Congressman Mike Gallagher, (R-WI/8), joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to discuss the potential government shutdown and more.
On his Twitter video about Congress leaving before shutdown: I've been asking this question. Everybody is freaking about how the government is going to shut down and people want to go home for Christmas and also how we lost a week because of the Bush 41 funeral, but then we left on Thursday and we're not coming back into session until Wednesday night. That's five and a half days right there. That's five and a half days where we could be in session working on this problem or at least reviewing whatever bill is going to be presented. So, maybe I'm missing something, but it makes absolutely no sense to me. (1:51)
On what the reason was for this recess: There is no reason other than people don't want to work. Maybe people wanted to go on codels or go home. I feel like we're just waiting for something to be handed down to us from the White House, which is not how the system is supposed to work. (3:04)
On if he has gotten any explanation for the recess: I guess the closest thing to a reason I've gotten is that we're waiting on a compromise. Again, that gets it precisely backwards. It assumes that is has to come from the top down. That it has to be Trump, Schumer, Pelosi in a back room cutting a deal and that we as members of the House don't have a separate job to do. (4:52)
On generational gap in the Republican Party: There is a generational divide. I think if you look at the background of a lot of people of the younger members, particularly the incoming class, you have people from the private sector, you have a lot of people from the military. I think you have a lot of people that aren't coming into Congress with the intent of making it a 20 or 30 year career. Therefore, I think they are a little more impatient to see results, and I think they're coming in for a lot of noble idealistic reasons and want to make positive change. I think they're willing to question the status quo. (8:15)
On what he is going to focus on in 2019: I continue to push on a few key reform pieces of legislation. In fact I just introduced a bipartisan thing on campaign finance reform, which is actually the most complicated aspect of reform. I think it's very tricky. There's always unintended consequences. But I think we have a very meaningful, but small step forward. (12:29)