Sequester nears as lawmakers trade blame
The Hill’s Bob Cusack breaks down what’s at stake for you
- Duration 8:40
- Date Feb 25, 2013
The Hill’s Bob Cusack breaks down what’s at stake for you
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It will -- again but at a -- -- rate -- so you're not gonna see 85 million dollars all the sudden shrink.
From the federal government but we're gonna get to that in a second senator McCaskill you -- -- it is gonna happen.
Are willing to compromise.
And and do a balanced approach.
I think it will KKN -- I'm a little confused about the Republican position at this point.
It appears that speaker Boehner.
Doesn't have -- any kind of bill that he can even put on the floor of the house.
That could pass within his caucus and I think there is a little bit of a civil war -- broken out among the -- Republican rank.
And that was -- back and forth between Clinton -- -- And Tom Coburn a couple of senators on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace.
With senator McCaskill -- Republicans need to agree to some tax increases.
In order to prevent the sequestration -- -- and looking like he didn't probably agree with that idea a great deal.
This power play welcome back -- look here's the deal.
We have between now on the 27 that the federal government will it has a continuing resolution that's keeping stuff open.
Keeping the lights on it's veterans that are government shutdown does loom and this sequester fight.
Has been sort of the opening act.
It's -- the opening act of all of this so what are we gonna see between now and then.
You know who knows and he only tell us a little bit at a time so that we go to the -- dot com to read.
It's because he wants -- he wants to keep his book.
Is Bob Cusack he's managing editor -- you follow him at -- Cusack.
This is really about the CR and the debt ceiling -- us.
And without -- -- and anchors -- tape if this guy falls and we have major problems in March.
Then that's gonna play into democratic hands and basically the White House -- says.
Any kind of disaster that they're trying to get discussed and that's right you know what yeah yeah and ended there's no discussions and not deep think that the White House.
Might call for meeting this week I mean I doubt it I -- I haven't done it yet -- he called Kobe guy -- Joliet and selling.
And so -- well.
She doesn't sound like you're always just exactly because the age where there's still fighting right after that phone call so this is a different kind of showdown because we're not gonna have a deal by Friday no.
And but it's not but it's Friday is not an Internet let me tell you this again.
Friday is the beginning the beginning of ten years -- a ten year reduction that will never be put into effect.
There's gonna be about three weeks of it before we get to this continuing resolution and at that -- Republicans are gonna rewrite the law.
Now the Wall Street Journal holds today Bob that -- -- that this senate Democrats are a little anxious that if the Republicans really can't put together a continuing resolution that reflects the spending levels from.
The sequestration that they're not gonna have any choice but to pass.
Yet now that I had -- article is very existing.
Though so much that could play out between now and and the 27 but that's when the next deal's going to be made Republicans don't wanna shut down the government itself.
But Democrats and didn't do well so -- -- have a good business -- -- But I do know is that they think I don't wanna do it and you know congress is not going to be from a PR standpoint I am surprised that passed the senate not scheduled to be here on Friday.
Because the Iraq -- -- can feel the full impact of it.
Obviously very seem to see what happens in the senate.
-- it Democrats and Republicans are gonna have competing plans -- -- they're gonna pass.
But I think it's going to be a show of unity reconciled with their McCaskill used to challenging John Boehner.
To bring this question -- the house floor that's not gonna -- needed this week is that would be -- -- though.
The senate the -- didn't do that the Senate's gonna have there a small tax increase certain early in the era tax increase legislative process half of it and then empower the president to.
Make more sensible cuts.
Republicans are probably just gonna skip the whole thing and just go -- to the CR.
There's talk that they enhance their own competing plans that they possibly could use.
To offset it was changed CPI episode security fix that the president mom has thrown out that the liberals don't want to change the Social Security payment formula but regardless that we're not gonna you know.
And -- -- entitlement reform bill and I'm a week we can read this threat we're not gonna do it at all in the next two years alone in a week.
Here Bob Woodward's name I think a lot on this and.
For this week during this because Republicans that's that's -- key ammunitions and Bob Woodward as they basically been criticizing.
The White House for how -- handled this and animal and adult clothes -- -- an opinion piece of the weekend.
So something surprising.
-- as as the president's people who like good government.
And -- minded folks in Washington.
Bob Woodward and others.
Not happy also today.
About the president they're selling you get a trip to the White House to meet with the president if you give half a million dollars.
But they're doing is into the president's campaign Obama for America they're keeping -- alive is organizing for America to try to raise fifty million dollars.
To -- push the president's initiatives muted.
Global warming or control or whatever else it is.
And people on the left today and writer of an arms that the president is selling access to do this.
That will probably blow over this is a pretty effective tool of the president he could really raise fifty million dollars yet.
I mean that's that -- court.
Absolutely I mean there has been some friction between.
Obama -- a group and Democratic National Committee because it is tragic fundraising DNC does that to compete to get stuff exists so -- will call back it.
The Republicans a little nervous about this because -- Obama wants he's going to be -- lame duck as last year's housing and he got well.
That the Democrats -- -- the senate which is probably gonna happen but you never know.
-- -- tough to call -- and then then the real tough one though is swinging back the house the Democrats that is very uphill climb.
But Obama has told house Democrats that.
He's committed he's actually gonna help than this and it's easy to give them money which he didn't do do that.
Which one which you didn't do to those rookie in London 2012 but this whole strategy is about getting back democratic majorities in both houses yes he can complete compete complete.
But his agenda in the last two years it's just two years of flame thrower in John Boehner nostrils and and then two years he hopes of connecting to -- Sweden transformative change.
Except just like 2009 when they ran things through like the health care and -- stimulus measures that could be seen that yet but a long way to go between now and then but.
If there's millions lose another yeah.
Whatever they would have to lose 1670 this -- that's a lot house and then.
And -- and Republicans -- have a shot to win back control of the senate they do have to kind of run the table alone and pick up six seats that's.
Anytime -- -- too big of succeeds but the thing about the senators unless you've got sixty or almost sixty.
Once you get to essentially tied it it doesn't matter -- your dad what.
What's what's your and that 4748.
And -- it's all pretty much it's it's a good luck yet and in the end nobody can move everything.
Out of it -- that's just how that goes.
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To perform the same background checks the statement -- so it's true market I haven't -- that sentence in a while Washington I was wrong on the wrist is very big.
We're were -- that were owning that.
-- writes about what should we what do you foresee three weeks what's gonna happen.
You know I do you think they're gonna get some type of by and large I think they're gonna do some type of level continued funding bomb.
And I don't think it's guy's gonna fall but those people who with the sequester -- smoke then I think they will try to put this western -- and the Democrats won't and it probably someone.
So you've got like half of the half this quarter of the sequester but -- -- Though the diplomatic -- the USS Abraham Lincoln in the middle of the Mediterranean sea power systems -- like that -- -- and you know what's great about Washington as you can come up with.
Programs just a couple of you can say essentially eaten well we're sitting right because we're not re launching the Apollo.
Rocket series so think of all the money he says so there's all sorts of exciting accounting but it's nothing more -- The template that is -- -- savings from from not going to war with Iran.
Brendan not that bright and also I'd point out we were talking earlier about the Mexican American war still over imagine the cost -- we've been fighting that sense this whole time we'd at a 150 years of fighting in Mexico a hugely expensive.
-- money ahead.
OK Bob thank you for making -- thank you always always obliged and OK here.