By Erik Wasson
Ryan’s office and staffers for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) argue that Obama should have detailed his plans for the debt supercommittee or fleshed out his April debt grand bargain outline in the mid-session review.
“The White House’s decision to once again withhold crucial budget details from the press and public further demonstrates that, underneath all the rhetoric, no real plan exists," Sessions spokesman Stephen Miller said.
The White House said the review is not meant to be a vehicle for new broad policy, however, and that more deficit ideas are coming this month.
Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said the numbers show that the economy needs further stimulus now and that the new debt supercommittee needs to focus on jobs.
“OMB’s Mid-Session Review is yet another reminder that the Joint Committee must focus on job creation as we work on a blueprint to reduce the long-term deficit,” he said.
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said the review shows that the supercommittee’s mandate to find $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts does not go far enough.
“It is my hope the committee exceeds its $1.5 trillion target. In order to stabilize the federal debt and begin to bring it down as a share of the economy, we need to achieve roughly $4 trillion in total deficit reduction over the next 10 years,” he said.