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minority in the senate, when you're just a few seat vote margin, they have a lot of power, they kacan't make the agenda but can make trouble. >> i want everyone to stand by right now. >> this is cnn breaking news. the new congress convenes and republicans are in charge. take a look at this, live pictures from the house of representatives where the speaker paul ryan will be addressing lawmakers. there you see him right now walking in to the house of representatives on the floor. he's followed by nancy pelosi. he will actually introduce paul ryan, the speaker of the house. paul ryan will address members of the house of representatives and address the nation as well. he just tweeted by the way, paul ryan, honored to be elected
speaker of the house for the 115th congress, the republicans are the majority in congress and avow to announce the agenda of the in-coming president donald trump. phil mattingly is joining us from capitol hill right now. phil, set the skoocene for us, nancy pelosi will introduce the speaker, but go ahead. >> reporter: that is correct, what we saw a few minutes ago was the completion of the house vote to speaker. what we actually saw was paul ryan faced fewer defections this time around than he did when he was initially elected speaker, why does that matter? he drew some angt -- angst. no real major defections, paul
ryan will be the next speaker of the house and nancy pelosi once again elected minority leader. only a few defections for her as well. no major problems for either leader, it will be a congress run by republicans but what you have been talking about the most interesting element before this was even possible republicans ran into a problem, last night behind closed doors to try to take the independence away from the outside ethics commission, not from the democrats or president elect's twitter account but constituents back at home, that was the reason i was told from lawmakers and their aids to strip that back. so facing issues they had to deal with but now trying to get back on track, no shortage of
ambition for these 240 plus lawmakers. they will have a lot on their plates no question. >> are they giving the president elect dramatic speedy about face to go back to business as existed over the past eight years as far as the ethics panel is concerned? >> reporter: look, it played a role, after the president elect tweeted he thought the independent committee was unfair but disagreed with the timing, that was the same message that the republican leadership gave their members last night as they told them this amendment related to theet ethics committee didn' want to see. they were right. this has kind of defined the day
to this point. while the president elect certainly weighed in and law makers that want to work with him going forward paid attention to that tweet it's also important to notice the constituents on capitol hill and they matter, and phones rural route ringing off the hook and nothing works better than recognizing a major problem, that was the driving force behind having the emergency meeting and stripped it out by unanimous vote, wolf. also former members of the house of representatives, there, smiling and joking, former members of the house, they can be on the house floor during a ceremonial event. there you see nancy pelosi, the democratic leader of the house, she will introduce speaker paul ryan. we will have live coverage of all of this.
coming up the members and former members and special guests are being seated right now. she is gaveling this session to order. let's listen to nancy pelosi. it is my honor to join speaker ryan in welcoming all of you to the 115th congress. to new members and your families, in this special moment, i offer a special greeting and special congratulations. each of us comes here sustained by the love of our own family and the trust of our constituents. i am grateful to my husband, paul, our five children, nine grandchildren and my family
especially our patriarch thomas del sandro third. >> in a brief span of days we will inaugurate a new president, donald trump. [ applause ] >> and my former colleague mike pence. at that hour we will enact the peaceful announcement of pour that is the bedrock of our republic. it has been traced by leadership and dignity, president obama and michelle obama. vice president biden and his
wife. let's give us thanks for all they have given america. [ applause ] today, as we celebrate the renewal of our democracy, let us pay tribute to men and women in uniform, those who serve or have served, and their families who's sacrifice and bravery are guarantors of our democracy. let us thank you our men and women in uniform. [ applause ]
in this chamber we stand at the heart of the american environment. we carry with us the hopes and hurts of those who have sent us here each time we step to the floor. we surely have distinct identities, but above all we are all americans. [ applause ] >> here. here, we have the responsibility and the power to lift the lives and the hopes of the american people. our first responsibility is to secure the nation. embodied in the oath we take to support and defend. we must be strong and smart in defending our land, defeating terrorists and advancing our
vital interest in the world of promise and a world of promise and peril. america's actions must always be equal to america's values. honoring our constitution and respecting our men and women in uniform. another responsibility is to further secure our economy and truly secure opportunity for hard-working families. we in this congress must focus on job creation and growing paychecks every day for every one and everywhere in our country. [ applause ] from the heartland, the cities and the suburbs we must ensure that those two do their part have the opportunity to buy a home, address the aspirations of their children, and retire with dignity. and our responsibility is also to secure our democracy.
