In Washington, D.C. for the National Governors Assocation's winter summit, Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Monday criticized President Barack Obama's lack of leadership during the ongoing budget debate, accusing the administration of having an "insatiable appetite for new revenues."
"I think it is possible to cut less than three percent of the federal budget without causing these devastating consequences," Jindal said of the looming sequestration deadline while standing outside the White House with other governors. "To go to the earlier question, i think can you achieve these reductions without, for example, jeopardizing children's access to vaccinations. I think can you achieve these reductions — let's be clear, the spending — the federal budget will actually be larger even after these reductions than it was last year. I think there is a responsible way to cut less than three percent of the federal budget."
He continued, "I think it's time for the president to show leadership. I think it's time for him to send to Congress a prioritized list of reductions that preserves critical services. Every governor here has to balance their budgets during tough economic times, every family out there has to balance their budget, isn't allowed to spend more than they need, every business has had to become more efficient, tighten their belt. The reality is it can be done. This administration has an insatiable appetite for new revenues. Over $600 billion in new spending under this president. Almost $6 trillion of new debt. Over $600 billion of new taxes just in the most recent deal. Enough's enough. Now is the time to cut spending."