Sussex County Delaware

Castle Supports
President's Budget

From Rep. Michael N. Castle ...

Especially Pleased with Call
to Establish 'Rainy Day' Fund
Transcript of President's Budget Address

Photo: Delaware Congressman Michael N. Castle

U.S. Congressman Michael N. Castle (R) of Delaware praised President Bush's first budget proposal is "a responsible plan for America's priorities" in reaction to the President's speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001.

Golden Retriever puppyIn a prepared statement, Rep. Castle said he was particularly pleased with President Bush's call to establish a "rainy day" fund to account for emergencies and natural disasters.

"I am pleased that President Bush has proposed that the federal government finally follow Delaware's example," said Castle in reference to the emergency fund proposal. "I look forward to a healthy debate on the President's budget package to make sure we maintain the United States' economic prosperity and the economic prosperity of all its citizens."

Castle praised Bush's budget as a "three-prong plan to ensuring working families receive tax relief, the national debt is reduced, and the nation's top priorities are adequately funded."

Castle said Bush addressed many issues important to Delawareans such as education.

"As chairman of the House Education Reform Subcommittee, I am particularly pleased that the Education Department will receive the largest spending increase of any federal department and triples funding for children's reading programs."

Castle also likes the president's proposed spending increases for the National Institutes of Health and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

"Delaware has the second highest mortality rate due to cancer in the nation, and more and more of our citizens suffer from Alzheimer's, Diabetes and Arthritis," he said. "This funding will help with advances against all those diseases.

"The environment will also benefit under President Bush's proposed budget, which fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the first time in history. This funding would go towards protecting endangered species, including many of Delaware's environmental treasures such as the Delmarva Fox Squirrel and the Atlantic Sturgeon.

"The funding would also support nature centers throughout the state and promote wildlife conservation. In the past, this funding has helped us gain additional land holdings inside the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Sussex County."

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