our founders pledged their sacred honor to create a democracy, a government of the many, not a government of the money. now our sacred trust is to keep that covenant. we cannot permit our democracy to be subborned by the checkbooks of the powerful or be subverptted by the dark operatis of a foreign regime. [ applause ] all of us cherish our ideals. we do have our differences. and they are real. but i hope we will each be humble enough to accept faith
fro from others and from scripture -- to ignore those needs is to dishonor the god who made us. in that spirit, in order to meet the needs of the american people, house democrats pledge to seek common ground wherever we can. to forge a bipartisan path forward on job-creating infrastructure, to make taxes and foreign trade fair to american workers, to help americans balance work and family life, and to drain the swamp of big money from our campaigns. all of these provisions, president elect trump has pledged and we will seek common ground. but, we will stand our ground wherever in good conscious we must. if there's an attempt to destroy
the guarantee of medicare, harm medicare, social security or the affordable care act, democrats will stand our ground. [ applause ] >> if there's an assault on clean air and clean water, on civil rights, women's rights, lgbt rights, if immigrants and families face tonight mahe nigh deportation, democrats will stand our ground. [ applause ] >> and if there's an attempt to silence our voices for common sense, gun violence prevention with gabby giffords here in the chamber as our witness, democrats will stand our ground. [ applause ]
>> many of us just celebrated christmas, the birth of christ. in sharing in our humanity, god enabled us to participate in his divinity. this spark of divinity is acknowledged in every faith tradition. in recognizing the spark in others, we reaffirm it in ourselves, honoring it, that spark of divinity, we are commanded to respect the dignity and worth of all of god's children and to work together for the common good. [ applause ] >> in that spirit, i offer my congratulations to the speaker
of this new congress, a proud son of wisconsin, paul ryan. [ applause ] >> paul ryan is a leader of principal, immersed in ideas and gifted with experience. as we all know, paul ryan has had the full breadth of experience on capitol hill from waiter to hill staffer to congressman, he went on to be a sincere and proud advocate for his point of view as chairman of the budget committee and chairman of the ways and means committee and in places demanding as a speakership, i know he gathers strength daily from the family he loves so dearly from his wife, children and their entire family. let us acknowledge the family. [ applause ]
>> oh, wisconsin. i got it. mr. speaker, god bless them, god bless you, god bless wisconsin, god bless the united states of america. this is the people's house, this is the people's gavel. in the people's name it is my privilege to handle the gavm elo the speaker of the house, paul ryan. >> thank you. thank you. [ applause ]
>> thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you very much. father. i'll be relatively brief. [ applause ] >> i want to thank madam leader. i stood in this spot many, many times. it today, though, feels a whole lot different. part of it has to do with all the new faces in the house. you look add all the proud spouses, these beaming children at their best. [ laughter ] >> people's parents.
it's hard if not impossible to resist this rush of enthusiasm. there is no sense of foreboding in this house today, there's only the sense of potential. it kind of reminds you no matter how long you have been here you haven't seen it all, so i just want to say to our new members and to their families, thank you, congratulations and welcome. [ applause ] >> to my own priest father paul, thank you for being with us today. appreciate it. [ applause ] >> and to my center, my family, jana, liza, charlie, sam, thank you for all you have done to make this possible. there's another reason for optimism and that is what we
have already achieved by meeting here this moment. just months ago, our country held a great electoral contest. and at times, it was a little intense. as you all know, when you're in the heat of it, in the heat of the kind of campaign we had, you start to wonder, will the tempers will cool? will the system still hold? does our old, rich tradition still have that magic? well, it turns out it does, the clash of division, the ran keke and decision, all descend in the transfer of power. so in just a few weeks time, we will welcome another new
president, a new chance to work toward a more perfect union for all of our arguments and all of our differences we are all united by a deep, abiding love of our country. [ applause ] >> it is this slender sturdy thread that holds us together, that's why when the votes are counted and the people have spoken, we all accept the verdict. we come back from the campaign trail and pack up the yard signs and today as one body he pledge allegiance to one flag, the red, the white and the blue. [ applause ] >> that's not the only thing that we have in common. i don't care what your party is. find one person in this house who doesn't want the best for
america? find one person in this house who does not want to see help given to the unemployed, or care for the sick, or education for the young or honor or troops? who here among us does not want to open wide the door to opportunity? who here among us does not want ever american, ever creed and every color to cross the threshold? you cannot find one person in this building, not one, and that is a true cause for celebration. [ applause ] >> now, we have a lot to build on. that being said, this is time to redouble our efforts. it's no secret that millions and millions of americans across this country are deeply dissatisfied with their current situation.
