Sen. Chuck Schumer promised the Senate would pass a budget that includes tax reforms this year on NBC's Meet the Press. "First, it’s not true that we haven’t had budget control in effect the last several years. The budget control act of 2011 put in rigid spending cuts," Schumer said, defending their track record.. (Republicans like to claim Democrats haven't passed a budget in years.) "We're going to do a budget this year, and it's going to have revenues in it," Schumer promised. "And our Republican colleagues better get used to that fact." Schumer said he's spoken with the top Senate Democratic leaders, and he's promising their budget will take on sequestration and tax reform. "It’s going to be a great opportunity for us because in our budget that we will pass, we will have tax reform…It’s going to include revenues," Schumer said.
White House senior adviser David Plouffe gave a preview of the President's Inaugural address during his appearances on the Sunday shows. On Fox News Sunday, Plouffe said Obama's speech will stress the need for "common ground" with Republicans. "I do think he’s going to talk about how our founding values and vision can still provide us with a guiding pathway in a changing world," Plouffe said. "He’s going to talk about how our political system doesn’t require us to talk about all of our differences and political disputes, but it does require us to seek common ground when it can and should exist. He’s going to make that point very strongly." He did also say Republicans were to blame for Congress' lack of progress. "The barrier to progress here is not the president. We need to see more Republicans in Congress willing to compromise, even on revenues," Plouffe said.