For Immediate Release
March 2, 2009
Contact: Nicole Y. Williams
Barbara Lee Releases Statement on President Obama’s Budget Blueprint
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Lee released this statement on President Barack Obama’s FY10 Budget.
“The Bush Administration has left us in an economic crisis on a scale that we haven’t seen in decades. Despite the bleak state of our economy, President Obama’s budget blueprint has once again managed to inject hope into the future outlook of this country. Following the signing of the economic recovery package last week that will give our economy a much needed jump start, the President put forth a budget that continues to put us on a path to economic recovery.
“This past week I had the opportunity to meet with President Obama twice, first during the White House Economic Summit and later in the week with my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus. During these meetings we discussed how the recovery package will be implemented as well as our priorities moving forward.
“The President’s budget reflects a dramatic shift in priorities for America. As a proponent of Universal Health Care, I was pleased to see that his budget makes a significant investment in this area including $634 billion for Health Care Reform.
“Additionally, his budget includes increased funding to the Department of Labor including job training for recently incarcerated individuals, expansion of lending in disadvantaged communities and funding for affordable housing and Community Development Block Grants, expanding the budget for family planning and increased funding for HIV/AIDS prevention.
“All of these programs will be important in helping Americans find pathways out of poverty. I look forward to working with the President as we continue to shape the country’s budget.”
The Honorable Barbara Lee (CA-9)
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