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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Sunday downplayed concerns about federal spending levels, arguing that Republicans’ laserlike focus on budget cuts is misplaced.
“It isn’t as much a spending problem as it is priorities,” Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat, said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“It is almost a false argument to say that we have a spending problem.” she added.
Mrs. Pelosi, a former House speaker, also warned against the looming sequester cuts, saying Congress must work with the White House to avoid those reductions, calling them “something that should be out of the question.”
But when pressed on whether federal spending is the biggest problem facing Congress, Mrs. Pelosi instead made the case for ending tax breaks for oil and gas companies and eliminating tax credits and “loopholes” for high-income Americans.
Mrs. Pelosi also downplayed the ever-increasing budgets for entitlement programs such as Medicare.
“The challenge to Medicare is not Medicare. It’s rising medical costs in general,” she said.
Just four days before on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters that it’s time for lawmakers in Washington to act on spending cuts.
“At some point Washington has to deal with its spending problem,” Boehner said. “I’ve watched them take this can down the road for 20 years since I’ve been here. I’ve had enough of it. It’s time to act.”
And day’s before Boehner’s statement, Democratic senator Mary Landrieu Washington’s spending problem exists only on Fox News.
On the Senate floor Landrieu said, “I am not going to keep cutting the discretionary budget, which by the way is not out of control, despite what you hear on Fox News.”
tackpinz says: How anyone, especially the nation’s Representatives and Senators, can’t recognize that the Federal Government is spending too much is amazing. It’s obvious to anyone outside of Washington. But, then again, those outside of Washington don’t need to buy votes.
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