Senate Majority Leader Harry Reidsaid Sunday afternoon he has no further counteroffer to give his Republican counterpart as he and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellattempt to negotiate a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff.
McConnell — who said he has reached out to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. to try to forge a last-ditch agreement — exchanged terse and matter-of-fact statements with Reid, D-Nev., on the Senate floor, casting doubt on the prospects for a deal that would prevent tax increases for all Americans beginning Jan. 1.
“I’ve had a number of conversations with the president, and at this stage, we’re not able to make a counteroffer,” Reid said at around 2 p.m. “The Republican leader has told me that ... he’s working the vice president. ... I wish them luck. In the meantime, I will continue to try to come up with something, but at this stage, I don’t have a counteroffer to make. Perhaps as the day wears on, I will be able to.”
McConnell said he made his most recent offer around 7 p.m. Saturday, and that he had yet to receive a response
Later, Reid urged senators to remain prepared in case of an agreement. “Everybody should hang loose. Something may break. And we’ll get something done,” Reid said.
Although Reid said he believed McConnell showed “good faith” over the weekend, some Democratic aides expressed exasperation over what they said were unanticipated GOP demands. .
Senate Democratic aides said early Sunday afternoon that talks were falling apart as the GOP insisted on including the chained consumer price index, a way to adjust government benefits with inflation, in the current deal.
Democrats say chained CPI was only on the table as part of a larger agreement to get an extension of the expiring debt limit. But Republicans do not want the debt ceiling included in these last-ditch negotiations, and so Democrats are balking at request that would affect entitlement benefits for many Americans.
If the Lawyer cared for the USA they would have pass a budget every year.. But since they are all Ex-lawyer and only work for themselfs or those that are paying them which in Reids case the government... They DO NOT WORK FOR AMERICA they only work to fill their back pockets. But they dont understand that when the brotherhood attack they will be some of the first ones to go 6ft under...in a ditch... For that is how the muslims put infidels under ground... if they take the time or bother...
Its apparent , that they haven 't a clue ; about what is happenning in this country . Or , they do know ' , but must think they are invincible ' .
Obama wanted this country to go over the cliff, and so here we go!
The budget hinges on a compromise of the president and the two parties, and as long Obama whines and throws tantrums because he is like a spoiled little brat. We will not see a passed budget as long as he can't get what he wants.
Barack Obama isn't really a spoiled brat. He is a dedicated Marxist, intent on carrying out his ajenda to "bring America to it's knees" as his billionaire puppetmaster, George Soros, put it. We must see him for what he is and find a way to foil his plan to destroy this country!
TatarSalad, don't believe the liberals are smart enough to grasp this concept.
Good video! Thanks for sharing it.
Everything is political to this neophyte, the only thing he cares about is the destruction of conservatism in this Country and the brown-shirts are in lockstep with him.
The republicans are so stupid it is unbelievable , Obamass says the holdup is the republican refusel to tax the rich , well if the republicans had one ounce of intelligence they wold call EVERY possible news outlet and announce that they WILL raise the taxes on the rich , all they require in return is that Obamass and his DEMONRATS cut spending by the same amount the riches taxes increase the revenue income stream . Throw it right back in his lap , it isn't difficult to one up a moron unless you happen to be a moron yourself .
Great video TaterSalad! It lays it right out, but libs will just chuckle and smile and go right back to what they were doing. Denial is a very hard thing to break.