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i'm chris wallace. the new congress with its republican majority queens this week but will they cooperate with president obama? or confront him? i'm absolutely sincere when i say i want to work with this new congress to get things done. >> we'll see whether we can work with the president. i hope so. that's what he said. we'll find out. we'll discuss the gop senators set to take over key panel, bob corker, and john thune, who is expected to head the commerce committee. then former governor mike huckabee errands his show on fox
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news, as he considers another try for the white house. >> there's been a great deal of speculation as to whether i would run for president. if i were willing to absolutely rule that out, i could keep doing this show, but i can't make such a declaration. our sunday panel handicaps the field from the front-runners to their favorite long shots. plus a wave of new republicans hits washington. we'll ask two stars of the gop's freshman class in the house what they hope to accomplish. martha mcsally of arizona and lee zeldin of new york. and on you power player of the week, the nation's chief technology officer, trying to change how government operates. >> somewhere in our future is a jetson future but we're not there yet. >> all right now on "fox news sunday." hello again from fox news in washington. the new year brings a new
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republican-controlled congress to capitol hill. the gop promises to tackle issues from the keystone pipeline to iran and try to find some way to push back against the president's executive actions. joining us now, two senators expected to be named this week to chair key panels. from tennessee, bob corker of the foreign relations committee. from south dakota, john thune of senate commerce. gentlemen, before we get to your committees, let's take a look at the big picture relations between the new republican congress and the president. here's how mr. obama sees 2015. >> where i see a big problem and the opportunity to help the american people and it is within my lawful authority to provide that help, i'm going to do it. i will then side by side reach out to members of congress, reach out to republicans and say, let's work together. i would rather do it with you. >> senator corker can you do business with president obama on
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some issues, like tax reform and trade authority, when he's off taking executive action on his own in other areas? >> absolutely. look, obviously we have not liked the executive actions that especially were taken after lame doom, but we understand with humility. we have a lot of issues that need to be addressed. the biggers issues absolutely require the president to be involved. i think with anticipation we look forward to that opportunity. >> senator thune, how do you draw the balance between on the one hand trying to work with the president in areas where there is some bipartisan agreement but also passing measures such as repealing obamacare and trying to undo hi executive action on immigration reform, which you know he'll veto? >> well, chris, i think there are a lot of areas where we can work together, you know right out of the gate we're going to
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act in the senate on the keystone pipeline. we think the president ought to sign that into the law. the administration has done five environmental impact statements which have said minimal impact on the environment, and it's good for jobs. we'll find out early or not whether the president wants to play ball. you always enter a new session of congress with high hopes. i know that republicans in the senate are looking forward to and willing to work with the the president on areas where we can create jobs and grow the economy and strengthen america's middle class. i hope the president will meet us there. >> let me ask you about this, senator thune, hearing both you and senator corker, et get a distinct sense from moth of you that you're more interested in compromise than confrontation. >> what we want to see you solution. we want to see solution for the american people. we hope the president will meet us there.
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it takes presidential leadership to do big things in washington, d.c. obviously there are a number of things where there's bipartisan support that have -- that have been stalled out in the senate. we want to start there, move those bills, put them on the president's desk. we'll find out whether or not he wants to be a willing partner. i certainly hope he does because we have some big things we knead to do for the american people when it comes to growing the economy and creating jobs and creating a smaller middle class for our country. >> one mower question for you senator thune, and then i'm going to bring in senator corker to talk about the foreign relations committee. a potential flash point, immigration, you and the republican congress has only funded the department of homeland security to the end of february, while you try to find some way to undo his executive action, deferring to deportations up to 5 million people in this country illegally. a couple questions. can you presume that the republican congress will not shut down funding for the
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department that protects our homeland? and how will senate republicans handle someone like ted cruz who may take a harder line and in the past has been willing to stand on principle and shut down the government over that? >> right. we're not going to shut down the government -- >> including the department of homeland security? >> that funding bill expires at the end of february. we recognize it's important we fund the government. now that we're in the majority, we have the responsibility to do that, but we're also going to use the power of the purse which is what the constitution gives the congress, as a mechanism by which to challenge the president on issues we think he overstepped the authority. what he did on immigration is clearly an example. on 22 different indications he said he didn't have the legal or constitutional authority to do this. he did it anyway. that needs to be challenged. it's also going to be important for us to recognize it is a majority in the house and the senate. we now have the responsibility to get things done for the
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country and make sure that our government is funded, but funded in a way that's consistent with what i think the american people said in the november election, that is they want the congress more involved in these issues and not have the president overreaching consistently as he has in the past with executive power. >> senator corker, we have to say you're likely to be, because the committee has to actually vote, but you'll be the chair of the foreign relations committee and there is so much on your place that our colleague george will has a column in today's paper in which he calls you the senator to watch in 2015. so let's do a lightning round of quick questions quick answers. the president's order to renew relations with cuba will you block any nominee to be a new ambassador to cuba? and will you fight the president's effort to relax the trade embargo? >> well, chris, i said when the announcement was made, the first thing we want to do is
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understand what behavioral change cuba is willing to make. so you'll see some rigorous hearings. i don't fully understand what the telecom -- u.s. telecom companies being open to going into cuba what that really means. no one has seen a list of the political folks that are being released from jail. there's a lot to know. you'll see us having hearings before decisions are made as to what to do relative to this action. >> all right. let's turn to another subject. that is iran. do you have a vetoproof majority in the senate to pass a new bill in the next few weeks or months that would -- if iran walks away from the current talks, or if it violates the interim agreement, would impose new sanctions on them? >> there's no question if this deal falls apart there will be additional sanctions. so the banking committee actually deals with sanctions s
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that's their jurisdiction. i actually serve on that. the foreign relations committee may take up this bill that calls on congress to weigh in on any deal that happens. this is one of the biggest issues we'll be dealing with. for congress not to have a role is totally enappropriate. the banking committee will take up one asuspect the foreign relations committee will take up another. through regular order we'll see what will happen. i don't think there's any question for those in iran or around the world, if this falls apart, certainly there will be additional sanctions. the question is, whether do you do that? when do you signal that? we're paying a lot of attention to what's happening in the negotiations. we're talking to people all around the world. we'll see as we move ahead. >> we're in a lightning round here, so quick answers/quick answers. >> gain tan more, i know you have shared authority but the president transferred 28 detainees out of gitmo this last year. can you block him if he decides to try to close gitmo on his own?
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>> well again, the 0-1 authorization for the use of military force is an sure that's still open. part of that relation to what you can do with gitmo. you know, the fact is all of us have been open to major changes at gitmo, but we're waiting for the administration to lay out a plan. what he's doing right now is not as sensible as laying out a plan for the future as to how we're going to deal with all of the detainees at gitmo. >> but if he trying to close it on his own, will you block him? >> well, you know, we'll see. we'll see where -- if he tries to close it on his own we'll see. is there a plan of some kind that he has laid out? that's what all of us have been seeking since for the last six years, that is a plan, ever since he's been in office to deal with an issue he campaigned on while running and yet has never been forthcoming with.
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>> let me ask you one question under the lightning round and that is isis. will your panel pass an authorizations for the use of military force specifically to deal about isis? and what will you say about the use of u.s. ground troops? >> well, on isis, i think what we are all hoping to happen is getting the white house to lay out a plan that has a plausible -- shows a plausible way to the outcome that they rhetorically have outlined. it depends. certainly we'll have hearings in january and february. hopefully they will finally come forth and lay out to us how they will achieve that outcome, but to me that's an important part of any authorization that we might put forth with syria. >> senator thune, let me turn to you and the commerce commit aye. one of the big items on your agenda is you have to find a way to finance the transportation bill that would pay for upkeep
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of our highways and transit sim. with gas prices now under $2.50 a gallon, would you favor increasing the gas tax? >> well, i don't favor increasing any tax chris, but i think we have to look at all the option. we have a big delta we have to meet. the highway bill expires at the end of may and there's about a hundred billion shortfall of what it would take to it fund the trust fund, so obviously we have to deal with it. i think there's a number of ways to deal with with that. i think we'll get to a resolution on that, but it is important we fund infrastructure, and we deal with that, as well as planes, trains and automobiles. >> let me interrupt because we're running out of the time. others have suggested a 12 cent per gallon nick over the next two years. you certainly sound like you're not ruling that out? >> well bock corker has a
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proposal out there. there are others who have suggestions as well. we appreciate the fact that we have solutions being future forward. i don't think we take anything off the table at this point. i think it's important to recognize we have a problem, an issue we need a solution for and we need to look at all the possible ways out there in which we can address the problem. bob corkers has been taken a strong stand on that issue. >> if i could, chris i just want to point out yes, we have proposed raising the user tax, but also by offsetling other taxes that americans would pay. so it's revenue neutral but at least it would put or infrastructure on strong footing. that second component seems to get left on the floor conversation most of the time. >> thank you for that clarification. >> final question, senator thune.
