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yourself as far right, moderate right -- guest: we are center-right. host: what does that mean to you? guest: we want to take the best deal -- we are willing to negotiate, not a caucus of no. we bring it up, try to compromise, pass legislation to benefit the american people. host: that caucus of no comedy think that is the predominant force amongst republicans in the senate? guest: it is not, but it does get a lot of press. we don't, because we want to cover my zen do what is right for the american people. host: in congress, who are some people people would know that are your members? mccain, al, john bunch of senators -- susan collins, todd young from indiana, that is the senate side. then the house side, greg walden, the chairman of the energy and commerce committee. the chairman of transportation.
the reason i say these -- these will be key pieces of registration the country will be working on and our men and women will be working -- in the middle of it. host: such as the affordable care act replacement that was revealed yesterday. guest: that is right. host: do you think that is something moderates can sign on on, or are there issues? guest: some moderates could have issues with planned parenthood. as a party, we are not looking to defund women's health care. it is just the nuances of it. going to be interesting. it is going to go to the senate once the house passes it, and the senate will have some fixes, tweaks, they can live with, and we will come back and have our compromise bill. we are finding around the country a.c.a. is not working. we do focus groups. people are unhappy with it. it is too expensive. they are not getting what they thought they were going to be
getting and it needs to be fixed. host: do you think that moderate voice will get a space at the table, so to speak, to have concerns and issues? guest: the chairman of the committee is a main street member. host: is it only the planned parenthood aspect, or as far as subsidy changes, other aspects or concerns other? guest: they are still working through all of that. it has just really come to the forefront in the last 24 hours. members are talking about those details, and later today i will have a meeting with them to see where everybody falls in. host: to clarify, meeting with them -- who are the them? guest: main street. host: these other legislators. have they expressed with their thinking is? guest: so far there are some changes that are helpful. provisions we
have to keep, like the pre-existing conditions and keeping your children on until they were 26. those were nonstarters. we had to have those. the american people keep went into those initiatives as the most important part of a.c.a. host: our guest is sarah chamberlain. you heard her talk about her group and issue represent. if you have questions for her -- is republicanmainstreet.org the website. before we go to calls, president trump, your thoughts in these 40-plus days? guest: sometimes he has been absolutely brilliant, sometimes he has had some struggles. every president has struggled in the first 40 days. we have forgot that. president obama was present for eight years. when he won his second term, he was already running on the ground.
nothing get started without a few starts and stops. host: as a moderate, what he think of the proposals on the table -- the travel ban -- a lot of issues, what is the moderate take on the white house? guest: we are working on the transportation issue, which is keith and we have to fix the roads in this country. we are working on tax reform -- corporate and individual tax refund this reform is huge. he talks about regulation reform. that is a must-do. there is too much red tape. on health care, separate from a.c.a., the right to try legislation -- terminally people getting to try different kinds of medical drug mixtures. if passed in indiana -- it passed in indiana with then governor mike pence. we are working with the pharmaceutical company to bring everyone to the table to get a good piece of legislation through. host: some of the thoughts from sarah chamberlain. the first call comes from
delaware, leanne, democrats line. you are on with our guest. go ahead. caller: i had a question about the new budget proposal in relation to my republicans. because it is cutting fund for usaid in the state department, how do you think moderate republicans will follow this? typically international aid and foreign relations tends to be a bipartisan issue. tost: they will continue keep it a bipartisan issue and they will work through negotiations on it. host: fredericksburg, virginia. lowel, republican line. caller: thank you for taking my call. health care -- and now that i'm 61, having problems i never thought would crop up, i look at all the illegal immigrants and how they got free health care. it is shocking to me when i go into a hospital and i am doing a
alk--- 500 walk-in into emergency room, and they pay nothing, and they have never paid. my comment, and my suggestion is -- we have a deficit with mexico, then why not allow their children, those that are here in america, if they are here illegally, they belong to them. if we indoor a cost due to them being here illegally, apply that to the deficit we have in mexico so that we would not have much of a deficit, would we? i will go off-line to your comments. thank you, ma'am. guest: that is an interesting point of view, and i will certainly share it with the members. host: when it comes to immigration policy, is there a moderate approach or something that works for most moderates that describe themselves as such? guest: the one area we agree on is a just be one of these is and the one thing -- these is, and the one thing we agree on is one of person is getting a job they are a legal citizen.
