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Dems In No Real Hurry To Cut A Deal On Budget

May 20, 2011 by  

Dems In No Real Hurry To Cut A Deal On Budget

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) rejected a proposal for $2 trillion in budget cuts, saying cuts alone are an unacceptable way to balance the budget.

“You can’t do $2 trillion just in cuts,” Reid said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “There has to be a mix of spending cuts, including defense. There has to be a more fair apportionment of tax policy in this country.”

Reid’s statements reflect a fundamental conflict in Congress. As budget talks drag on, GOP lawmakers refuse to raise the debt limit until an agreement to cut trillions of dollars from the budget can be reached. However, Republicans claim they will not even discuss raising taxes, saying hikes would not be “on the table.”

“The Senate is preparing to vote on the House-passed GOP budget drafted by Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin that cuts nearly $6 trillion in spending over the next decade, partly by privatizing Medicare,” the Times also reported. “The deeply unpopular Medicare provision is expected to doom the bill in the Senate. But Democrats are content to keep the GOP Medicare proposal in focus as a weapon against Republicans.”

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  • Dan az

    Actually I find this amusing that he thinks he needs more money to reduce the spending problem that they have.No Harry were not going to raise your allowance and by the way your on restriction.

  • Nadzieja Batki

    Very good picture of another braying jackass.

    • Cawmun Cents

      We’re used to seeing one almost everyday!Obama comes on the tele all the time……

  • jopa

    It will be interesting to see how many members of the Senate and who will vote on this bill of Ryans next week.The bill that will provide vouchers for seniors that will be useless.The insurance companies will not provide policies for senior at any cost.I remember before Medicare came about the elderly and sick were put on what we called Poor Farms where they would just wait in pain and agony until they passed away.So sad that the young Republicans fail to know any American history and now they want to repeat past tragedies.When I was still living in Michigan we were paying more in taxes for garbage pick-up than what was taken out for the disabled and sick elderly living in the local Medical Care Facility.That was another moment in time when I wouldn’t have minded if my taxes were raised.Instead of going to a park or movie this weekend make a visit to an elders home, a VA or a children’s hospital.Take a walk in the park next weekend and think about it.


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