Fox News’ Bill Hemmer during an interview with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on Tuesday got into a pretty intense back-and-forth while discussing the specifics of the House Republicans' 2014 budget proposal.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) claims the proposal isn't simply about cutting spending. Rather, he explains, it focuses on lowering the rate of spending by approximately $5 trillion over the course of a decade. It would also create two tax brackets, thereby reducing the tax burden considerably for many Americans, and it would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (i.e. “Obamacare”).
However, not too surprisingly, Democrats staunchly oppose Rep. Ryan’s latest proposal
During the “America’s Newsroom” interview, Hemmer went right for it and asked Rep. Van Hollen what’s wrong with Ryan’s proposed decreases in the rate of spending.
“The issue is how you achieve it, and making sure you achieve it in a way that doesn’t harm the very fragile recovery we’re having right now,” said the Maryland congressman, adding that Rep. Ryan’s approach is “lopsided and uncompromising.”
Rep. Van Hollen continued, promising that Democrats would present an alternative that would protect both the future of America’s children as well as commitments made to senior citizens.
Hemmer interjected, calling on Rep. Van Hollen to outline specific details of his party's plan for the budget.
“It’s not talking point, it’s economics. [...] Don’t belittle statements by calling them so-called talking points. This affects people’s lives!” the congressman shot back.
Hemmer tried to move forward, citing quotes from Rep. Ryan, But Rep. Van Hollen continually cut him off.
From there, things became increasingly tense. Watch via the Washington Free Beacon:
Follow Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) on Twitter
Featured image screen grab.