Did White House 'jump the sequester'?
Former Sen. Scott Brown weighs in
- Duration 4:05
- Date Mar 8, 2013
Former Sen. Scott Brown weighs in
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Now all those new claims that the automatic spending cuts our nation just got hit with the so called sequester.
Haven't lived up to the apocalyptic warnings we have heard so much about here's what Kimberly stressful writes in the Wall Street Journal.
The phrase jumping the shark describes that -- moment when something once considered significant is exposed as ludicrous.
This is -- week the White House to jump the sequester.
The precise moment came Tuesday when the administration announced that it was canceling public tours of the White House blaming budget cuts.
Here to talk more about it senator Scott Brown former Massachusetts senator and a Fox News contributor you voted for the sequester when you were in the senate did you ever think it would come to -- It's absolutely not but remember it was the president's idea -- and -- the leaders several three McConnell told all the members say listen we're gonna put up desist select committee we're not gonna get into these draconian cuts that'll never ever happen.
Well guess what that committee failed they didn't do another one or another one.
And here we are a year and a half later and and here we are with the White House clothes to school kids now because.
Via the administration can't find a better way to save a couple of -- listen bottom line is the Republicans have offered.
And if it makes common sense that the president should have what's called transfer authority the ability to get in there.
-- kind of reopened and -- to sequester it in a hole and actually delegating.
And you -- -- judicious methodical cuts for example in in the military that they need that give it to hey go let him go win.
With a find -- -- -- and actually you know with a scalpel I should say and actually get in there make the cuts.
And that you can that you need to make so in the meantime we have learned that we have three White House call -- refers on stabbed or you can go on and on and on almost 300000 a year but we can't keep the White House open for to listen it's like pigs in a trough the more money you're gonna give the people in Washington the more money you're gonna spend bottom line remember the senators or.
-- real -- congressman they do not get part of this cut their staff members do but they don't get anything cut so there's no skin in the game.
And the presidential does not want this authority because he wants to make -- Republicans look bad everybody knows it.
And it's time to show real leadership what we hired this man Barack Obama as an administrator -- make the tough choice right to do the tough work -- of government is is he.
Is he not going to do that he could have that authority they're willing to do with a willing to give it to -- does not want it.
He needs to take that authority delegate and for example Harry Reid should delegate to the committee chairs in the ranking members you have to cut one point two trillion dollars folks time to do your jobs are not going home for a month if you finish early will go home.
But not gonna take breaks tonight at weekends off we've got to find a way to cut it because we can't continue there has been the suggestion that the President Obama.
Wants to embarrass Republicans in part because he hopes to win back the house and -- analysts on his suggestion -- -- if you destiny of the governors that we're at the recent governor -- -- caught conference in new.
Asked about the private meeting.
President why don't you want the ability to do the transfer authority well it's because -- one wanted to be on you guys.
All right so -- them but but there is also the senate to consider I mean right now the senate has a pretty comfortable majority of Democrats but on number.
Democrats are retiring this time around we'll look at some of them we can put on the screen chairman Rockefeller probably in Johnson right.
And Tom Harkin and and there are a couple of more who are considered very likely potential.
Tim Johnson of South Dakota Dick Durbin of Illinois.
What are is is there really any prospect for Republican.
Swing back the senate do you think of course this in the there's always a possibility look at me I'm a Republican of Massachusetts was able to win there was a presidential -- -- -- didn't fare as well but the last time the bottom line is -- not over till it's over but more importantly what you have now in the -- especially as you have extremes in the left -- the right.
And in the middle there's not that group of moderates like me in Kent Conrad Olympia Snowe.
Richard Lugar others -- kind of bridge that gap between those extremes on both sides.
So that we have some work to do obviously I would like there to be some more balance -- you can continue on them that fair and open debate.
And that's -- we need all right.
Rated good again thank you senator brown thanks very much --