We are collecting responses and parsing through everything transportation and infrastructure related in the $3.7 trillion dollars of spending.We’ll be posting various responses and a round-up at the end of the day.
House Republican leadership is unified in their disapproval of the budget as taxing and spending too much, cutting too little and not reducing the deficit enough. Obama's proposed 68 percent increase in transportation spending over last year is a prime target for claims that Obama is increasing spending in times when cuts are needed.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) doesn't think released the following statement today critical of the increases in President Obama's budget:
“The president’s budget will destroy jobs by spending too much, taxing too much, and borrowing too much. By continuing the spending binge and imposing massive tax hikes on families and small businesses, it will fuel more economic uncertainty and make it harder to create new jobs.
“The president’s budget isn’t winning the future, it’s spending the future. A group of 150 American economists signed a statement sent to the White House yesterday that says we need to cut spending to help create a better environment for job creation in our country. Our goal is to listen to the American people and liberate our economy from the shackles of debt, over-taxation, and big government. ..”
Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee released the statement below which cites a $435 billion "Transportation Tax" increase. Transportation Nation has asked for a clarification on how that figure was calculated.
Here's the full response: