Budget leaders [Sunday] continued their rhetorical war in anticipation of what is expected to be a tough partisan battle on the floors of the House and Senate over the FY10 budget resolutions.
Democratic leaders of the House and Senate Budget committees said proposals to reform health care and other initiatives in President Obama's budget will help reduce the deficit and ultimately strengthen the economy
Speaking on CNN's "State of The Union," House Budget Chairman John Spratt and Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad argued that any budget deficits that Obama will run in the next several years were the fault of former President George W. Bush.
"He has only been in office as president a few months," Spratt said. "And for the most part, what we are looking at in these horrendous deficits is something that is carried over from the previous administration."
Conrad said "The great challenge here is to put us on a more sustainable path," which he believes Obama's agenda -- which is focused on healthcare reform, energy independence, and improved education -- tries to do.
"The president said to us we have to reduce our dependence on foreign energy -- absolutely critical," Conrad said. "We have to focus on excellence on education; we have to have major healthcare reform because that is the 800-pound gorilla. That is the thing that can swamp the boat fiscally for the United States."