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But now the US should respond to Egypt senator Bob Parker he's the ranking Republican on the foreign relations committee.
He joins us from Afghanistan this morning and senator Jack Reid a Democrat.
He is a member of the armed services committee and joins us from his home state of Rhode Island we should point out just for our viewers.
Sake that there will be a significant delay in our communications with senator walker because of the satellite -- that it takes to get to Afghanistan and senator -- let's start with you.
You heard what correspondent Greg talk I've had to say but the mass demonstrations today.
Are you worried about a further escalation of violence in Egypt and what are the possible consequences.
If there is an escalation.
I think there's no question received a call late last night from the administration -- they're involved in trying to calm all sides but I think that's what our role should be right -- John has.
Tom something has happened that is gonna provoke a lot of unrest for some time it has implications and other parts of the region.
But what we should be doing right now is is urging -- Urging the military to move through this civilian process as quickly as possible.
To ask the Muslim Brotherhood.
You act with some degree of of responsibility.
As it relates to what's happening but our role right now should be one of applying com.
Trying to get our partners in the region to do the same thing obviously.
There's been a lot of problems and Egypt for a lot of time people are frustrated with that our role should be to to help and every way we can to preserve.
A more calm atmosphere as they try to move through this very treacherous environment right now.
Senator -- you heard -- senator Corcoran had to say things that we should appeal to the burn Muslim Brotherhood to show responsibility here it would appear though that they don't want to listen to us Mohammed but.
Who is the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood said quote may the lord destroy.
Secular opponents of Islam Islamic militants killed several members of the Egyptian military the protesting.
Outside of our consulate in Alexandria this talk of possible civil war there is is anybody do you think over there with the exception of the people are trying to put together the government.
Willing to listen to the United States.
Idea I think there are many -- willing to listen the United States -- concurrent Bob's assessment.
We have to be a force of stability support.
Four -- very quick.
Transition to fully elected democratic government.
-- the military has to make clear what their timetable is.
And they have to move to be inclusive one of the problems Morsi he was increasingly.
Exclusive he was increasingly authoritarian.
And that view is not gonna work for the people Egypt north gonna work the United States.
And in addition to that we have they're actually engage regional powers particularly with economic assistance to Egypt one of -- courses of this popular turmoil was a terrible economic situation as well as the increasing.
Isolation of more study from the mainstream of Egyptian politics so there are people listening and I think there will be responsible.
Hopefully though this.
Will be at the egyptians -- due to create a government that is stable productive and protect the people region.
Senator cork or do you believe that the president has been handling this appropriately.
Used -- -- You said he's not taking sides here he has issued some warnings.
And admonitions to the Egyptian government.
Have been at the same time it cannot be sad that more she is gone.
You think he's handling it -- You know you know I cannot country right now where you know what we wish to happen and what happens.
Isn't always the -- just came from Pakistan where.
Numbers of issues exists there and things that we would like to a car.
Don't always -- cars I think sometimes people think that just because we are in fact the greatest nation on earth today.
That because we want something happened -- well I think that again urging calm.
We need to remember that the reason we conduct foreign policy the reason people like me -- here and Jack and others do the same thing.
Is we're trying to for Jack.
Our nation's national interest and what we need to -- look at here is what is in our national interest and com -- that area obviously Egypt breaking apart is not good for the allies that we have we do have some trees.
That are in place that are very important we need to keep that in mind so again.
I don't know what else our nation can do at this time other than to urge the military to move along in a responsible way to urge all parties to recognize.
That they've been part of this process it's broken down we can assess what's happened down the road and who calls all of this to a car -- president.
As a nation these people -- run for office these parties -- -- created to create two to move this country had.
Need to realize that right now breaking that apart.
Is not in their interest certainly is not in our interest and again -- president.
I'm not sure what else the United States can do other than trying to be a calming boards voice and doing the sign with the rest of the night.
-- senator -- one thing that is talked about that the US can do is cut off aid to Egypt's military the president has stopped short.
-- calling this a military to American law would demand require.
That if the president the State Department did declare this a military -- that aid be cut off and certainly Senator McCain and senator Leahy of said.
They think that we should cut off in fact let's play what Senator McCain said on Friday.
We have to.
To the Egyptian military.
The Egyptian military.
The vote of the people.
Of Egypt senator Reid Senator McCain quite clear that.
There by inference that this was a military to do you agree.
Well this is a very unusual situation if not unique you -- military forces acting to essentially.
Carry out widespread popular views -- the country.
Against a regime that was.
Becoming increasingly authoritarian but at the same time as a team that was democratically elected.
Indeed it was democratic elected but what was happening I think this is best manifested by the people of Egypt.
Is they were growing -- concerned about the direction of this government.
And I think on a practical basis that we have to look at NASA very simple question.
Will cutting off aid -- accelerate or enhance the opportunities and -- chances do have a truly democratic government I don't think so.
I think also.
There are other strategic.
Issues at play one is that he.
Transit the Suez Canal.
A stable relationship between Egypt and stated Israel also ongoing -- terrorism activities.
