By Kyle Balluck - 10/15/13 12:14 PM EDT
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on Tuesday said an agreement emerging in the Senate to end the government shutdown and raise the nation’s debt limit contains few "partisan pills.”
“There isn’t really anything except keeping the government open, giving a short time frame, which was important to both Democrats and Republicans because we really want to have an incentive to negotiate a larger budget deal as … so that we don’t lurch from financial crisis to financial crisis, and then making sure we’re paying our bills for the next few months while we’re making these negotiations,” she added.
“And I think in that way, everyone knows that the job isn’t done yet, that the real job is ahead of us,” Klobuchar said.
Klobuchar was part of the bipartisan group formed by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that laid the framework for the agreement last week.
“Senator Susan Collins played a major role in bringing this group together -- six Democrats, six Republicans, half women,” she said. “And I think we played a constructive role in terms of setting up a framework and some ideas and bringing those to leadership on both sides.
“I don’t think it’s also a surprise that the Senate is able to work out agreements and find some common ground. We’ve been doing it with the farm bill, the immigration bill, and we’re very hopeful the House will follow suit.”
The big question is whether a package to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling can pass muster in the House.
Klobuchar stressed that the Senate agreement keeps the Budget Control Act in place and provides an opportunity to negotiate a longer-term budget.
“We have a Senate-passed budget and a House-passed budget. They’ve always said that they want to work it out in regular order. We can do that and figure out a way to really get some smarter cuts in place rather than just the hammer of sequestration. There are cuts, that’s true, but there’s also some other things that we can do, reform, revenues, to really put this country in a better place to compete globally.”