On Sunday Shows, Lines Drawn on McConnell-Reid

Yes, you read that headline correctly.  Senator Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s “plan z” has a new, high profile supporter – Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid.  In short, McConnell-Reid is a politically motivated plan to hike  borrowing with no spending cuts.  Lines were drawn on Sunday, as politicos took to national talk shows.

Critical of McConnell-Reid: 

SEN. COBURN: I think the McConnell plan is more of Washington not taking responsibility, it is a great political plan, it takes the pressure off all of the politicians but allows us to pass a debt limit without making the hard choices that this country has to make.  ( CBS Face the Nation)

SEN. RUBIO: We are in big trouble and I don’t believe this plan as it has been outlined to me is a credible solution to our debt problem.  (CBS Face the Nation)

SEN. GRAHAM:  I don’t have any confidence that anything Republican or Democratic leaders is going to lead to the solutions that we need. It never has in the past.  (CNN State of the Union)

REP. VAN HOLLEN: I’m not a fan of the Mitch McConnell deal. we agree on that. It does punt it. What it does is it says we the Congress will not take responsibility or accountability for our own decisions. It’s a political answer. Not a real answer to the problem. (FOX News Sunday)

REP. JORDAN: McConnell plan doesn’t have 18 republican votes. No way, there are all kind of conservative in the Republican Study Committee that will not support the plan. … House conservative members won’t support the McConnell plan. I am not going to support the McConnell plan. As Chris points out, this is kicking the can down the road. The American people sent us here to make big tough choices. They didn’t send us here to set up a commission. (FOX News Sunday)

Supportive of McConnell-Reid: 

SEN. KYL: It’s McConnell-Reid. … That’s what the Senate is proceeding with. But the House of Representatives will have to decide what they will do. (ABC This Week)

SEN. DURBIN: Majority Leader Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are working on an approach which will avoid this terrible deadline of August 2nd and a default, which would drive up interest rates and really hurt our economy.  (NBC Meet the Press)

Last week, CQ (subs. req’d) reported Heritage Action’s initial reaction to the plan:

One influential conservative group did not like what it saw in the plan. 

Michael A. Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America, called it “a serious walk back from” GOP demands for fundamental fiscal changes that “would seemingly trade the leverage needed to achieve reforms in return for political gains.” 

“If Republicans in Congress believe they cannot strike a real deal with President Obama, they should begin making serious plans to live under the confines of a de facto balanced budget come August 2,” Needham said in a written statement.

As the debate draws on, expect conservatives both inside and outside the beltway to become even more animated.

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