We have to be very very careful in terms of suspending aid or cutting -- off I think what we have to do is insist that the military.
Have a very rapid very clear.
Timeline pathway to democratic elections that there is full participation -- selections.
And that we -- -- engender much more economic support.
Not from the United States but from the international community to assist.
The emerging and hopefully very quickly emerging democratic government.
In Cairo I wanna move onto another topic of health care just a second that senator Corcoran want to ask you one more question lot of conservatives who warned the president back in 2011.
Against the Russians -- -- Hosni Mubarak overboard.
That the transition to election should have been slower should allowed opposition parties together more strength do you think it was a mistake.
To rush to throw Mubarak overboard two years ago.
I do think that.
Our nation's sometimes thinks that -- one of the ballot box is democracy and I do think that there is a rush.
From time to time to try to move countries in that direction too quickly I don't think Egypt.
Is mature yet in that regard and I think we need that this right now is an excellent opportunity another chance for us to work with them in that regard gonna go back to -- -- issue about could briefly and part of the -- that we supply -- in support of the treaties and again we need to look at our national interest.
They'll be plenty of time to assess the eight issue you know it seems like Washington and always wants to jump.
-- some thing that really in many cases at this moment does not matter the -- doesn't flow on a daily basis we'll have plenty of time to assess that and it seems to me.
That what we should be looking at is how the military and how the country itself.
Handles this transition we need to encourage that I think trying to jump to what we're gonna do relatives have to support at this moment is not -- play.
-- that we need to be let me -- to health care if I could now -- senator -- to you the employer mandate being delayed a year from 2014 junior won 2015.
Is a whole Affordable Care Act in jeopardy now.
No not at all this was a response to concerns that prince William and the business community that the information and the the operational details would not be there and as result I think the administration wisely decided to postpone for one year.
The mandate on employers the exchanges go into effect in October.
The coverage goes into effect.
Indeed what they've done really affects a very small.
Minority of businesses throughout the country right -- -- I think senator -- -- -- -- to all work together economically the have the individual mandate coupled with the employer mandate.
Now you take in one piece of that away.
Does that throw a mess into the hole economics of this and people being complaining about that anyway.
Well I don't think it does I think the key factor is.
Effectively recruiting individuals to join these changes didn't make the exchanges attractive to companies who might wanna come and you get their insurance through.
That we're really talking about -- very small fraction of companies.
The fact the vast majority of companies in this category provide health care already know continue to do so.
But I think given the potential confusion.
Postponing it not eliminating but postponing it for a year makes sense.
In fact this was one of the major concerns of the business community and and in fact the administration is responding to those concerned and senator Parker of opponents of the Affordable Care Act is saying well let's let's not stop that delaying the implementation.
The employer mandate let's repeal that part of the bill would would you support that.
But -- I think the point you made earlier is that on the all these things are tied together and I don't know how you can create a mechanism.
That house more downward pressure on employment and this this health care bill I mean what it's doing to part time workers meaning driving people to the part time effort we've seen that most recently.
And our payroll numbers.
What it's doing to keep employers from -- in -- home bring on any kind of employee it's it's been very damaging and I think just moving it back a year.
Is not gone to undo the and certainly that people have so I think the administration is recognizing that this policy is very damaging.
To the employment and our nation and I'm glad they've taken this staff and yes there's many other pieces of this if not all.
I'd like to see on Don and let's put something together that actually promotes.
Economic growth and our nation certainly gives people access to health care to me this was not the way to do it -- aware.
That was supposed to be a technical corrections bill at the end of this that never occurred and what we're saying right now is that many -- coming out on this piece of legislation so yes.
I'm glad this has been put off.
But I don't think it's going to undo the and certainly that many businesses across our nation have nor do I think it's gonna do any thing relative.
Today the cap that it's putting on employment right now that we're saying play out each month.
When we see the employment numbers released.
How will -- -- down as a vote in favor of repeal senator Reid a quick response from -- if we could do what the senator just said it and how do you implement the individual mandate.
Well at the same time delaying the employer mandate.
Could not in the year that falls between those there's two things.
A lot of employers dump their health care dump their employees in these private exchanges is opposed to providing healthcare for.
Well first I think the majority of the companies that are subject to this rule already provide health -- will continue do that.
For business reasons because they believe that there polar -- -- rather should have.
Good health care coverage.
I think this delay will give some companies the opportunity to.
Assess what they want you know give the government they opportunity be better terms of reporter requirements.
The overall thrust of the legislation is going forward in my -- I -- that great momentum.
In -- -- the status -- -- changes making sure that people have coverage we already have seen many benefits for affordable care.
Parents can keep -- shown on the plan Phillips when he six.
There are many things and I think also -- -- context of jobs we've seen.
Job growth this reporting period and we have to continue and I think really -- wanna talk about job growth we have to talk about.
More -- infrastructure more stimulus in the country.
I think the affordable health care system.
Is on a path to take off on time this this fall all right well at least part of it well not the employer mandate thanks very much centers for joining us today we -- very much appreciate it we apologize for the delay between Washington Afghanistan.
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