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quorum call:
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quorum call:
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the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent that further proceedings under the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, those of us who believe in protecting innocent and precious life may have lost a vote today, but we're steadily winning a larger argument, a critical argument that goes to the heart of who we want to be as a society. we can feel momentum for life on the rise, just as we see extremism on the other side increasing. by placing their allegiance with the far left instead of women, democrats are making a losing bet they will come to regret
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over the long term. today, however, we must grapple with the challenges of the present. democrats insistence on blocking the strategy pursued today means we have to consider the options now before us. the relate city that the government will -- the realt rey is that the government will shut down if we do not act. here is what the president of the right to life had to say. "there are two different roads that we can take. one is to insist that no more money go to planned parenthood and cause a government shutdown, which won't result in actually defunding planned parenthood. the other is to take a slightly longer-term approach taking advantage of the fact that we have the attention of the country as probably never befo before. ever well-informed pro-lifer wants to defund planned parenthood. i want to defund planned parenthood, she said.
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there are wonderful pro-life men and women in congress who want to defund planned parenthood and certainly national right to life wants to defund planned parenthood. the difns here i difference hern strategy. this is not the end of this gailt odebate or this discussio. i urge colleagues to join me in supporting the legislation i am about to file on, which would ensure that the government remains open. now, mr. president, i -- i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call:
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mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader. mr. mcconnell: i ask that further proceedings under the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: noi as i now askt the chair lay before the senate a message received from the house earlier today. the presiding officer: the chair lays before the senate a message from the house of representatives. the clerk: resolve that the house agree to the amendment of the senate to the bill h.r. 719 entitled "an act to require the transportation security administration to confirm to existing federal law and so forth and for other purposes with an amendment." mr. mcconnell: move to concur to the house amendment to the senate amendment to h.r. 719 with further amendment. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from kentucky, mr. mcconnell, moves to concur in the house amendment to the senate amendment to h.r. 719, with an amendment numbered 2689. mr. mcconnell: i ask that the reading be dispens dispensed wi.
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the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask for the yeas and nays on my motion. the presiding officer: stuff is there a sufficient second? there appears to be. the yeas and nays are ordered. mr. mcconnell: i have a second-degree amendment at the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: mr. mcconnell proposes an amendment numbered 2690 to amendment number 2689. mr. mcconnell: i ask that the reading be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i move to refer the house message on h.r. 719 to the committee on appropriations with instructions to report back forthwith amendment number 2691. and i ask for the yeas and nays -- the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator kentucky, mr. mcconnell, moves to refer the house message on h.r. 719 to the committee on appropriations with instructions amendment number 2691. pain-capablmr. mcconnell: i aske yeas and nays on my motion. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to be. the yeas and nays are ordered. mr. mcconnell: i have an amendment to the instructions. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from
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kentucky, mr. mcconnell, proposes an amendment numbered 2629 to the instructions of the motion to refer. mr. mcconnell: i ask that the reading be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask for the yeas and nays on my amendment of. the presiding officer: is there a sufficient second? there appears to be. the yeas and nays are ordered. mr. mcconnell: i have a second-degree amendment at the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: the senator from kentucky, mr. mcconnell, proposes an amendment numbered 2693 to amendment number 2692. mr. mcconnell: i have a cloture motion at the desk for the motion to concur with an amendment. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: cloture motion: we, the undersigned senators, in accordance with the provisions of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate, do hereby move to bring to a close debate on the motion to concur in the house amendment to the senate amendment to h.r. 719 with an amendment number 2689 signed by 16 senators -- mr. mcconnell: i ask that the reading of the names be dispensed with. officer without objection.
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mr. mcconnell: now, mr. president, in order to expedite consideration of the continuing resolution, i've now offered the c.r. language as an amendment to the house message on h.r. 719, using this bill as a vehicle means that we can get the c.r. over to the house more quickly with fewer steps in the process. members should expect a cloture vote to occur at 5:30 p.m. on monday. now, mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of calendar number 195, h.r. 1020. further, that the thune amendment be agreed to and the senate vote on passage of the
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bill as amended. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the measure. the clerk: h.r. 1020, an act to define stem education to include computer science and so forth. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection. question is son passage of the bill as amended. all those in tariff say aye. -- all those in favor say aye. all those opposed, say no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the bill as amended is passed. mr. mcconnell: ask unanimous consent that the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: now, mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the judiciary committee be discharged from further consideration of s. res. 258 and the senate proceed to its immediate consideration. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: senate resolution 258, designating the week of september 20 through the 26,
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2015, as national adult education and family literacy week. the presiding officer: without objection, the committee is discharged and the senate will proceed to the measure. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, and the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table, with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: now, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to the immediate consideration of s. res. 269, which was introduced earlier today. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: senate resolution 269, designating the week of september 19 through september 26, 2015, as national estuaries week. the presiding officer: without objection, the senate will proceed to the measure. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, and the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table, with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i now ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to immediate
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consideration of s. res. 270. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: senate resolution 270, designating september 2015 as poll montanaary fibrosis awareness month. the presiding officer: without objection, senate mr. proceed to the measure. mr. mcconnell: i ask that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motions to reconsider be considered made and laid on the table, with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: so, mr. president, i now ask unanimous consent that when the senate completes its business today, it adjourn until 10:30 a.m. friday, september 25, following the prayer and pledge, the morning hour be deemed expired, the journal of proceedings be approved to date, and the time for the two leaders be reserved for their use later in the day.
