Skip to comments.Exclusive: President Obama to Propose Budget Freeze and Earmark Ban Tonight
Posted on 01/25/2011 9:06:01 AM PST by Sub-Driver
Exclusive: President Obama to Propose Budget Freeze and Earmark Ban Tonight
January 25, 2011 11:11 AM
Pursuing a path of deficit reduction and government reform, President Obama will tonight in his State of the Union address call for a ban on earmarks and he will propose an overall budget freeze, ABC News has learned.
The proposals come as the president prepares to tackle the deficit and debt and as he faces a House of Representatives in Republican hands, many of whose members include those affiliated with the Tea Party who may be willing to embrace both moves.
The president will propose some new spending in certain areas that address the speechs theme of How We Win the Future: innovation, education and infrastructure. But those increases will be proposed as part of an overall budget freeze, which given the annual rate of growth is often seen in Washington, DC, budgeting as a cut.
The FY 2011 budget was $3.8 trillion. Last year President Obama proposed a three-year hard freeze on non-security discretionary spending, to save $250 billion over the next decade; this would be much broader.
As for earmarks, President Obama has long been critical of the process in which members of Congress insert their pet projects into legislation without having them first go through the normal appropriations process, but Congress has continued to put billions of dollars of such projects in bills that arrive at the presidents desk.
After the midterm elections, which President Obama called a shellacking, he cited earmarks as a reason why some voters may have gone for the GOP.
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Don’t ever believe a word that comes out of the mouth of this pathetic imposter.
Great, since Obama is so serious now on cutting spending, then when the US Senate passes the repeal on Obamacare and dumps it on his desk, Obama should have no problem signing it.
Why not freeze it. It is as bloated as it has ever been. How about a budget CUT?
Indeed, let’s freeze budgets and historical and unsustainable levels. That’ll fix things right up.
His strategy: pump up spending to gargantuan levels with supposed “temporary” “emergency” spending, and then “freeze” spending at those high levels.
So his campaign for 2012 is to run on the GOP ticket?
Next time, we need to elect someone whose training wheels come off at 90 days.
He wants to freeze the budget and make a $1.6 trillion deficit a permanent fixture? Yeah, that’ll work.
Didn't Obumbler and his minions in the 111th anti-Progress deride this idea when the Republicans suggested it in the campaign?
Actually, he pledged not to sign a budget that had earmarks in it. We know how that went.
Yep! Pad out the budget to benefit all your cronies and then freeze it in place. Sad to think how many people will be fooled by this.
Ah here we go, look for this story later this year:
Published March 02, 2009 | AP
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will break a campaign pledge and sign a budget bill laden with millions in lawmakers’ pet projects, administration officials said.
Administration budget chief Peter Orszag and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel both downplayed the $410 billion spending bill and signaled Obama would hold his nose and sign it. Orszag said: “We want to just move on. Let’s get this bill done, get it into law and move forward.
Said Emanuel: “That’s last year’s business.”
Except for Kobe beef and white truffle dinners at the WH, health care for feds, SEIU, teachers’ salaries and anything from Chicago.........
Conservatives at the SOTU need to do the wave periodically, just for fun.
He will give with one hand, just watch what the other hand is doing. He’s like a slick pick pocket.
He won’t have to run on the republican ticket. There’ll be enough republicans in the house who show their love for him as a democrat. Those sitting all over the place tonight will insure his re-election in 2012. I give up with this republican party. The leadership should ORDER the damned people to sit where they’re supposed to sit. But instead they embrace this crap.
The budget is frozen and earmarks are banned.
Now, here is the list of waivers and exemptions...
A temporary budget freeze = no cuts = we stop accelerating towards the cliff but still go over it.
We are going to ban all earmarks. - Baraq Hussein Obama - 9 Jan 2009
Freezing the budget at an unsustainable level is not an acceptable answer. They have to slash all wasteful spending. Any money beyond what we needed in 2006 is clearly optional and should be cut immediately unless there is an overwhelming reason for that spending. As far as I'm concerned, even that spending should be justified line item by line item or eliminated. It's time to phase out the massive waste that our federal government has become and restore the Constitution and the concept of enumerated powers.
After raising our Debt by a couple of TRILLION dollars and shoving burdeing social programs not wanted by the people down our throats now that his party is not in total control he wants a spending freeze and no earmarks. What an assclown.
Freeze the budget at unprecedented high levels. Who falls for this crap?
It’s a little late in the game for Obama to worry about budget freeze and ear tags. What the heck, that horse done fled the barn!
He wont have to run on the republican ticket. Therell be enough republicans in the house who show their love for him as a democrat. Those sitting all over the place tonight will insure his re-election in 2012. I give up with this republican party. The leadership should ORDER the damned people to sit where theyre supposed to sit. But instead they embrace this crap.
Yup - this is a lose/lose for the idiot GOP. If they stand up and cheer, they show “unity” and indicate to the sheep public how “great” Zero is, thereby helping him and the Rats in 2012.
If they stay seated, the either look like idiots, or they will be labeled haters, or both.
They walked right into the Rat Trap — sadly, they probably did it knowlingly.
Time to get into a bidding war.
“I’ll see you and raise you by a cut of an additional trillion dollars”...
About 65% of the population and 100% of the MSM?
2012 here we come. That is ALL he needs to get to and he knows it. That is when his real agenda will happen, and he will say and do anything to get to that point. (Except repeal Obamacare.)
The budget needs to be rolled back at least 20% or this country is toast.
Reduce Health and Human Services budget by 30%
Cut all other budgets except Defense by a mandatory 20%
Give all Congress a 20% cut in pay
Take back all the bonus money money paid to the criminal managers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and use it to pay the interest on our national debt.
Precisely. The boy is a bald-faced liar. Joe Wilson was right.
This speech is nothing but a ruse.
Yes! Let’s Ban Earmarks AGAIN!
One of these times it will actually work
As soon as he proposes freezing the handout-levels at the current exhorbitant rate, the Republicans seated in the “photo-op placement arrangement” should get up, and move to the Republican Section of The House. Let the Usurper KNOW that the out-of-control Progressive Agenda put in place in the last 6 years is what put the country in its current situation, and the HANDOUTS ARE GOING TO BE STOPPED, PERIOD.
Well, he can propose an earmark ban, but that’s not going to happen. And he probably knows it. The ship of bipartisan, government funded “progressives” is sinking. Enjoy the ride, and don’t buy anything that you don’t need.
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