Reading through national budget is lengthy process

Johnson threats

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The process of debating President Obama’s 2016 budget has begun, but how familiar are members of Congress and the Senate with the proposal?

The President sent copies of his $4 trillion spending plan to Capitol Hill. It includes $2.4 trillion in new spending over the next ten years as well as about $2 trillion in new taxes.

Congressman Bill Johnson said the process of getting to know the document, which is about as thick as a big city phone book, is not easy.

“I review it. My staff reviews it. We get together and talk about it and that, of course, informs us as we go into our House and Senate budget and appropriations process throughout the year,” Johnson said.

While the review process is just getting started, Obama Tuesday urged lawmakers to approve the plan quickly. He said current funding for departments like Homeland Security is set to run out at the end of February.

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