NH Republicans blast Obama budget; Democrats withhold judgement
In New Hampshire, President Obama's proposed budget was blasted by some Republicans leaders, while some top Democrats offered luke-warm responses, according to press releases and website statements.
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said in a news release: "While I'm sure I do not agree with everything in this budget, I will review it carefully and consider the proposals that the President has introduced."?"We need to get our debt and deficits under control, but we must be smart and responsible in our approach. We cannot afford to balance the budget on the backs of New Hampshire's seniors and middle-class families and we must replace the automatic budget cuts that will hurt our economy and our national security," Shaheen said.
Jennifer Horn, chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, called it a "fiscal disaster" that raises taxes and adds more debt. "It also fails to address the long-term fiscal challenges facing our country and does nothing to reform and preserve programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for future generations," Horn said.
Greg Moore, director of the Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire, said the budget proposal "includes what amounts to a $580 million tax increase on the American public while our economy and with it many families and businesses are still struggling."?State Rep. William L. O'Brien, R-Mont Vernon, said Obama failed the American people.
"We need leadership in Washington that recognizes that when we have just learned that the number of Americans forced out of the work force is at an historical high, now is not the time to propose another round of economically destructive tax increases, cuts on Medicare providers to our senior citizens, and deficits that never end and will grow by $5.3 trillion over the next 10 years," O'Brien said in a news release.
U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, R-N.H., said she was pleased "Obama has put his budget proposal on the table. While I don't agree with all of the President's proposals, his budget reflects the need for a balanced approach that will reduce the deficit, grow the economy, and help create jobs and economic opportunity for middle class New Hampshire families."