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Haley decries ‘dysfunctional’ federal government in national TV appearance

Jun 14, 2011 12:04:00 AM - thestate.com
Appearing on a national TV panel this morning, Gov. Nikki Haley predicted it will take “deep spending cuts and spending caps going forward” for the GOP-controlled U.S. House of Representatives and the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate and President Barack Obama, a Democrat, to reach an agreement to raise the federal debt limit.

Haley appeared on a town hall meeting as part of CBS News’ “The Early Show” with fellow Republicans U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, U.S. Rep. Tom Ryan of Wisconsin and U.S. Rep. Allen West of Florida.

Haley decried Washington as “just dysfunctional right now,” appealing for fewer federal mandates that require states to spend money on health care for the poor, through Medicaid, or on prescribed educational efforts.

“D.C. is -- is totally -- in chaos. And has -- is just-- not doing anything,” Haley said. “The states can’t wait. We have to lead. And so, what I would beg of both the Congress and the Senate ... is give us flexibility. Quit mandating any ... spending down. Medicaid alone is a quarter of South Carolina’s budget. Give us the ability to decide what the health care needs are of our citizens. When it comes to any education mandates, let us decide how to educate our kids. When it comes to any of the health care, let us decide our health care.”

Other highlights of Haley’s comments included:

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