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              Having labeled it "Debt on Arrival," Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the Senate Budget Committee

White House derides GOP request for budget debate

Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

But the GOP requests for an open budget process are “the kind of political games that aren’t serious,” Carney told reporters Dec. 6.

Democrats face a “filibuster” because they don’t have 60 votes in the Senate, Carney complained.

That’s a problem for the White House, because the Democratic majority would have to compromise with the Republican minority before it could agree on a budget that would later be merged with a draft House budget.

“You’re going along with the gamesmanship here,” Carney snapped at one reporter, who asked him about the GOP’s request for a budget debate.

“We’re trying to be serious in the negotiations,” he insisted, adding that “we’ve seen no counter-proposal” from the GOP to the president’s pitch for a $1.6 trillion tax increase.

Obama’s proposed 10-year budget plan would raise taxes by $1.6 trillion, and still push the nation’s debt to $25 trillion in 2022, Sessions said in a Dec. 6 speech on the Senate floor.

The plan trims only $400 billion from cumulative deficits that would total $9 trillion over the next decade, Sessions added.

The budget-busting numbers in the president’s plans are hidden by careful manipulation, Sessions argued.

“This would not be possible if we had the [budget] plan on the floor so it could be voted in the light of day,” he said.

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