Washington, D.C. – Alaska Congressman Don Young today shared the following statement on House passage of H.Con. Res. 71, the fiscal year 2018 congressional budget resolution:
“This budget is not everything we wanted, but it’s something we have to have in order to get this country back on track,” said Congressman Don Young. “Otherwise, we can’t move forward on tax reform – vitally important to strengthening the economy, healthcare reform, or efforts to address our nation’s spiraling debt. Those that say otherwise are ignoring the fact that this country is going broke and continues to fail at building new wealth or generating new economic activity. After years of rampant spending and deficits, and dismal GDP growth, I’m hopeful that this Congress and the White House will take these challenges head on. Though imperfect, this budget is an important step to unlocking our nation’s tremendous energy resources within ANWR, reforming frivolous regulations that hinder job creation and growth, and tackling the first major tax reform in over three decades. This is only the beginning of a long process, one that will take many shapes and many forms. I am committed to fighting for Alaskan priorities, listening to my constituents, and bringing our fiscal house in order in a manner that reflect the needs of my state.”
The House-passed budget resolution, which sets government spending for fiscal year 2018 and outlines budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027, includes detailed reconciliation instructions to the House Natural Resources Committee to identify revenues that reduce the deficit by $5 Billion over the next 10 years. Further, the House budget instructions call for “unlocking domestic energy supplies” and allowing “for greater access in areas such as Alaska, the Outer Continental Shelf, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Intermountain West”
Alaska Congressman Don Young and others are making concerted efforts to include revenues generated from oil and gas development within the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as a means to reaching those levels. Yesterday, Congressman Young spoke passionately on the House floor on the importance of ending the prohibition against oil and gas development in the Coastal Plain of the ANWR through the budget reconciliation process. Click here to learn more.
Congressman Don Young discussing the importance of opening ANWR through the budget reconciliation process (click here to watch)