tv Senator Bernie Sanders Campaign Rally in Cleveland CSPAN November 16, 2015 7:00pm-8:01pm EST
the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i move to proceed to calendar number 138, h.r. 2577. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: motion to proceed to the consideration of h.r. 2577, an act making appropriations for the departments of transportation and housing and urban development and so forth and for other purposes. mr. mcconnell: i send a cloture motion to the desk. the presiding officer: the clerk will report the motion to invoke cloture. 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 wring to a close debate on the motion to proceed to calendar number 138, h.r. 2577, an act making appropriations for the departments of transportation and housing and urban development and so forth and for other purposes. signed by 17 senators as follows. mr. mcconnell: i ask consent the reading of the names be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask consent the mandatory quorum call under rule 22 be waived with respect to the cloture vote. the presiding officer: without objection.
mr. mcconnell: mr. president, i want to express what i know each of my colleagues feels today. we, the hundred men and women of the united states senate, send our sincere condol condolences e people of france. across america, the american people send condolences to the victims, the families and to the first responders. we understand the pain and the loss that accompany a terrorist attack. some feel it in the most personal way. some never come home. but others share in the loss. in our case, many shared in the response and the recovery as well n. a dark hour, we were reminded of the things that bound us together. i hope you will feel something
similar take hold in your terrible hour as well. we've already seen rays of light begin to shine through the darkness. we saw it even last friday. then, as paris reeled, a soft hum emanated from a tunnel. march, came the echo in french, march on. enemies in history and rivals on the soccer, had united around a common humanity. dazed, disoriented but alive, french and german fans marched through the tunnels together. some put defiance to verse. against us, they sang, tyranny hath unfurled its bloody banner. and, indeed, that night it had. a song sung so many times before came alive with new meaning that horrible night. many knew it as the france national anthem. but that night it became an aria
for their sorrow and an ode to their fraternity. we heard it here from an ocean away. we add our voices to the harmony now. we know that these attacks were directed not just at the victims we mourn today but also at madernity and the free world. president obama has called isil the face of evil. it clearly presents a challenge to nato, to our moderate sunni allies, and to the united states. but it's also seen this it can attack innocent victims in the west, too. right where they live. these terrorists have declared their intention to do so again and again. we know that trying contain isil's conventional advance as an operational concept has proven insufficient in the face of determined terrorist attacks. but we also know something else.
with resolve and determination, isil can be defeated. it won't be easy. it won't come quickly or without cost, but we also have no other option. i look forward to engaging with president obama to determine his strategy and the tools that will be necessary to achieve it. we're looking forward to hearing the president's proposed strategy when senators are briefed by the white house later this week. whatever he does, though, i would encourage him to work cooperatively with both parties on the way forward. this is a challenge that's going to require all of our efforts to confront and it's a discussion that will be ongoing. but today is a time to remember and to reflect. we have the people of france in our thoughts today. that's true here in the senate and it's certainly true out
across our country. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the senate proceed to the consideration of s. res. 313, submitted earlier today. the presiding officer: the clerk will report. the clerk: senate resolution 313, condemning the terrorist attacks in paris. the presiding officer: is there objection to proceeding to the measure? without objection. mr. mcconnell: i ask unanimous consent the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motion to reconsider be laid upon the table with no intervening action or debate. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: now, mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that when the senate completes its business today, it adjourn until 10:00 a.m. tuesday, november 17. 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 and that the senate then observe a moment of silence for the victims of the paris attacks. further, following leader remarks, the senate be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each until 11:00 a.m. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: so if there's 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
[inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> well. cleveland in the house. [applause] greetings, cleveland, ohio greetings, cleveland, ohio and everyone who has come from every part of this great state. it is a tremendous sight to see so many of you here in the world team center at the cleveland state university.
