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Senate Republicans and demanding to know why Democrats in the senate have not produced a budget that starts to address that fourteen trillion dollar tab.
I was -- -- Republican senator Ron Johnson on the Senate Budget Committee and sir good morning and welcome back here.
To America's Newsroom what what do you think.
We haven't seen one.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- It's it's absolutely irresponsible -- -- now 751.
Days since the democratically controlled senate has passed a budget.
And the other thing that's very irresponsible is for this administration to be going out and scaring the public.
About what may happen if we failed to raise that ceiling they're trying to blackmail us in increase in deaths doing -- wrong.
You think there is an active effort now to scare the public about the debt ceiling because because what you have right now give these two worlds -- -- you've got to get a budget done in congress.
That's acceptable by both sides and he got to figure out what to do in the debt -- -- not obvious and concerted effort.
To scare the public.
And you -- say that if we don't increase the debt -- it's going to be Armageddon.
It won't be army yet were lined up happening is we're gonna have to act actually live within our means.
According to the president Obama's 2000 -- budget.
He estimates that revenue.
That's what we have to operate under I mean I'm not recommending nobody's recommending it.
But that is still 800 billion dollars more.
And we spent just ten years ago under President Clinton so would not be on again we would have to operate I guess what I've been calling the debt ceiling budget.
Again nobody's recommending it but we need be responsible about this we shouldn't be scaring the markets we should be trying to calm the markets.
Yeah I think we should be doing I would I've been in business 31 years I've been watching Washington it's broken.
We need to realize this is a possibility so we start planning for right now.
I would be laying out contingency plans right now in every agency in terms of how do you live within -- two point six trillion dollar a year budget.
It's possible again not recommending doing it but we should start -- in those.
Plan right I mean and trillions -- is extraordinary stuff here I'm Kent Conrad a Democrat he's negotiating right now.
I would these bipartisan lawmakers he says it's his own strategy.
Not to put a plan on the table.
He says to do that right now would force a vote in the senate would -- the positions on the right hardened the positions on the left let's wait until we get a deal together behind closed doors.
Before we invalid -- that it sounds.
Logical does it not.
No we should be doing this in public.
That's what's wrong with Washington everything's behind closed doors we should have this in the light of day we should be talking the American people in terms of what we should be spending money on.
How we should be reforming.
Every program everything should be on the table and it should be all the -- game.
Now you were a businessman in your previous life in your home state of Wisconsin you you referred to this in -- the last answer there.
That you're now in Washington as US senators and you're saying that that town that government is broken.
What what has your experience been like for the past five months.
RC it's been pretty instinct experience for plastic salesman.
Now again like this I've been watching Washington for 31 years it's obviously broken -- the fact the Democrats haven't passed a budget 750 days.
Proves that point.
So again the main point here is let's start planning.
I know nobody wants to you live under a debt ceiling budget.
But it's possible it would not be Armageddon the administration has got to stop -- the public.
All right senator thank you we look at these numbers and we are floored by them and frankly you know and the Democrats -- to the American people they are well in tune in touch -- this topic.
Senator thanks we'll talk again down the road maybe when there is progress thank you for your time today.
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