Barrasso: Obama has 'addiction' to spending

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Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) accused President Obama of not adequately addressing federal spending in negotiations to avoid January's "fiscal cliff."


Barrasso's comments Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" comes as legislators rush to beat the end-year deadline to prevent automatic spending cuts and tax increases from taking effect in 2013.

"He's fixated on what may fund the government for seven days a year," Barrasso said of Obama. "The president is doing nothing about the addiction that his administration and he has done to spending —he's the spender-in-chief."

On Sunday both the Senate and House are slated to reconvene, setting up a chance for Obama and lawmakers to quickly pass a compromise bill. Senate leaders on Sunday worked on a compromise bill that would prevent tax increases on most Americans. But top Democrats and Republicans were mum on the progress of a deal, saying only that negotiations were ongoing.

As of Sunday, Barrasso said, there was "no deal yet."