Tom McMahon, acting executive director, Americans United for Change: "Roy Blunt is representing the Rush Limbaugh-led 'Party of No' over the people of Missouri. President Obama has signed into law several majorinitiatives to help turn the corner on the worst economic crisis in generations since taking office 100 days ago, and Rep. Blunt turned his back on middle-class Missouri families at every opportunity. He just said NO to healthcare for 4 million children in need, including 64,100 in Missouri. He just said NO to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act which is today working to ensure women will receive equal pay for equal work. He said NO to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which is ahead of schedule and under budget towards creating or saving or create 3.5 million jobs and giving 95 percent of Americans tax relief. And today he just said NO again to the President's budget that is a blueprint for long-term economic prosperity through transformational investments in health care reform, education and clean energy. These investments are absolutely vital to our economic recovery. Without fixing our broken health care system, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and investing in tomorrow's educated workforce - America's struggling middle-class families will never be able to get ahead. And that's what the President's budget is all about."
"Rep. Blunt is marching to Rush Limbaugh's tune of hoping the President "fails" and are clinging desperately to the failed economic policies of the past that got us into this mess to begin with: more tax breaks for big oil and multi-millionaires that never manage to 'trickle-down' to anyone else and more woefully shortchanged investments in things that will actually grow the economy, like healthcare, education and clean energy," added McMahon. "We tried it their way and look what happened."