we have to make sure they are -- we are verifying they are american citizens. that has been one issue. president trump has been talking about that recently -- we have domake sure they are able to their job and ensure they are american citizens. host: if there are limits put on sb1 --would that be something you are ok with in the short-term? guest: in the short term, to verify they are here legally, they have the jobs they are coming to. on the other side, the people that are coming here, claiming they are legal citizens, who, maybe, have fix social security numbers, making sure corporations have everify systems to ensure we are hiring americans. host: mary is from potomac, maryland. independent line. just heard you say you do what is best for the american people, so i am wondering how -- the most
consumer financial mp wastion bureau -- tru able to get rid of, when that is the one thing we have to make advice from get financial institutions that are best for you. how is that good for the american people? there is one more thing i would like to say, too. in the last month i have had the utmost respect for john mccain and lindsey graham for not being cheerleaders for republican main street partnership , anderleaders for trump also the wall -- the wall seems to be the least effective and the most expensive. so, i hope that you -- especially the ones that really care about the deficit, which is already $20 trillion -- to not add to it.
guest: our hope is not to add to the deficit. our hope is to begin to reduce the deficit, and by doing that we were working on corporate and individual tax reform which we think will lower the rate for corporations to pay, which i recently will increase the revenue they have to hire employees. as employees have jobs, they pay into the tax system, tax revenue goes up. are focused on corporate and individual tax reform to fix some of those issues. host: indiana. ron is there. democrats line. uri with sarah chamberlain. caller: ok, good morning. guest: good morning. caller: one of the things i would like to let people know, it is democrats and republicans on both sides of the fence -- they are talking about medicare, obamacare, and all of that, which we can really beat within 20 years. ee our have to do is fr
colleges up to students where they can go to school, and let the government pay for it. it will pay in the long run. and get rid of all the lobbyists in washington for correcting all politicians. we will make america strong ourselves. we do not need a government trump. we need somebody there for the people. thank you. guest: well, thank you for your comments on that. the one thing we are working on around the college that you mentioned, we are looking to restructure college loans, the way they are being paid back, and the interest rate the american people are being paid on that. that is a huge initiative that the women of main street are driving. we travel around the country talking to women, and that seems to be an issue that is really out there -- that they feel they are paying too much for their loans, and they are still paying their loans back. some are paying our loans back at a 7%, 8% rate, and that is
much higher than the current borrowing rate. that is a huge initiative. things your the organization has launched is a program toward women in 2017. what is the effort? guest: we are traveling around the country, hearing women's concerns, and introducing legislation that affects the. other topics are out there, but some of the key issues women are talking to us about our opioid of these, mental health -- abuse, mental health issues -- -- there legislation is legislation we passed. there are issues the american people feel strongly about that really don't cut through and that is what we are trying to do host: do you think those -- trying to do. host: d think those issues have residents with people outside of your caucus -- can you get
support amongst those constituencies? guest: we certainly hope so. we did in the mental health five. we got freedom caucus members to support that. it was not increased in our deficit. it was taking hospital beds and reallocating them to mental health beds, and saving them in the long run. opioids as we are working on a postal service --the stop act. we are hoping to get bipartisan support on that and support within the republican caucus. what that does is a lot of opioids are coming through the postal service. we have no idea who is mailing them, where they are coming from. ashley set up a tracking system -- actually set up a tracking system so when the opioids arrive so that parents can figure out where it comes from, and if it is even what it says it is. that is what happened to prince. he thought he was taking one or. and -- opioid and was taking another.
