What’s really blocking a 'fiscal cliff' deal?
Rep. Meeks weighs in on negotiations
- Duration 3:34
- Date Dec 26, 2012
Rep. Meeks weighs in on negotiations
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-- -- Democratic congressman Gregory Meeks joins me live in studio thank you sir and you were very feisty in the way in here you -- you and I -- gonna get together.
December 31 on the house of the floor and come up with a deal signed a deal.
No fiscal cliff.
We've got to work it out.
I think is bad for the country if we don't.
I've talked to a number my friend from both sides of the -- than we are hopeful that it gets worked out.
How can you working out when the president himself look what according to a Wall Street Journal said that to John Boehner speaker Boehner came -- of 800 billion dollars you sit.
And although their first 800 billion.
That's -- -- that doesn't count that doesn't seem like a fair negotiation what is clear we see what the problem is the problem is as the speaker had indicated before we broke.
They thought he had -- fool his plan B.
The speaker said and the majority leader said I have the -- We will on the floor of the house who waiting for the vote to happen -- waiting to see would take place.
Then we have word that there will be no more votes that the speaker didn't have the votes.
I've talked to a number of my colleagues who they -- they were very upset with some of their colleagues.
Who didn't support the -- are not fair enough -- -- you know what you write.
The -- -- or who are the whip for whoever's counting the votes should never brought their -- -- bring in a vote.
They made a mistake let's go back to what plan B actually was if you look at plan B.
-- was the 2010.
Senator Schumer plan who said tax people making over a million dollars raise taxes on those people leave everyone else it's basically in that in essence that plan.
All the sudden.
-- don't want that one either.
Well we don't know what have nothing to hit the -- -- Abbas are sort of all due respect all -- respect -- and all due respect the senate said if you pass this thing -- a million dollars in higher we won't sign and present bombs said he would veto it anyway.
The president had moved from his initial position.
His position although the campaign everything else was -- -- 50000 doubts that had been his position but he showed a willingness to move.
The speak up to his credit.
Want to move that could the speaker has been trying to move I think the speaker wants the get a deal.
But he has to convince individuals within his conference.
That to support.
Given the -- And he's not been -- with a -- that.
And so win win it will cool throughout this process it seems like -- Obama has moved the goalposts first it was gonna be 600 billion then it was gonna be eight.
Remember when the debt ceiling what started this whole mess was when there was a breakdown in the debt ceiling negotiation.
Number we're trying to figure out how to fix the -- did that that problem super committee.
And if this didn't happen then we're gonna -- to sequestration which is happening right now.
President Obama says 600 billion dollars -- -- -- signed the deal and then he said make it -- -- I think did you see this the problem we have now with a problem had been about -- that made it would have had the votes the number that they come too closely or close right now.
You know is basically bought 500 million dollars as close -- on on both sides so.
We should be able to get the deal if Bailey could get the support and get the bolts pull that he wants me.
This or that there's an -- right now there's a bill sitting in the senate right now that the house already -- Waiting for the senate to pass and they said no we can't that we talk about the deal that was failed and -- been negotiated by both sides -- -- has been tried to his credit.
And I just wish that he would get support from his colleagues or your credit serve your side is winning the optics weren't -- The figure out how to Boehner and company -- you guys -- have to leave it there Gregory -- Democrat from here thank you sir for being with.