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Despite everything that we know and don't know about what's happening in -- in Japan and some US lawmakers want to reexamine our nuclear energy policy.
And our next guest says we actually need to build.
More nuclear power plants joining us right now from capitol.
Tennessee Republican senator Lamar Alexander senator Alexander you heard the latest news you'll not be dissuaded you say build more.
And learn from this in the process.
-- that that's exactly right Brian -- -- we want.
Who want a lot of reliable clean electricity United States I don't see any other.
Choice and it's important to point out that we've had gas explosions -- explosions and oil spills and deaths.
Have come from those in the United States -- -- 104 commercial reactors we've never had a death.
We've been operating nuclear.
Reactors and our navy since the 1950 we've never had death.
We've had one bad accident Three Mile Island not a single person was hurt.
As a result of that so we need to learn from Japan but we need to then go ahead with our own.
Now we understand that we have not -- the new plant since 1979 we also know that we have some -- to be built and it begins it starts I think it starts in Georgia.
But you have France.
You have China reexamining.
Nuclear energy right now and the safety of our plan and plants around the globe.
Does isn't that a warning sign that maybe we should heed to examine what we have before we build new ones.
Well of course we should examine and we're you know we're we're in no danger of building a new woods right now -- been thirty years since we.
Built a new when the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is going through very careful study of safety designs.
For the new plants that will be building they'll take into account all of this but remember France is 80% nuclear power.
-- -- very comfortable with nuclear power if if you want clean electricity 7%.
Electricity dimensional cipher or nitrogen or Mercury or carbon.
Comes from nuclear power the United States and we know this to -- the New York Times -- a lot of democratic senators were for nuclear energy before this accident and so it is somewhat bipartisan support.
We'll see what happens after meanwhile -- moved on to something else and that is spending showdown taking place in the senate.
The debate begins in just a few hours on the continuing resolution.
As we try to get a budget plan just to get -- to September 30 let -- them with the president released for 2012.
Where we act now.
Well we're on the Republican side were trying to get the government to stop spending more than we had that means we're gonna pass today.
Another six billion dollar cut and kept doing that every few weeks -- make some progress or we're gonna do after this I think -- then.
Pass a bill that reduces spending for the entire year were only seven months away.
From the end of the fiscal year and then we're gonna get busy setting limits.
On long term spending.
Well I know one thing senator Marco Rubio -- -- it.
He does not want to vote for temporary spending bill and won't and this is show some fracture.
In the Republican Party because they do agree more with the house and are tired of the band aids.
Well I understand senator reveals point he's trying to send a signal that he wants more cuts.
I'm trying to do the same so I'm gonna vote for six billion dollars in cuts for the 23 week period.
Instead of voting against six billion dollars in cuts and seems to me that it's taking smaller steps in the right direction is a very good way of getting where you wanna go.
He knows that a year ago senator.
Vice President Biden whispered into the lapel.
Bob present President Obama and says this is -- big bleeping deal Mr.
And now we have the one year anniversary of the passage of health care.
Wow what a turbulent year it has been where we act now with this.
Well we're where we predicted we do you know hear a lot of talk about unanticipated consequences.
But we -- a year ago was premiums would go what they have.
Taxes would go up they have.
Medicare would be cut.
-- eleven million beneficiaries of Medicare Advantage who -- Losing some of some of that could be unfunded mandates on states there have been so we've basically expanded a health care system that already cost too much.
Instead of reducing the cost of health care to people could afford to buy insurance side and today did former speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi is taking a balance of that historic moment should she -- Well it it it's historical right but it was an historic mistake.
And we'll find out too because ultimately is going to be decided in the courts whether you can actually mandate people -- have insurance and they can't mandate it you really have no plan.
Senator Lamar Alexander we covered a lot thanks so much -- going to be a busy guy today as usual thank you --
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