(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is leavening his calls for fiscal restraint for targeted “investments” aimed at helping the economy -- including new spending on areas such as education, infrastructure, and job creation.
But the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, told ABC News Monday that he doesn’t foresee supporting even limited expansions in government spending.
“I can't see how we could possibly spend more money at this point,” said Sessions, R-Ala. “Start new programs perhaps -- if some were reduced or eliminated, you might reorder money, and I'd be open to that. But we'd really have to have at least, I think, this year, a 10-percent reduction in spending.”
Sessions had praise for the “Roadmap” plan put forward by House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who is his party’s choice to deliver the formal response to the president’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. That plan is particularly controversial because he proposes major restructuring the Medicare and Social Security entitlement programs.
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