Nancy Pelosi on spending: “No more cuts to make”

Nancy PelosiHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi thinks although everyone is committed to reducing the deficit, there are simply no more cuts to make.

“There is no more cuts to make,” said the former House Speaker said Sunday, while appearing on CNN‘s ‘State of the Union.‘ “It’s really important that people understand that.”

Pelosi touted President Barack Obama’s efforts to cut the deficit and stressed that everyone in Washington is looking to make sensible cuts.

“Put everything on the table, review it,” she said. “But you cannot have any more cuts just for the sake of cuts.”

Pelosi was also not pleased with the defund Obamacare legislation that her colleagues passed on Friday. When asked by host Candy Crowley if there would be room for compromise on the legislation between Republicans and Democrats, Pelosi said that Republicans actually want to shut down the government, instead of just defunding Obamacare.

“Let’s be really clear about this, the Republicans put legislation on the floor that was intended to shut down government,” she said. “For them, that’s a victory because they’re anti-government ideologues who dominate the Republican Party.”

The former House Speaker dismissed the idea of Republicans simply wanting to defund Obamacare, and reiterated her point that Republicans are simply focused on shutting down the government.

“They want to shut down the government,” said Pelosi. “The effect of putting the Affordable Care Act on the bill is to shut down government.”

When challenged by Crowley on whether or not the legislation was intended to prevent Obamacare from hurting businesses, Pelosi dismissed that claim, calling it “an excuse.”

“It is an excuse, it is not a reason,” Pelosi said. “Now for the 42nd time, this week, they voted to defund one approach or another, defund the Affordable Care Act.”

If not wanting to cut hours for workers is an excuse, it certainly seems like a good one.

Earlier this week, Home Depot announced that they would be dropping coverage for 20,000 part-time workers, and would instead be sending them to the health exchanges created under Obamacare. The hardware store chain is only the latest in a growing list of companies who have been forced to drop coverage or cut hours due to Obamacare.

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