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All right folks to -- on this that breaking news that house right now set to vote on president Obama's three point six trillion dollar budget.
Do you see the F -- lawmakers there -- going up to the podium giving their kids and before taking the -- so well we spoke to rich cats and just a few -- moments ago and basically what they're going to do now is they're voting on a conservative version of a budget.
By the republic and and there you go -- they voted on -- budget from the black -- so a lot of procedural.
Grand standing going on before the actual.
Real vote our next guest is all -- This trillion dollar plus the budget and -- found.
The progressive caucus wanted to -- 469.
Billion in nonmilitary.
Discretionary spending up above and beyond president Obama's budget request.
Up three point six million in other words -- would all add up to a four point one trillion dollar.
Budget we want to welcome to happy hour congresswoman.
Sheila Jackson Lee.
Democratic vice chair of the progressive caucus congresswoman thank you very much for joining us for happy hour.
Thank you very.
-- X two was you know how we.
-- caucus that happy at the Sydney in my opinion to.
Another 460 billion on to this -- wouldn't we are still concerned right now about -- out of control spending that could lead to.
It just a few short years congresswoman.
The bowl financial collapse of that President Bush created and his administration.
The 700 billion dollars that have been given to corporate giants.
Who defaulted because of their own malfeasance.
Certainly is in contrast.
Meager to what we're trying to do -- rebuild America.
Was filing unemployment rates in the midwest and in urban and rural areas.
With health care in a crisis situation with joblessness.
Being taught about prices and the trillion dollar trillion dollar.
Deficit left by -- the past administration.
You're absolutely right we are audacious.
We in fact -- And what we're trying to do is to rebuild America we are creating job with providing educational opportunity we're investing in America and guess what.
We are bringing down the deficit 58%.
Of what we are investing in the budget that we put -- it will help reduce the deficit.
I had congressman let me ask -- how in the world need to reduce the deficit by increased and increased spending the -- you do you propose.
Well we what we do is we provide dollars to pay down on the deficit we cut across the if you will continuing.
A high tax relief for those -- individuals making more than 250000.
We in essence look at items in the budget that.
Are -- spending items are not investing in people.
But we we rebuild America's highways and roads we invest in America is -- -- and -- with that would create will work jobs and we do something that is extremely important.
By investing seventeen.
A billion dollars to -- the black caucus but that seventeen billion dollars in at the end of America wants to leave bill.
This nation and be at the cutting edge of this great country and -- we gonna do come.
-- -- just please answer my question I understand how you gonna spend it just on the high gonna reduce the deficit which.
What would it didn't raise taxes on on -- bike -- -- -- -- Think I think you have not heard me clearly I indicated that we can eliminate the tax cuts for the rich.
We could eliminate a number of excessive spending in various agencies -- -- eliminate waste fraud and abuse and will have enough money to reduce the deficit.
We realize -- now but it is a balanced budget and the real question have to be.
Are you prepared to invest only in those who can help themselves are you willing to invest in Americans who helped build this country.
Well fallen on hard times if you can give and support 700 billion dollars in the Bush Administration.
-- for Wall Street's nobody acts -- I would like to support the hardworking families of America.
None of this in any way I believe there's anything more than bold patriotic.
And the right thing to do for America.
Congressman and I you know it's hard to argue the fact that you know everybody of course wants to help those who are struggle lead in you know.
It brings the country up together as a nation you know that the problem is that you know I started from very humble beginnings and I worked my butt off.
To get -- I am today you know the problem is when you -- penalize somebody penalize somebody for being successful.
I mean you know -- they -- asked to be a better way than just always taxing success.
I mean if there was not at all and fit for me to get here until I would just be living off welfare and -- up collecting a check every month.
Well let me say this there's no intent to penalize those who like yourself -- raise themselves up.
And how proud Americans but here's where we are today.
When we talk about pulling out self up my bootstraps we have Americans that don't have feet.
I'll put the -- the -- on this is not about you know I think this is about mutual.
Benefit and you -- sacrifice you live -- they securitization the tax -- dollars.
Pay for your ability to be a successful that you -- We provide you with the infrastructure we give you the ability to live in a free America well there are others who likewise would like to have that opportunity that we have to all sacrifice a little bit.
By investing in their opportunities so they too can have -- to put their boots aren't gonna pull themselves -- you have young people today.
50% of certain populations -- dropping out of high school.
That means we've got to reinvest them better teachers better technology better buildings and that means that we make people equal to your opportunity.
Why then is best but everybody seems pretty good and bad and -- -- -- it pretty.
Is your sacrifice and your.
Thanks but living in a great country like this that's allowed you to have the income delivered to do I don't think that is to let's dance.
I know what I you know I'll go back to the -- -- that public education free I went to community college.
Very affordable there's so many opportunities that -- would be dropping out shame on them for doing that congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee relative.
Have you -- the changing them to your attitude and investing in that will help them do that we we we believe that well.
We're gonna have you back and happy hours and if you continue this discussion thank you very much I know you've got businesses -- to -- Thank you for having me have a good weekend.
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