McConnell reacts to Jon Stewart blasting him over 9/11 victims’ fund

McConnell reacts to Jon Stewart blasting him over 9/11 victims’ fund


BRING, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>THANK YOU, GRIFF. LET’S BRING IN THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER, SENATOR MITCH McCONNELL, GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE.>>GOOD HORNING. AINSLEY: WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE BORDER AND IN D.C., THESE CONGRESSMAN AND WOMEN NOT VOTING TO CRACK DOWN ON THE BORDER PROBLEM.>>IT’S A REAL PROBLEM. LAST WEEK OR TWO AGO WE PASSED A SUPPLEMENTAL FOR THE FLOODS, STORM, DAMAGES WE HAD IN PUERTO RICO, FLORIDA, ALABAMA, GEORGIA, IOWA, NEBRASKA. IN THE SENATE WE WANTED TO ADD TO IT ROUGHLY FIVE BILLION DOLLARS THE PRESIDENT REQUESTED TO DEAL NOT WITH THE WALL BUT JUST THE HUMANITARIAN PART OF THE CRISIS AT THE BORDER. THE DEMOCRATS INSISTED ON STRIPPING IT OUT. SO I WILL BRING IT UP FREESTANDING NEXT WEEK AND SEE IF THEY REALLY AREN’T INTERESTED IN DEALING WITH THIS MASSIVE HUMANITY THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF AT THE BORDER. WHAT IS THE OBJECTION? THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE WALL, BUT ABOUT THE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS. I THINK IT IS SAFE TO SAY THE PRESIDENT IS GETTING MORE COOPERATION OUT OF MEXICO THAN HE IS OUT OF CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS. STEVE: DO YOU THINK, WE TALKED ABOUT THIS ON THE PROGRAM, WE HAD EXPERTS WHO CAME IN, LOOK, DEMOCRATS DON’T WANT TO GIVE THE PRESIDENT A WIN. THAT WOULD BE A BIG WIN FOR HIM SO THEY ARE GOING TO DENY THAT AT ANY COST. DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT?>>I THINK THEY’RE SUFFERING FROM TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME. WHATEVER HE IS FOR THEY ARE REFLEXIVELY AGAINST. THIS IS HUMANITARIAN, THIS IS NOT — WE WANT TO BUILD A WALL. WE THINK THE PRESIDENT MADE A GOOD CASE FOR THAT. THIS IS NOT WHAT IT IS ABOUT. THIS IS THE HUMANITARIAN PART OF THE PROBLEM ON OUR SIDE OBVIOUSLY OF THE BORDER. DAN: NOW THAT THE DEMOCRATS ABANDONED THIS SILLY POSITION IT IS NOT A CRISIS, INCREASINGLY OBVIOUS TO ANYONE THAT WATCHES THE NEWS, HOW DOES THIS PLAY IN 2020? EVERYBODY IS FOCUSED ON THE ELECTION. YOU DEFENDED A LOT OF SEATS.>>HOLDING THE SENATE IS REALLY IMPORTANT. WHAT WE’RE SEEING ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE IS DEBATE WHETHER SOCIALISM WOULD BE A GOOD THING FOR AMERICA. I NEVER THOUGHT IN MY LIFETIME WE WOULD DEBATE THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT IS WHAT WE’RE DEBATING F WE HOLD THE SENATE, WITH A SMILE ON THE FACE DECLARED I’M THE GRIM REAPER. WHAT I MEANT WAS, NONE OF SOCIALIST SCHEMES, “GREEN NEW DEAL,” “MEDICARE FOR ALL,” ARE GOING TO PASS THE SENATE. WHEN THE PRESIDENT’S REELECTED THAT WOULD BE THE BACKSTOP AS WELL TO VETO THAT KIND OF STUFF THAT WOULD FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGE AMERICA INTO SOMETHING IT HAS NEVER EVER BEEN. AINSLEY: HEALTH CARE IS A BIG ISSUE FOR VOTERS. POLLS ARE SHOWING THAT. THE PRESIDENT IS EXPANDING HEALTH CARE FOR BUSINESSES AND WORKERS. HE IS HINTING AROUND HE WILL HAVE A NEW HEALTH CARE PLAN WITHIN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS?