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that we are paying attention to the potential fiscal clips that we see in the days ahead. ,e have several major items medicare, social security, and other components, that will not be solved until we put in reforms that curb this massive slide. host: the state of the budget so far -- you ministration has submitted their budget. we are waiting for the development of the budget on capitol hill. the appropriations committees are meeting. guest: we will be releasing ours over the next couple days. it is based somewhere. -- very similar. chairman black and mick mulvaney white house, i think there are similarities between the budgets. they have used past budgets as a guide to put it into a more fiscal path in the days ahead. host: it is helpful that you have a former member with mick mulvaney as the director of omb. let's take a look at some of the
things -- the top line things that we are seeing so far from the rfc. your budget pending proposal would have $680 billion for defense and $394 billion for nondefense. it would also "break the firewall to prioritize defense." when we stop there for a moment and ask you about that. what does that mean? guest: over the last years, we have a deterioration for the department of defense in not just budgeting but influence or impact across the board. to give you a specific example, a lot of our brigades are down. when it talks about readiness, that's a term that the defense uses a lot. our readiness is very weak right now. over the 500 brigades that need to fight tonight, only three are equipped. koreat some time in south on some of our bases and they have been pretty depleted. we have to plus up some of that to get back and get traction again and make sure that we are protecting america like we should. host: do you feel like your
numbers that you are proposing is better than what the white house is proposing? you are adding more money than the white house? guest: it is very close. the what you added together, i believe the numbers are most identical. we take the overseas contingency at $65 billion and put them in the overall defense spending budget to give us that $668 billion. host: it is the war funding account from the bush administration. what is important about including that in? guest: i believe it makes it clear when it comes to being responsible as many conservatives believe that we should be one spending pets their dollars -- tec taxpayer dollars. one specific budget allows taxpayers to see where these dollars are going to. host: mark walker joining us on "washington journal." we welcome your input. (202) 748-8000 for democrats,
(202) 748-8001 for republicans, others at (202) 748-8002. we read that what you would like to do is that it saves and improves medicare by providing costs.s and lower itfully replaces the aca -- fully replaces the aca with the rnc american health care reform act. tell us about the idea of saving and improving medicare and what initially you would like to see in terms of the a hca. guest: i believe specifically when it comes to medicare that if you look long-term -- i believe we have eight years before medicare basically goes under. one of the things we agree on across style is that these programs are simply not follow. -- what we do not
agree on is how sunnis measures need to -- soon these measures need to take place. we want to make sure that these reforms are able as these folks enter their senior years. ahca, asregards the much of obamacare that we can repeal i and replace, that's the way to go. obamacare is failing. without getting into all the talking points, that's why we are waiting for the senate to move and hopefully we can get to the president's desk. host: there have been commissions and even fairly recent bipartisan commissions calling for changes to social security, calling for changes to medicare, seeing the impending baby boomer generation. why's it so difficult to get this done? guest: because there's no points to win many times when it comes to social security. those can be top decisions because whether it's my age at 48 or younger, we have to start
curbing a little bit of that to catch up to be able to put back the funds that were stripped away over many years of previous congresses to be able to make sure that these programs are solvent. host: we have calls waiting for congressman mark walker. our first call is from north carolina. tina is on the democrats line. go ahead. caller: thank you. i would like if they would be able to tell us, these government people, why it is moon time to spend than it is to protect our country. you said to hear spend money on moon time? host: i think she may be referring to our previous conversation about space corps, not the budget bill quite yet. the pentagon budget comes
up in the house, what are your concerns that may be are not in their or programs that are there that should not be? guest: i will combine both those questions into my response. it is important to make sure from a defense standpoint that we have full capability and power to keep america as the powerhouse throughout the world. if you look at our history over the last 100 years or so, we been not somebody from an occupying standpoint, but we have been there for countries and help them rebuild. last week i was in south korea and we spent some time. we saw the great free market and what has happened compared to what has happened in north korea. i don't want to waste any money. i know there's discussion separating that from the u.s. air force. i don't want to get into the weeds, but to the question, i think it's very important that we do prop up and make sure defense spending is where needs to be but not at the sake of those most vulnerable. host: was that your first time in south korea? guest: my second time actually.
