For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 

Ben Schreiber, 202-222-0752,

President Obama’s Budget Capitulation

WASHINGTON - Today, President Obama released his fiscal year 2014 Budget. For the first time the President’s Budget is calling for $1.2 trillion in cuts to the government, including billions from Social Security and Medicare. Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica issued the following statement in response to the President’s Budget.

"Today, President Obama passed up the opportunity to lay down a positive vision of how our country can maintain its commitments to the Americans whose hard work built our country. Instead he proposed to balance the ledgers with significant cuts to the programs that working Americans depend on.

“Yet again, President Obama proved he is an excellent negotiator -- with himself. It is past time that he learned not to negotiate when he is alone at the table. The Republican House offered up a more draconian version of the Ryan Budget that the American people rejected in November, and President Obama rewarded the House’s intransigence by proposing billions in cuts to the same social safety nets they want to weaken.

“The election is over and President Obama cannot run again, so he has no excuse for acting like a milquetoast. Obama’s budget priorities have made it clear that he is more concerned with protecting corporations than working Americans.

“We can do better. Instead of cutting environmental protections and benefits for seniors, we should be raising revenue by making polluters pay for their pollution. In his address this morning, President Obama reiterated his commitment to deal with climate change, but his budget does not call for the steps that are necessary. Enacting a meaningful price on carbon is perhaps the single most important step we can take to avoid climate disaster, and it could also raise funds to strengthen our government."


This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Friends of the Earth is the U.S. voice of the world's largest grassroots environmental network, with member groups in 77 countries. Since 1969, Friends of the Earth has fought to create a more healthy, just world.

Share This Article

More in: