The White House is rejecting a Republican plan to cut trillions of dollars in government spending over the next decade, saying it would spare the rich and burden seniors, the poor and workers who lose their health care.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the president also wants to reduce the deficit, but believes "there's a more balanced way to achieve that goal."
Said Carney: "We strongly disagree with this proposal" by GOP House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan.
Carney's comments echoed those of congressional Democrats and illustrated the deep divide over how to remedy the deficits and debt that saddle the nation's finances
The plan submitted by Ryan, R-Wis., would cut about $5 trillion over the upcoming decade.