Democrats crying foul over new GOP budget
Rep. Michele Bachmann reacts
- Duration 8:35
- Date Mar 20, 2012
Rep. Michele Bachmann reacts
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Welcome everybody I'm Neil Cavuto and -- it was it an accident that house budget -- Paul Ryan chose today.
To announce spending cuts he knew a lot of folks would hate.
He just figured it wants Americans took a peek at the latest -- figures also out today they'd hate them more and maybe him less.
Because more -- as here's where we stand right now.
In budget quicksand sinking and sinking fast really stats I'm talking -- -- Trillion bucks effects that is how much our -- has grown over the last three years of this president.
More than the entire eight years of the last president at a Ryan with a plan to stop the -- that has a lot of Democrats to seeing red.
Because to get to his five point three trillion dollars in cuts over the next decade.
Ryan goes after everything for Medicaid and food stamps.
To pell grants of the very structure of Medicare itself.
And -- is the details of that is bringing out the Capitol Hill doubles like Ryan's plan to slash the federal workforce by at least 10%.
And cut to -- about -- taxes the Democrats say favors the rich at the extent of the war.
Minnesota Republican -- And says she's heard all of this before but commands are calling Paul Ryan for the effort she likes -- he has seen so far.
And it's talking to us right now congresswoman good to have you thanks for coming.
Thanks Neil what's not to love in this part Ryan plan we have a future and -- hope for the next generation.
As opposed to see the United States come closer charted economic collapse.
This is the direction that we need to doubt -- and we need to stand by it and support him.
-- -- -- you congresswoman had so few of your Republican colleagues to say nothing to Democrats are staying in beyond and you -- I commend you for that.
But not a whole lot -- I think the more that they take a look at what president Obama's plan for the future is comparing and contrasting with the Ryan budget at a giving very clear to say that we want a positive option for roles in the private sector and that's where the Ryan plan -- them.
You know what happens a congressman's they start picking apart the details of it including.
The Medicare provisions which without going into all the details.
Talk about changing Medicare as we know -- for those 55 and under.
To a program where the government would essentially.
Encourage you on to -- efforts to find health insurance else.
On that is going to be I would imagine a big campaign issue and it and it will be like throwing granny off -- -- times ten but he Francona.
-- the Democrats can go ahead and try it but what they can't answer is the fact that.
-- Paul Ryan's plan does and does very effectively -- attacked the real problem in health care.
Which is increase costs would you can't competition between private insurance companies which is -- Paul Ryan wants to take us.
That brings down the cost of health care.
That's a -- Obama failed to do and obamacare that's that we have to do is open up the private sector have more competition.
And that'll actually bring down the price of health -- for senior citizens when seniors realize that they'll be getting better quality health care.
And pay less for it.
This'll be a variation is positive shining example that senior citizens will want.
Then why again back to my earlier point congressman aren't more Republicans on board with that one Republican staffer apparently we did this.
The GOP budget is a great tool to further divide our caucus and provide fodder for Democrat attack thank you Paul Ryan.
You make it.
What what what we what we need to do is be prepared to stand out for our good ideas this is a good idea.
This cut spending it cuts taxes he grows the private economy isn't that what are Republican messages.
Now we actually put on Paper what we talk about all the time and I think this is a -- more than a discussion point.
This is something that our eventual nominee for the Republican Party.
Needs to put forward -- are positive pro growth vision and this is a great down payment today.
It is election here -- -- -- been there is this feeling here that Republicans are positioning themselves.
As as trying to be serious about getting these these budget cuts under control but doing so at the expense of the less fortunate the elderly you've heard this before.
And and that even among your colleagues there is a concern.
That that will resonate that in this populist -- that the president's been.
Been raising against the oil companies against success against the bridge.
That that -- you -- may be more to the point congresswoman.
With the budget chief Paul -- have given them another and another bullet for there they're gone.
Actually the big bullet that we should all be talking about is that fact the government's own statistics.
They came out less than a month ago at the House Budget Committee and it was this -- By their own figures the federal government tells us that effectively our economy in the United States.
Well affectively shut down in fifteen years.
That's according to the government's own statistics.
We're the ones -- are trying to be the adults in the room and provide a positive path forward.
We can't delude ourselves of that thinking that will be able to continue with our current standard of living if the economy shuts down.
So we're putting together a plan to try and keep the economy from shutting down.
And that's why we shouldn't be afraid of this we shouldn't be afraid of the naysayers we need to be.
But bloody bold and forthright and go forward with this positive plan.
Do you get a sense of that the president is is more or less taking.
And I for sweeping cuts over ten years obviously -- -- for sweeping cuts over ten years.
But when push comes to serve as you know congressman when we still going to have.
At the very least under congressman Ryan's plan and that the most aggressive of the mall still a few trillion dollars more in total -- than we have today and that's with.
Lola this aggressive -- Well and when I was running for president I and it -- senator Republican Party I was advocating far more spending cuts -- lower tax rates.
Than even our in the Ryan -- we recognize that there have to be compromises.
In order to move forward I'm grateful for this particular budget I think this is something we can be proud up.
But my personal opinion is that I would have gone farther because I agree with you.
We should not go on the direction of taking -- more debt and I will say.
When I came to congress in January of 07 -- it took -- 219 years to accumulate eight point 67 trillion in debt.
This year we will play -- double that amount in six years time.
We can't go down this road ends its operating delusion that we will remain in the super power the world we won't.
I want the United States to be the number one economic and military power and in order to do that -- -- need to start acting like a superpower.
And stop spending more money than what we take yet.
You know the president signing on to this is planned this public works plan -- that -- include you know bridges and all that sort of thing.
But but has a special treatment what you want to do -- can you update us on that and and whether you feel you were being targeted as a result.
Well there's no question that I was being targeted but what's unfortunate is that it in my district we have the longest unfinished bridge project.
In the history of the United States of America but we successfully brought together both Democrats and Republicans.
And we pass this bill and the problem.
One federal bureaucrat said that it would be cool visual pollution.
To build a bridge in a site where there already is a bridge that's nonsense this year club grabbed that word visual pollution.
And they kept this bridge tied up in knots in federal court for over twenty.
Year's big ticket eighty million dollar bridge and because of delayed and -- additional costs now -- looking at adding hundreds of millions of dollars.
That's -- -- -- -- -- in the United States congress and I was thrilled to lead this effort to bring Republicans and Democrats together.
And finally solve this week passed a 101 -- so far in this session the -- Many of them are that are -- things that aren't high priority like renaming post offices this was a real effort and we accomplish something.
And now we'll finally get a major project done because we put aside partisan differences and we did what the people deserve.
Congressman thank you Vermont -- soon.
Good to see you -- horrible this certain.