Budget and Fiscal Responsibility
I believe that if families in the Inland Empire have to adhere to a budget and make difficult decisions, the federal government should have to as well. Budget deficits and a growing federal debt could hurt the U.S. economy and constrain future policy priorities. However, we cannot simply impose arbitrary cuts in order to reign in the federal budget, and our budget cannot be balanced on the backs of the middle class or the poor. I served in the California legislature during the recession and our state’s budget crisis, and I know what it takes to make the tough choices to reduce spending and streamline programs while preserving the services many Californians depend on. We must work together to make common sense budget reforms, including eliminating duplicative or wasteful programs, while also reforming our complicated, loop-hole ridden tax code so we can provide relief for middle-class families and incentives for businesses that are creating jobs here at home. This common sense approach will lead to government efficiency, less government debt, and broader economic prosperity for all Americans.
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Eva works the graveyard shift as a 911 dispatcher for the Los Angeles Police Department. Despite her long and grueling hours on the job, she gets up every Friday morning like clockwork, drives to Queen of the Valley Medical Center, picks up several carefully planned, nutritious meals, and sets off to distribute them to seniors in the community who might otherwise not have a hot meal or speak to another person all day.
The budget proposed this week by President Obama represents a continued investment in our communities and in the hard-working families of the Inland Empire.
While our region continues to wrestle with unemployment, homelessness, and a transportation system that is struggling to keep up, this year we also witnessed an act of terror which hit dangerously close to home.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request:
“The budget proposed today represents a continued investment in our communities and in the hard-working families of the Inland Empire. While our region continues to wrestle with unemployment, homelessness, and a transportation system that is struggling to keep up, this year we also witnessed an act of terror hit dangerously close to home.