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Congress Says No To Hearing Obama's Budget Proposal In Person

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President Barack Obama's budget proposal for the 2017 fiscal year was declared dead after Congress refused to hear it in person.

The chairmen of the Senate and House budget committees, Republican Sen. Michael Enzi of Wyoming and Republican Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, chose not to invite Office of Management and Budget director Shaun Donovan to testify about the budget, the New York Times reports.

"Rather than spend time on a proposal that, if anything like this administration’s previous budgets, will double down on the same failed policies that have led to the worst economic recovery in modern times, Congress should continue our work on building a budget that balances and that will foster a healthy economy," Price said in a statement, according to the Times.

Obama's $4.1 trillion budget includes proposals that were likely to be opposed by Republicans in Congress from the start, such as a $10-a-barrel oil tax to pay for transportation improvements and a doubling of clean energy research funding, USA Today reports.

Sources: New York Times, USA Today / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons (2)

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