'This Week' Transcript: Napolitano, Gibbs, McConnell

GIBBS: Well, but the bill gets put together on the floor of the Senate. That's where the bill got augmented. And I think if you watched that debate -- I don't know -- I wasn't up at 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning for a lot of those votes, but I think if the American public had watched -- has watched the committee process play out in both the House and the Senate, watched the process play out on both the floor and the -- the floor of the House and the floor of the Senate, you'd have seen quite a bit of public hearing and public airing, and I think quite frankly, people have a pretty good sense of who is battling on behalf of thousands of lobbyists that are trying to protect drugs profits and insurance profits, and who's fighting on behalf of middle-class Americans hoping once and for all to have access to affordable insurance and removing insurance company restrictions like discriminating against people that are sick.

TAPPER: All right, Robert Gibbs, we'll have to leave it there. Thanks so much for joining us. Happy holidays and good luck.

GIBBS: Happy holidays and to you, your family and to all your viewers, happy new year.

TAPPER: Thank you.

TAPPER: Senator McConnell, thanks so much for joining us.

MCCONNELL: Good morning, Jake.

TAPPER: Well, turning back to the terror attack or the attempted terror attack, the Obama administration was following procedures established by the Bush administration in creation -- in the creation of the TSA. Are they doing enough? Does more need to be done?

MCCONNELL: Well, our leader on this issue, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, suggested to me yesterday, when we were talking about this, a question she's going to be asking, which is, how does a person on the terrorism watch list get a U.S. visa? I mean, particularly when you consider that his father was concerned about his son's proclivities this fall?

I think there's much to investigate here. And in addition to that, he obviously had some kind of connections with Yemen. And we know there was an imam in Yemen who may have been the inspiration for the Ft. Hood attack. There is much to investigate here. It's amazing to me that an individual like this, who was sending out so many signals, could end up getting on a plane going to the U.S.

TAPPER: Do you think individuals who are on either of the two terrorism databases that Robert Gibbs referred to, do you think that they should automatically be at the very least subjected to additional security searches at airports?

MCCONNELL: It only makes common sense.

TAPPER: All right. Well, turning to health care reform, which is another big issue on the plate of the administration and of course on your plate as well. You've been criticized by several conservative voices, Rush Limbaugh, Erick Erickson at Redstate.com and others, for not doing enough to stop health care reform. As the Senate Democrats passed the bill, you said this fight is not over, my colleges and I will work to stop this bill from becoming law. So what are you going to do and what can you do with only 40 votes?

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