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finally, that l fog leader remarks, the senate be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to ten minutes each. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: so, if there is no further business to come before the senate, i ask that it stand adjourned under the previous order. the presiding officer: the senate stands adjourned until senate stands adjourned until
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>> burgess everette joins us, he's hey reporter "politico." he's going to talk about the status of the temporary government spending bill the cr or continuing resolution. thanks for joining us. the senate today took its first vote on temporary spending bill. tell us the details of the legislation and what the result was. spent the legislation they voted on today would have funded the government through december 11 but also cut off federal funding for planned parenthood so it failed. it didn't even get a majority today. it's essentially an exercise to prove to the house that a spending bill defunding planned parenthood cannot pass the senate and would shut down the government if that was the position of both chambers to. let's. >> host: now eight senate republicans voted against advancing the cr. you tweeted out their names. here's a look at that. pallor, paul murkowski kirk colin scott and ayotte and
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manchin were the only democrats voting against. why were those republicans voting no? >> guest: you have conservative like cotton who are arguing that they want to see a more robust spending process and cotton says the military got shortchanged. rand paul said his business as usual as though he supports funding planned parenthood in the new have people who have just tried to disassociate themselves with any threat of a shutdown that would be burkowski mark kirk susan collins kelly ayotte. they just don't want to play any games. kelly in particular came to the senate floor earlier this week blasted tactics as senator cruise that would have ripped the shutdown of versus planned parenthood so she's trying to give testing testing -- distancn the government funding bill. >> host: you wrote a little bit about what majority leader
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mitch mcconnell strategy was an moving forward what are we looking at here for the cr? >> guest: the senate is essentially, it will take a few days but it's really a clean cr that will fund the government and not touch planned parenthood senator mecom is expected to set up a vote on the starting monday. they will probably finish work on this on tuesday. the government shuts down on thursday so wednesday the house will be confronted with the question of do we follow the plans we have or do we shut down the government? the senate has left them with no other option. >> host: let's look at the house because things are very active there and very much in motion. what's been happening? speaker boehner meeting with the freedom caucus. who are they? >> guest: a group of dissident republicans who want the leadership especially boehner to take a harder line on almost everything and on this in
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particular they have threatened to vote against any spending bill that doesn't defund planned parenthood and that's the kind of choice boehner has to make whether to process them. he may face a referendum on the speakership but if he doesn't his party will get slammed for a government shut down. >> host: they are going to be meeting early in the morning on friday. what do we expect might be coming out of those doors from the room they are meeting and? >> guest: my guess would be based on the strategy of boehner at this point leads to it clean cr but continues the fight against planned parenthood and also has anti-abortion legislation that would be separate from that in my guess is that that's not going to do it for the freedom caucus a significant amount of republicans who are going to have a hard time voting for anything to fund planned parenthood so you will probably hear a lot of complaints and we
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will probably hear backing for boehner from people that want a more responsible passage and to not risk a shutdown and then you will probably hear next week that democrats are going to have to help dane or pass the cr to keep the government funded if that's the direction he chooses. it's a listening session tomorrow to find out where everybody is. >> host: would he have enough support if he combines with democrats on this? >> guest: i believe he would but that would raise the question of his own political future where they can keep leading house republicans if he has to pass more legislation with democrats carrying a lot of the load. he has gotten criticism for having to rely on democratic votes in the past but he also wants to keep the trains running on time so it's difficult for him to do that with only the republican vote. >> host: government funding is by her man wednesday in burgess we will keep following you. your twitter handle is asked or just -- ask burgess and begin
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find your writing at >> guest: thank you so much. >> host: thank you. pope francis spoke to a joint meeting of congress. during his remarks he touched on immigration issues and he talked about how to treat foreigners with respect and understanding. here is a look. >> millions of people came on their dream of future freedom. the people of this continent are not fearful of foreigners because -- [applause] because most of us were once foreigners. [applause]
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[applause] i say this to you. as an immigrant, knowing that so many of you are also -- [applause] tragically the lives of those who were here before us were not always respected. for those peoples and the nations from american democracy my highest esteem and appreciation.
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those were often turbulent and violent but we know that it's very difficult to judge the past by the criteria. [applause] nonetheless when the stranger in our midst appears to us we must not --. >> just some of what pope francis had to say during a joint meeting of congress earlier today. you can watch the pope's remarks in their entirety at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span.
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pope francis left washington d.c. this afternoon and he now heads to new york. on friday live coverage of his remarks the united nations general assembly at 10:00 a.m. eastern. he will then attend a religious ceremony of the 9/11 memorial museum at the world trade center. that starts live at 11:30 a.m. eastern. you can watch both events over on c-span3.
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>> is this marion barry's place? he comes in all the time. theirs is the time. there's a seed bread over there. i went back to the office and call them up and said mr. mayor i have just been to club 55. don't you realize that people are watching what you do and where you go? they said you sit there all the time and watch dancing girls. there was a pause on the phone and he said, it's nice isn't it? >> i think 44 attorneys general from around the country signed a letter saying they agree with
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governor mcdonald that what he did was politics not bribery and these gifts, he should have reported that gives betty did not report the gifts. 15,000 dollars per child wedding, $70,000 for -- the problem is bob mcdonnell is a vice president can do was an oversight when he got into the governor's office. this is another case where you are a public figure and you let your messy private life combined together. >> now today's white house briefing with press secretary josh earnest. some of the topics included pope francis beach to a joint meeting of congress coming u.s. relations with russia and might of the searing refugee crisis and government spending. >> good afternoon everybody. i do not have any topics. are there any questions?
