WASHINGTON – Minnesota Congressman John Kline, Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal:
A budget reflects priorities, and it’s clear the President’s priorities continue to be more spending, more taxes, and more government. This budget would perpetuate what we’ve experienced in recent years: an anemic economy, sluggish job growth, and stagnant wages. Middle-class families in Minnesota and across the country are being squeezed, and the President wants to double-down on the same failed policies of the last six years.
The American people deserve better. We need to do better. We must provide employers certainty and flexibility so they can grow their businesses, create jobs, and give workers the raise they’ve earned. We must help more students pursue the dream of a college degree without living a nightmare of debt and unemployment. We must advance K-12 education reform that empowers parents and places more control in the hands of teachers and local decision-makers.
Far too many students are trapped in failing schools, and workers are struggling to pay the bills and provide for their families. While the President has missed another opportunity to unite us as a country and begin tackling these tough challenges, Congress will move forward with commonsense reforms that will help make a difference in the lives of students, workers, teachers, and job creators. That is what the Minnesotans I represent expect, and that is precisely what Congress will aim to do.