Obama to Propose Middle-Ground Budget Cuts

Proposed cuts will reduce deficits by $1.1T over 10 years
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2011 4:28 PM CST
President Barack Obama makes a statement on the resignation of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak in the Grand Foyer at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – The budget cuts President Obama will propose tomorrow likely won’t be as deep as Republicans want, but they will nonetheless promise $1.1 trillion in deficit reductions over the next decade, according to a senior administration official. Among the proposed areas to be affected in the fiscal 2012 budget: forestry and public-health programs, low-income heating assistance, and military spending, the New York Times reports. Two-thirds of the savings would come from cuts; the final third from higher taxes, the Washington Post adds.

Obama is seeking middle ground with this proposal. A spending freeze will also be proposed, as well as no pay raises for five years for federal workers, but the president wants to continue to invest in programs like high-speed rail and Internet broadband, the Los Angeles Times notes—and he’s not touching Medicare. While the deficit—which could approach $12 trillion through 2021—won’t be impacted much, the proposal would at least stabilize borrowing, the official says.

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