The Daily Rundown | December 12, 2012
>> yes, it is. that's the cold truth!
>>> there is a visual for you. one of the ads from the d triple c as part of the pressure to pressure lawmakers public le as the white house works on cutting a deal in private. they learned from the republican source that the president's call with speaker last night while designed to try to a swage what was not the greatest can be described as tense. it lasted about 15 minutes . they clearly have work to do. chairman of the democratic congressional campaign, good morning to you.
>> hi, chuck.
>> i want to ask you about this public politics versus the space that is needed in private. you see what the president is doing and from what i understand at the request of republicans to stop on the road. he is tapering that back. do you worry that you could hurt negotiations by being overtly political with ads like what you are running against?
>> i think we are helping negotiations. good politics is good policy. on this issue, we are using our mechanisms to have good policy and hold republicans accountable to moving towards a compromise on our debt rather than driving us off of a cliff. we are going to hold them accountable and continue to pressure them to compromise with the president. house democrats have already agreed to, passed a trillion dollars in spending cuts. now it's time for house republicans to meet us some of the way by asking 2% of the richest americans to provide revenue. this is about using political mechanisms to hold republicans accountable and move them towards a policy that creates deficit reduction that is big and bold and balanced and fair for the class of seniors.
>> can you accept any deal that ends up changing the eligibility rules on medicare and changing the way the cost of living increases are calculated for social security and perhaps raises the age on medicare eligibility? are you remotely open to any of those ideas?
>> i have a hard time with that. republicans are not remotely open to stocking entitlement programs for oil companies . why is it they continue to insist on raising the eligibility age for medicare and at the same time continue to refuse to even have a conversation on the $40 billion in subsidies that we give the richest oil companies on earth when they are about to produce more oil than saudi arabia . we always said we will negotiate in strengthening and improving medicare and expanding medicare .
>> do you believe it costs too much money? you have to figure out a way to cost the country less?
>> yes. that's what we are doing in the affordable care act . $700 billion in medicare savings saying we were cutting benefits when we were not. the president put on the table specific concrete savings to medicare . the republicans have not put anything on the table other than to say we need to reform it. let's reform entitlements for oil companies and big agricultural companies and the subsidies they get and not ask seniors to sacrifice the most.
>> i have to ask you about sandy recovery efforts. you represent a big chunk of nassau county and suffolk there. the amount of money being requested, is that enough? the $60 billion on the table here for sandy recovery, do you have to come back and ask for more from the federal government ?
>> i think it's the right figure. i had the administrator in my district yesterday and still trying to recover. still suffering lost business. i think the figure which was somewhere in between where it started and what the governors of new jersey , new york and connecticut ask for. one thing i am proud of because we have bipartisan agreement in the house in working towards that figure. i am hopeful we will be able to get it done quickly. people need the help.
>> democratic congressman from long island and the head in the house leadership of the democratic campaign committee . thank you, sir.
>> thanks, joe.
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