Aisle divides over Biden-led talks
July 10th, 2011
11:44 AM ET
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Aisle divides over Biden-led talks

(CNN) - Democrats and Republicans disagreed Sunday over the takeaway from deficit reduction negotiations led by Vice President Joe Biden that broke down when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor left the table.

Republican House Whip Kevin McCarthy of California said Sunday that $2.4 trillion in cuts were agreed on during the negotiations, but Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who participated in the talks, said Republicans are "dreaming" if they think the two sides reached that conclusion.

"We were nowhere close to that and again, they walked out because they didn't want to take away the tax breaks for corporate jets for the purpose of deficit reduction, oil and gas companies and folks at the top," Van Hollen, D-Maryland, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

The deficit reduction talks are now led by President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who are at an impasse over Obama's push to raise taxes on wealthy taxpayers as part of a deal. Without such increased tax revenue, legislators will be left to work out a smaller deal based on progress made in the Biden-led talks.

McCarthy held the GOP line against tax increases, which he said will not spur job creation. Cantor expressed a similar sentiment after he withdrew from the Biden-led talks.

The Virginia Republican's spokesman said then that tax increases "cannot" be part of the larger debt deal.

"I've never found one tax increase that created a job," McCarthy told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

– CNN's Tom Cohen contributed to this report.

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  1. REG in AZ

    It seems sound logic when considering “who to support” to have it be based on loyalty, ... not just blind loyalty but rather with it being dependent on the candidates consistent loyalty to the voters’ interests. When I was a long term registered Republican my loyalty was based on their being loyal to philosophies that benefited the country and the average American. Today their loyalty isn’t anywhere near the same. It became very obvious that Bush-Cheney were entirely loyal only to Special Interests and a very select few who strongly supported them and who greatly benefited from everything they did, while costing the average American greatly. The current Republicans, regular and Tea Party alike, give an abundance of rhetoric to the majority but their actions, which are what matter, are quite different and are continuing just as those presented by Bush-Cheney. With the subterfuge put aside, it becomes quite clear that their actions focus on representing only the interests of Special Interests and the very wealthy, both who strongly support them, while being stubbornly and arrogantly disloyal to the average American, especially to the total middle-class, as is very apparent in their disloyalty to Social Security, Medicare, financial reform, real health care reform, anything to stimulate the economy (create jobs) ,,, and instead are stubbornly loyal to maintaining Tax Cuts for the very wealthy, concessions for oil corporations and in general advocating only that giving more to the very few will benefit the economy (which Bush-Cheney already proved beyond any doubt doesn’t work – that the “trickle down” theory is a complete fraud, aimed to solicit political support and make the wealthy wealthier). Their total commitment is obvious and it would be very foolish not to realize those they stubbornly cater to really have very different requirements from the average American. It would seem that it is well past the time for people to recognize where the candidates loyalty really is and to then (not) support them accordingly.

    July 10, 2011 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Folks, it's obvious. The dems want a big deal to take care of most of this crap for a long time and make a real difference.

    The repubs want a little deal so they can continue in the near future to have these ideological fights and hold the average Americans hostage to the "wants" of corporations.

    Vote them out, or count on fascism/corporatism in the very near future.

    July 10, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. B

    It is obvious that the Republicans are willing to drive this country over the cliff to maintain their Damn Partisanship !

    They are also screwing themselves in the 2012 elections, Big- time.. The American people have absolutely had it with these idiots and their Absolutes on everything.

    Most are nothing less than Corporate Whores.

    July 10, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Hospitals depend on Medicare some hospital 30% income come from Medicare
    Some hospital 70% income comes from Medicare

    Health industry add jobs when we had rescission

    Simple Medicare cut kills jobs

    House speaker Eric Cantor will get this (sorry to say this many republicans don’t listen to John Boehner)

    July 10, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Hammerer

    What part of no new taxes do they not understand?
    The Dems say tax the wealthy more, or their fair share, while 40% of the citizens do not pay any tax and most of those get a tax payment because they would not work and payed no taxes. Along with 30 million illegals that get a free ride there are several places to look to for their fair share.

    July 10, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Jobs and deficits aren't important to Republicans but making pledges comes first. These Republicans take an oath of office to the Constiution and they have replaced it with pledges to the Republican party and not the American people.

    July 10, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  7. The Obama Recession Continues Unabated, Obama Depression on the way

    The repubs want a little deal so they can continue in the near future to have these ideological fights and hold the average Americans hostage to the "wants" of corporations.
    Vote them out, or count on fascism/corporatism in the very near future.
    ===================================================================================================
    Even the "big deal" is a complete joke. $4 trillion (over 10 years!) in cuts sounds big right? But the estimated deficits and run up of the debt is ANOTHER $14-16 TRILLION!! The Democrats aren't even scrathing the surface of the problem.

    Vote out Democrats in 2012 or this country will end with the facism of the left taking control of the entire economy and everybodys wealth to implement their facist communist plan to "fundamentally change" America.

    July 10, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. SecedingfromTexas

    Well, the table looks a little better, but I was hoping for solid wood. I know you all can afford it.

    July 10, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Martha in CF

    Eric Cantor left the table?????????????? Doesn't he have any backbone???????? Why would he ever be reelected to his post.
    Get to work and quit playing with the American peoples lives...................................
    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 10, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ Hammerer

    The statement that 40% of americans do not pay income taxes is very deceiving the way it is worded. What it really means is that 40% do not OWE income taxes and get refunds. They have had taxes taken out of their pay and if they overpay they geet refunds. People such as yourself make it sound like 40% of Americans get a free ride and it is not true. I just looked it up because I wanted to know if this was true. You should do the same.

    July 10, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on America

    Hammerer, please tell us what sacrifices the wealthy are/should be making. After all, don't you agree that average Americans shouldn't be the only ones to suffer during these difficult economic times, right?

    July 10, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |