What Do Democrats Want President to Say in Jobs Speech?
Sen. Mark Begich's suggestions to Obama
- Duration 4:32
- Date Sep 8, 2011
Sen. Mark Begich's suggestions to Obama
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Happening now we're awaiting the president's big jobs speech tonight and -- you fellow Democrats want to hear from the president.
Alaska democratic senator mark -- it's had some suggestions in fact He outlined some of them to a letter to the president and he's joining us live Capitol Hill so senator what is -- -- who -- -- you can share with that's from your letter that you think the president she presents the American people tonight.
To turn around this job situation.
Well -- meet the challenges is no one single thing as you know my letter I laid out several but just a couple lot of there.
I hope He talks about -- you have an infrastructure bank which.
It can leverage properly you can -- -- -- lot of resources out there to help build roads and bridges and water systems sewer systems -- you're.
Falling apart and -- in across this country but also.
There are important for the private sector to work off of me -- rebuild the right road systems the right water and sewer systems.
Private sector will attract of that and build from that that's one suggestion.
The other -- -- that that would have a chance of actually passing not only -- the house of the senate as well.
-- you know we we gotta have a little hope around here we keep talking that nothing's gonna happen and guess what nothing happens I will tell you today.
In the senate.
Environment and public works committee.
The highway transportation bill to be extended till January of this year was passed out unanimous.
So there's a lot of interest last night I met with.
26 senators Republican Democrat talking about some of these issues and infrastructure seems to be one that everyone's kinda.
Galvanized behind also.
Tax reform this is another issue that there seems to be strong bipartisan support on -- I think.
We have heard I've heard for months and I think a lot of my colleagues -- now coming back from their August recess back home have gotten an earful.
From their -- constituents saying you better get on the stick and do something.
And don't do it in such a way that you're creating new programs.
Work with what you have and creates incentives and at the same time.
Create an environment that the private sector can can excel and so.
That then me meanwhile -- made -- with the -- six senators a got to ask you -- from them both sides of the I would I hear about that happening very often.
When you guys you have a couple drinks share a couple of copies had and that -- you get -- you get together ain't gotta talk about what's happening down in DC.
A couple members side called the meeting and we all got together and literally just sat in -- room.
Without staff there and this that hey.
You know what's what do we need to focus on here -- how we gonna do this and I think there's a renewed I'll tell you you spend a month back home.
You get an -- I don't care I'm -- back home doesn't matter where I travel out and -- I was doing my own personal shopping to having my town hall meetings.
People gave you an -- and we better get on the stick here and I think people now realize at least on the senate side.
That we got to find some bipartisan activity.
It was a big it's promising here that is getting together in a room without staff may be talking a little bit just a quick not sort of someone -- do you -- -- picking out.
-- quick final question here one of the things that Valerie -- mentioned about that.
Potential plan ever gonna hear from the president tonight.
There'd be the closing of loopholes and tax breaks and often that applies to big oil and gas companies right -- big business in the last would you be open to this planet there was an infrastructure bank.
But it would be paid for -- leverage -- you put it by by getting rid of some tax breaks for our for our country.
It's why would say this that I have not supported singling out one industry -- I have supported on my website have a bipartisan bill with senator wives and our coats on a broad sweep of tax reform.
-- a broad sweep I'm happy to look at it which is singling out one industry that penalize them I'm not interested but I will tell you.
When I heard little bit on that clip was -- trying to broaden -- because they heard from some of us that don't single out one industry we all have to do our part.
But do it in a way that's comprehensive and do it so it's creates certainty to our business community.
But I'll tell you oil and gas industry is strong in Alaska but also it can be strong for this country I know you guys have talked about it on fox many times and we were just love the open up some areas of Alaska so we can explore and create -- enormous amount of -- potential for this country right here with our own resource but.
I wanna see a broad approach not a single industry -- It'll be an interesting topic to continue miscast as we look at how to slow moving -- next time we haven't it is.
There -- means that the senators hope that we love an invitation just this to put it out there senator next.
I helped bring.
Bring the -- I -- could there will be there.
Can't make any crimes in the sooner we can get as senator Vegas thank you so much -- -- against her.