they have looked to washington for leadership and all they have gotten is condesen shon. now, they have let out a great roar. now we, their elected representatives must listen. so i want to say to the american people, we hear you, we will do right by you and we will deliver. [ applause ] >> we will honor you because you have honored us. we take this sacred trust seriously. [ applause ] >> you know, it's not enough to say that the condition of your birth should not determine the outcome of your life no matter
how much we mean it, in a few years' time i hope that the people will say of this 115th congress that we didn't pay lip service to this beautiful american idea, that we made it a reality for everyone. we are not here to be, we are here to do. we are here to improve people's lives. improve our economy, restorrest self-government. as your speaker, i intend to keep this pace running at full speed. when i came to this job i pledged to restore order. hold regular house and senate conferences because only a fully-functioning house can really truly do the people's
business. [ applause ] >> we've made some pretty good progress on that front. take our work on finding cures for deadly diseases or beating back that opioid epidemic or our work on mental health. these are all things we should be very proud of. these were directed by the committees and crafted by the members all through regular order. there's still a lot of work to do, like having a fully functioning appropriations process for example. [ applause ] >> and so, to the minority i want to say this, we have never shied away from our disagreements and i do not expect anyone to do so now, but however bright of a contrast that we draw between us, it must never blind us to the common ground that we share. we must never shy away from
making progress for the american people wherever we can. so as your speaker, i promise to uphold the rights of the minority, i promise to hear you out and let you have your say. if i had to sum up, it would be this, agreement whenever possible, but at all times respect. [ applause ] >> and to the majority, especially to our returning members, i want to say this, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. this is the kind of thing that most of us only dreamed about. i know because i used to dream about this a lot. [ laughter ] >> the people have given us unified government. and it wasn't because they were feeling generous, it was because they want results.
how could we live with ourselves if we let them down? how could we let ourselves down? i have for many months asking our members to raise their gaze and run high. now today this congress let us not be timid but reach for the brighter horizon and deliver, and so this old chamber might look the same but in the hush whispers in the whirl of activity, you can feel the winds of change and as i stand next to that portrait of good old george washington i'm reminded from a line from one of his favorite pla plays, we'll do more, we will deserve it. and so, my dear friends and colleagues, i say to all of you, good luck and god speed. thank you very much. [ applause ]
i'm now ready to take the oath of office and ask the dean of the house of representatives, the honorable john conners jr. to offer the oath of office. >> thank you. if the gentleman from wisconsin would please raise his right hand. do you solemnly swear or affirm that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation
or purpose of evasion, and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you god? >> i do. [ applause ] >> thank you. i now pronounce you to speaker of the house. >> thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. >> thank you. thanks, guys. thank you, thank you. now according to precedence the chair will swear in the members elect in mass. the members elect will rise, the chair will now administer the oath of office, all will raise their right hands. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the
constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, bear true faith and allegiance to the seem without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion and that you will well and faithly discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you god? >> i do. >> congratulations you are all now members of the 115th congress! [ applause ] so there you have it, the elev 115th house. the democratic leader, nancy pelosi, i thought the speaker took the high road hand reached
out to the democratic minority and said there are plenty of areas where we disagree, let's find the areas where we agree. >> and i think he was so honest about where it was so divisive where we wondered whether the system would hold and every time i watch this i think it's a fap allows moment. the bringing in of -- fabulous new moment. bringing the family members on the floor. two-thirds of current house republicans have never served with a republican president, so the excitement the palpable from republicans as it was from paul ryan, who for the first time as we were talking about earlier believes that he can actually get some things done that he never could get done before with a democratic president. >> he said he was dreaming of this moment, right. >> and he was.
