“Obviously, the sword over the head of Democrats is the cuts. What is the sword over the Republicans? It has to be equal,” Schumer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Including more cuts to defense spending — an approach the GOP has opposed throughout the course of budget negotiations — as part of the enforcement mechanism could be a way to “equalize” the agreement.
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.