Jay Carney on budget, health care battles
White House spokesman on 'Special Report'
- Duration 7:24
- Date Apr 3, 2012
White House spokesman on 'Special Report'
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-- administration joining me tonight is white house Press Secretary Jay Carney Jay thanks for being here.
Bret glad to do if you congressman now Ryan reacted to the president's speech yet today as you heard a bit a bit of that in Ed's piece but he went on to say that.
The commander in chief is acting like campaigner in chief he's not coming up with solutions and ideas.
He'd rather have bitter partisan attacks how do you respond.
Well -- I would simply ask congressman Ryan to respond with the same specificity.
The same reliance on math and facts.
As the president presented in his speech today he instead he responded with a lot of -- place.
What leadership is not presenting a budget.
-- bit we use the magic asterisk to explain away 900 billion dollars in additional non defense discretionary spending cuts.
-- it says we're gonna give massive tax cuts to.
The wealthiest Americans and somehow pay for them.
And closing of loopholes and and and other means that.
Congressman Ryan said he'd let the Ways and Means Committee deal with in the future.
That's not responsible budget presentation with the president did today was lay out.
Clearly and in want.
Why that vision is -- right for America and why it does represented.
-- Situation Republican Party where what used to be the center of the party has disappeared and in realign itself with what -- He is is a very conservative vision that's outside of the American mainstream.
-- you say responsible budget presentation.
Democrats put forward a budget that failed in the house.
The presidents of version of the president's budget was voted on in the house and Democrats said it was a staunch but it fell.
For fourteen to zero -- senate Democrats senate Democrats have not.
Passed a budget resolution in 1070.
C'mon Brett you can so -- And I know that -- you often do this statistics -- Represent you know gimmickry and Staunton Illinois -- agree about not -- that -- passing a budget in the senate look it is our preference that congress work in the senate effectively.
Not pass a budget didn't want -- -- president called Harry Reid and say why don't we get a budget on the table and vote on.
Brett I know that's what you want to make this segment about the president put forward and laid out.
His budget proposal which has as its core.
A balanced approach a balance that to this day congressman -- rejects there's a lot of citation.
On cable and elsewhere about.
-- Simpson Bowles commission.
To get the senate budget resolution passed through.
Why doesn't he put something close to the president's budget on the table in the senate and pass it with 51 votes he has the votes Brett.
The president's put forward a budget proposal he would.
Be delighted if Republicans were willing.
Two approached the -- -- deficit challenges in the same balanced way that every bipartisan commission says we must.
And that the Simpson Bowles commission which a lot of people like the site.
As a high standard which has to be -- Included on its membership congressman Ryan and two other house Republicans and guess what they voted against it.
I understand it you have to understand the -- -- my question there is no -- This is yeah we -- you can -- -- sixty minutes because it's all Democrats and it was all Democrats could vote on the budget.
They could vote on it tomorrow.
And they could pass it if they put it on the table you know president so why does the president call presidents do they do that.
Brett I know that that's what you want to make this would have known about I -- and I know that the only way in modern day Washington to achieve a significant budget.
Compromise is when both parties are willing to work together.
That doesn't mean.
Republican vote in the house or a unanimous Democrat.
Democratic vote in the senate it -- coming together on them in a balanced way on a balanced approach the president.
And democratic leaders have demonstrated their willingness.
To embrace a balanced approach at the American people.
Overwhelmingly support what the Ryan Republican budget does -- say that we should double down on the same policies.
They got us into the fiscal mess and economic mess that would just recovering from OK we're -- -- -- -- -- not.
Making headway on this point but what will come back to on this debate about the senate budget proposal now on the president's budget being presented in the sense I think.
You know that there could be a vote on it and and if they wanted to.
This statement by the president the Rose Garden has raised a lot of eyebrows and got a lot of reaction.
I'm confident that the Supreme Court.
Will not take what would be an unprecedented.
Step of overturning.
A law that was passed.
A strong majority.
-- democratically elected congress so did the president misspeak.
No he didn't end and as the president said today.
In answer to a question after his speech.
He was referring very specifically to the fact that when it comes to an attempt to solve what is.
Widely acknowledged as a national economic challenge our health care system.
That there should be due deference paid as a matter of precedent.
To our democratically elected officials and the bodies have passed the law in question here.
He was not and and you know the what was missing I think in the piece that led off your broadcast with the fact that the attorney representing the government in response to the question from the judge answered yes of course we believe that the Supreme Court.
Has and the courts have as their duty and responsibility the the ability.
Striking down so that laws is unconstitutional the president was talking about the precedent.
Under the commerce clause here represented.
By the legislatures -- duly elected legislatures.
Ability to address.
Challenges to our national economy and that is certainly what health care represents and there is ample precedent including.
Very powerful opinions by very conservative judges on the appeals court judges so -- -- and sudden.
That back up that.
Position liberal columnist Ruth Marcus who -- a supporter of the individual mandate in the health care law wrote this quote the president went too far in that remark.
That's what courts have done since Marbury vs Madison for the president to imply that the only explanation for constitutional conclusion contrary to his own.
Would be out of control conservative justices district court a disservice.
Well I would just say that that Ruth -- misunderstand what the president was saying and the president made clear today that he was referring not hit it in a blanket way.
Two to what the courts.
How the court should approach -- like this but to be a precedent that exists under the commerce clause and the rulings prior to this one in terms of deference to.
The duly elected legislate legislature and their attempts to steal with a national economic challenge like our health care system -- quickly that the DOJ will respond to this order by Thursday for the well read I thought hey I haven't I haven't spoken anybody -- Department of Justice but I you know I I saw what the or read what the attorney present said which is.
-- very clearly answered yes.
-- this conversation will sure certainly continue with thank you time.