Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s budget request for FY 2015:
“President Obama today unveiled a responsible budget that should serve as a blueprint for creating jobs, strengthening the middle class and expanding economic opportunity to all. I particularly applaud the President’s commitment to Social Security and his rejection of Republican demands to cut badly-needed cost of living increases for retired Americans. President Obama understands that special interest giveaways and tax breaks for the wealthiest one percent will not open the path to prosperity. Instead, we must grow our economy from the middle out.
“The President’s budget continues to recognize that no federal funds should be wasted on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. Yucca Mountain was terminated four years ago, and our country is ready for an alternative approach to safely managing nuclear waste. An area that would create jobs is infrastructure. The President’s budget included much-needed infrastructure investment, a priority critical for our long-term economic recovery. Another area that would reduce the budget deficit and grow our economy is immigration reform, which the Senate proved last year can be accomplished on a bipartisan basis.
“While my Republican colleagues may not like everything in the President’s budget, the budget contains ideas that some Republicans have endorsed. I hope that we can work together in the coming months to find common ground on some of these issues, and work together to advance the interests of the middle class.”