Roy Blunt
5:30 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Blunt: "everything has to be on the table" to reduce deficit

The U.S. Senate announced today that it will accept a bill from the House to fund government for an additional two weeks, averting a government shutdown on Friday.

The House had proposed a budget which cut $60 billion in federal spending, which Senate Democrats complained was too much.

Siding with his former House colleagues, Missouri Senator Roy Blunt said he sees little room for compromise when it comes to reducing the deficit.

"I think if you can't take this first $60 billion in cuts, you're just not trying.  I think that everything has to be on the table, and that includes defense," Blunt said.

March 18th is the new date for the start of a government shutdown if no further action is taken.