Skip to comments.Obama: Federal government not big enough; will increase budget by 7% next year
Posted on 01/16/2015 7:00:21 AM PST by SeekAndFind
President Obama wants to toss the sequestration agreement he made with Republcians in 2011 and is proposing an increase of at least $68 billion in the FY 2016 budget.
As imperfect as it is, sequestration has been partly successful in reigning in government spending. It could have worked better if Congress wasn't always carving out exemptions. But there's no doubt that there are tens of billions of dollars that would have been spent without it.
With tax receipts at an all time high, rather than applying that money to reducing the deficit, the president - as every Democratic president before him - will take the increased revenue and find something to spend it on.
The new spending would mean as much as $34 billion each for the national security and domestic sides of what will be a budget of almost $4 trillion. It will be detailed in the budget proposal Obama will send to Congress on Feb. 2.
That amounts to an almost 7 percent increase over discretionary-spending levels prescribed by automatic cuts known as sequestration voted into law in 2011, according to the people, who asked for anonymity because the budget plan hasn’t been released.
It’s a bold move at a time when many Republicans in Congress say they are eager to make deeper cuts in spending and are invigorated by a November election in which they expanded their House majority and gained control of the Senate.
“I think there might some bipartisan opposition” to the new spending, said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican. Senate and House Republicans are meeting at a policy retreat today in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
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Don’t worry. This is why we elected a bunch of Republicans. They’ll stop Obama. Just ask the average Freeper.
Obama's gonna' keep pushing as long as he gets away with it. Anyone who pushes back and/or anyone who's no longer useful, he destroys.
Boehner and McConnell are giving us the BOHICA every chance they get. This is how they “govern?”
He knows he has them right where he wants them. Cowering in the corner afraid of being called racists.
Obama: “ I gotz to get the debt to 20 trillion, hook or crook! “
Boehner and McConnell will give him 5% and then crow about that being a “win”.
Still trying to croak the US before he leaves office.
Gott’a assure the ‘legacy’ you know!
must be decreased by 7%, or more!!!
The Dems are smart. They are promising everybody plenty of gravy for 2016 and the journ-0-lists will trash Republicans for opposing it.
(Remember when the media actually used to mention something called the “deficit” now and then?)
Will McConnell & Boehner stand and fight or get run out of town?
Actually I think they’ll attend the party.
Bigger government bigger taxes and problems.
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