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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Congressman Mike Pence On Tax Cuts
Sean was joined by Congressman Mike Pence to discuss the latest tax cut bills that passed the House today. “One of the reasons why, according to the Constitution, all bills raising revenues must originate from the House of Representatives,” began Pence, “This is the people’s house and those closest to the people should have the first crack at them.” Hannity pressed Pence saying, “I get people telling me that I don’t know the ways of Washington but I’m confident that the additional Republican Senators will allow us to pass a clean bill in January.” Pence agreed saying, “The first objective of the new Congress will be to make these tax cuts permanent.” There’s a lot that could be said here but Congressman Pence said it best, “At the end of the day, this is a bad deal for taxpayers.”

Senator Orrin Hatch on Tax Cuts
Sean was joined by Senator Orrin Hatch for a slightly different perspective of the latest tax cut bill. “Why in the world would I give this liberal White House $721 Billion in tax revenues to keep funding an out of control spending binge,” argued Hatch, “There wouldn’t be one dime used to cut back on the deficit.” Hannity challenged the Senator saying, “We’re going to have the House coming January 5th and eight Democratic Senators who’re saying it would be wrong to raise taxes during an economic downturn so why can’t we just have a straight up or down vote on whether we’re going to have a tax increase or not.” Hatch responded, “The Democrats are hell bent on raising revenue for spending.” It might be fair to say that Senator Hatch has negotiated the best bill that he could in Washington but the question is really why Washington needs to operate this way. Isn&r squo;t that the change we voted for in November?

GOP Chairman Michael Steele
GOP Chairman Michael Steele called in on the NewsMaker Hotline to discuss his future with the GOP. “When I started this journey two years ago the Party was in a bad spot,” noted Steele, “We went out and put together a plan to win in New Jersey and Massachusetts and this Fall and now the fight is to 2012.” “Why have there been so many to criticize you,” asked Hannity. “I’m not an inside the beltway guy,” responded Steele,” I wanted to take our party out of the comfort zone and that’s a different approach than many were used to.”

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Michael Steele

Michael Stephen Steele (born October 19, 1958) is an American political figure, currently serving as the chairman of the Republican National Committee . He is the first African American to chair the Republican National Committee and the second to chair either major U.S. party's National Committee after Ron Brown , who chaired the Democratic National Committee . [2] Steele was also the first African American to serve in a state-wide office in Maryland , as the Lieutenant Governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007, where he chaired the Minority Business Enterprise taskforce and actively sought expanded affirmative action policies in the corporate world. He was the first Republican elected to the office. From 2003 to 2005, Steele and Lt. Gov. Jennette Bradley of Ohio were the highest-ranking elected black Republicans in the United States. Steele held this distinction solo from 2005 to 2007 after Bradley resigned to become Ohio State Treasurer. Steele ran for a... More >

Mike Pence

Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (born June 7, 1959) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for Indiana's 6th congressional district. He currently serves as Chairman of the House Republican Conference (caucus) for the 111th United States Congress. Pence's district covers much of Eastern Indiana.

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