U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)doesn’t think highly of the Republican-backed budget proposals in both houses of Congress.
Durbin describes the budget blueprints as “the closest thing to a fairy tale,” saying in both cases, there are trillions of dollars in reported savings with no details to back them up. He’s also concerned that many of the savings that are detailed come from cuts to entitlement programs like Medicaid and Medicare.
“Now these are programs that are vital to a lot, millions of Americans and millions of people in Illinois,” Durbin said. “So before we start cutting into these programs that provide the money that pensioners need to live on and what people need for medical care, we’re going to take a hard look, and there may be a battle royal if they want to cut them too deeply.”
One difference between the proposals that has caused infighting among Republican is defense spending. President Obama requested $51 billion in additional war funding. The Senate budget provides $58 billion, but the House version proposes a boost in war funding by $90 billion.