President says budget cuts jeopardize military readiness
Reaction from Sen. John McCain
- Duration 4:22
- Date Mar 1, 2013
Reaction from Sen. John McCain
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Do we get our military readiness it will jeopardize our military readiness Brothers -- -- to -- the -- to cancel.
The deployment or -- the repair of certain aircraft appearance changes like this affect our ability to respond to threats.
In unstable parts of the world.
President Obama says -- sequester will hurt the military but veteran journalist Bob Woodward says that's madness.
Under the constitution.
The president -- commander in chief in employees that force and so.
We now have the president going out because of this people piece of paper in this agreement.
I can't do what I need to do.
To protect the country that's a -- -- may have missed that it is a mental long time.
Arizona Senator John McCain is here.
He of course is a member of the armed services committee in the US -- did you see me with the dogs there on that they didn't they're a heck I would in my hill Harry Truman line you know if you want a friend in Washington but my dog you know -- -- -- true.
Think what what I think that's what we're just said right there regarding madness and I think he's that good.
Got a good point this is all madness when I -- remind you in the campaign in the present United States.
Said in two sentences one sequestration won't happen -- obviously that -- wrong.
And two he said that it was congress' idea.
We now find out from mr.
Woodward that that it was obviously not the case it was not congress' idea.
It was a White House's idea so -- start now with a credibility gap at least in my view that's.
That's rather serious -- let me just say that.
These cuts are half in defense defense is about one out of every five dollars nineteen that we stand that not.
It's not counting Medicaid -- Medicare and Social Security.
So we are cutting making half the cuts in defense.
What is 19%.
Of -- -- spending and they exempted about two thirds of the programs.
That like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and pell grants -- only lose weight when you look at the whole piece of pop in on defense is a new gigantic but yeah again they'll there a number of senators -- -- -- and house members as well let's let's give the president the flexibility.
To figure out move money around to make the cuts he wants you think that it's the dumbest idea ever.
I do because I believe that congress constitutionally.
Has the responsibility.
Good to authorize and appropriate the funding the president proposes the congress disposes suppose that in the name.
Fiscal austerity the -- decides to close bases sure decides he even makes decisions.
And the from the congress under that scenario would have required a two thirds vote to override those decisions of the president.
Turns -- constitution on its head in my view.
And I say that -- -- respect to my Republican colleagues.
Do you think that I don't -- it -- This is a dangerous world we just saw this Alan and North -- the tensions on the -- the centrifuges are spinning in Tehran.
The Middle East is in that a state of -- that could.
When -- places could explode at any moment.
And we're gonna that would have further cuts and we've already had a 400 do they already had 487.
Billion dollars in cuts in defense in.
And in the -- -- -- take her place as we speak real quickly were running out of time but -- if it looks to sound like the Republican Party might actually have a winner on their hands right here because.
If if you pulled out of this Questar.
-- the government would have to pass a bill to fund the rest here at the end of the month.
And then if if there's no bill the government shuts down.
Didn't do Democrats really want to have to go out there and say now we should shut down the government I don't think so but I'd like to point out again the most important job the -- United States is commander in chief it seems to me.
That the commander in chief should be calling people of the White House and think.
If this is devastating to our national security as I the president and I states is describing it.
That we ought to sit down and from looking for whomever I mean it -- devastating during this scare Questar -- -- but the same person who said it won't happen this same person that said it was congress' idea.
There's a credibility problem there right Senator John McCain we thank you very much thanks grab me.
You do have a dog in Washington absolutely have -- -- don't protect it there in Arizona -- it.
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