Inside the pitched battle over sequestration
'Fox News Reporting' examines the debt showdown
- Duration 7:07
- Date Mar 4, 2013
'Fox News Reporting' examines the debt showdown
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Something just happened in Washington something that just about everyone in this city said would never happen.
Even though everybody knew something had to be done.
If you've been following this sequester battle through the endless stream of sound bites and punditry.
You might have the impression it was just the latest Washington modified and another crisis not quite resolved.
But it is far more than that for the last eight weeks Fox News reported went inside the -- doors of power.
We discovered a -- struggle that really did have a point it was a messy process but we meet the mess you'll see something that looks like.
Democracy at work and in that you may even find a measure of -- We begin at the turn of the year.
Republican congress that they would never agree to raise tax rates on wealthiest Americans today obviously agreements currently being discussed would raise those rates and -- permanently.
New Year's 2013.
Barack Obama check meets congressional Republicans in -- thirteenth our fiscal cliff deal.
It makes good on his campaign promise to raise taxes on higher income earners and postpone -- across the board spending -- known as the sequester.
-- say now.
Don't participate in this rooms.
The -- I thought that -- -- -- is willing to go over the fiscal cliff unless all the bush tax cuts were extended permanently.
Was declared the Biggest Loser.
I have a message for the Tea Party members everywhere.
Destroying government is not good politics it.
-- -- financial meltdown in this country who don't.
Stop the standings congressman Paul Brown Republican from Georgia says Tea Party principles are not the dean of the GOP.
-- it's only hope.
Somehow we've got to have a party -- -- stand formal constitutional principles and communicate them effectively.
Republican party's message and -- been deplorable -- stakes why.
They -- to be good at it sickens me.
And I blame our leadership congressman Tom price has been part of that leadership.
Cars so what's -- -- with the Tea Party are they.
Kind of a spent force I don't think there's spent force Tea Party across this country is all sorts of wonderful individuals who want to make certain this this economy gets rolling again they don't wanna see you -- again.
Brown worries about the next big fiscal showdown that debt ceiling which the government will hit yet again.
In mid February brown wants to hold the line but he fears the GOP leadership -- -- isn't great speakers.
But he's too nice a guy.
Barack Obama comes he's a bare -- street fighter is that what this is going to be a bare knuckle brawl -- -- there's no question -- yes.
Days after taunting Republicans for caving on taxes Obama now warns them.
Don't even -- on the debt ceiling I'm not going to have a monthly conversation.
About whether or not we pay our bills.
And in fact.
Behind closed doors a cadre of Republican leaders including prize he's contrivance to temporarily suspend the sixteen point four trillion dollar debt limit.
They also pass a law that would -- lawmakers' pay and -- the democratically controlled senate passes a budget.
Which it hasn't done in nearly four years.
I think that was just -- -- Just given Barack Obama a blank check for four months.
Is just in Maine as far as I'm concerned this is a huge day.
For the American people it seems the only people is pleased his price of the ones at the White House this is a welcome development the president will not.
It's in the way this bill becoming law.
Our representatives are playing political arm but I think they want to stay on their jobs.
January 29 Roswell Georgia what's the biggest -- -- Congressman price -- breakfast with skeptical business leaders from his district.
They just continue.
And do the same thing they've been doing it's not working it's taken a stand alone road.
What are you hearing from your constituents tell us they're scared to death.
Two days later in a nearby congressional district congressman brown his meeting with constituents to.
Please DOT think anything we.
It makes it extremely difficult.
For capitalist society and yet there and function I'm gonna take this soldier here biking for you -- I'm -- morning I'm story except for five.
He threw it back the original intent of the constitution we wouldn't have a this season problem brown wants to stick to -- limited government principles and his constituents like that about him but they want to make sure.
They're not hurt.
-- know we have to make cuts.
But right now the first cut that I'm seeing is going to affect myself.
And a few 100000 if not a million other veterans and that is our health benefits I believe in the constitution as a founding fathers -- -- -- means fulfilling the promises.
That we made to veterans and we're not do it we've broken of promises.
I've gone next objection the GOP's agreement give Obama a debt ceiling reprieve the week before over the leadership.
-- it is.
-- -- you keep getting it I don't I don't know file leadership has little.
As a long term plan or not they keep -- that we need to draw a line in the sand.
The things like this a little breeze that comes along and it's.
Blows a -- -- That kind of talk can only wrinkle Brown's fellow Georgian price who again is part of the GOP leadership.
We've got a beautiful.
We've got to come together to have our policies put forward in the minority here in Washington some people are saying.
You and your ultra conservative colleagues in the Republican house on the -- No absolutely not I'm not far right.
And visually take constitution's.
We've got to rebuild those foundations they've been eroded both parties.
Do you think that there's potential for civil war within your party.
I don't think so graphic the principle of spending reductions economic freedom -- embraced -- -- Republican.
The tactics many of us and and differences between.
Tactics -- principal.
Take a stand now or live on to fight another day.
The tension between these two georgians and the strain of republicanism they represented.
Is about to spill out of the house as we discovered almost by accident.
This afternoon -- -- -- announcing my candidacy.
It's -- could -- so congratulations.
-- Georgia will have an open senate seat in two years the -- is the establishment favorite.
Brown thinks he has the Tea Party advantage.
It's exciting to have him answer that places.
You know we -- we've got to have more.
That's one race that could have national implications in what -- fourteenth.
A midterm election year that will surely be shaped in part by the next big showdown on death row.
They quickly approaching crisis known and sequestration.