when i say feel, you say burn. field. >> burn. >> deal. >> burn. >> po. >> burn. >> field. >> burn we are at a critical moment in our nation's history. and the fact that senator bernie sanders is answering the call to stand up for working-class folks and middle-class folks in this country to say enough is enough is enough is enough to tell those folks who are the working poor who work two and three jobs at a time and still can't make ends meet enough is enough is
enough. for young people who are settled by debt in this country, senator sanders says enough is enough is enough. [applause] too many americans in this country are being deprived of healthcare. the senator says enough is enough is enough. [applause] and for the women in this country who are being deprived of the right to control their own bodies, senator sanders says enough is enough is enough. and ladies, can i just say this, we want our whole damn dollar. enough is enough is enough. well, what about a justice system that is unjust to
african-americans and are hispanic brothers and sisters? enough is enough is enough. he will not be surprised to no that senator sanders has the racial justice plan that affirms the value of people of color and wants to do away with the types of violence that are raged against them physical, physical, political, legal, and economic, enough is enough is enough. senator sanders is running this race. he and misses sanders are running this race. the senator has four children, seven grandchildren. he wants them to inherit a world where they can live their greatest greatness. he is running this race for
your children and your children and my children and my children. enough is enough is enough. wants everybody to be able to live their measure of the american dream. he is sick and tired of an economy that is rigged. enough is enough is enough. and i'm going to tell you something, folks. senator sanders can win this race. don't listen to the pundits. he can and he will win this race. he will run this race. when i think about senator sanders, think about public service for our time. he has been doing the work of the people's entire political career. he has been steady and his commitment to folks who live in this country. he is going to get it done.
senator sanders held on his principles. he is going to get it done. so if all of us put a little extra on our ordinary, extraordinary will be able to happen in this country. i know it, and i believe it which is why i am. [applause] now, we need you all to do some very important things. each and every person in this room, you are a part of making the political revolution real command we have to get out here and make sure we register people to vote as we are out they're grown to five voting in great numbers and make it known that sen. bernie senator bernie sanders will be the next president of these united states of america. [applause]
he is a man of principle, and i i applaud the senator for taking this home. so i want to leave you with three things. i believe that this creator of this great universe has given us to hands, one to reach forward and want to reach backward. where we can ask other folks to do more for us than we are willing to do for ourselves. and lastly in the words of my grandmother who was born in 1913, my grandmother could not read or write that she could count her money. she can't put money in the southern ladies bank and trust. when i asked my grandmother what is it take to be successful in life she says, all you need either three owes, the wishbone, the jawbone, and the backbone.
the wishbone will keep you hoping and praying because hope is the motivator but the dream is the driver. he knows that the hope and the dream of every day citizens are wrapped in his leadership to push this country forward. the jawbone will give you courage to speak truth, the hottest places about. reserve for those that time of great moral crisis choose neutrality. we cannot be neutral. we will not be neutral. [applause] none of that means anything
less you have a super franchise backbone. keeps a backbone. keeps a standing through all of our trials and tribulations and in this life we will go through some stuff that you cannot have a testimony without a test. we are being tested. so it's like when you have a good workout. the burning sensation you feel is proof that you are getting stronger. that is what senator sanders is doing for our party, and that is what he is doing for this nation. he is making a stronger. if you want a democratic democratic party that is super fierce and culture committed black hispanic,
native american, asian, we must working get the vote out. we must feel the burn, cleveland. feel the burn, ohio, feel the burn america. when i say feel you say burn. feel. >> burn. >> po. >> burn. >> when i say feel, you say burn. >> feel. >> burn. >> feel. >> burn. the senator bernie sanders. [applause]
what a turn out. thank you, cleveland. well, let me begin by thanking senator nina turner more importantly sen. turner is an example of the kind of public service we need in america people who are prepared to stand up for working families and take on the powerful special interest. let me also think the senator mike indo former senator prentice and former
ohio democratic party chairman. let me also think the reverend for being with us this evening. let me begin my remarks in a somewhat somber way. in telling you what you already know, that as americans we are appalled, disgusted by the attack against the people of paris by the terrorist organization isys command i know that i speak for everyone here and everyone in our country when we send our condolences to the families who lost loved ones
in that barbaric attack, and our prayers go out for speedy recoveries for the many hundreds who were injured. now is the time for developing a serious and effective strategy to destroy isys. now is not the time to achieve political talk or trying to take political advantage of this difficult moment. now is the time as president obama is trying to unite the world in an organized campaign against isi ss by
bringing together all the countries who have common interest in defeating international terrorism, even countries that we have disagreements with. trying to bring together our european allies, france, germany, the united kingdom, and others along with russia and along with the muslim countries who are today face-to-face with isys. what we need is an international coalition, including iran and saudi arabia, jordan and kuwait, turkey, putting together this coalition is not going
to be easy given the many hostilities and disagreements the sum of these people face. that's what they are trying to do, the support their efforts. let me also say that now is not the time for demagoguery and fear mongering. [applause] if you think about it from moment you understand that's what terrorism is about, trying to instill terror and fear into the hearts of people. and we will not let that happen.
as americans we will not be terrorized. we will not live in fear. and i do have to tell you that i am disturbed by some of what i'm hearing from my republican colleagues command i will just say this , during these difficult times as americans we will not succumb to racism. [applause] we will not allow ourselves to the divided and succumb to islamic phobia. [applause]
and when hundreds of thousands of people have lost everything, have nothing left but the shirts on the back, we will not turn our backs on the refugees from syria. [applause] we will do what we do best command that is be american fighting racism, fighting xenophobia command fighting fear. most importantly we will learn the lessons of history yesterday the chairman of
the republican national committee stated, and i quote, never before have i seen an american president, meaning president obama, projects such weakness on the global stage. well, as many of you will remember back in 2,002 had a president, president bush. you remember president bush. [applause] we had a president, and he was very, very tough, but not very smart. [applause] the end it cheney and a lot
of them, they said we should invade iraq. we should do it virtually alone. the result was 6,700 brave men and women from our country dead, hundreds of thousands of our best young people coming home with injuries, physical and emotional. many, many hundreds of thousands of iraqis dead and wounded. huge instability in the region command we are paying the price today for that instability and that chaos.
let me say something else. including many republicans, some of the media who think that because of this horrific attack that the only thing that we should focus on his defeating isi s. we will lead the world in defeating isys, but at the same time we will rebuild the disappearing middle class of this country. [applause] we are a great nation, and
we can accomplish both goals. let me say a word about the campaign that we are waging. you know, about six months ago we began this campaign with no money, no organization, and very few people in ohio and arrest of the country knew who bernie sanders was. we have come a long way in six and a half months.
we have brought out all over 300,000 people to rally like this all over america. we have hundreds of thousands of volunteers and every state in this country. and when the pundits and the experts, you know, you can't run a serious political campaign without a super pack, without raising money from corporations, we are doing it without a super pack.
very proud to tell you that as of today we have approximately 800,000 americans who have made individual contributions to our campaign. that is more contributions than any campaign in the history of america at this.in campaign. our campaign is a people campaign. we don't want wall street money. we don't want corporate money. we don't need billionaire money. we will when this on our
at a time when wall street and corporate america and large campaign donors have so much power, people instinctively understand that no president, not bernie sanders or anyone else can alone solve enormous problems that we face. what this campaign is about is not just electing a president. it is creating a political revolution. [applause] >> what that means is quite
complicated. in the last election a year ago 53 percent of the american people didn't vote. 80 percent of young people didn't vote. vast majority of low income working people didn't vote. our job, and it is not an easy job, to reach out to tens of millions of americans who are working in many cases longer hours for lower wages, sometimes they can't afford there kids, afford to send there kids to college, our job is to reach out, to bring people together, black and white, hispanic, asian american, ganz straight. men and women and people
born in this country, people who emigrated to this country because that when we allowed to divide we lose. let me fit together there is nothing we cannot accomplish that is what this campaign is about. [applause] we are the vast majority of the people in this country, and when we come together we can defeat the people with all of the money and with all of the power.
now, i have been all over this country and given a lot of speeches, and one of the best complements that i have received came from a guy that i think was out of the west coast. you know, what i like about you is your treating us like we are intelligent people. in other words, what this campaign is about is not fancy gimmicks and me telling you all kind of jokes. can't do that without much of a sense of humor. i'm not going to your beautiful family and grandchildren. what i will tell you is simply lay on the table the most serious issues that they face our country.
democracy is not with the media thinks it is, not a baseball game, does not not matter what the polls are, how much money race. democracy is about a simply talking about the issues we face. respectfully arguing about those issues and coming together to resolve those problems. remember, every problem that we face was caused by human decisions. every problem that we face can be overcome by better decisions. [applause] now, let me start off by talking about an issue that i have been talking about
for a very long time command i am happy that now we are beginning to see more and more people discuss it, and that is the issue of the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that exists in america today. we have got to put that issue right on the table. plain and simple in the united states today we have more income and wealth inequality than almost any major country on earth, and it is worse today than at any time since 1928. okay. this is the extent of the problem. one 10th of 1 percent owns
almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. more wealth than the bottom 40 percent today in america in the last two years the 14 wealthiest people in this country have seen their wealth increase by a hundred and 56 billion dollars, more wealth and is owned entirety in ohio, and vermont, all across this country command i see it as i travel, you
got people who are not working one job for 40 hours , they are working two jobs, maybe three jobs. husbands are working, wires are working, kids are working all trying to cobble together the income that they need to sustain the family to buy healthcare, but guess the car, said the electric the. yet today and america 58 percent of all new income , 58 percent is going to the top 1 percent. [applause] so what this campaign is about simply stated millionaires and billionaires. [applause]
and this campaign is sending a simple and straightforward message to the billionaire class. and that is, in america that billionaire class will not have it all. [applause] they will not get huge tax breaks while children in america go hungry. they will not continue sending our jobs to china when millions of people are
in desperate need for good paying work here in america. [applause] they will not give, continue to give huge compensation packages to the ceos of large corporations when they cut the wages in the pensions and the healthcare. and let me just recognize some of our teamster friends who are here right here tonight. [applause] all over this country, all over this country a promise that was made to tens of thousands of workers in
and you know something our republican friends suffer from a very serious illness: the ship. they forget. if any of my republican friends are listening, try to overcome the ignition, let me remind you of where we were some years ago. my republican friends say we are only growing two, 250,000 jobs a month, not enough. they are right. then lose 800,000 jobs a month.
