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Congressman Lungren Dines With President – Labels Proposed Budget “Scary”

Washington, D.C. — Third District Republican Congressman Dan Lungren dined with President Obama in the White House Wednesday evening.

Lungren was invited to join the President and his wife along with House and Senate leadership, committee chairs and ranking members, senators, representatives, the Vice President and his wife, cabinet secretaries and White House officials.

According to Lungren the purpose of the dinner was an effort of outreach by the President.

Reached in Washington, D.C. this morning Lungren commented, "This is very interesting because the President has probably already had more dinners such as this in his five weeks in office than President George W. Bush had in his eight years in the White House."

The Congressman then added, "Despite the warm and informal hospitality I still disagree with his (the President’s) proposed budget. It is by far the largest budget in history, it creates the largest deficit in history and it creates the largest tax increase in history and that’s troubling because I think we got into trouble because we spent too much, we tax too much in particular areas that depress job creation and we’ve certainly put ourselves into debt too far."

The Congressman added, "I find it difficult by any logic to believe that more of the same but just a lot more of the same is going to bring us out. That’s why I’m extremely disappointed with this budget."

Lungren adds that one portion of the budget suggests that you would not be able to deduct 100 percent of your home mortgage interest for tax purposes and this is a time when the housing industry frankly has not in any way recovered from its huge slump."

Finally the Congressman said that while the budget is not cast in stone, now is the time for Americans to make their voices heard in Washington, D.C. especially at the White House.

Written by bill.johnson@mlode.com