host: if you want to find out more about the republican mainstream -- main street partnership, republicanmainstreet.org. sarah chamberlain is joining us. she served in corning, new york. let's go to laurel, maryland. mike, independent line. how are you doing. guest: good, how are you? caller: i am doing well. i have a couple of questions. to defend the country, is there a cost the government is not willing to pay? guest: i don't believe so. i think we will do anything to defend the united states of america and the people who live here. caller: ok, which leads directly to my next question -- then to ensure the health of its citizens and their welfare, why is there a price the government is willing not to pay? guest: i actually don't agree
with you that we are not willing to pay it. i think what is happening is we are trying to take a system that appears to be failing, make it better, and fix it. tour, iomen to women talked to a lot of women -- one deductible, and $715 a month to have the insurance, and she and her family, luckily, because they are healthy, they never reach the deductible. they cannot afford to keep paying that. this is not an issue of trying to take insurance away from americans, not protect them, and not give them health care. it is a matter of trying to fix a failing system. host: charles. north caroline appeared independent line. caller: yeah, i had more of a statement about the a.c.a., or -- more familiar -- the obamacare act. i am not familiar with the just six on the new rollout, but as a
general employee and citizen -- with specifics on the new will not, but as a general employee and citizen, the old plan was really bad as far as the for health care either as an independent or for a family. it was very expensive. then the taxation at the end of the year i thought was excessive. i am not sure about the new rollout, but i do not think it could be much worse than what we already have. guest: i agree with you. what we have is not working for the american people, and the other issue is a lot of people in this country only have access to one provider. a lot of providers have pulled out of certain areas across the country because it is not financially beneficial. sixeed to have an overall to the system, and we are really not trying to hurt the american people -- fixed to the system. we are really not trying to hurt the american people. we are trying to help them and
improve something that is here to stay. host: cory gardner, lisa murkowski, some of the senators pushing back already against the a.c.a.. do they falling your caucus? guest: they do, and what i emphasized early on, this is the beginning. there will be copper as is out of the house and senate. what you see coming out of the house will be tweaked by the united states senate, and hopefully we have one please -- piece.-- host: is that a fight between the wings in what the house and the senate want to see? guest: the one thing we all agree on is it is failing and it needs to be fixed. host: maryland. democrats line. caller: i wanted to follow-up on your guest's statement about e-verify, and i do think it is a
system that addresses a portion of the issue, but i think there is a real disconnect between conservative think tanks and regular, everyday americans. i live in a middle-class neighborhood, people living on a budget -- not broke -- but living on a budget, and the people in my neighborhood who are more conservative that you talk to -- friends of mine -- who would, say, speak out against illegal immigration, have a problem with it, when it comes time to do their driveway, construction, they are going with the cheapest option that they can find reliable. oftentimes it is small businesses who have illegal immigrants on their staff as part of their crew. and, also, the small business owners themselves who are running these smaller construction crews, they go with those people as well to save costs, and there is a real disconnect between what is happening in regular life, and, sort of, the think tank policies that, gloss over the issue --
sort of, gloss over the issue. unless you are willing to go after employers and put paladin tees -- penalties -- real employers, who are taking illegal immigrants on staff, that is really not going to do much. thank you. guest: you are right. there are a lot of companies employing illegals to save money, but i would say i have a girlfriend who owns a landscaping company -- everybody is legal, and her rates are no more expensive than her competition, and she is right over here in virginia. i think the business owner, if they make an honest effort to make sure their staff is legal, pay, the taxes on those people, they can still have a very successful business. host: new york. john. republican line. go ahead for our guest. caller: good morning. inc. you for taking i call --
thank you for taking my call. i have a few comments about this repeal and replace. i think you have to stop calling that that, because it is not a repeal. with the gop, the information they release yesterday refers to the changes and amendments to the original law. it does not write anything new. is giving you all changes to the original law. you are not replacing it. you are not appealing or repealing the law. i mean, some of the stuff that 64-page -- starting on page 10, all the way to, approximately page 15, it is telling you how to reduce state medicaid cost, and basically that is by eliminating people high-dollarn
