Chambliss to Obama: 'You'd better strap on your chin strap very tight'

Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 11:00 AM
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ATLANTA — U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss issued a warning Friday to President Obama to prepare for another round of tough bargaining over spending cuts and entitlement reform.

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Obama has promised not to get entangled in protracted negotiations during March’s vote on raising the federal debt limit and the extension of the spending authorization like those that dragged on for weeks before the “fiscal cliff” of sweeping spending cuts and tax increases that triggered automatically at midnight Monday.

The Georgia Republican dismissed that promise.

“My message to you, Mr. President, is you’d better strap on your chin strap very tight because this junkyard dog is going to address spending cuts and entitlement reform in the debt-ceiling debate, and that’s going to be a line in the sand for us Republicans and conservatives,” Chambliss said.

The comment came during a conference call with reporters when the state’s senior senator was asked about the announcement Thursday on CNN by Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer that her group was targeting Chambliss for opposition in the primary. She blamed him for voting too often with Democrats, especially for the “fiscal-cliff” fix that postponed the spending cuts while making permanent rates on income and estate taxes that expired Monday.

The “fix” legislation did not restore the lower rates for individuals earning more than $400,000 or couples making more than $450,000.

“I can tell you I live in the state of Georgia and Saxby Chambliss is going to be primaried. Our own senator. It’s unacceptable to have somebody who votes with the Democrats more than they do with the conservatives, and he has proven time and time again he’s all about the spending,” she said.

Some conservatives are upset that the fix legislation, in effect, raised taxes on anyone and that it didn’t include spending cuts. Chambliss said it did hold down taxes for most Georgians while making those rates permanent, however.

“We couldn’t get this done when we had Bush in the White House and Republicans in control of the Senate and House,” he said.

Chambliss left Washington shortly after the conference call with plans to travel the state in coming days to talk about the fix vote.

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Frita's Boss
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Frita's Boss 01/04/13 - 11:19 am
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Want to know how to fix Washington?

Term limits NOW!!!

Get rid of pensions for these clowns!

Lower their salaries by at least 30%.

Make it an HONOR to serve your country, not a dang career.

resident
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resident 01/04/13 - 11:49 am
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Agree 100%

These clowns are subjected to the health care nightmare we must endure now.They do not pay Social Security, their staff gets away with an awful lot by being exempt as well. Funny how all say tax the rich..Well aren't they rich as well, for some reason it seems to not be impacting them....WHY?????????????? lets limit terms and corruption.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/04/13 - 12:00 pm
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Toast

I sure hope Chambliss is toast. He is definitely part of the spending problem.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/04/13 - 12:49 pm
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Saxby aka RINO

I expect to see a "special" deal at some point with his name on it.
Giving BO what he wants.

faithson
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faithson 01/04/13 - 01:01 pm
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yea...

Well good, we can primary Rep Broun, who is an obvious representation of what Georgia voters are all about. His vote for speaker being an especially bombastic infantile move. This would open up his seat, which is so needing of a good man to represent the district.

my.voice
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my.voice 01/04/13 - 04:18 pm
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A fight? Mr Chambliss have

A fight? Mr Chambliss have you been asleep? The fights over, Obama and the "crats" won.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/04/13 - 04:44 pm
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faithson

I'm glad I was drawn out of Broun's district. I'm no fan of Barrow, but I can tolerate him better than Broun.

faithson
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faithson 01/04/13 - 05:04 pm
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we need

wish those Tomson guys would find a good primary candidate to run against Broun. Lemuel Brooks comes to mind.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 01/05/13 - 04:37 am
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chin strap indeed.. i think

chin strap indeed.. i think chambliss will need an empty box to yell into

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 01/05/13 - 05:37 am
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Say what

What are they doing playing football?

Techfan
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Techfan 01/05/13 - 06:49 am
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Senators and Representatives

Senators and Representatives pay SS. Please check your facts. Term limit changes will require a Constitutional Amendment. Good luck on that one. Saxby needs to look at last Novermber's election returns and check the will of the people. Defense spending takes up around 60%-61% of our revenue. When you take out payroll taxes, which should be reserved for SS and Medicare, defense spending takes up 88%-95% of our revenue. Obviously defense is the major place cuts have to be made. Now Saxby, will you have the courage to do it, or will you just continue to make classless comments?

prov227
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prov227 01/05/13 - 10:43 am
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It's time for change ...

in both Georgia's senators. Chambliss says, " ... going to be a line in the sand for us Republicans and conservatives, ...” I wonder which one Chambliss is, a Republican or a conservative. You can't be both any more.

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