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keystone, we talked about it at the beginning, that won't be handled by your commit aye. the energy committee will take the lead on that, but it does run through your state. do you have a veto-proof majority in the senate to force the president to approve the keystone pipeline? >> i think the question is, chris, we're going to find out whether or not there are moderate democrats in the senate. this is something that has broad bipartisan support in the house of representatives. it has a number of democrats supporting it in the senate. the question is can we get to 67? it will be up to a lot of democrats who have expressed support in this in the past as to whether or not when it's matters it's not just a symbolic vote. >> but you intend to push that -- let me sku ask briefly in about 30 seconds if you may. if the president decides to veto it, what will that say about him? >> well i think what it will say about him for one is he's
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listens again to his left-wing base on this rather than where the american people are who are overwhelmingly supportive of the project and there's a fairly big bipartisan support of the congress. we'll see. i think we'll get indication of how this president wants to govern and how he wants to work with republicans? congress but this will certainly be a way in which we can measure where he's going to come down. >> senator thune, senator corker, thanks for coming in. thanks for joining us. we'll be following you during the new year. >> sounds good. thanks, chris. up next 2015 has just begun, but some people are already talking about 2016. our sunday group joins that conversation. plus what would you like to ask the panel about the run for the white house. go to facebook or twitter @foxnewssunday. we may use your question on the air. till have money with that broker? dad: yeah, 20 something years now. thinking about what you want to do
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the honorable thing to do at this point is to end mean further injure at fox. as much as i've loved doing the show, i cannot bring myself to rule out another presidential run. mike huckabee announcing that tonight. it's time for our sunday group. co-host of the five, dana perino ron fournier of the
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national journal. laura ingraham, and neera tanden president of the liberate think tank, the center for american progress. let's put polls up on the screen showing jeb bush in the lead. over chris christie and paul ryan. mike huckabee is close behind in a third tier with rand paul and ben carson and scott walker. if he runs, how serious a contender is he? >> we're in the let 1,000 flowers bloom part of the primary. we're to slightly more informed speculation as to who might run. i think huckabee will start strong in iowa. i think that what they're all needing to do is to figure out some personnel. watch for that and also what
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sort of big ideas might they have. i think the polls schobel jeb bush in the front might be a name i.d. issue at this point. i don't think the polls are accurate yet. >> it's interesting, huckabee didn't say he et cetera running. what he basically said he can't be on fox and actively explore, and one of the big issues for him is always money. he as going to spend the nest fuse months to explore whether he has the financial support to actually run. we scud you questions from the panel, and we got this from steve on twitter. who will pick the gop nominee? the media/gop establishment or the base? ron, how do you answer steve? what are the chances for an insurgent, more conservative if candidate knocking off is the if front-runner jeb bush? and could mike huckabee fill that role? >> first question, i think anything can happen. elections are a loot more unpredictable than we like to admit, especially this with in a
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time when the country is changing dramatically, and the voting pop you las is very upset with both parties. maybe a rick snyder in michigan or mike pence, i think we should have a big surprise. i covered mike huckabee, along with bill clinton. interesting guy, but he has a lot of baggage from arkansas like the clintons did, starting with his decision to release wayne due month who went on it kill after that, including a wedding registry he had in arkansas, basically a form of almost graft, which i think was unethical thing to do, which the clintons did. how do you handicap how strong jeb bush? who do you see as the potential candidates most likely to knock
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them off. and can can any of them beat neera? >> i disagree slightly with dana, who is great to see. i think money is a huge part. jeb has been actively courting the top donors, trying to lock them down. he's been doing that quite well. i think there is one opportunity to knock off the establishment candidate, and if that is one conservative alternative to whoever that establishment candidate is. mike huckabee i lie mike a lot, but he would probably do better if he had run for one of the two open senate seats in arkansas. he decided not to do that, but the idea that mike huckabee will be president of the understand? i'll predict that will not happen. >> who is the likely person to run against the establishment? >> i thinks -- people will bristle at this, but what if chris christie decided to be the anti-establishment candidate?