>> and he was. i agree with you, this day is always full of hope and promise. it's probably the one day where the approval rating for congress probably breaks into the 20s, the rest of the two years the country doesn't like so much, but also said that the unified republican government was not given to them by goodwill, that's going to be paul ryan's job to deliver results in a way that the country quite frankly has been frustrated that washington has not been able to do for them. that's the mark he's going to be measured against. >> the republicans are in charge, the white house, the majority of the house of representatives, a slight majority in the senate. 52-48, that's significant because you need 50 with the vice president mike pence who will be able to break a tie, so
you really need 50. they have the majority of the state legislature ar, the majority of the governors are republicans. they are doing really well. the democrats, not so much. >> without a doubt. elect electorally, it's been good business for the republicans, but it's the first time in ten years that we have seen republicans in charge of every facet of government, and so they have all the levers that they can pull an pursue their agenda, but donald trump is such a different kind of republican. he's been a republican for a little while, he's not an ideological guy. a lot of these republicans in congress have been dreaming of fighting these ideological battles an now they have the power to do it but that's going to be one of the major news lines is how is trump and the republicans on the hill come to
terms to pursue an agenda. >> we just got official word that bill and hillary clinton will be coming january 20th to washington to attend the inauguration of the president elect. jimmy carter the former president will be in washington for the inauguration, so things are moving the way they're supposed to be moving. former presidents are going to be in washington, george h.w. bush probably won't be there for health reasons. >> and they should be there, as well as george w. and jimmy carter. they should attend the inauguration of the next president of the united states and i think it is something that the country will appreciate in this transition of power that paul ryan was talking about and i think it's something that donald trump will appreciate.
none of these people were great supporters of his when he ran for the presidency. they didn't go to the republican convention, the bushes for example, but they are going to his inauguration, as it should be. >> according to some of the reporting out there hillary clinton was seeking council from her advisors whether or not she should attend and how that would play and according some of the reporting the clintons came to the decision for the good of smooth transition of power, to celebrate the american democratic moment that a presidential inauguration is. >> the start of the 115th congress, a congress that will be led by republicans in both chambers. >> congresswoman jacque spear joining us, curious to hear your
reaction, are you encouraged that the democrats can work with the new republican majority and new republican president to really get stuff done in washington? >> i think both the speaker and democratic leader nancy pelosi spoke eloquently about the importance of coming together, finding common ground and then standing our ground, so to the extent to that we're going to be able to do an infrastructure, you will see democrats embracing republicans to create jobs in this country. we will not however, undo the affordable care act. we want to make sure that people who are suffering from cancer and heart disease are not subject to preexisting seasons and the kids can stay on the family's policies and that in fact the benefits that have accrued to so many will continue
to. >> you did hear chuck shumer, the manor -- minority leader, we said we cannot afford a twitter presidency, i'm quoting him, what does that mean to you. >> i think we have a twitter presidency and a twitter speaker of house because it was a republican caucus that was trying to undo the office of ethics and yet with a simple tweet the president elect was able to scuttle that, but we have to remember that came from the caucus, the republican caucus and in effect the leader, the speaker was unable to get his caucus to comply until president elect tweeted. >> trump tweeted this about gitmo, he said there should be no further releases from gitmo,
these are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back on to the battlefield. that sounded like it was a direct message to the sitting president of the united states, president obama don't even think about releasing any more of these inmates, at gitmo, who was your reaction? >> there's only one president at the time in this country and while president elect trump has done his best to try to assert himself, he doesn't have that role until january 20th, president obama has made this a cornerstone of his presidency, i've been to gitmo, we're spending $3 million per detainee, and they can be housed in maximum security prisons, that's not furthering our interest, those who are dangerous will no doubt remain there but others who we have not
been able to charge with any kind of offense who have been there ten, 12, 13 years, we need to find a way to either charge them or release them. >> congresswoman jacque spear from california thanks for joining us. >> my pleasure. >> threatening gm, telling them make your chevy cruise models or may up. florida announced plans to build a new plant. and poppy sat down to find out if it had anything to do with donald trump.
