McConnell says White House budget idea unacceptable

WASHINGTON Fri Mar 4, 2011 10:44am EST

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks at a news conference following the Senate Republican Annual Issues Meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks at a news conference following the Senate Republican Annual Issues Meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 6, 2011.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House proposal to cut some $6 billion from this year's budget is "unserious" and "unacceptable," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said on Friday.

"The White House proposal as outlined by the president's economic adviser yesterday is to cut another six billion and call it a day," he told the Senate. "The latest proposal is unacceptable and it is indefensible," he said.

McConnell noted that House Republicans had proposed reducing spending by $61 billion in fiscal 2011, which ends Sept 30.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell, editing by Anthony Boadle)

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