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And has -- participated certainly in his share of White House and Capitol Hill negotiations.
He's the ranking Republican on the senate banking committee senator Richard Shelby joins us now from.
Capitol Hill senator great -- great to see.
Thank you lose do you hold out hope at this point.
That a deal can be reached.
I hope that a deal can be reached but I hope it's it's it's one that at least makes the first down payment.
Own cutting rather than -- in spending.
This is where we're on the margin here this is -- -- begin -- Of what we're gonna be going through the in the years to come up here to bring some financial sanity back to America.
I think the president could -- he could show leadership.
He could step in here and say we're gonna fund the government nobody wants to let the government.
Shut down that's that's absurd.
On the other hand there are a lot of principles and -- here the American people know that we buried our steps in debt.
And I think that the Republican message this is the beginning.
Although long protracted cutting.
-- we got to face up to a fiscal reality here in Washington.
Fiscal reality it is a bone crushing reality and one the should be blindly obvious I think it seems to most Americans to.
To even our elected officials.
I mean it is extraordinary.
That the president is saying twelve billion is too much to ask of this current budget.
Which -- of course is not framed in law there is no budget.
My question do you is what is it going to take for both parties to say and that you know and something has to be done here.
The Republicans have taken their first step it seems to meet with a dramatic and bold statement by.
-- congress congressman Ryan and and and house leadership.
What what will we see in the way of a reply from the Democrat.
Well that's this question of the hour Lou you're right don't spot here.
Is reality the reality is we're going to borrow.
-- three to 500.
Billion dollars additional money be here just to run the government.
We're along the road to two financial suicide we know that.
And that's where I want and we -- we don't written.
We're going luddites and it's just a -- per second and let our viewers know as you may see on the screen there.
The president Harry Reid.
And John Boehner now pushing back the time the beginning of that meeting at the White House 2:8 PM whether that longer is well or are poorly one doesn't know but at least.
It suggests that they're making some progress.
In requiring more time.
On Capitol Hill before going over.
I'm sorry senator I just want to bring everybody's okay.
-- at least they're all things right are beginning to talk hope they're going to.
Reach an agreement no one wants to shut the government down but there's a lot involved here and I believe the Republicans.
Get the message I'm not sure the Democrats business.
If we continue -- expand and Bahrain since the end this country's really -- yes big time.
-- very little question about that I mean we've reached the point where things are.
-- -- you you name the source everyone seems to understand that this is unsustainable.
And they continued to spend I mean the entire.
-- the entire Bush Administration years.
Word again ratcheting up and spending other Republicans doing no better than -- This president and the democratic administration is doing.
So is there a clear understanding in your view in the senate now that we have to do something.
Absolutely lose but not just something something substantial.
Quote to -- in congressman Ron.
Phone line is outlined what he came out with.
These these battles or go to bone.
We don't want to wind up like Ireland Greece Portugal but we're headed down the same road in -- KB.
In the -- and I say to people all the time now.
If not now we and when -- we gonna.
Come back to our senses when are we going to face reality.
Democrats and Republicans and say enough is enough we cannot.
Borrow our way to prosperity.
Senator Richard -- good talk with you thank you Ben thank you Lou.
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