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Van Hollen: Dems will control House

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 05:52

Sept 22 - U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, is leading the charge to help Democrats retain control of the U.S. House, but polls point to a shift with Republicans likely to control the House.

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Republican gains and house. Congressman Chris van Holland is chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee . He's in charge of holding on that house for the Democrats. He joins us now the Reuters Washington summit congressman thanks for moderates and independents like Mike Cassel. Have gotten knocked off in Alaska. Lisa Murkowski got knocked off Republican primary so clearly is a lot of energy there. But on the other side of the coin. These you moved on to do it historical overhauls of health care and Wall Street reform. I yet voters and another is really Paul -- voters voters think that congress should have spent more time focusing on go back to set of policies that created that -- you mentioned Wall Street reform. That isn't very important measure passed and make sure that never again. Are taxpayers are left holding the bag for bad decisions on Wall Street and never again will people have to lose their jobs. Who had nothing to do with Wall Street because of bad decisions on Wall Street and yet. Our Republican colleagues have said one of their priorities is to repeal. The Wall Street reform I mean Wall Street lobbyists were very hard to kill that bill now they're saying well we'll do their work for them. Health Care Reform tomorrow. and unfortunately they're Republicans and senator blocked it until one. Republican senator senator Voinovich is retiring said. I can play politics thing more -- get this done for the American people and that will help loosen I've been speaking with congressman Chris in Holland he's chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee . I'm Andy Sullivan this is Reuters. The mid term elections and now less than six weeks away and polls point to Republican gains and house. Congressman Chris van Holland is chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee . He's in charge of holding on that house for the Democrats. He joins us now the Reuters Washington summit congressman thanks for being here it's great to hear -- so how bad is it gonna be in November. Well it's going to be tough but at the end of the day the Democrats will control the majority. In house very confident that and increasingly confident of that because. People are focusing on the choice in front of them in this election districts around the country. And what's clear is that people understand that. We were in a real mess. Twenty months ago the economy was going through the floor. That we have made improvements in the economy we're not where we -- but people do not wanna go back to the same economic policies that created that -- To begin -- and the more we hear from our Republican colleagues. The more it's clear that that's their plan -- sort of the bush economic agenda on steroids which serve the intrusive so narrow special interests very well but did not serve. The interest of the American people the American worker the American taxpayer news. -- Tea Party activists on the right have been generating a lot of energy for Republicans and they say that that will help drive turnout for their candidates. Do you see that as an advantage for you -- disadvantage. Well it's a double edged sword I mean the Tea Party movement obviously has provided a lot of energy on the right on the far right. In fact we've already seen the consequences of that and Republican primaries where moderates and independents like Mike Cassel. Have gotten knocked off in Alaska. Lisa Murkowski got knocked off Republican primary so clearly is a lot of energy there. But on the other side of the coin. These are people who are winning these elections who are very rigid -- mean these are not people who were coming to try and solve problems they've got sort of a fixed right wing agenda. And when I think when when centrist voters and swing voters in this of the voters that are gonna aside a lot of these districts take a look. At what these candidates would actually do. If given a chance how they would vote. They're not gonna like what they see because again these -- the moderate voters these are people who were. You know in the center they're not way off far right wing and so that is going to I think. Make independent voters say. You know what. Natural risk. My vote and the future direction of the country on somebody US that -- radical. Agenda. Okay now if you look at what what this congress has accomplished over the past two years it's it's by all measures an extraordinarily productive for -- guys. Has massive stimulus bill. And then you moved on to do it historical overhauls of health care and Wall Street reform. I yet voters and another is really Paul -- voters voters think that congress should have spent more time focusing on the economy creating jobs. I'm obviously as a Democrat you must be proud of really accomplish but from a political perspective has that needed. Tougher do you wish that you'd spend more time focusing on jobs legislation. Well first we have focused on jobs legislation mean the first quarter business was to pass the economic recovery bill and the facts are pretty clear here I mean we were losing 700000. Jobs every well. When the president was sworn it. We've now seen eight consecutive months of positive private sector job growth are we where we wanted to know what when your total freefall. You have to first stabilize things and and that has occurred and that's why -- things people wanna go back to set of policies that created that -- you mentioned Wall Street reform. That isn't very important measure passed and make sure that never again. Are taxpayers are left holding the bag for bad decisions on Wall Street and never again will people have to lose their jobs. Who had nothing to do with Wall Street because of bad decisions on Wall Street and yet. Our Republican colleagues have said one of their priorities is to repeal. The Wall Street reform I mean Wall Street lobbyists were very hard to kill that bill now they're saying well we'll do their work for them. Health Care Reform tomorrow. Is today -- lot of very important patients' rights and consumer rights provisions are gonna take place and we hope people focus. Knows and and kids for example will no longer revealed to be denied coverage as -- pre existing condition asthma or diabetes or whatever it may be. So we think that these are very important provisions they deal with economic security right now on American if you lose your job you lose your health care. But we have focused on the economy and while it's not where we wanted to be. It is moving in the right direction and we just passed. In the senate and organist passed this week in the house Thursday. We will pass the small business lending bill which we've been fighting for a long time and unfortunately they're Republicans and senator blocked it until one. Republican senator senator Voinovich is retiring said. I can play politics thing more -- get this done for the American people and that will help loosen credit two small businesses which is what we need. To make sure they can make payroll. And pay the rent and make investments -- so we are focused on the economy. And we -- also worked to shut down these perverse loopholes that actually reward companies that ship American jobs overseas morning. Ship goods overseas nut jobs right congressman and many more questions the vote as you believe. Unfortunately got to wrap it up right now I've been speaking with congressman Chris in Holland he's chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee . I'm Andy Sullivan this is Reuters.

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Van Hollen: Dems will control House

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 05:52