Budget battles brewing over Medicare, other entitlements

Published on April 8, 2013 at 12:52 AM · No Comments

Reuters: Republican Senator Sees Obama Budget Offer As Positive
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday became the first prominent Republican to publicly praise, however lukewarm, the budget proposal the White House outlined last week. ... He was speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" program. ... Graham, a conservative who has deviated from party positions in the past, and has said he would consider raising up to $600 billion in new tax revenue if Democrats accept significant changes to Medicare, the government health program for elderly Americans, and Medicaid, the health safety net for low-income people (Viswanatha and Barbara, 4/7).

The Hill: Pfeiffer: Obama Budget Won't Push A 'Romney Economic Plan' 
Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer on Sunday defended the president's budget plan to be unveiled this week, ... Pfeiffer on ABC's "This Week" pushed back against GOP criticisms that the plan withheld necessary entitlement reforms in exchange for even higher taxes, and said House Republicans were seeking to revive the economic plans of failed 2012 presidential contender Mitt Romney. .... Obama defended his forthcoming budget in his weekly address as "Not my ideal plan," but a "compromise" he was "willing to accept" (Mali, 4/7).

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