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CBS This Morning: Sen. Gillibrand on Dems' rival budget plan

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(CBS News) - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told CBS This Morning that the senate democrats will "present a very balanced budget" that will cut spending in "reasonable" ways.

Gillibrand added: "I think that what Paul Ryan has offered is a cuts-only approach that will put us back into a recession."

Excerpts and video of the interview are below.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50142728n

MASON: Senator, I understand the President told Democrats yesterday that you're going to have to embrace some changes to entitlement programs, if you want to get a deal. Are you ready to do that?

GILLIBRAND: The Democrats are going to present a very balanced budget, one that can certainly cut back spending, but in reasonable, appropriate ways, can also begin to strengthen our entitlements in a way that keeps them there not just for this generation, but for the next generation, and make sure it's balanced, so that there are some revenues. I think that what Paul Ryan has offered is a cuts-only approach that will put us back into a recession. I think it's an approach that will change Medicare as we know it. It's one that does not protect the seniors, does not protect the middle class.

KING: Senator, we heard that the meeting ran long. I'm wondering if that's a good sign, and why has it taken you all so long to get your budget together, four years and counting?

GILLIBRAND: Well, we had a budget; it was the Budget Control Act. And that's unfortunately—some of the cuts we are looking at right now are ones we have to make. But this budget will be better because it will be a balanced budget. And it will have an appropriate amount of revenues to cuts, and to strengthening our social safety net.

MASON: Your hearing today, Senator, is about sexual assault, basically within the military. I know it's an issue that you're personally very–-you have very strong feelings about, but it's taken a long time for this issue to get on the agenda in Washington. Why is that?

GILLIBRAND: Well, one of the problems is we only have 17% women in Congress, and we only have 20 women senators. And these are issues that I can tell you that women senators are taking a strong leadership on.  It's outrageous that there are 19,000 sexual assaults in our military every single year. And it's outrageous that only a handful of them ever go to trial, and even fewer result in convictions, and of those convicted, a third of those convicted are still serving in the military. 

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