Republicans rail against Obama budget
February 13th, 2011
03:49 PM ET
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Republicans rail against Obama budget

Washington (CNN) - The chairman of the House Budget Committee said Sunday that if early reports are accurate, President Obama is "abdicating leadership" on the debt crisis by proposing a budget that will continue to raise the national debt.

"The president is elected to lead and to face the country's biggest challenges," GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said on "Fox News Sunday." "The country's biggest challenge domestically speaking, no doubt about it, is a debt crisis, and I'm really hoping that he is going to give us a budget that tackles this debt crisis."

The plan Obama will release Monday will cut the deficit by $1.1 trillion over 10 years and include a five-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending and cuts to education grants, according to his budget director, Jacob Lew.

Ryan declined to say the president's budget would be "dead on arrival" in Congress, adding that he needs to see the full text before making a final determination.

But if "he (Obama) is talking about coming and having new spending, so-called investments, that is not where we are going," Ryan said.

House Speaker John Boehner said the president's yet-to-be released budget will impede the country's recovery.

"He's going to present a budget tomorrow that's going to continue to destroy jobs by spending too much, borrowing too much, taxing too much," Boehner said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

The Ohio Republican sent a letter to Obama on Sunday – signed by 150 economists – urging him to reduce spending and reduce the deficit.

"We're broke," Boehner said. "What's really dangerous is if we continue to do nothing and allow the status quo to stay in place."

He defended the cuts included in the plan House Republicans unveiled Friday and said there is "no limit to the amount of money that our members want to cut."

The new GOP plan would cut government programs including scholarships, family planning, school counseling and Teach for America, and if enacted, fund the government for the final seven months of the fiscal year once the current continuing resolution expires in March. The GOP plan was met with criticism from Democrats who said the spending cuts were too steep.

As for the Republican budget proposal, Boehner said the plan will include cuts to entitlement programs, which the president's budget will not address.

- CNN's Dana Bash and Jeanne Sahadi contributed to this report

Filed under: Budget • House • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Former Republican, now an Independent

    These current republicans have no clue of how to solve the debt crisis.. Their only solution is to steal social security and medicare funds that Americans and their employers have paid for. This allows the republicans to still spend money protecting the big business interests (some foreign) that have bought these politicians through huge contributions to their "campaign funds".

    February 13, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    As for the Republican budget proposal, Boehner said the plan will include cuts to entitlement programs, which the president's budget will not address.
    If nothing is sacred to borrow for ( such as giving unions a $60 billion free pass to get support for ObamaCare ), then nothing should be sacred against cuts. Our entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare are such a significant part of America's debt problem, they need to be revisited as part of how we recover. At least Speaker Boehner shows there still can be leadership from Washington in this struggle to get back in control.

    February 13, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. pj

    what we need to do is Eliminate Waste, Fraud and Duplication (EWFD) before we start cutting anything!

    February 13, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. JMB

    Why are the republicans criticizing a plan they haven't seen yet?

    February 13, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. w l jones

    Durning the recession in the 30s there were no spending thereby no taxes which is the worst high debt more tax been collect which in the end will evently pay off our debt. Some people get apple and orange mix up, it the Democratic who have to bail out the economic after a long lug

    February 13, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. billybob

    We're still waiting on all of the grand plans for the repukes on JOB creation.

    February 13, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Rick in Phx

    Yea ! ! ! You tell him Boehner. Maybe you should give the rich even bigger tax breaks. That'll fix the economy, after all it's worked so well everytime we've had a republican President.

    February 13, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. Tired of the nonsense

    The Republicans absolute ignorance of financial responsibility got us into the economic mess we're in. They have no say in how it gets repaired since they're the ones responsible for it.

    February 13, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Don

    There is no doubt that the deficit is the second largest problem facing the country right now and has to be addressed. The number one problem, however, remains jobs – which the President recognizes and is trying to deal with. The Republicans, not so much. In fact, not at all.

    Yes, we need spending cuts. But we also need tax increases and serious cuts in the defense budget. We also need reinvestments that will cushion the personal financial hardships caused by the 16%+ (U6) unemployment, promote job growth, help us recover from the recession and position us to grow into the future as a world class economy. The President's priorities recognize the need for balance. The Republicans are stuck on a single priority and a single strategy, and that just isn't sufficient.

    February 13, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. Save your money.

    And we will rail right back. We are sending over $40 BILLION to aid in the middle east (according to jpost). That appears to be at the expense of our own country and the actual humans that live here. PLEASE STOP THAT And don't let Cantor shuffle it off to the penta gon budget where we can't see it. We are tired of that BS also.

    February 13, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. vic nashville tn

    Remember 2 weeks back republicans and conservatives whining and crying still some conservatives crying about “Exceptionalism”

    Republican’s budget will a create environment future generation can’t use the word “Exceptionalism” they want to take the country 100 years back

    February 13, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. yellerdog

    The only plan the GOP has is to keep the rich wealthy, say 'No' to anything Obama proposes and to cut education programs that will keep our kids who can't afford private school uneducated and have no choice but to join the Military to get a college education. Oh...AND they want to cut Sesame Street too. (PBS)

    February 13, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. diridi

    GOP has no clue.....they want to cut medicare., social security...etc, education, ????? you know not vote for another GOP is not the time to cut at rich....they do not do....

