Bloomberg (by Wingfield & Klimasinska):
“Absolutist” lawmakers aligned with the Tea Party have put the U.S. “on the brink,” Senator Lisa Murkowski said.
House Speaker John Boehner is grappling with a “situation that is perhaps out of his control” as he struggles to persuade those members to compromise on raising the U.S. debt ceiling, Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, said.
“I am really worried about where we are standing and I think part of that has come about because you have individuals that say, ‘It is my way or the highway,’” Murkowski, 54, said today in an interview at Bloomberg’s Washington office. “That is not how you govern.”
House Republicans backed by Tea Party groups have pledged to support a debt-ceiling increase only if it’s accompanied by spending cuts and doesn’t raise taxes. President Barack Obama and Democrats propose a mix of tax increases and spending reductions.
“You have folks who are so black-and-white, who are so absolutist, that we are in a process now where we are on the brink,” said Murkowski . . .
Read more at Bloomberg HERE.