Mr. BONNER. Mr. Speaker, earlier this week the President sent his fiscal year 2013 budget request to Congress. It's been roundly panned as being ``not serious,'' ``inadequate,'' and ``political.'' But, Mr. Speaker, I want the American people to understand, in addition to all these assessments, the President's budget request is downright dangerous. House Republicans have begun a serious conversation with the American people about our debt, our out-of-control Federal spending, the unsustainability of mandatory spending, as well as our future.
But it's past time for this President and his party in Congress to join us in honestly acknowledging the real challenges facing our Nation and offering realistic solutions to put America back on the path to prosperity to ensure that our best days are still in front of us.
Sadly, the President's lack of leadership on these critical issues endangers not only the current economic recovery but the very future of our great Republic.