Sunday, April 3, 2011
Republicans and Democrats Try To Close A Deal On Budget
VOAVideo: Republicans and Democrats Try To Close A Deal On Budget
With just one week to go before a possible government shutdown, President Barrack Obama and Democratic lawmakers are working to strike a deal with a divided republican party over the 2011 federal budget. The debate has highlighted an ideological split about the size and role of government, mostly along party lines, and how to stop a ballooning federal deficit. Freshmen republicans, including Tea Party pro-Republican members have fought hard for deep cuts in spending. Democrats have argued for a more measured approach. VOA's Jeff Swicord introduces us to two freshmen congressmen, a democrat and a republican, from different parts of the country who have opposing views on how to solve the nation's budget crisis.