Shreveport, LA – Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement in response to Senator Mary Landrieu’s vote for higher taxes in a budget that does not balance (Roll Call vote #92):
“Now we know why Mary Landrieu and Washington Democrats took four years to finally pass a budget. The budget she voted for last weekend calls for nearly $1 trillion in new taxes. And, despite those massive tax increases on hard-working Louisianians, the budget Landrieu supported also does not balance at any point over the next decade. Instead, it would cause our national debt to soar. Try that approach in your home or business and see how long it works.
“Mary Landrieu has shown no willingness to stop Washington’s out-of-control spending. In a separate vote last week, she refused to end Washington’s mobile phone welfare program (Roll Call vote #84). Last year the federal government spent about $2.2 billion for phones, many for people who may not have been eligible for them.
“Back in January Mary Landrieu supported a $600 billion increase in federal taxes, but now she wants almost $1 trillion more to spend, with no plan to stop the rise of our national debt that has skyrocketed to $17.7 trillion. Mary needs to stop siding with President Obama and Washington liberals.”