March 17th, 2009
10:49 AM ET
9 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

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  1. Green beer

    We have a better chance of the Hatfields and McCoys getting together for a drunken party on St.Patricks day.

    March 17, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. Sniffit

    @ Ian, who claimed "The point has nothing to do with Jesus, but gives you the perspective of just how much $1 trillion is."

    Based on the identity of the group that generated that advertisement, the subtext is quite clear: "no good christian should support the stimulus." It's bull pucky targeting a specific voting market in order to rile them up...just like the GOP's chitter chatter about threats to the 2nd Amendment and "soshulizm" are designed to rile the militia wannabe crowd.

    March 17, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Libertarian

    Why are so many of you claiming there was no support for Bush? There was plenty of support for Bush up until the last few years when it became READILY apparent he'd been building a mess. The web of lies he and Cheney had been spinning finally started falling apart. The spiral accelerated and accelerated. Up and until the wheels came off around 2006-2007 he had my support and he had the support of a lot of Americans.

    This President deserves the same chance to prove himself. We gave Cheney....I mean Bush.....6 years to prove himself. Let's give Obama at least one.

    March 17, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    Sniffit...keep on believing that "the vast majority of Americans will receive tax cuts". That is left-wing "regurgitated" rhetoric. Every thing I have heard so far points to more and more taxes for everyone.... if there ARE any tax cuts to some, they will be quickly eaten away by the higher prices people will have to pay because of higher taxes on business.

    Even if a veto is overturned by Congress.... it would go along way to restoring my faith in the office of the President. I know that Pelosi and Reid are crooks, and yes, they'll overturn a veto. But Obama needs to prove a point.

    A government run health care program will only increase our burden, and, worse, divert attention away from solving the banking crisis. Solve the banking crisis first. Job One.

    March 17, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Ellie

    The Republicans don't know the meaning of "bi-partisanship", they are too busy being the party of NO. Recent polls have indicated the GOP numbers have slipped downward yet again.

    Republicans are destroying their own party, they continue to play the same divisive and destructive theatrics every day. It's become a huge annoyance and Americans are starting to tune them out. Bottom line.

    OBAMA Haters will always be just that, HATERS. They are so afraid that President Obama will succeed where the GOP failed miserably. This is what the GOP is most afraid will happen. So they are doing everything in their party to be the party of OBSTRUCTION and DESTRUCTION!!! The GOP doesn't care about BI-PARTISANSHIP, they don't care about what's BEST for their constituents, they certainly don't care about the millions of families who are struggling every day. ALL the GOP party is concerned about is saving their own self-vested political butts. They have proven time after time that they are being lead by Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulture!! Need we say anymore?

    March 17, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Bjoerlingfan

    Excellent idea. We need more of this kind of thinking in Washington. However, the key word is "CONSTRUCTIVE alternative solutions". That doesn't mean just repeating the old mantras of "small government", and "low taxes". Ultimately, this is Obama's buget and there are certain things he wants in there. He's not asking Republicans to say what to keep in or take out. He's asking them to think critically, and come up with a better solution to achieve the same or a similar result. Bipartisanship is not an END–it is the MEANS to an end.

    March 17, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Selected not elected

    Where is Hillary?

    She could get all of this done.

    But Noooooooooooooooooo..... we had to vote in feel good about ourselves know nothing partisan Obama.

    And I am a die hard 35 year voting liberal democrat.

    March 17, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. Mark

    How about not running up the national debt even if it comes just as a no? Its getting bad when China is voicing concern.

    Americans should have to take a small exam before they can vote!

    March 17, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Angie in PA

    President Obama I would love for once to See some Bipartianship In Washington. And I Know your trying You seem to be the Only One Nancy Pelosi refuses To work with Republicans, Republicans are Bashing and Saying No to your Plans before you even Lay them all out, Its tough But YOU ARE THE PRESIDENT now tell Pelosi to stop being so Partisan, and Remind the Republicans Again and Again YOU WON And you have More of the Peoples Support then they do!

    March 17, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. TerryT

    I have no respect for an administration that would foment hatred of one American against another.

    That will and is tearing this country apart.

    This administration is not keeping us together he is pitting one group against another. He is manipulating your anger for selfish political ends. Any other man or administration I would think that unlikely but THINK! He IS doing it and its easy to see. (who are the best 'marks'? those that are too smart to think they could be taken in by the con and those that are reluctant to admit it when they do realize it)


    Abraham Lincoln you are not Mr. President

    March 17, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. 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.

    March 17, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Darko

    He sure does know how to put on a show... just like the debate that was afforeded to the GOP for the stimulus bill.

    Do Pelosi and Reid know about this 'bi-partisan' stunt?

    Try this out for size... no earmarks and no new spending for this year. It's simple but sadly a few congressman are likely to start hemorrhaging at the mere thought of it.

