Begich said the rare bipartisan caucus meeting held in the old Senate chambers Monday night shows senators can still breach their differences by talking them over.
“The way you get to that is sit down like we did last night,” Begich said. “I didn’t support the budget. I didn’t like all the taxes in there.”
He suggested that congressional leaders on both sides want to cut a backroom deal in the fall and said that the “pubic is fed up” with that. He said in the end each senator’s vote is equal.
“We have to step to the table. Everybody is afraid,” Begich said. “We shouldn’t fear the structure we have set up because we fear leadership.”
Coats noted how senators can agree on so much, such as the details of appropriations bills.
“When we get to party vs. party it seems to break down,” he said wistfully.
Sen. Jerry MoranJerry MoranAt the table: The importance of advocating for ABLE GOP lawmakers lead way in holding town halls Yahoo reveals new details about security MORE (R-Kan.) also expressed renewed optimism.
“I too hope that we can have a budget conference,” he said. “The process needs to work.”