“It's one of the worst ideas I have ever heard,” Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (N.D.) said. “To just kick the can down the road and wipe their hands of any responsibility is the height of irresponsibility. … I must say when I heard this plan it took my breath away.”
Humberto Sanchez and Niels Lesniewski contributed to this report.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.