McConnell: GOP Will Barter Over Automatic Spending Cuts

McConnell: GOP Will Barter Over Automatic Spending Cuts

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Republicans that they will have to negotiate with Democrats over spending levels.

As Con­gress pre­pares to pass a short-term con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion, put­ting off a gov­ern­ment shut­down for a few months, Sen­ate Ma­jor­ity Lead­er Mitch Mc­Con­nell warned Re­pub­lic­ans Wed­nes­day that they’ll have to ne­go­ti­ate with Demo­crats to roll back loom­ing spend­ing cuts later this year.

“We are in­ev­it­ably go­ing to end up in ne­go­ti­ations that will crack the Budget Con­trol Act once again,” Mc­Con­nell said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day. “Now let me just say this about the Budget Con­trol Act. Be­fore we star­ted re­vis­it­ing it, it ac­tu­ally did a pretty good job. We re­duced gov­ern­ment spend­ing for two years in a row for the first time since the Korean War. … But there’s a lot of pres­sure in Con­gress to spend more; the ad­min­is­tra­tion cer­tainly wants to spend more.”

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Senate passes budget — first for four years

Senate passes budget — first for four years

By: Ginger Gibson
March 23, 2013 07:24 AM EDT

The Capitol is pictured in the morning light. | AP PhotoIn the early morning hours Saturday after almost 13 continuous hours of voting, the Senate passed a budget resolution for the first time in nearly four years.

The proposal, which Democratic drafters say will reduce the deficit by $1.85 trillion between spending cuts and tax increases, passed narrowly 50-49 on a largely partisan vote at 4:56 a.m.

A handful of Democrats, all up for reelection next year and representing conservative states, voted against the measure: Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska). Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) was absent. Continue reading “Senate passes budget — first for four years”