From Senator Ron Johnson's Weekly Report from Washington:
Washington is not talking about real spending cuts, just reducing the rate of growth in spending. Rather than reducing the size of the federal government, Congress is debating how much more government should grow.
In 2001, the federal budget was $1.9 trillion; in 2011, it was $3.6 trillion. In just 10 years, we have nearly doubled spending.
Under President Obama's budget, federal spending would increase to $5.8 trillion just 10 years from now - tripling the size of government in just 20 years. Under the budget approved by the House of Representatives, federal spending would increase from $3.6 trillion to $4.8 trillion over the next 10 years. Government would still grow, just not as quickly as President Obama recommends.