Obama budget plan revisits small-bore budget cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Even as it adds fuel to battles over taxes and Social Security, President Barack Obama’s budget will reprise lots of smaller bore proposals that have gone nowhere in a gridlocked Washington.
Ideas like higher security fees on airline tickets, the end of Saturday mail delivery and higher pension contributions for federal workers are the hardy perennials of Obama’s budgets, reprised year after year, along with more widely known proposals like taxing oil companies and the rich.
Obama proposals include a new fee on telecommunications companies and other users of federally licensed communications spectrum and billions of dollars claimed by selling off excess federal properties. They are part of Obama’s spurned budget offer to Republicans in December and will be reprised when Obama’s budget comes out Wednesday.