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Wins for Republicans on Tuesday night -- six senate pick ups including the -- in Indiana.
Being vacated by retiring Democrat Evan -- and that -- Dan -- defeated democratic congressman Brad Ellsworth returning to the seat.
He laughed in 1999.
After serving a decade in the senate.
I spoke with senator coats earlier and asked him what he thinks will be different this time.
-- last time we were running relatively balanced budgets we had a number of issues but by the same token.
This year we are looking at -- an entirely different situation from -- for the fiscal standpoint our government is.
Really in tough shape.
We are plunging into debt and spending money that we don't have.
Clearly we need to take bold action now no more low incremental things we've got -- Address this economic downturn in economic stagnation that we're currently in companies are not hiring that they are not buying new equipment they are not.
Expanding their plans.
The future of America from an economic standpoint in growth absolutely has to be part of the equation here.
Along with stopping some excessive spending in Washington.
We've got to get this country back on track everything flows from that whether we support our military and foreign policy initiatives and many many other domestic programs.
If we don't get our economy in shape and get in shape as soon or at least -- the target.
We're gonna continue to have a lot of problems and when I'm told.
You have been saying to people and correct me if I'm wrong that you think the United States senate has to change the way it's been doing business.
Is that right clearly -- and -- and Heidi Heidi changes they've still got that sixty vote filibuster rule which they had when you were there.
And that's a barrier to really bold action as -- -- It is a -- I think get the very least we need to remove the the sixty -- rule for bringing it -- the floor and actually debating it in voting on it.
The American people deserve that we are transparent -- them that we take one item at a time.
That we register our -- and register and days and be accountable the American people for what we've done.
It's been too much gathering everything at the end throwing it into one big package too much combining bills some people say well I voted for because.
I know it's got some bad stuff but the good outweighed the bad we need one issue one time one debate one vote expedited schedule.
The -- there's just too much.
Need for moving forward -- action to address.
Are serious economic situation and a number of the other issues to not go forward on that basis on their work to try to streamline the situation in and move things forward.
Let me ask you but the debate on the Republican side it's already -- emerged speaker presumptive John Boehner has said that he wants an earmark ban and moratorium.
The majority minority leader in the senate Mitch McConnell says no he doesn't -- -- who said he -- Well listen there's a middle ground here what I want and it goes -- the first answer that I gave you.
I want a procedure or process in place where something is -- it's that discussed in committee it's voted on its probable for the floor.
People have an up or down vote out of what I don't want.
Are earmarks that are simply attached at the end -- put in new bill and we only found it find out about it later.
Every item if it's controversial ought to have the opportunity for us to say yes or no.
And so there's there's a definition of earmark that I think it needs to be stopped and there's the definition of special was that projects that ought to be discussed debated and voted out.
You know -- there in the 1990s when Republicans tried to cut spending and they were attacked by the Democrats -- I'm -- school lunches for.
Throwing grandma in the snow.
Trying to cut Medicare how do you how you cut spending when you go -- republic as Republicans want to do and you said you want to do and avoid those kinds of those kinds of attack that ultimately.
Did slow the Republican.
Republicans back to the path back to balanced budget in the 1990s.
Well look if I'm a Democrat they ought to be looking at the results of the 2010 election.
But the people want is action real action on this spending.
The super majority of people across the country express that desire on Tuesday evening.
I'm hoping that we can get past the silly stuff you know if you get -- reduce.
Funding for national public television it doesn't mean the first thing you cut -- Sesame Street I don't I miss some adult.
About what's needed in this country in about the seriousness of this financial plight that were in.
Now if people aren't willing to step up to that I think it's going to become transparent to the public.
We need to make our case and say this deserves again an adult discussion and -- debated people to stand.
Show the American people where they stand if not they're gonna throw up just -- they did it.
2010 or 2000 Nader 2006.
The public wants action they don't want this silliness.
I'd let me ask you one more question if the president says extend.
But I'm willing he's willing to extend the tax cuts for one year on everybody but just one year do you take that deal.
No I don't like that deal the reason is it just sends it another signal to all the job creators across the country.
That they've got a year but then that's kind of who knows what's coming down it's uncertainty today in the economic picture.
About the future -- what kind of taxes regulations and mandates are going to be imposed on our businesses that job creators of the of the country.
All that does is perpetuate the uncertainty we need some certainty going forward as to what the policies will be.
Relative to business in America our corporate rates -- stayed double the level of our competitors overseas.
Are we get a load them up with the restrictions and mandates that they -- enough.
I have no choice but to go overseas are we gonna make -- business friendly.
They need some assurance that on the long term going forward we're gonna have business friendly policies that encourage staying in the United States.
Manufacturing here providing jobs here -- that's not happening under this administration all right senator -- welcome back to Washington will be watching thank you.
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