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>> can you give us a little context for what is expected out this meeting. do you see it as an opportunity to take the temperature on the issue? >> julie president obama does look forward to meeting with president putin at his request and that president putin's request next week. both presidents will be attending the u.n. the precise date of their meeting this something we are hoping to resolve before the end of the day today. i will let you know whether or not we can confirm that on art and not when the president sits down with president putin the top item on his agenda will be ukraine and president obama will once again use this occasion to reinforce to president putin the importance of russia keeping the
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commitment they made in the context of the agreements. this is a message that president putin has heard from some of our european allies that have raised concerns with the way that combined russians have produced produced -- reduce forces in the eastern ukraine, continue to destabilize that country and they continue to receive important military support from the russian government. that is a clear violation of the territorial integrity of that sovereign nation and the impact of the coordinated action of the united states and our allies on russia as a result of those at two goodies are not insignificant. they have contributed to a
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significant weakening of the russian economy over the last couple of years since the sanctions were put in place. the imf projects russia's economy will contract three to 4% this year and will stay in a recession next year. the russian economy in 2013 was measured at 18 the size of the united states the ninth largest economy in the world. in 2015 the russian economy is 1/16th of the size of the u.s. economy and is now just the 15th largest economy in the world, one rung below spain on the ladder. the russians since the start of the crisis in eastern ukraine has lost $150 billion in reserves and both s&p and moody's downgraded russia's credit rating to junk status so it is clear that russia's international isolation and their continued refusal to abide by basic international norms
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particularly when it comes to these combined russian forces has taken a significant toll on their economy and this will be at the top of the presidents agenda when the two presidents sit down. >> everything you listed there they are not exactly changing their behavior in ukraine and bollettieri personnel into serious so as it relates to syria you don't know what he's doing there when the president meets with putin privately. what is his message going to be and where does he stand in terms of military cooperation on syria lacks. >> in this regard the present private message will be similar to the message he can deliver publicly which is president obama will make it clear once again that russia doubling down on their support for the assad regime is a losing bet. they likely consequence is that they likely consequence is that it a way to deepen and expand
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the ongoing crisis in the country. that doesn't serve the interest of either the russian people or the american people. president obama will encourage president putin to consider is contributions to the ongoing counter isil efforts. there are more than 60 nations that are involved in implementing a strategy to degrade and totally destroy isil and we would like to see the russians make a constructive contribution to the ongoing effort. i would just note that these kinds of concerns about russia's stepped-up military involvement in syria are not at all inconsistent with some of the concerns i know prime minister netanyahu had the opportunity to raise when he traveled to moscow i believe was earlier this week. >> do you worry or was it considered at all that by having this much more formal way than some of the sideline
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conversations they have had in the last year or two that your argument that you are isolating putin on the world stage? >> know, will you do raise an important point about the time its last been since the two leaders sat down in a formal way there've been a couple of conversations around the present last spoke to president putin in july to discuss the completion of the p5 is one agreement with iran. in the context of that called the president rightfully acknowledge the constructive way that russia anticipated and most multilateral talks. they had spoken a month earlier than that in june to discuss the situation in ukraine and they had face-to-face interactions last fall i believe at the g20 and aipac but this is the first opportunity the leaders will of had to sit down in a formal way
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to discuss some of these issues and look president putin requested the meeting and i think at this point considering the significant concerns that i have just raised i think it makes sense for president obama to sit down this counterpart and see if you can get greater clarity about russia's intentions inside of ukraine and whether or not they are going to begin to take steps to abide by the commitments they have made but failed to live up in the context of ukraine and whether or not they are willing to at least consider president obama's advice when it comes to reinforcing the military support >> were you not concerned that he is requesting giving a photo op portion of it i assumed that you are weakening this isolation aspect? >> not at all. the fact is i chronicled the
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toll that russia's international isolation has on the domestic economy over there and that's not going to change because of one in person conversation. a meeting like this does have the potential for giving united states greater insight into exactly what russia's intentions are. that insight is not like you to be cleaned on one conversation but it could potentially lay the groundwork for better coordination. i think that remains to be seen but it's a proposition worth te. >> emphasizing her marks the president putin requested a meeting. i'm wondering if a long period of time between the two leaders meeting whether president putin had requested other meetings at the white house and president turndown? >> i probably won't chronicled the meetings that didn't occur but i would note that in the
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june call that the president place to discuss ukraine with president putin we noted that was also a telephone call that president putin had requested so it is clear that he's interested in the attention of the leader of the united states of america and given the lengthy list of concerns we have about russia's international hotspots a face-to-face sitdown seems appropriate. >> there's about a week ago before potential government shutdown. i wonder if you could update us on what efforts the white house is making in the past day or so? is there something the white house is doing to move things along? >> i can't detail all the
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conversations that took place between the white house and capitol hill but i can confirm for you that there have been conversations between white house officials and members of congress on capitol hill to discuss the need to avoid a government shutdown and to ensure that the sequester is not locked down and bears eventual bipartisan agreement around an effort to adequately fund both our national security and economic priorities. >> lastly i'm wondering whether the white house is worried or concerned at all with the optics of the popes visit overshadowing the visit tomorrow? are you worried about that having an impact on the diplomatic goals that he hoped to achieve? >> i have not heard anybody raise that concern. i think the sense is that this is a week that we have all
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identified as being one filled with a lot of intensive diplomacy and that includes not just welcoming the pope to the white house or hosting president she for a state dinner but important work that may be done in the context of our nation's general assembly and in each of those meetings the president will be considering how the united states can continue to use their international influence to advance our interests around the globe and ample opportunity over the course of this afternoon but also tomorrow in the context of the formal visit to discuss what interest the united states and china share in common and how talks can be productive even on those issues where that might be characterized by what you could describe as competition. >> josh thank you.
