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until then, a portion of today's "washington journal" looking at the republicans' agenda for the 115th congress. tom reed joins . he is the vice chair of the transition team of the truck transition team. -- the trump transition team. good morning and welcome. guest: thank you so much. guest:host: you are an early supporter of donald trump in the house. what does it mean to be part of the transition team? guest: as we put the administration together, the top priority being part of the team is to get the best and brightest minds to the table, interviewed and put in the position to serve the administration with the skill set they bring to the white house. the people that up and selected, it's been a vigorous process. as we complete that process at the top level we moved to a policy agenda. host: where do things stand in terms of cabinet appointments?
other key positions in the administration? guest: he's doing well. about 4000 positions that has to be filled underneath cabinet level spots. that process is moving forward as we speak. we been working on that for many weeks so i think we will hit the ground running with the best and brightest minds. this is going to be an exciting opportunity for america. host: you mentioned you were an early supporter. you and senator collins and others. what brought you to your initial support of donald trop? we watch guest: the presidential campaign unfold. donald trump was tapping into something. tapping into something that i hear in my town halls. we're out there listening to people and but i think washington inside the beltway folks missed was the connection donald trump brought to the table. what he did area that was the key to his success and i saw that early.
we will stand on the side of the people and we will endorse him and work for him to get him elected. host: tom reed is our guest, joining us to talk about what's ahead in congress. the repealing or replacing of obamacare. join us if you want to. (202) 748-8000 for democrats. .epublicans, (202) 748-8001 all others, independents, (202) 748-8002. the passage of the budget resolution starting the wheels in motion for potential repeal of obamacare. what is the path ahead in the house you see ? we will have to put the budget to vote to set the repeal vote that will come legislatively. with my colleague on the ways and means committee, tom price going in as secretary of health, i think we'll be in a position to use the administrative authority, the pen and the phone, as president obama said,
to be part of the effort to repeal obamacare and replace it with policies that are going to make affordable heart dish health care and there for americans. host: some republican lawmakers feel -- we saw a news conference yesterday with a republican study committee revealing some of their plans. their initial proposal. who do you think has the lead on this? guest: i think there's a lot of debate. people like tom price who historically have been leaders on this. a lot of people will pick up that legislative vessel. the republican study committee putting out its ideas. through the legislative process, that open and honest debate -- what we are not going to do is pass it to figure out what is in it. now that we have the white house and donald trump at the pulpit being able to talk to the american people that is a team approach that i think will allow the american people to see what we are doing and get their input into this as we go forward. host: calls waiting for congressman reed.
let's go to betty on our democrats -- look go to bennie on our democrats line. caller: good morning. , there's always talk about rebuilding the military. you spend years trying to get rid of the affordable care act. military, homeland security, all those systems were supposed to be so afraid of these terrorists the greatest nation in the world and you put all of that on the trillion.d, $5 to help are american citizens so we can be strong. if you like we are look for a handout. i had a great job. when i could afford insurance for my family. after 2009 those jobs went away. the not going to hire me anymore
. and then there is a bias. a lot of bigotry. the history of america shows us. i'm a black man and we know what the deal is. why can't we sit of year and face the truth and get our nation together and stop playing this tit-for-tat? guest: i appreciate that and i joined in your sentiment. your frustration. washington in 2010. part of that effort to disrupt and change washington and that's what i think the trunk administration offers. he is bringing disruption to washington dc and that is good. at the end of the day we need to stand together as americans. i believe and give me solutions -- that is how america operates best, when we work together amateur we put american citizens first. host: the caller from kansas mentioning his job went away. i wanted to ask you about
potential tax on companies leaving the country. this was a comment made by speaker ryan. in a break from donald trump the speaker said congress is not going to increase taxes on imports and exports. we're not going to be raising tariffs, he said on the hugh hewitt radio show. guest: i serve on the ways and means committee. the committee in washington that writes the tax code for america so i'm familiar with what's being discussed. what we need to do is fix the american tax code and what we are putting forward as an idea to bring the international tax laws and to the 21st century. what we proposed to something called border adjustability. going to do, will be export products, 0% tax going out. when they come in people pay their fair share of tax and make sure we are american products and services on an equal playing
field so they can compete on the world market. we can work through the details and we will get to the finish line and it's going to make american manufacturing competitive again. host: not just american companies overseas but form products as well? guest: to make sure that the tax burden on those products are equalized at the border. it's adjusted so the products and services and things made here in america are competing on the world market and equal footing with our foreign competitors. host: richard in montreal, canada. good morning. caller: good morning and happy new year. question about a retired -- testified in the senate of june of 2016 talking about how the democrats close a department of homeland security despite this department catching over 300 radical islamic terrorists.
