Oklahoma members of U.S. House support Republican budget plan

Republicans' blueprint would balance the budget in 10 years and shift Medicare into a program that provides subsidies to the elderly to buy private insurance
by Chris Casteel Published: March 22, 2013
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“A national debt of more than $16.7 trillion is not our greatest issue. Our greatest issue is the fact that we have not agreed on a plan to ever stop increasing our debt.”

Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, said, “Americans are continually balancing their checkbooks and finding ways to live within their means, and it is encouraging we have passed a budget that will do the same.

“On the current path, the federal government would spend another $8.2 trillion in the next 10 years. Thankfully, our budget provides a $4.6 trillion reduction in the national debt and balances the budget over the same time frame.”

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, said, “In our district, eliminating Obamacare and reducing federal spending are among the top issues constituents talk to me about and this budget definitely addresses those concerns by not raising taxes or spending money we do not have on a national health care system that will bust the budget. I was happy to represent my constituents' voice by voting for this plan.”

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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