GOP senator wants Obama to cancel fed aid promotion tour
Mike Emanuel reports
- Duration 2:48
- Date Feb 22, 2013
Mike Emanuel reports
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Thank you just his all the talk has been about cutting back in the impact of the sequester.
At the same time the Obama administration has launched a nationwide tour.
To help more and more Americans get on the receiving end of benefits even with sixteen trillion dollars of debt.
And no relief in -- this 100 city tour is taking off and freebies are flowing.
And it's drawn the ire of an influential Republican senator chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel reports.
As Washington fights -- scheduled spending cuts the Obama administration has launched a 100 city connecting -- community tour.
Beaverton -- was the first stop on February 14.
And representatives of the White House Department of Labor EPA transportation and Hud were sent to promote federal aid in spending.
Oklahoma Republican senator Tom Coburn is now urging the administration to cancel the tour when much is being made about the impact of sequestration.
In this letter sent Thursday to the white house Office of Management and Budget Coburn wrote quote.
It is somewhat surprising therefore for the White House to be headlining a 100 city government spending tour.
What we that's forced how many people are going on the tour what you're gonna cost what are the other cities and -- we do -- -- If not for political means could exacerbate the effects of the sequester.
-- Coburn points out Beaverton has been adept at obtaining federal funds receiving nearly two million dollars in grants and assistance since Tony eleven.
At the White House the Press Secretary didn't have many details but said this -- isn't a big deal you can find an individual thing and say that this this -- could be cut and maybe it should be whatever it is but it represents a drop in the bucket to an 85 billion dollar cut.
Everything is a drop in the bucket that's why we're sixteen point six trillion dollars and desk and that's typical Washington rationalizations.
Earlier the transportation secretary suggested his part of the tour has hit a bump in the road well I was supposed to be in Orlando and South Carolina today sort I have into the meanwhile the administration is describing the impact of 85 billion dollars in cuts due to begin in a week as devastating.
They're also pushing for a fifty billion dollars in new spending on highways airports and transit.
Systems governors both parties are very -- and our efforts to both.
Invest and fix it first.
Development unit going after those projects that are desperately in need of maintenance and repair.
The Office of Management and Budget has not responded to our request for comment on the senators' letter.
Meanwhile Coburn says -- finds the goals of this 100 city -- are worthy.
He'd suggest doing it by teleconference to spread the word but save on travel and other expenses.
Though considering the nation's debt -- is inclined to say the most likely we can not afford to do it.
-- my thanks.