Even though it's Groundhog Day, that doesn't mean President Barack Obama should repeat his "laughable" budget ideas that pander to the Democrat base, Republicans jeered in response to the $4 trillion fiscal plan
he unveiled Monday.
"It may be Groundhog Day, but the American people can't afford a repeat of the same old top-down policies of the past," House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement that referred to the 1993 Bill Murray comedy in which the day keeps repeating, reports Politico
. "Like the president's previous budgets, this plan never balances, ever."
Obama's plan calls for boosts on government programs pending while giving middle class tax breaks and ending the sequestration budget cuts.
"It's fitting that President Obama released his budget on Groundhog Day because it's a painful repeat of the same failed policies that he has presented to Congress for the past six years," said New Jersey Republican Rep. Scott Garrett, while Tennessee Republican Rep. Diane Black called the plan "laughable."
Meanwhile, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi of Wyoming and his House counterpart, Georgia Rep. Tom Price, said they plan to produce a budget plan of their own that balances within the next 10 years.
Meanwhile, influential Republican senators who Obama will have to work with on the budget roundly slammed the document and its $4 trillion footprint, along with its tax policies and lack of balance.
"After six straight years of trying to have it all and losing control of both the House and Senate in the process, it's time for the president to try something new: listening to the American people," Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn commented.
Further, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch called Obama's plan "partisan, not practical" and a repeat of similar proposals that died a swift death already.
There was one common ground area: both Obama and the GOP are not seeking gas tax hikes, even though that tax has remained stagnant for 22 years.
Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer said the Republican opposition to Obama's plan is a sign that they aren't ready to help middle-income families.
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