Video: Israel Speaks Out on Debt Talks

Rep. Steve Israel criticizes 'extremists' blocking action.

Rep., D-Huntington, criticized Republicans Saturday for walking away from talks with President Obama over the national debt ceiling.

Calling out "extremist Republicans in the House," Israel laid the current crisis at their doorstep.

“They are willing to take this economy to the brink in pursuit of their extreme agenda that supports corporate tax loopholes instead of middle class budgets,” the Democrat said.

He spoke out at an event on the benefits of a federal energy program at a home in Huntington Station.

Israel is chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Jerry Hannon July 26, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Neither Boehner nor Reid, in yesterday's sorry revelations, had revenue enhancements in their deficient proposals. which is completely contrary to two bipartisan studies, one by the Simpson-Bowles Commission, and the other by the Domenici-Rivlin Task Force of the Bipartisan Policy Center, http://www.bipartisanpolicy.org/projects/debt-initiative/about. Mayor Bloomberg hit the fiscal nail on the head when he said that tackling the federal deficit will require a combination of tax increases and spending cuts. Failure to enact both substantial spending cuts and revenue enhancements will first destroy the US debt rating, and that will immediately drive up consumer interest rates, kill the auto recovery, kill the housing market, kill even more jobs, and kill any possible recovery for the United States and its citizens.
Jonathan Dees July 26, 2011 at 05:25 PM
Paul - you're right on. I think the R's will sweep into the Senate and WH in 2012, which is what Mitch McConnell's main goal has been all along. Forgetting that the housing mess (which was caused by many guilty parties) dragged down the economy (which essentially gave BHO the Oval Office), and was brought down even more so by the D's ultimate desire to control and expand government and to keep longstanding power, the R's have to win back the two they don’t control to clean this mess up and give liberty back to the people instead of giving their liberty to the government. I can see Jerry interjecting that the R's caused it all, but Bush expanded revenues and reduced unemployment when he cut taxes. The prescription drug plan, and two necessary wars to keep us safe in the U.S. notwithstanding, the economy was brought to its knees by the D's desire to make sure everyone could live the American dream and own a home, and even more so by expanding government-run healthcare, not to mention owning an auto company, and paying off the unions with the “Stimulus.” Well, as the Wrong-Reverend-Wright once said, the chickens are coming home to roost.
Jonathan Dees July 26, 2011 at 08:11 PM
He can't help but to spew democratic talking points every time he opens his mouth. He's a total embarrassment to NY district #2. He was scolded recently on the "Morning Joe" show by the host himself for bringing his usual talking points (tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, tax cuts for big oil, and on and on and on) onto the show instead of talking substance. Makes you wonder about the majority vote he gets around here - scary.
Louise July 26, 2011 at 09:51 PM
If you want to rip up the Constitution and start from scratch, there are a lot of other places on this earth that need you. You have every right to call this country names, be intolerant of other people's opinions, use an opinion column as a base to spew your hatred of the president, because you're an American. Try getting those rights anywhere else.
Louise July 27, 2011 at 12:50 AM
This will be my last response on this topic. Your comments are destructive, not constructive. Period.


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