The CBO said the trade off would be a reduction of
Also on Monday,
DeLauro said over a decade there could be a shift in expenses of
"What you will have, subsequent to that, is rationing, DeLauro said. "If the states have to begin to pick up the cost, you then begin to look at who you can jettison in order to be able to pay for services. States are not going to be able to deal with the costs."
The state would also be asked to make up an additional
"It's a monumental disaster for the American public," DeLauro said of the proposed healthcare changes.
The subsidies will be based on age, rather than income, which will increase costs for seniors and those with low incomes. In
She said the biggest beneficiaries will be the wealthy when the
"If you're looking to the CBO for accuracy, you're looking in the wrong place,"
As concerned as she was with healthcare changes, DeLauro felt the biggest threat to American democracy is the interference by the Russians in the
"This to me is more than troubling," DeLauro said in an editorial board meeting with the
She favors an independent commission or a special prosecutor to thoroughly investigate the issue and take it out of the hands of politicians.
"There is no guarantee it won't happen again," she said. "That's dangerous and we need to regard it as dangerous."
She said civic organizations have to speak up and she praised the Republican leaders who have called for an independent probe.
She said American democracy "is essential to a world order in my view."
DeLauro, several times, said she wasn't challenging the outcome of the 2016 election and would not endorse those who are working to nullify the election of
"We had an election. We are a nation of laws," DeLauro said.
The congresswoman said foreign ministers in
"Where is our word? Who will trust us,?" DeLauro asked if we now soften those sanctions.
DeLauro said the budget has always been a balancing act between providing the right level of defense and funds for all other programs, from food safety to healthcare to Pell grants, special education and Title I funds for education.
Increasing defense by
DeLauro was also upset at the denigration of the press.
"We have free speech. That's why people come here," DeLauro said.
"There has to be an outcry. We cannot overlook it. None of us can overlook it," she said of labeling news as "fake" if it is critical of the administration.
DeLauro said she has been in office for 26 years and "I have not seen anything like this," referring to questions of conflicts of interest by
She was particularly upset by the latest news that
"It's mind-boggling," DeLauro said.
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