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WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after President Bush commented on fiscal responsibility and this year's appropriations process:
"The President's desperate attempt to somehow posture as fiscally responsible is transparent and a bit absurd, given his fiscal record over the last six years. The fact is, the Bush Administration and former Republican Congress pursued the most irresponsible fiscal policies in our nation's history, turning a projected 10-year budget surplus of $5.6 trillion into additional debt of more than $3 trillion.
"In his first six years in office, the President failed to veto one - not one - spending bill sent to his desk by the Republican Congress. Now, with Democratic majorities in Congress, the President is issuing veto threats practically daily. Democrats are absolutely committed to restoring fiscal responsibility to our nation's budget process, and in fact House Democrats reinstated common-sense pay-as-you-go budget rules on the first day of this new Congress. We will continue to fight for fiscally responsible policies while also making crucial investments in critical areas such as homeland security, education and health care.
"I believe the differences in our spending proposals are actually modest and hope the President will sit down with us to negotiate those differences, rather than trying to instigate an unnecessary budget fight."