White House Budget Chief Defends Bush’s 2009 Budget To Skeptical Lawmakers

CAPITOL HILL (AP) — A top Bush administration official is defending the president’s more than $3 trillion budget on Capitol Hill.

White House budget chief Jim Nussle responded to criticism from members of the Senate Budget Committee by attacking lawmakers for not fully funding Bush’s long-pending Iraq war request. He challenged them to join Bush in cutting off the rapid growth of federal benefit programs.

Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad slammed the budget, saying the government’s debt has done nothing but skyrocket under Bush. He says the proposed 2009 budget adds almost $800 billion to the U.S. debt.