Blunt: Dems Must Be Working on ‘Budgetary Masterpiece’

Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013 03:50 PM

By David Yonkman, Washington Correspondent

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U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt said that Senate Democrats must be preparing a work of art for when they produce their first budget document in four years.

“This must be a budgetary masterpiece if it’s taken four years now to be able to put budget on paper,” the Republican Conference vice chairman said at a Capitol Hill press conference.

He and fellow Senate leaders criticized Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama shortly after they met during a closed-door lunch to discuss their budget proposal.

Senate Republican leaders portrayed the Democrats’ spending plan as $1 trillion in new taxes without balancing the budget.

“Unfortunately what we’re hearing is that it’s going to be more of the same,” Sen. Republican Whip John Cornyn said.

The Texas Republican noted that Obama will deliver the White House budget two months late and after both the Senate and House have voted on their proposals, something he said hasn’t happened in more than 90 years.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled his blueprint to balance the budget in 10 years without raising taxes earlier on Tuesday.

The White House immediately criticized it as tax cuts for the wealthy and tax increases on the middle class.

Obama is scheduled to meet with the House Republicans on Wednesday and Senate Republicans on Thursday.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said that he’s looking forward to a “candid conversation.”


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