Cochran Statement on President Obama's FY2017 Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, today said the committee will remain focused on fiscal discipline despite a FY2017 budget from President Obama that relies on more spending and new taxes.

“President Obama’s final budget proposal contains all manner of new spending and tax increases, and a troubling reliance on mandatory spending to skirt spending limits. There will be little appetite in Congress for mandatory spending that diminishes fiscal discipline and congressional oversight.

“The Appropriations Committee will review the proposals within its jurisdiction to determine which should be altered, improved or eliminated. Our goal will be to produce FY2017 appropriations bills that responsibly allocate taxpayer dollars to support national priorities.”

The President on Tuesday submitted to Congress a nearly $4.15 trillion budget proposal for FY2017, marking the beginning of the annual federal budget and appropriations process.