(CNN) – Rep. Mo Brooks, the Alabama Republican who withdrew his statement on the House floor Friday that referred to his fellow congressmen as "socialists," says he's not sorry for the remark and thinks his colleagues are "thin skinned."
"I was making a point only about an economic system," Brooks, a first-term congressman, told his hometown paper, the Birmingham News.
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CNN: Budget debate shifts to raising debt ceiling
An escalating national debate on federal deficits and government spending focused Sunday on the upcoming deadline for Congress to increase the amount of money that the United States can borrow. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said congressional leaders told President Barack Obama last week that they will raise the federal debt ceiling when it reaches its limit, which is expected to happen sometime within the next 10 weeks. "Congress will raise the debt ceiling," Geithner told ABC's "This Week" program. "I sat there with them and they said, 'We recognize we have to do this.' "