- Bishop in Aleppo: ‘We Christians live in fear in Syria’
- Oscar Pistorius vomits during graphic testimony
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford flubs daylight saving time advice: ‘Turn your clocks back’
- Americans don’t support sending U.S. troops to Ukraine
- Florida lawmakers move to wipe corrupt ‘Boss Hogg’ town from map
- N.C. math whiz to unveil secret of March Madness picks
- An appealing offer: Chiquita merges with Fyffes to make world’s largest banana firm
- Amnesty International says Syria guilty of war crimes for food blockade
- Mitch McConnell on beating tea party: ‘We are going to crush them’
- Adam Lanza’s dad: He would’ve killed me ‘in a heartbeat’
Sen. Bob Corker: ‘Grand bargain’ fiscal deal ‘possible’
Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, said Sunday that his GOP colleagues would support a “grand bargain” — a long-term deal addressing the country’s fiscal problems — that includes additional tax revenue if President Obama and the Democrats will back substantive reform in entitlement programs.
“Republicans, if they saw true entitlement reform, would be glad to look at tax reform that generates additional revenues,” Mr. Corker said on “Fox News Sunday.” “That doesn’t mean increasing rates; that means closing loopholes. It also means arranging our tax system so we have economic growth.”
The comments come as the White House has been reaching out to Republicans in recent days, attempting to jump-start bipartisan talks over the country’s short-term economic problems and long-term spending imbalances.
“I think there, by the way, is a chance on a deal. I know the president is saying the right things. We have an opportunity over the next four to five months,” he said. “We’ll know when the president is serious by virtue of a process … where he is actually at the table and whether he begins to say publicly to all Americans that he understands that Americans are only paying one-third of the cost of Medicare and that has to change for the program to be here down the road.”
Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, appearing on the same program, called Mr. Corker’s comments constructive.
“What Bob Corker just said from his side is a basic set of principles that both parties can rally around,” the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat said.
While the Corker comments were an indication the White House “charm offensive” may be working on some of the president’s critics, Congress’ most powerful Republican wasn’t buying.
House Speaker John A. Boehner, in an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” said flatly there would be no new revenue in any “grand bargain.”
“The talk about raising revenue is over. It’s time to deal with the spending problem,” Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said. “The president believes that we have to have more taxes from the American people … the president got his tax hikes on January 1.”
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper’s coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper’s website. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as executive ...
- Country Times: Nashville's collaboration with Doobie Brothers a natural partnership
- Country Times: Dierks Bentley is here to save country music
- Ayotte: On Russia and the Ukraine, Obama needs to 'up his game'
- Country times: Garth Brooks — Country's Comeback Kid?
- Country Times: Nashville classics for Valentine's Day
Latest Blog Entries
- Mainers would rather move to Canada than down South
- McCain: 'Stand your ground' laws may need review
- Sen. Tom Coburn: Holder investigating himself is a 'total conflict of interest'
- CNN poll: IRS, AP and Benghazi haven't dinged Obama's approval rating
- Slain diplomat's mom on Obama's Benghazi comments: 'Bullfeathers'
TWT Video Picks
Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Rand Paul wins 2014 CPAC straw poll, Ted Cruz finishes a distant second
- Senate Democrats, Republicans spar over restoring unemployment benefits
- CURL: Today's GOP really is Reagan's 'Big Tent' party
- As Crimea falls, Obama takes Key Largo golf vacation, Biden hits Virgin Islands
- Russia besieges Crimea as U.S. seeks diplomacy; Putin remains undeterred by Obama's sanctions
- SAUERBREY: Taxing Marylanders until they flee
- Mitch McConnell on beating tea party: 'We are going to crush them'
- Investigators puzzle: How does a 777 jetliner just disappear into thin air?
- Florida lawmakers move to wipe corrupt 'Boss Hogg' town from map
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again