Leading the GOP push to creating an alternative budget to the one promoted by President Barack Obama is Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Indiana, The Daily Signal reported
Stutzman, a farmer from Howe, Indiana, was picked to head the Republican Study Committee's Budget and Spending Task Force by its Chairman Bill Flores
of Texas, The Daily Signal said, noting the group's plan to hammer out a conservative budget plan by the end of March.
"The RSC budget that we're going to work on will set a strong conservative tone not only for the House, but [for] Washington," said Stutzman in an interview with The Daily Signal. "We're going to show we have major problems that need to be fixed, and we're going to do it."
Stutzman, who represents Indiana's 3rd District and who is serving his third term in Congress, cast a weary eye on what he sees as runaway government spending, particularly during the Obama administration, and as debt has risen to $18 trillion. He is seeking to curtail entitlement reform, The Daily Signal noted
Other goals will be to repeal Obamacare and strengthening the nation's defense budget amid worries of the violent spread of the Islamic State, The Daily Signal said.
Flores called Stutzman a spending "stalwart" in announcing his selection, the Journal Gazette reported
Stutzman said that Washington is desperate for a new era of fiscal responsibility
"President Obama only understands higher taxes and more spending, with absolutely no desire to reform our safety-net programs or reduce our national debt," he said in a statement. "Under the leadership of Chairman Flores and with my colleagues, the RSC will produce a budget that balances without the president's tax-and-spend recklessness.
"The RSC budget will remove government roadblocks and allow more working families to prosper and live the American Dream."
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