Alexander Comments on FY07 Budget Resolution.

Posted on March 17, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, made the following statement following Senate passage of the Budget Resolution, S. Con. Res. 83: “We have to get federal spending under control, and this budget is a step in that direction. Most importantly, it puts us on a path to cut the deficit in half by 2008. “It limits discretionary spending while aggressively funding areas of national importance like homeland and border security, health care and education. "Specifically, it: “Includes a reserve fund for legislation to promote math and science education and encourage groundbreaking, job-creating research. This way, if the Senate acts on the PACE legislation that I co-authored, we will have budgetary support to fund these priorities to keep good jobs here in the United States. “Includes a proposal to use revenue from the development of ANWR to fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Forest Legacy Program, and the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program for three years. “Supports increased funding for low-income and special education students. “Further ensures that we have the best-trained, best-equipped military in the world, now and in the future. “Includes an increase for the Border Patrol, funding at least 1,500 new Border Patrol agents. “Includes funding to allow the NIH to continue improving the health care community through research.” ###