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Will the budget deal get through the Senate?
December 16th, 2013
04:09 PM ET

Will the budget deal get through the Senate?

The budget battle moves to the senate, but will it attract enough Republicans to pass? And what does it say about our priorities?

In the Crossfire, we have Princeton philosophy professor Cornel West, and Ross Douthat, a conservative New York Times columnist. Tonight's show will be hosted by Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter at 6:30pm ET.

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  1. California

    A final effort by Senate Republicans to halt cuts to pensions of military retirees failed late Tuesday, after Democrats blocked an amendment to the controversial budget bill.

    Why would democrats do this?

    December 17, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  2. ProtectAmericanJobs

    Americans still need our elected leaders from both parties to start working together on actually trying to fix the real problems in our country like outsourcing, illegal immigration, the out of control costs of health care insurance and our reliance on foreign fuel.

    Fix them together as Americans! – Because united we'll stand, but divided we'll fall.

    If our leaders would really start making decisions based on the fact that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the best interests of those citizens and the country itself, we'd all be better off. * The American people just need them start remembering that they are NOT elected to represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyists or Foreign citizens! *

    The extended unemployment benefits need to be renewed until the Real American Economy actually starts to improve. *** If over the last 2-3 decades, both parties hadn't been selling out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the incursion of illegal aliens (cheap labor) and the outsourcing floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide, this wouldn't have been necessary. ***

    Let's face it – Our economic problems didn't happen overnight. It's been happening over the past 15-20 years, but the economy was kept going by middle class Americans tapping into the equity on their homes until they were completely tapped out.

    Returning private sector jobs to American Citizens will provide income tax revenue to OUR Government versus our government having to pay unemployment benefits to those who would be jobless instead. We need our elected officials to Start Protecting American Jobs and do whatever it takes to bring back the jobs they let go. We need leaders who will actually stand up for the American people.

    We need to make smart cuts, but massive cutting just puts more people on unemployment, which just depresses the economy even further.

    The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to Raise Revenue, by Bringing Back Jobs to US Citizens who Pay Income Tax.

    December 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Reply
    • Peppy

      Well written

      December 17, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Reply

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