Alexander Supports Budget Proposals to Stop “Washington from Spending Money It Doesn’t Have”

Supports Domenici-Rivlin budget proposal to save Medicare

Posted on May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted for the budget passed by the House of Representatives, which would cut $6.2 trillion in government spending over the next decade, as well as the budget introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), calling both plans “serious proposals” to deal with the debt. He voted against the president’s budget.

“I voted for the House-passed budget as well as the budget offered by Senator Toomey, because they’re serious proposals to deal with our most urgent problem of Washington spending money it doesn’t have, and I voted against the president’s budget because it would only make our debt problem worse,” Alexander said. “An essential part of any serious proposal to reduce federal spending is to reform and save Medicare. While I voted for the House budget, my preferred plan for saving Medicare is the Domenici-Rivlin plan, because it would permit seniors to shop for the health insurance they want while allowing them to remain in traditional Medicare if they don’t find it.”

The budget proposal offered by former U.S. Senator and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici and former White House budget director Alice Rivlin would reduce federal spending by $5.9 trillion over the next 9 years.

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