Republicans denounce Obama's new budget plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says President Barack Obama is offering what the speaker calls "perhaps his most irresponsible budget yet."

The $3.9 trillion budget would pour money into programs aimed at boosting the economy -- including road building and education. There would be new spending for pre-school education and job training. And it includes $1 trillion in higher taxes over the next decade, mostly for the wealthiest Americans and corporations.

Boehner says Americans who are looking for "jobs and opportunity" will find only "more government."

And Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, says he's disappointed that Obama produced what Sessions calls "a campaign document" instead of "a serious budget blueprint that makes the tough choices necessary to get our fiscal house in order."

Congress has ignored the revenue proposals and many of Obama's spending ideas before. And campaign year pressures, along with gridlock between the Senate and House, all but ensure that few of the initiatives included in the budget will go very far.

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179-w-36-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with President Barack Obama)--President Obama has sent Congress a nearly $4 trillion budget that funnels money into schools and infrastructure in hopes of bolstering the economy and creating jobs. (4 Mar 2014)

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174-a-13-(President Barack Obama, speaking to reporters during visit to Powell Elementary School)-"mountain of debt"-President Obama says this budget makes smart investments, while keeping the deficit on a downward slope as a share of the economy. (4 Mar 2014)

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177-v-28-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent)--Congressional Republicans have been quick to criticize the president's budget proposal. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (4 Mar 2014)

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GRAPHICSBANK: Stack of President Obama's 2015 US Government Budget books, graphic element on gray (4 Mar 2014)

APPHOTO DCPM105: President Barack Obama sits with Marcus Wesby and other preschool student during his visit to Powell Elementary School in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Obama visited the school to talk about his fiscal 2015 federal budget proposals, which was released today. Powell elementary has seen rapid growth in recent years and serves a predominantly Hispanic student body. Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray, who greeted Obama at the school, recently directed $20 million to Powell for a planned modernization and addition. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (4 Mar 2014)

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