Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 15, 2011

MORNING UPDATE: Manchin slams Obama budget proposal

CHARLESTON — Count West Virginia freshman U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin among the congressional critics of President Barack Obama’s new budget proposal.

The fellow Democrat said Tuesday that the president’s $3.73 trillion spending plan is not what the U.S. needs or expects.

Manchin cited government spending and debt as challenges that the proposal does not go far enough to address.

He singled out the $53 billion it would spend on a high-speed rail network. Manchin said few Americans would ever use it.

But the former West Virginia governor also takes issue with Obama’s plan to cut home heating assistance.

Congressional Republicans also fault the proposal as too timid. They want federal spending rolled back to 2008 levels. Manchin called for a true bipartisan agreement.


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