Senate leaders spar over upcoming fiscal debate
April 12th, 2011
03:52 PM ET
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Senate leaders spar over upcoming fiscal debate

Washington (CNN) – The top Senate Republican on Tuesday laid out a hard-line negotiating stance on upcoming budget battles, rejecting any tax increases and demanding "significant" reforms in exchange for his vote to raise the debt ceiling.

"We're going to require as a condition for raising the debt ceiling something really important about the debt," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, told reporters.

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  1. gt

    cut spending .. tax the millioniares 3% more... cut waste....get our troops home...

    April 12, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I hope the republicans demand that there will be no more republican unfunded wars, no more unfunded republican tax cuts for the wealthy, and no more republican tax breaks for big oil and big corporations.

    April 12, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Bill

    Good, then we can blame the next economic catastrophe on the GOP. Then they will have been responsible for two. This addled old buffoon should know the debt ceiling is not something you use as a political weapon. It does not get more irresponsible than this, folks.

    April 12, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Name king

    What's with these repugs going after pennies and expect to balance the budget, if they cut all the programs for the poor and the old, they still wouldn't put a dent into the budget, since small businesses gets 2/3 of their businesses from the public sector. You take away the demand from the public sector, private sector will be a waste land, big businesses will take a hit but they can survive, by going over seas to search for demand, but the little local businesses will go belly up, depression number two will take root. When will these repugs understand, public sector are the only viable business source we have in America, they are the root for demand, when you cut the root the tree will die.

    April 12, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Much like the Bush / republican near depression, the next republican global economic crisis will be a result of the inept republican leadership in the senate and in the house.

    April 12, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mitch has varicose brains. (a hole in the head)

    April 12, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Hey republicans, show me your WMDs.

    April 12, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    And that condition to raise the debt ceiling is ....... elimante the Bush Tax Cuts. They are unsustainable.

    April 12, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    "It is clear once again that the two parties' priorities are significantly different," Reid said of Ryan's proposal...
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    Yeah, the Democrats refuse to take responsibility for national debt to which they have increased by 40% in just the last 2 years. The Ryan plan is exactly what is needed to address this looming disaster. No more. No less.

    As if we are going to believe Obama and Reid on any of this. Based on the results of their last 2 years of complete control of the federal government, it is clear they are not economic wizards.

    April 12, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    @Demo is a Commie – Did the unfunded bush wars, unfunded Bush drug program, the unfunded tax breaks for big oil and corporations and the unfunded Bush tax cuts add to our debt? Maybe you can get a rubber room with Glenn Beck.

    April 12, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. michaelam

    @Bill-
    We properly blamed the last economic meltdown on the Republicans. Unfortunately, that did not matter. People still re-elected them in 2012…..kind of the definition of insanity.

    Hey voters! Wake up! Quit voting AGAINST your very own best interest! A vote for any and every Republican/Teahadist is a vote for destruction, ruin, and a third world country.

    Note to Yertle the Turtle: Call a proctologist…STAT! You tax payer funded insurance will cover it! You need to have your head removed!

    April 12, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    Mitch "The Terd" McConnell: "Give Me Give Me Give Me Give Me"

    The response democrats should be: NO! HELL NO! OH HELL NO!!!!

    Mr. Fillibuster and his party can go to hell. As Americans, we do not negotiate with terrorists or hostage takers. Unfortunately the President had to in December for the sake of our NATIONAL SECURITY(START Treaty). All so Mitch and the rest of his fascists colleagues can keep their tax cuts.

    April 12, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    ["We're going to require as a condition for raising the debt ceiling something really important about the debt," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, told reporters.]

    And President Obama is going to require a “different” kind of condition and one of the would include ending the TAX CUTS for the rich before he raises the debt ceiling!!!

    Let the FIGHT begin and may the BEST MAN win!!!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    April 12, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. sammieb51

    Oh Mitch ..... I got an idea Mitch, why doesn't KY get off the federal welfare dole and start paying back what they take from the federal govt? That would be a savings. Is it just me or does Mitch just need a blue flowery dress, a wig and gloves to look just like anyone's grandma?

    April 12, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    T'sah from Virginia
    And President Obama is going to require a “different” kind of condition and one of the would include ending the TAX CUTS for the rich before he raises the debt ceiling!!!
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    If you haven't noticed, the $250k/ year billionaires you are interested in taxing into submission are already paying much higher tax rates than those making less. But when the Bush tax cuts were extended, magically the unemployment rate came down within 2 months. Coincidence? Not when you consider that's exactly why the tax cuts were extended. But after 2 years of the Obama Pelosi Reid political machine I'm sure you have a tough time recognizing when something out of Washington actually works the way it was supposed to. In Obamaland, everything takes 4-6 years to kick in, huh?

    April 12, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |