The New York Times yesterday reported that President Bush’s budget “was immediately attacked on Capitol Hill by Democrats, who see an opportunity to turn many of the proposed cuts into campaign issues.”
But the Times should have interviewed a few Republicans. Democrats aren’t the only ones who have problems with Bush’s budget cuts:
Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN):
While fiscal discipline must be our priority, there are some places where the president’s budget either cuts too deeply or fails to recognize the positive impact of a program, such as our agriculture program, Pell grants, Medicaid and Medicare and the Community Development Block Grants program.
Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH):
The Congress doesn’t have to stick to these [White House] priorities. … There are some programs in there I have heartburn about.
Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO):
Overall, we’re concerned that some of these cuts are really beginning to bite. … [The White House budget office] sits in some isolated cocoon and comes forward with proposals that we don’t think make any sense.
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA):
It is scandalous to provide insufficient funding for our nation’s two greatest capital investments, health and education.
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA):
These budget numbers are extremely disappointing in a number of ways.