msnbc | January 24, 2013
>> but could there be a war on the republican party looming in president obama pfsz second term? take a listen to what speak eer john boehner said before a republican think tank thursday.
>> we're expecting here over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration, as they attempt to annihilate the republican party . and let me just tell you, i do believe that is their goal, to just shove us into the dust bin of history .
>> to shove us into the dust bin of history . joining me now is freshman congressman, a democrat from calf camp. he narrowly beat out a republican to become the third american-indian congressman in history. we have all heard this broad plan and the goals of the president, wanting to pass immigration reform , also now freshly wanting to tackle gun violence in this country and get a handle on the national debt that seems to be an ongoing problem, but what do you think when you hear as a freshman congressman that the speaker of the house thinks president obama has a master plan to aannihilate the republican party ?
>> first, it'sigate to be on. the president laid out an ambitious genda that is in line with where we are as americans. we have to go about re-creating jobs. we have to pass a jobs bill, start investing in our infrastructure again. it may be that the republican party is out of line with where we are as americans.
>> let me play what you had to say for your colleagues. you're one of 86 democrats who voted in favor of the no budget no pay republican bill yesterday. as you talk about the future of our country, and we look at that, the debt limit bill, 199 yea, 86 democrats voted in favor of that. take a lisb to this.
>> we have a law. it's called the budget act. it requires that congress passes a budget . by april 15th . all we're saying is, congress, follow the law.
>> this bill, in my view, is an irresponsible waste of our time. this bill kicks the can down the road for 90 days . if that's our premise, we are holding hostagepolicy in an un undemocratic dictatorial fashion. gr for four years, nearly four years, the united states senate has not done a budget . and so this bill before us is real simple. it says, congress, if you don't do a budget , you don't get paid.
>> this is institutionalized bribery is extortion. it should never be considered.
>> do you agree with steny hoyer had to say about holding policy hostage and this is kicking the can down the road?
>> we introduced legislation last week that was a clean no budget no pay piece. i think we should have a clean debt ceiling extension and the fact they coupled it together probably is not how i would have introduced legislation. that said, our job is putting together a responsible budget . that allows the public to see what our priorities are, how we're going to use our tax revenue. and we can do this in a smart way.
>> one thing that is going on currently as we speak, the confirmation hearings for john kerry to take over for secretary clinton , and yesterday, it was certainly a big day on the hill for secretary clinton about the benghazi situation. i want to play for everybody what you had to say as well as senator barbara boxer told the secretary of state.
>> as a new member of congress, i think i speak for all the freshman that we're not going to get much time to serve with you, but we hope in a few years we'll get that chance to serve again.
>> i want to thank you because this is maybe the last time you'll come before us as secretary here. i want to thank you for your advocacy on behalf of women around the globe. you will be sorely missed, but i, for one, hope not for too long.
>> those were just a small sampling of what boat sides had to say, democrats from the house and senate side of things to the secretary. now i want to say what radio personality rush limbaugh had to say about these interactions.
>> i have never seen groveling, butt-kissing, sucking up. so what was happening here was the cleansing of mrs. clinton 's record. in advance of her presidential run in 2016 . setting her up.
>> explain why you felt compelled to begin your questions with the statements you made to the secretary?
>> i think the secretary has done a phenomenal job as secretary of state, and i think both democrats and republicans would agree she's been one of our most outstanding secretary of states in thhistory. i was just praising her. 2016 is a ways away. you know, she has been a tremendous public servant and we hope she serves again.
>> do you think rush limbaugh was accurate, that this is his opinion that this was butt kissing at its best?
>> i don't pay a whole lot of attention to rush limbaugh .
>> california congressman, thanks so much and we look forward to having you back on.