Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Budget Committees, released the following statement in support of President Obama’s “Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction.”
“We need more jobs in America. Too many Marylanders want to get back to work but can’t find work through no fault of their own. President Obama is on the right track to put forward a balanced, comprehensive plan that targets investments in programs that will spur job growth in America while closing tax loopholes and waste in government that will help control our budget and reduce our deficits. We will never balance the federal budget unless we create more jobs to get more Americans back to work,” said Senator Cardin.
“I agree with the President that every American – including millionaires and billionaires – needs to pay their fair share to solve our fiscal problems. He has put forward a solid, balanced plan that stimulates private-sector growth and legitimate profit-making, but not in such a way that squeezes the middle class out of existence or puts seniors and other vulnerable Americans at greater risk. We can promote job growth and solve our fiscal problems without sacrificing our American values.
“I am proud of the contribution our federal workforce makes to our nation, making sure that Americans are healthy, safe, and informed. During these tough economic times, we all need to share in the sacrifices but federal employees have already given much with a two-year pay freeze. They did not create the federal deficits now plaguing the nation and I will continue to fight to ensure that they not be asked to shoulder an unfair burden for reducing the deficit.”