WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) participated in a press conference today with Republican Senators and released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s FY2013 budget proposal:

“This is not a serious proposal – it’s a campaign document.

“Instead of working with Congress to pass a real budget that meets the nation’s needs and reins in out-of-control spending, President Obama sent a proposal that includes the highest tax hike in American history and more of the same reckless spending that has forced our nation’s record debt to skyrocket.

“Majority Leader Harry Reid has already said the Senate won’t vote on a budget this year – marking the third year in a row that the Democrat-led Senate will fail to meet its fundamental obligation. Meanwhile, the White House’s response was that they had ‘no opinion’ on the matter.

“This kind of failure in leadership has become the cornerstone of the Obama Economy, which has left nearly 13 million people unemployed while Washington recklessly spends taxpayers’ dollars hand over fist. The President’s budget proposal is bad for job creation, bad for seniors, and will make the economy worse. People in Missouri and across America deserve better.”