McConnell: Senate Republicans Will Not Raise Taxes

Sunday, 03 Mar 2013 03:23 PM

By Amy Woods

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President Barack Obama has walked away from his commitment to Americans in late 2011 to reduce government spending by 2.4 percent, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell charged Sunday.

“By any objective standard, cutting 2.4 percent out of $3.6 trillion is certainly something we can do,” McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

He said Senate Republicans are unwilling to raise taxes to avoid future sequestration cuts but will discuss reconfiguring the spending reductions in play.

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“We’ve said were open to discussing how to reconfigure those spending reductions without raising taxes,” McConnell said. “The president seems not to be interested in reducing this amount of spending even though he signed the bill a year and a half ago.

“The American people look at this and say, ‘Gee, I’ve had to cut my budget more than this’,” he continued. “I think they expect us to keep the commitment that we made. I haven’t heard a single Senate Republican say they’d be willing to raise a dime in taxes to turn off the sequester.”

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