Obama begins next budget battle with jabs at GOP
October 25th, 2013
04:56 PM ET
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Obama begins next budget battle with jabs at GOP

Brooklyn (CNN) - The latest standoff over the nation's finances ended just last week, but President Barack Obama delivered an opening salvo on Friday for the next round of budget talks, poised to start on Capitol Hill.

In remarks at a technology high school in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, Obama gave an early indication of his insistence on spending projects in education, scientific research, and infrastructure, while swiping Republicans for their continued focus on cutting the nation's deficits.

"We need a budget that is responsible and is fiscally prudent, a budget that cuts what we don't need, cuts wasteful tax loopholes that don't create jobs, freeing up resources for things that will help us grow," Obama said.

"Don’t tell me we can afford to shut down the government and cost our economy billions ... but we can’t afford to invest in our kids," he added later.

The school Obama spoke at Friday - the Pathways in Technology Early College High School - was founded through a partnership with the city's school system and tech giant IBM in 2011. Students spend six years enrolled and emerge with an associate’s degree in applied science.

Obama, who lauded the school during this year's State of the Union address, allocated $300 million in his 2014 budget proposal to a program that encourages high schools to graduate students with college credit and skills that will help them nab jobs in expanding sectors like technology.

"This country should be doing everything in its power to give kids a chance to go to schools like this one," the president said, tying the immigrant history of the school's borough to the modern-day drive to join the middle class.

And he said the everyday math education offered at P-TECH could come in useful for some members of Congress.

Obama's call for greater resources in science-and-technology education came amid a high-profile technological embarrassment for his own administration - the glitch-prone website where Americans are supposed to be able to register for health care exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act.

Budget talks set to start

Nearly 30 lawmakers will convene next week to launch compulsory budget negotiations that were part of the deal ending this month's government shutdown. Republicans and Democrats, still at odds over spending levels and tax hikes, must agree on a long-term budget plan by December 13.

Before he left Washington Friday, Obama held a phone call on the upcoming budget negotiations with four leading Congressional Democrats, including the Senate Budget Chairman Patty Murray.

The outgoing mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, spoke briefly ahead of the President on Friday, and his likely successor, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, was in the audience.

The Democratic mayoral candidate is running well ahead of his Republican rival ahead of the early November vote. Obama formally endorsed de Blasio in September, after a bruising Democratic primary race that also included former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Starts big fundraising swing

The President's remarks in Brooklyn came ahead of two high-dollar fundraising events in Manhattan, the kick-off of a month-long fundraising swing that will see Obama cross the nation in search of campaign cash for House and Senate Democrats a year in advance of the midterm elections.

On Friday, he was to raise money for House Democrats alongside Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, at a reception hosted by Kathryn Chenault, the wife of American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault. The event also features dinner at the home of major Democratic donors Dennis and Karen Mehiel.

Tickets for the event went for $16,200, according to an invitation obtained by CNN. A Democratic official said around 60 people were expected to attend.

Later, Obama was to attend an event benefiting the Democratic National Committee. Tickets for the second fundraiser cost as much as $32,400 and organizers anticipated around 20 people would attend, according to another Democratic official.

In total, Obama has nine fundraising events over the next month spread out across the country, including a stop in Boston next week, events in Dallas and Miami at the beginning of November, and a West Coast swing at the end of the month.


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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Michael Benjamin

    We need farm subsidies for agribusiness to turn corn into ethanol raising food prices while cutting education for our kids.

    October 25, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. Sonny

    The hypocrisy of this guy is 2nd to none.

    October 25, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  3. Mike S

    So Obama the eternal antagonizer is at it again. Expect to get antagonized back and nothing gets done once again. This is worst president this country has ever had.

    October 25, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  4. Richard

    Wasnt he the one that was spending extra money forcing closure of thing that are open by themselves? But yet open the national mall for illegal aliens?

    I have no respect for the guy.

    October 25, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. John

    This is why they cannot legislate. All Obama knows how to do is throw insults at people then wonder why they don't want to go along with him according to the way he wants things. He just doesn't 'get it'. Note to Republicans: why should anyone vote for you if you just give in and let the Democrats do what they want anyway? Maybe cutting off all the dole payments will wake people up and make them NOT want to be so dependent on someone else for food and shelter.

