FIRST ON FOX: Florida Senator Rick Scott, a Republican, fired on President Biden and his budget proposal in a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Scott sent OMB director Shalanda Young a letter late Monday night about Biden’s $6.8 trillion budget proposal, berating the government for rampant government spending.
As you may recall from our previous discussions, I am deeply concerned about the Biden administration’s refusal to focus on debt reduction and its insistence on supporting reckless spending of taxpayers’ money that makes it impossible for the federal government to to live her means,” Scott wrote. .
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Senator Rick Scott, R-Fla., sent White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director Shalanda Young a letter late Monday night about Biden’s $6.8 trillion budget proposal, berating the administration for its rampant government spending. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
“I want to be clear: America is in real danger from decades of gross fiscal mismanagement, but President Biden has done nothing but make this situation worse and American families are facing the consequences every day,” the Florida Republican continued.
Scott wrote that as Biden “prepared to release his proposed budget,” the president had “a golden opportunity to take stock of the painful position his policies have created for American families, from 40 years of high inflation to skyrocketing interest rates, and present a responsible way forward.”
“He could have presented a plan rooted in the realities facing our nation and proposed a way to balance the budget, start paying off America’s debt of more than $31 trillion, which $4 trillion higher than when he took office, and to show the American people that he has heard them and is committed to bringing fiscal sanity back to Washington,” Scott wrote.
“Instead, President Biden proposed a $6.8 trillion budget, which is 55% MORE than we spent in 2019,” the Florida senator continued. “It’s hard to imagine why that’s necessary, when our population only grew by 1.8% over the same period.”
Scott chastised Biden’s budget, writing that it “grows debt to nearly $51 trillion over the next 10 years, raises taxes on millions of Americans who earn less than $400,000 a year, and increases taxpayers by more than $1 by 2033.” .3 trillion in annual interest charges as a result of the massive debt he is trying to create.”
The Florida senator pointed out that the president’s proposal is “a clear and flagrant violation of the president’s promise to protect small businesses and hard-working families from tax increases” and that Biden has “broken that promise several times already” with tax increases in its grossly partisan U.S. Rescue Plan Act and Inflation Reduction Act.”
“Perhaps most ironically, President Biden’s budget is doing nothing to address impending Social Security insolvency,” Scott wrote.
“I suggest that you and the president review my Protect Our Seniors Act for ideas on how we can do more for this program and ensure the benefits are protected and preserved both today and in the future,” the senator continued.
“While I am clearly disappointed with what I have seen so far from President Biden’s proposal, I want you to have the opportunity to explain these issues and do so with as much transparency as possible on my part. Below are the exact questions. I intend to ask you at the upcoming budget hearing. I hope this will prepare you to give me, the committee and the American people the answers we deserve.”
Senator Scott wrote that President Biden, pictured above, had “a golden opportunity to take stock of the painful position his policies have created for American families, from 40 years of high inflation to skyrocketing interest rates, and present a responsible way forward .” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Scott then listed his prepared committee questions for Young, including whether she believes “excessive government spending, especially deficit spending, is driving inflation” and whether the proposal is “balanced.”
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Young will appear before the Senate banking committee on Wednesday for a hearing on the president’s budget.
OMB did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
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