Sen. Coons: ‘Challenge Is in the Details’ If Obama’s SOTU Proposals Won’t Add to Deficit

By Fred Lucas | February 13, 2013 | 2:50 PM EST

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) (AP Photo)

( – Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, said “the challenge is in the details,” as to whether President Barack Obama’s expansive proposal in Tuesday’s State of the Union address will not add to the deficit.

Obama said during his annual speech to a joint session of Congress, “Tonight, I’ll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat: Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.”

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The president proposed 29 separate programs in the speech that included new infrastructure projects, universal pre-school, a “college scorecard,” cyber security, and a national voting commission.

“There were a number of proposals that were broad or bold, and it was interesting to me that he balanced them with the assertion that they could be done without growing the size of government, that he had offsets,” Coons told “So obviously, I will be looking forward to seeing those proposals.”

“A number of them I think would make an enormous difference in either the strength of our work force and the strength of our country through investing in infrastructure or research or education, but as always, the challenge is in the details,” Coons continued.