Tuesday, March 31, 2009

McCaskill Plans To Vote For Obama's Budget

The Hill reports that Sen. Claire McCaskill has indicated that she will vote for President Obama's budget, despite concerns from other centrist Democrats about its eye-popping increases and total pricetag.
From the article: "But Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), centrists who wrote a letter to Conrad urging spending restraint, have said they plan to vote for the budget this week. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), another conservative member, has also said he plans to vote for the budget."

"McCaskill said that Conrad improved Obama’s budget proposal substantially by slicing in half a proposed increase in domestic discretionary spending. She noted that not taking into account proposed funds for the 2010 census and veterans’ care, the budget proposes a slight domestic discretionary spending decrease," reports the Capitol Hill paper.

McCaskill was one of 10 Democrats that met with Obama's budget director Peter Orszag.

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