HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's newest and oldest federal officeholders are sparring over election-year proposals offered by Republicans in the U.S. House.
On Thursday, House GOP leaders unveiled a "Pledge to America" to slash taxes and spending, reduce government regulation, repeal the national health care law and end the economic stimulus program.
Republican Rep. Charles Djou, first elected in a May special election, says the proposals will reduce annual budget deficits and lead to a smaller national debt.
Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye, first elected in 1962, contends the pledge makes no sense because Republicans are promising to cut discretionary spending by $100 billion while proposing to retain tax breaks at a $4 trillion cost to the U.S. Treasury.
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