Republican vs. Republican in D.C. Budget Battle

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Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg Government analyst Nela Richardson examines the battle within the Republican party over budget issues and the debt ceiling debate. She speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers."

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The upcoming battle over the budget is being fought on two fronts.

Republicans are battling democrats, but the more interesting fight may be the one that involves -- or at least kids -- republicans versus republicans.

We have an analyst from bloomberg government that studies how policy decisions affect his nest.

Great to see you in person.

Let's talk about this.

What exactly do you mean by republican versus republicans?

Republican versus republican go straight to the heart of two issues.

One, not every republican is in line with the austerity and the nondefense part of the budget.

You saw this with the transportation bill that couldn't come to the floor in the house this past summer.

I thought moderates didn't exist anymore?

Apparently, when it comes to infrastructure spending, they still do.

There's a second debate that began during the august recess about whether the -- to tie obama care to the debt ceiling debate.

This is not a consensus strategy, but meant to him -- momentum has built, mainly because of some openings the white house is left open in delaying the employer mandate.

Two, some missteps in getting the data centers up and running by the october 1 deadline there.

Center for american progress , aligned, with the democratic party, broadly speaking, did work for the obama and clinton administration, she is a sense of what is going on and said there is a zero chance the white house is going to budge on obama care.

If that is the case, what else might those republicans be looking for and how will that play out in this battle, this intraparty battle, you describe?

The white house says there will be no strings attached to any debt ceiling debate, especially not the signature piece of legislation for president obama.

But what it does is it allows for republicans to bring up obamacare in the midst of this budget battle at a time when democrats would rather not talk about it.

What else might they demand?

Let's talk about the substance, not just sort of the atmospherics, which are important, but the substance that they're not going to demand move in on obamacare, what else might they demand the white house and democrats throw into the mix?

There are some legislative components about obamacare that could be a very crucial piece in this discussion.

There are other issues important to republicans.

Construction of the keystone pipeline, entitlement spending reductions, a broad spectrum of issues that could be pegged to a debt ceiling debate.

This discussion is going on within the republican party about what to prioritize.

What economically speaking, where would they gain the most ground?

If the argument here is an economic one, clearly, there are political arguments being waged, but if some of these people truly believe it comes down to a matter of economics, where do the numbers support their case?

I think a case can be made for small deal that gives on entitlement spending i'm a where the white house and democrats come down on that deal.

There could be some maneuvering in obamacare.

It isn't a stretch to say this reform package is not ready to go on october 1. there are key components that could be delayed.

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