Murkowski Comments on the President’s FY 2012 Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, made the following statement after President Obama released his budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, 2011:

“I was disappointed that the President’s budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 doesn’t do near enough to reduce spending and cut the deficit. In fact, the Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal would increase spending and add an additional $7.2 trillion to the deficit over 10 years. That is clearly unacceptable.

“There is no doubt that spending cuts will be difficult and necessary, but the challenge will be to figure out how we cut spending without wrecking state and local economies. That’s a particularly important consideration for a relatively young state like Alaska which hasn’t gotten the infrastructure support that the federal government has provided to the Lower 48. As we move forward on a budget plan, rest assured that I will continue to fight hard for Alaska, making sure that our interests are treated fairly.”