Republicans warn White House against “last minute” budget deal

by Colonel on July 4, 2011

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“Top Senate Republicans Sunday said they are concerned
that Congress will be presented with a last-minute budget deal and cautioned
the White House to give lawmakers enough time to review any final legislative
package.

“I’m really worried about it–and we’re not going to rubber-stamp something
sent down from the White House,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) said on Fox News
Sunday.

The White House and Congressional leaders are working to strike a deal that
slashes budget deficits and raises the $14.29 trillion federal debt ceiling
before August 2, the date on which the Treasury Department said the U.S. will
default on its debts if Congress doesn’t raise the legal limit.

Sessions, top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said lawmakers
should have at least seven days to review any final deal.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, in a separate appearance on the same
show, said President Barack Obama, Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.,
Ky.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) “are the only people who can cut
the deal.” But he worried that the package would not be able to muster enough
votes to pass the House and Senate.

“What I’m concerned about is that…we’re running up against this deadline
and they’re going try to present it as a fait accompli,” Cornyn said. “Nobody
is going to have time to read it or consider the implications of it. And the
president is going to say you have to pass it or the economy is going down the
tubes. That’s just irresponsible.”   ” [/expand]

 

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