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Barrasso: ‘I Believe We Are’ Going over the Cliff

This morning on Fox News Sunday, Republican senator John Barrasso of Wyoming told Chris Wallace, when asked “are we going over the cliff?,” “I believe we are. I believe the president is eager” to do so.

Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, explained that he thought this was the case because the votes are not apparently available for either the most recent Republican proposals or the president’s most recent proposal, outlined on Saturday. The senator emphasized, when Wallace asked whether he could guarantee that Senate Republicans would not filibuster the president’s new plan, that “I can’t even guarantee the Democrats will vote for it.”

The president’s stripped-down plan, for reference, includes continuing the Bush tax rates for all income under $250,000, extending unemployment benefits, and delaying the sequester cuts for another year (which would require their being made up for with somewhat greater deficit-reduction alternatives in the out years).

Patrick Brennan was a senior communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Trump administration and is former opinion editor of National Review Online.


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