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and chris christie actually decides to take on the bush establishment -- not as a person, we all love the bushes, but his policies, what he did on foreign and economic policies. i'm that's an interesting thought. but the idea that there's going to be 15 conservatives and one of them will beat whoever that establishment candidate is maybe christie, maybe bush -- it's ludacris, it's not going to happen. >> neera, the conventional wisdom on hillary clinton is she had a bad 2014. let me just make the case. dead broke before when they left the white house, corporations don't create jobs, you've got to empty thighs with your enemy. can she raise the level of her game? >> i would say hillary had a very good year. if you look at the end of your polls where if she had a bad year and is still beating republicans by double digits it will be a brutal year for the next year. she had a book tour.
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she had -- she admitted she had in inartful statements, but i think you saw at the end of the year that she has still very strong support among all corners of the democratic party and most importantly with the american public. people see her as a strong leader for these tough times. i don't think anything happened that year that took away those fundamentals. >> hillary will get covered by the press, and they will cover for her. the idea -- >> they cover for -- >> hillary look sheet gel an easy ride. i think jeb will probably get a fairly easy ride until he's the nominee if he's the nominee. >> let me contradigit you about her getting an easy ride. she certainly debt it get on dead broke. >> that's not the campaign yet. campaign is about to star. >> i think 2007 was easy. >> you had a kark mattic, young african-american historic figure, who by comparison with
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hillary was connected with the anti-war sentiment in the public. i think this is an entirely different game. i think the republicans will have to bring up the game to defeat the clinton twosome of bill and hillary who are very adept at politics, i think. >> first, having covered her since the 1980s, hillary clinton has never got an easy ride. but she is the establishment, politics as usual. and this is an election where people crave change, and unless she can show she can not only run a campaign much differently -- >> but if it's bush versus hillary hillary, that takes that away. >> i mean, she -- that is the one -- well there is a bunch of knocks here about hillary. one is she's tired. >> i think if she shows are el she's going to have to show she has new ideas for new times. these are very different times from the '90s.
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she's going to have to do that. just like any candidate. i think she will be able to do that. she's always been a substantive candidate with jurisdiction about what the country needs. people thought she was a strong leader as secretary of state. >> good or bad for clinton if she doesn't face a serious primary. on the one hand she wouldn't be forced to move further to the left. on the other hand she wouldn't have that it ex that makes someone a better candidate when she face -- >> that's what i was thinking. a primary allows you to make a mistake, come up with your big ideas. jeb bush has something called big hairy audacious goals. those are things he's going to lay out. she has less of a clean slate. she's in a tough spot, between a rock and hard space. idea logically to win a primary if she were to get a challenge, she needs to align with someone more line -- but to win the
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general she would have to align with somebody like bill clinton. they will constantly be tied to other people. can they break out and become independent, not as a party, but independent on their own? who are they as people? they might be the first elect where we may refer to him as first names. >> that's my resolution. i'm not referring to it hillary and jeb but clinton and bush. how do you see the race for president shaping up? let me foe on facebook or twitter and use the #fns. the republican wave finally hits washington. we'll sit down with two new house members to find out how they want to change things here.
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give something that means something. support us at on tuesday, the new republican-led congress will be sworn in, and that will be the first official day on the job for the incoming freshman class. joining us here to talk about their goals. new york congressman-elect lee zeldin, and martha mcsally. i'm going to do away with the "elect." you both beat incumbents. congresswoman mcsally, you won by just 167 votes.
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i'm sure you're going to get jokes did landslide mcsally. >> my new call sign. >> what do you think the supporters that supported you in arizona want you to do? >> my district is very diverse. i think it does represent america, but 50% of the people didn't vote for me. what i was hearing through the course of the almost three years campaigning was people want congress to work for them. their focus areas right now from southern arizona are the economy and security. those are the two main issues. democrats business owners can agree that they want to grow their small business. kids graduating from college want job opportunities. they are not political charged issues, but they want me to focus on things that unite us, not divide us. so i'll be focusing on those issues, but also on security.
