(CNSNews.com) – Criticizing President Barack Obama's budget proposal on Sunday, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said the president is asking for more taxes and more spending just like "four years ago when he said the economy is doing bad," and added, "we can't just have the same answer for everything."
On Fox News' America’s News Headquarters, Lankford was asked if the president's budget proposal will have any common ground with congressional Republicans?
Lankford said, "It was interesting this past week the president gave a speech saying the economy is doing better, so now is the time for us to spend more, now is the time to start raising taxes because the economy's doing better.”
“My very first reaction when I heard it was,” said Lankford, “wasn't that the same speech he gave four years ago when he said the economy is doing bad so now is the time for government to spend more? Now is the time to for us to be able to raise taxes and other things?”
“We can't just have the same answer for everything: just raise taxes and we'll spend more and that will actually stabilize it,” said the senator.
President Barack Obama's new $4 trillion budget plan is distributed by the Senate Budget Committee as it arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, early Monday, Feb. 02, 2015. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
He continued, "Right now, it looks like what his budget proposal -- and we'll know exactly in the next couple of days exactly what it is -- what he wants to do is break through the sequestration caps and be able to try and spend more and say we need to do that because the economy is doing better."
In his weekly address, President Obama said he would present Congress with a budget built on middle-class values.
"We’ll help working families’ paychecks go farther by treating things like paid leave and child care like the economic priorities that they are,” said Obama on Saturday. “We’ll offer Americans of every age the chance to upgrade their skills so they can earn higher wages, with plans like making two years of community college free for every responsible student.”
“And we’ll keep building the world’s most attractive economy for high-wage jobs, with new investments in research, infrastructure, manufacturing, and expanded access to faster internet and new markets" he said.