By Vicki Needham - 01/05/11 06:19 PM EST
He questioned the House Republicans' stance to cut certain spending while not paying for other additions.
"We need to cut the fat, and that means doing much more over the next two years to eliminate federal programs that are outdated or just don’t work," he said. "But we have to pay for all of our priorities. This is not the time to resort to the same failed policies that got us in this mess in the first place."
He also was critical of calls to remove the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's authority to determine the cost of a bill, which he said "unnecessarily politicizes the process at a time when both Republicans and Democrats should be putting down the partisan talking points and coming together to do what’s in the best interest of this country."
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said on Tuesday that the CBO did what it was asked to do by the Democrats, especially on the healthcare law House Republicans will vote to repeal next week. He said the bill was filled with "budget gimmicks."
But Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for Cantor, said his boss wasn't criticizing the CBO but that Democrats wrote the healthcare law to hide its true costs, according to a New York Times story.
"That’s saying what the role of CBO is,” Dayspring told the NYT. “Answer questions as asked, not how they would like to answer. Those are the rules."