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the congressional black caucus held a ceremonial swearing-in. cedric richmond succeeds gm k. butterfield as the chair of the caucus. it's the largest congressal back caucus ever with 49 members. this is abouted 0 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, the congressional black caucus corporation proudly welcomes you to the swearing in of the 115th congress. please rise for the armed forces color guard and the singing of the national anthem followed by "lift every voice and sing" by world renowned jazz vocalist stephanie jordan, accompanied by marlon and rachel jordan.
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>> halt. forward. >> halt. present colors. [silence] ♪ ♪ o say can you see by the
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dawn's early light? .. ♪ ♪ whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ through the perilous fight ♪ all the ramparts we watched ♪ were so gallantly streaming ♪ and the rockets red glare ♪ the bombs bursting in air
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♪ gave proof through the night ♪ that our flag was still there ♪ oh say does that star-spangled ♪ banner yet wave ♪ or the land of the free ♪ and the home of the ♪ brave
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♪ ♪
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♪ lift every voice ♪ and sing till earth and heaven ♪ ring ♪ ring with the harmonies of liberty ♪ ♪ let our rejoicing rise ♪ high as the listening skies
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♪ let it resound ♪ loud as the ♪ rolling see ♪ sing a song full of the faith ♪ that the dark past has taught us ♪ ♪ sing a song full of the hope ♪ that the present has brought us ♪ ♪ facing the rising sun ♪ of our new day begun
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♪ s march on ♪ till victory is one ♪ ♪ [applause]
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ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our mc louisiana state state senator troy carter. he is the first african american senator for district seven norland spread for more than 25 years, five years, his outstanding contribution to encourage community empowerment and his efforts to eradicate urban blight have established him as a trailblazer in local and state government. state senator troy carter senior [applause] >> good morning. thank you to the armed forces and the armed color guard for the presentation of the colors. give them a big round of applause. [applause] and thank you to stephanie jordan for those beautiful renditions of the national
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anthem and lift every voice and sing. did you feel it? that is a good native new orleans team. good soulful voices. give them a round of applause. stephanie jordan. distinguished guest, friends and members of the congressional black caucus, i am honored honored to serve as your mc for the ceremonial swearing-in of the congress of the congressional black caucus of the 115th congress. i. i am also honored to be here to celebrate my dear friend and fellow louisiana in congressman richman, new chair of the congressional black caucus. congressman richman is, if you know him, you know that he is real. he loves our people. he is committed to our community. he is a tireless worker.
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he doesn't have any put on's or put offs. he is as real as you can get. he is a sincere and powerful and respected leader, as one could ever ask for. you are blessed as we are blessed in louisiana, to have him as our congressman, and you are like wise blessed in the nation to have him as incoming chairman of the congressional black caucus. another round of a applause for my friend and your friend senator richmond. [applause] for more than 40 years the cbc has remained a voice for african-americans in congress. over that same period, the cbc has become a dominant force focused on social and political issues affecting african-americans worldwide.
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members of the cbc, your leadership on behalf of the african-american community, is to be commended. we are honored to pay tribute to you today. america thinks you, and the world thinks you for your outstanding leadership, not just just when the lights are on or the cameras are rolling, not just when it's easy, but in the most difficult times, the congressional black caucus and its leadership has done for americans, african-americans and all americans throughout this country and beyond. give them a big big big round of applause. [applause] we especially want to acknowledge the only founding member who continues to serve, the congressman of michigan. give him a big round of applause. [applause] i would like to also, at this time, recognize any former
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members of the cbc in the audience. any former members or founding members? give them a big round of applause. thank you for your leadership. thank you for your service. now, without further ado, it is my honor to introduce the members of the congressional black caucus of the 115th congress. in the interest of time, we ask that you please hold your applause until the introductions are made. >> representative butterfield, first district of north carolina and outgoing member of the congressional lack caucus. representative cedric richmond, incoming black caucus.
