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Hirono, Gabbard have concerns about Obama budget

  • FL MORRIS / FMORRIS@STARADVERTISER.COMMazie Hirono with Tulsi Gabbard on stage.
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    Mazie Hirono with Tulsi Gabbard on stage.

Two members of Hawaii’s delegation in Washington are expressing reservations about parts of President Barack Obama’s budget proposal.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she’s concerned about cuts to missile defense as Hawaii and the rest of the country face direct and heightened threats from North Korea.

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono says she doesn’t support Obama’s plan that would change how some benefits are calculated, including Social Security and benefits for veterans.

Obama on Wednesday sent Congress a $3.8 trillion budget plan that aims to slash the deficit by a net $600 billion over 10 years, raise taxes and trim popular benefit programs, including Social Security and Medicare.

Gabbard and Hirono both praise the proposal for its potential to create job growth.

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