Reid, McConnell at odds on debt deal progress
July 30th, 2011
06:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Reid, McConnell at odds on debt deal progress

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Saturday afternoon that GOP claims of new progress on a debt ceiling deal are "not true."

The Republicans "refuse to negotiate in good faith," Reid said. "The process has not been moved forward during this day."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said he remains "more optimistic" than Reid. "I think we've got a chance of getting there," he said.


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  1. terry,va

    Reid and Pelosi was called to Obummie's office after he crawled out from under his desk and said NO DEAL. I want this country to go broke and all the senior citizens that have paid into social security for all their life not to get their checks. Obummie continued...I can't be a dictator unless the economy collapes. Go forth my ignorant drones and implement my plan.

    July 30, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. cindy

    Hang in there Mr. Reid!!! Ms. Pelosi!!!! Lord knows we are tired of all the posturing and bickering but..HOLD OUT FOR COMPROMISE!!!!!Obama-Biden 2012!!!!!!

    July 30, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared war on US!

    Grow up McConnell. We already know your priorities place your corrupt corporatist cult (masquerading as party) above the interests of the US. This is not open for debate, for the GOBP's words and actions speak for themselves. The question now is are you stupid enough to double down on your "destroy Obama" and "care for the greedy and not the needy" idiocy, or do at least some of you grow up and start acting like real Americans and compromise?

    July 30, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Martin T

    McConnell is the biggest JOKE in Washington, right up there with Boener. We should run both of them out of Washington in the next election cycle. They are NOT from my state of Maine, but I will be donating money to whomever runs against them, both Republican in the primary and Democrat in the general election.

    July 30, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. thomas

    Reviews on Pizza delivery in Washington, DC – Italy Pizza, Pizza Boli's, ... As far as delivery pizzas are concerned anyway. Is it a great pizza ...

    Or go to Papa Johns !

    July 30, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. dd

    Wow we have a chance of getting there? if you had done your job in the 1st place we would not be here at all! stop holding our country hostage! i wonder how the repubs justify this behavior how they even sleep for all the drama and havoc they are visiting on the people they are supposed to be serving...oh i forgot they have a mandate! not!!

    July 30, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. thomas

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    July 30, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. GOP = Greed Over People

    McConnell is only trying to quiet the fear starting to rise in the "people" the GOP caters to.

    Corporate America.

    July 30, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Too bad they're not focusing their energies on making some REAL cuts, instead of desperately clinging to the hope that they'll still be able to get that money for the special interests in time for the election. Instead, they've been doing things like threatening the poor, and trying to incite a market panic. I guess they're glad the divide-and-conquer tactics have worked well enough to keep the masses from seeing who the real enemy is. But these thieves on the hill are starting to look a bit worried... like they're thinking that pitch forks and torches are coming. I sure hope they wise up before it comes to that.

    July 30, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. Tracker

    Too bad they're not focusing their energies on making some REAL cuts, instead of desperately clinging to the hope that they'll still be able to get that money for the special interests in time for the election. Instead, they've been doing things like threatening the poor, and trying to incite a market panic. I guess they're glad the divide-and-conquer tactics have worked well enough to keep the masses from seeing who the real enemy is. But these thieves on the hill are starting to look a bit worried... like they're thinking that pitch forks and torches are coming. I sure hope they wise up before it comes to that.

    July 30, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    McConnell is hoping Obama will "cave for the good of the country" because he will NEVER put country before party.

    July 30, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    OOps – just to make sure it is clear --

    McConnell is hoping Obama will "cave for the good of the country" because McConnell will NEVER put country before party

    July 30, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. W. Haskins

    Please, Don’t Trust Minority Leader McConnell or Eric Cantor
    Whoa, take a deep breath, take 2 steps back. Anything Minority Leader McConnell says, should not be taken at face value. At this moment, he is being as we say in the hustle, SLICK. He is setting the Country up, right now, setting the President-Up. Guaranteed by tomorrow evening he will have played a 'Judas' and Burn the Country and the President, by saying the President has placed the Country on a Direct Path to Default. He will BLAME the President DIRECTLY for Breaking Down the negotiations and He has No choice but to walk out and Leave the President to Break the Law. McConnell and Cantor have plotted this eventuality for quite a-long-time. CNN, don't Be An Accomplice to this Avarice; these folk are dyed-in-the-wool determined to make this President A One Term President. They will cut off their nose to spite their face. The proof will be in the pudding- tomorrow. Then, come back to this email message, I am a diviner... Warren Haskins, NJ

    July 30, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    That's because Senator Reid will not compromise to actually cut any spending. A real compromise must include a balanced budget and a plan to pay down the debt. Tax liabliy is scheduled to increase by 30% by 2016. Source: White House currently posted budget.

    July 30, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    This just keeps getting better, now they cannot even agree if the talks are stalled or are we making progress!!

    July 30, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. John

    You Republican and Tea Party are going to have to Compromise ,because you are not going to get everything you want.

    July 30, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  17. Sank

    You can't deal with a drunken imbecile like Reid and Pelosi.

    July 30, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  18. pmk1953

    There are three types of lies, lies, damned lies and fishing stories. All I hear from the repubs are fishing stories.

    July 30, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. hbr123

    Republicans - as the one liner in the movie "The President" goes, You have lost my vote (in all elections) !.

    July 30, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  20. dorothyjohnson

    I dont understand

    July 30, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |