WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, issued the following statement on President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget request:

"President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget request fails to reflect the severity of our nation’s fiscal challenges. Offering few genuine proposals to reduce spending and encourage economic growth, it is clear the President has abandoned his 2009 promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his current term. Perhaps more alarming, this request lacks true leadership and reinforces the notion that the President is more concerned with his reelection than tackling the serious issues facing our nation.

“Predictably, the President’s request relies on tax increases, cuts to Medicare and budget gimmicks to convey a sense of budget stability. Rather than implementing tax increases that will hamper economic growth, Congress must identify ways to further restrain federal spending. Rather than impose cuts to important programs like Medicare, which affect the lives of countless American seniors, Congress must protect the benefits of current enrollees and ensure these programs are there for our children and grandchildren. And rather than using obvious budget gimmicks, Congress must be frank and honest with the American people in developing a responsible and realistic budget.

“With the President avoiding the potential political difficulty of submitting a realistic budget request, and Senate Democrats incapable of offering their first budget proposal in over 1,000 days, it is evident the House will again establish the blueprint for setting the United States on a sustainable fiscal path.

“As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, I am particularly eager to participate in upcoming oversight hearings focusing on the President’s request. These hearings are crucial to identifying areas where tax dollars are not used effectively and prioritizing government spending.”