By Joseph Weber, The Washington Times
The Republican leaders of the House andÂ Senate suggested Sunday the only way to reduce theÂ U.S. deficit, including federal entitlement programs, is through a bipartisan effort that includes Republicans working directly with PresidentÂ Obama.
Mr. McConnell declined to comment on the compromise scenario posed by show moderatorÂ David Gregory that Republicans agree to some additional spending, as suggested inÂ Mr. Obamaâ€˜s State of the Union speech last week, in exchange for entitlementÂ cuts.
However, he pointed out that some of the countryâ€™s biggest financial issue were resolved through bipartisan efforts, including PresidentReagan, a Republican, and Democratic House Majority Leader Tip Oâ€™Neill fixing Social Security in 1983, thenÂ Mr. Reagan and the Democrat-controlled Houseâ€™s tax-reform efforts three yearsÂ later.
House SpeakerÂ John A. Boehner also called Sunday for a bipartisan effort. But he appeared less concerned aboutÂ Mr. Obama thanÂ SenateMajority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and otherÂ Senate Democrats thinking entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security are not aÂ problem.
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