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White House Praises House Budget Bill, Wants More Cuts January 30, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Politics, US News, White House.

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–The White House Office of Management and Budget said Tuesday it was pleased that a catch-all appropriations bill for fiscal year 2007 doesn’t exceed President George W. Bush’s spending target, but urged Congress to go further by cutting 141 government programs.

While Congressional Republicans are loudly criticizing Democrats for the same bill, the White House also found room to praise the new majority party for taking quick action on the measure.

The fiscal year began Oct. 1 and after suffering significant losses in the November elections, Republicans decided to leave it to Democrats to finish the budget when they took control of Congress in January.

The bill, OMB said, misses “the opportunity to achieve significant savings for the taxpayer.”

Congressional Republicans found even less to like, saying Democrats had “cram(med) roughly half the entire federal discretionary budget and assorted policy changes into one vehicle,” in the words of a press release from the office of House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said he planned to ignore the Republican complaints.

“I understand there is going to be a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth by the Republicans as they bleat about the work that they did not do,” Hoyer told reporters Tuesday morning.

“The Republicans walked away from their responsibility. They are in no position to complain how it is being fixed,” Hoyer said.

By John Godfrey, Dow Jones Newswires


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