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now in order of seniority. thirteenth district of michigan, founding member. representative john lewis fifth district of georgia. delegate eleanor holmes norton, district of columbia. maxine waters, 43rd district of california. representative sanford bishop junior thomas second district of georgia. assistant democratic leader. representative hasting, 23rd district of florida. representative eddie bernice johnson, 30th district of texas. representative bobby l rush, first district of illinois.
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representative robert c scott, third district of virginia. representative benny g thompson, second district of mississippi. representative sheila jackson-lee, 18th district of texas. representative elijah e cummings, seventh district of maryland. representative danny k davis, seventh district of illinois. representative gregory w meeks, fifth district of new york. representative barbara lee, 13th district of california. representative lacy clay, first district of missouri. representative david scott, 13th district of georgia. representative emmanuel cleaver, the second, fifth district missouri.
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representative al green, ninth district of texas. representative when asked more, fourth district of wisconsin. representative yvette d clark, ninth district new york. representative keith ellison, fifth district of minnesota. representative hank johnson, fourth district of georgia. representative andre carson, seventh district of indiana, first vice chair of the congressional black congress. representative marsha l fudge, 11th district of ohio. representative karen bass, 37th district of california, second vice chair congressional black caucus. representative sewall, seventh restrict of alabama. representative frederica s wilson, 24th district of florida.
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representative donald m payne junior, tenth district of new jersey. representative joyce beatty, third district of ohio. representative hakeem jeffries, eighth district of new york. representative mark bc, 33rd district of texas. representative robert kelly of illinois. senator cory booker of new jersey. representative elma adams, 12th district of north carolina. representative brenda lawrence, fourth district of michigan. secretary congressional lack caucus. representative mia love them a fourth district of utah. they'll get stacy plaskett of virgin islands. bonnie watson coleman, 12th
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district new jersey. representative dwight evans, second district of pennsylvania. senator kamala harris of california. representative lisa blunt rochester. at large, district of delaware. representative anthony brown, fourth district of maryland. representative val demi fourth district of florida. representative al lawson, fifth district of florida. representative donald mcgeechan, fourth district of virginia. ladies and gentlemen, the congressional black caucus of the 115th congress. give them a resounding round of applause. [applause] give them a resounding round of applause. [applause] give them yet still another round of applause. [applause] when you understand what these
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people stand for, when you understand what these people do for us, when you understand how they fight for us tirelessly day in and day out, you will give them another round of applause. [applause] as the cbc of the 115th congress in berks on its critical work on behalf of the american people, they do so in faith, they do so with strength and amazing perseverance. they do so with amazing humility they do it because they truly believe it is the right thing to do. give them another round of applause. [applause] it is my privilege to present to
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you an outstanding young man, reverend steven a greene, the national director youth and college division at the naacp who will now lead us in prayer for the cbc followed by a selection from the incomparable soloists stephanie jordan. reverend green. >> let us pray, we are gathered today from across these united states of america to say thank you for the congressional black caucus of the 115th congress. thank you for the commitment of every member of this, our beloved caucus, the confidence of congress. we ask that you keep your hand on them as they guide our nation through the unannounced days ahead, the days ahead may seem
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dark and cloudy, but we are comforted in the rays of hope of our god of our weary ears and the god of our silent years. we know that it is this hope that brought us through slavery, reconstruction, jim crow, the civil rights movement and the election of president barack obama. therefore, we are confident in this hope that despite any goals of a twitter finger president-elect and his cabinet, you will give these, your servant leaders of the congressional black caucus, strength to stand. strength to stand stand in the face of adversity on behalf of the poor, for those who need healthcare and criminal justice reform and access to education and a living wage and the quality of housing. and now lord, let us go forth and stand up for democracy that unites rather than divides. let us go forth knowing that love, liberty, justice and
