Statements about Federal Budget
If the sequester hits, "hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings."
The sequester "won’t consider whether we’re cutting some bloated program that has outlived its usefulness, or a vital service that Americans depend on every single day. It doesn’t make those distinctions."
Federal spending on entitlements "is projected to consume all revenue by 2045."
"Nobody in total is proposing cutting anything. We’re trying to reduce the rate of growth in government."
"Already, the Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of (Medicare’s) health care costs."
On his definition of "takers" and "makers"
Military spending cuts, known as the sequester, were President Barack Obama’s idea.
Says "right now, we have more military spending than the next 10, 11, 12 countries combined."
Says ending the direct payment farm subsidy program "could save up to $28.4 billion over ten years that could be used to reduce the deficit."
Says the New Year’s Day "fiscal cliff" deal "reduces the deficit."
The federal government owns 30 percent of the land in the 50 states, or about 650 million acres.
"The last time Republicans held hostage a resolution to ensure that our country’s bills were paid cost us more than $1 billion in added interest and slowed the economic recovery."
Social Security has nothing to do with the federal deficit.
"Thanks to Washington, nearly everyone will pay more in taxes in 2013. Somehow people think it's just the wealthy. It's not."
The fiscal cliff deal "increased spending."
Seven of America’s 10 wealthiest counties are in the Washington, D.C., area.
Says "how much money the government is collecting from people...in terms of the gross domestic product" is "the lowest in 40, 50 years."
The fiscal cliff deal "ultimately raised taxes."
U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss votes more with Democrats than with conservatives.
"Report that #GOP insisting on changes to Social Security as part of #fiscalcliff false. BTW those changes are supported by @barackobama."
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