Policy: Budgets & Deficits

Wyoming’s Barrasso: We’re going over the fiscal cliff because the president wants that

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Photo - WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11:  U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (C) speaks as Sen. John Thune (R-SC) (L) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) (R) listen during a news briefing after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon December 11, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. McConnell discussed various topics with the media including the fiscal cliff issue saying "time is running out."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 11: U.S. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (C) speaks as Sen. John Thune (R-SC) (L) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) (R) listen during a news briefing after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon December 11, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. McConnell discussed various topics with the media including the fiscal cliff issue saying "time is running out." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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On Fox News Sunday this morning, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, said he expects there will be no deal on the fiscal cliff because the White House has not been negotiating in good faith:

I think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. I think he sees  a political victory at the bottom of the cliff. He gets all of this additional tax revenue for new programs. He gets to cut the military, which Democrats have been calling for for years. And he gets to blame Republicans for it.

Barrasso cited a recent Wall Street Journal article describing the behind the scenes negotiations as proof. Sen. Kent Conrad, D-ND, also on the program, replied, “I don’t believe that at all” and called Barrassso’s comments the “same old blame game.”

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