Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) “said Sunday that the fiscal 2011 spending bill proposed by Senate Democrats on Friday lays out their ceiling for domestic spending cuts this fiscal year,” Roll Call reports.
"I’m willing to see more deficit reduction, but not out of domestic discretionary spending," he said. "I think we’ve pushed this to the limit. To go any further is to push more kids out of school, to stifle the innovation that small businesses need to create jobs" and to hamper infrastructure projects.
Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) unveiled the Senate Democrats’ continuing resolution Friday. It would cut $51 billion from President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2011 budget request, versus $100 billion in cuts in a House-passed spending bill that was written by Republicans. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is planning votes on both bills this week.
Durbin made these comments on “Fox News Sunday.”