White House spokeman Jay Carney praised the "balanced plan" introduced Thursday by Senate Democrats to avoid a series of across the board spending cuts in March.
"'Now, Republicans in Congress face a simple choice," he wrote in a statent. "Do they protect investments in education, health care and national defense or do they continue to prioritize and protect tax loopholes that benefit the very few at the expense of middle and working class Americans?"
President Barack Obama urged Congress this week to pass a package of modest cuts and tax changes as a way to delay the cuts. But Obama’s proposal would only postpone the $85 billion in automatic cuts, scheduled to take effect March 1, by a few months until a larger deal could be reached.
"It’s simply unacceptable that the very wealthiest Americans can pay less in taxes as a share of their income than their secretaries and other middle class workers like teachers, cops and firefighters," he said. " We hope that Congressional Republicans back off their insistence of putting the entire burden of reducing the deficit on the backs of the middle class and seniors because, as the president said on Tuesday, the true economic engine in this country is a thriving and rising middle class. That’s how we build a strong middle class and a strong America."