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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the Obama Administration’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012.

“No one should be surprised that the President has put forth a budget that includes difficult choices about our future.  Just like families across Washington state have found ways to tighten their belts, the federal government must take meaningful steps to get spending under control and reduce our debt and deficit. These steps are going to mean shared sacrifice, compromise, and more often than not, difficult cut backs.

“But as families across Washington state also know, cutting back doesn’t mean cutting blindly. Reining in your family’s budget means making tough decisions and weighing what priorities come first. The same is true for the federal budget.

“Right now, no priority is more important than making smart investments in those things that are most critical to creating jobs and our economic strength in the future. That’s why it is more important than ever that we invest here at home - in our workers, our children’s education, and innovative research and development. The President’s budget makes many of those critical investments.

“However, I am concerned that the President’s budget looks for deficit reduction measures primarily in only one small area of the budget – non-defense discretionary spending. If we are going to make real progress toward fiscal responsibility we have to have a serious conversation that goes beyond this limited area.

“In Washington state, we have the workers, companies, know-how, and drive to lead our country’s economic recovery. That’s why I will be carefully reviewing this budget to ensure our priorities are protected and new opportunities are identified. As we move forward, I am committed to fighting for Washington state priorities like education, health care, getting workers back on the job and protecting our veterans.  

“Budget cuts must not only be tough, they must also be responsible if we are going to move our country forward. In reviewing this budget and all spending proposals, we need to remember that our goal is not only to ensure that we aren’t leaving our children and grandchildren in debt, but also that we aren’t leaving them infrastructure, schools, and an economic system that won’t allow them to compete. I look forward to working towards a budget in the Senate that balances these critical priorities.”