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And the White House.
I'm very disappointed.
And all of us.
I'm very disappointed and the childish behavior.
That this body has continued to agree to exude over the course of this entire year.
I'm very disappointed.
Candidly that both sides of the -- only warn that there what.
That was from the senate floor earlier today senator Bob -- Republican of Tennessee venting his disappointment -- the portable childish and is taking place on Capitol Hill and at the White House welcome back to power play and James -- sitting in for for -- -- and we are joined right now by senator Bob worker Republican of Tennessee.
-- the the Russell Senate Office Building thanks for joining us senator.
Continuity -- Thanks so much we we heard.
Senator Harry Reid the majority leader of the senate Democrat of Nevada.
Describe the house majority leader Eric Cantor the Republican childish.
There's a lot of accusations of child -- this -- floating around as perhaps a little adult in the Russell building right now who's really getting his childish is that you're talking about.
Well look you know -- I think all of us are -- against the fact is that living disputed sample you know you cannot.
Any meeting here with senators and them not talk about how this function -- the senate this fact is that.
Leadership in the senate -- -- the Alice -- to keep us from.
-- and make tough decisions so that in 2012.
Once out of the other -- haven't managed himself.
Today we're going to -- spending -- on the United States senate floor.
But we don't have a budget.
The fact is the reason that we are where we are these debt ceiling com.
Is because there's been no other mechanism -- two calls that could be disciplined and the fact is that all of us who would be willing to go to spending bill today and I'm not.
Without a budget are accomplices.
Towards this -- discipline nature in the way that the senate has continent so.
-- -- Go ahead.
I know that you are a component of the plan whereby.
Mechanism would be put in place automatically that is our deficit spending reduce -- something -- these 18% to -- the nation's gross domestic product.
At any point in time then the automatic spending cuts across the board would take into place.
Is that is that it's -- your plan correct.
That's actually twenty point 6% which has been -- forty year average that would save our country seven point three trillion dollars over the next ten years again.
We haven't even debated that kind of thing on the floor so.
You know it's it's the senate is absolutely dysfunctional.
And -- dysfunctional because.
Neither side wants to engage in the tough decisions of the -- I mean that's the fact and you it's very disappointing.
When you ran for office you -- know the place was dysfunctional.
I did not know it was -- -- -- -- not and you know certainly being quite alarming I think though a bit.
You know this scheme that has been concocted.
So that we can move past this debt ceiling so that.
Can basically say to their base well we capped spending in place and Republicans can campaign.
On the fact that spending is still a problem I mean that's what this new concoction is all about.
Let -- go back and ask you about that you're pulling it -- new concoction I believe you're referring to the plant exploded behind the senate.
Minority leader Mitch McConnell Republican of Kentucky.
Which would give essentially the president beyond the power to automatically raise the debt ceiling in -- that's the -- you referring to correct.
It -- -- let let me let me this -- some funny things like this don't happen in -- there is you know agreement on both sides of the -- so again the senate.
-- -- Senate -- -- their elected about the respective states now have the ability to go through the next year and a half.
Without having to do any thing top.
So that they can basically make an issue out of one side of that on the other for the next campaign and -- -- -- yet it will have.
Senator I've heard that I've read reports that the McConnell plan is actually picking up some steam on both sides of the Arnold that senator Reid is -- work.
-- senator McConnell -- -- to advance it.
Is that your understanding of the Conklin is gaining some steam.
All I think so and again I understand why it's been put in place I'm actually going back to the behavior of individual senators now on signing that we actually did.
Force ourselves to make tough decisions.
Not not going to spending bills without a budget in other words now we know.
That esteem has been concocted to move beyond the debt ceiling that has happened in my sense is it will prevail okay.
Now if we really want to get into the tough issues of the day why would we go to a spending bill without a budget and so what -- Both sides of the -- should do is force.
The function in the way that it ought to function I mean the fact is.
We have not wrestled with the tough issues of the day and and there's an avoidance -- an avoidance there that to me.
Is not becoming -- -- we are causing our nation's civilian decline in the United States senate today.
By its actions the United States senate.
Is causing our nation today in the -- and I am very upset about that as you can imagine I'm I'm upset about the fact that we do not have the courage.
To take on the tough issues of the day that's what we were elected.
The senator or -- like there.
-- -- -- there are appreciated you'll have like they can't look to you over the next ten days to feel similar frustration.
-- -- the -- of your colleagues senator -- court Republican of Tennessee.
A one of the nicest guys on Capitol Hill by the way thank -- so much for joining began --
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