Representative Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) urged Senate Democrats and President Obama to propose a plan for balancing the budget on CNN’s Starting Point. He told The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza that Republicans “fundamentally don’t believe that we’re just one good tax increase away from prosperity in this country,” and they would rather balance the budget by broadening the tax base and lowering rates. Earlier in the segment, Chaffetz criticized Senate Democrats for not submitting a budget, and also pointed out that Obama’s past budget proposals have not garnered a single vote from Democrats in the Senate.
Hollywood Life’s Bonnie Fuller later pushed Chaffetz to explain why the government even needed to balance its budget and why American households should live with balanced budgets. “You’re making the case that scares the living daylights out of me,” he responded, making it clear that future generations will eventually have to foot the bill.