WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement on the Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal put forth today by Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-1), Chairman of the House Committee on the Budget:

“Chairman Ryan has produced a serious and sobering document that recognizes our unsustainable budget trajectory and offers remedies that will control excessive government spending, reduce the national debt and support economic growth. Chairman Ryan’s proposal stands in stark contrast to the lack of leadership displayed by the Obama Administration in the release of its Fiscal Year 2012 budget request, which fails to address excessive federal spending.

“I look forward to the crucial conversations this budget proposal will stimulate in the 15th District and across the United States. Our country is facing a spending driven debt crisis and Chairman Ryan’s proposal to reduce non-security discretionary spending to below 2008 levels, while freezing spending for five years, is an important step toward stabilizing our nation’s fiscal situation.

“Chairman Ryan has also outlined proposals aimed at ensuring the long-term sustainability of our national safety net programs for our children and grandchildren, as well as protecting the health and retirement security of those near retirement and retirees currently receiving benefits. These proposals are transformational and deserve thoughtful review.  

Chairman Ryan’s FY12 budget proposal brings government spending under 20% of GDP by 2015; reduces the national debt by $4.7 trillion over the next decade; and simplifies the tax code and provides tax relief to encourage sustainable economic growth.