Jansing and Co | March 13, 2013
>> i want to bring in congressman bruce daily, a democrat from iowa. it's good to see you, congressman. it's obvious you and the democrats are on a different page than paul ryan . are you willing to make some concessions in areas like medicare because republicans say, look, we moved on taxes the last time.
>> well, we've talked about meaningful and effective ways to strengthen and preserve medicare as an alternative to the hypocritical and cynical budget that the republicans introduced yesterday. their budget is based on abolishing obama care, yet continuing to realize $716 billion in savings to medicare that were created by obama care. it also includes an assumption that we're going to take these revenues from taxes on the wealthiest americans that came about as a result of the year-end deal, even though paul ryan and the republicans in the house fought against that revenue increase every step of the way, which is why the supercommittee didn't reach agreement and why we ended up with the sequestration process after one year of getting know where so when you look at their plan for fixing medicare by voucherizing it and cutting dramatically the benefits to people who rely on medicaid, it's an unworkable solution and that's why we have to talk about real, practical fixes, including focusing on run away health care spending and how we get that under control by being looking at the behavioral economics that is at the root of health care costs.
>> well, let's look at the other side. we know you're running for senate to replace a retiring tom harkin .
>> do you agree with senator murray 's plan?
>> i think senator murray has put forth a document that uses a balanced approach which is very similar to the people who came to my deficit reduction town hall meetings and i wanted. they sat down and voted on new revenues and targeted spending cuts using the same scores that we use here in washington and every one of those four deficit town halls found trillions of dollars of deficit reduction using a balanced approach. i think senator murray is using a balanced approach and i think it's a starting point for both sides to get to a budget that we can finally pass.
>> i want to switch gears and talk to you about something that we've been working on. it's military sexual assault . a top combat pilot was sentenced to a year in prison and you've introduced legislation to stop this from happening. realistically, what chance bdoes it have?
>> we had an enormous amount of support, bipartisan, house and senate. we were just at the pentagon two weeks ago getting a briefing on the incredible progress they claim to have made and trying to reduce the alarming level of sexual assault in the military. and this decision by this supervising general just turns justice on its head. when he appointed the all-male jury which convicted the lieutenant colonel of sexual assault , and punished him according to the military code of justice and then turned around and reversed that decision and basically granted him a pardon and recommended him for a promotion in a decision that is not reviewable by the secretary of defense or commander in chief, it's easy to understand why so many people are cynical about the progress made in addressing this serious problem.
>> congressman, we will follow this as it goes through the process. thanks so much for coming on the program.
>> thank you, chris.