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And we're gonna start -- congressman.
Who is joining us congressman great to see Republican from Illinois very important state no doubt about it nice to see you.
Jamie it's great to be with you we appreciate -- and we want to talk about the budget with you.
Because there's a lot of activity on the budget but not enough to get -- why do we not have the budget.
I think by law we have to have a budget if he's proposed by April 15.
We've done one in the house we actually pass that out of the house the senate has yet to have a budget and over three years which I think is a dereliction of duty.
They haven't even attempted to propose a budget which I think if you look at the American public out there the American public.
There households are balancing a budget there operating off of one most businesses are operating off -- the budget.
Now just imagine the largest organization in the world in the United States government operating without a budget we know -- happiness anything more inefficient don't.
But we know what's happening without a budget where I will keep accumulating.
Trillions of dollars in deficits but every time I -- Democrats.
They have they tell me that it's because Republicans are not willing to compromise our Republicans willing to compromise if an appropriate budget is presented.
I think so and certainly we look at -- last budget season the House of Representatives did pass a budget but.
What was interesting to me in this last budget cycle was the fact that we've had -- bipartisan budget the first bipartisan budget.
To be present and on the floor of the House of Representatives in decades.
And frankly you know I was one of -- co sponsors of that budget and we received only 38 votes.
Which I think is really unfortunate but I think we'll probably end up going back that direction because we do need to have something.
That both Republicans and Democrats can agree upon -- trying to move our country forward what's the status of the budget that President Obama.
Presented so long ago.
For President Obama presented another budget so the budget that he presented in.
In 2011 got zero votes in the United States senate for their -- and are presented in.
From both parties who gets no votes from anyone in the United States senate in -- -- twelve the budget that he proposed.
Got no votes zero votes in the United States House of Representatives.
So that was.
You know obviously repudiation of what the president has proposed and we can't continue to go down the path of trillion dollar deficits year after year after year.
Expecting to try to put ourselves on the course to fiscal sanity you think the president is concerned about the fact that there's no budget.
Well I don't know about that the president I'm certainly concerned.
That we don't have a budget.
That and it doesn't seem like we're going to be heading that direction what the government's doing right now is its funding itself.
In three months six months short term increments in order to get by.
And frankly if you're just thinking about it from an organizational perspective we're do you have the resources.
In terms of where you're gonna put.
Dollars for your priorities in the -- so it's an extremely inefficient way to run the government.
And frankly I think the American people deserve better was the stimulus a setback for this country.
Well certainly like take a look from the tenth district perspective and I represent a district in the northern suburbs of Chicago.
In the stimulus we spent over 290 some odd million dollars in the tenth district -- created a little bit.
Little bit over 92 jobs which is dismal it's about three million dollars per job and I would argue that.
That's not the way we should be spending those resources we have a lot of but necessary things out there that we can be investing in with a -- infrastructures -- that the stimulus I think it would just take it on its own merits.
Was not a success the president likes alternative energy investing in that in technology.
Anything wrong with that.
No I mean I I I think that we ought to be looking at renewable energies and I said we need to have an energy policy that we use our dependence from.
From foreign oil certainly Middle Eastern oil this is a big issue therefore.
-- these members of the tenth district and certainly for me.
But I think that we ought to be giving her the green light for renewable -- whether -- wind and solar geothermal alike but that's only a piece we've got to be talking about also.
Talking about trying to make sure that we are going to drill in the gulf giving a thumbs up or thumbs down.
Review by the Department of the Interior so that we can start drilling out there we also need to be tapping into.
What I think is an enormous resource -- in the United States we have an Illinois.
For the New Albany shale reserve so we have trillions upon trillions of cubic feet of natural gas that we need to be tapping into.
And also as we going to the summer driving season we've got to be talking about the seventeen different.
Monopolies that are out there in the fuel blends.
Have you endorsed Mitt Romney and I well first of -- yes or no have you.
I have I came out in November to endorse governor Romney do you think that governor Romney needs to be more specific about.
Given the fact that he reluctantly admits he was -- very successful businessman.
Do you think that in order to get independence.
To think along the lines of what Republicans weren't in terms of turning this country around economically.
He needs to be more specific about where he would cut and where he would spend.
Well I think what we have to be talking about -- jobs and certainly I've talked to my democratic colleagues.
And asked them what the most important thing they face and -- jobs in the economy and I think the thing that Mitt Romney can do we look at this.
There's -- try to talk about what he's done in the private sector he's had great success telling the private sector.
He's had success in the public nonprofit sector.
In terms of turning that around but he's also had success in terms of running a set a state of Massachusetts.
-- deal with the legislature that was 85%.
And was able to get things accomplished that's exactly what we need today we need to be focusing.
Ahead in terms of how -- we enable.
The small businesses throughout our nation to be able to have the confidence the certainty to invest in their business and to grow.
Okay you want -- consensus builder I understand but really doesn't answer the question and I know you don't want to criticize.
Governor Romney -- and I -- but at this stage.
When you taught you said you talk to your democratic colleagues do you talk to people in your district that are not Republicans.
How do you explain.
How Republicans will run this country in a different way that you feel is the change.
That people need this time I assume that's what you do believe.
Well like I do believe in one of the one of the things that I'm certainly proud of the fact that I've worked in a bipartisan manner and just about everything that I've done.
And I think that the American public are extraordinarily frustrated.
They think Washington is not working and if we look at what's going on in the House of Representatives.
The US House of Representatives has passed over thirty jobs bills.
With bipartisan support some of those jobs bills passing with over 400 votes in the house.
They are literally sitting in the United States senate today stacking up like cord wood and frankly we want the senate -- -- Pull up these bills -- -- send them back to exchange them how you think that would be best for the American public.
But I do believe we talk about job creation we think that and I do think that governor Romney.
Certainly has a better.
Answer on that than the -- -- with his record over the last.
Three and a half years.
So I I think it's gonna be about jobs in the economy we have folks that are chatting with us online and we really appreciate their comments.
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