Congressman Ryan Zinke released the following statement responding to President Obama’s proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year:

“There is nothing about this document that could in any way be defined as a ‘budget.’ The president’s last budget proposal is as much of a failure as last seven. It breaks spending caps, raises taxes, burdens farms, ranches and small business with more regulations, and never ever balances, only adds more debt for our children to pay off. There’s a whole lot of money spent on a whole lot of nothing. The President continues to throw money to his liberal green energy donors to keep them afloat, while punishing Montana's natural resources and the good-paying jobs they support. Here’s an idea: Let’s keep hard working Montanans afloat. Rather than taxing families and jobs to death, let’s work together to figure out how to grow the economy, balance the budget, become energy independent, and lift our entire nation up. That’s what an all of the above energy policies will do, and that’s what I’m fighting for in Congress.”