Skip to comments.'Címon, Man!' Exclaims VP in Deficit Meeting. 'Letís Get Real!'
Posted on 07/11/2011 4:35:32 PM PDT by MissesBush
Officials familiar with the negotiations say todays meeting began with President Obama asking House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., to lay out what was agreed upon in the deficit reduction talks led by Vice President Biden.
Cantor outlined around $2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade: $11.1 trillion in discretionary spending; $200 billion in mandatory discretionary spending (such as civilian military retirement and farm subsidies); $200 billion in Medicare and Medicaid; and roughly $200-300 billion in saved interest on the debt.
After Cantors presentation, the President said the two sides might be able to reach consensus on roughly $1.7 trillion, though there were still some issues to resolve.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said the amount they agree to in deficit reduction needs to be equal to if not more than the amount they agree to raise the debt ceiling.
How much is that? There seemed to be consensus in the room that the amount by which they need to raise the debt ceiling is $2.4 trillion.
That would get the government to February or March 2013. Why that date? No one thinks a lame duck Congress should take this on from November-January 2012/2013 and that would allow the new Congress and maybe a new President to get his or her sea legs before addressing this again.
So tomorrows homework assignment, the president said, is for the congressional leaders to figure out how to get from $1.7 trillion to $2.4 trillion.
Republicans are still insisting on no new taxes. Democrats say they need some revenues a balanced approach to get Democratic votes. As House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, said today, Republicans must be prepared to make concessions of their own and not put the entire burden on seniors, the middle class and the most vulnerable among us."
Congressional leaders will need Democratic votes not only in the Senate but the House as well. Youve got the (Michele) Bachmann Caucus that has made it clear they wont vote for anything, one Democratic official said.
Boehner said at one point that its clear to all of us how big this spending problem is. Congress keeps voting for programs we cant pay for. But look, entitlement cuts arent easy for us to vote for either. Our guys arent cheerleading about cutting entitlements.
Your guys already voted for them, the president said, referring to the budget offered by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.
Excuse us for trying to lead, Boehner said.
The president today continued to make the case for a big deal, arguing that if theyre going to draw heat for the deal, they should at least do more than make a down payment on the deficit they should get the country on sounder financial footing and begin to seriously bend the deficit cost curve.
During another exchange, Republicans were going through proposed tax increases as bad for jobs.
"Cmon, man! Vice President Biden exclaimed, lets get real!"
The Vice President argued that their opposition isn't economic, it's ideological, that no real economist thinks they're "job killers."
In terms of the big deal President Obama and Speaker Boehner discussed in the past for around $4 trillion in deficit reduction --, Democrats say the Republicans walked away from major spending cuts, entitlement reform, and tax reform, all because part of the trigger mechanism if the tax reform was not achieved by the end of 2012 was the risk that the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans would have expired. Democrats insisted that one commitment for tax reform needed to be that the new code needed to be at least as progressive as the current tax code.
Ronald Reagan would have accepted this plan, one of the Democratic officials said.
The meeting broke after about an hour and a half.
Well meet tomorrow at the White House at 3:45, the president said.
A.M. or P.M.? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., joked.
It may come to that, the president said.
In the end we will get pretend cuts “over a decade” in exchange for the higher debt ceiling.
and the GOP will do a victory dance.
What happened to Nancy Pelosi?
I thought Hoyer was the Minority Whip?
One of the defining moments in history is Rick Santelli’s rant that led to the Tea Party Movement. If we hadn’t gotten control of the House we would be a serious trouble. As it is, if it wasn’t for the pressure from the American Public ...Republicans would have already caved.
2 Trillion over the next decade???? Is he crazy! how about 4 trillion next year???
DO NOT let this be an issue that is moved passed the next election!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dear God please give the GOP courage to stand firm at long last.
“In the end we will get pretend cuts over a decade in exchange for the higher debt ceiling.”
And higher taxes immediately.
I still think it's a mistake to bypass the Senate Democrats and take this directly to Obama.
Anything Obama agrees to still has to pass the Senate, which has not even passed its own budget resolution yet.
Furthermore, this just gives Obama another platform to look "presidential" going into the 2012 election. It also gives the MSM another issue to pound Republicans with until they cave in to pressure.
Republicans instead should have put the pressure on Harry Reid to get the Senate to go on record with a budget plan of their own, and continue to make Obama look like the bystander that he really is.
This is his starting point? After the way the Democrats have run up spending, it should be $2 trillion in TWO years!
Let’s not pre-judge this. So far they’re holding the line against the media’s bombardment and against the Democrats’ lying demagoguery and “economic armageddon” b.s. spew. Give them some credit for holding up against the onslaught. Let’s see what comes of this before assuming defeat. We shouldn’t get so cynical that we assume we’ll always be betrayed nor that the Democrats will always win. If the GOP holds the line against tax cutting and this is all done by making budget cuts, trust me, their side is not going to be popping any corks. Indeed, their could well be talk on that side of putting Obama through a primary. Buck up.
Adjunct Professor Obama is back to barking out orders for the children in Congress.
Is ole Slow Joe calling this the The Summer of Recovery 3.0?
Let’s remember we don’t control the Senate and White House. Let’s get control of those, then we can talk about bigger things. We can only do what we’re realistically capable of getting done. The rest will come later.
He has a superiority complex to make Al Gore and John Kerry cringe.
Excuse us for trying to lead, Boehner said.
This was a nice retort.
Can a man with bad hair plugs talk about getting real?
I'm sure there are at least a dozen republican challengers to democrat encumbent senators that would love to see their future opponent twisting in the wind for supporting tax increases.