Budget talks start with low expectations for fiscal deal
October 30th, 2013
08:51 AM ET
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Budget talks start with low expectations for fiscal deal

(CNN) - Even before the group of bipartisan lawmakers meets Wednesday morning in the basement of the Capitol to begin negotiations on a budget deal to avoid another government shutdown, members of both parties say the chances they can reach a deal are pretty low.

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee and a member of the budget conference committee, told CNN right now he puts the odds at any deal coming out of the panel at "50-50."

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  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Why would we expect anything positive from the Republican traitors?

    October 30, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. Data Driven

    "Setting aside revenue, Ryan and other Republicans emphasize a deal to replace the sequester should use savings from changes to entitlement programs like Medicare or Social Security to help adjust spending levels at federal agencies."

    Uh, no. Keep the sequester. Tax increases off the table? Then so is Medicare and Social Security.

    October 30, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    The town drunk already said there would be no new revenue. So the pubs are going to shut down government again. What a worthless bunch of domestic terrorists they have become.

    October 30, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    It would be better if the President could talk about jobs, infrastructure, and the overall economy, instead of bad web sites, broken promises, and the NSA.

    October 30, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. foxghostwriter

    Look, I could care less if revenue is off the table. Fine. Find cuts that include entitlement reform AND military cuts. Between SS, Medicare and the military, I think we can find enough to make it happen.

    October 30, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  6. Hector Slagg

    Um, Well,
    The best laid plans of Mice and Men. The first thing you need to look at is the now over 17 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt. Our Liberal (Friends) totally ignore the debt. But the ordinary people are the ones that will pay the debt. It is still about jobs, something that is suffering because of all the Big Idea's meant to make the system work better but so far isn't working. The (Affordable Health Care Act) is the latest big plan by the Liberal's that is supposed to make things better. You can't just pass a bill and fix everything. If that were so, we would be on Easy Street a long time ago.

    October 30, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  7. Data Driven

    "Between SS, Medicare and the military"

    Military first. It's, after all, the biggest expense.

    October 30, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Hector – Ever wonder how we got to $17 trillion debt? 70% of that debt is republican induced. Probably more if you take into account that the wars and wealthy tax cuts did not stop when Obama was elected.

    October 30, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Evergreen

    Start with subsidies to wealthy farmers and corporations, cut out tax incentives for companies to outsorce jobs, reduce foreign aid, go after billionaire tax cheats. Then cut the military budget. The GOP can blow through 24 BILLION DOLLARS in 16 days and treat it like its nothing, but then point at the poor and elderly as though they are responsible for the debt. 24 BILLION DOLLARS would have provided a fantastic jobs program and eliminated poverty.

    October 30, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |