Will Collin Peterson Support President Obama’s Budget?

March 4, 2014

Higher Taxes? More Spending? Sounds Right To Peterson

WASHINGTON – President Obama is set to release his budget today. If it’s anything like in the past, it’ll have more spending, higher taxes, and will be an ineffective way to deal with our fiscal crisis. That sounds right up Collin Peterson’s alley.

Peterson and Obama have been allies since Peterson has been in Congress. So it wouldn’t be surprising for him to support the White House’s plan. But Minnesota voters expect better. They want a representative, not a rubber stamp. Peterson owes his constituents an answer.

“Collin Peterson should stop hiding and answer whether or not he will support President Obama’s budget,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “If he is willing to stand up for trillions in more debt and new taxes, he owes his constituents in Minnesota an explanation.”

President Obama Is Set To Unveil His Annual Budget Today. “Striving for unity among Democrats rather than compromise with Republicans, President Barack Obama will unveil an election-year budget on Tuesday that drops earlier proposals to cut future Social Security benefits and seeks new money for infrastructure, education and job training.” (Andrew Taylor, “Obama To Appeal To Democrats In 2015 Budget,” Associated Press, 3/3/14)

President Obama Is Proposing An Additional $56 Billion In New Spending. “Yet Obama will propose an additional package of $56 billion in spending priorities, the aides say, half for defense and half for domestic programs. It would be fully paid for by cutting spending and narrowing tax loopholes, such as boosting collections from U.S. firms doing business overseas, they said.” (Alan Fram, “Obama 2015 Budget Focuses on Boosting Economy,” Associated Press, 3/4/14)

FYI, a similar version of this release below went out to the following districts: Ann Kirkpatrick, (AZ-01), Ron Barber (AZ-02), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09), Ami Bera (CA-07), Raul Ruiz (CA-36), Scott Peters (CA-52), Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), Patrick Murphy (FL-18), Joe Garcia (FL-26), John Barrow (GA-12), Brad Schneider (IL-10), Bill Foster (IL-11), Bill Enyart (IL-12), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Dave Loebsack (IA-02), John Tierney (MA-06), Tim Walz (MN-01), Rick Nolan (MN-08), Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02), Tim Bishop (NY-01), Steve Israel (NY-03), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Dan Maffei (NY-24), Pete Gallego (TX-23), and Nick Rahall (WV-03).