"The Senate approved most of my tax plan but wants the government to spend far more," Bush told an audience at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in his most outspoken remarks on the Senate's budget, which includes $1.2 trillion in tax cuts over 10 years.
"Some members of the Senate are, unfortunately, proving the point I make all across the country: If you send it, they will spend it."
Bush used Monday's Internal Revenue Service filing deadline to underscore his call for tax relief, which the White House hopes to amplify as the Congress prepares to draft a final version of the budget outline based on the differing House and Senate proposals.
"Federal discretionary spending rose by 8 percent in 2001," Bush said. "The Senate has just voted to increase the discretionary spending by another 8 percent in 2002.
"At that rate, federal discretionary spending will double by 2010. Think about that."
White House officials acknowledge that Bush's original proposal for $1.6 trillion is unlikely to pass Congress. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said Bush hoped to see Congress pass a tax cut as close to his campaign proposal as possible.
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