Statement of Sen. Lamar Alexander - President Bush’s Budget Proposal

Posted on February 6, 2006

The President’s budget calls for a number of ways to restrain federal spending, which I have supported, including biennial budgeting, the line-item veto and creating a bipartisan commission to recommend programs to be reduced or eliminated. I’m carefully reviewing the budget and its affect on various programs. As a member of the Budget Committee, I look forward to our hearings which begin this week. I am pleased with the President’s support for two new programs – the American Competitiveness Initiative and the Global Nuclear Energy Program (GNEP). The American Competitiveness Initiative represents an important investment in maintaining our edge in math, science and technology so that our good jobs won’t be going to China, India and other countries. The President’s Global Nuclear Energy Program will help dispose of and safeguard nuclear waste so that we can use nuclear power to end global warming, clean the air and achieve energy independence.