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talking about president xi's visit there's a sense of coming together on cybersecurity. can you update us on that effort given they will in fact be having dinner tonight? >> tonight's dinner is essentially the same kind of engagement that was planned when president obama visited china last fall. you will recall that china hosted aipac, the apec conference where they travel to beijing for a set of meetings. at the end of aipac president obama remained in china for another day or two to engage in a series of meetings with this counterpart and he kicked off a series of bilateral meetings with a private dinner that president xi hosted for him and beijing. i know the president found that in person interaction where
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outside of the glare of the lights and away from the formality and pomp and circumstance. to be pretty insightful and i think the president despite the language barrier and some obvious stylistic differences the president found that to be a useful format for talking about issues that were important to both leaders into both countries and so the idea here is to try to reciprocate that kind of, to reciprocate that invitation with one of his own and so the president obama and president xi will be having dinner tonight. there will be some other senior u.s. officials there and some other chinese officials there but not very many and i wouldn't
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anticipate a readout at this point although the two leaders will do a news conference tomorrow in maybe one of you will choose to ask the president about their private meal. but our hope is it can be a good way to begin what will eventually be a daylong set of meetings to try to advance the interest of the united states. >> the ultimate deal is to get a deal and cybersecurity and has a reached a deal? >> certainly there is no agreement unprepared to talk about at this point that we have made clear to the chinese publicly and privately that issues related to cybersecurity and our concerns with china's conduct in cyberspace will feature prominently on the agenda and that will start tonight at the dinner. i think it is clear and i've said this before, president xi a couple of weeks ago dispatched a senior chinese official,
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secretary mong to travel to the united states and meet with a variety of u.s. officials including and law enforcement, the intelligence committee and here at the white house specifically to address the concerns we have raised related to cybersecurity. >> president xi made some comments saying quote the chinese government will not and a -- of attacking gets government networks claims that must be punished in accordance with the law and i would wonder what whether president makes up those comments. does he feel that president xi is someone we can trust and does he trust that he will stick to the chinese will stick to it? >> this will be a situation where we will pay particular attention to china's behavior and their conduct. we put more stock in their actions than their words but obviously those kinds of comments are at least consistent with what we have urged the
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chinese to do when it comes to their policies but again it's certainly not going to eliminate the concerns that we have and it certainly is not going to reduce the priority that we place on trying to make progress on these issues in the context of the meetings that are coming up in the next 36 hours. >> the e.u. summit seems to be devolving. is there more that the united states can and should be doing to help with this crisis and is there any conversation about increasing the number of syrian refugees? >> at this point there is -- well let's go back to what we said a couple of weeks ago. we did make it clear that the united states based on a decision made by the president is prepared to accept at least 10,000 refugees in the next fiscal year and that reflects
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the significant scaling up of our response and you have heard announcements over the course of this week from secretary kerry indicating that the overall level or overall number of refugees that we tried to move through the process and bring to the united states will increase both in the next fiscal year and the one after that. >> right now seems like the urgency is there. why not increase the number of? >> there is assange of urgency and that's why early this week announced the united states would be committing more than $400 million in additional humanitarian assistance in this ongoing effort and as long as we are talking about the most effective way to meet the urgent need of those syrians who are in such a desperate situation beefing up that humanitarian response is the most effective way to meet those needs in the near-term. certainly over the longer-term we are going to need to see a couple of things.
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the first is a continued commitment on the part of the european nations to confront the challenges they face together and not just rely on contributions and generosity from one or two countries on the continent. ultimately the situation will only be resolved when we can affect the kinds of political transitions inside of syria that are long overdue. >> josh thanks. i want to ask about the president's morning. did he get a chance to see the pope's speech and his remarks on capitol hill and what did he think? >> the president did get an opportunity to see at least part of pope francis is remarks to congress today. i didn't get to talk to him about a specific reaction but i know that he would have been struck by the kind of message that pope francis had to deliver not just to the leaders of this country but to the citizens of this country and pope francis made the appropriate observation i believe that it's important
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for united states to live up to the high standard that we have set for ourselves and that was met by those who came before us. you cite the examples of people like dr. king and president lincoln for the role that they played in shaping our country and the values of the leaders of this country. i thought it was a powerful speech. >> i will also ask you about china. isn't the white house' sense that china is helping russia economically and in doing so blunting any potential punishment for example economically? you listed a number of ways that the u.s. economically has been able to sanction the russians for their misbehavior in places like ukraine and it seems like china might be hurting them off the bat -- a bit. is that your sense and if so what do you think about china's
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respect for the wishes of the international community that the russians be punished for what they have done in ukraine? >> i'm certainly no expert on relations between russia and china and i did make note in her last month or so ago there was an energy contract between russia and senate that would have yielded a tent economic benefit for russia that was canceled so to the extent that there is any operation is that's ongoing it certainly doesn't seem to have been flawless and again to the extent there may have been efforts by the chinese to strengthen the russian economy based on the statistics i read earlier it does appear that their efforts were particularly successful. the fact is russia's isolated in their economy has taken a hit as a result of it. as julie pointed out rightly and we have admitted this on previous occasions has not yet resulted in the change in behavior that we would like to see from the russians they continue to offer support to these combines russian separatist forces inside of
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eastern ukraine and that continues to be a source of concern not just to the united states but in particular to france and germany. ultimately what we would like to see his russia live up to the commitments they made in the context of the agreements and the president has been clear since the first day that the sanctions were imposed at the united states would be prepared to offer relief from most sanctions as soon as there is evidence that russia was actually following through on what they said they were going to do. we have not seen that so far and that's why those sanctions are in place and that is contributing to the kind of economic weakness that we are seeing in russia right now. >> is there any way to further drive down the value of the oil at least domestically in terms of international supply to further weaken the russian economy? ..
