March 17th, 2009
10:49 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama seeks nonpartisan input on 2010 budget

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.

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
funds.


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soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio

    First constructive idea: Get someone in there to help your lone-wolf Treasury Secretary. Second constructive idea: find a way to put spendable dollars back in to the pockets of the American taxpayer, rather than believing taxing us to death will work. Third constructive idea: Veto the very next bill that contains even a single earmark. Fourth constructive idea: stick to one problem at a time. Health care can... and must... wait until we fix the banking mess.

    March 17, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Scott, Tucson

    Obama should have veto his record spending bill but he says pork is good for America. Can't wait to see him and Pelosi unveil their next stimulus by the end of the year if not before then.

    March 17, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Pat

    "non-," "bi-," and partisan – how the meanings blur. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Do Pelosi and Obama's people really believe their own lies. Pelosi stated others were not needed and bragged they can do it all without the others. Obama stated others were wanted (as dressing) and should act as losers. That removes the "non" and "bi."

    March 17, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Sniffit

    @ Ian

    Yeah, because "Jesus hates the Stimulus Plan" is an incrediblly persuasive argument designed to convince more than just the GOP's fundy base to get angry.

    March 17, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. rob

    This may be great politics but Obama needs to lead if he thinks his budget is right, thats the way it works. Sell your ideas to the american people and keep Pelosi and Reid out of it . I think he'll need to moderate this thing a great deal if he doesn't want it to go down in flames.

    March 17, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Enuf Already

    I just cannot believe what I am seeing on these blogs!!!!! The last eight years have damaged us for years to come. But instead of working together with this new president to figure out what Bush and his crew of henchmen did over and over again, we look to a 60 day or less old president to have all of the answers.

    If the answers were so easy to come by, why didn't you brilliant ones figure it out a long time ago.

    Lets work with this man and give him the same chance that was given to that other idiot and his jolly man men posse!

    AMERICA, IT ALL DEPENDS ON US!!! US AS IN ONE NATION, UNDER GOD!

    You can go back to your political games after our foundation has been fixed!

    March 17, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. AB Miller

    Talk is cheap - his record speaks for itself - the most partisan voting Senator in recent history.

    March 17, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. WhoCares?

    He tries and tries and tries to reach across the aisle and in payback gets to hear Boehner, Cantor, Jindal, etc cast him as the devil incarnate.

    The man has more patience than I ever could.

    March 17, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. Independent Paul

    THe arrogance that is coming from people like Press Secretary Gibbs is making partisanship very hard to accomplish. He should have taken the high road with Cheney and just dismissed his comments like the rest of us did. Instead, he took to petty insults.

    Obama has, unfortunately, surrounded himself with bad people.

    March 17, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. meh

    Ian> Wow, you must be a sunshiny pleasant person to be around! Are you always this optimistic?

    March 17, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Kevin B

    Most republicans have a viseral and irrational hate for this president. Thus there is no amount of bipartisanship or reason that can come from them.

    At the expense of all americans, including thier very own constituents they will obstruct any and everything they can.

    What a sad commentary on the nations future.

    March 17, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. phoenix86

    I can't imagine a bipartisan 2010 budget with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in charge of Washington DC. I expect to see a repeat of the Pelosi/Reid 2009 budget with thousands of earmarks and bloated with pork.

    Unless Obama can control Nancy and Harry, he is a one term president that will follow the path of Jimmy Carter.

    March 17, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Ian

    Well we could stop spending $1 trillion EVERY YEAR on our overseas empire. Why do we have military bases in over 130 countries? How would we like it if China put a military base in our country? Let's bring our troops home and have a real trading relationship with other countries, and stop meddling in their political affairs.

    March 17, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. WhoCares?

    He tries and tries and tries to reach across the aisle and in payback gets to hear Boehner, Cantor, Jindal, etc cast him as the devil incarnate.

    The man has more patience than I ever could.

    March 17, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Kevin in Ohio

    Luis, I'm sorry..... from what political or governmental source can conservatives and traditionalists draw any faith whatsoever? Our current government is sending us head long to a way of life that is, quite simply, not good. We fear socialism, lack of morals, persecution of Christian beliefs, and lack of any security to our borders. We fear capitulation and appeasement. I'm not proud of America anymore.... Obama (and Congress) has taken that all away.

    March 17, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Dennis

    The Democrats idea of bipartainship is for the Republics to totally agree with the Presiden't's agenda without any input.

    March 17, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Kevin in Ohio

    Kevin B..... the "visceral hate" you refer to is a product of the liberals, and started as far back as Nixon, and was unbelievably relentless toward President Bush. No, the hatred has always come from the left.

    March 17, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. Get Well Soon GOP

    I think the GOP has learned its lesson from the last whipping they got regarding budgets. I bet they play their hand differently this time. But sitll they will be beaten to the punch.

    March 17, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. John

    "Cut all funding & tax exemption status for any group that engages in any political action including voter registration drives or electioneering and candidate endorsement or vilification. Use half the money to fund social studies programs in public schools and the other half to reduce the deficit."

    Does that include churches? If so, if we can finally start taxing those ridiculous megachurches and stop funding "Faith Based Initiatives", then I'm behind it all the way.

    March 17, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Mel

    I don't think they're going to get anything bipartisan from the Republican party. The party has this insane irrational hatred and anger towards Obama thats making them impossible to work with. They aren't interested in doing whats good for all, only in whats good for their own pockets.

    March 17, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  21. Fred

    Kevin B March 17th, 2009 11:15 am ET

    Most republicans have a viseral and irrational hate for this president. Thus there is no amount of bipartisanship or reason that can come from them.

    At the expense of all americans, including thier very own constituents they will obstruct any and everything they can.

    What a sad commentary on the nations future.
    ********************************************************************

    Obama is being shown all the love, warmth and courtesy that Bush received from Democrats shortly after taking office in 2001.

    March 17, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  22. Brian

    I bet... just like he promised with the porkulous/stimulus bill....

    March 17, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  23. Mike

    No, the only reason obamby wants agreement from the Republicans is so he can blame them also if we go into a depression. No thanks, your president has my support the same as President Bush had liberals support and he deserves alot less than that.

    March 17, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  24. SHIRLEY "60"

    Republicans here's a chance to put your money where your mouth is. Go to it!

    March 17, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. FreeNLovingIt

    No more tax cuts UNLESS there's proof or body of evidence that people are hired for that TAX CUTS for X amount of years.

    March 17, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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