GOP to Obama: Help us reduce deficit

January 31, 2011

By Joseph Weber, The Washington Times

The Republican leaders of the House and Senate suggested Sunday the only way to reduce the U.S. deficit, including federal entitlement programs, is through a bipartisan effort that includes Republicans working directly with President Obama.

“We have to go together,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Mr. McConnell declined to comment on the compromise scenario posed by show moderator David Gregory that Republicans agree to some additional spending, as suggested in Mr. Obama‘s State of the Union speech last week, in exchange for entitlement cuts.

However, he pointed out that some of the country’s biggest financial issue were resolved through bipartisan efforts, including PresidentReagan, a Republican, and Democratic House Majority Leader Tip O’Neill fixing Social Security in 1983, then Mr. Reagan and the Democrat-controlled House’s tax-reform efforts three years later.

House Speaker John A. Boehner also called Sunday for a bipartisan effort. But he appeared less concerned about Mr. Obama than SenateMajority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and other Senate Democrats thinking entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security are not a problem.

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