McConnell: Democrats Offer ‘Left-Wing Manifesto’ for Budget

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 03:11 PM

By Dan Weil

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The budget offered by Senate Democrats Wednesday is a “left-wing manifesto masquerading as a responsible budget” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday.

The Democratic budget proposes $5.2 trillion in deficits over the next year, compared to $1.2 trillion in the House Republican budget.

“Yesterday I asked Senate Democrats to put forward a thoughtful budget,” McConnell said. “I asked them to please shelve the tax hikes. That’s because we understand the negative effect they’d have on our economy.”

The budget introduced by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington State, includes about $1 trillion in both tax increases and spending cuts. The Republican budget carries no tax cuts and balances the budget 10 years from now.

Looking at the two plans, the public “will see a bold reformist Republican budget . . . and an extreme Democrats’ budget that appeals to Washington bureaucrats,” McConnell said.

“We need to grow the economy not the budget.”

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