(CNSNews.com) – The White House stressed that the offer made to congressional Republicans last week is similar to the proposals that President Barack Obama made in his fiscal year 2013 plan – a proposal that was defeated unanimously in the Democratic-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House last year.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney also referenced that unemployment is higher under Obama than under President George W. Bush.
“What is remarkable – and I was struck by this even on the Sunday shows – to this day, December 2012, how few people are aware of what was a highly detailed specific proposal the president put out in September of 2011, and these issues were all in there,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Monday.
Last week, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner went to Capitol Hill to present the administration’s proposal that included no cuts, no entitlement reform, a $1.6 trillion tax increase on household incomes of $250,000 or more, at least $50 billion in stimulus spending next year and allowing the president to unilaterally increase the nation’s debt limit without congressional approval.
“We have long been on the record for extension of unemployment benefits at the time when the unemployment rate, though it has come down, is still higher at this time than when George W. Bush extended unemployment insurance in 2008,” Carney said.
“We’ve talked explicitly about and have since we introduced the American Jobs Act the need to invest in infrastructure, putting people back to work building our roads and bridges and highways. There is literally nothing that should come as a surprise in terms of what the president’s positions are and what he believes in his view are the right actions to take,” he added.
The Democratic Senate voted 0-99 against Obama’s $3.6 trillion budget proposal. The Republican House voted 0-414 on Obama’s budget proposal. The Senate has blocked passage of a budget for three years.
Carney pointed out that tax rate increases were part of the president’s budget proposal.
“The president spoke repeatedly during the year about his proposal. This 70-page document I had at the podium with me last week, it was presented for the super committee’s consideration,” Carney said. “The $1.6 trillion in deficit reduction through revenues has long been his position. It has been explicitly his position. We talked about it prior to the election.”