Jansing and Co | February 19, 2013
>> hang in there and let me bring in congressman joe garcia .
>> a pleasure to be with you.
>> is it too late to get a deal? what do you think? are these cuts going to happen?
>> look. i'm in miami today and walking my district and i should be in washington and sitting there and trying to find solutions. this is exactly why people are so frustrated with congress. i limited to your commentators. they are right. here is government being run by crisis. it's tremendously unfortunate. what is fascinating in congress when you speak spoke republicans individually we have a working group with freshmen which are 20 guys, 10 democrats, 10 republicans, and we have been talking about these issues. you know, these republicans are willing to talk about revenue. we are willing to talk about entitlement reform. we need to have loopholes closed in the tax code and things we agree on, yet, if we are not sitting in a room working on it, i'm down in the keys visiting my fishermen and visiting schools in my district but that will not solve our country's budgetary problems.
>> let me point out to you something we heard about. simpson-bowles rolled out a detailed plan to cut the deficit by $2.5 trillion. it would be 3-1 cuts to taxes.
>> they can scoff all they want but either get your country on course and forget the fact you're a democrat or a republican and get to be an american and get cracking!
>> the truth is both camps have got to get out of their comfort zone and got to make these tough decisions. naeed the ea they made the easy ones and now have to make the critical ones.
>> is this something you would support or could use as a starting point?
>> we need to use it as a starting point. i'm not telling you that it's perfect. you know? i don't think, you know, senator simpson walked down from the mountain with all of the solutions. i think we need to sit and starting talking about this as opposed to to posturing. whether the president invites a republican or knows his name? these are absurd postulations. we can't grow the economy when people don't know what it looks like.
>> you're on the subcommittee on immigration and huge outrage from the republicans about the leak of those details on the plan of immigration. when you look at the details, is the white house plan more in line with your beliefs? what about the senate bipartisan plan? tell me where you think this is right now.
>> again, this is a perfect example what is going on that is wrong. the president's plan is right on all four of where senator rubio has been talking about. he hits all of the points. you know, it's about securing the border. it's about verification and finding a pathway forward. those are the central elements to what the senate has been working on. i hope it's what is going on in the house. because that one is a little bit more secretive. but i think the president is doing exactly what they want. now, does it have some kind of trigger, you know? if janet brewer gets the "b" out of our bonnet we can go guard on immigration? of course not. the president has to hire worker and create a system that works for impleemployers and secure the border. you can't do this on a whim, suddenly, the sheriff thinks that the border is secure. it is a plan that is functional. i think it's on all four's. now what is wrong with it, right some what is wrong with it is that the president is for it and so now marco rubio is against it. i think this is unfortunate. i know marco rubio just joined ous this immigration fight but many of us who have been working on this a long time and there is very good negotiation. there is facts that we know. we have an immigration system that is broken. let me give you an example. we spent $18 billion on border enforcement last year. that is more than we spend on fbi, dea and all other federal criminal departments combined. and we still don't have a working system. now, we can buy bigger buckets for the sinking ship or fix the hole and move forward in a system that works. i think most americans, over 60% of americans, agree we need to fix our broken immigration system. this would be good for the economy and good for growth and it will put us on the track because we need high-tech workers and agricultural workers necessary to our farming community' at the same time people pay their back taxes and social security and we need to move forward.