Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl says nobody should have high expectations for the new House-Senate deficit-slashing committee. It’ll be “very, very hard” for the six Democrats and six Republicans compromise over taxes and entitlements that are significant drivers of the deficit, according to the Arizona Republican.
Kyl is optimistic that the committee could find common ground to reach the goal to slash $1.5 trillion in budget deficits over the next decade, Politico reports.
But overhauling Medicare or the tax code, for instance, it’ll be extremely difficult for the committee to reach its goal.
“If either outside forces or the president or even members of Congress were to force the committee members into situations where you have to compromise our principles, that’s going to be very, very hard to do,” said Kyl, one of the 12 negotiators.
“On the other hand, if we can find ways to achieve a $1.5 trillion in savings that do not force us to compromise our principles, then maybe we’ll have an easier job of doing that,” he said.
Kyl sounded upbeat that the committee can reach a deal to cut $1.5 trillion in spending - without touching the politically wrenching issues like raising taxes and cutting entitlements, according to Politico.
“And so it’s my hope that we can find those things that are not necessarily the big changes that I’d like to see done in certain parts of the government for example — but might require my Democratic colleagues to make some huge concessions to achieve it — and then in return they’d ask me to make some huge concessions towards them,” he said.
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