Budget Battle Intensifies

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 4:25pm

Sharp rhetoric returns during debate over healthcare repeal.

The House of Representatives is continuing its extraordinary effort to slash the federal budget.

From the race track to the doctor's office, they're hoping to cut up to $100 billion this year alone.

The effort is being driven by House freshmen, many of them backed by the Tea Party.

Senior Republicans are stunned.

"Some of the amendments have just gone too far," complained Idaho's Rep. Mike Simpson.

When Republicans again voted to strip funding from what they call "Obamacare", a major GOP priority, debate got angry.

Georgia's Rep. Phil Gregory described health care reform as "the worst bill that's ever been passed in history of Congress".

"What about the slave laws? What about the fugitive slave laws? How dare anyone suggest this is the worst bill when we give opportunity to all Americans," countered Texas' Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee.

The fight over spending could shut down government, much like it did in the 1990s.

Senate Democrats insist they will not agree to the deep spending cuts being voted by the Republican controlled House.

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