Dem Sen. Joe Manchin: Obama has "failed to lead" on spending
Written byon March 11, 2011, 07:07 PM
Manchin deemed the two budget proposals expected to be considered Tuesday - a Democratic plan containing $6.5 billion in new cuts and a Republican plan to cut about $60 billion - flawed. The former, he said, "doesn't go nearly far enough" to address the nation's fiscal woes, while the latter "blindly hacks the budget with no sense of our priorities or of our values as a country."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is bringing both proposals up for a vote even though neither is expected to pass; he says he wants to get the votes on the record and show that compromise is necessary. Manchin denounced the strategy as "political theater," asking, "why are we voting on partisan proposals that we know will fail, that we know don't balance our nation's priorities with the need to get our fiscal house in order?"
Manchin, who is facing a tough reelection campaign in 2012, then went after the president.
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