President Barack Obama proposed a five-year spending freeze on Federal discretionary spending during his State of the Union (SOTU) address, which he said will save the government approximately $400 billion over a decade.
Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who delivered the GOP response to the President's speech, and other Republicans claim that Obama's ideas are not nearly enough to slash the national deficit.
"The days of business as usual must come to an end. We hold to a couple of simple convictions: Endless borrowing is not a strategy; spending cuts have to come first," Ryan said during the televised speech, quoted by FOX News.
Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, is known as one of the most fiscally conservative members of his chamber. For example, his "Roadmap for America" proposal — which includes turning Medicare into a voucher program, revamping Social Security benefits and significantly slashing most areas of Federal spending — is so drastic that some GOP lawmakers have shied away from publicly supporting it.
Regardless, most Republicans agree that Obama's proposals won't be enough to reduce the deficit. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, said that the President's plans were examples of "deficit preservation," according to FOX News. He added that the SOTU speech was littered with denial and timidity instead of leadership and a clear vision.