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There are some items still raising questions like -- 246 million dollar tax break for Hollywood for film production.
And the revisionist spent 240 million on furniture at the new Homeland Security had courts.
Well one Democrats suggesting changes Missouri senator Claire McCaskill our guest today from Capitol Hill senator good morning to you it's always good -- you on our program and and welcome back here I've watched you and other programs -- read your interviews have seen all of it.
I know you think the ratio needs to be changed between spending and stimulus and tax breaks or under the cover all that however.
I I know you think there's more spending that should be so then.
Let's get out the axis start chop it.
What needs to go to get this thing done.
Well it got cut some of the spending for programs.
What is happened is said a lot of these programs have been starved over the last eight years.
And people decided this was an opportunity.
To buck up these programs and this is not the place to increase spending on programs.
With the exception.
Some of the safety net programs it will get that money writing to the economy -- -- -- -- got because I just went and now we gotta strip away the spending medal you let me give you an example would go to like what he's -- go like right now.
Well we need to for example.
There is a fifteen billion dollar program.
And in a certain area of alternative energy what we currently have fifty billion waiting to be alone to.
And it's on the books right now so that's probably too high -- you mentioned the furniture at the Homeland Security Department that's a great cut they're.
You've got I got here all that stuff and save a lot of money can't hit.
Yeah I got a few more ideas sure you're ready.
A 150 million to -- Smithsonian the facilities there are they have to go I thought but I just want to know whether or not it's going to create jobs in this country.
-- billion dollars for the census next year 2010.
-- billion dollars for consensus that is starting costing three billion dollars more than it was set out to do would be in the first place.
What we have to find the census but not a stimulus bill.
I mean that's the problem here we have got to be disciplined about making sure this bill does only two things.
It's money directly into the economy and creates jobs period.
Okay I've got to get I've got two more for you a -- ten million to reduce the hazard lead based paint.
I think that's important but I television -- this I think you agree with me on that toward I five million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.
Which I think is a very critical factor that native Americans living on reservations in the country I just don't know that you begin this believe there.
I think you're gonna be pleased with the effort.
That is underway right now by a number of us some Democrats and some Republicans.
To pare down this list to a bare bones.
In terms of spending that we must do for the safety net.
And then looking and whether or not we're spending this money in a way that will create jobs not five years and now.
But create jobs within the next thing taking more points out how far away.
Is the Senate version from from being there.
Eat you know I think that that it's not a question how far away we are dark wet track how many.
Well we're not starting from scratch Woodward's gonna try to strip out but the real question is how many people can we get to join this effort.
Aren't the Republicans been against -- just because they want to be against it or are they willing to work with us and do the right thing here I had a Republican.
A staunch Republican that is very involved in the financial markets in this country saved me in the last couple of days if some bill doesn't pass it's going to be Armageddon.
And I think we've got to be mindful of that do the right thing get this economic recovery built the president's desk but do in a way that's responsible that's been Norris.
Her well I know you believe you only need about a dozen Republicans to come on board and may you have one with us next hour Lindsey Graham is our guest who will put some your answers to him and we'll try and find the middle ground OK senator.
That sounds great that we're looking all right Claire McCaskill is the democratic senator at a state of Missouri and we appreciate your time don't be a stranger come on back yeah I mentioned senator Lindsey Graham.
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We will crunch the numbers throughout the day.
Well late yesterday we got some big economic news -- Macy's department stores the company announcing major job cuts.
And other cutbacks to deal with the downturn in the economy here's how breaks down.
Macy's plans to slash 7000 jobs nationwide the cuts amount to 4% of the company's workforce.
40% of the company's management jobs.
As part of the plan Macy's will also lower for a one K contributions and eliminate merit raises sports executives.
Eleven of -- 840 stores will close Macy's executives say the reduction should amount to about 250 million dollars.
In savings for the company this year.
Also here's an offer we hear about some auto workers may not only able to refuse at least that's what Chrysler and GM -- hoping anyway.
Face it plummeting sales -- two carmakers must reduce their workforce so.
They're offering some hourly workers an incentive to quit.
And early retirement package including a buyout check in a car voucher worth about.
Dollars that's news today from the.
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