WASHINGTON, D.C. (10/02/2013) - Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) wants to use President Obama's budget as a negotiating tool in upcoming debt ceiling talks, saying the president must sit down with members of Congress.
"Government shutdown, debt limit, let's put them together. Let's do it this week," Portman said in an exclusive interview with Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro inside his senate office Wednesday.
Portman says members of Congress must continue to do the nation's business, and stop the government shutdown.
He's pushing for a long term solution. He wants to pass a continuing resolution at a level that's consistent with the budget control act that Congress passed two years ago.
Portman said debt ceiling talks must include conversations about reforming Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
"On the debt limit, let's deal with the big problem, which is the 65 percent of the budget that is untouched. Let's take the president's own proposals he has on mandatory spending, and let's apply those and put some real savings in place," Portman said.
Portman admits there are big problems in Washington,
saying, "Congress is broken. Washington is broken."
The Senator says he's remaining positive and focused on financial reforms during the shutdown, telling us the financial markets would respond favorably to his plan because economists would be surprised if Congress could get anything done.
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