December 13th, 2009
02:04 PM ET
9 years ago

Congress needs to rein in spending, Thune says

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Thune criticized the White House and congressional Democrats for their spending and also acknowledged that Republicans share some of the blame for excessive spending and borrowing in the past."]
Washington (CNN) – On the same day that the Senate is expected to vote on a massive spending bill, a Republican senator says the best approach to getting the federal government’s finances in order is to begin reducing spending.

“You’ve got to start there,” Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

“Republicans share some of the blame,” Thune told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. “When we were in charge [of Congress and the White House] we didn’t control spending well enough either.”

But Thune added that Republicans in the last eight years looked like cheapskates compared to the spending going on under Democrats now.

Democrats “have their foot on the pedal,” Thune said Sunday. “I mean this thing is – they’re driving this thing over a cliff and somebody’s got to put the brakes on.”

“We can’t continue to borrow and spend at this rate,” added Thune.

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  1. Judy McClung

    When will the people that work for us, pay attention to what the people are saying NO MORE SPENDING, NO MORE PET PROJECTS that the people of the United States of America have to pay for. If Congress and the Senate have pet projects, let them pay for them out of their own pockets. The American people have no more money to give them. Our pockets are empty because Congress and the Senate have spent it, The American people are responsible, why aren't the people we elected to represent us??

    December 13, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Cobra Montana

    I bet all you libs face east every morning and bow to the meshia!!

    December 13, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. David

    GOP Senator Thune is an irresponsible wonder progress never develops after elections...because the losers are immediately campaigning for the next election

    the GOP had control of government for 8 years after being handed a budget surplus, the first in generations...then within a brief period in office, Bush and the GOP controlled House and Senate decimated the surplus, bringing us to an unnecessary and unpaid for war that was grossly mismanaged...

    so now Senator Thune graciously admits the Republicans have "some" blame to share with the Democrats? Like Palin, Thune is "pretty" but remarkably stupid.

    December 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Mike

    If everyone lived within their means we could all be rich.

    December 13, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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