Reactions cool in Maine to US budget

The Associated Press
Posted Feb. 15, 2011, at 11:16 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s congressional delegation is reacting coolly to President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal 2012.

Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins say it does too little to rein in federal spending. Collins, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, says the plan spends and borrows too much, and would put further financial burdens on families and small businesses.

Snowe, a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, says the president’s proposal would double public debt by the end of his term.

Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud worry about proposed cuts to the Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program. Pingree says the cuts could be devastating to thousands of Maine families.

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