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justice and equality for all is the only order of the day. let us go forth understanding that the university alley of humanity far supersedes democratic or republican partisanship. let us go forth knowing that we must toil and strive for more perfect union wear black lives matter. let us go forth knowing there is a higher more power working in the universe that will throw justice down like waters. let us go forth and sing a song full of faith that the dark past has taught us. sing a song for the hope that the president has brought us facing the rising sun of our new day begun, let us go forth so victory is one. amen. [applause] >> this song was made famous by the one and only louis armstrong
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♪ ♪ i see leaves of green ♪ red roses to ♪ i see them bloom ♪ for me and for you ♪ and i think to myself ♪ what a wonderful world ♪ i see skies of blue
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♪ and clouds of white ♪ the bright blessed day ♪ the dark sacred night ♪ and i think to myself ♪ what a wonderful world ♪ the colors of the rainbow ♪ so pretty in the sky ♪ are always on the faces ♪ of people passing by ♪ i see friends shaking hands ♪ saying how do you do
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♪ but they're really saying ♪ i love you ♪ i hear babies crying ♪ and i watched them grow they will learn much more ♪ ♪ than i'll ever know ♪ and i think to myself ♪ zero ,-comma what a wonderful world ♪ ♪ oh what a wonderful world ♪ ♪
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♪ mo ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ the colors of the rainbow ♪ so pretty in the sky ♪ always on the faces ♪ of people passing by ♪ i see friends shaking hands
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♪ saying how do you do ♪ there really saying ♪ i love you ♪ i see babies cry ♪ i watch them grow ♪ they'll learn much more ♪ than i'll ever know ♪ and i think to myself ♪ oh lord what a wonderful ♪ world
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[applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the congressional lack caucus foundation president and ceo ms. washington. [applause] >> good morning. on behalf of the congressional black caucus foundation, it is my pleasure to welcome you distinguished guest, colleagues, friends and members of congress to today's ceremonial swearing-in for the members of the congressional lack caucus in the 115th congress. i would like to recognize and thank the directors and corporate advisory members for their ongoing advisement and supporting work. if i could ask all members of our board of directors and corporate advisory council to please stand and be recognized at this time. [applause] thank you.
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two outgoing cbc chairman representative butterfield, thank you for your leadership, partnership and long-standing commitment to champion issues critical to the black community and to all americans. [applause] to the new cbc chairman representative cedric richmond, think congratulations on the high honor of leading the congressional black caucus in the 115th congress. we look forward to your leadership of strengthening the critical issues facing our nation's african-americans and underserved communities. the 115th congress will have the largest cbc in history with 49 members. this means the people making decisions for all americans will
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better reflect the diversity of our nation from its inception to its present day. the cbc has used its considerable political power to elevate and expand the public policy debate on several issues impacting the black community. today's ceremony also embodies the cbc core mission, values and institutional initiatives to advance the global black community by developing leaders and forming policy and educating the public. while the cbc grows in numbers, they are remains of a lack of diversity and inclusion when it comes to senior staff placement in senate and congressional offices. they are committed to doing their part to change the landscape of capital hill and we are doing so with one of our newest initiatives emerge 535. launched in 2013 and continuing continuing over the next several years, the cbc will expand opportunities for emerging
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african-american leaders by providing 535 internships and fellowship placements in capitol hill offices and on committees. however, we will only be successful in moving this forward if we are united. the cbc remains and integral partner in the creation of the foundation's leadership development program. we know your commitment to our progress over the years would not have been possible without your courage, sacrifice and desire to help us build a platform for rising leaders and public service. in closing, i would like to extend a special thank you to our event partners for today's ceremony and especially our platinum sponsors fedex and bristol-myers squid.
