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August 1st, 2011
10:51 AM ET

Debt deal then and now: Comparing Congress and the White House

With a debt deal in place and a vote on the plan expected to happen in the next few hours, could the past be any indication of our debt future?

On American Morning this morning, we look at the current political process in Washington through a historical lens. Ali Velshi talks to Nick Ragone, author of "Presidential Leadership: 15 decisions that changed the Nation" and Presidential historial Doris Kearns Goodwin about how the current debate compares with past debates.


Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit
August 1st, 2011
10:47 AM ET

Winners and losers in the debt deal

It could be the beginning of the end when it comes to the current debt ceiling crisis.

Last night, President Obama announcing a deal to raise the nation's debt limit in exchange for deep spending cuts. But the President and House Speaker John Boehner also admit that the agreement is far from perfect.

Who stands to win and who stands to lose in this deal?

This morning on American Morning, Stephen Moore with the Wall Street Journal Editorial Page and Norman Ornstein with the American Enterprise Institute look at who stands to gain and who will lose in the debt deal.


Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit
August 1st, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Sen. McCain: Debt agreement 'is a success,' but worried about defense cuts

A vote on the new debt deal is expected in Congress some time this afternoon. The plan includes raising the country's borrowing limit in exchange for major spending cuts.

Earlier on American Morning this morning, CNN's Carol Costello talks with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, who explained that Democrats signed on to the deal in order to avoid default.

For the other side, Ali Velshi talks with Sen. John McCain on the debt deal. He says that he feels the debt agreement is a success, but he's worried about defense cuts and is still hoping a balanced budget amendment can be passed.

"I'm worried about the size of defense cuts that may be contemplated, but that doesn't mean I'm, therefore, rejecting the agreement," McCain says.

He also gives some advice to his Republican colleagues in the House: "They should worry about more than anything else is the view in which the American people hold us and their low opinion of us because we are failing to do what they think is our job. And, by the way, they're right."


Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit
August 1st, 2011
10:32 AM ET

Sen. Durbin: Democrats gave in to 'political extortion,' but default would have been totally irresponsible

Washington (CNN) - Congress is expected to vote Monday on a last-minute agreement to raise the federal government's debt ceiling while imposing sweeping spending cuts, a bipartisan deal that promises to narrowly avert an unprecedented national default with catastrophic economic consequences.

The deal calls for $2.4 trillion in cutsover the next decade, raises the debt ceiling through the end of 2012, and establishes a special congressional commission to recommend long-term fiscal reforms.

The measure needs to reach President Barack Obama's desk by Tuesday night. If the current $14.3 trillion debt limit is not increased by that point, Americans could face rapidly rising interest rates, a falling dollar, and shakier financial markets, among other problems.

But with no tax increases in the deal, can Democrats get on board?

This morning on American Morning, Carol Costello talks with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin about whether Democrats will be able to agree to the plan.

At one point, Costello asks Durbin if he felt Democrats were giving in to extortion by agreeing to a plan that they are not satisfied with if Tea Party members were willing to let the country default.

"Of course, it is," Durbin says. "It's political extortion and if you say that you're prepared to call somebody's bluff using other people's chips, that's what we're down to. A lot of innocent people would have suffered if we would, in fact, have gone into this default. We avoided that and that was something we had to do."

See the entire interview above.


Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit
August 1st, 2011
10:06 AM ET

What exactly is in the debt-ceiling deal? Jay Powell explains

President Obama and Congressional leaders struck a deal on a legislative package yesterday that would extend the federal debt ceiling while cutting spending and guaranteeing further deficit-reduction steps.

The proposed deal includes $2.4 trillion in deficit reduction over 10 years while authorizing an increase in the federal debt ceiling by a slightly smaller amount to allow the government to pay its debts through 2012, according to information from the White House and a presentation for his Republican colleagues by House Speaker John Boehner.

Jay Powell, Treasury Under Secretary under President George H.W. Bush, talks with Christine Romans on American Morning today about the details of the deal and the possibility of a U.S. credit downgrade.


Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit
August 1st, 2011
10:03 AM ET

Gene Sperling: 'There's more shared sacrifice in how we're cutting spending'

The White House reached a deal with Congressional leaders yesterday to avert a debt default, but not all members of President Obama's party are happy about the prospect of enacting spending cuts without raising revenue.

The deal is being heavily criticized in numerous editorials this morning, with many Democrats saying that the President capitulated on shared sacrifice.

Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council in the White House, joins Carol Costello on American Morning today to respond to these negative reactions and to discuss what Democrats got out of the deal.


Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit • Economy
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