.
October 16th, 2013
01:04 AM ET

Sen. Heitkamp: "The middle class is getting crunched and we need to deal with this problem"

Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp spoke to Anderson about the effort to strike a deal to reopen the government and avoiding a debt default. She said both parties share responsibility for the current situation. When it comes to voting on a solution, she says it comes down to "whether the House and Senate can play nice together."


Filed under: Debt Ceiling • Government Shutdown
October 16th, 2013
01:02 AM ET

Rep. Lankford: "Main St. is already feeling this, Washington doesn't seem to get the message"

Lawmakers are running out of time to strike a deal before the debt ceiling deadline. Anderson spoke with Congressman James Lankford, a Republican from Oklahoma. He discussed how he sees Americans getting hurt by the shutdown and by the Affordable Care Act. When it comes to reaching a deal to fund the government, Rep. Lankford said Republicans are "trying to rebuild trust with the President."

Post by:
Filed under: Debt Ceiling • Government Shutdown
October 16th, 2013
12:52 AM ET

Washington whiplash: "It's like Mogadishu on the Potomac"

That's how Democratic strategist Paul Begala describes the Congressional Republican caucus. This after the House dropped plans to vote on a budget deal, with time running out before the debt ceiling deadline. Anderson took a look at what lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are saying about the impasse and spoke to Begala and Republican consultant Alex Castellanos

 

It is hard to explain just how politicians created the situation we are currently in. But Alex Castellanos got creative trying. He compared the budget battle to "bunny sex." That led to a very colorful discussion on the budget that also included Paul Begala and Dean Clancy, the Vice President of Public Policy for Freedom Works.

 

Post by:
Filed under: Alex Castellanos • Debt Ceiling • Government Shutdown • Paul Begala
October 16th, 2013
12:43 AM ET

Rep. Becerra: "You should not be playing political games with other people's money"

Congressman Xavier Becerra was in the Oval Office today for a meeting between the President, Vice President and the House Democratic leadership. He says he is confident lawmakers can pass a budget deal, as long as "Republicans don't put up procedural barriers." Rep. Becerra went on to say the Democrats are willing to negotiate anything and everything once the government is up and running.


Filed under: Debt Ceiling • Government Shutdown