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Dem Senator Mary Landrieu: Spending Is Not Out of Control 'Despite What You Hear on Fox News'

Yesterday on the Senate floor, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) targeted Fox News for what she claims is a misrepresentation of the country's fiscal issues.

"I am not going to keep cutting the discretionary budget which, by the way, is not out of control despite what you hear on Fox News. It's mandatory spending that is rising rapidly because the greatest generation that gave us the greatest nation the world has ever heard is dying. And they need hospice care, they need Social Security and they need hospitals," she said.

Her statement follows a recent claim by President Obama that Fox News and other conservative media outlets "punish" Republicans who try to work with Democrats, making it harder for the two parties to find common ground.

Bill Hemmer discussed Landrieu's comments on America's Newsroom with

Fox News contributor Stephen Hayes, specifically Landrieu's claim that discretionary spending has not grown out of control. Hemmer pointed out that discretionary spending has doubled since 2000, from $614 billion to $1.3 trillion in 2012.

"House Republicans, back when they were looking to replace the sequester, found some 300 billion dollars in mostly discretionary spending that could be cut from the federal government. So there's plenty of discretionary spending to be cut. And if you look back at 2008 discretionary spending levels, then versus now, you're talking about a difference of more than 200 billion dollars. So that may not be a big deal to her, it may not be a big deal to people in Washington, but I can tell you that it's a big deal probably to taxpayers around the country," Hayes said.

Hayes credited Landrieu for at least bringing up the issue of entitlements, but said Democrats still have not put forth any kind of long-term plan for reforming Social Security or Medicare.

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