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Texoma Congressman Speaks Out About Spending

Things remain heated on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.. Since President Barack Obama's 2012 budget came out the rhetoric has come from both sides of the isle.
    Republicans believe the President's cuts don't go far enough.
    Democrats feel the cuts are in the wrong places and the wrong programs.
    The republican majority in the House is working to pass a spending bill that will continue to keep the federal government running until the final budget can be approved. In that bill republicans say they want to cut $60-billion out of the spending for the rest of this year and not wait until next year to start saving money.
     Newschannel 6 spoke with Congressman Mac Thornberry today about the current spending bill.
     "Oh we're worse than broke. We are borrowing 40-cents out of every dollar the federal government spends. And, what you also have to look at the huge increase not only in spending but in federal employees in the last two years. So, you need to back that up a little bit both in spending and in number of federal employees," said Congressman Thornberry.
     House Speaker Republican John Boehner has said he will let the money run out and shut down the federal government if the republicans don't get the cuts they are asking for.
     Senate Majority Leader Democrat Harry Reid called that a "threat" and said Boehner's tactics won't be stood for.
     Congressman Thornberry told Newschannel 6 he doesn't think the government will shut down.
     "Whatever happens with this bill that we're working on right now I think there will be an attempt to have a further short term funding bill to keep the essential government operating," said Congressman Thornberry. "There is no reason for a government shutdown unless somebody's just looking to make, you know, some political points."
      The House is expected to vote on the spending bill Friday. It will then move to the Senate but Congress is set for a break next week, so the bill will likely have to wait until just before the deadline to keep the government running to be considered.

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