Republicans Criticize Obama Budget For Raising Taxes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Republican whom Obama had nominated to be his commerce secretary says the plan "raises taxes on all Americans." Sen. Judd Gregg withdrew his nomination two weeks ago citing policy differences. Now, the New Hampshire Republican is saying Obama's plan "implements massive new spending and fails to make any tough choices to control the deficit."

One proposal would raise taxes on the wealthy to help make a down payment on universal health care.

House Minority Leader John Boehner says "everyone agrees" that all Americans deserve affordable health care, but he questions whether increasing taxes during an economic recession is the right way to get it.

The Democratic chairman of the Senate Budget Committee Kent Conrad gives Obama's budget plan "good marks as a beginning," but adds, a lot more has to be done to take on the long-term debt buildup.

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