our republicans going to do something about it to the open department because that department was protecting the country and obama and his team closed it down. guest: i believe the department of homeland security was not shut down. a man what department you may be referring to. i can assure you there is bipartisan support. democrats and republicans are committed to keeping america safe and keeping american citizens safe. is heard loud and clear and uncommitted as a republican and i know my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, that is something where we have a lot of common ground and we are committed to making sure resources, training, and equipment are in place to make sure american citizens are kept safe. host: john from cleveland, good morning. caller: i'm 82 years old. c-span junkie with 29 years. passed us citizenship test to
boost. know, the 20th century we have budget. continuing resolution is the rule thanks to both parties. watching c-span, if i were a founding father i would have -- me't send -- could you tell before obamacare whatever you want to call it, romney care was there and conservatives said every state is a laboratory and what happens in laboratories? the last six to seven years, the very first thing -- spoiling the air -- i want to make a one term president. wish he said that and a republican locker room. i'm very conservative 82 years old. i tell you, when i see the last four years of house productivity since world war ii, the worst.
i don't care how it is you work physically there, you could have a beautiful start you spoiled it in the name of transparency even though there was -- due process was not there. host: a couple of good issues on the table. forward, yougo raise concerns i share. the national debt, the $5 trillion and the continued growth and putting it on the credit card. we know. that's the secret everyone talks about. this is not sustainable. $20 trillion debt load is not something that can continue. we are proposing ideas to get the spending under control. privatize it where it needs to be. the key to it is growth. the key to solving the debt
crisis is not a political slogan , it's about getting people back to work. more productivity, more people off the system and independently standing on their own two feet. that's the american opportunity i tried to be a part of. host: here's diana in georgia. caller: good morning. happy new year to everyone. representative read, the republicans had eight years to figure out something on obamacare that they hate. that mitch mcconnell needed known he was going to block president obama from day one. you had eight years. obamacare because my employer ran health care agency. she was made to get up insurance. she did not want to. my deductible was $5,900.
andas in a group plan making $10 per hour i got it paid. but we were in a group plan so they took out $55.38 every week. most of the people that i hear complaining are the people that made over certain amount and that's what it seems like all the hoopla is about. employers that are rich, they were complaining because they did not want to provide health es.e for employer guest: obviously we did not control the white house. president obama made it well-known to all of us that he was not going to repeal obamacare. he was not going to engage in that type of conversation. when you know that at the end of the day the bill is going to be vetoed it was frustrating from my perspective that we could not
have that dialogue and debate. at the end of the day we're going to move forward because the affordable care act is not working. we're going to do is make sure we repeal it, replace and with reforms that get the cost of health care under control. two ideas that are the cornerstone of the republican proposal that i believe it represents. we will a marketplace in the insurance world and in the health care world that we empower individuals and doctors in the health care world, not insurance carriers and bureaucrats and administrators. we will make sure people in the insurance market have access the policies across america where you have competitive pressure to bring those costs of markets under control and going in the right direction. host: they one of the trunk presidency getting underway two weeks from tomorrow. in the hill, trump plans executive actions for obamacare repeal and they write mike pence, vice president elect saying yesterday trump plans to
do consecutive actions to start unwinding obamacare on day one but did not get into specifics. what are some of the executive actions that are possible? guest: president obama used the pen and the phone over the last eight years. those actions are going to be at the top of what the trunk administration is going to look at undoing. the cornerstone of where the vice president elect was talking in conference is that we have to make sure we do this in a thoughtful open and honest way and make sure we don't just throw people off by repealing a law and not having a replacement package ready to go and using the power of that penn that obama has demonstrated. colleagues,i told president obama is not for the president for >> we will leave this here to go live now to the u.s. house. members are about to gavel in for legislative business. one bill under consideration today deals with federal regulations and now live