Introducing a federal budget that Hillary Clinton is sure to love, President Obama submitted a $4.14 trillion spending plan to Congress Tuesday that would reduce deficits by relying on speculative liberal assumptions of tax increases, immigration reform and economic growth.
Total federal spending would rise about 5 percent under Mr. Obama’s spending plan, although discretionary spending would increase less than 1 percent, with most of that rise in defense programs.
In his budget message to Congress, the president said his final spending plan “is about answering the big questions that will define America and the world in the 21st century.” It includes big spending increases to address the impact of global warming, a $10-per-barrel fee on oil to pay for clean-energy initiatives, and tuition-free community college.
Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, called the proposal “a progressive manual for growing the federal government at the expense of hardworking Americans.”
“President Obama will leave office having never proposed a budget that balances — ever,” Mr. Ryan said in a statement. ” Americans deserve better. We need to tackle our fiscal problems before they tackle us.”