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Dot we have this other fox is a look for his senate majority leader Harry Reid just -- -- proposal to ban earmarks are a couple years.
My next -- one of the first and one of the few Democrats Democrats.
An earmark bands and Mark Udall Colorado -- right now Soledad you.
Hey Neil how oriented happening here on your leader sees things differently -- -- only earmark thing don't.
We've had a long caucus this afternoon to talk about the reasons to have an earmark moratorium.
I announced yesterday that so I'm not gonna ask for additional earmarks are in earmarks I should say rather going forward that.
This is say an important step that we can take to get our budget.
Under control look -- about sixteen billion dollars the federal budget not an enormous amount that's real money.
And if we're serious about reining in spending.
And getting our country and a fiscally sustainable track this is a concrete step we can take so.
I joined Claire McCaskill and John McCain and Tom Coburn not proposing a two year moratorium on earmarks.
You know -- -- very distinctly different read from you once of your fellow Democrats more to the point in the senate.
Then the -- that survived what's left of them and -- house as you know Nancy Pelosi not a big fan of doing what -- dictating.
She isn't a big -- of of extending the tax cuts for the wealthy.
So in other words that body at least the Democrat part of it seems much more liberal and a hardened and have -- you guys seen -- Accommodated.
Certainly on the floor.
Or minus reading.
I don't know if it's it's being a comedy I just know I was a sealed a nonprofit business for ten years if you didn't have a strong balance sheet -- you couldn't pursue your mission.
Federal government's no different we've reached a point our history where we want to have a strong national defense.
We want to invest in new energy technologies that we want to make sure every American could go to college.
And play the role in that regard to the federal government has.
We've got to rein in spending we've got to look at the revenue side we've got to fix entitlements and -- their sustainable for fifty to a hundred years into the future.
And the first step on my -- is getting this earmark situation under control it's a bad habit.
It lubricates I think excessive spending because once you get your pet projects and spending bills.
In your forced to vote for bills that probably are wise.
In the first place.
Senator I didn't that's in the tax cut thing on who -- else mind indulging me your ex senator Harry Reid seemed to be open.
To a compromise and you know that that one that's always talk about extending them all including the wants of the -- released an attitude I think he said maybe three years.
Where do you stand on that.
-- it -- surprise you that I that I think we ought to extend -- primarily for those making under 250000.
Dollars and we ought to emphasize small businesses in the middle class.
I haven't been convinced extending them for the upper.
Income levels is the right way to pay down the deficit even ten or so Lisa.
Deduce -- well I I'm open -- but I would what I would almost like to see those -- -- going to small business sector and a payroll tax holiday earned a deficit.
Reduction are you more more of notably -- reduction itself but.
The conversation continues I think that's important note does it don't doesn't -- -- a lame duck says senators this something.
You and your colleagues left to sort out in the -- Look at one of the -- -- -- -- election was.
That the people this country wants to focus on the economy that wants to work together and they want certainty.
As we move for -- coming -- some kind of a conclusion on what the tax cut treatments going to be would create that service I'd like to get -- Denver knowing that such frankly.
Morals senator you -- which some sense of I was in and out of Paula aren't joking -- -- senator real pleasure thank you very much that day thanks deal reported.
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