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i want to ask you about the intelligent assessments and you talked about previously.
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if you're getting bad information, if you can't rely on it how can you make good decisions. how concerned is is the president that some of the assessments of not just iraq but syria in particular has been faulty. >> as that story pointed out there is an ongoing independent review of some of these intelligence issues. what i have said, it goes to the point you have just made the president seeks accurate, up-to-date, timely, robust information about what is happening on the ground in places like iraq and in syria. the kind of decisions he needs to make are more effective when they are informed by accurate,
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timely intelligence. the president is deeply appreciative of the work of our intelligence agency and the intelligence community for the work they have done to try to bring that information to him and to provide the key analysis he relies on every day. there should be no doubt of the appreciation he has of our intelligence officials, but also the kind of task he sets before that to bring for the most accurate, timely information. that information yields the conclusion. even if it is bad news, the president wants to know about it so he can confront it and figure out how to adjust our policy and benefiting from the desired effect. >> what would be the result of the investigation revealed a person did try to shade or, cook the books.
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>> i don't want to comment on the specific investigation or what could potentially rise from it. it is an internal matter. the president holds intelligence community to a very high standards because of the importance of their work. i can also say that the work that is done by the intelligence community is work president deeply appreciates. >> could you describe for us what the administration would accept in terms of. [inaudible] >> what the administration, what the president has make clear is that he believes it is important for congress to take action before september 30 to avoid a shutdown. he has make clear he does not want to see the congress passed legislation that includes
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ideological writers, like the one included in the senate bill. that is why he would be clearer to veto this one. the president has also said the only way we are going to resolve this budget disagreement that exist is for republicans and democrats to sit down together and to resolve it. [inaudible] >> it certainly could be. we have in the last week or so made clear the president would be willing to sign a cr that does not include ideological writers for a relatively short period of time. to allow members of congress to come together to try to reach a bipartisan agreement.
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the reason that we would not like to see a cr for a long of time is that it would have the effect of locking in a sequester which would badly underfund our security priorities and economic priorities. the president has indicated he would tolerate that for a short period of time. >> the negotiations have not really gelled in any way i can tell, it could take a few weeks. >> it has not gelled how we can tell either. >> it could take a couple of weeks, a month? >> i don't want to set a deadline at this point. what we have make clear is we are not looking at locking in the sequester. we'll we be willing to agree to a short-term extension of funding levels in order for congress to reach an agreement not to lock into sequester. >> are you setting preconditions
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your question marks. >> we are interested in the kind of agreement that would ensure the national security would be adequately funding. >> if the president would not sign a cr and engage in negotiation then would lift the sequester, or in some ways give more room for other methods that the current sequester allows. >> i am not prepared to offer up any ultimatum from the podium today. it is just the outlines of what we have established. preventing a shutdown, shutdown, adequately funding our security and economic priorities, making sure this is not clouded by ideological writers. the good news with all of that is those are broad outlines. i do think there is broad partisan agreement with that
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that generally supports that stuff. i would concede the details of these things. that is why the president would be willing to sign a short-term cr to give congress the opportunity to work through the details and arrive at a bipartisan budget agreement, that would not be perfect in the eyes of anybody but would fulfill those aspects that people agree is important. >> you said the notion of russia doubling down and want to obtain clarity for what they're doing there. sounds like you have are ready decided what they are doing there. doubling doubling down. i'm trying to reconcile those. >> what we have acknowledged is - i think what people have said is the fact that russia is committing these additional military resources into syria,
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is an indication they are going to do more of what they are already doing. what we have said is there continues to be the potential for russia to not do that and actually find a way to use military forces inside syria and other places to constructively contribute to the ongoing efforts of the counter isis coalition. >> with their be military there to influence the new government and play a role on the ground that the united states can play. >> the other observation we have made is russia is growing increasingly concerned about the fact their sole remaining states in the middle east is descending further into chaos. the autocratic leader they have propped up in that country for a number of years now is on a downward trajectory, you might
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say. they might be concerned the investment they have made over the years is something they are not prepared to lose. they are scrambling to try to shore up that investment, they could be doing that with an eye toward the future, there is no denying that. i would quibble with the suggestion that they are doing that from a position of strength. these kind of decisions are decisions being made because their hand is being forced and because they are concerned of ultimately losing. >> it was suggested this week that administration draw a sharp distinction between espionage and the private world and private companies been infiltrated by state or nonstate actors.
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is that true question mark. >> you have heard this distinction before there is a that if you're expecting espionage. >> i don't think we would characterize one is not bad or worse than the other. i think we would would want the chinese to do is to acknowledge the difference between the two. >> we certainly recognize the difference between the two. we have raise significant public concerns that have been echoed in private conversations about the continued government enabled
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cyber that is used for financial advantage by a bunch of chinese companies. this is a concerned concerned we have raise many times with them. it even resulted in some people being indicted. >> what you're trying to get at in terms of an arms control agreement of cyber, is the priority on the private side and less on the espionage sigh? because as something you're going to do no matter what? >> i think what you could - i would say we would are concerned by all of china cyberspace. the concerns we have raised most loudly are those concerns centered around government enabled cyber theft for financial gain. this is something china has been engaged in for quite some time. it time. it has drawn significant rebukes from the administration.