    February 13, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Mom Concerned for the Future

    The GOP got us into this mess. Bush (W) and Reagan were HUGE deficit spenders who greatly increased the national debt. At least Reagan figured out that it was a problem and raised taxes to try to deal with it. The current crop of Republicans would consider Reagan a "RINO" for being so realistic.

    President Obama is doing a good job walking the fine line between the need to reduce the deficit and the need to get our economy back on track which will ONLY be done through some government investment. Corporations are sitting on millions of dollars. They are not hiring because there is not sufficient demand. There is not sufficient demand because too many people are unemployed or underemployed or have had their wages stagnant for so long they can barely afford essentials. Government investment in infrastructure will put many people back to work which increases demand for products and they will be the added demand for materials for the infrastructure which will also help with hiring. On top of that our aging infrastructure NEEDS to be updated. We can't put it off much longer. The GOP does not want to spend a dime and thinks that our economy is going to come back to life if we just give the very wealthy even more. The GOP does not live in reality. The national debt is a problem, the economy is an even bigger problem right now. We have to address the economy first (which may not help the debt) in order to get that back on track and tackle the debt next.

    February 13, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    Four and The Door: The Republicans are irresponsible and want only tax cuts for the wealthy, which results in jobs created overseas where the labor is cheap and environmental regulations don't exist.

    The WEALTHY are the sacred cows that must be brought in line. Investing in education and infrastructure are KEY to our nation's future.

    If you don't believe me, go live in a country with minimal infrastructure and no public education. I have and I've seen firsthand what it's like. AND I DON'T WANT MY COUNTRY TURNED INTO THAT!

    February 13, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. musician

    I believe "the county`s biggest challenge, domestically speaking" is UNEMPLOYMENT. One reason the deficit has been so huge lately is because of plummeting revenues caused by the severe economic downturn, at both the federal and state levels. Conservatives love to make these grand statements of fact, but things are seldom as black and white as they would like us to believe.

    February 13, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. censored

    The US is spending over $40 BILLION in aid to middle east this year. at the expense of our country and the people that live here. Don't let Cantor put that in the pentagon budget where we can't see it. It's wrong, and should be stopped.

    February 13, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. TWM

    SFB – Where's the JOBS, boys?
    The Dog And Pony show been going on for a month now – you know – repeal Health care reform, redefine rape, pander to far right ...
    Why don't we give the military every high tech toy they ask for and cut funds for mothers and children, lay off agriculture inspectors, cut funds to hire and train police, let the country's infrastructure go to hell in a handbasket ...
    Can you spell VETO?
    Why don't you shut down the government – It worked so well for Newt and the boys in 90's

    February 13, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Clwyd

    Paul Ryan would be against anything that didn't make his budget and his cuts look better than the Presidents. I'll take the trust of Obama over O'Ryan!

    February 13, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. MCR

    So a lot of the GOP cuts are to education, what an exciting time for the young people in America. On the upside, maybe this will finally teach college students that their votes matter. On the downside, with this plan there are about to be a lot less American college students.

    I will never understand people's tendency to vote so heavily against their own interests. If you don't have a ridiculous amount of money, and don't want to limit the rights of gay people, then the Republican party isn't really doing anything for you at the moment except making your kids dumber. Maybe they finally realized they had a better shot at the white house if there was a lower percentage of educated people in the country. Or they talked to corporations and were told dumber workers were easier to manipulate. Either way they're a lose-lose for the populous

    February 13, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. buccakenji

    Former Republican, now an Independent: If you think any politician can absolve themselves from the debt crisis, you have a lot to learn about politics. Every administration since FDR has done nothing but create entitlement programs without finding a way to pay for them. You want a solution to the debt crisis, vote people into office who believe in fiscal responisibility – Republican or Independant. BUT not Democrat. The Democrat philosophy is social engineering. That can not be questioned by anyone that know how to read.

    February 13, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. shutbothsidesup

    why doesnt the weeper of the house start with the entitlements his party gives to the rich every chance they get. they say we cant tax them since they create jobs. that's great, but make them create the jobs in america, not overseas. if we are broke, then why did you keep voting to spend on a war under bush we should have long been removed from?? come on, just do your job, or we will vote your butts out again. both parties need to get over their crypt, blood mentalities and do the right thing, not what is right for ones party. if you want to reverse the health care law, then give yours up first!! you know, we must all tighten our belts, well start with yours mister speaker, and all your wealthy campaign contributors!!

    February 13, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. shutbothsidesup

    oh that's right, the conservatives cut taxes and charge everything....alot better than tax and spend!!! dont see much difference, but at the end of the day, someone has to pay the piper. you cant have a war, and cut taxes....deficit-logic, brilliant!!!

    February 13, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. kat

    They can all talk the talk, but who will walk the walk. I say let's do a total overhaul of our system, cutting things that encourage people NOT to work, and maybe even try term limits and when they leave office, Let's Not continue to provide them with the best of benefits. When these people leave office, they are always millionaires, they can surely afford to pay for their own healthcare. It will be tough to change the deficit if our elected officials aren't willing to make some sacrifices too. No more cuts for Unions and other proud supporters of a corrupt system.

    February 13, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. Jon

    So let me get this straight... when the Obama administration raises the deficit – that's a problem. When *Republicans* do it – say, with the extension of the Bush tax cuts, or with trying to repeal the health care reform bill – that's "fiscal responsibility." The Republicans don't get to talk about the deficit anymore. They've abandoned that right. Period end.

    February 13, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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