Washington (CNN) - Fresh off the debate to avoid a government shutdown, Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin expressed cautious optimism following the resolution, while gearing up politically for the debt ceiling drama.
Hensarling, the chairman of the House Republican Conference, explained two ways to view the budget negotiations.
“On the one hand, this is the single largest year-to-year cut in the federal budget, frankly in the history of America in absolute terms… probably for that we all deserve medals, the entire Congress,” the Texas congressman said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. “Relative to the size of the problem, it is not even a rounding error. In that case we probably all deserve to be tarred and feathered.”
Durbin said Democrats were able to protect important programs in the compromise, like early childhood education and pell grants, while making significant spending cuts.
“At the end of the day we won the battle but we join with Republicans in cutting spending,” Durbin said.
The Illinois senator also said the president played an “important role” in the negations.
“He’s expected to be part of the negotiations. But if it looks like he’s leading the negotiations, he’ll get pushback from Congress,” Durbin told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. “So the president was playing an important role here as a facilitator to bring us to an agreement, and it worked.”
But Congress now braces for the next fight over the debt ceiling, an issue Durbin dubbed “another high drama.”
“Instead of risking a government shutdown, we are risking a second recession,” Durbin said. “If we default on America’s debt with this debt ceiling, it will have a dramatic negative impact on America’s economy.”
Congress must reach an agreement before the United States reaches its legal borrowing limit of $14.29 trillion, which Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said will occur no later than May 16th.
Hensarling agreed that the United States should not default on its loans, but put the onus on Obama.
“I continue to agree with 80 percent of what the president says, but I just disagree with 80 percent of what he does,” Hensarling said. “He’s going to have to work with us to cut up the credit cards and put the nation on a fiscally sustainable path.”
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I wouldn't to much stock of what Dick Durbin says, he's a yes man for Obama. This is a guy who would give his "eye teeth" to be in any Democratic President's cabinet, or an "Ambassador" some where. Dick Durbin is know as "Do Nothing Dick" because he doesn't do anything for the state of Illinios. I was told that "Do Nothing Dick" was not at the White House, that because he's useless. This whole article is one big "Crock". The article says that "Congress deserves to be 'tarred and feathered’ well don't be suprised if all of them are voted out come November 2012. There are some people who have a thing about the government playing games with their money (tax dollars). I wouldn't put to much stock in this article and especially what "Do Nothing Dick" says.
Rep Hensarling makes some very goo points. He will do even more if he will work in a bipartisan manner to move us ahead. He is one of the few Republicans willing to listen to others.
I agree, Republicans should be "Tared and Feathered,for causing Great Stress among our Brave Troops and their families! How dare you play "Chicken" with our military families,and the poor in this country! Gop and Tea will "Implode" on themselves very shortly! Vote No on Republican and Tea "Extremism" Stop Mr. Trumps "Racial" assault on our Black Americans people! He Sold his soul to the devil,dealing with Kadaffy, A Known American women and child Killer? Get real? Remember Pan AM, Trump!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I agree that congress needs tarred and feathered but we need to start with Obummie.
"GOP and Tea Party will implode shortly" – The Tea Party and other groups that are finally waking up to what is happening in America are growing on a daily basis and are not going away. Libs are going to be very surprised in November 2012.
republican voters are the hand maidens for the rich.
Since when does a republican or what ever claim to be the savior of our financial world? They put us there with big business favors and lack of foresight. Under Regan's watch our dollar was declared to be worth too much. The downfall hasn't stopped since.
Last Friday David Gergen said “shame” I agree with him 100% mean time Gloria Borger came up with new poll results that poll reflect most Americans views
But republicans were ignoring the facts it is sad but true republicans only care about tea party
Good government will adapt ideas from different direction and find one solution republicans fail on that
Mr. Hensarling, you don't deserve a medal for making this huge cut in spending when the nation is still trying to recover from the deepest recession in US history. Far from it, you deserve to be taken to the wood shed. Any reputable economist will tell you that is a massive mistake. The quickest way to reduce the deficit is to create jobs and grow the economy. Your cuts do exactly the opposite.
personally I think the voters that fell for the GOP's fear and mis-information mantra in 2010 and voted to put a lot of these loonies in the House should be tarred and feathered as well.
GOTP...all together now...1..2..3..Blame Obama, Blame Obama, Blame Obama, Blame Obama, Blame Obama, Blame Yomama, Blame Obama, Blame Yomama,
Blame Obama. Yomama