Wasserman Schultz: ‘Simply Not True’ Reid Won’t Put Obama Budget to a Vote

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DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, DNC CHAIR: OK, Greta, you’re going to stipulate that — that we would call it the Romney-Ryan budget. And I’d ask that you stipulate that the Senate should take up a budget, and I expect that they will. And then let’s talk about the substance of those budgets because that’s what matters.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: OK. Good. All right, now (INAUDIBLE) the thing is, though, is that Senator Harry Reid has refused to put a budget on the floor. And I’m curious because that is…

SCHULTZ: That’s simply not true.

VAN SUSTEREN: So he will?

SCHULTZ: That’s simply not true. I expect that the Senate will take up a budget. I have not heard Harry Reid — I haven’t heard Harry Reid say anything close to that he’s not going to put a budget on the Senate floor.

VAN SUSTEREN: Can you give me an estimate of what you heard when? Because the American people are sort of curious. I mean, when do you think that’ll happen in the Senate?

SCHULTZ: Well, Greta, I’m a member of the House of Representatives, so you really need to ask either Harry Reid’s office or a member of the United States Senate.

VAN SUSTEREN: They won’t answer! I’ve tried! Honestly, I swear…


SCHULTZ: I don’t speak for them.

VAN SUSTEREN: I’ve tried.

SCHULTZ: I don’t speak for them, but we can’t…

VAN SUSTEREN: Give me a tip who I could…


SCHULTZ: Greta, don’t put words in Senator Reid’s mouth and say that because a budget hasn’t come to the floor yet that it won’t. What’s important here is that we make sure that the American people understand the difference between the two blueprints that have been — and the two visions that have been laid out.

Barack Obama has laid out a vision that has balanced deficit reduction, cuts to deficit by $4 trillion, but does it in a way that asks everybody to pay the fair share, everybody to have a fair shot and everybody plays by the same set of rules.

And the Republicans make sure that we continue tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, that we turn Medicare into a voucher program, that we pull the safety net out from under our seniors and that we turn Medicaid back over to — down to the states and cut it by two thirds, giving them no resources.

So when I talk about the impact on seniors in nursing homes — you have 60 percent of seniors in nursing homes who are on Medicaid. That is a huge harmful impact on our seniors and…

VAN SUSTEREN: And Congresswoman…


SCHULTZ: And it’s the Republican vision.