>>WE’RE ANXIOUS TO SEE WHAT THE PRESIDENT RECOMMENDS. IT IS INTERESTING, TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE DEMOCRATS, WALKING AWAY FROM OBAMACARE, THAT WASN’T ENOUGH, SAYING THEY WANT TO DO “MEDICARE FOR ALL.” THAT WOULD ELIMINATE 180 MILLION AMERICANS PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE THEY LIKE. CLEARLY THEY’RE WALKING AWAY TO OBAMA CARE. THERE IS A SPACE FOR THE PRESIDENT TO ADVOCATE SOMETHING. WE’LL BE INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT HE RECOMMENDS. STEVE: THIS IS THE PRESIDENT TALKING ABOUT THE TOPIC FRIDAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE.>>WE’RE DRAMATICALLY INCREASING THE ABILITY OF AMERICANS TO ACCESS MORE AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH OPTIONS AND THROUGH THEIR EMPLOYERS. WE’RE DOING SO BY EXPANDING HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT ARRANGEMENTS OR HRAs, THANKS TO CHANGES WE’RE MAKING, AN ESTIMATED 11 MILLION AMERICANS WILL NOW CHOOSE THEIR OWN PLANS WITH THE HELP OF THE HRAs. STEVE: SENATOR, THAT IS THE PRESIDENT ON FRIDAY. I HEARD THERE ARE REPUBLICANS, YOU COULD BE ONE OF THEM, WHO ENCOURAGED THE PRESIDENT NOT TO TALK ABOUT HEALTH CARE BEFORE THE ELECTION.>>WHAT HE IS DOING THROUGH SECOND QUARTER TIFF BRANCH, THROUGH REGULATIONS, EXPANDING HEALTH CARE FOR A LOT OF AMERICANS WHICH HE CAN DO ON HIS OWN. STEVE: RIGHT.>>THE PROBLEM IN THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE IS THE DEMOCRATS CONTROL THE HOUSE. SO WE CAN’T PASS WHEN WE WOULD LIKE TO DO. THE PRESIDENT IS WISELY, SKILLFULLY USING TOOLS HE HAS WITHIN THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO MAKE IT MORE POSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE TO BAND TOGETHER, SMALL BUSINESSES FOR PURCHASING POWER. STEVE: THE IDEA OF HIM COMING UP WITH SOMETHING TO REPLACE OBAMACARE WITH, YOU WANT THAT AFTER THE ELECTION?>>WELL HE HAS SAID HE WILL LAY A PLAN OUT AND HE HAS SAID IT WOULD BE DEALT WITH AFTER THE ELECTION WHEN WE GET THE CONGRESS, A CONGRESS MORE SYMPATHETIC TO OUR APPROACH TO HEALTH CARE. STEVE: ALL RIGHT. AINSLEY: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN IRAN? IRAN IS BREACHING UNURANIUM STOCKPILE LIMIT? THE LIMIT THEY’RE ALLOWED TO HAVE IS 660 POUNDS OF URANIUM. THEY SAID THEY WOULD QUADRUPLE THE PRODUCTIVITY. THEY’RE NOT ALLOWED TO DO THAT.>>WE’RE SQUEEZING THEM VERY HARD. AINSLEY: WITH SANCTIONS.