Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Sunday that she has never seen Congress "held hostage" as it is now by Republicans over raising the debt ceiling.
"What I'm surprised at is the recalcitrance, the real refusal to understand the position of the United States Senate," Feinstein said on CNN's "State of the Union."
The Democratic senator said she would not accept any deal that did not include some revenue increases.
would probably take three parts cut to one part revenues," Feinstein
said. "What we won't do is take $4 trillion in cuts with no additional
While Feinstein said spending cuts had to be made, she said they could not be made indiscriminately.
"Fifteen to 20 million people in my state depend on the programs that Republicans want to take a meat axe -- not a scalpel but a meat axe -- to," she said. "We need to know how it's done, because it's possible to cut back some of these programs, but it's going to take some real care and concern to see that it's done so it hurts people the least. Now Republicans don't care about that."