Reid Noncommittal on Spending Freeze

Posted January 26, 2010 at 2:37pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was noncommittal Tuesday on President Barack Obama’s plan to freeze non-military discretionary spending for three years, and he tried to shift the blame for country’s deficit crisis to the Bush administration.

“First of all, I’ve heard bits and pieces about the spending freeze,— Reid told reporters Tuesday, adding that the White House has not talked to him about Obama’s proposal, which will be unveiled during Wednesday’s State of the Union address.

“What I do know is if we look at what preceded President Obama. Eight years prior to President Obama’s one year, we find that Republicans spent trillions of dollars on the war that were not paid for. Trillions of dollars on tax cuts that were not paid for.—

Reid said he would “look at the president’s suggestions,— but said that “we have to make sure we have money— for education and emergency services.

Obama’s proposed spending freeze, projected to save $250 billion, comes as Democrats try to redirect their agenda on job creation and the economy. During their weekly policy lunch Tuesday, Democrats briefly discussed a forthcoming jobs creation bill being drafted by Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Policy Committee Chairman Byron Dorgan (N.D.). Dorgan said something would be unveiled on Thursday, but would not elaborate.