Carol Daniel

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – St. Louis Congressman Lacy Clay says the President’s budget strikes a common sense balance.

President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.8 trillion spending plan that was swiftly attacked by Republicans as a retread of previously rejected ideas.   The President’s budget calls for tax increases on wealthier Americans and some corporations, which Republicans oppose.

Clay says the budget strikes a balance by cutting 4 trillion in wasteful spending over the next decade while still making critical investments like job creation, worker retraining, community heath care and access to higher education

To critics who say the budget is a campaign document, Clay says,”this is a normal function of government for the president to put forth his budget.”

The St. Louis democrat says the debate over tax increases in the President’s budget is an ideological one but he feels the budget is now in the hands of the American voter who will have to change the environment of Washington because of the dysfunction of congress.

He says, republicans will have to send a message loud and clear to the American people who either they want to govern or they want  to continue to waste taxpayer time and money by not producing anything.

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  1. stlmom4 says:

    There were complaints from the Washington Republicans that the President didn’t present a budget and now they’re complaining that he did. Tired of bickering. Have to say that the budget does seem to address cuts while not stifling the fragile growth in US. Nothing is stable worldwide so drastic cuts would be disasterous. Also can’t see where raising taxes to a percentage most middle class are paying is going to drastically the very wealthy either. There are no really excellent options; have to go with tolerable ones.

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