this economic recovery is solid, and that it provides the real growth Americans need in the long term.

"We are already seeing indications that President Obama's plans are beginning to work -credit is beginning to flow again to families and small businesses, and we're seeing signs of increased home sales for the first time in a long time.

"There's no denying that this is a difficult time. But President Obama has made it clear he's willing to make the tough choices and do the hard work with Congress and leaders here in Florida to get our country back on track. That is why as Floridians, we must support President Obama's budget that invests in America's future, grows our economy and puts us back on the road to prosperity."

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