Blunt: Spending issue coming to a head in Congress

Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri predicted today that Congress is headed toward a battle royale over spending.

The driving force: new numbers from the Congressional Budget Office that show that the government is expected to spend $3.7 trillion this year, but tax revenue totals just $2.2 trillion.

“It’s obviously irresponsible and unsustainable,” Blunt told Missouri reporters about the budget figures.

“I don’t know anybody who seriously believes it would be wise to even make that up on the collecting side,” the Republican added. “We have to look at spending and look at spending very seriously.”

He criticized President Obama’s call for a five-year domestic-spending freeze, saying it simply doesn’t go fare enough.

“Totally irresponsible,” Blunt said.

The freeze, proposed by Obama in his State of the Union address last month, would cut the deficit by more than $400 billion over a decade, Obama said. The president said in the speech that the freeze by itself wasn’t nearly enough.

Blunt said Obama’s address appeared more focused on creating jobs 25 years from now than creating jobs now.