'This Week' Transcript: Sens Lieberman, Conrad and Hutchison

AMANPOUR: You've got your clothes.

GIBSON: Yeah. Thirty seconds, I can be right down there, and I can get the rest I need, and I'm back to work.

AMANPOUR (voice-over): Work was what they came to town to do, and they were getting down to it.

LEE: I've staked out a pretty clear path for what I want to accomplish this year. It's a plan to get a balanced budget amendment.

GIBSON: I co-sponsored a couple bills already.

AMANPOUR: Even the hoopla surrounding their taking office -- the oaths...

(UNKNOWN): I do.

AMANPOUR: ... the photo-ops, the receptions -- barely slowed their stride as they ran off to cast their first votes.

GIBSON: Thanks. I'll be back.

AMANPOUR (on-screen): What vote is this one?

SCHILLING: This is for the congressional offices to take a 5 percent budget cut.

AMANPOUR: Right. Now, it's nice. It's symbolic. It's not going to make a big dent where you need to, right, to we reduce the deficit, the debt, all of that?

SCHILLING: Well, you know, but it's called leading by example.

AMANPOUR (voice-over): But just days later, on a sunny Saturday morning, their energy and enthusiasm was stolen by a gunman in Tucson. Their colleague, Democratic Congressman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, was shot in the head; 13 people were wounded; 6 were dead. And while no one wanted to believe politics motivated the shooter, the ramifications rippled throughout government.

GIBSON: I think it was very appropriate for us to pause for that week and to really take measure of the event.

AMANPOUR (on-screen): How has that affected the atmosphere here?

SCHILLING: It changed things, the tone a little bit here.

AMANPOUR: Will it increase any civility between the different parties?

SCHILLING: Yeah, you know, I think the -- the one thing that's been missing the last couple years is the -- there's been really no true debate. It's been, you know, one side kind of pushes through whatever they want.

LEE: Everyone involved in the process would rather see a more civil discourse, one that focuses on the issues and the policies at play, the things that affect the American people.

AMANPOUR: One small example of that new tone, the Job-Killing Health Care bill...

BOEHNER: Job-killing...

... job-killing...

... their job-killing government takeover of health care.

AMANPOUR: ... is now at least referred to differently.

BOEHNER: ... destroy jobs in America.

AMANPOUR: But Congressman Schilling isn't backing down.

SCHILLING: You know, it's still a job-killing bill. It's a job- crusher. You know, call it what you will.

AMANPOUR: And neither is Senator Lee.

LEE: The sure wins (ph) if we who have been elected change what we do just because of what he did.

AMANPOUR: Events in Tucson delayed the House vote on repealing the president's health care bill, but this week, it passed.

SCHILLING: I think what we have to do is start over, and that's what we're doing now.

AMANPOUR: The repeal is unlikely to make it through the Senate, so for now, the law is safe. But what about those deficit-reducing deep cuts Republicans are talking about?

(on-screen): So tell me where the big cuts are going come.

SCHILLING: The big thing is, is we have to look at everything. I'm not the expert yet.

GIBSON: Nothing should be off the table.

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