Labor Secretary Solis: "Elections do matter"
February 26th, 2011
06:49 PM ET

Labor Secretary Solis: "Elections do matter"

WASHINGTON (CNN) – An impassioned Labor Secretary Hilda Solis rallied Democratic party members Saturday to tell voters "elections do matter" as she gave a detailed – and political – response to the Wisconsin union fight.

Solis delivered her remarks before the Democratic National Committee winter meeting, in the same hotel where conservative activists held their annual convention two weeks ago.  But the message was decidedly different, as Solis accused Republicans of turning back the clock on workers' rights.

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Topics: Wisconsin
Obama: "we cannot allow gridlock to prevail"
February 26th, 2011
07:00 AM ET

Obama: "we cannot allow gridlock to prevail"

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In today's weekly address, President Obama once again pledged a freeze on annual domestic spending over the next five years, a freeze he claims, "that would cut the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade, bringing this kind of spending to its lowest share of our economy since Dwight Eisenhower was President."

This despite PolitiFact's rating of "false" earlier this week.

The president also called on Congress to avoid gridlock during budget debates next week to avoid a government shutdown.

"For the sake of our people and our economy, we cannot allow gridlock to prevail. Both Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate have said they believe it’s important to keep the government running while we work together on a plan to reduce our long-term deficit," he said.

"There will be plenty of debates and disagreements, and neither party will get everything it wants. Both sides will have to compromise," he added.

Read the remarks as prepared, below the fold.

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Topics: Economy • President Obama • The News