Kyl says debt deal is 'pretty doubtful'
November 19th, 2011
05:31 PM ET
10 years ago

Kyl says debt deal is 'pretty doubtful'

Washington (CNN) - Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, a member of the congressional committee created to craft a bipartisan deficit reduction deal, said Saturday the group will work until the deadline, but it's "pretty doubtful" the bipartisan panel will forge a last-minute compromise.

Leaving his office in the Capitol on Saturday, Kyl noted the deadline for getting a compromise evaluated, or "scored," by the Congressional Budget Office is Monday.

"The hope was that even at this late date, they could take things that had been scored and put them together,” he said. “I think that's pretty doubtful at this point, but obviously no one wants to quit until the stroke of midnight."

Kyl noted that the last proposal the GOP floated to Democrats as a "last ditch effort" was a package of $640 billion in mandatory spending cuts and some revenue from closing one tax loophole for corporate jet owners, along with some government fees. This would only address about half of the super committee's mandate to cut at least $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years.

"We thought maybe that was a way to at least accomplish something and not come away with a goose egg, but it has been rejected," Kyl said.

Perhaps signaling resignation, Kyl pointed out that even if the 12-member panel fails to come up with a deal, the law creating the super committee requires automatic spending cuts to kick in.

"It would be better if we could reach an agreement on how to do it, but if we don't, there's the sequester that automatically occurs. So we're going to be reducing spending by $1.2 trillion no matter what," Kyl said.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. steve

    Expire all the bush tax cuts. Start to pay for all the wars!!

    November 19, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    So now the republicans are willing to close the loop hole on corporate jets. Why just a few months ago, republicans said that to do that was class warfare. The republicans said by eliminating the loop hole, it was redistribution of wealth and socialism. It appears that the lying hate mongers of the teabagger GOP were playing the American people for suckers.

    November 19, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Why isn't this bozo in jail or out of office? mr. 3% = 98% but who is counting. Obviously not him.
    He reminds me of jerry sandusky from Penn.

    November 19, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Clwyd

    Line up the uncompromising republicans against a wall and!

    November 19, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    The GOP made it clear many months ago that they are not going to cooperate with Obama; so why am I not surprised by Kyl's comment?

    November 19, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    Hang tough GOP. No new taxes unless we achieve massive spending cuts and a balanced budget amendment!

    November 19, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. SecedingfromTexas

    And, once again, the Repubicans are willing to go against their "Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States
    of America" and all that it stands for, in favor of King Norquist. This is beyond reasonable comprehension and
    borders on lunacy.

    November 19, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. CaliforniaBC

    Well of course there won't be any deal because you've got Jon "not meant to be a factual statement" Kyl involved.

    November 19, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. ithink122

    The Republicans and Tea Partiers are the best example so far of how democracy and capitalism can go horribly wrong. Under ideal conditions, I believe democracy is the best form of government and capitalism is the best form of economy. However, when you use the two systems to abuse each other, creating unfair laws and advantages with democracy for your rich capitalist friends and in return your rich capitalist friends donate huge amounts of money to your reelection campaign with their ill gotten gains, the system collapses. They may demonize socialism and communism, but their actions and beliefs are so reprehensible at this point it actually makes people start to wonder…really, when you get right down to it, how much better is a system driven almost entirely by greed?

    November 19, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. 82%hatecongress

    its time we have million occupiers on the hill ,its time we take the hill.what are they going to do shoot us ,congress out they are killing america. its time its to much greed in congress

    November 19, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. 82%hatecongress

    why does john boehner cry? why does a kid cry,to cover his or her lies..

    November 19, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. 82%hatecongress

    the debt will be paided if people had jobs, get off the debt and get jobs back in the usa lower corporate tax from 35% t0 10% its better than not a dime,duh..the reporter..

    November 19, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  13. JKulick

    This just in: Kyl to lose reelection bid against 99% contender.

    November 19, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  14. John

    The Republican didn't want the Committee to work from the start. They are out to make the President and the Democrats to look as bad as they can. But it Really making the Republican looking bad for not even trying to Compromise at all. John Boehner And Eric Cantor and the rest of the Republican have make this the worse Congress America ever had or will have.

    November 19, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. NotSurprised

    In other words....we as a Government are dysfunctional, selfish and incompetent. But thanks for your votes!

    November 19, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  16. Dan5404

    In Kyl's case, you can be certain he will not help with true compromise because he doesn't even know or care what it means. Fortunately, the majorty of American voters do, amd they will explain it to him and his fellow obstructionists next November.

    November 19, 2011 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  17. ted

    Blame will be all the Republican's fault. They do not want to raise taxes on the whiny millionaires, the supposed job creators. HA!. The only way out of this mess is to not only cut spending, but raise revenue. Stupid repukelicans want to prolong the mess adn try to blame it on Obama. Not this time, losers. The GOP and its bunch of delusional idiots in the candidate clown car will not claim the White House next year or any time soon.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    November 19, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. A disgusted former Republican

    And Kyl is one of the main reasons that a deal will not be reached. He wants to maintain his tax cuts and those of his wealthy friends. The man??? is such a demagog!

    November 19, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. ThePreacherTheTeacher

    The deadline is Monday, so on Saturday afternoon, having accomplished nothing, he decides its time to go home and chill. OK.

    November 19, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. Stacey

    Fire Congress – get a brand new slate of Congressional leaders minus the Tea Party. These teatards hate America; they have infiltrated Congress; they are destroying the very fabric of America. Congress and Hugo Chevas have the same approval rating – 9! This Congress is disgusting and they don't deserve their paychecks. Let's fire them come November 2012!

    November 19, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. Addie

    We should fire the entire Congress. Our taxes pay their salaries and they have not done anything useful for a very long time. If this were a business, they would all be in the unemployment lines.

    November 19, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. Nevis

    Let the voters decide who prevented something from being accomplished. My 401K is going to be a barometer of how to vote.

    November 19, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. Coffeehead

    Kyl's one of The R-senators who was calling for Obama's "Waterloo" Im REAL sure his looking out for the good of the American people !

    November 19, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  24. Squigman

    Then you sir, along with your cohorts, have collected your pay under false pretense. It's time to hold you and the rest accountable. Give back your pay, and benefits. Man up. Lead by example, not bravado.

    November 19, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  25. independent

    Cut all budget items by 10%, including military spending.

    November 19, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
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