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Both Sides Ready for Spending Showdown

Dems and Reps are digging in for a battle over the budget.

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2011, file photo House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, center, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., right, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks to reporters outside the White House in Washington. Friday night, Feb. 11, House Republicans called for cuts in hundreds of government programs in a $61 billion savings package, which is expected to reach the House floor for a vote next week. From education to job training, environment and nutrition, few domestic programs are untouched. In it Americorps and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are targeted for elimination; spending on defense and veterans' programs are protected. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says
he doesn't think President Barack Obama is serious about dealing
with government spending and the deficit.

McConnell says Obama and others at the White House have talked a
lot about it, but are showing no willingness to do anything that's
difficult.

The Kentucky Republican offers Social Security as an example,
saying that the administration is in denial about the problems
facing Social Security.

McConnell says having divided government actually presents an
opportunity for doing "big things" in regard to the nation's
financial problems. He says he hopes Obama and Democrats can come
together with Republicans on spending issues, but he isn't
optimistic it will happen.

McConnell appeared Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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