Vice Chairwoman Mikulski Applauds Priorities in President Obama’s FY16 Budget Request

Mikulski says this budget proposal would help hard working middle class families get ahead, not just get by
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget request:
“A budget isn’t just about numbers and programs.  It’s about our values as a nation. The President’s budget values job growth, innovation, and opportunity for all Americans.  I share those priorities.
“The President’s budget proposes bold investments in physical infrastructure and our human infrastructure, while continuing to protect our national and homeland security.  We need to give middle class families a raise, whether it’s helping working parents afford child care or college.  And this budget would help those hard working families get ahead, not just get by.
“I also agree with the President that our civil servants need a raise.  They’re on the front lines every day, doing everything from securing our borders to providing advanced warning of dangerous weather to conducting research at NIH that leads to new treatments and cures to deadly diseases.  Federal employees have been undervalued and underappreciated for too long.
“We must end the threat of arbitrary, damaging sequester cuts.  This budget does that.
“As Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I look forward to rigorously examining the full budget proposal.  I look forward to working with my colleagues across the aisle and across the dome to enact appropriations bills for fiscal year 2016 by October 1 that make critical investments to make our economy stronger, protect our country, and provide an opportunity ladder for every American.”