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-- everybody I'm Gerri Willis a turning point -- Washington is John Boehner takes the gavel with his new Republican majority officially taking control -- of the house.
But with a laundry list of partisan battles on the radar is today -- half day of good will on the hill.
Congressman -- -- -- is a Republican from Louisiana and he joins me now live from Capitol Hill congressman welcome.
Great to be with you.
Well we know today there was a lot of posturing in a lot of promise saying I want to listen to something that Nancy Pelosi had to say that I found a big can founding I want your response here it is.
And -- -- John Boehner and the new Republican majority and congratulations again.
Come forward with solutions that will address these American challenges.
You will find us a willing partner.
I'll willing partner now do you think Nancy Pelosi is really gonna work with the GOP.
Well we'll have to see what happens but I can assure you of this we are going to come forward with some very important.
Solutions to solving the problems that the American families -- around this country are facing.
You know families and businesses are faced with uncertainty.
And what we need to do is focus on how do you get this economy growing again.
And getting job creation in the private sector going again those -- the top issues that are facing us today.
Well congress and then -- -- this.
Are you expecting help from the other side of the -- do you think you're gonna have middle ground.
Well I hope so and then we'll -- it.
You know the bottom line is we have a majority in the house now and we're gonna work with anybody wants to work with us on these on these ideas.
How the key is gonna be -- the key is to get things to the senate and that's really where.
We're gonna have to fights.
Well you know I guess that's not a ringing endorsement what ms.
Pelosi had this I think -- could say but.
It's fascinating anyway a lot of the rhetoric today a lot of the talk.
I would ask you also about obamacare repeal that's on tap for next Wednesday it's not expected to go anywhere.
And the Democrats now saying that the GOP has no plans to paint for what.
Repealing obamacare would cost -- what representative Louise Slaughter had to say she said.
This provision allows Republicans to pretend their campaign promise to repeal the health care bill will have no cost.
Their resolution simply instruct the house to ignore the triple dollar increase in the deficit that will result.
Now I understand your doctor -- Louise Slaughter have this right.
Well here's here's the issue.
We know right now.
Even with passage of this health care bill health care premiums skyrocketing.
And by some estimates going up at an even faster rate than they -- if we had done nothing.
So -- I think we've got the American people behind us on this.
We're gonna repeal this bill in the house we're gonna put pressure on the senate see how far we can go.
Knowing that we may very well likely fall back on plan B which is to hold in -- hearings to analyze all the difficult problems that this -- Law has created.
With an eye toward actually coming coming up with some better -- Forms congressman understood.
But what I'm really asking you here is the GOP is accused of ignoring the costs of repeal.
And some Democrats saying that it will cost a trillion dollars to repeal.
Now -- -- that astounding.
Do you think that -- accurate.
I don't buy that no not at all and if you think about all the gimmicks that were used in the past to make this at this.
Seemingly deficit neutral.
They excluded the doctor fix we still have a very temporary doctor fix in place there a whole host of issues -- I left on the table.
And as a doctor in congress I can assure you.
We have to do this in a much better a much more responsible way that meets the needs the American people that focuses on getting the cost down on insurance.
Where it's affordable.
Through competition transparency.
It focuses on high quality medicine.
And also focuses on how we start to expand coverage in and in a responsible way.
A whole bunch of people 151617.
Million new folks on Medicaid is not a responsible way to do this because we're kicking the can down the road and putting the burden on the states it won't work.
Well -- -- lots of questions there that I'm sure.
We'll be talking about next week according to ask you about -- -- that he got headlines recently for saying that he wanted to root out all the job killing rules.
That the administration had put into place that essentially hurt.
That hurt job growth.
Do you think it is I think going too far here.
-- -- -- crossing that line you know going out so you know talking to business men across the country about this issue or is this a great way for congress to do business.
-- support for us to hear from the business community.
To see what they're faced with today with regard to the new regulatory environment whether it's in energy production.
-- the financial services world.
Because look forward to create jobs we have to understand.
What businesses are dealing with whether to small business or a large corporation.
Those are the ones you're gonna hire and those are the ones are gonna promote economic growth that's gonna get our country going again it's not the government that's gonna create.
No jobs and economic growth and prosperity for our country it's a private sector.
And so I think congressman I say is correct let's hear from the business community have been shut out for the last two years completely in this debate.
It's important for them to it to have a voice at the table because those -- the job creators.
Well I congressman was -- we will be watching you guys which is the best of luck congratulations on this day great thank you could be with you.
Well we got -- -- here.
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