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Published February 27, 2011, 07:47 AM

Senator Conrad: Lawmakers need to look at the big picture to reduce the deficit

(WDAY TV) - A North Dakota senator believes the big problem with balancing the budget is lawmakers are focusing on only a small part of it.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Senator Kent Conrad says we're never going to solve the problem if only 12 percent of the budget is considered for cuts. We are dealing with a 1.5 trillion dollar deficit just this year.

SENATOR KENT CONRAD - (D) North Dakota: “What is important is that we have a long-term comprehensive settlement that really gets the country back on track with everything on the table that includes the entitlement programs, that includes revenue.”

Republicans have come up with a plan to cut 100 billion dollars from the president's last proposal.