Last night, U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman joined "Lou Dobbs Tonight" to discuss the Senate's unserious budget and the Obama Administration's continued attack on the 2nd Amendment.
Below are excerpts from the interview.
On the Senate's Continuing Resolution:
"You know, as the House and Senate have been working through the Continuing Resolution, there seems to be a lot of work to avoid a government shut down and I think that is worthwhile in making sure that we find those places where we do agree. You know, it goes over to the Senate after the House has passed it last week. The Senate just can't help themselves from plussing up programs, including a salmon project. It's things like that that continue to be a habitual problem in the Senate. To me, you know, the American people are expecting us to budget responsibly and to spend taxpayer dollars wisely and we are seeing the consequences of this irresponsibility with $17 trillion of debt."
On the House and Senate Budget Proposals:
"If you remember, we passed "No Budget, No Pay"--something that I strongly supported and a bill that the House passed first and sent to the Senate. The Senate passed it. It basically, very simply, says that if Congress does not pass a budget, Members of Congress don't get there paychecks. That seems to have forced the Senate into passing a budget. We worked on ours over the past month. We passed it today with Republican support. Now, the Senate has the challenge of passing a budget that raises spending, it increases taxes to the tune of about $1 trillion, whereas the Republican budget is looking down the road and trying to get back to that balanced budget principle."
On Gun Control:
"I don't think the President Barack Obama is going to give up. He talked about that when he visited with us House Republicans last week at the Capitol when he came down. I that think that Senator Reid and Senator Feinstein are finally realizing and just facing reality that the Assault Weapons Ban that was passed in the 90's didn't work.--there were still a high percentage of gun crimes."
On the Need for a Larger Discussion on Violence:
"That's why I went to the Republican Study Committee Chair and said we need to have a Second Amendment Initiative so we talk about the other side of the gun issue. The President, Vice President, Senate, they're only talking about gun control. I want to look at the people behind the guns. Why do we see these people? They have a certain profile. They have problems that they need help with."
Congressman Stutzman represents the 3rd Congressional District of Indiana and serves on the House Committee on Financial Services. Indiana's 3rd District contains all of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Jay, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley counties, as well as parts of Blackford and Kosciusko counties.