Budget Battle

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Monday, April 4, 2011 - 8:03am

Another deadline looms, but there is still no deal.

President Obama called the Republican House Speaker and the Senate's top Democrat over the weekend, urging compromise on a budget.

But four days before the deadline, it's not even clear if they're close.

Nevada Senator Harry Reid said, "We've agreed on a number."

House Speaker John Boehner said, "Let me be clear. There is no agreement."

Republicans want 61 billion in cuts. Democrats claim they've settled on 33.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer said, "$33 billion in cuts. That's very reasonable."

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions said, "I think we should go all the way."

The disagreement seems to be not as much on how much to cut, but what?

"We can't do it at the program for little kids. We can't do it on homeless veterans," said Reid.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin said, "To close down the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to keep our air clean and our water pure, I mean, that sort of thing is irresponsible."

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said, "We're trying to reduce spending, and our Democratic friends are hanging on to old ideas that every time you try to reduce spending, you're being cruel and mean."

Then there's the Tea Party...refusing to compromise, saying the public wants to spend less, even if it means a government shutdown.
 

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