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85,000 veterans. so those would be the focus areas. >> congressman zeldin, you say that president obama's decision to his executive action to defer deportation is unconstitutional, but you also say we shouldn't sit down the government. where do you put yourself on the spectrum, between on the one hand ted cruz and the tea party, but stand up and confront the president, stand on principles which means things like shutten down the government and on the other hand let's look for compromise? >> well, the president's action is unconstitutional. i have a lot of respect for the office of the president of the united states. he is not also congress in many ways it seems like he thinks he is a monarch. over the course of our nation's history we've always been sensitive to presidents who view the executive branch in that fashion. i think that it's very important going forward, as we move into january february whether it's
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through legislation or the funding of part of the budget at the end of february that we use the power of the purse that congress uses this message sent in november to expand -- >> rural saying that you would let funding for the department of homeland security, which runs out at the end of february run out to make a point to the president about immigration? >> all options need to be on the table. we need to utilize the power of the purse. if we show no willingness at all to use that power to our advantage that leverage is immediately off of the table. all right you both -- i don't think a lot of people will know this you both served in the military. congress democrat wok mcsally you were in fact the first woman to command an air force squadron in combat. how will that experience in the military shape you in your work in congress? >> well, i spend 26 years in uniform. those of us who serve, we took an oath of office that is the
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same exact oath we're about to take on tuesday. so i mean we're very much about serving the country, but we need nor veterans especially at a time when the world is more dangerous. we we have only about 20% veterans so that experience will be vital on the issues of national security, making sure the military is strong and capable, but also in the military we're very solution oriented, very pragmatic. you can't be in the war you want to be in, but the war you're in and you have to get the job done. i think that's what the people in southern arizona were looking for, from my background, is very solution oriented instead of idea logically focused. >> congressman zeldin you served in iraq in 2006 and 2007. how does your time in the military shape your view of the role now as a congressman? >> i learned so much about leadership. we wear it around our dog tags, loyalty, duty, respect, self his service honor be brit, personal
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service. they're turned off when we have people elected to represent us in washington lacking those values. lacking that core. remembering where they come from. so that certainly helped. i was in the army, you know no knock on the air force branch, the best possible branch to -- >> c'mon you want close air support, you need to call in the a-10. >> that's true. 40 years ago over 75% of congress were military veterans. that number is now less than 1 in 5. a lot of the soldiers sailors, airmen, returning home from iraq and afghanistan, many are running for office and that's a good thing for you. >> congresswoman mcsally, you served from arizona, you represent a district in tucson, obviously immigration a big issue there. in the wake of president obama's executive order how do you think republicans should handle the immigration issue? should it be all about tougher
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enforcement? or should there be an effort to find some path towards legalization? >> i think we need to address the root causes and do first things first. in my district that includes border security as a main focus. we've got transnational criminal organizations that are trafficking drugs and people, weapons in and out of our neighborhoods. we 23450ed intelligence-based operations and better strategy to address this issue, because it is a public safety threat and national security threat. the people in my district i'm talking to, they want to revamp and modernize the legal immigration system so if somebody wants to come here or work or graduate from the university of arizona, they don't come back to one of our competent to have. we give them an opportunity to work, pay taxes, so my district is looking for common-sense solution to address root causes. the political maneuverings by the obama administration is addressing some of the hotbed issues that are more symptoms. we need bipartisan solutions to
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address some of those but we have to focus on the root causes, which is border security and modernizing the legal immigration system. congressman zeldin, you are now the only jewish republican member in the house with eric cantor having been defeated. are you concerned by the reports that came out this past week about the house majority whip steve scalise that a dozen years ago he spoke to a group that was founded by david duke? >> as you mentioned, it was a dozen years ago. the speech was not about some of what's been reported. the speech is about making the state government, where he was serving at the time, a more efficient, to reduce wasteful spending. it's unfortunate that so many news report don't even mention that this was a dozen years ago and don't mention the fact this was about a very specific issue to reduce wasteful spending. i think there are many in the mainstream media who look for
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any opportunity to try to tear down republicans to help back up the president of the united states and the democrats in congress. the fact of the matter is there's been so much progress, we saw it with the election of mia love, and the youngest woman in congress. >> and carlos in florida who is a hispanic, and the list goes on. there is progress that's undeniable will continue through the 2016 elections. i think the media is trying to get a head start trying to tear down the republican parties. >> let me ask you this congresswoman mcsally. this controversy doesn't come at a particularly good time. do you think it would hurt republicans' efforts to reach out? >> no, i don't. we still have a lot of work to do, don't get me wrong. we still have just over 100 women. we don't totally reflect america in the whole congress, regardless of both parties, so
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we need to make sure we are focusing on things that are not a distraction like this, but getting the job done. the american people clearly spoke they want washington to work for them. we need to be focusing on getting the job down not sideshows. we have about a minute left. as you both get sworn in this week how optimistic are you -- everything talking about how unproductive congress is, how grdlocked is that you'll be able to do it better and be more protective? >> very optimistic and confident. keytone pipeline legislation passing, improves or foreign affairs and veteran affairs. pasting budgets again. now where we've had this democratic-led senate, we have a republican senate to work with, and we're going to put good solutions on the president's desk. >> we're still a divided government, but this has been a
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long days that i've wanted to step up and serve. i'm confident with like-minded solution-oyenned people we can get jobs done. i hope the president realizes that it's time for him to get on board and lead and be a part of those solutions, and i look forward to helping address the issues that are related to the economy and security which are the things i was sent to fight for. >> congresswoman mcsally, congressman zeldin, thank you for joining us. please come back. >> looking forward to it. what happens when the 114th congress convenes this week? will they get anything done? we bring back our panel, next.