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these are concerns that pres. obama has raised directly with his counterpart. yet the possibility of sanctions against any country that engages in this kind of behavior, or benefits from it is continues to be at the presidents disposal. >> how do you think pope francis has changed today on immigration? >> i think it remains to be seen. i think the outline of the debate is quite clear based on the degree to which we have engaged in the state the last couple of years. it is quite clear right now there is strong bipartisan support across the country for comprehensive immigration reform because of the kind of economic and fiscal benefit that is associated. to say nothing of the moral component. that is why you have seen leaders in the catholic church, other religious leaders across
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the country, business interest, law-enforcement leaders, all come forward in support of a comprehensive common sense approach to immigration reform. that kind of support will effectively mobilize to advance legislation in a bipartisan fashion through the united states senate in 2013. that bipartisan support across the country mobilize what we believed would have been a majority of votes in the united states house of representatives, have that legislation not been blocked by republicans in the house. we have lamented this outcome for quite some time now. the president was not satisfied with just lamenting the outcome, he was determined to act. he set out to initiate a whole series of executive issues to do it he could do to address the faults in the system.
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we have never view that as a substitute for legislative action. in fact the president has promised that he would repeal all of his executive actions if congress were to take action. ultimately- >> is there possibility this could resurface before the president's time is up? >> the presidents commitment to this issue has not wayne. his commitment has strengthened. i think the person who needs to answer this question is the speaker of the house. >> during the speech he called for the abolition of the death penalty. with the president like to see the death penalty abolished in this country? >> you have heard the president speak about this a couple of times. in the context of answering this
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question, the pf answering this question, the president has noted his concerns with the way the death penalty has been applied. there has been data to indicate there may be some racial disparities associated with the death penalty. their concerns raised by some charitable organizations that have taken up the cause of those on death row who have mobilized enough evidence to actually have those individuals exonerated. serious questions raised about those who have already been put to death. certainly those type of results are troubling. i think it is fair to say the president use are influenced by statements that are made by the pope most recently.
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and also by the catholic bishops, pre evously. i don't have a new policy position on that. >> on china, do you know where that data is being improperly used at this point? >> for that question i would refer you to the department of homeland security. let me check check on that. i have not heard that. >> let me see if i can follow up with you on which government agency may be able to answer that. >> the pope visited the sisters yesterday evening, did did the white house take that as a message from the pope about the difference the catholic church has with the administration has over this contraceptive mandate.
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it seemed to be intended as a message set up is that how it was perceived? >> you would have to talk to the vatican about what was intended by the visit. as it relates to the specific case that was brought to the courts by this particular organization. i believe now seven appellate courts have considered the steps the administration has taken to both protect access to health care for women, while also protecting other religious liberty of the members of this
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faithful oitaanization. seven of those courts have found that our efforts to strike that balance between access to healthcare and religious liberty was effectively reach. there is one appellate court that concluded it had not. it may mean there will end up being additional legal action in this area. i think if anything, in this particular case it does illustrate the length this administration is going to protect those live or tease while protecting access to health care that millions of women rely upon. >> were talking about the white house and to fund the government till the end of the year. [inaudible] >> i wouldn't at this point prejudge what that length would be. as major pointed out, you have
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mark spirits covering this issue than i do, sometimes it can take a little while for the differences when it comes to the budget to be resolved. >> but he would be willing to accept us short-term results. >> i think what he would be willing to do is join the democrats and republicans on capitol hill that would prevent a government shutdown while also providing congress time to come up with an adequate funding for economic and national security. >> the president spoke - >> the president does have on occasion the opportunity to speak with the republican leaders in congress. we don't read out every single conversation that occurs between those two leaders.
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occasionally we have found it more productive for those conversations to be kept confidential. certainly, the expectation we have is that speaker been her and mcconnell will engage in conversations with democratic leaders in congress. ultimately is the responsibilit@ of congress to pass the budget. both weiner and mcconnell have responsibility. it has not yielded legislation on the president's desk. they will need to confront the issues with democrats in congress before any legislation will arrive at the president's desk. we. we have encourage them to do it. we have also made fair to contribute to those conversations so when a bipartisan agreement is able to be reached.
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>> did he say why question works. >> i would refer that's why president put in would want to meet with president obama. i think president obama. >> he has been forthright in saying with the meeting a meeting would happen and now the only one to tell us when it would take place is the president reluctant, it seems like he has been more forthcoming in talking about it. >> i think the russians are more
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desperate. i thima. it is fair for you to say that based on the repeated request we have seen from the russians, they are quite interested in having a conversation with president obama and after what i would acknowledge, is some careful consideration on rn. the president did make a decision on our and that it was worth it, at this point, to engage with putin in a face-to-face meeting to see if the interest in the united states could be advanced. this is been a hallmark to try to aould beance conversation ane hope that those conversations would help our interest. in this case it appears that president nt ptin is convinced that his position would benefit