>>WITH SANCTIONS. THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT HAS DONE A EXCELLENT JOB OF PURSUING. THAT IS WHY YOU SEE THEM STRIKING OUT WITH THESE ATTACKS ON VESSELS IN THE PERSIAN GULF. THE SANCTIONS ARE REALLY HURTING. THE PRESIDENT MADE THE RIGHT DECISION BACKING OUT OF THE NUCLEAR DEAL BECAUSE IT WASN’T MUCH OF A DEAL AND I THINK THEY’RE DOING EXACTLY THE RIGHT THING IN SQUEEZING THE IRANIANS YOU THERE THESE SANCTIONS. IT IS CLEARLY HAVING AN IMPACT WHICH IS WHY THEY’RE STRIKING OUT. THE PRESIDENT IS NOT TRYING TO START A WAR. HE MADE IT CLEAR TO EVERYBODY THAT HE IS NOT TRYING TO START A WAR BUT THESE ARE MEASURED RESPONSES TO IRANIANS ACTING OUT THE WAY THEY ALWAYS ACT OUT IN THE MIDDLE EAST WITH EITHER DIRECTLY OR THROUGH SURROGATE GROUPS KILLING PEOPLE. I MEAN THEY MANUFACTURED THE IEDs THAT KILLED AND MAIMED AN AWFUL LOT OF AMERICANS DURING THE IRAQ WAR. DAN: SENATOR, YOU HAD YOUR LEGACY ON JUDGES, PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL BE TERRIFIC WITH CONSTITUTIONAL JUDGES IN THE COURT. IF ANOTHER SEAT OPENS ON THE SUPREME COURT, WILL YOU PUSH THAT THROUGH?>>ABSOLUTELY. YOU KNOW THAT THE PRECEDENT PEOPLE IGNORED BACK IN 2016 WHEN I MADE THE DECISION NOT TO FILL THE VACANCY DURING THE MIDDLE OF A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WAS WHO CONTROLLED THE SENATE. DAN: THAT’S RIGHT.>>YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO 1888 TO FIND LAST TIME A SENATE FROM A DIFFERENT PARTY FROM THE SENATE CONFIRMED A VACANCY TO THE SUPREME COURT OCCURRED DURING THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. MAKES SENSE. WE WILL STILL CONTROL THE SENATE NEXT YEAR. IF THERE IS VACANCY, WE WILL FILL IT. STEVE: YESTERDAY ON “FOX NEWS SUNDAY,” CHRIS WALLACE HOSTED THE JON STEWART, THE COMEDIAN, WHO HAS BEEN ADVOCATE FOR THE 9/11 VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUND. YOUR NAME CAME UP. I’M SURE YOU HEARD ABOUT IT. LISTEN TO THIS THEN WE’LL GET YOUR REACTION.>>I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THIS HAS NEVER BEEN DEALT WITH COMPASSIONATELY BY SENATOR McCONNELL. HE ALWAYS HELD OUT UNTIL THE VERY LAST MINUTE. ONLY THEN UNDER INTENSE LOBBYING AND PUBLIC SHAMING AS EVEN DANED TO MOVE ON IT. STEVE: WHY HAS IT ALWAYS SEEMED THAT THE VOTE COMES AT THE LAST MINUTE?>>WELL, MANY THINGS IN CONGRESS AT THE LAST MINUTE. WE NEVER FAILED TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. WE WILL ADDRESS IT AGAIN. I DON’T KNOW WHY HE IS ALL BENT OUT OF SHAPE WE WILL TAKE CARE OF THE 9/11 VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUND. STEVE: I THINK HE WAS SHOCKED WHEN HE WAS APPEARING BEFORE THAT COMMITTEE, I BELIEVE IT WAS IN THE HOUSE, SO FEW MEMBERS SHOWED UP THAT DAY.>>WELL THAT FREQUENTLY HAPPENS BECAUSE MEMBERS HAVE A LOT OF THINGS GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME. IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE HE IS LOOKING FOR SOME WAY TO TAKE OFFENSE. THERE IS NO WAY WE WON’T ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM APPROPRIATELY. WE HAVE IN THE PAST. WE WILL IN THE FUTURE. STEVE: IT WILL BE FULLY FUNDED?

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