Senators signal broader approach on budget than spending cuts alone
March 6th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Senators signal broader approach on budget than spending cuts alone

Washington (CNN) - Amid the partisan political posturing of Sunday talk shows, indications emerged of how a congressional budget compromise might take shape even as a stop-gap deal remains elusive.

Two influential senators - Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican John McCain of Arizona - both said any lasting solution to mounting federal deficits and debt must include more than the discretionary nonsecurity spending targeted by House Republicans.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I cannot help but wonder if the right wingnutterty will figure out that unfunded tax cuts, unfunded unnecessary wars, unfunded tax breaks for big oil, unfunded drug programs, and TARP have added trillions of dollars to our national debt. Too bad there is no GOP/bagger who can see the hypocrisy of the republicans.

    March 6, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. DAVE

    here is a good idea! pay back the $2.5 trillion dollars that was borrowed from social sucerity surplus that payed for other things like ronald raegans arms race with the USSR and the money payed to nation building in the middle east. the $2.5 trillion is the money the baby boomers payed into the accout. the congress i mean all of these fonies are tring to make america think that social sucerity has something to do with the deficit. the baby boomers have really got the short stck on this one. we payed for our parents retirerment we payed for our retirerment, we paid for raegans arms race and george bush's nation building . now some how we are being blamed for being the problem with social sucerity. we got the votes boomers and its time to wise up just like we did in the 1960's. george w bush borrowed $674 billion from social sucerity in his last year in office just to make the federal budget deficit look like it was alot lower! i am one pi– off baby boomer! come on fellow baby boomers we used to be smarter than this!

    March 6, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    During the last full blown republican depression, the repubes thought they could get our country moving by cutting spending. It did not work then, but that does not stop them from the same failed repube policies again. Elected repubes need to take an early retirement.

    March 6, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Annie, Atlanta

    When are these guys going to cut their pay and benefits? And did you hear that McCain and Lieberman just went to Tunisia and Egypt. Why? And who paid for that? Us?

    Actually, bottom line, when is our DOJ going to go after the bankers, stockbrokers, and rating houses on Wall Street that sunk the global economy. Why do you think these state pensions are hurting? Because of the gambling. I say go after these guys and get our states' monies back. I

    , for one, am sick of seeing teachers who are lucky to make $50,000 a year being demonized while these guys get off scott free. I'm sick of seeing Republicans (that's you Orange Man) wanting to cut Social Security (or hand it over to their friends on Wall Street to gamble away) while giving more tax cuts to billionaires. How are our senior citizens supposed to live? Does anyone know how little SS pays each month, or that it's been a very long time since they received a cost of living increase? But let's give billionaires more? Or how about we cut heating assistance to the poor during the cold of winter, yet not make GE pay taxes or give the oil companies tens of billions in subsidies? It's obscene as well as sickening.

    March 6, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. WiredweirdoinSF

    I watched this idiot on Fox New Sunday talking about how the cuts will destroy education. Almost all of my local and state taxes go to this thing called education and all I see we are getting for it is a bunch of corrupt unions thug trashing the state capital of Wisconsin about cutting Viagara from their free medical package. We need the TEA party to finish cleaning up the Federal government like they did when they had to clean up the Wisconsin capital after the liberals trashed it.

    March 6, 2011 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. Name king

    I don't understand the way these people thinks, HEY YOU CAN NOT BALLANCE THE BUDGET BY CUTS ALONE. we going to have to raise taxes, since the budget tax cuts are about 50 percent of the budget deficit, and growing. What will you cut that will not bring down demand and ruin local businesses? When you raise tax some people don't even notice it. And the repugs want to take tax cut over demand all the times, but if there is no demand businesses will not invest no matter how much tax cut you give them.

    March 6, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. fayse

    The unemployment rate is going down, the DOW is over 12000 consistently, the economy is getting better slowly, but that is to be expected considering where we were in 2008. I don't care who did what or how it happened, what I care about is that our economy is steadily getting better yet, it is still very fragile. If we allow the GOP to let the Tea Party to their obsolete views, All Americans will suffer. To cut everything to the bone now will create more job loss. The Tea Party is not the answer. The TP is a spin off of the John Birch Society the only thing different is the name change. I pray that cooler head will prevail and the more experienced Republicans will have the guts to stand up the the TP. They may want to believe that they are the majority but, they are not. Historically, the American voters have not participated in mid term elections, mostly because they are tired of the negative, hateful advertisements. The GOP and the TP knew this and the took full advantage of it. It will be quite a different story in 2012. The GOP has no platform, no solutions and no viable candate to offer.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    March 6, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |