Obama Readies Budget; Boehner Urges Immediate Cuts

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

President Barack Obama sends his 2012 budget proposal to Congress tomorrow, and a summary obtained by The Associated Press indicates the administration will propose more than $1 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade.

Two-thirds of that will come from spending cuts. House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) is calling on the president to support GOP efforts to cut some $61 billion in this year's budget.

Among the programs expected to be trimmed are Pell Grants and other higher education programs.

Administration officials say the budget plan calls for $100 billion in savings over 10 years.

Most of the savings would come through two changes: an end to a policy
that allows students to collect two grants in a calendar year and a reduction in loan subsidies for graduate and professional students.

The savings would keep the maximum aid award at $5,550.

House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) is calling on President Barack Obama to support Republican efforts to make deep cuts in this year's budget as a down payment on efforts to attack soaring deficits.

The Ohio Republican sent a letter to Obama today, saying the path to prosperity means "liberating our economy from the shackles of out-of-control government spending and big government."

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