The Daily Rundown | June 21, 2012
>>> republican house leaders are moving ahead with plans to hold a full house vote on a contempt citation against attorney general eric holder . this after the house oversight committee voted along party lines yesterday to proceed with the contempt of congress charge. republican congressman jason cha chafetz of utah . good morning, sir.
>> guood morning, luke .
>> i want to play something that carolyn maloney said in yesterday's proceedings.
>> it shouldn't be a political witchhunt against the attorney general of our country in an election year.
>> is this an issue that simply is red meat to the base, to folks like yourself that john boehner had to throw to you guys because you wanted it to desperately?
>> no, it's sad and disappointing we got to this. remember, luke , just think, just close your eyes and think about this. our federal government , department of justice , the alcohol, tobacco and firearms, purposely, on purpose, gave the drug cartels nearly 2,000 weapons. the bulk of which are ak-47s. we have a dead u.s. border patrol agent, 300 dead mexicans, you have a program that according to the to your knowledge general was fundamentally flawed. we have an april or february 4th , 2011 letter is e7b9 sent to congress that had he had to pull back because it was false and misleading. you have all the makings that congress should as a duty and responsibility dive into. you can't just simply ignore this. this is not a partisan game, and the white house and department of justice should have put this to bed about a year ago. we shouldn't be at this point in time.
>> why is there apprehension? i've spoken to folks associated with leadership, the romney campaign has not been vocal about this. you're a big mitt romney supporter. do you think they want to be talking about fast and furious right now or want to be talking about the economy?
>> i think everybody wants to be talking about this economy. but it would be -- it would be malpractice on congress's part to not dive into this. i don't care whether it's republican or democrat. you have to go in and look at this. our federal government cannot just give away 2,000 guns to the drug cartels , have a death of a border patrol age skpebt then just ignore it. for the democrats to suggest this is a witch hunt has nothing to do with eric holder . it does everything to do with department of justice and justice in the united states of america . we have not gotten to the bottom of this. nobody has been fired. nobody has been dismissed. there haven't been the fundamental changes at the department of justice that should be there. and we never thought that the president was involved. now he's invoking executive privilege . this has really risen to a much of greater level than it should.
>> the extension of the bush tax cuts , at least on a temporary scale, could come to the house as early as next week. after the july 4th recess. you have been a big proponent of paying down the debt. how can you reconcile extending the bush tax cuts which would add trillions to the deficit over the next decade and still be for deficit reduction?
>> well, look, i want to broad be the base and lower the race. democrats want to broaden the base and raise the rates because they want to spend more. if you don't couplet with spending reductions, you're not going to achieve the goal that you want. remember, we deficit spend as a nation, deficit spend, $4 billion a day. you can't continue to do that. you can't. and the market needs stability. as kevin mccarthy earlier on your program was talking about, you need predictability in the north place in order to get the capital markets to make investments.
>> the tax cuts add to the deficit, which incurs that deficit spending .
>> no, no, isolation. i think that's wrong. we have a spending problem in this country. we really do. we're spending more than 24% of our gross domestic product is spent by the federal government . historically, that's been the range of 1%. we need to drive down spending. and we have got to look at the whole thing from top to bottom. i think where there is common ground is broadly based. i'm totally in favor of getting rid of the loopholes and other things in place. but --
>> i want to ask you about a retreat you're going to. it's called the all-star romney retreat out in utah . paul ryan , karl rove , tim pawlenty , condoleezza rice , eric cantor . should mitt romney disclose who his bundlers are?
>> i think he has lived up to every expectation in fully disclosing who the donors are. he has played by the rules will continue to do so.
>> i want to ask you about an issue of great importance. you introduced an amendment that would bar miniature horses from restaurants. justice department ruling allows trained point-size mares to accompany owners as an alternative to dogs under the americans with disabilities act and we actually found video of a miniature horse helping a disabled person. why are you against horses in restaurants if a disabled person would like to have a horse be their guiding companion?
>> well, look. there's some people that need these horses. what i object to is department of justice forcing businesses and restaurants. think about airplanes. look, even the miniature horse association -- and i know, luke , you subscribe to their monthly magazine, even they have come out and said, look, you can't potty train , forb instance, a horse to the same degree you can a canine. so it just seems the federal government -- department of justice is going overboard in issuing a rule. sure enough, they issued a rule, march 14th and within a week, restaurants being sued in california for not allowing horses into their restaurant. it seems absurd, over the top .
>> jason chaffetz of utah , thank you so much for joining us this morning. a protector of horse health.