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from a conversation with pres. obama. if that is the casdge hopefully we'll be able to find some common ground and have the conversations that would result in aould beancing our mutual interest. look, we're also quite aware and i thima. one of the reasons an offer like this is something that receives a lot of deliberation is that we have not seen the r the rusians be particularly willing to live up to what they agree to. there are number of times where nt ptin has set down with other people to discuss r the rusia's action in ukraine, in the context of those conversations he rssian has made aess ny agber of commitments of their ongoing support of combined russia's separatists in the eastern diraine. he rssia had not been willing to follow through with those commitments. that would explain weac an offer
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with pres. putin to meet with president obama is one that is carefully considered and deliberated upon before decided. >> what has changed so that you feel this is a productive time to meet? >> we have talked before that there have been some engagements between obama and putin. a couple on the phone this summer. a couple in person last fall. i don't know that i can point to a specific thing that has changed. i thima. thima. the president and his team have concluded that there is the potential for something constructive to come out of a meeting between the r the rusian
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president and pres. obama. it doesn't mean there'll be a major announcement out of the meeting, in fact i would be surprised if there is. couldn't lay the groundwork for some more constrthe ptive conversations and more e withective cooperation between the two countries? that possibility does exist. president nt ptin himself says,r he claims to share the goals of our coalition. if that is the re then it seems it shouldn't be too hard to convince him to contribute to our ongoing efforts. we'll have to see what pres. nt ptin is willing to commit to and if he makes any commitments and is willing to follow through on it. in uiscaine he has not been willing to do that. >> how much is syria a factoring point? >> we are aware as we have disc the rused here of the concs of russians behavior inside of syria and the president has spoken publicly about how r thea doubling down, we are certainly
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mindful that is on the agenda. it is not what the president believes is the most pressing >> you just mentioned two indi evduals with you uiscaine is david cameron in the mix? sanctions before he meets with nt ptin. >> i certainly would not rule out any conversations. in fact if you stick around today we may have a little news in that regard. there you go. i think this sort of reflects the kind of international consensus there is r the rusia
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beha evor inside your crane. and concerns of russia's intent when it comes to the use of their military inside of sainia. he rssia is operating from a position of weakness. they have taken steps that we believdge in both sitcintions ae counterproductive when it comes to both their own interests and the broader comesunity interest. we believe it is an russians interest to secure those, instead they have plotted them for more than a year now. that has been a source of some concern on the part of the united states and the allies. we have taken a toll on isolated russia. >> earlier you said mr. putin wants to be involved with sainia
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it is been that way for some time now. >> there's also influence and desire in that era in egypt, do you thima. m al putin has been abides from other countries as well? >> when you have been reduced to the 15th largest economy in the world it means you are going to have to be very judicious about how you choose to invest your resources. it means pres. putin will have to choose wisely as he considers how to account for some of the
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weakness and r the rusinses intt in some of these other locations. i certainly wouldn't rule out that he may choose other venues. his inability inability to do that could be constrained by russia's international sitcintin and their declining econoyou h. >> .. of
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significant concern. this is something that president obama has raised with the chinese president in previous meetings between the two. and these are concerns the president obama raised with the predecessor. they are long-running concerns. they are concerns that have been priorities of the business community. they recognize that some of this behavior has had an impact on their ability to do business around the world and inside china. the president made the observation and many times he would attend the meeting like a business table or a private meeting here at the white house
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where business officials would get exercised about the conditions inside of china and the impact it is having on their company. but yet they have also been reluctant to have the united states aggressively press their case on their behalf because they are worried about either some sort of retribution. so the president was clear about that. overall, though, this is an issue that will rate highly on the agenda when the president is here to meet with president obama. what is here is that it is clear
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china now understand how seri s seriously we take this issue and how serious we are to get them to address it. [inaudible question] >> i don't want to prejudge any of their conversations. you are right. we have not publically made any pronouncements about who may have been responsible for that particular incident. the work of our investigators continues. there are some conclusions that they have drawn that have been aired publically but nothing that we have made a pronouncement about at this point. so, i would not want to prejudge whether or not an incident like that would come up in a context
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of a private conversation between the two presidents but the broader issue certainly will. >> there were reports the u.s. and russia have reached an agreement on how to end the crisis in syria. saying there has been a change in the west's position. any truth to that? any sort of agreement? >> i have not seen that report. but the way you described it i would not put a lot of stock in it. >> any change in the united states' position? >> not that i am aware of. angela, you had your hand up? >> your emphasis on the publically opec and is naming china a perpetrator of that going to be on the table? >> i would not speculate to the
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conclusion of what our investigators will find. it is too early to speculate on if we would publically implicate china in that matter. we have made it clear our concern about china and cyber space. there are a range of tools at the president's disposal for responding to those concerns. and we do continue to believe that just having some of those tools on the table including possible financial sanction have been affective in serving as a deterant and in advancing our interest. as for anything that could come up in the context of the meeting
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i don't have anything to guess. >> let's go back to russia. it was reported that they plan to talk about syria if there is time. >> there will be time. >> does that cause a tense meeting? >> it might. look, i would not -- the president described his previous discussions with president putin as blunt and business like. i would not anticipate significant overt hostility but i think there is serious issues the united states and russia have to discuss. the president is not going to shy away from raising our significant concerns with russia's behavior in ukraine and other places around the world. okay? john? >> thanks, josh.
