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Congressional Republicans are asking President Obama to to shut the government wallet and freeze federal spending.
But cannot really happen or work during a recession.
Congressman Roy Blunt Republican of Missouri joining me now from Capitol Hill welcome representative thanks for coming on the program.
It loses its good to be what you think any time every day to talk about these issues -- trying very hard at Fox Business to really look at both sides of the issue on all of this.
It just yesterday the president representative said that he wanted to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term.
And your suggesting now freezing government spending -- just put in 787.
Billion dollars into a stimulus plan here.
How would this work how -- work.
Well obviously could freeze spending on the rest the budget you know to give you an idea how much 800 billion dollars us.
The entire discretionary budget of the country is a trillion dollars.
Half of that to defend the country half of that.
To do everything else that we actually vote on every year they they just increased to straighten this kind of spending by 80%.
And all of that goes right into the deficit and it's got to be.
Potentially one of the easiest challenges and anybody ever set for themselves to.
Make this huge increase in the deficit and then say in four years we'll get it back to -- for what it is today.
OK -- how would -- work if you freeze government spending let's talk about this we're looking at -- top five stimulus expenditures those would be Medicaid education jobless benefits.
Highway improvements in health care but.
Talking about basic government spending how -- you shut it down.
Now now on our proposal would just be on the part of the budget will vote on this week on the omnibus spending bill.
Just to not spend more than we spent last year in other words.
Have level funding from last year we've already increased.
Government discretionary spending by 80%.
So surely you could hold the line on the amount of money we spent last year for all of those other items that don't include Social Security.
Don't include Medicare don't include Medicaid.
Adjusted discretionary trillion dollars the budget.
That's a huge number and simply don't increase that the president says there's lots of waste and fraud out there and that's one of the ways he's got to balance the budget we'll start by finding that.
2% or whatever would be the inflationary number this year by not having.
An omnibus spending bill that has 9000.
-- -- senate and has so much that is the -- highest increase in discretionary spending and probably a decade except for right after nine elevenths.
Apple cut the spending -- liking that idea let's talk about Missouri in particular.
-- governor Jay Nixon intending to maximize the use of the stimulus package for your state some governors don't want to use the money or say they don't need it done.
What's -- -- going through right now you've got to have unemployment at about seven point 3% that's lower than the national average.
-- but but not something that you'd like to see go any higher certainly.
Do you -- -- your state to take the the target those stimulus money rather.
Well let's I was a former statewide elected official myself my my son was the governor that didn't run again and Jay Nixon just replaced him and as governor or -- I've always tried hard not to give a lot of advice.
People in Jefferson City because of those those factors but.
I certainly wouldn't do anything to build a permanent budget.
Around this temporary money if I did take the money.
The best way to do it is to do temporary to do things you have to repeat -- put roofs on buildings.
Get out there and spend money do your own stimulus but don't build permanent spending.
Around money that the federal government's going to give you one time.
You just announced that they're going to run for the senate what do you feel you can accomplish in the senate that you couldn't in the house.
Well the -- really where the fight is we saw what happened last week one.
A three Republicans.
Joined the Democrats suddenly they got to that magic magic number of sixty.
And at that point that house members nor senate members even got to read the bill it's really the last check and balance in the system in Washington.
Right now is 41 Republicans in the senate.
Our Republican senator Kit Bond has done a great job for us for a long time.
Is leaving the senate -- critically important to keep that last speed bump in the process.
And ominously if I could be the person makes that that happened well.
Congratulations on the announcement certainly that you'll run I have to ask as we finish up your representative.
Do you want to work with this president do you want him to succeed.
Well like I do and in fact now on the run from in charge of the health care task force we've put together.
Here in the house to be an active part of that debate I've told both the vice president and the and the president.
Here's an area where we could find the solution if we wanted to but it we can't find -- solution.
If the side that got 53%.
In the election -- 100%.
Of the solution if it's 53 them 47 us.
My sense is we can do a lot to solve this critically important problem.
As we -- many others.
But it's not going to be -- take it or leave it kind of operation.
That's not the way the country works best to stop the way we worked in the past and it's not the way we're going to be able to work effectively going forward.
Congressman Roy Blunt we join us again.
-- well thanks for having me on any time thank you so much we preach.
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