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. a good example keystone pipeline. 40-hour work weeks, repeals the gas tax voting on the individual mandate, the kinds of
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things we know the american people don't like and would like to see us address. >> new senate majority leader mitch mcconnell laying out his agenda for the opening week for the republican-controlled senate. we're back with the panel. laura, you heard his initial plans. is he drawing the right balance between compromise and confrontation? >> an interesting poll came out that our friend pat cadel did. 64% if says -- that's -- you have to show that you can work together, i don't think it's all that smart for people to fall into that. i think they have to have a pathway to progress prosperity. i think he ticked off a couple great agenda items. i don't think people are obsessed with, can be obama work with the republicans? they want to feel like republicans are fighting for them. that means oppose the standpoint
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meaningfully, not with the silly so-called border security bills on immigration on the issue of enforcement, on obama care real repeal and replace. but the idea up to work with obama? yeah, when it works for the republican party and the middle class yes, but as an approach i think they should get rid of the process concern and focus on the policy. >> neera another aspect to all of this, how all grillive do you think president obama will be in continuing to go off on his own? would he dare and the administration is not ruling it out, would he dare to close guantanamo on his own? if he does continue on that path does he risk the opportunity to have compromises between the republican congress and the democratic white house? >> i don't know what he's going to do on guantanamo. it's been a issue we've been talking about for a long time. he has had that position for a long time and got reelected.
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i think the president -- >> but he didn't are the position that he could do it on his own without congress. >> i think the president should work with -- i don't think this means that he should ignore everything that he was elected on just a few years ago, but i think that we can find -- there should be areas where we can find meaningful -- where they can sit together and get some decisions down. on immigration, on infrastructure, there are areas where the republican party in the past has had a position very close to obama. perhaps they could come back together on these issues. infrastructure investment -- >> part of the republican party was for comprehensive immigration reform. a lot of the republican party has been against it. >> that's true. we did get a lot of republicans in the senate now vote for a bill just a few years ago. >> and it died in the house. >> yes. but now we're in an era of bipartisan feeling so --
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>> does that mean the president will go over to the republican side? >> we can see if we can get together. it could just be that one side gives republicans just ask for things and the president takes. this should be a part of takes the deal that they offer. >> we all agree that the condition is really hurting, but we all say around this table we have to fight for what we believe in. most of the american public doesn't want the fight. they want the progress. the president that the president will get out of his agenda is executive acts and from the republicans, it's the courts. that shows you how dysfunctional we are. >> the big court case on obamacare. >> that's the only chance that the republicans have of changing obamacare. >> wait a minute, ron. you've had heard republicans, you heard mitch mcconnell talk about tax reform, giving the president trade authority some deal on infrastructure, you're saying none of that will happened? >> he's saying it. i've heard a lot of things from
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the president from boehner from mcconnell nothing ever happens. words are cheap in this town. i've seen no indication that any of the leaders in this party have the ability or will to work together. >> i would love to be wrong and writer a column at the end of the year they guys have solved problems. >> am i living in an alternative universe? >> you had two members that were elected with a lot of goals in mind. you have a fact of a lot of divisions among the democrats so on two of those things, keystone and on infrastructure you could get bepan are partisan majority on though. for the first time in years president obama will have to make is decisions, because harry reid has been the veto pen for so much. relentless on jobs, those will come over to the senate, they will pass the senate and the president will have to decide. >> you have a great fight.
