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-- -- with the lame duck.
What have they accomplished what are they still planning to accomplish what do you think they'll actually be able to accomplish what we're gonna go -- expert Jim Angle who is live in -- DC bureau.
To tell us how this lame duck congress is shaping up -- -- Hello Betty and -- the lame duck session has wobbled to completion on some major issues while others failed.
The senate made history this weekend of course by approving.
An end to the to the house bill bill that the house -- -- pastor -- To end the seventeen year old policy of Don't Ask Don't Tell which will allow those who were openly gay to serve in the military -- -- repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell is the right thing to do whether -- liberal conservative Democrat or Republican it's consistent with the best American values.
But -- former military man -- was not persuaded.
I've heard from thousands.
Thousands of active duty and retired military personnel.
I've heard from them.
And they're saying Senator McCain.
It isn't broke.
Don't fix it.
The key -- now even supporters say he is how the law is implemented.
The lame duck congress also approved a two year extension all the bush tax cuts along with an extension of unemployment insurance and -- cut in the payroll tax among other things.
But liberals had to be dragged kicking and screaming to vote for that as they accuse the president of having been taken by the Republicans.
Now the Republicans succeeded in stopping the so called dream act.
Which would have allowed children who illegally entered the country with their parents to qualify for citizenship.
Opponents say it is a form of amnesty and want better border enforcement first.
Democrats vowed to keep trying with a one noting it helps his party went more Hispanic votes than Republicans.
Think any political party can succeed.
Writing off such a large percentage of America that's one.
Other Republicans also killed a sweeping federal spending bill -- more than a trillion dollars in this week they'll replace it with a temporary extension of current spending levels.
That goes into march which allow the new congress to make a fresh start on tackling federal spending.
And the senate still arguing -- and over the start treaty which will come up for a vote this week.
With the outcome not yet clear that -- All right Jim Angle live in Washington thank you yes ma'am.
And the like to remind everyone at home if -- are watching us on line which of course you are that we do have a -- running on the right side of our screen.
The poll question today should Wiki leaks founder Julian assigned to be arrested and put on trial in the United States.
For leaking classified documents you can answer yes no or you're not shore.
And so far we're running 79%.
Saying no -- -- should not be arrested and charged for the leaking of those documents.
Almost 40% say yes and only 1% not sure so -- you know kind of surprising at least.
To what I would have expected but we also want to let people know that we are keeping track of those poll results and where they're coming from in fact on Friday.
We had many viewers voicing their opinion on our foxnews.com live poll.
We got votes from 46 states along with 22 countries overseas including Brazil.
Australia and Spain so we hear you all out there and keep them coming in from all around the world.
And again right now today the question is about -- -- -- we also want to apologize for the fact that our chat is currently.
Offline you're having some problems with it if you'd like to email us so you can still do that and will be taking a look at your email so that we can read some of those on the air.
And that keep you involved in the conversation.
And that we do have our panel right now -- gonna go two Bradley -- who is live in DC he's the former deputy assistant to president George W.
Bush thank you for being with us.
And you also have former assemblyman Ed Sullivan thank you as always for being with us -- from New York Democrat.
And we have you both here we're gonna talk about the big topics of the day the first one being the Russian arms treaty.
A President Obama was scheduled to be leaving for Hawaii -- vacation his family is already there.
He's delaying the start of his trip because he is lobbying members of congress he's hitting the phones.
Trying to push this thing through but we do have some back you Republicans including a senate majority.
I'm sorry senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell.
Saying that this was brought up for debate prematurely.
Because it's the first step in a pre determined arms control agenda the Senate's constitutional role of advise and consent is just an inconvenient.
And -- what about that well I think it's.
Sooner or later we're gonna have to have a treaty.
Beaten -- that's in everyone's contrition enough isn't -- -- just have will award three break that would nuclear office.
So we wanna have that control -- -- -- weapons wherever they are in the United States or Russia or other countries that may have.
