Rep. Curbelo on the FY 2016 Budget
Washington, D.C. - Today, the House adopted a pro-growth, balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2016 that reins in excessive spending, enacts real entitlement reform, and puts our country on a more sustainable fiscal path. Rep. Curbelo (FL-26) released the following statement after voting in favor of the FY16 House Budget:
"Today's vote is an important step forward in creating a long-term and sustainable federal budget that empowers individuals, families, and our local communities. The FY16 House Budget balances over the next decade by reducing $5.5 trillion in government spending. Unlike President Obama's Budget, which never balances despite trillions of dollars in tax increases, the FY16 House Budget puts us on a path to pay down our national debt with the freedom to build a healthier economy, without having to raise taxes.
The FY16 House Budget ensures that the United States maintains a strong national defense through robust funding of troop training, equipment, and military pay. Our plan boosts defense spending above President Obama's current levels while putting in place a plan to responsibly address the current spending caps. The House FY16 House Budget ensures that we continue to provide our men and women in uniform the resources they need to complete their mission.
One of the most important issues addressed in this Budget are the reforms to Medicare. Recent reports from Medicare trustees predict that without reforms, Medicare will go bankrupt by the year 2030. The President's Affordable Care Act made drastic cuts to Medicare without improving the long-term solvency of the program. The FY16 House Budget offers an alternative and sustainable solution. While making no changes for those in or near retirement, our plan strengthens Medicare by offering future seniors guaranteed-coverage options, including traditional Medicare, regardless of pre-existing conditions or health history. All seniors will have the support they need to get the care they deserve.
I came to Congress to make the difficult decisions that are necessary to get our country back on sound financial footing, and the FY16 House Budget leads us down that path. Although this Budget is not perfect, I believe this plan will lift the cloud of uncertainty that is hanging over our economy and create an environment conducive to economic growth and success. For too long, outdated federal policies have set back America's low and middle income families, inhibiting the growth I feel our country could be experiencing. That is why I cast my vote in favor the FY16 House Budget to provide certainty and move our country forward."
H.Con.Res. 27 Establishes the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025, was adopted in the House on March 25 by a vote of 228-199.