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my thanks also to honda, general motors and at&t. your collective generosity and support has made this morning possible. thank you as well to the cbc staff, our distinguished program participants, my staff at the bcs and our incredible volunteers. we appreciate your commitment, enthusiasm and continued support, and know that we could not do what we do without you. the congressional black caucus is proud to hold this swearing-in of the black caucus. this recognizes our african-american members of congress who have demonstrated every day their dedication and commitment to our communities and to our nations. thank you so much for your presence here this morning and once again, congratulations to the members of the congressional black caucus and the 115th congress. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, it is now my pleasure and honor to welcome democratic leader nancy pelosi
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to give remarks and celebration of the swearing-in of the cbc. after ms. pelosi they will bring greetings followed by assistant democratic leader representative james clyburn. ladies and gentlemen, representative pelosi. >> good morning everyone. it is my honor, as we gather here today to celebrate the swearing-in of the congressional black caucus and well welcome five new members, isn't that exciting. some of them representing districts that have never been represented by an
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african-american member before. thereby increasing our numbers. to be here with our distinguished ranking members of so many committees. my message today is a little different than before because something different happened this year. this year when many of us were present when we dedicated the african-american museum, wasn't that a spectacular occasion. it was a museum about truth and truth is something that this congressional black caucus has always been about. you have heard it said over and over again that the congressional black caucus is the conscious of the congress. and indeed of the country. under leadership of mr. butterfield, great progress has been made. now we welcome a new chairman
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cedric richmond. congratulation to you and good luck to you with your leadership thank you mr. butterfield for your leadership as well. but the truth is, in the past couple of years, i don't want to be partisan here, but there has been an attempt on the part of some in the congress to block this president from appointing a justice of the supreme court, something that has never happened before. that was wrong. the constitution says the president shall nominate, the senate shall review and confirm. what has also happened is they have ignored our call to pass the voting rights act correction
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after the supreme court. we cannot let this stand. we cannot let this stand. as a strength that we have, for not just an african-american president to make an appointment or not just for voting rights to be important to the individuals who are deprived of them, but for the greatness of america, this is not just an insult as it was attended to be. it is an insult to america so the truth is, we have this great museum where we have memory, where we recognize the ability of our country to change, where we recognize the talent, the talent, the vision that our country now benefits from because we changed, that we cannot let people show up at our
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events in selma and then come home and say that's all you're going to get in terms of voting rights. we can't do that. so again, we welcome, we consider everything an opportunity. right here before our very eyes we see the intellect, the integrity, the imagination to have an impact on this congress and on this country that is for the good, it's not about democrats, it's not about republicans, it's about america. the greatness of america is affected by how they have rejected the ability of our president to appoint adjusted. how they have rejected our calls for correcting the injustice of the supreme court decision.
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it is all about justice. saint augustine, 17th century he said any government that is formed that does not promote justice is just a bunch of thieves. that's what he said, 17 centuries ago. how do we define justice. justice in the courts, social justice, economic justice, environmental justice, justice in every way. that has been the work of the congressional black caucus so it is indeed a cause for celebration when we come together to have a ceremonial swearing-in. thank you for bringing us all together and for your leadership at the foundation. thank you all for your support of the congressional black caucus and the black caucus foundation and your
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contributions in that regard, intellectual, political and every way. you are making america a greater place. congratulations my colleagues. i look forward to serving with you. thank you all for the opportunity to share some thoughts with you today. god bless you all, god bless america, god bless the congressional black caucus. [applause] now i yield to the distinguished gentleman from maryland, sandy hoyer. [applause] >> good morning. i am so honored to be included in this program. i want to thank you for your leadership of the congressional black caucus foundation. it does extraordinary work. i have had some of your interns
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in my office. what an extraordinary touching of the future the foundation makes. thank you so much. [applause] chairman butterfield, congratulations for your leadership. and for your strong voice reflecting the strong voice of the congressional black congress cedric richmond, we welcome you as the new chair of the congressional black office. a heavy responsibility and you are up to the task. we want you to keep your pitching arm in place as well. vice chair, second vice chair, secretary brenda lawrence, glenn more.