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over the course of the past few months, us-russian relations have been described as chilly, cool, strained. does president putin bear the sole responsibility for where the relations are right now between the two? >> i guess i would say it this
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last year and president putin over the last year, and they
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have been seeking to make russia the chief competitors to the united states from around the world. the president has described russia as a regional power to illustrate they have do influence in the region and are seeking to hold on to any place they may be loosing that like places in the middle east. that is a different influence than the united states. >> the united states personalizes things sometimes as it relates to president putin. so does the president. the president once said putin's stick is to look like the tough guy. once he said he did a public trial and likes to sit back and look a little bored during interviews. does that help with the us-russia relationship when you personalize things about
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president putin? >> i suspect that was in response to a question the president was asked about his personal relationship with president putin. i think the irony of your question, and i don't mean this as a criticism is there is a tendency of you all to personalize the interactions. that is the why the president -- >> doesn't have to answer in that matter, right? >> that is true. he goes to great lengths to try to answer your questions and i think that is what he was trying to do there. let me make one other observation about this. anyone who subscribed to the wall street journal may have seen the picture of the bilateral meeting between president putin and the benjamin netanyahu where they were sitting side-by-side and
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president putin was striking a now familiar pose of less than perfect posture and unbuttoned jacket, knees spread far apart, to convey a particular image. and so i guess the point is president putin doesn't seek to project this image-only when president obama is around. i think this is an image he seeks to project in a variety of international settings and did it as recently as his meeting with prime minister benjamin netanyahu this week. >> shaking up the german economy and making germany of new and depriving spending. any indication of the chancellor coming to the white house or other parts of the
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administration? >> i am not aware of any conversations between president obama and the chancellor merkal on this particular issue in the last week or so. as i mentioned earlier, the environmental protection agency takes seriously the responsibility they have to enforce the standards under the clean air act. and in the auto industry the spectation is all companies seeking to sell automobiles will comply. based on the admission from the executi executives they didn't just seek to fail to comply but sought to go around the rules. we have seen executive level changes in the company and we will see what additional steps that company decides they need to take to repair what, i think,
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could be described as damage to that company's creditability. >> thank you, josh. [inaudible question] >> well, i did not see the entirety of her remarks. but the position of the united states is quite clear. i think that chancellor is on the same passenger page. so much of the attack in syria is a result of the failed regime of assad. in order to address that problem
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and eventually deal with the chaos that isil has capitalized on, for example, to deal with the significant humanitarian crisis in the form of syrian refuges we need to address the root cause of the problem. that is why the united states has insisted a political transition inside syria needs to take place that results in assad leaving power. that will ultimately be the way to solve these problems. and you know, there will be challenges that remain as long as he does. i would not get into how we see these talks progressing. unfortunately, we haven't seen the talks progress very much as of late. that has been the source of disappointment here. but we are going to -- the united states will continue to play a role in trying to facilitate the united nations'
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led talks to start the transition that is long overdue we believe. alexis last one. >> does the president have any intention on bringing up russia with the condition of ukraine with the chinese people? >> i would not rule out that will come up. i don't think those issues are featured as the most prominent on the agenda. i think most likely to be discussed is things related to cybersecurity which has been discussed at length here. i would expect continued effort to cooperate on the issue of climate change and there may be an opportunity for greater cooperation between the companies. we are please would the commitment president xi has made.
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there is more opportunities and we welcome that. there has been greater economic challenges inside of china. volatility inside their financial market and the united states has concerns about china's reluctance to tie their currency to market rate. there are broader strategic issues i would expect to come up. the south china sea is probably one of the most prominent. and if president obama raises concerns about the chinese government's respect for basic human rights is a central value of this country and a national security priority of the united states and this president. i think he would use the series of meetings to underscore what a priority that is for the united states. thanks, everybody. we will have a news conference
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tomorrow between president obama and president xi. it will be a two and two. the plan is to do it in the rose garden weather permitting. the east room is setup for the state dinner. we will do that and get a week ahead out on paper tomorrow afternoon. 21 gun salute. pop your pop corn. >> pope francis left washington, d.c. earlier this afternoon and now heads to new york. on friday, live coverage of his remarks to the united nation's general assembly at 10 a.m. and then he attends a religious ceremony at the 9/11 museum at the world trade center starting at 11:30 a.m. eastern.
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earlier today members blocked moving forward on a ten-week continuing resolution that would have funded the government through december 11th. that resolution would have also defunded planned parenthood for one year unless that group stopped performing or funding abortions. eight republicans voted against moving forward, and one democrat, west virginia joe mansion voted in favor. barbara boxer was the only senator not voting. follow the senate live on c-span2 when members gavel back in on friday. >> burgess everett is here to
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talk about the status of the government spending bill. the senate took its first vote on temporary spending. tell us the details of the legislation and what the result was? >> the legislation they voted on today would have funded the government through december 11th but cut off federal funding for planned parenthood and so it failed to
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disaassociate with any shutdown and and they don't want to play games. kelly ayot came to the floor to blast the tactic from ted cruz that would whisk the shutdown of planned parenthood. >> now, you wrote a little bit about what the majority leader mitch mcconnell's strategy was and moving forward what are we looking at for the cr? >> the senate is now on it will
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take a few days but it is a glide path to a clean cr that will fund the government and not touch planned parenthood. so senator mcconnell is expected to setup votes on this. on monday they will finish work on this tuesday and on thursday the government shutdowns. so on wednesday they will face do we swallow the clean cr or shutdown the government. >> let's look at the house. things are active over there. very much in motion. what has been happening is speaker boehner meeting with what is called the freedom caucus. who are they? what are they talking about behind the closed doors? >> it is a group of several doesn't dissident republicans who want the leadership and especially boehner to take a harder line on almost everything and on this in particular they threaten to vote against any spending bill that doesn't defund planned parenthood. that is the kind of choice
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boehner has to make. if he crosses them he may face a referendum on speakership but if he doesn't he is going to be blamed and his party will be blamed for a shutdown. >> what can we expect an friday? >> a clean cr that fights against planned parenthood and has anti-abortion legislation that is separate from that is my guess. if that is not going to do for a lot of freedom caucus and a significant number of republicans are going to have a hard timet voting for anything that funds planned parenthood. you will probably hear complaints and backing from boehner from people who want a more responsible path that doesn't risk a shutdown. and then you will hear next week
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that democrats are going to help boehner pass the cr to keep the government funded. tomorrow is a listening session and he is trying to figure out where everybody is. >> would he have enough support if he tried to combine with democrats on this? >> i believe he would. but it would look into his position. he has gotten a lot of criticism for having to rely on democratic votes in the past. but he wants to keep the train running and that is difficult with only republican votes. >> government funding expiring on wednesday and we will keep following you. your twitter handle is at burge burgess. we can find your writing at as well. >> yes, thank you.
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