Obama makes pitch for budget priorities

March 21, 2009 6:20:54 AM PDT
President Barack Obama says that the details may change but he's sticking to his main goals for the budget he's proposed to Congress. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the budget must cut the deficit, reform health care, invest in education and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

But even as he outlined his four key requirements for a spending plan that would top $3.6 trillion, there was growing unease on Capitol Hill over grim deficit projections.

Congressional auditors say Obama's budget will generate $9.3 trillion in red ink over the next decade, much worse than White House and other projections.

Republicans were quick to pounce. House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio says the sobering numbers should serve as the "wake-up call this administration needs."

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