May 19, 2011

Portman Calls for Open Debate on Budget

"Instead of punting the problem to future generations, Ohioans deserve the opportunity for an open debate on a budget that curbs the Washington spending spree and lowers taxes."

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, marking the 750th day since the Democrat-led Senate passed a budget, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), former Director of the Office of Management and Budget, issued the following statement.

“It is a shame that while our nation is in a fiscal crisis and families and small businesses are forced to do more with less, the Democrat-led Senate has failed to pass a budget for 750 days now,” said Portman, a member of the Senate Budget Committee.  “By failing to pass and live within a budget, something Ohio families and small businesses do on a regular basis, Senate Democrats have neglected one of their most basic responsibilities.” 

During the 750 days since the Senate Democrats last passed a budget, we have accumulated $3.2 trillion in gross debt. 

“Instead of punting the problem to future generations, Ohioans deserve the opportunity for an open debate on a budget that curbs the Washington spending spree and lowers taxes.”