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-- but earlier this week the bill touched off an epic battle.
Between the new Democratic Party chairwoman and one of -- Republican House colleagues congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz took to the house floor yesterday.
She attacked fellow Floridians lawmaker Alan west for supporting cut -- and balance.
Claiming that it the trade seniors in his district listen to that's.
President Obama has -- to -- -- this bill which ends the Medicare guarantee and incredulous -- The gentleman from Florida who represents thousands of Medicare beneficiaries as -- why.
Is supportive of this plan that would increase costs the Medicare beneficiaries unbelievable.
From a member from South Florida.
-- and they haven't so west responded with an email to his colleague that has gotten a lot of attention in -- He said quote if you have something to say to me stop being a coward and say it to my face otherwise.
Shut the -- -- Since then that this public feud it has embroiled numerous lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
And he also called her violent other names and that emails and -- Congressman Alan west it has been a busy week.
For you mister -- discussing all of this and we welcome you here today good to have you here thanks for having.
Thanks for having more of them you know it's my experience that when something like this bubbles up between two people there's a bit of history.
What can you share with us about what led to her calling you basically names on the house floor and then to you calling her names in this email that's gotten a lot of attention.
All I think you know one thing you have to understand about the DNC -- there is a history here.
It goes back to the fact they're doing the campaign as a candidate.
The Florida Democrat party sent out a -- -- the tens of thousands of homes that included my Social Security number my wife's employment identification number.
And nothing was said about that no one apologized.
Many of -- -- South Florida liberals were part of that.
And then also when you had an October 20 stand when the DNC -- woman now ordered.
A protest outside of my campaign headquarters to portrayed me and say that thousand misogynist and that I hated women.
And so it's just been a pattern of this that is continue to -- And -- two things that I have to make sure Bob Moffitt and number one I have to protect my personal honor as well as an honor of this nation and that's why I'm up here to do that.
But council point one I have to stand and I have to defend myself.
And I could be very direct in my language but so be it I think that the people are back in our district know about this history they know about these attacks and enough -- enough.
At a that you say that you would not apologize is there anything you wanna clarify or any part of your statement that you want to take back here today.
Not a chance.
They're not using that she's not a lady and telling her to shut the hacked up you would still be okay with that -- would -- -- it again tomorrow.
-- -- say it I think that the DNC chair knows that there is a very ugly history -- he has been the one promoting.
And the folks back in my district.
And known that I've been quite patient -- taken a lot of this but now's a time for the sake of my personal honor for my family.
And also as a representative here I have to make a stand and so I stand by what I sentencing was the one.
-- up publicly released about to the media I had no intention of that happened.
Yet she says tires they sent me this morning on another network and then I'm gonna move on from this topic but I just wanna get your reaction -- it she said that it she wasn't surprised that you cracked.
Under the pressure I think is the way that she said -- not surprise that you cracked any response to that.
Well I found that pretty Larry is actually a 22 year army combat veteran -- -- -- -- desert storm.
Iraq and Afghanistan up in rewarded for valor and combat.
I don't see any cracking here I think that when you have to resort to lies in her verbally.
I think -- what you see coming from the other side they have no plan they're the ones that are cracking because we're standing on principle.
All right congressman thank you.
For weighing in on that and I what I get your reaction to this and really larger bigger story with regard to the S&P -- Standard and -- is gonna visit.
Capitol Hill and you wanna talk to freshman Republicans will you be at that meeting.
And what would you want to convey to them if you wire.
Well initially at 3 o'clock in the south and -- his schedule -- to speak to a representative from the veterans administration.
I'm a veteran of many -- south Floridians in my district of veterans saw want to make sure I attend that meeting one on one meeting at cannot get to the -- meeting.
It's very important that we also notice that he had Moody's -- -- that.
Not just the debt ceiling.
But also we don't have a viable economic plan.
That rectify suspending and puts -- in place of -- in the control measures.
We may still see.
That credit rating on -- so when you look at what we -- -- cut capital balance we address raising the debt when we said okay Mr.
President that's not a problem.
But now we have to contend with a debt to GDP ratio 70%.
A government spending to GDP ratio of 24 point 4%.
That is what had happened balance -- that's what the American people want to see.
And the senate Democrats who have not pass a budget and 812 days they'll lose in their credibility in this discussion they need to pass that happened.
In -- note -- How dedicated ager group.
I it in the house to standing by cut cap and balance and trying to see if thinking you know get -- somewhere in the senate which everybody seems to think -- is not possible.
You sort of been asked to dismissed this idea that passed in the house and to move on to something that may be more negotiable.
Are you up for that.
Well I am up for any reasonable.
Plan and reasonable idea.
But once again I come back to the facts were able to the twelve days to senate Democrats haven't helped reduce the budget.
So why should -- trust them as a credible voice when they have proven.
There they are not fiscally sound and they do not have any concern about the debt and deficit problem that we've seen in this country.
I think that they should pass the plan that we sent over that pass with too much -- that sort of -- members bipartisan.
A cut capital balance there -- nothing else that they have out there there's nothing that the president has offered as well.
All right you're very right when you say that -- They're gonna wanted it's we haven't proven to them at their substantial.
Changes in the way that the budget works in this country -- congressman -- west always good to have you with us -- thank you very much for being here thank -- Martha.
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