Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.), who is representing Senate Republicans at bipartisan negotiations being led by Vice President Joe Biden, wants a big commitment in return for raising the debt ceiling. From Politico:
Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said Monday that Republicans will likely demand cuts to the budget worth $6 trillion over the next decade in exchange for voting to raise the national debt limit.
“You’re going to have to have significant upfront cuts,” he told reporters Monday. “You’re going to have to have significant constraints on future spending. You’re going to have to have an agreement on the next several years of budget numbers so we know exactly what those are. I think there will be other constraints on spending – there is more than one way to do that, I think there are several things that might be done.”
Kyl, who’s the top Senate GOP negotiator in bipartisan talks with Vice President Joe Biden over cutting the deficit, also doubts that Republicans would be able to push through Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) dramatic Medicare overhaul as part of a debt-ceiling deal.
“I think there will be some Medicare reform; it probably won’t satisfy Republicans in terms of what we think is necessary,” he said. “But I think it’s pretty difficult for the Democrats to simply take it all off the table.”
Asked about the GOP’s goal to cut spending, Kyl said he’d push for $6 trillion in cuts over the next decade – which is in line with Ryan’s plan, but more than the $4 trillion than what President Barack Obama laid out over the next 12 years.