“I share the disappointment of my colleagues,” Hensarling said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I mean, on the one hand this is the single largest year-to-year cut in the federal budget. ... Probably for that we all deserve medals, the entire Congress. Relative to the size of the problem, it is not even a rounding error. In that case we probably all deserve to be tarred and feathered. I mean, $38 billion of savings. In February the deficit alone was over $200 billion. It is the shortest month of the year.”
On the other end of the spectrum, White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe was repeatedly pressed Sunday about whether President Barack Obama conceded too much to Republican demands for spending cuts that the administration had previously called draconian.
“Some of the cuts were draconian, because it’s not just the number, it’s what composes the number,” he said on “This Week.” “So in this budget deal ... we protected medical research, community health centers, kids on Head Start. We were not going to sign off on a deal that cut those things. So the president was comfortable with the composition of this deal. That, again, you know, there were some tough cuts in there, things he believes in. But in these fiscal times everyone is going to have to make tough decisions.”
Plouffe, who served as Obama’s campaign manager in the 2008 presidential election, made the talk show rounds Sunday, also appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” “State of the Union” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.