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Good evening everybody -- Gerri Willis with Christmas just three and a half weeks away.
Is congress getting ready to gift wrap your tax cut extension.
That was the biggest question on the table at a bipartisan meeting of leaders at the White House earlier today.
Although it sounded like same -- batch of answers when the president addressed the media afterward.
Congressman Kevin Brady is the senior Republican on the joint economic committee and joins me now live from Capitol Hill.
Congressman welcome good to see if thank you Gerri thanks for having me.
-- well you know.
I was underwhelmed I got to say you know it doesn't seem like we're getting any farther.
And worst yet it's another convention another committee consider -- job moan about something instead of taking action what do you make of it.
Well I make the same thing.
You know -- American public knows.
This attacks bomb that's ticking -- -- -- coming we don't have much time left but the president doesn't seem to -- challenge.
Speaker Pelosi or Harry Reid.
-- say get this thing -- reach a compromise extend these tax cuts and less reassure the American public to question the question it's here I guess is do they understand.
They're playing with fire or.
-- they even care at all.
Well I wanna read your comments from a couple of legislators who seem to agree that.
-- -- just extend those tax -- to be done with that first from senator Lindsey Graham.
He says there will be bipartisan support in the lame duck to extend all the tax cuts for two or three years and I think the vote will be had before the end of the year.
And if the president doesn't support that I think he's running a risk of making the economy weaker OK that's -- to Graham Allison did senator Bryan Dorgan.
Democrat from north -- -- that's what's likely to happen is there will be an extension of the tax -- for everybody.
For -- this time so.
So many people seem to be an agreement and yet here we are with another convention got -- -- -- that are -- and wait for them to get them with whatever they're doing.
We'll both senator Dorgan and Graham different parties but they're speaking the will of the house and the senate -- I think of the of the American public.
What we're lacking.
Is one leadership the White House into a simple up or down vote that's all we're asking for extend all the tax cuts for two years at a minimum.
I'm convinced that would pass but right now they just seem intent on playing games and again I don't think they know the damage that they are ready to inflict.
Well you know I think so much debate -- got odd about this if it's not like anybody's gonna be eliminated by any new facts in this discussion seems to me.
You already know how you want to vote right.
You would think in -- is every member of congress knows how they would vote today.
I think they're trying to set up some politics maybe for the presidential.
Election that two years down the rotor you know tribe last final gasp of a very liberal Democrat congress in the -- worries me.
We actually have people here who don't think it's essential.
That those tax cuts be extended bats that's gives me a bit.
How would you -- -- something that Robert Gibbs had to say president's Press Secretary.
Talking about the conversation about the value.
He said I think this is the beginning of a new relationship -- leaders in the house and the senate.
I think this is the beginning of a longer term conversation about how we get to compromises on issues that we know are important for the American people.
Why didn't -- -- even talking about this for quite some time.
You know the president been office two years since tax cuts and other issues have been pending four that long or more.
So -- shouldn't be a surprise to him shouldn't take in November election for him starting to listening to the public or sitting down from.
Republicans find bipartisan.
Solutions to this I know we were ready.
To extend those tax cuts we just need a partner.
Willing to a step -- -- -- -- partner willing to step up but what kinds of compromises would you personally be willing to go for.
Well well I think.
You know we want tax relief from the -- permanent that is our goal we're going to continue to pursue that in a Republican majority.
Right now I think the full experience of all the tax cuts including.
The key things people don't talk about Alternative Minimum Tax research and development to tax credit.
-- state local sales tax deduction all those critical issues death tax.
Which will explode January 1 I think we ought to extend all that relief for a period of time.
And let Republicans.
Figure out the long term solution.
Well you know nothing that happened today -- wanted to get to comment on the deficit commission delaying their report to Friday.
And we hear that this and it doesn't want to ban earmarks.
I -- feel retrenchment in the air -- -- there was a big vote on November 2 but I'm starting to want that are wonder whether congress will stick to its guns whether Republicans will stick to their guns.
And tried it constrain government keep spending down the very things of the voters seem to want so much.
Rest assured Republicans are more motivated than ever.
To limit spending to get us back toward some kind of fiscal responsibility.
-- -- serious about banning earmarks and you know they can submit all they want in the senate in the house we're -- refuse.
To do them.
And that we also know jobs and spending our top top priorities -- -- we're eager.
To get the gavels to be able to give control back to the American public.
Congressman -- thanks so much for your help today we really appreciate it thank you Jerry.
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