host: how concerned are they about what is going on in the north? guest: very concerned. we met with five generals and a couple other people last thursday talking about the potential threat that seem to be expediting under the reign of kim jong. un. host:we met with five generals a couple other let's hear from fl. yes, you are supposed to spend what -- $1.6 billion on it will? a wall? one of you use that for taking care of the elderly. i have been in the service. as far as the ladies, about -- lady's comment about space defense, she has to realize that when she called you, that came over the satellites. we need our satellites. without satellites, we have no communications, also know gps to locate where you are at, both
civilian and military. host: the initial comment on the southern border wall, part of that is included in the defense authorization bill. what is your view on that? guest: our view is to support the president and making sure that we are securing our border. a good portion of that is a wall. others are technological defense and security. if you go back a few years ago, both th democrats and republicans were together in completing the defense act. there are places where the wall might be tough on the terrain and we can provide additional resources or manpower. yes, we do need to secure our border and it's past time in doing so. host: the rollcall writing about your colleagues in the house freedom caucus, they say that the caucus will land three ways. members will support raising the debt ceiling, including overhauling the debt limit or
making deep cuts to mandatory spending. the debt ceiling limit that the treasury secretary has kept talking about, reminding congress about, where does the rfc stand? guest: the rfc is very well aligned philosophically with the freedom caucus when it comes to making sure that we just don't give a free pass on the debt ceiling. there are some tangible long-term reforms and benefits. if we are going to look at this and raise the debt ceiling, i understand the new administration not wanting to default. we have to make sure that this is not another single pass check the box and make sure there is long-term reform. i'm nothing to push back on the freedom caucus. differently,ch it but not philosophically. host: what are you hearing most from your constituents back home? what are the most concerned about? guest: i come from a district
that is a little favored toward republicans. we did a snap poll recently and tax reform and health care still seems to be the top things. this education defense that are topics we see from top to time. those are the top to making sure that we are following through in dealing with this individual market, but for three decades, congress has been talking about german tax reform. -- legitimate tax reform. this is our time to get it on. host: do you think there's time to get it on? guest: yes, before the recess. host: do you think the house should or will follow suit? guest: we have done our job getting the health care bill to them. whatever it takes, we are happy to do so. we want to make sure the senate moves. if we are not here, we are certainly happy to jet on the quickest plane. host: let's hear from rona, mississippi. caller: how are you? host: fine, thanks. caller: i'm trying to figure out
why the democrats cannot leave this russia thing alone . get on with what's important, such as health care, such as the taxes. i cannot in my life -- i've never seen anything like the democrats. host: thanks for that call. the news and record in the eye trump storm -- donald juniors emails may put him in peril. business interfering you getting your work done in the capital? guest: it's a distraction. there's no way to say that this does not take time and resources from things that we should be strictly focusing our attention on. to say that there's criminal behavior, i think that's a little bit of an exaggeration. was there a lack of disclosure? it apparently seem so at this point in time will tell you how
-- and time will tell how deep this relationship goes. the lady is right. is a lot of energy by her friends -- there is a lot of energy by reference to the left on russia. host: does a story earlier in "the washington times," saying that democrats have willfully used moscow information to influence the president election against donald trump. you're talking with mark walker for north carolina, joining us here with us on "washington journal." joining us from walk away -- rockaway, new jersey. caller: good morning. i heard you refer to the medicare situation a few minutes ago. i would like to straighten out a few facts for the general public. medicare, when it was
