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In the Crossfire: Congressional negotiators finally announce a budget deal aimed at avoiding another government shutdown. FULL STORY.
Our guests, Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Republican Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KA) both shared skepticism of the new deal on Crossfire, within minutes of the deal being announced.
Watch: Huelskamp suggests the U.S. has settled for less when it comes to our leadership.
Posted by CNN's Christina Manduley
Filed under: Adam Schiff • Budget • Debates • economy • government shutdown • Tim Huelskamp
Author, documentary filmmaker, historian, Speaker of the House (1995-1999), and 2012 Republican presidential candidate
Fmr. Obama Deputy Campaign Mgr. and W.H. Sr. Adviser, founder of Precision Strategies, fmr. Sr. Adviser to Maj. Leader Reid and Sen. Kennedy
Conservative columnist for New York Daily News, contributing editor at Townhall Magazine, commentator and author
Former Special Adviser for Green Jobs under President Obama, co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, author and attorney
Once again they have to take a swipe at the federal workers, who have already had a 3 year salary freeze and a 10% reduction in force. How about Congress paying more into their pensions? Easy to make the reductions when nothing ever applies to them!
The extended unemployment benefits need to be renewed until the Real American Economy actually starts improving. We need to make smart cuts, but massive cutting just puts more people on unemployment, which just depresses the economy even further.
Let's face it – Over the last 2-3 decades both parties have 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 "out-sourcing" floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide.
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.
The ONLY REAL FIX for Our Country is to Raise Revenue, by Returning Jobs to US Citizens who Pay Income Tax.
The bottom line is that "Our Government" has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.
Wow – They actually worked together and got something done.
We still need the details – But, let's all hope that it's in the best interests of the American people that they're supposed to represent.
Maybe this will be a good start. Because 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.
Now 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!