Republicans reject 'radical' Obama budget

Republicans reject 'radical' Obama budget
© Greg Nash

Leading Republicans are swiftly and universally rejecting President Obama’s $4.1 trillion budget proposal, blasting it as a “radical” agenda intended to help his party at the polls.

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE (R-Wis.) dismissed the request as a nonstarter for his party's budget negotiations, which will run through this fall.

“This isn’t even a budget so much as it is a progressive manual for growing the federal government at the expense of hardworking Americans,” Ryan said in a statement.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyHouse passes tariff-relief bill GOP may increase IRS’s budget Overnight Finance: Congress barrels toward another shutdown crisis | Canada worries Trump will withdraw from NAFTA | Blue-state Republicans push tax law changes | Chamber CEO calls out Bannon, Warren MORE (R-Texas), said the budget was "clearly about promoting his liberal legacy instead of securing America’s financial future." And beyond Capitol Hill, the Republican National Committee said the president's budget "reads more like a wish list for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE’s campaign than a serious proposal."

GOP congressional leaders had already made clear that they planned to brush aside Obama's final budget proposal.

Leaders of the House and Senate Budget committees announced last week that they would not invite Obama's budget director to speak about the proposal, a snub that breaks decades of precedent. 

Instead, Republicans say they will create their own joint budget resolution to present to the president later this year.

Neither party's budget proposals will become law and will instead act as political messaging tools ahead of this fall's elections.

The sharpest criticism from the GOP was aimed at the president's call for a tax of $10 per barrel on oil and his proposed spending levels for defense programs.

"Under the president’s vision, what we spend on interest on our national debt by 2022 will surpass that which we spend to protect and defend our nation," House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) said in a statement. 

While most of Obama's budget reflects a grab bag of Democratic priorities, some of his proposals could receive bipartisan support, such as spending increases to find a cure for cancer, fight the nation’s opioid epidemic and help people with mental illness.