lottery winners. four pages tell you they can stay on for a certain amount of time. host: thanks, caller. ,uest: we call it repeal replace, because that is what the media calls it, what it has been branded as and how people understand it. we are certainly making changes to it. that is how we describe it -- we are changing a.p. to improve it --changing a.c.a. to improve it. host: does your organization back political candidates? guest: we actually do, and we were very successful last year -- 10 new freshmen in the campaign before we added 17 new freshman. host: one of your members as being highlighted in "conservative review," and let me read a little bit about the description, saying "the representative is a member of a
squishy partnership guest: lord. we do not take funding from george soros, however we take funding from the airline pilots union, the carpenters union, the firefighters union. and those unions -- they are the people that voted for donald trump, and made donald trump president. 45% of their card-carrying members are republicans. we do not consider them to be squishy, support squishy people. host: when you hear the term "squishy" what goes through your mind? guest: it drives me crazy because it is a lack of information. the finest is one of members we have in congress. he is working on initiative to
drive businesses into inner cities. he is not squishy. i am tired of hearing that, and i am tired of hearing about george saris. george soros does not fund the republican main street partnership. host: no embers give funding directly -- guest: no. he came to us many years ago and talked about what main street was doing -- that was the extent of it. it has been 15 years, and we cannot get over that, but we are proud to say we do take some of the union money because those men and women are republicans. host: let's hear from emmanuelle, baltimore, maryland. caller: good morning. thanks for taking my call. i would like to ask a question, cut may, about the upcoming to the state department, and
that is that -- i've already served in americorps, and i'm about to serve in peace corps -- i have all the paperwork ready to go. i have been accepted, and i am worried about the cuts to the state department. -- if you could tell the anything. caller, thanks. guest: i am not an expert on the cutting of the state department. that is something you should talk to your local congress number about. i know there is a hiring freeze. host: how about a larger issue like foreign aid? does your caucus take a position? guest: we don't. we really take positions more on american roads and bridges and regulation reform and tax reform, and issues like that.
overseas to leave the members themselves, but as an organization that is not really where we play in that area. host: falls church. republican line. this is michael. on immigration [indiscernible] i have one out-of-the-box idea to fix the economy. in terms of health care, i could not afford the affordable health care act. make just enough money to where you can get discounts on the taxes and stuff, but the area that i live basically has zero money left over after i get paid. i live paycheck to paycheck. i cannot afford the affordable care act, but my idea to bring down costs -- when i was growing up poor, we have -- had free clinics.
if we had more free clinics, where the federal dollars paid just basics to run a free hospital, basically, that would drive down the costs of all the hospitals because they are businesses, and they are not getting people in the door, they will lower their rates. if they lower rates, health care rates will go down as well. host: thanks, caller. guest: that is something you should call your member of congress about and talk with them, because we are looking to change some funding and do more health care funding back in the district and do more clinic work , because one of the problems with health care is the hospital. if you have an issue that could go to, like, an urgent care facility, a lot of people are going to the emergency rooms, and obviously the costs go dramatically up when you visit emergency rooms. for elements that are important to you, but maybe not
a real emergency. host: one more call. corning, new york. caller: good morning. sarah, i hope you are having a good day. i have some comments i would like to make -- i give up my seat one time at a barbershop for congressman -- and i live in the 21st district represented by don read now. i just wanted to say to sarah, keep up the good work. we need strong women like you with intelligence in the republican party, and myself, a conservative to the bone -- and i wanted to make a comment, sarah, about what is going on with the investigation and the accusations of the russia involvement. the fbi and the people who are investigating this use terms "contention," and what
those words mean in judgment is opinion. so, if they had any real facts, come on out with it, and i don't believe that they do. thank you, c-span, which is the best form of freedom of the speech that you can get anywhere in this country. thank you. guest: thank you for your call. first of, a model holden -- he is 90 now, still going strong. 500 ceoe only fortune to ever serve in congress, which is amazing. he gave up being the ceo of corning to represent our district. it is also my home. then to your question, the fbi -- my late husband lived in that world. factsill, with whatever or dispute what is out there when they can.
there is a lot of issues that the fbi and the cia deal with, and when they can come public, they certainly will. host: we have been talking with sarah chamberlain, the president and ceo of republican main street partnership. again, republicanmainstreet.org is the website. thank you for your time. guest: thank you. host: coming up, we talk with associated press reporter alicia caldwell on the trump administration revised travel ban. and coming up later, bill gholston talk about how president trump's legislative agenda is faring with the republican-led congress so far. we will continue with "washington journal" after this. >> who will win studentcam's
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