instigated, it was called to find benefit and -- defined benefit and come program -- and it was held in a trust fund. those accounts have been confiscated recently to the tune of $2 trillion by the aca inventors. the aca meaning the insurance corporations of america. wellpoint being the lead corporation. was basically written up, all aca, bypages of the a woman by the name of liz fowler. i will like to know where those trillion dollars and operate evd to. those are our funds collected over the years of taxpayers paying into that trust fund. where are they? host: what are your thoughts? guest: she made me think back
about three years ago and one of the reasons i decide to run for congress was the fact that i of fiscalthe lack responsibility on both sides of the aisle for medicare and social security that we have seen over the years. my mom and dad are in the 70's. my dad has been a small town pastor and my mom stayed home and worked around the church and school. is important for me to make sure that my parents are taking care of. i'm offended that we are put in a tough situation at this point. host: what's your from port saint lucie. -- let's hear from port saint lucie. you are on their. air. caller: i represent social security seniors. we are all over 74 years old. in fact, i was born the year social security was born. i'm 83. i have fought social security
last 10 years of my life. the democratic party, obama wrote a check i think -- $289 billion out of medicare. in 2011, he took another $512 billion out of medicare. i lived in baltimore 50 years. i started receiving calls that said she called me and was helping 25 to 30 people, doctor,o had lost their lost her medication, and she had sent them to st. agnes hospital on wilkens avenue. that is who was treating these people, hospitals. in fact, i called saint agnes to speak to management. you could hear in the background all this noise.
they said they had all these people coming from different sections and they were doing the best they could. in fact, the state of maryland -- one of their agencies in catonsville was getting the medication to a lot of people. because i work for a lot of churches there in 50 years, i started receiving calls from different people that i knew that where there dying. host: of a let you go there. -- i will let you go there. any thoughts? guest: what really made me think was going back to 1935 when social security was first installed into the government, the average male lifespan was 66. you had a your benefits. we are seeing that lifespan continue to grow, which is a great thing. we have to start looking at how do we look at this and what kind of reforms are needed. what age do you qualify? i think maybe age 67 or 69 as
$700 billion more to the social security program. those are part of reforms. it is one place the rfc budget differs from the president's budget. we do have social security concerns and reforms need to continue to keep it solvent over the next few day decades. host: you yourself have served as a baptist pastor. how has being a minister in the same or different from representing a congressional district? guest: i did not know it would be one of the best educations for dealing with the events its congress. you deal with people from all walks of life regardless of party affiliation or socioeconomic status. it is one of those things that has proved valuable to us. one reason we became the first member of congress ever to run for rfc chair is to be able to relate to people whether they don't always agree with you are not.
we have people and democrats from different communities and other muslim american committees that support us. host: have you experienced a town hall where there are people concerned about some of the things going on in washington? guest: absolutely. it's part of the job. we did for in one day three weeks ago, traveling through the district, making sure we had been used for people to come and talk about the monstrously -- demonstratively. my job is to make sure that right is protected. host: richard is up next on our democrats line. caller: this gentleman is a pastor? how can a pastor not want medicare for all? i just don't understand it. are you there? host: we are here, richard. what does medicare for all mean to you? caller: i want like every other
nation has got besides us and some of the little nations someplace. they say people from canada come down here to get health care. you live in one county, you go up to get health care. say you have the wit a long time to see a doctor. i have to wait about a month to see him. host: thanks for that. medicare for all? do you like this idea? guest: as far as the history of a pastor, one of the things as a pastor that you learn a lot about is human nature. if you are not careful, you can create a sense of entitlement that actually adds more people to programs. government has missed the bandwagon on this because sometimes we like to measure government programs by how many people we can add to a program or a piece of legislation as opposed to how many people we can transition off. ultimately that should be the goal. that is where so forth comes in.
