Budget deal is sealed


December 10, 2013, 07:00 pm

Budget deal is sealed

By Russell Berman, Erik Wasson and Mike Lillis

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced a budget deal Tuesday evening that would call for about $1 trillion in federal spending in 2014 while replacing some sequestration cuts.

The deal replaces $63 billion in sequester cuts over two years and trims an additional $23 billion in long-term deficits.

“This deal doesn’t solve all of our problems, but I think it is an important step to heal some of the wounds here in Congress,” Murray said in a joint press conference with Ryan at the Capitol.Ryan, the architect of House Republican budget proposals in recent years, called the agreement “a step in the right direction” and defended the deal as consistent with conservative principles. He noted that it reduced the deficit by $23 billion without raising taxes and said it was the first budget agreement with divided government in Washington since 1986. Continue reading “Budget deal is sealed”

Marco Rubio responds to Antonio Villaraigosa

Marco Rubio responds to Antonio Villaraigosa

By KEVIN ROBILLARD | 8/29/12 8:02 AM EDT

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio agreed Wednesday with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s assertion that the GOP can’t “just trot out a brown face” to solve their problems with Hispanic voters.

“Quite frankly, what’s he saying is true for both parties,” Rubio said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “Policies matter. And look, the Republican party does have a challenge. We can’t just be the anti-illegal immigration party. We have to be the pro-legal immigration party.” Continue reading “Marco Rubio responds to Antonio Villaraigosa”