Sen. Ayotte wants to cut $381 million 'missile to nowhere'
Republican senator blasts project as 'waste of taxpayer money'
- Duration 6:31
- Date Mar 21, 2013
Republican senator blasts project as 'waste of taxpayer money'
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A budget battle brewing on Capitol Hill right now we're awaiting a vote that planned for today.
In the house congressman Paul Ryan's plan to balance the budget in ten years that program what.
While the senate is debating a string of budget proposals.
That would go into all this and also have to do with these so called continuing resolution.
New Hampshire senator Kelly chaotic introduced an amendment to cut a missile system.
That she says the Pentagon has already accepted that they will never use its nickname is called the missile to know where.
And cutting it could free up more than 380 million dollars.
Said the senator -- now live from Capitol Hill this morning senators good morning on our list today pay tribute to you so what is a missile to nowhere.
It's a missile program that -- -- he spent three billion dollars on.
That the army -- that it doesn't want that the Pentagon said senate they'll never procure that we'll never get a result on missile that our troops can use.
And in fact the defense committee the armed services committee I serve on.
Prohibited funding for in in this most recent defense authorization on a bipartisan basis.
Yet the appropriators put money back in for -- 380.
We're literally a missile in no way -- will never getting -- our troops can use from it and it's outrageous -- tried to get a vote on this to strike this funding.
And to put the funding to use for our troops could use it.
And I couldn't get a vote on the senate floor it's it's very outrageous it was.
It -- certainly sounds like a no brainer to anybody who listens to what -- just said who is standing in the way who is supporting this missile to now where.
Then as you say the army is -- you said that they have they have no use for this project.
Basically who's standing in the way is.
A combination of people you've got appropriators and think that it might.
Somehow that benefit a company in their state to keep spending money on something we're not going to be able to get any results for for our military.
And also the majority leader of the senate blocked me for bringing this common sense amendment to the senate floor.
And you think about that I actually a bipartisan support for this amendment I think they're worried that it would pass -- can you believe it.
Million dollars were gonna waste of what is your dollars what is Harry Reid and what states are primarily.
Affected our benefit and this program and widest Harry Reid refused to allow it to be part of -- -- Well it's only a handful of states Martha and I might also add by the way this 380 million dollars.
Most of it doesn't benefit the United States -- in partnership on this -- adds -- missile program.
-- the Italians and the Germans and most of -- 380 million dollars is gonna help I guess jobs and Germany and Italy so what -- -- really have against it what's his reasoning -- -- -- -- -- -- it's too hard to bring all the amendments Martha it's really absurd I mean at this point it's like basically another one of those deals.
Trying to us stop us from eliminating wasteful spending in Washington I mean I don't.
This is -- the American people are so frustrated with what happens in Washington it's outrageous that you can't strike this money for a missile -- nowhere.
Yes -- -- -- neat you think about at a personal level -- if you had something that would save you.
Big chunk of money and you knew you weren't gonna use that nobody that they I was gonna use it it would be very easy to cross says.
Off the list let let let's pull up this Fox News Paul goes to the issue of the White House tours that would which we just bring up because.
Yet it is -- that everyone can sort of relate to know.
Eat -- -- we were told by the White House that the Secret Service simply could not afford to continue these tours and that prompts the question -- what else you know could we get rid of I had to some of these things in place say if you look at this is says could President Obama reinstate White House tours if you -- to 63%.
Say yes he could.
Of course -- head.
Martha there's no questioning that I mean look -- K here's 380 million dollars like -- -- your -- airline strike that the other point is us you know and in my office budget Martha last year I gave back 21%.
My budget are you telling me that the White House can't find funds within its budget to -- school children to see.
The way I mean it's really.
Ridiculous when you think about it that they can't -- find funds within their existing budget I know that they could if they tried.
It you know we've also talked about is the overlapping agencies and I played yesterday a SoundBite of the president in Arizona State of the Union Address talking about how three different agencies it don't -- -- salmon.
And and we looked it up to try to figure out if that was still happening in and it is still happening in many of the cases that he cited those agencies have grown.
In their responsibilities not being cut.
You know what what can what can be done about all of the overlap and redundancy.
Here's what can be done since I've been in the senate a little over two years I've voted five times to implement government accountability reports.
And eliminate duplication waste and fraud these reports are this works -- -- on March there were up.
Where multiple agencies across government like fifty per brands are working on the same thing with no results.
And so there's a lot of work that we could do.
I want to tell you -- those five times -- voted for it.
It didn't pass can you believe it and you think about it yet we're not gonna allow school children to going to the White House.
That's -- just no common sense in any of us.
To actually a little bit before I let you go about that Paul Ryan budget -- will be voted on today that patty Murray's version of the budget over in the -- Where where is a solid to be headed in your page.
Well right now the democratic budget in the senate is.
Fiscally irresponsible he got over a trillion dollars in new taxes and it.
It never balances.
It really it doesn't deal with the underlying fiscal challenges and crisis facing our country.
What congressman Ryan has put it forward.
Is gonna balance in the tenth year it doesn't raise taxes and it puts us on are responsible -- -- there's a real contrast.
And I think you'll hear that contrasts on the senate floor.
Will be bringing amendments to tried to change the budget that the Democrats have offered to strike the tax increases and the balance the budget.
How long we hang in there on this -- missile -- missile -- nowhere in holding up of the passage of this.
Well it it -- passed yesterday as you know I tried -- I did whatever did -- -- I have adjusted to Harry Reid but I wanted to know Martha I'm not letting this go in fact I'm gonna keep bringing this up on any bill like ten.
To strike this money.
Kelly at senator happening Hampshire thank you very much good data -- -- -- -- -- and basically making things.