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MSNBC "The Ed Show" - Transcript

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Joining me now is Florida Congressman Alan Grayson. Congressman, good to have you with us tonight. I think it"s easy to see the frustration in the numbers of the American people. What should the Congress do? I mean all these bills that you guys have passed over in the House, what should the senate do? And does the circumstances that this country face right now call for different measures in the Congress? What do you think?

REP. ALAN GRAYSON (D), FLORIDA: Well, look, you identified the problem perfectly. In the house we"ve passed over 300 bills that the Senate hasn"t even taken up. And I took the trouble this week, have looking to identify the bills that the Senate has act on that the house hasn"t taken up. There"s only a couple of dozen of them. They have to do mostly with renaming post offices. So, this is where we are. The House is getting its work done. The Senate is not getting its work done. And why? Because the republicans in the Senate are acting as a blocks to prevent anybody from getting any work done. That"s the problem from start to finish. The House could be back in session for every day from now until the end of time. It doesn"t make a difference if the republicans in the Senate are blocking everything that they can. At this point, if you put a cure for cancer up in the Senate, it would get filibusters.

SCHULTZ: We really now stand the chance, the American taxpayer of the Congress doing nothing until January. Is that correct?

GRAYSON: No, actually, we"re going to be back in session for several weeks in September regardless. But the fact remains that if the republicans consistently use the filibuster rule in order to prevent any progress on anything in the Senate, it doesn"t matter whether the House is in session or not.

SCHULTZ: Congressman, I got to ask you about this recent flap that you"ve got with Politico. Do you think that Politico, the D.C. news outlet, the inside the beltway insider Politico news organization, they"ve got professional people that work for them. There"s no question about that, people that are award winning and have been in this business for a long, long time. And they are a real referred source by many political insiders. Do you think they softened their coverage based on their sponsors?

GRAYSON: Yes, I do. And not only that, I think that the fact that they were founded by Reaganites who felt that coverage elsewhere in Washington wasn"t slanted enough is indicative of their own philosophy. I mean, the argument at Politico seems to be, are we actually bought out by advertisers or just give it to them for free.

SCHULTZ: Now, their corporate advertisers, obviously, well, a lot of them seem republican. But do you think that Politico is too hard on democrats because of their sponsors and go soft on the republicans?

GRAYSON: Yes, and Politico is part of the permanent government that was established under the Bush administration. These are the same people, these ideologues, these right wing ideologues who have been populating the government and the bureaucracy now for a decade who met the political litmus test of the Bush administration. They"re still there, they"re in the think tanks, they"re in these house organs like Politico and they"re in the bureaucracy. They are the permanent government and we"ve done nothing so far to clean them out.

SCHULTZ: Do you think they are credible news source?

GRAYSON: No. I don"t. I think that they"re a rag. We use them in my office to wrap fish.

SCHULTZ: Congressman Alan Grayson, that pretty much says it all.

Great to have you with us tonight. Thanks so much.

GRAYSON: Thank you, Ed.

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