October 23, 2014

U.S. Experts Say Hill's Budget Stalemate Is Comic, Consequential

May 28, 2013
Market News International (MNI)

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Bob Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, said he understands Boehner's tactical concerns, but says they are very difficult to explain to the public.

"For the average person, it's hard to understand why a party which has been clamoring to follow the regular budget process is now resisting even starting budget talks. Taking this position is always going to come across as subversive and disingenuous," Bixby said.

Bixby said Congress and the administration are going to need to reach an agreement this year on the FY'14 budget and the debt ceiling and possibly on replacing sequestration with a different package of deficit cuts.

"Budget talks this summer between the House and Senate would be a good forum for trying to reach needed agreements in these areas. But I don't think that's what we're going to get. I'm afraid we're heading for a fall debt limit fight. We seem to have become addicted to these debt ceiling fights. They seem the only deadline to force the parties to talk," he said.