Unless Congress and the Obama administration reform entitlement programs and take other steps to curb federal spending, the country will be faced with an economic crisis that is exponentially worse than the current recession, congressional appropriations and budget committee members warned yesterday.

The federal government's spending habit is an "economic cancer," Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., a fiscally conservative so-called Blue Dog Democrat who formerly served on the Budget Committee, said during a press conference. "Our problems are metastisizing so fast, it may be a benign tumor, but it's still a tumor."

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