Jansing & Co. , 1/17/13, 7:00 PM ET

Poll: Majority support gun control, immigration

Rep. Peter Welch shares his reaction to the latest NBC News/ WSJ poll and whether Congress will compromise during President Barack Obama’s second term.

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The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal shows most people support President Obama’s plans for immigration and gun control and Congressman Peter Welch, D-Vt., says the economy is still the top issue.  “Those are going to be on the agenda, but the economy and getting a growth agenda going is clearly what’s going to be most important across the board for Americans,” he said on Friday’s Jansing & Co.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Thursday that Republicans are considering a short-term increase on the debt ceiling as a way to deal with the current fiscal calamity.  Welch—who wants to abolish the debt limit—says that’s not the way to go. “I think that’s a bad approach, because we just lurch from crisis to crisis… Speaker Boehner knows that this isn’t a viable tactic.”

Does he think the next four years will be different from the last four years?  ”The only way ultimately we’re going to solve problems is having some common ground and working together,” Welch declared.

“There’s a lot of Republicans that are hearing the same thing in their districts that I heard in mine, and that is: ‘Peter, why don’t you all get together and get some things done?’”

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Dem. Rep: Guns on agenda, but economy more important to Americans

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