Anne Eller of Greenwood affiliate WLMA contributed to this report
As the weather heats up, the debate on the 2012 budget promises to continue brewing in Congress. In a recent interview with Greenwood affiliate WLMA, 5th District Congressman Mick Mulvaney says he sees no way the Democrat-led U S Senate will pass the Republican House’s 2012 budget proposal.
Mulvaney says one of the main reasons he and other freshman Republican House members were sent to Washington was to get a handle on the nation’s $14 trillion deficit. He says, with the current makeup of Congress, that is not likely to happen. He says it will require Republican victories in the 2012 election to bring the issue.
Mulvaney accuses the Senate of paying only lip service to the deficit, while the House is bent on helping toward getting the nation’s financial house in order.
One of the huge components to the budget debate will be raising the debt ceiling, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner warned that the nation’s debt ceiling must be raised from its current $14.3 trillion level by August 2 of this year, or the nation will default on its financial obligations. A number of GOP House members defiantly say they will not vote to raise the debt ceiling. Mulvaney says he can see himself voting for raising the debt ceiling, if some spending reforms are part of the package.