Rep. Ellison joins "All In with Chris Hayes" on Thursday September 26 to discuss the GOP's decision to hold America's financial future hostage. Rep. Ellison is joined by Republican Representative from Oklahoma, Tom Cole.
One of the lost subplots in the drama over a potential government shutdown is congressional liberals' opposition to a short-term budget bill at current federal funding levels. The House-passed continuing resolution, besides repealing Obamacare, funds the government at an annual rate of $986 billion, which is the current, post-sequestration budget level. But Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison wants to restore the $72 billion in annual cuts that took effect in March when lawmakers couldn't agree to a deficit reduction package.
Representative Ellison joins CNN's "Crossfire" discussing the GOP's demands in the debt limit fight, bringing the debt ceiling into the Obamacare debate, and whether the president and the GOP can negotiate together.
In 45 days, The Affordable Care Act becomes law. Representative Ellison discusses ObamaCare with Martin Bashir on MSNBC. Rep Ellison stated, "we should be dancing in the streets. When we passed (Obamacare) it was one of my best days in office. But (Republicans) have unleashed a torrent of negative, damaging, mislead and false information. It is clear why the American people are not clear about the benefits, they are being misinformed consistently."
Rep. Ellison gave up other committee assignments to sit on the powerful House Financial Services Committee and its Capital Markets Subcommittee. Rep. Ellison is schooling himself on economic matters for a reason. What he really wants is to lead a serious national economic movement with what he describes as a workable common-sense message for corporate America. If America will empower its rank-and-file workers with good jobs without regard to race or religion, he said, many other issues disappear.
Rep. Ellison joins "The Lead" to debate whether Americans are trading liberty for security. Keith on privacy vs. security: "I think this is the time and location to say we are casting the net to widely. No American thinks we are going to have 100% privacy or 100% security. But we have got to strike the balance better than we have been and i think it is Congresses duty."