The White House on Tuesday came out against Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) 2012 budget, saying that its spending cuts are too severe.

"Any plan to reduce our deficit must reflect the American values of fairness and shared sacrifice. Congressman Ryan’s plan fails this test," said White House press secretary Jay Carney in a statement.

The White House's position is expected, but it demonstrates that the House Budget Committee Chairman's proposal is only the starting point of a budget debate that could last months.

Ryan's plan would cut spending by $5.8 trillion over a decade and make drastic changes to Medicare and Medicaid.

Carney said that President Obama shares Ryan's goal of deficit reduction, but that the administration, "strongly disagrees with his approach."

"It cuts taxes for millionaires and special interests while placing a greater burden on seniors who depend on Medicare or live in nursing homes, families struggling with a child who has serious disabilities, workers who have lost their health care coverage, and students and their families who rely on Pell grants," said Carney .

"The president believes there is a more balanced way to put America on a path to prosperity. But despite our differences, all of us – Democrats and Republicans – have an obligation to find common ground in a way that is true to our values and meets our responsibilities to the American people."