Bought them from -- good elements -- Soviet army order and so run and assured that we have control is very important matter.
We don't want to have a crazy people -- control of the -- weapons.
And then appreciate for the people who that the moment -- Fortunately yes.
A -- like -- some of the concerns on the Republican side are just verification and also they feel that it restricts our of ballistic missile defense.
Program -- the Obama administration denies what about that.
Well look we have to make sure -- and that we're not being jammed with another piece -- important legislation.
Which congress does does not have the opportunity.
To weigh in on -- constitutional responsibility advise and consent of the senate two thirds of senators must agree.
That this treaty is in the best interest the United States before the president can enter into a treaty with the Russians so our concerns -- Republicans -- are pretty much.
Mainly mainly a few and that is verification.
That this deal is as good the American people as it is for the Russians that it does not limit the modernization of the weapons there were allowed to keep.
That we also were not curtailed in our missiles and our land based and RC based.
Deterrent so once these questions are answered to the satisfaction.
The senate then this this treaty will move along but not.
Because the Obama administration wants to jam it through the senate and not give them the opportunity to really look at this treaty.
It's it's it's in the best interest United States that that be done.
I had I had reminded people that they can email the program since our -- it's not working just you know the email address now is live at foxnews.com.
That live at foxnews.com we don't use the strategy room addressing -- and we invite you to what chime -- let us know your comments.
Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov came out -- That that Russia is strongly opposed to any changes.
To this new start treaty the Republicans are talking about altering it there are certain tweaks that they would like to make.
Russia is saying no way we like it exactly the way it is.
Does the fact that Russia likes it so much give us concern.
Well it's -- if -- is clearly I don't know did he -- of those things are like yah I don't know the right joining us concern right but the it is there is every time we changed some instead of elect to Russia and through -- their procedures.
And then they've -- Cheney and.
And that the log rolling back important one forever there are some people who would rather have the freedom to do whatever we want to do but in a world.
Where there are a lot of countries with comical opens would nuclear weapons that's.
Not a good idea -- -- -- have an international agreement of some kind sooner or later I think the sooner the better that's my own personal opinion.
And I think that this is being kicked around for a long time Ronald Reagan started this thanks -- would it's been around for a long time.
Bradley -- to get an email from -- Curtis martian saint Petersburg Florida saying how exactly is the start treaty going to stop the crazy people from getting new.
It isn't this deal is between.
Russia and the united states regarding how nuclear arsenal but anybody else's so this doesn't talk about North Korea doesn't nickel better Rand and quite frankly -- -- more dangerous.
To this country than the Russians are.
So look let's look at -- timeline.
Obama let the treaty expire last year.
That he waited till April this year.
To make a deal with the Russians and then the senate who was in control of the agenda let it languish until the lame duck session so shame on.
Reid for not bringing this into debate in the summer.
When it what we had a lot of time to look at this treaty he refused to do that because they wanted to jam it.
At the last hour and that is not right it's done the best interest the United States and quite frankly -- The Duma which is the Russian Legislature hasn't even weighed in on this treaty and they said they're not doing it until we do it so.
Look it's -- to be -- wait until we decide its right and then they decide -- right.
Before the treaty is even ratified completely and look.
IIA I I buy into Ronald Reagan saying you know trust but verify and I've diet that but but there comes a point we have very good decision.
And the decision has got to be between two countries -- have the the and and off we don't know who's gonna take over day.
The governor Russia's the next ten years forty years thirty years in May be somebody that day is very dangerous and we wanna make sure that we have.
A mechanism in place to supervise.
Their possession we don't have being behind Carol thank and so I think that did that that's a key.
Is -- I'm concerned that's the key -- what we're gonna move on I agree in there they're.
There is gonna be -- an agreement there is going to be an agreement on a start there's no question about it but it may not.
Come when the president wanted it may come in January early February and that's not a bad thing okay.
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