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Obama's budget arrives at Congress

The Associated Press
President Barack Obama answers questions on the ongoing budget negotiations during a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on Friday.

The Associated Press President Barack Obama answers questions on the ongoing budget negotiations during a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on Friday.

— President Barack Obama on Monday sent Congress a new budget that seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade while at the same time showering billions of dollars of increased spending on areas aimed at giving the economy a quick boost.

The submission was immediately attacked by Republicans as a retread of ideas Congress has already rejected. The battle is likely to extend all the way to the November elections with major decisions by Congress not expected until a lame duck session late in the year.

In a fact sheet previewing the budget, the administration sought to cast the debate as a fight to protect the middle class following decades of eroding security and a deep recession.

"We must transform our budget from one focused on speculating, spending and borrowing to one constructed on the solid foundation of educating, innovating and building," the administration said.

Obama was scheduled to speak later Monday to students at Northern Virginia Community College to highlight a new $8 billion proposal that aims at boosting the ability of the nation's community colleges to train students for the jobs of the future.

Jack Lew, the president's chief of staff, made the rounds of the Sunday talk shows to promote the spending initiative as a balanced approach that will focus on the short-term imperative to provide more support to the economy while attacking long-term deficits.

While administration officials defended the plan as a balanced approach, Republicans attacked the effort for failing to do more to restrain the deficit, which Obama had promised in 2009 to cut in half by the end of his first term.

"It seems like the president has decided again to campaign instead of govern," Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, said in an interview. "He's just going to duck the responsibility to tackle this country's fiscal problems."

Ryan is preparing an alternative to Obama's budget that will be similar to a measure that the House approved last year but failed in the Senate.

This year's budget debate is expected to dominate the presidential contest and congressional elections with the issue not finally resolved probably until a lame-duck session of Congress after the November election, when lawmakers will have to decide what to do with expiring Bush-era tax cuts and looming across-the-board spending cuts.

Obama's spending plan for the budget year that begins Oct. 1 projects a deficit for this year of $1.33 trillion. That would mean four straight years of trillion-dollar-plus deficits.

Comments

Shinedownfan 2 years, 8 months ago

Bet his budget doesnt even make it outta the Senate. It wont pass because about 1/2 of the Democrats wont vote for it... and the liberal media will put the blame on the Republicans! Mark my words!

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TheBoss 2 years, 8 months ago

In the picture Obama showing us how much crap is in his budget.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 8 months ago

His arms should be stretched all the way out, if that was the case.

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TheBoss 2 years, 8 months ago

Or, maybe he is selling a Subway $ 5.00 Footlong.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 8 months ago

He's showing us how much bigger His brain is than any other human being who has ever lived.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 8 months ago

Contrary to Lew, Obama's new Chief of Staff, who already pre-blamed the mean Republicans for His Royal Majesty Barack Obama's budget not being passed in the Senate because it needs 60 votes, all it needs is a simple 51-vote majority and since there are over 51 Democrats in the Senate, it could pass tomorrow but as Shinedownfan correctly says, too many in the Democrat party will NOT vote for another TRILLION DOLLAR PLUS deficit spending "plan" and it will not pass. Democrat Harry Reid has already said that he will NOT even bring the budget to the Senate floor for a vote because, even though he's a stupid little lying twerp, he's smart enough to know that SOME members of his own Democrat party have enough brains, enough integrity, and enough backbone that they will not vote to continue taking the US of A down our current treacherous path. Pretty soon it will be too late................

Now coachjohnson42 put that along with your normal stuff in your rolling papers and smoke on it a while........

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 8 months ago

Darn it Sister you are doing it again...You present hard facts not just talking points and you confuse CJ42...

But I am sure the cool-aid will kick in soon.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 8 months ago

In 2009, confident that His superior intellect and slick, smooth abilities to continue to fool the American voter, His Royal Majesty Barack Obama promised to "reduce the deficit by HALF of what He inherited from the Bush Devil." OK, we're still waiting. Not only has the deficit NOT been reduced, deficit spending continues to increase year in and year out. Meanwhile the Democrat controlled congress (now dead in the road because of the do-nothing Democrat Senate) has not passed a Budget for this Nation in 3 years. That's reas Statesmanship and Integrity and Accountability for you..............NOT. It's a disgusting disgrace. But hang on y'all because November is just around the corner.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 8 months ago

No budget in three years means, "I can spend, spend, spend." to Obama. So sad for us taxpayers.

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