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A government shutdown looms April 8 congress approving nearly six billion dollars in spending cuts in the most recent three week continuing resolution.
My next guest says what we need now is more spending cuts not more short term funding bills.
Joining us from Baton Rouge as Tony Perkins the president of the family research council a conservative Christian advocacy group.
And Tony good to have you with us what's let's start with -- is continuing -- through these continuing resolutions.
-- government on the installment plan.
You think enough is enough.
I think so congress has been back in their districts this week and it's kind of been a November refresher.
Because I think I've talked to some members I notice they've been traveling in their districts they've been hearing from their constituents and you know what what's been driving I think the leadership is this fear of a government shut down and being blamed for that and I think the message they've gotten from their constituents is that.
They're not concerned about a government shut down they're concerned about and -- economic meltdown if congress doesn't act quickly to get the deficits and the debt under control.
Why -- the Republicans seemingly incapable of making it very clear to the American public that the reason this this is a matter of in government by installments is because the democratic president.
The democratic Senate Leadership and the democratic congressional leadership last year refused to pass a budget.
I think that that's going to be part of their messaging coming out is talking more about why we're in this predicament because we don't have a budget for this year were halfway into this year -- we have no budget and that's because the 111 congress under Nancy closely.
I didn't do a budget they were too busy pushing health care.
Taking over health care in some of their radical social policies.
Do the fundamentals of a budget.
And so now we're in six months into this.
Again -- the house has passed a bill they passed HR one.
Which provides -- 62 billion in cuts which is you know very small very modest stimulus -- cuts.
And this and get rid of it yeah I'm wearing when you consider you know over one trillion dollar deficit this year alone that's been rejected by that this and that I think what you're gonna see.
When they come back next week.
Is the how's it gonna take that up again -- send it back over minus the the six billion in cuts so far.
And they're gonna let there's -- a lot of rest with the senate well the Tea Party unanimous and I want to shut down and then it's up to them.
-- the Tea Party obviously the Tea Party movement in this country is agitated.
And that's I think that's probably.
There's a conservative as some of what is happening with the Tea Party movement right now.
Because everybody seems to be playing at the margin where -- Republican Party -- the Democrats.
It when it comes to fiscal policy let me turn to a couple of value issues -- Planned Parenthood do you want that be funded.
One of the prospect.
Well I think it's very good I mean that was attached to HR one a what that is.
Groups can continue to do family planning with government money but they can't do abortions to.
And that's where Planned Parenthood makes all its money they've got a budget of nearly a billion dollars.
And they receive over 360.
Million dollars from from from the government.
And so we're just simply saying what the taxpayers don't wanna be involved in this business and so if you wanna do abortions that's fine but you gotta -- -- your own dime.
It's the family research council are you going to be focusing also on the defense of marriage act.
In your legislative priorities.
Well apps absolutely the administration walked away from defending a law passed back in 1996 by an overwhelming bipartisan majority of congress signed in the law by President Bill Clinton in this administration.
As said they're not going to defend -- the president you know said.
He sees it is unconstitutional to put on a rove as a justice apparently as well as a had a the president.
The house speaker has stepped in -- said the house is going to defend.
This law which is the only thing that is keeping same sex marriage from spreading across the country all the states of those 31 states have -- on marriage.
All of those amendments could be wiped away -- -- -- falls.
Tony Perkins president -- -- research council thanks for being with.
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