- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The chairman of the House Budget Committee says he is concerned that President Obama’s budget blueprint is going to lead to more legislative gridlock on Capitol Hill over spending, entitlement programs and the national debt.

“What is disconcerting about this budget to me is that we have three years left of this administration and they are moving farther to the left,” Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“They are not saying, ‘Lets get at least a down payment on entitlements, on budget discipline, on closing the debt,’” he said. “They are going in the other direction. So it is going to be a long three years if we keep doing it this way.”

Mr. Obama rolled out a $3.9 trillion 2015 budget this week that raises taxes on the wealthy and calls for more investment in transportation projects and education, including preschool and full-day kindergarten for all children.

The proposal does little in the way of deficit reduction.

It says that the nation would run about a half trillion budget deficit over the coming decade, allowing the projected gross debt to reach $27.5 trillion in 2024.


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