US Rep. Jim Nussle (R) of Iowa, chairman of the House Budget Committee, was Thursday's guest. Here are excerpts from his remarks:
"New starts during a freeze time are not what we should be working on.... As far as I am concerned, that means things like going to Mars are not on the table this year."
"I don't believe this is as bold as we could be - certainly not as bold as I would want to be. However, this is based on listening to [the views of] members."
"Clearly, it's going to be very tough. Do I have the votes today? No."
"If people want to play games ... they have obviously not been home lately to listen to their constituents."
"There isn't anybody in Iowa that is wringing their hands around their kitchen table saying, 'Gosh, honey, I am really worried about this federal deficit.' "
"Forty-two percent [in the latest Des Moines Register poll] isn't too bad for a state that didn't go for him the last time."
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