U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, today said that the reason the Senate unanimously opposed the PresidentвЂ™s Budget by a vote of 99 to 0 is because it taxes, spends and borrows too much.В In addition, Hatch slammed Senate Democrats for failing to produce and vote on a budget of their own for the third straight year and issued the following statement:
вЂњIf Utah families can make the tough choices to ensure they have the money to send their children to school and put gas in their tanks, why canвЂ™t Senate Democrats?В The fact that they have done nothing to pass a budget is an embarrassment,вЂќ Hatch said. вЂњSenate Democrats have shown absolutely no willingness to address our dire fiscal situation. They didnвЂ™t even try to put forward a budget, and the PresidentsвЂ™ proposal failed 99 to zero, because it predictably taxed too much, spent too much, and borrowed too much. Instead of putting forward a meaningful plan to rein in spending and confront our debt, Democrats in Washington have shown once again that their only plan to cut our debt is to tax and spend more of the American peopleвЂ™s hard-earned money.вЂќ
NOTE: Hatch voted against President ObamaвЂ™s budget, which increases spending by $1.4 trillion over the next 10 years, and includes $2 trillion in tax increases. Hatch supported individual budget proposals introduced by Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Rep. Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee.