- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

President Obama will announce a $500 million public-private program to boost textile manufacturing Wednesday as he seeks to convince Americans that his deficit-spending budget plan is superior to Republicans’ balanced-budget proposal.

At a speech in Cleveland Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Obama will unveil plans for a competition led by the Defense Department in 12 states to promote cutting-edge technologies through a textiles-focused manufacturing institute.

House Republicans introduced a budget plan Tuesday that would balance the budget in 10 years by cutting about $5.5 trillion over that time frame. Mr. Obama, whose 10-year spending plan does not seek to balance the budget, is embarking on a campaign to convince voters that his plan is better for the middle class.

The White House said the House Republicans’ budget “entrenches the harmful sequester levels of funding” and would eliminate manufacturing partnerships, “putting at risk critical investments” proposed by Mr. Obama in manufacturing, workforce development and training.

Senate Republicans introduced their own balanced-budget plan Wednesday, a blueprint that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said “controls spending, reduces the deficit, and improves programs like Medicaid.”

“It’s a budget that will support economic growth and more opportunity for hardworking families, while protecting our most vulnerable citizens,” said Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican. “And it’s a budget that would allow us to repeal and replace a program that hurts the middle class: Obamacare.”

He called the White House’s budget an “unserious” plan that would raise taxes by nearly $2 trillion and increase the national debt by more than $7 trillion.

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