February 14, 2011 5:52 PM
FROM STAFF REPORTS
WASHINGTON • President Barak Obama’s proposed federal budget would double the national debt to $26.3 trillion in 10 years, sparking opposition from fiscal conservatives.
Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, said while the president has called for reducing deficits, the reality is this budget would cause the biggest deficit in history at $1.65 trillion and result in many more years of trillion-dollar deficits.
“(Obama) would spend even more on programs like high-speed rail which will not create significant numbers of jobs for years.,” Lewis said in a statement. “He would raise energy taxes at a time when Californians are already paying nearly $3.50 a gallon. And he does not even address entitlement programs, which are the biggest contributors to our deficit.
House Republicans have proposed more than $100 billion in reductions to current spending.
“I urge the administration and Democrats in Congress to work with us on reducing spending now, not five years into the future,” Lewis said.
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