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FIRST MOVE Obama Unveils $3 Trillion Debt Plan LARRY DOWNING / Landov

Obama Unveils $3 Trillion Debt Plan

At a press briefing at the White House on Monday, President Obama formally announced a package revealed over the weekend to trim $3 trillion off the federal deficit over the next several years. Picking up on the theme of his recent jobs speech, Obama demanded that Congress move on the act immediately. “They should pass it right away. I’m ready to sign a bill,” the president said. He said he had hoped to reach an agreement on a “grand bargain” during the debt-ceiling debate, but that House Speaker John Boehner “walked away from a balanced package.” The president stressed the necessity of new revenue to solve the budget crisis, and said he would veto any bill that didn't bring in new money. "We can't cut our way out of this hole," he said. The new proposal would establish a minimum tax rate on millionaires to avoid loopholes, and would make cuts to entitlements and Pentagon spending. Obama said the bill would cut $2 in government spending for every $1 in new revenue.

September 19, 2011 10:58 AM