GOPer Drafts $1.4T Proposal to Tweak Obama

Budget measure would enact candidate's most expensive measures all at once
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2008 3:15 PM CDT
Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., participates in the House and Senate negotiators meeting on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – Some of Barack Obama’s boldest campaign-trail talking points are headed for a Senate vote—in the form of a budget amendment from a Republican. No, Wayne Allard isn't jumping GOP ship, but rather wrote the Obama-esque legislation to embarrass the Democratic candidate by pointing up his profligate ways, Martin Kady II writes in Politico. The proposal would cost $1.4 trillion over five years.

But the Colorado senator—who faces no blowback for the stunt, as he’s retiring—will force a vote on the amendment to further his point, saying it “needs to be a part of the process.” Obama's response bears watching, and Kady notes that the Chicagoan never suggested he’d fund all of his domestic policy plans in one stab.