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Portman: Obama Ignoring 'Unprecedented' National Debt

By    |   Friday, 23 Jan 2015 11:31 AM

Based on President Barack Obama's dearth of budget specifics in this week's State of the Union address, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman said he expects to be disappointed with what the president proposes.

"It's amazing that he gave an entire speech and never mentioned the fact that we have an unprecedented $18 trillion national debt that we're adding another $7 trillion to the debt in the next 10 years even without any of the new programs that he talked about," Portman said Friday during an appearance on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

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"It's almost as if he wants to kind of assume that's not there. It reminds me of some other things he wants to assume are all honky dory, you know in the economy or with regard to terrorism, but it's very real and I'm afraid that his budget will say more spending, more taxes rather than getting at this problem.

"We're going to wait and see what he says. He's got about two weeks to put his budget together and get it to us. I'm on the Budget Committee also. We've been meeting, trying to anticipate what he might say and starting to put together our own because, as you know, the budget resolution in the House and Senate does not have to be signed by the president so this is something that we can do as Republicans.

The good news, according to Portman, is exactly that — Congress' budget resolution doesn't have to be signed by president.

"It's our opportunity to say let's have a budget that actually gets to balance so we have a balanced budget ahead of us," he said. "We can help to get the spending under control and prioritize spending and let's do it in a way that enables us also to move forward on some important priorities like tax reform and getting the economy moving."

Portman also defended House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to address a joint session of Congress about negotiations with Iran over a nuclear nonproliferation agreement, a move that has angered the White House.

"The White House ought to embrace it," he said. "What's wrong with hearing from the prime minister of one of our strongest allies in the world and certainly our strongest ally in the Middle East?"

Portman discussed the Child Custody Protection Act he introduced on Thursday, which would make it a federal offense to transport a minor across states line for an abortion. The law is necessary, he said, because there are 12 states plus the District of Columbia that do not have parental notification laws on the books.

"The concern is that in Ohio and other states we do have children who are transported across state lines for abortions as a way to get around these home state parental involvement requirements and often this is done under the Internet," he said.

"In other words, there's actually solicitation saying you can come to our state and have an abortion if you're a minor. So this Child Custody Protection Act would put a stop to this practice."

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