you're watching cnn i'm brooke baldwin, breaking news, about face from republicans who tried to kill this ethics panel but received a twitter skoucold so to speak from the president elect. you have been watching coverage right here from day one, the first day of the year, they wanted to put law makers under control of who they would be investigating. it wasn't until these two tweets from president elect donald trump that the proposal was finally pulled. here were his tweets, with all the congress has to work on, do they really have to mike the weakening of the ethics watchdog as unfair as it may be their number one act and prior to focus on tax reform, health care
and so many other things of far greater importance. we all were watching and saw amanu's reporting, what's this day one of congress and he's unifying the rank and file with two tweets, jim? >> reporter: unifying them or knocking them upside the head. >> sure. >> reporter: i think this under lines there are no limits to being tone deaf in washington when you consider the fact that republican house leadership was against this idea of putting the ethics watchdog under the purview of the members up on capitol hill. and that tone deafness was felt all the way up at trump tower, that's why you saw the tweet saying really, is this the first thing you have to tackle, the
first thing out of the gate? and within hours as you said it came down, but i talked to a top trump aide, and he said listen, anything that goes against this banta of draining the swamp is not going to be received well, as long as the president is here, that whole notion we heard from newt gingrich that drain the swamp is definitely not out and the president elect intends to police that once he gets into the white house, brooke. >> let me ask you 17 days from the big inauguration, as previous first families attend, why don't you tell us who perhaps surprisingly and a smooth transition will be attending? >> reporter: right, and these were questions that a lot of people had, would former
president bill clinton and secretary clinton will at the na inauguration, the answer is going to be yes. this is going on the first time they have been around each other "face to face" since those debates and so that's going to be interesting to watch and also it was worth noting that george w. bush and laura bush will be at the inauguration of donald trump. that is not as surprising since george w. bush is republican, but thinking back that scorched earth that donald trump waged after the bush family, certainly that's not water under the bridge, they're going to be at the inauguration as well. so it's going to be quite a sight to behold and president obama also will be standing there to congratulate the 45th
president. >> thank you very much in a rainy midtown manhattan and what has been called a "confidence," ford is planning to make a plant in new mexico, but extending to michigan. it adds 700 new jobs that comes after a threat to gm. al motors is sending mexican made model of chevy cruise to u.s. car dearly tax free across border. make in usa or pay big tax. let's go to poppy.
she interviewed ceo mark fields. tell me what he said, poppy. >> reporter: brooke, i don't think anything these days is not political in one way or another. this ceo of ford sitting down with us hearsre saying the busis decision was key here, donald trump has been slamming ford for a better part of a year and a half all the way of saying he was going to fire the workers, a plant in new mexico will no longer be there they're coming to michigan. why? a president elect calling a company and them changing plans at least in part and brings up
questions about crony capitalism, is there a quid pro quo here? >> reporter: as you know ford has attacked ford many, many times in his rallies and on twitter, even said that you were firing all your employees, are you planning to build this plant because of the president elect? >> first, this makes sense for our business and we look at all factors including what views as a more positive manufacturing environment under president elect trump and it's literally a vote of confidence from the policies he's been outlining and that's why we're making this decision to invest in the u.s. and michigan. >> reporter: i know you have spoken about the president elect today, did he make promises to ford, things he will do to make
it beneficial and cancel that mexico plant? >> we did speak to the president elect and vice president elect this morning and this is really around making sure that as we make these decisions, that it's first right for our business to do this. >> reporter: so what will they do to make it right for your business because mark you told me it costs you 40% less to build these cars in mexico? >> we are really encouraged about the pro growth policy, tax policy and regulatory policy, those type of things i think are going to build a positive. >> reporter: he wants to bring the tax down to 15%. are you talking about fuel efficiency standards as regulatory?