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>> you still have the question of the filibuster. will you get 60 votes in the senate? >> i think on some they will, but you'll have to watch that president obama has a new legislate ifr affairs team in place to work with the congress. i think they will start to make some decisions of you can get things done in the last two year of a divided government, but here's the difference. when president bush lost majorities, no one in the media said, well, now that democrats will come to work with president bush? no it's can president bush go to work with the -- >> you're making a great point. energy reform for example, we need a comprehensive policy. what are we fighting over? keystone which will not be the environmental catastrophe that the liberals will tell you and it's not the big job producer that the republicans will tell. its it's a red herring. >> in defeat obama looks like he's setting the agenda.
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hi poll numbers are up he has a bounce in his step. some of this is perception of course it is, but he is rising in the polls as he comes off this near-historic feat across the board. >> what should the republicans do? >> the republican shouldn't fall into the media trap of you have to work with obama. he's going to sign executives orders, he's going to close gitmo. republicans have been successful and the economy has been improving with two things -- gridlock and opposing obama. the economy has been getting better. gridlock in certain cases, you'll see movement on trade frankly which i oppose -- >> let's enter neera in here. >> i would disagree. i don't think gridlock the solution. the country is still ailing on the economy. we have good economic growth numbers. i would say on obama he's up in the polls, because he's doing things that are popular. the last couple years we've
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stagnation in congress -- >> would you agree that he and the democrats lost the november election? what do you think the message was? >> i think the message was doing nothing is a failure. so -- >> why did they reward the republicans? >> doing nothing was a failure for democrats. i agree with laura, he is rising in the polls. he's a one, two-year high in the polls, because people are responding to good economic news and the fact that the president is taking action on issues that are important to the country. >> let me just say something to you, ron. you're the really negative person on this though i must say as i hear this conversation i'm beginning to agree with you. look at bill clinton and newt gingrich. you had a divided government. they were able some would say that president clinton was forced, to get some -- can we get that kind of agreement here? >> we should, but i don't see any evidence that either side is capable of it. ging rich -- they both lost a
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bit. i'm going to take the hopeful note. i'm going to be with dana. thank you, panel. see you neu sunday. up next or power player of the week, the nation's technology officer, on the possibility of a jetson future for the government.
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when the white house rolled out the obamacare website, we
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saw how badly things can go when the government isn't up to speed on technology. now the government is getting helped in that area straight from silicon valley. here is our "power player of the week." >> you know, you here of i.q. and e.q. i think of tq. >> megan smith is the nation's chief technology officer appointed by president obama last fall to apply cutting-edge tech ideas to government programs. for instance her team helped develop a new ebotta suit that's easier to remove with a zipper in the back. >> takes this over and we can -- >> how different is the culture of washington from silicon valley? >> it's more academic versus corporate. there's not a ceo type of style of being in charge. >> smith comes from google-x
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that company's lab for next-generation projects, which has developed ideas like the drone delivery systems. >> we call them moon shots, lie kennedy, we choose to go to the moon. >> she says she wants to transfer that approach to government. >> what is sandbox-en. >> is. >> it's like it sounds. >> playing with new ideas, like new uses for unmanned aerial vehicles. >> somewhere in our future is the jetson future. we're not there yet. we're just beginning to play with this idea of maybe delivers critical medical devices through a uav or being ability to look at crops through the air. >> you need to slow down. i'm an old man. >> one pushing is teaching every kid to write computer code, maybe a basic part. >> we would never team them not to write and not read, but we
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teach them other things without teaching them to make and create. >> she says an absence was responsible for one of the president's biggest setbacks. >> why was the obama care website so messed up? >> we need people with t.q. in the room when making decisions. we had contracted a lot of technology out to other people and weren't really having some of the architects in the core room. >> megan says she got a start from mandatory science fares at hurl schools. >> one it taught me that it could be fun and that i could do it. >> as m.i.t. she is was part of a team that raced a solar car across australia that they had designed in a school lab. >> we would snead in, build the car at night go to sleep for a little while and then go to class. >> and are things fine -- >> now she faces her toughest
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challenge trying to turn government agencies more into tech startups. >> so you set a goal wait out there, but you start with the problem in the world worth solving, what's a technology that sounds a lot like science fiction, but just might work? megan smith says american women are actually going backwards. more women got computer science degrees 30 years ago than do today. she's determined to get more girls involved in math and science. now this program note. next weep we'll have an exclusive interview with the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general dempsey. that's it for today. have a great week. we'll see you next "fox news sunday."
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