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We're going the other way -- house Republicans racing to avoid 78 billion dollars an automatic cuts in the defense budget.
At the end of this year and they say their readiness in the strength of our military is at stake and on the line.
Here's the Budget Committee chairman on the house Paul Ryan on that.
That is one area where we agree.
With the president and the secretary of defense is that this sequester will decimate our military.
At a time when our men and women are overseas fighting a war.
In a world that has become much more games.
The problem is only the house Republicans are doing something about it so the House Budget Committee voted in favor of 200 billion dollars in domestic cuts over the next ten years.
The cutter Republican Johnson chairman of the senate Republican conference on the other side of the hill and sir good morning to you and welcome back.
Two Americans -- don't what do you think of the move that rides make -- -- -- outside.
Why I think they're approaching this the right way -- you don't get national security right the rest is conversation and everybody agrees that if the sequestered takes effect.
It will drastically.
Cut the defense budget and impair America's national security interest so it's really important that that that a modification to that be put in place and -- the house Republicans have done -- recognize that the defense budget represents.
Less than a fifth of all federal spending and if you're looking to save money in the federal budget.
The entitlement program Social Security Medicare Medicaid food -- their -- three fifths of all federal spending.
And that is the part that over and over and over again.
President Obama refuses to deal with the that's why we are where we are today he didn't submit a budget -- deal dealt with those issues which is where most of federal spending -- And as a consequence we're now facing this drastic cut in our military which would really -- America's ability to defend itself.
And then the way it works the house starts in the senate has to follow suit do you agree or disagree but but what Ryan said is that the house is the only.
What the problem is only the house Republicans are doing something about this is there any movement on the senate side you garner support in the senate -- -- what Ryan's doing.
There is an annual bill there's a lot of effort over here on our side we got a number of members who introduced legislation that would.
Delay or reverse the sequester or come up with the way in which we could distribute these reductions in different ways so that it doesn't.
Take -- -- the military that national security budget doesn't take the brunt of the reductions.
And so there's there's of more than a willingness on the senate side to do that but -- get to the house great credit because.
They really attack this problem by going -- where federal spending it is if you look at what's driving federal spending what's growing at two to three times rate of inflation.
It's what we call these entitlement programs and that's what.
The house budget.
Attempts to do is to go after where the real issue is regarded federal spending and ten attempts to avoid what would be drastic cuts everybody concedes that point.
In our national spirit like you get this sense that you're not getting leadership for guidance from the White House -- you don't think.
You know where the president -- this.
I'm glad that that would -- to echo what Eric Cantor said where is the president on that we're the ones try to provide solutions to this quest to -- the military.
Sure it's it's like everything else and and you can't do anything big here in the city -- and presidential leadership and we haven't had presidential leadership.
On the issue of spending and debt or entitlement reform.
All the big issues that really impact the future of this country and in getting us on -- sustainable fiscal path.
This president has completely punted on and that is why where we are where we are.
And furthermore I mean not only that he's doubled down on hand dug a hole much deeper by expanding government dramatically with the the health care bill that -- a couple of years ago with a trillion dollars that was done stimulus spending that was borrowed money.
We're a very deep fiscal hole and we have to recognize that the only way we get out of it is to address what is really driving federal spending in what is on the putting this trajectory in places in the bankrupt us if we don't deal with that and that's entitlement programs.
And the president has not been understood -- wanna do you think he would argue that's what elections are four and you probably agree with that.
Well I had a lot of -- hit beside that you wrote it foxnews.com.
The summarize your piece.
President Obama's policies diminishing our prosperity reducing -- freedom mortgaging our future he has made things worse.
If that is -- -- you think you make a good match -- Mitt Romney.
Well I think that Mitt -- -- recognizes we've got to fix things this president at three and a half years what we have to show for -- we've got three consecutive months of 8% unemployment we've got.
People on food stamps up by 45% the federal -- so what 47%.
Gas prices -- -- health insurance has gone up point 5%.
College tuition costs a point 5% that's this president's record.
And it's always had three and a half years to propose solutions he hasn't been there to do that but yeah you could go president will you go along way to change that if you run -- -- -- Mitt Romney do you think again you'd be a good match with him.
Have I think he's got a lot of good choices out there bill I expect to be working with them but here in the United States senate I am anxious to work with the president wants to solve these problems wants to get the country back on the right track.
I believe Mitt Romney will do that.
And I mine was a lot of people appear ready to go to work -- and I think in the future -- have another chance to ask you that question.
We'll see if we advance it next time John -- senator thank you for your --
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