WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama urged both Democratic and Republican members of Congress Tuesday to provide him with "constructive alternative solutions" if they disagree with any sections of his 2010 budget proposal.
Late last month, Obama unveiled a $3.55 trillion budget that he said would halve the federal deficit by the end of his first term.
Obama made his comments at a news conference in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building after meeting with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota, and House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt Jr., D-South Carolina.
"There's been a lot of discussion about this budget already, and I hope we engage in a healthy debate going forward," Obama said. "The challenges we face are not partisan. We're going to get some numbers with respect to the budget that may make this even tougher in the next couple of weeks."
Given the magnitude of the nation's problems, "we don't need more point scoring, we need more problem solving. So if there are members in Congress who object to specific policies and proposals in this budget, then I ask them to be ready and willing to propose constructive alternative solutions," Obama added.
"This budget doesn't attempt to solve every problem or address every issue," he said.
The 2010 fiscal year begins October 1. Although the banking crisis has been a major focus of the administration, Obama said there are other issues just as pressing, such as the high cost of health care and the need for non-oil energy sources.
Obama made no mention of the controversial $165 million in bonuses that American International Group Inc. (AIG) paid top executives and some other employees, following a $173 billion taxpayer bailout. The move has infuriated the White House and Congress, which are trying to find way to recoup the bonus
Kevin in Ohio-
Libertarian…. I don't know what you are referring to…. the outcries from the left against Bush started the day after Election Day in 2000 and never stopped. Give me one example of support the liberals EVER showed for President Bush.
Heres an example: Dems voted for his use of force in Iraq, which was an utter and misguided misuse of american most precious resources and aided in the mess we now face in afghanistan, 6 years too late.
The sooner we realize the "left and right" banter is only useful to those who wish keep you paralzed the sooner we will realize america's greatness once again.
Drop the political dogma !!
Reading all the rants placed by the dems against the repubs just shows me that there can't be bipartisianship cause the dems want it their way too. Which by the way, they have had since they controlled the congress during the last administration. I am loosing respect for the people in this country especially since we are responsibile for our own fiscal responsibility and the decisions we make.
We elected President Obama – we did not elect John McCain.
We the people voted for Obama and we will stand behind him.
The republicans can go whine and cry and spew their negative hate, but, we stand behind president Obama 100%.
Why can't republicans be as inclusive as democrats with their earmarks!!??