Domenici Calls Clinton Budget A 'Contradiction'
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Feb. 1) -- The chairman of the
Senate Budget Committee calls the president's fiscal 1999
budget a "magnificent contradiction."
President Bill Clinton will send his budget to Congress on
"The president has been promising us certain things, and the
American people certain things, and this budget does the
exact opposite," Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) told "Fox News
Domenici says the budget raises taxes and fees "almost $100
"That would mean that taxes would be at the highest level in
50 years," Domenici said. The Republican also said the budget
will "create dozens of new government programs running
Washington, and it chooses bigger government instead of
The director of the Office of Management and Budget, Franklin
Raines, insists the budget calls for less spending in terms
of the percentage of the economy.
"It will be about 20 percent," Raines told Fox News. "Down
substantially from the level that the president inherited
when he came to office. The government is shrinking, as a
percentage of our economy, not growing."
Clinton says his proposals to ease access to Medicare and
child care and boost education, biomedical research and other
programs are all paid for. The plan claims a $9.5 billion
surplus next year and a huge $218.7 billion in surpluses
through 2003, according to Democrats who spoke on condition