    October 25, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  6. Dan

    What Budget? . . . 125 TRILLION Dollars UNFUNDED Liabilities, and growing. . . 17 TRILLION Dollars National DEBT, and growing. . . 7 TRILLION Dollars Trade DEFICIT, and growing. . . Cost Overruns for the Affordable Care Act, and growing. . . 1 of every 6 Americans on Food Stamps, and growing. . . more part-time workers than full-time workers. . . a DEBTOR nation in servitude to DEBT, and seeking more DEBT. . . . a President without LEADERSHIP Skills. . . a DYSFUNCTIONAL Congress. . .

    October 25, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  7. Stang05

    Great start from the great communicator. "While swiping Republicans for their continued focus on cutting the nation's deficits". Sounds like he wants to withdraw more from the account than what is in it. Typical.

    October 25, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  8. Redeye Dog

    If the teleprompter said, "Today is the end of the United States," Obama wouldn't bat an eye and blame the GOP in the same breath! What an empty character!!

    October 25, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  9. Kris in AL

    He is such a uniter.......NOT!

    October 25, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  10. omeany

    I agree. I'm tired of The poor and elderly having to take big cuts in SS, Medicaid and Medicare It's time for the tax loopholes to be closed and job creation moving forward.

    Take a look at the record low GOP poll numbers and they still want to pull the same strategy again in 2014. Next time they may very well succeed in taking down the already fragile US economy. I honestly don't understand why they think the same losing strategy will work if they only double down. Insanity personified.

    October 25, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  11. Jim Michaels

    Cancel your amex card! I guess Amex loves Obama and big gov...or maybe part of the extortion going on as outlined in Extortion book?

    October 25, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  12. Cathy

    No doubt about it, Obama is definitely the Negotiator In Chief or is it the Divider in Chief.

    October 25, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  13. enzo

    Such a fearless leader. Who's pantsuit will he be hiding behind next?

    October 25, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  14. Big G

    Obama is leading the demographic curve that is shaping America. He's simply advocating social programs that are working effectively in France, Germany and the other northern European countries: health, education and welfare for for the poor. While the right is currently viewing themselves as the last bastion for "traditional American values," it's losing it's ability to have a voice in the coming change.

    October 26, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  15. Kenman

    It's ALMOST unbelievable the gall of this petty politician! Already starting to further poison the water ahead of budget negotiations and, instead of doing a damn thing about the number one issue on EVERY American's list, the economy and jobs, he's going out on another self-serving campaign type MONTH OF FUNDRAISERS!

    Collecting adoration and money from his 1% buddies, rather than doing anything like what a real President would do, and even playing up the cause for ILLEGAL immigrants!

    If you liberal lemmings haven't had enough of THIS yet, there's not much hope for our nation's future!

    October 26, 2013 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  16. Zondar

    Obama – our Campaigner in Chief and Great Divider. How about you work with Congress this time, Mr. President, on a budget – like every prior President in modern times?

    October 26, 2013 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  17. DL Kisting

    This idiot is in "way over his head!

    October 26, 2013 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  18. Tell the Truth

    All Obama's got is snide jabs at his opponents.
    The man has approved Bernanke printing BILLIONS of worthless dollars every month to artificially prop up the stock market and low interest rates;
    he's alienated Europe;
    he's made a laughing stock of America
    He didn't KNOW about the problems with HIS flagship Obamacare
    China are dumping the US dollar
    Russia had to be the peace broker over Syria because ole' Yella didn't have the backbone;
    HE with his senate cronies shut the government down...................................
    BUT
    HE has the cheek – the utter NERVE to jab at the GOP? Only the uneducated, gullible dribbling liberals would see that as a political strategy! Fools.

    October 26, 2013 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  19. BB

    Divide and Conquer... United We Stand, Divided We Fall...

    October 26, 2013 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  20. Ben

    "This country should be doing everything in its power to give kids a chance to go to schools like this one,"

    ...as long as it's not suggested by the Republicans.

    October 26, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  21. Iamnotfooled

    Why not Jab? They throw a sucker punch every chance they get. He does not have to win an election anymore . JAB away Mr. President. Show them who is boss. You were elected by the majority not once but twice!

    October 26, 2013 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  22. Rogerd

    What makes this President think he is always the smartest person in the room? The last 5 years and the article above shows he definitely is not; he is the most decisive person in the room.

    October 26, 2013 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  23. Harold Richards

    The "Great Uniter" that was supposed to "usher in an unprecedented era of cooperation" = FAIL, again!
    How much did he waste on the Obamacare website?
    Where are the enrollment numbers?
    "U.S. Spent $3.7 Trillion on Welfare Over Last 5 Years"

    October 26, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  24. ted

    He brags about a school program the feds had nothing to do with. His answer is always government, the real answer is government getting out of the way.

    October 26, 2013 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
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