Saying there will be no grand bargain in the House-Senate budget conference involving spending cuts to entitlement programs, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claimed everyone is “willing to pay more” in taxes.
When asked by a Nevada Public Radio host what Republicans would have to concede to get Medicare and Social Security cuts on the table, Reid made it clear he is more interested in getting rid of the only cuts to actual spending seen thus far — sequestration, as reported by Roll Call.
“On sequestration, we’ve done one year of sequestration. It has been brutal,” Reid said.
“The only people who feel there shouldn’t be more coming in to the federal government from the rich people are the Republicans in the Congress,” Reid said. “Everybody else, including the rich people, are willing to pay more. They want to pay more.”
Never mind that the federal government is projected to collect more revenue in 2013 than ever before, as reported by The Hill.
“The rich are willing to pay more,” Reid added. “They’re not the ones out here saying, ‘please don’t tax me.'”
Reid then looked to moderate Republicans to assist Democrats in raising taxes, saying “we’re going to have to have mainstream Republicans step up again.”
Paging U.S. Sen. John McCain.
“They have their mind set on doing nothing, nothing more on revenue, and until they get off that kick, there’s not going to be a grand bargain on — there’s not going to be a small bargain,” Reid said. “We’re just going to have to do something to work our way through sequestration.”
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