From 1980 to 1987, he recalled, the Senate regularly cut money for environmental protection.
They urged him to veto any bill that would cut money for older Americans.
Later this week, the Senate will try to cut money out of this year's budget.
Instead he has proposed cutting money for schools and health care by more than $2 billion.
"Sometimes it sounds like an easy way to cut money from the budget," he added, "but it's never been considered seriously."
Governments have cut money that used to help put teenagers in jobs.
At a time when Government is cutting money for higher education, two universities got some good news from private donors last week.
But the Government has cut money to help improve and weatherize their housing.
"It's always easier to cut money from your budget if it is being spent outside the company."
Well the plan is to cut money given to the poorest in the country at a time when bills are rising fast.