Rep. Westmoreland Weighs In On Budget Battles

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), pictured far left. (flickr)

In Washington, lawmakers have been temporarily freed of responsibility over Syria, but fiscal talks on Capitol Hill have gotten just as hairy.

October 1 is looming, and if Congress doesn’t approve new spending bills the federal government will shut down.

Furthermore, come mid-October, the debt ceiling deadline will be reached.

If this fight sounds familiar, it’s because it is.

The very same battle over the debt limit was fought in 2011, and the squabble left the U.S. with a downgraded credit rating.

Meanwhile more than 40 House Republicans have backed a proposal that would fund the government while defunding and delaying the Affordable Care Act.

Congressional Democrats won’t buy these demands, forcing House Speaker Boehner to seek help from across the aisle for help.

Joining The Takeaway to discuss the budget battle is Republican Congressman Lynn Westmoreland. Representative Westmoreland serves Georgia's third congressional district and sits on the House Committee on Financial Services.

Guests:

Representative Lynn Westmoreland

Produced by:

Ellen Frankman

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [6]

CParis from New Jersey

Rep Westmoreland is the ideal talking head for the nonsensical Tea Party. He was the doofus who was pushing to have the Ten Commandments placed in government buildings all over the US; and when questioned on TV couldn't even name any of the commandments! Why would anyone listen to anything this numbskull has to say?

Sep. 19 2013 11:52 AM
April Wolff from New York City

Why do you let that idiot get away with "support our troops" when, according to friend who works at the VA, Republicans have cut aid to Vets and active duty soldiers.

Sep. 18 2013 03:24 PM
Bill from East Flat Rock, NC

Representative Westmoreland's terrible grammar and lack of command of the language led me to believe that voters in the third district had elected an uneducated man to an important office. Sure enough, he's fully equipped with a high school education!

Sep. 18 2013 02:52 PM

Congressman Westmoreland is wasting our air time and money. Once a liar always a liar. The GOP Cult need to be removed from office and shoot for treason and lying to the American people.

I agree with Don Byrd.

Sep. 18 2013 01:14 PM
RAOUL OARNELAS from BEND, OREGON

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia is out to lunch. The Affordable Health Care Act is not confusing. It is Mr. Westmoreland and his ilk that try to make it confusing. It ain't woking! Most likely the problem for Georgians is they can't read or use a computer to access the internet to read the medical plans that are now available to average or poorer classes. Perhaps Georgia does not have access to the internet. One does not have to read the alleged 35,000 pages of the Health Care Act in order to select the plan of their choice. The key to all of Mr. Westmoreland's baloney as in baloney is his base does not want to pay taxes of any sort that helps the average American afford medical practices that are way overpriced! I can read, I can also use a computer and I like the Affordable Health Care Act, besides it is the "LAW"! I do not want the Affordable Health Care Act delayed for a year or a day.

Sep. 18 2013 01:12 PM
Don Byrd

I am furious that you, the media, allow your, our, valuable airtime to be used by people like Congressman Westmoreland. Many people, but apparently mostly Republicans, have little integrity and spin every word into what most of us would call lies and deceit. It must be difficult for many listeners to discern what is really happening in our government.
We do apparently have laws against false advertisements. We obviously don't have laws requiring congressman to be more truthful in their public statements.
I like your program. But if you as a reporter do not hold public officials to a higher degree of objectivity, then how is Democracy to survive?

Sep. 18 2013 12:40 PM

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