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Sen. Warren Decries ‘Mindless’ Approach To Budget Cuts

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she does not know at this point what can be done to prevent what she calls a “mindless across-the-board approach” to cutting federal spending.

The Massachusetts Democrat was asked during a breakfast meeting of business leaders in Boston on Monday about the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect Friday unless a compromise is reached in Washington.

Warren told the New England Council she believes President Obama has offered a “balanced” plan that calls for revenue increases along with targeted cuts. But she said she did not know at this point whether a deal could be struck with reluctant Republicans in Congress.

“We seem to have a government that works only by holdout, and that only waits until the 59th minute of the 11th hour to say, ‘Okay, maybe we will do something that’s not catastrophic,’ ” she said.

The Massachusetts Republican Party blames the president, saying the idea for the sequester started in the White House.

“Instead of complaining here in Boston, Warren, Capuano, Markey and Lynch should head back to D.C. and talk to President Obama as the idea for sequestration originated in the White House,” Tim Buckley, spokesman for the state’s Republican Party, said in a statement. “They are too busy blaming others while America’s economy suffers.”

The White House says Massachusetts would stand to lose millions in funding for education, medical research, defense-related work and other programs.

With reporting by The Associated Press and the WBUR Newsroom.

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  • gossipy

    Is anyone else as tired of the political party vs. party bullying as I am? I’m still surprised that Scott Brown, who actually had some success with compromise, didn’t get re-elected. Anyway, Warren is off to an offensive start with this language. Set it aside Elizabeth and stop the blame game. Let’s see some positive, forward motion for a change.

    • julie

      Well said. Warren is already a useless hack.

      • dust truck

        Yeah, 1 month on the job is enough time to do *everything*. really helpful discourse you’ve got there…

    • dust truck

      Warren was elected specifically because she would take a strong stance against the perceived power of the political right. If she appeared to be “compromising” she would just disappoint the constituents who voted for her. Meanwhile, Brown knew that he was going to get blamed for much of what his party did, regardless of his own stances, so he tried to compromise to appeal to the moderate voters.

      • gossipy

        Let me put this another way: There has been so little, if any, compromise that nothing is getting done. Is this what constituents really want and what was voted for? The blame game is holding both parties up. This voter is ready to see things get done, not stagnate further.

        • dust truck

          truth

  • http://www.facebook.com/futo.buddy Futo Buddy

    seems like the spending has been mindless for quite some time

    • Lawrence

      Exactly. They are afraid that if the budget gets cut, there will be nothing left over for them to misappropriate. Not much gets to it’s stated purpose anyway. Teachers and the school systems suffer, even when Gov. Patrick gave $235 Million to build the Assembly Sq. Mall!

      They don’t want our tax money for education etc.. the want it to payback their campaign contributors who have them in their back pocket and now demanding payback.

  • Vinnie G

    There all in on it. Don’t be fooled by all the hype. Warren is a good actress.

  • Vinnie G

    Why do you think Warren won the election and now says she owes money for her Staff for eating tons of pizza and soda? If you believe that then you are a fool. Warren misappropriated campaign money to go to activities for her Staff that was not supposed to.

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