LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ congressional delegation gave low marks to the proposed budget that President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday.

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ congressional delegation gave low marks to the proposed budget that President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday.


The $4.1 trillion budget plan for the coming fiscal year seeks funding for priorities of the Obama administration such as clean-energy research, cancer research, expansion of computer-science education, cybersecurity and transportation programs, with the latter to be funded by a proposed $10-a-barrel oil tax.


"The Budget is a road map to a future that embodies America’s values and aspirations: a future of opportunity and security for all of our families; a rising standard of living; and a sustainable, peaceful planet for our kids," Obama said in written remarks.


Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., called the proposal "completely unrealistic given our nation’s unsustainable fiscal path."


"Sadly, this is not surprising due to President Obama’s repeated budgets that add more debt, raise taxes and increase the deficit," Boozman said in a statement Tuesday. "Washington has a spending problem. It’s unfortunate that the president is unwilling to work with Congress to reverse this pattern. His irresponsible, but thankfully final, budget threatens our long-term economic growth and forces hardworking Americans to pay for his priorities with job-killing tax increases."


Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., an Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, criticized the plan for reducing defense spending overall.


"It’s clear that seven years as commander-in-chief have taught President Obama little about what it takes to actually keep America safe and defend our place in the world," Cotton said. "The budget he proposed today is ignorant and hypocritical. After spending months talking tough about taking on our enemies around the world, he wants to spend $10.3 billion less to sustain a military that is undergoing a manning, readiness, and modernization crisis. Once again his rhetoric doesn’t match reality."


Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, said, "We have just started our review of the president’s proposed budget, but already I can see the president is not working in reality but instead has created a budget based in fantasy."


Westerman asked, "How does the president’s proposed $6.1 trillion in deficit spending over the next decade embody America’s values and aspirations? His proposed budget, which is a non-starter, would continue a policy that will further mortgage America’s future if it were implemented."


Rep. Steve Womack, R-Rogers said the plan "represents an increase in spending of $2.5 trillion over the 10-year window, and it raises taxes on hardworking Americans by nearly $3.5 trillion over the same 10-year window. And you know what, it never balances."


"House Republicans understand that the tax-and-spend mentality of this administration is not our way out of this mess," he said. "In the weeks and months ahead, we’re going to present a plan, a budget if you will, that will balance in the 10-year window, that will address the drivers of the deficits and debt that plague the long-term economy, and will not do it by raising taxes on hardworking Americans."


Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, said the proposed budget is "full of the same old tax-and-spend policy proposals, employs methods from the past in an attempt to answer tomorrow’s problems."


"This administration simply won’t acknowledge the fact that Americans are tired of tax-and-spend policies and a rising national debt, which has swollen during the last 7 years from $10.6 trillion to $19 trillion. I would have liked to see, but didn’t expect, an attempt at true spending reform," he said.


Rep. French Hill, R-Little Rock, said, "Fortunately for the American people this is the last budget request of this president. This budget is a reiteration of his liberal, government-knows-best policy agenda and offers no solution to balance the budget and solve our debt crisis. Reversing our current fiscal course will be a monumental undertaking that won’t be completed unless we have a president whose priorities match those of the American people and the Congress."