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Lee: Obama Needs to Step Up With His Priorities

Saturday, 23 Mar 2013 01:34 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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President Barack Obama needs to step up with his priorities now that the Senate has taken up its first budget plan in four years, Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee said in the weekly Republican address Saturday morning.

Lee, noting the House also passed the Republican party's budget outline earlier this week, pointed out the president still hasn't submitted his budget, The Hill reports, and won't be doing so until the second week of April.

“The President has again failed to follow the law requiring him to submit his budget by the first Monday in February. In what clearly falls into the category of ‘a day late and a dollar short,’ he announced he wouldn’t submit his budget until the second week of April,” Lee said.

But Lee also criticized the Senate Democrats' plan, saying it increases increases taxes while having no plan to save entitlement programs.

Republicans, though, insist on cutting spending to eliminate the $17 trillion deficit, which would include making reforms to Medicare and Social Security and eliminating Obamacare.

Lee also said the administration has not taken the $85 billion of across-the-board cuts this semester into mind, so it has had to make seemingly irrational cuts. So instead of working with Congress to remove wasteful areas, Lee said, Obama is “spending on important services, like
border security, first responders, veterans and law enforcement.”



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