we going to have a group of underprivileged or younger brother who is blind that will need help for the rest of his life, but for capable bodied adults, the greatest thing in life is to giving them a hand up and let them reach their full god-given potential. host: mitch mcconnell saying yesterday that the revised senate gop plan on health care would be unveiled tomorrow. the reporting of mcclatchy on this, the one issue that could imperil the senate health care plan is abortion rights. they write that if is one issue that could imperil the senate health care plan is abortion, more specifically medicaid funding to planned parenthood. it would subsidize other health services and by law cannot use those funds to provide abortions , but house republican still want to deny planned parenthood funding for a year because it performs abortions. the senate bill, like its
companion in the house, now includes a provision to do just that, but two of the senators whose votes on the health care bill are being courted by majority leader mitch m mcconnell are opposed. guest: mcclatchy's got it right. could be a game stopper for 85 to 95 members of the house. performsparenthood abortions to the tune of more than 880 per day. we have no problem redirecting those funds to women health care facilities in north carolina. we have several hundred community centers that primarily deal with women's health. they do offer mammograms and cancer screenings. we have no problem redirecting those funds. have able to send billion dollars a year to an organization like planter could is a problem for many americans -- planned parenthood is a problem for many americans. host: good morning to bill. caller: hello?
host: hi, bill. priority of insurers is profit, not health care. they will never cover all americans, never. the private insurance business model kills tens of thousands of americans every year and that will continue to be so. we need to drop private insurance and go to single-payer. killer insurance is a and the politicians who they pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep private insurance in place. host: another call for single-payer. and concerns over the insurance industry itself. guest: as a republican, the gentleman is calling about single-payer.
the truth is i do not even a 100 democrats lobbying for that in the house. there are potential problems with single-payer as we have known. as far as the insurance companies, it is one of the reasons that the health care plan to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions are protected long-term. we want to make sure that even with insurance companies that people still have opportunities to acquire insurance to make sure they have more options instead of fewer. host: acquit question on twitter -- a quick question on twitter. jobse defense and related in your district? but listen, i'm not opposed to aying there may be additional fat in the d.o.d. when it comes
and maybe look at trimming back. host: couple more calls, paul in new mexico, republican line. caller: yes, i got a question. there says that social security, they have been taking money out of social security. question is, when is congress going to pay it back? the was the guy that took money out, they would have foreclosed on my years ago, i to that e to talk banker. guest: i think that is a onderful question, one reason the budget tries to be able to make sure the funds are long-term, that is why we need reforms to limit ongress' ability to rob specific programs like this. it's crucial that we make sure are reaching the ages do have a program, they years, d into for many they can rely on and confidence in. in bloomberg,line another issue on the president's proposal.ax reform
trump's massive tax cut plan places train wreck on the calendar. what is your impression of the president's proposal and how do do think congress -- when you think congress, the house can take that up? guest: on the right track, simplifying the tax code is what decades, longd for before we served in washington, d.c., not been a legit nat mid-80s, 1986, i believe. it is important while keeping charit ons, education, giving and reductions are important for the economy and homeowners, couples or private individuals, those are something we need to keep. e're on the right track with tax reform and i hope and love the guys i work with and they elieve it can be done this year. host: lee salt lake city, good democrat's line. caller: good morning. host: go ahead, lee, you're on
air. caller: yes, i can give you the question what happened to the rust for the social security and trust fund, every time the united states get involved into the war, that is the first thing they take out to fund the war, social security, medicaid and medicare. my question. is this, if you think if the war interfering with those three, that is what i need to know? you. guest: the war is interfering social security? host: i missed that, as well, sorry, lee. congressman, rsc budget, you're hoping to come out when? is when iday or monday we want to release our budget, i believe that is something we worked on. a dozen different member forums to talk about this, this isn't just one or two guys putting their heads together, but representing many different committees, we believe have a strong budget and proposal. we're prepared to support our
want to make sure we're getting out in the front talking about important reforms long-term. host: the rsc, freedom caucus, caucuses, what role do the various proposals play in the house we see on floor? guest: it is important to remember you have people that represent all different factions of the country and political viewpoints. there is earlier, if one agreement, fiscally our house is not in order. debt, this illion in past administration double it to if we don't get ahold of that, we will go off a that impacts national security. host: thank you for being with us. privilege, thank you. host: we will talk to new jersey democrat bill pascrell, who will talk about the democratic trategy and message ahead of next year's 2018 mid-term
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