This week, Democrats in the U.S. Senate introduced their revised agenda, championed by Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer. The agenda adopts President Obama’s call for a five-year domestic discretionary spending freeze while trumpeting new spending that Democrats argue will create jobs. They agree with the president that the country needs to “out-innovate, out-educate and out-build” the rest of the world.
The 20-item list includes finally passing a long-delayed highway bill, protecting stimulus smart-grid and clean-energy investments from Republican cuts, creating a Clean Energy Deployment Administration, and making the research and development tax credit permanent.
According to Schumer, - the budget in the House is a road map to disaster. We are being responsible; they are being reckless. Democrats argue that their new investments in education, energy and highways, coupled with an overall spending freeze, are preferable to deep cuts across the government as proposed by Republicans.