[applause] my republican colleagues against suffering from this very serious illness amnesia and that is serious problem. but they forgot that when bush left office we had a record-breaking $1.4 trillion deficit. we cut that by two thirds. by the way, when bush left office etiquette and international system was on the verge of collapse. just in passing we might want to mention that. so, the truth is, we have
made significant progress in the last seven years against unprecedented republican obstructionism, but there is another truth that we have got to layout, this is a harder truth. and that is for the last 40 years on the democratic president and republican president the great middle class of our country, once the end the of the entire world has, in fact, been disappearing. despite exploding technology and increased worker productivity, median family income today is almost $4,000 less than it was in 1999 and in
inflation-adjusted dollars. we have millions of people, men and workers comment and women who are earning less money than was the case 30 or 40 years ago. that is the reality. so the question that all of us have got to ask ourselves is, how does it happen that when workers are producing more because of exploding technology they are earning less and working longer hours. that is a question we are going to answer. every month us government issues unemployment.
what you don't see is that if you add to that 5 percent people who have given up looking for work were people who are working part-time when they want to work full-time, real unemployment is close to 10 percent. and here is something else that we virtually never discuss. that is the tragedy of youth unemployment in this country. i have some economists a couple of months ago to do a study for me. this isthis is what they found, and listen to this because it is really pretty significant. what they found is that for high school graduates,
graduates, not dropouts. between the ages of 17 and 20 real unemployment and underemployment is 33 percent. 51 percent. why is this so significant? what the kids want? graduate high school, they want to stand up on their own two feet, get out of the house and start earning some money. theymoney. they want to become independent, start a career, become adults. but when half of the african-american kids in this country and in cities like cleveland are some may even be higher, when kids in this country are unable to stand on their own 2 feet
and get out and get a decent job that things began to happen. and if anybody here thinks, if anybody here thinks there is not a direct correlation between outrageously high youth unemployment and the fact that we as a nation have more people in jail than any other country on earth you would be mistaken. what we tell you -- let me tell you what i think is the most common sense ideal that is out there, and that is instead of investing in jails and incarceration, maybe we should invest in jobs and education. [applause]
there is -- a set of spending $80 billion a year locking people up one we take a fraction of that and use it to create jobs for young people so they hunt hanging out on street corners. let me tell you something that you all no that calls for a heck ofa heck of a lot less money to send somebody to the university of ohio and put them in jail.
country you have people working longer hours for lower wages and there working at wages that do not sustain themselves. in vermont and in ohio they're are people who are working 40 hours a week and then they have to go to the food shelf in order to get food to feed their families. the truth is, wages in america are too damn low. the minimum wage of seven and a quarter in our is a starvation wage. and together we are going to raise to a living wage, 15
sexism, not acceptable. let me say a word about family values now, you have heard many republicans expressing deep, deep concern about families, especially very wealthy families might contribute to the campaign. but they are very passionate about family values. and everyone here knows what they need by family values. what they mean is that no woman in america should have the right to control her own body.
week or two after giving birth from her baby. that is not a family value. [applause] [applause] it is not a family value to tell a woman that she has to go back to work in order to earn the necessary income she needs to sustain that family, because there is no additional income coming in and here's the good news. the good news is that in the congress and the senate and in the house there is a very strong piece of legislation, the family and medical leave act. we have got 19 sponsors and the senate introduced, senator gillibrand in the house we have over 100 introduced by congresswoman rosa pallone and what this legislation says and