Durbin Says Fiscal Cliff Deal Must Include Debt Ceiling
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November 27, 2012 - 1:18pm
Illinois Senator and number two Democrat Dick Durbin speaking today at the Center for American Progress offered a mostly upbeat talk on the prospects for a fiscal cliff deal but left one huge fly in the ointment—debt ceiling.
Durbin, as befitting a veteran of various Senate “gangs,” spoke at CAP less to rally the progressive faithful than to try to persuade them that if Republicans can be made to give ground on tax revenue that liberals should embrace a grand bargain. Key points were about the evils of the fiscal cliff, the desirability of strengthening entitlements with reform, the possibility of sheltering infrastructure from spending cuts, and the need for a fair share from revenue. Durbin emphasized the potential pliability of many of his Senate Republican counterparts rather than the intransigence of the House Republicans who are actually key to a deal.
And then came a cruci...
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