(WASHINGTON) -- Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), who is part of a bi-partisan effort to address the budget crisis, said Wednesday that real reform is possible if he can find more senators “who have some gonads.”
“Send me some Senators who have some gonads,” Senator Coburn said in an interview with conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt.
Coburn was talking about the plan he is developing as part of the so-called “Gang of Six” -- three Democrats and three Republicans who are developing a bi-partisan plan to reduce the deficit with a mix of steep spending cuts, entitlement reform and increased tax revenue.
The Gang of Six has been tight-lipped about their discussions, but Coburn revealed some of the details of their emerging plans.
Coburn said the plan would include $800 billion in deficit reduction to be agreed on this year with a commitment of another $3.3 trillion in cuts over the next 10 years. He said 85 percent of that would come from spending cuts and 15 percent would come from a tax reform plan that would increase tax revenue.
“If I could get a true down payment of around $800 billion dollars this year, with a mandate that we get another $3.3 billion dollars, and 85 percent of it come from cuts, 15 percent comes from dynamic effects of rate lowering, what would you say to that?” Coburn asked Hewitt.
“I’d say amen,” Hewitt responded.
“Okay, that’s what we’re trying to work on,” Coburn said. “But if I don’t get something that good, I won’t be going for it.”
A Coburn spokesman declined to comment on the status of the negotiations.
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