The Deal

Obama Praises Budget Accord

President Obama, in his weekly radio address Saturday, praised Republicans and Democrats for agreeing on a budget proposal that calls for about $38 billion in spending cuts and avoids a government shutdown. “This is an agreement to invest in our country's future while making the largest annual spending cut in our history," Obama said. "Like any compromise, this required everyone to give ground on issues that were important to them… Some of the cuts we agreed to will be painful--programs people rely on will be cut back; needed infrastructure projects will be delayed. And I would not have made these cuts in better circumstances.” Some leading national Tea Party organizations, on the other hand, are not so happy with the agreement. "It just shows that the Tea Party has a lot more work to do in ousting the spending-addicted liberal Democrats who refuse to stop acting like selfish children incapable of making the tough decisions voters have demanded,” Tea Party Express spokesman Levi Russell told CNN. Rep. Michele Bachmann agreed with her Tea Party cohorts, adding the agreement “is a disappointment for me and for millions of Americans who expected $100 billion in cuts.”