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Yoho getting 'great feedback' from back home

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October

Rep. Ted Yoho sums up why many House Republicans have taken a hard-line stance on Obamacare and the budget:

"Well, you know, when we go back to the district, I get great feedback from the people that are supporters," Yoho, R-Gainesville, said this evening on Fox Business Network. Certainly not everyone in his district agrees with him but it's solid conservative territory and reason why Yoho, a tea party backed freshman, feels he's making the right moves.

Yoho was asked about his now famous remarks dismissing the idea that failing to raise the debt ceiling would be catastrophic. "Not raising the debt ceiling is not an automatic trigger for default. I mean, it’s -- Moody's talks about that.  We have enough money coming in to service our debt. ..."

"In fact, the whole reason we're here having this debate is because they have not addressed the problems in past Congresses over last 15, 20 years. In fact, we have raised debt ceiling 14 times since 2001. And if raising the debt ceiling is the answer, we would not be here tonight talking about this. We have to look at the spending side and growing the revenue side. 

Host Charles PAYNE: OK. Now what about the idea, thought, that we would have to pick – or someone would have to pick and choose what gets paid.  I mean, your point is that obviously we have enough money to pay the interest on the debt we owe round the world. But then after that, who decides what gets paid, what gets cut? 

YOHO: Well, that’s the Treasury – or Secretary of Treasury, Mr. Lew. I mean, that’s his job. That’s what we’ve hired him for is to pay the bills of Americans --

PAYNE: So, let's just say they say, OK, you know what? This time around, we have enough money to maybe cut a little – maybe a 15, 10 percent haircut on Social Security or something else to that effect.  Do you think that the American public would stand for something like that? 

YOHO: Number one, I want to go back to Social Security, no, they wouldn’t go for that.  But we do need to look at the social programs, to make cuts right now -- not cuts. We need to do reforms in them so that these programs are there for the safety net they were designed to be. So, if we don't do that now, these programs are not going to be sustainable the way we're going right now. 

So, we need to look at the details that are coming out of the Senate before we can kind of -- I don't want to second guess them, but when we see the details, then we can make a decision.  But I’m just happy that they are coming to the negotiation table.  That to -- to deal with these problems that we've had over last course of the last three or four weeks. You know, we need to get America back to work is what we need to do.

[Last modified: Monday, October 14, 2013 11:42pm]

    

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