Washington's Agenda

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 8:29am

Washington has many major issues on the agenda this week.

Guns, storms, and the debt - that's what Washington's dealing with today.

The debt is the big issue. But before voting on that, the House takes care of some unfinished business.

Today the house votes on 50 billion dollars for Super Storm Sandy victims...

But it's the debt - and spending - that's sure to spark a fight. "To say that we're not going to negotiate, that we're not going to talk -- obviously, that's what we were sent there to do," said Senator Joe Manchin, (D) West Virginia.

It's "fiscal cliff - revisited": big spending cuts coming march first, and a possible government shutdown. "If Congressional Republicans refuse to pay America's bills on time, social security checks and veterans' benefits will be delayed," said President Barack Obama.

Republicans are insisting on real spending cuts before they say "ok" to any more borrowing. "They just can't sit there and say 'Oh they're cutting me because you are not giving me the amount of increase I wanted. Those days are over," said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, (R) Tennessee.

Democrats argue that you can't put the country's finances at risk just to get your way. "You do not get it by threatening people to burn the house down as a way of making them come to the table. That simply won't work." Rep. Jim McDermott/ (D) Washington

President Obama's also working on new rules to regulate guns.

Vice President Biden delivered his recommendations a day early and told lawmakers the President's got 19 different options - that don't involve Congress.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.
 

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