Martin Bashir | June 28, 2012
>>> in sport, we're told that when you u lose, you should do so with dignity, but sadly, republicans on the hill didn't learn that lesson at school. instead, after witnessesing the supreme court 's decision, many are lashing out against the attorney general. at this moment, lawmakers are debating on voting on two counts of contempt against eric holder . we're joined by barbara m mccowski. there's something of a circus going on on the ? other side of capitol hill from where you are. you've been in congress for 35 years. did you ever see anything as vindictive and meaningless as what republicans are doing right now to the attorney general?
>> well, it's not the old school republicans i know like bob dole , who or others, the world war ii generation. this is mean. it's vindictive. and i think all of the venom that they have towards president obama they're taking out on eric holder . and boy, are they grouchy today because of the supreme court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the affordable care act and rather than being such sore losers, we ought to be concentrating on what we can do to help more people be winners by creating jobs, implementing this health care bill and bringing their troops home.
>> indeed. we're waiting for a vote. we understand that the members of congress are actually still debating at the moment. we're beginning to learn about this specific operation though. given the efforts of eric holder that he's made in disclosing as many dolts he can, given that any court hearings are unlikely to take place within about three years, what is the point of this process other than a witch hunt , a show trial, a complete waste of time when you know, senator, when you know full well there's a transportation bill that needs to be passed and student loans need to be prevented from
>> well, that's exactly right. i think this is a distraction against governing. i think it's venom against president obama . and right now, in terms of the student loan bill, the clock is ticking. if we don't act before july 1st , interest rates on student loans will go from 3% to 6%, so we're penalizing our young people who are working hard, going to take their god given talents, get an education to make a contribution to america. we are spending too much time on too many of the wrong things. you know what i'm frustrated about, martin?
>> please, tell us.
>> when all is said and done, what is getting said and done? if we can pass it over the weekend, this will be the closest we've come to an infrastructure bet. actually putting people to work in construction. from engineering to the people right out there digging dirt. we'll have roads. we'll have bridges. better public safety and yet and better infrastructure for our country. this is what we should be doing. not going after eric holder . he had this great statement by the supreme court up holding the affordable care act . this is going to be great for jobs cht it gives certainty to business. large and small. certainty to families so they'll know they have the ? insurance they can count on. america wants us to stop skaubling and start working.