    March 17, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Luis

    Kevin in Ohio, you forgot that the previous President and the republican control house and senate, religious base party, pro moral values, was what got us into the royal mess we are in. Insanity by definition is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Look at OHIO for example under the Republican Government, it suffer more economically than any previous administration....look at the city of Cleveland a total mess. Lack of faith and pessimism creates more of the same.
    Your answer told me a are a religious guy....but have no faith ...very contradictory.
    Get involved in your community and help your community.....that is what I do.

    March 17, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. God, please bless us Americans with clarity..

    c'mon please folks (dems & repubs)... let's put the hate and the pride aside so we can get out of this mess.

    EVERYONE is suffering so everyone should pitch in to help out. Pride and holding grudges will not fix things.

    it doesn't matter WHO solves it, SOMEBODY please come up with a plan!

    ok? ok.

    March 17, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. To Kevin in Ohio

    "if there ARE any tax cuts to some, they will be quickly eaten away by the higher prices people will have to pay because of higher taxes on business."
    You mean like the redistribution of wealth to the wealthiest during the Bush/Rep years???? Where we all supposedly saw our taxes go down about $300/yr only to see our property taxes sky rocket???
    The GOP conned us into thinking we were getting a tax break. Obama is upfront and honest and transparent. No code words or back door dealings like EVERYTHING Bush did!!

    You should probably wait to see what happens before screaming propoganda you heard cuz of the shows you listen to/watch... What Bush did is being undone. The pool of money that's out there is now benefiting everyone instead of the richest amongst us. Our taxes will go down and you will find another reason to complain as you parrot talking points.

    March 17, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. Freed_From_W

    "Obama seeks nonpartisan input on 2010 budget"

    .. expects Republicans submit extreme partisan ideas, cry partisanship when others don't unanimously agree.

    March 17, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Typical White Person

    Libertarian – Yeah, Bush had the total support of the Clinton administration during the transition when they removed all the W keys from the typewriters.

    Juvinile then and juvinile now with Gibbs making snarking comments instead of addressing a serious question about the current administration's direction on terrorism. And Gibbs sneaking up behind Chuck Todd...I was waiting for the rabbit ears...

    March 17, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. spring

    Everything tastes better when it's made from scrach, it's time for AMERICA to start over, we've done it before , we can do it again.

    March 17, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  19. Mike

    Here is my input....

    Stop wasting money and lower my taxes and the tax on businesses so they can hire workers.

    Not that hard to figure out dummy,

    March 17, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Minnesota

    For all of those conservatives out there who feel we are wasting our hard earned money at a time when we should be tightening our belts I have one word for you.... "HOOVER". That's what Hoover did and it threw us into the depression. That's what Obama is trying to avoid and so far I think he has done enough to successfully avoid another depression. Now we need to start climbing out of this recession.

    March 17, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    @ Kevin in Ohio, who said "That is left-wing "regurgitated" rhetoric. Every thing I have heard so far points to more and more taxes for everyone"

    Check yourself and who you're listening to. It's not "regurgitated rhetoric" to state specifically what is in the bills. What IS regurgitated rhetoric is blabbering ideological talking points fed to you by Limbaugh, Coulter, and Hannity. Their rhetoric is like drinking blinds.

    March 17, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. KC

    .....and the taxpayers continue to get hose. Here's a thought.....STAY OUT OF MY POCKETS!!.

    March 17, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. Kevin B

    Indiana voter-

    How about the way Mr Bush treated the american public for eight years, insulting the public intelligence, demonizing all who would dare question the reason or need for war in Iraq as somehow unpatriotic.

    Circumventing the constitution at every opportunity.

    Wholesale absolving corporate interest of any type accountabilty from HMO's to big oil to the pharmacuetical industry in the interest of bigger profits.

    Look at the mess we are in an you think the same some old liberal and conservate ranting is somehow useful?

    Wake up and drop the the political dogma for a change

    March 17, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Veteran in Kansas

    What a bunch of whinning cry babies. If you have a have something constructive to say, then say it, but stop the whinning. Nonpartisan, bipartisain it all means the same, individuals with differing ideas sitting down and have open discussions on how to resolve problems.

    No what President Obama does or does not do there shall be narrow minded bigots tearing down what he is trying to accomplish with out even looking at what he has proposed. We are a democratic republic, that means we elect individuals to represent us in Washington. These individuals are suppose to work together in our common good, not work against each other in their self fullfillment.

    I am totally amazed at the number of so called Americans openly advocating the collapse of our nation and the wishing the total failure of our new President. I am at a lose for words wondering at times whether the population of this nation are worthy..................

    March 17, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. AB in MN

    I love it when repubs tell us democrates we're against Bush the entire time he was in office. So I believe they're saying we should've just done what he wanted to the country could've been even more destroyed? I mean look what Bush was able to do with democrats pulling back on the reigns!? Imagine if Bush had a republican congress and senate?!/ FRIGHTENING!!!

    March 17, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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