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.

Credit: Reuters/Jim Young

Related Topics

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)

FILED UNDER:
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (7)
actnow wrote:
A .16% reduction “compromise” to Obama’s $3.7 budget is a mean spirited joke. Is this for real? This president doesn’t have a clue, and the Republicans aren’t far behind. A 15% reduction starting point would be a bare minimum to fix this problem. Our future hangs in the balance and we need genuine leadership, not games.

Mar 04, 2011 11:41am EST  --  Report as abuse
DrJJJJ wrote:
Cutting 2 weeks worth of deficit ($61B) is completely unacceptable-let’s spend our way-let it ride all or nothin!

Mar 04, 2011 11:57am EST  --  Report as abuse
synergymus wrote:
acon they are only consider 12% of the federal spending for possible cuts. In order to cut 15% of the budget would require them to zero fund the entire budget plus more. Whats a joke is not considering the defense budget for cuts when attempting to balance the budget. The US federal budget will not be fixed until Soc Sec, medicare, and Defense spending are consider. DO the Math

Mar 04, 2011 12:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.