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We move though to Washington where it is one step forward in two steps backwards President Obama is -- -- -- the tax cut extension into law.
About three hours from now the house working into the wee hours last night to pass the senate approved measure.
But congress is still working on a bill to fund the government's.
And this after the spending bill which was -- the -- was pulled from the senate -- a Republican opposition ran in from both sides of the hour right now.
The house anyway Republican congressman -- rally.
Jim Hines and thanks to both of -- -- know that you both voted for the tax bill now you've got to move on on -- bus.
Congressman -- what's gonna happen here with -- getting at a government shutdown -- thing.
Now we're not -- -- government shutdown what you're gonna see I think he's a continuing resolution come out of the senate did -- pretty quickly in the house I think the big question as.
How long does that continuing resolution last so I think we'll get this wound up in the next couple of days.
Congressman route you ready to work alone weekend here's -- It's finally may isolation I'm reminded me when I was back in practice -- -- -- up at midnight so it's not a problem at all.
Hi able to vote again I can't talk about this month my teacher Greg Dobbs has done thank congressman Hines do you person in the way that we -- voting happen in November -- -- does flight.
Folks don't want pork barrel spending from congress anymore are you ready to make some hard decisions with regards to -- marks.
You know if we want to make Smart decisions one of these -- and -- we just are being honest about earmarks and to be honest about him actually and acknowledge that they are not the solution to this country's fiscal issue.
Look they're subject to abuse I get that they're also by the way funny hospitals and roadways and libraries in people's districts.
So when you say they don't like earmarks they -- you mean that in general you don't necessarily mean that in specific.
But if we're gonna have a real honest conversation.
About how we fix the federal budget which we will lead -- -- voluntarily or we'll be forced to do it.
We're going to be honest about the fact that earmarks -- about less than half a percent of the overall federal budget.
But congressman Riley was eight billion dollars of earmarks and has not the most well that's one of the reasons that it got -- plus -- it was a fierce battle in the senate last night congressman round.
Yes I thank the voters said we're -- this and I agree with that congressman times what we have to visit family your markets MacKey that congress act came in the pledge not to ask for earmarks.
And -- found everyone knows what a bad earmark is it's a bridge to nowhere an airport that lands no airplanes people that -- Houston congressman.
I mean just awful things it wastes peoples money.
Absolutely if you can define what they are roads -- -- there's a way to do that would transparency when you have several thousand earmarks and on our -- -- this year.
The Republican Party has a moratorium on earmarks and to -- for -- and make it transparent so the taxpayers money is not wasted.
And what comes -- -- I mean do you think that you can get more of that that sense of on the democratic side because what we heard from the Democratic Party was we're not gonna.
You don't put any have a -- playing out on -- -- about -- we -- told.
Well this isn't a party thing as a congressman points out on the house they had a ban on the Republican side on -- -- in the senate they had a Republican festival of earmarks that are in this omnibus bill does not moving forward I'm not sure it's a partisan thing.
But I completely agree as my colleague and if we're gonna do these things and let's face it people do want assistance to build hospitals and build schools and roadways.
If we do it let's do it and objective way -- -- fully transparent way to make sure that everybody knows who's asking for what there is actual real merit behind.
These requests I do think there's a better way to do but I don't think it's a democratic Republican fight there's been some.
And it's been going on Washington for a very long time on both sides of the got a colleague that's got a question for you don't ask congressman from Morgan that two thirds of the population support the tax cut bill I support -- this well.
-- can add close to trillion dollars to the deficit.
Long term concern but talk a little bit about any any plans for bipartisan talks -- first for spending cuts come tomorrow can you start -- that one.
I certainly -- I think one of the things I would argue about is I don't argue that leaving people their hard earned money.
Edge to the deficit we have a spending problem here in Washington DC -- -- -- mayor before I got here.
I'm absolutely astonished I don't want American taxpayer to send us another nickel of their hard earned money.
-- until we can show some restraint on spending their money.
So yes I think there's going to be I think there's the way you can go back to baseline budget of 2008.
If you do that it saves a hundred billion dollars a year and I think both sides of the I'll.
If if we correctly interpreted this election better -- that -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Well I think you know we took a big step forward on something that I was gratified to see I'm not used we're delighted and gratified to see which was the report that the Simpson Bowles commission put out.
And they they had -- really thoughtful ideas first of all that you be very careful what you do in the near term and a very difficult they -- very hesitant recovery.
You know if you were to start slashing budgets right now raising anybody's taxes you would really run the risk of throwing -- into a double dip recession so they said let's start in 2012 -- when he eleventh.
And then we start a conversation which is an honest conversation which makes nobody -- nobody happy right yes spending restraint is absolutely critical.
But guess what you know unless you can solve this problem entirely through spending cuts which I promise you is not possible they were also gonna talk about revenue.
And we're gonna have a discussion -- both parties come together -- no sacred cows no ultimatums no pledges that I'm not gonna do XYZ.
And we're doing our jobs we're gonna put together a compromise that makes absolutely nobody happy but which puts this country on a sustainable fiscal path.
Gentlemen thanks to both of you -- -- look for the -- what happens in the house with a belt well the senate as well Republican congressman bill -- from Tennessee.
Democratic congressman Jim hunt for the Connecticut thinks about the --
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