Panel Plus: July 21st, 2013

Watch the ‘FOX News Sunday' panel, Bill Kristol, Kirsten Powers, Scott Brown and Evan Bayh as they discuss DC culture as depicted in “This Town,” in our web exclusive Panel Plus.

Detroit Gets a Manager

Detroit became the largest municipality to file bankruptcy this week, with nearly $19 billion in debt and whole host of problems ranging from staggering unemployment to failing, even absent, basic services.

Kevyn Orr was appointed the city's emergency manager in March, and it was with his recommendation to the governor that the filing was made.

Orr now has the responsibility to walk the city through the painful steps of restructuring its finances.

"We were compelled to file bankruptcy," Orr said defending his decision against court challenges led by city unions who stand to lose a lot.

And though he has promised a six month grace period for those taking in a pension, he warned there are "going to have to be concessions."

"We are going to have a dialogue about what we can do," Orr said.

The Obama administration has been clear that while they will support Detroit as best they can, the city should not expect a bailout.

Orr was clear eyed about prosepects for federal or even state help.

"We’ve operated on the assumption  that we will have to cure this problem on our own," Orr said, adding"Hope is not a strategy from my perspective, I have to deal with realities on the ground now...I think Detroit has a responsibility to help itself."

Asked whether Detroit's situation provides a cautionary tale for others: "Delay doesn’t produce positive outcomes, have the political will and wherewithall to deal with them now," Orr said.

Panel Plus: July 14th, 2013

Watch the ‘FOX News Sunday' panel, Bill Kristol, Jane Harman, Karl Rove and Chuck Lane as they discuss the nuclear option and changing the Senate rules, in our web exclusive Panel Plus.

House on Immigration, Reps Disagree

Congressman Steve King (R-IA) said it would be a mistake to think the 2012 election was about immigration.

He added the House should not even bring border enforcement up for a vote.

"There’s nothing we can do to make the president enforce a law he doesn’t like," King said by way of explanation.

King and skeptical fellow Republicans point to the administration's decision to delay enforcement of the business mandate in the Affordable Care Act as an example of the president selectively enforcing laws.

Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY), chairman of the DCCC, said that positive statistics on border and immigration enforcement under President Obama speak for themselves.

And he added that the public supports immigration reform.

Israel, speaking in his capacity as chair of the House Democrats' campaign committee, said “we will hold them (Republicans) accountable for denying President Bush, Obama, 68 senators..” on immigration reform.

Governor Perry Sidesteps Questions On His Political Future

Texas Governor Rick Perry was on Fox News Sunday to talk about the controversial abortion bill that is stuck in the Texas Senate and his future plans as a politician.


He expects the legislators can get the bill passed in ten days; way before the end of the second 30-day special session.  Governor Perry said support is overwhelming in the senate.


There is speculation about the Governor’s future and if he plans to run for a historic 4th term as Governor of Texas. However, when asked about his political future, Governor Perry sidestepped the questions, saying everyone will have to wait until Monday for his announcement in San Antonio.  

Senators Weigh-In on Egypt Situation

Fox News Sunday guest anchor John Roberts spoke with Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jack Reed (D-RI) about the situation in Egypt.


Corker stressed that the role of the U.S. should be to calm all sides as they move through “treacherous environment.”


Reed said that the U.S. must insist the Egyptian military have a clear timeline of when they will have another democratically elected official in power.


He said that ultimately it will be the Egyptian’s task to come through this upheaval.


The senators also discussed if the president’s health care plan is in jeopardy following the delay of the the employer mandate?


Senator Reed said that he never thought Obamacare was ever in jeopardy, and that the Administration was wise to postpone.


However, Senator Corker said that, “There are many pieces of this or all that I want to see undone.” He believes that Obamacare exerts a great downward pressure on employment and may adversely affect jobs.


Senator Reed sits on the Armed Services Committee.  Senator Corker is the ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Panel Plus: July 7th 2013

Watch the ‘FOX News Sunday' panel: Brit Hume, Nina Easton, Dennis Kucinich and Juan Williams as they discuss the administration’s decision to delay requirements in the Affordable Care Act and the battle in Texas over abortion, in our web exclusive Panel Plus.

Panel Plus: June 30, 2013

Watch the ‘FOX News Sunday' panel, Kim Strassel, Juan Williams, Jennifer Rubin and Mara Liasson as they discuss the Voting Rights Act decision and immigration reform , in our web exclusive Panel Plus.

Senate "Gang" Members Confident of House Action


Two members of the Senate gang of 8 discussed prospects for House passage of comprehensive immigration reform.

Supporters were hopeful that a strong vote in the Senate would pressure the House to act on their bill.

However House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has said repeatedly he will not simply act on the Senate bill, but instead let the House set its own course.

Boehner has also said he does not want to bring a bill to the House floor that does not have majority Republican support, an unwritten rule referred to as the Hastert Rule.

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said he is "concerned about the task ahead of us," and while he hopes they can convince House Republicans to act on the comprehensive legislation, he admitted, "we’ve got a lot of work to do."

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was certain of House cooperation.

"I believe by the end of this year the House will pass the Senate bill," Schumer predicted confidently.

"They fear Republican primaries from right if they vote yes," Schumer said by way of explanation, but he added he thinks the "dynamic will change."

Schumer also said House Republicans will not be successful with their preferred approach of passing the issues separately.

"I don’t think the Speaker can pass a piecemeal bill," Schumer said.

McCain said that Congress will sooner or later respond to public opinion, and the pressure that comes with presidential elections.

"I think Republicans realize the implications if we don’t get this issue behind us," McCain said.


Panel Plus: June 23, 2013

Watch the ‘FOX News Sunday' panel, Brit Hume, Julie Pace, Bill Kristol and Bob Woodward, as they discuss immigration reform, in our web exclusive Panel Plus



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