Senate, President And Fox News discussed on Politics
Worked in radio and TV in Cincinnati and Ohio before I came out here. But this was my first job in in Washington at C span. And what strikes me as we have this conversation today is that you have that same enthusiasm that you had fifteen twenty years ago. Well, two things in this week's to your your first question slightly part of the building that foundation, frankly goes back to when I worked C-SPAN because I'd be in the control room or once in a while up on the hill in the house and Senate were in session. And so you're learning who the players are at least the faces and everything you're learning the procedure, which again, I mean, those were some of the most formative foundations frankly when I worked here at C span the second part of it is. I came to C span in Ninety-three fall of ninety three and in about the spring of ninety four. There was a profile of Brian lamb, founder assessment in the New Yorker and the drawing in the New Yorker was of lamb taking the dome off the capital and peering in and, you know, one of the major tenets C span here is to kind of open up government show, how things work without editorial comment and all those things, and so I've always kind of used frankly that image from the New Yorker as a little bit of my mantra, take the dome off the capital, let people peer inside and see how the gearboxes work because I think that people are interested in government. But they don't completely understand how it works. It's easy to go out. And do a report Pelosi said that Kevin McCarthy said that Chad pergram Washington, it's easy to do that. And and and there's a time and a place for that. But once you start to take that dome off the building and explain why they need sixty votes in the Senate or. Why you have to I have a motion to proceed in the Senate, or why does a major nominee have to lay over for an additional week. You know, if Democrats invoke that on on bars nomination to be attorney general or Kavanagh's nomination to the supreme court people back home, they might not say, well, I don't like McConnell, or I don't like Pelosi all, but I understand why they had to do that now because I think that people are naturally interested in understanding those mechanics, they can get people sit and watching a talk about football and three four defenses nickel packages at a granular level football. They can do the same with politics if they put the time into it. We see you on the Fox News channel your work at Fox, News dot com. We listened to you on FOX radio. How do you disseminate your information to the viewers and listeners of FOX? And also the reporters who cover Capitol Hill beyond your producing. Well, the main thing I was trying to my main core of my job is the is FOX up on Capitol Hill, and we have several other people who work with. Us. But I try to a try to make sure we're covering the right things liaising with the assignment desk. Make sure we have cameras at things or maybe we need to go to a separate interview or say, this is a really big story. We should do something on this or. Yes, that's interesting that it's not as interesting as you think. And here's why. So we do in fact that this morning with the story, for instance. I'm like, yeah. This is kind of run to the middle kind of saying. Okay. That's fine. And but it's it's reaching across all the platforms. I might hear from somebody at FOX business. I might hear from somebody at FOX News Radio dot com with a question about something. I had someone at FOX business asked me a question the other day about contingent elections, which we've only had two in the in. Which is what happens if they if there's a dispute, and they cannot resolve things in the electoral college with a counting electoral ballots for president states. So the constitution provides for a contingent election. We've done at eighteen hundred eighteen twenty four and the question. Focused on well, how many can they ache, and they consider anybody and be which congress considers it, and I pointed out I said, well, they they consider the top three is what it is. Which is funny because in the first contingent election, John Adams, who was the sitting president mind, you only got sixty five electoral votes. He came in third. He was considered in the we hold John Adams way up here. But my goodness. The man came in third and then he wasn't reelected. So it was that type of question that that comes. But why why do the answer was number one? I had written a blog about this in the spring of sixteen because we were wondering could there be an issue in two thousand sixteen where the election would be pitched into the house of representatives because there was a dispute or are they couldn't get to seventy in the electoral college. And so I have in my arsenal. I said I wrote about this for years ago. And I found it very quickly and Senator long up to somebody in New York. So instead of Google Fox News has Chad pergram, I guess it. It's out there somewhere, which is a good opportunity to promote your blog to speakers lobby. The most recent one look looking at this conference committee. My question to you with the news of the day. What will happen will the appropriators workout an agreement that both parties both sides of Capitol Hill, and the president can agree to it is said Steve that there are three types of members of congress there Democrats. They're republicans. And there are appropriators appropriators are a special breed, and they have good bipartisan relations with one another and sometimes not across the album across the building. And in a conference committee. You're taking you know, Democrats and Republicans and getting their ideas together in a congressional blender and trying to see what they can come up with. There has been a lot of conversation about the scope of this conference committee, should it be narrow and just deal with border security, but maybe it ripens the deal a little bit. If they deal with immigration deal with Dhaka, Lindsey Graham, the Republican Senator from South Carolina was talking about debt ceiling or does that complicate things. Now, the biggest issue they have is turning radius time not a lot of people realize that the deadline to fund the government is really not the fifteenth of February. It's really February eighth and maybe at the latest the tenth, and that's because the House Democrats when they won the majority this time, they imposed a solid to a seventy two hour rule. Three days. In other words, you have to. Host the Bill for a solid three days. A three day clock runs in the new considerate. Republicans used to tout the fact that they had and it was called sometimes the seventy two or three hour rule. Our three day rule. It was really the two hour. I'm sorry. The one day in two second rule that you could post it on Tuesday at eleven fifty nine fifty nine PM and considerate. Thursday, twelve oh a one on Thursday. So that means they have to have that text out there by February the navy the latest push it to February the tenth which is a Sunday it here the three days, and then really the right up against it to get it through the Senate. So that might be the biggest obstacle time. But at the end of the day, and I've spoken with, you know, even in a Republican appropriation. Sources who say that, you know, the term wall does not have to be in the Bill, and it could be called wall. And it could not be called wall. It's all up to the eye of the beholder, and that might be the exit ramp. So if they're able to come up with something that works there then. Yes, that's that's possible. But the biggest question is then does the president sign it. This is what exchange you had with the Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and again on the issue of funding appropriators ended this conference..