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David Plouffe: Budget Cuts 'Draconian' and 'Historic'

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Senior Advisor to the President David Plouffe conceded Sunday that some of the cuts the White House agreed to in order to avoid a government shutdown were draconian.

"Some of the cuts were draconian,” Plouffe said in an interview with ABC’s This Week. “Because it's not just the number, it's what composes the number."

"There were some tough cuts in there…but in these fiscal times, everyone is going to have to make tough decisions,” he said. “So it was a historic deal for the American people."

Plouffe trumpeted the bipartisan cooperation that allowed the U.S. federal government to avoid being shut down, if only barely.

"On any issue," Plouffe said, "nothing's going to happen unless it has the support of members of both parties. We're not going to move forward together as a country unless we do it together, Republicans and Democrats, on behalf of all Americans."

He said it should "give us some confidence" that both sides of the aisle had passed the "first big test" of the divided government, with Democrats in control of the White House and Senate, and Republicans with a majority in the House of Representatives.

"Yes it came down to the finish line, but you couple that with what happened in December on nuclear weapons, on tax cuts for the American people and 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' it should give us some confidence that when our leaders really put the American people first, they have the ability to work together," he said.

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