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Portman: Debt Deal Gives GOP More Leverage In Next Budget Deal
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The government shutdown is over and lawmakers agreed to raise the countryâ€™s debt limit, that is, of course until January 15th.
Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman is now looking towards future negotiations.
In a conference call with reporters, Portman called this weekâ€™s deal a â€œmixed bagâ€. He was happy the country didnâ€™t default on it debts and the government was back in business, and that thereâ€™s a new provision to verify income levels for people applying for the Affordable Care Act.
But he says the agreement does nothing to address the nationâ€™s long-term debt.
Next time around, Portman says he thinks Republicans will have more leverage. The GOP could exchange lifting parts of sequestration, for cuts on mandatory programs like Social Security and Obamacare.
â€œWill it be a grand bargain? Probably not. Can it be a bargain thatâ€™s good for the American people? Yes,â€ says Portman.
As for repealing Obamacare, Portman says thatâ€™s not going to happen, unless Republicans can win the majority of the Senate in next yearâ€™s election.