Congressman Stutzman Meets With Constituents: Takes Issue With Obama Budget

By Scott Sarvay
By Jeff Neumeyer

February 13, 2012 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 1:37 PM EDT

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – “It leaves us with too much debt.”

That's what Northeast Indiana Congressman Marlin Stutzman said Monday about President Obama's newly unveiled 2013 budget request.

Stutzman came to the 3rd District to meet with constituents.

It’s not surprising that the conservative Stutzman wouldn't be cheering an Obama spending plan.

The two may never see eye to eye on fiscal matters, and that's especially true of spending priorities.

The Congressman doesn't like the fact the President's $3.8 trillion budget request proposes to carry a $900-billion deficit for fiscal year 2013, but does little to curb growth in entitlement spending.

Obama would like a tax hike put in effect for the wealthiest Americans.

Stutzman is convinced increasing revenue is not the issue.

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman/(R) Indiana 3rd District: " You know, at a time when we are facing $15-trillion of debt, $1.5-trillion in deficits in the budget, even though it's a political year, that should not matter. We should try to start fixing the problems now, and finding solutions."

Stutzman favors spending cuts.

But he complained when the military announced an elimination of the A-10 fighter jets at the Fort Wayne Air Guard Base.

Critics would say, you can't have spending cuts without some pain.

But Stutzman argues investments were made to the base to prepare for the A-10's, so it doesn't make sense to then axe those planes from the base, right on the heels of that investment.

A formal federal budget for government agencies is supposed to be in place by October first, the start of the 2013 fiscal year.

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