The team that drew up President Obama's $3.5 trillion budget plan testified in its defense on Capitol Hill.
While the budget director says it's not a big spending budget, many lawmakers disagree, arguing the plan wildly taxes, spends, and builds a mountain of debt.
The White House says the budget needs to be bold and tackle long-term problems in healthcare, education and energy. But proposals like the president's plan to tax greenhouse gas polluting-industries, to pay for a middle class tax credit, has critics complaining of a nationwide increase in electricity costs.
"What Americans won't end up paying more for virtually every item they purchase because of this higher tax on energy?" said Rep. Dave Campe, R-Michigan.
"The president's proposal is to take these resources and use them to finance making permanent a tax reduction that will benefit 95 percent of working Americans," said Timothy Geithner, Tresury secretary.