THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
STATEMENT BY CHIEF OF STAFF LEON E. PANETTA
While we still have not seen many of the details, the Republican budget seems like just more of the same.
While there are some signs of movement away from the extreme positions they took last year, they are once again calling for unacceptable cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, education, and the environment, as well as increased taxes on working families.
The best way to resolve our differences is for Senator Dole, Speaker Gingrich, and the Republicans to accept the President's invitation to return to the negotiating table to achieve the bipartisan balanced budget the American people deserve.