>> just regulatory burdens that are on businesses, he wants to create a very positive environment for businesses to build in the u.s., but this is a confidence that we feel good about going that direction and making these decisions. >> reporter: what did the president elect say to you this morning? >> i talked to the vice president elect this morning. he was very happy about the news and that we were making the investments here in america, not only good for ford but good for the u.s. and the american workers. did not get a chance to talk to president elect trump. bill ford did that. he reiterated the same things. >> reporter: did he say he was going to stop with the tweets and tacks towards ford? >> i don't think he got into that but was very appreciative that we are going to invest our
business around these areas to show we're a leader. >> reporter: 2,800 jobs were slated to be in mexico that is now cancelled. instead of that you're going to create 700 jobs here. why not as many jobs here as in mexico? >> first off, the main reason we are canceling our plan is because we are seeing a decline for small vehicles. and we are asking ourselves where can we utilize it and therefore it's at an existing plant in mexico and that's due to just as we see demand for that type of vehicle. >> reporter: it certainly has something to do with the fact that the president elect has singled out ford, pretty much he
did tweet about gm today but this is a trend, he calls out carrier and gets them to stay here, calls out boeing, for a cheaper air force one, and locke martin and there's a concern, mark, this is in essence a form of cronyism. >> first off we didn't cut a deal with the president elect. we did what's best for us, that's what drives us. but we looked at the factors, we take that into account in our investment decisions. >> reporter: so brooke, when did the president elect find out about this, he has subsequently tweeted about it.
they called him, i asked him if there was any relation to the timing on that tweet attacking general motors and they told me that they called him after that tweet, so apparently the ford jobs here didn't spark the attack on general motors. >> awesome interview, poppy and i'm glad that's good news for the men and women in michigan. our cnn global economic analyst is here, and i jotted down, he said we didn't cut a deal for the president elect we did what's best for the business. he didn't deny the conversation, looking into the future and potential jobs here in the good ole usa. >> there's a lot of different layers, on the one hand, poppy
is asking the right questions, is this about crony capitalism. but there's a legitimate case for companies to be bringing back jobs to the u.s. this has actually been happening the last few years. labor cost is one consideration and sure, america can labor is still cheaper but when you look at how much more productive u.s. workers are and the cost of energy, a factor in transport and supply chains in the south china seas, companies are worried about these things and think about all this stuff about where to put jobs. >> you talk to a lot of smart people in this country and i think we are all in the watch and wait. it could be yes, she asked the right question on crony capitali
capitalism, but it would be a great thing if donald trump picks up a phone and calls these businesses to keep jobs in this country. >> here is the thing though, i don't believe you can actually bring back jobs in mass to the u.s. by simply calling up company by company. what could do that is we have a real infrastructure program, where companies want to invest. >> if that comes to fruition versus talk talk talk talk. >> right. when they say we're having a vote of confidence in the u.s. economy, what i think they might mean is we think corporate taxes are going to be lower, repatepae repatrirate -- have the kch
confidence into the training et cetera. >> thank you so much. happy new year. >> happy new year to you. we're going to take you back to washington d.c. republicans reversing course to not kill the ethics panel this morning. did two tweets from the president elect prompt this change? we'll take you live to capitol hill.
e-sports, what is that my friend? >> reporter: i tell you what, brooke, cs ramping up company here, all setting up to display their cool new products. one to keep an eye on is e-sports the industry has exploded. global revenue expected over $1 billion brought to you by ford go further. this at sec turner sports is teaming up to hold a virtual race. if you're not familiar with formula e, it uses only electric powered cars. they're going to compete against ten fans for a share of $1 million and that $1 million prize goes to show you how popular e-sports has become.
so that's one thing we're going to keep an eye on here this week. and did you know you could get a college scholarship for playing video games, so all the parents going hard on your kids for playing video games, they might have a future playing video games in college. >> thank you. have fun in vegas. this is c inn breaking news. >> thank you, i'm brooke baldwin. we are following breaking news on capitol hill as republicans have now officially taken control of congress. >> do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you