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that's a tough whip 80s and gentlemen. kemal harris, anthony brown al lawson, lisa blunt rochester and the senior member of the freshman class or maybe the junior member of the sophomore class, i'm not sure how dwight looks at his status, but i am sure he is wielding his seniority over all of you. >> when the black caucus was founded, ladies and gentlemen, there would have only been a partial first row. not the second, not the third, not the fourth and not a full
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first row. we have come a long way. i want to thank out chairman butterfield for his extraordinary service, particularly for advancing the mission of economic justice. we heard in this election, a lot of people who are hurting and have reached out for change. i congratulate incoming chair richmond on being chosen to lead the cbc at this critical and challenging juncture. today the cbc celebrates its largest caucus in history, 49 strong. not quite the percentage, but very close. forty-nine members of congress. more than 10% of the congress. about 25% of the democratic caucus.
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this congress will save serve as ranking members of key committees. strong, able, grounded voices. since its founding in 1971, it has become, as nancy pointed out and as we all referenced, the conscious of the congress. and the congress and the country need a conscience, need a strong voice for principal execution of the laws and adoption of the laws. ranking member john remembers, he was among the 13 original members at a time when some in congress wanted to close the book on the civil rights movement after passing landmark legislation of the 1960s. he can also attest that the work
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of civil rights and economic justice was far from completed and today remain so. if i were in my church today, i would say, do i hear and amen. the creation of the cbc was a powerful reminder to the congress and to the country that the civil rights movement and the efforts to secure justice and equal opportunity for all would continue to this day. very frankly, some of us believe that we had been a high point in the achievement and the proximity of that goal. but then we been at low points when that goal has been at risk. draw your conclusions as to where we are today. today we face a renewed challenge, now in the 21st century the cbc remains at the forefront of economic issues,
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justice issues and civil and human rights both at home and around the world. its members also lead when it comes to the critical work of ensuring that young people, young people of color do not have to fear for their lives when they walked down the street or have an encounter with law enforcement. the congressional black caucus is testament to the fact that black lives matter. more importantly, now than ever they are working hard to defend the value of mutual respect, that every american ought to be seen as equal, not only in the eyes of the law but in the eyes of one's fellow americans. i have been proud to work closely with the cbc over the
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years and look forward to continuing our work together in the 115 congress. congratulations. to our new members who join an extraordinary group of americans , we know that we don't all share the same color. martin luther king taught us that it's the content of our character, not the superficial color of our skin that mattered. so as john lewis calls us all brothers and sisters, brothers and sisters committed to the character of a great country, to the principles of a great declaration and the constitution which we will swear to defend this afternoon.
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stephanie jordan sang a song, i'm not sure if louis armstrong were singing that song today, not necessarily as beautifully as stephanie sang it but with great passion and feeling that he would've been as competent today as he was then that this is a beautiful world. our citizens have sent us here to make sure that their world is as beautiful as we can make it. god bless you. godspeed. thank you for your service. [applause] >> chair washington and members,
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mr. butterfield, executive committee members and members of the 114th congress, to chairman richmond and the executive committee members and my colleagues in the 115 congress, to all of our former members who are here, our former staffers, to all from other walks of life that we interact with as we try to carry out the business of the congress and our duties and responsibilities to our colleagues, to my homeboy
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jesse jackson senior and others from the civil rights community it is with great honor and significant anxiety that i welcome all of you to this occasion. joyce and tiana, someone who i quote often, once wrote, if we fail to learn the lessons of our history, we are bound to repeat them. we are here today in the hopes that all of us have learned the lessons of our history. we are here today to install new offices for the congressional
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black caucus that sit before you today in historic numbers. all of us, irrespective of what may be our current pursuit or adherence, all of us got our beginnings, our foundations in the black church. one of the underpinnings of that foundation is found in the book of matthew, the 45th verse where we are taught that we are expected to do for the least of these. but, few of us ever pay pay close attention to what was going on with the masters teachings prior to the 45th verse and that expression.
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there is a parable of the talents where we are taught by the master that all of us are given talents, some more than others. but we are taught that even if you fail to use that one talent that you may have, you lose it. each and every one of the people who sit before you bring to the 115 congress a different set of experiences and as i often say to my children and grandchildren , two of whom are here with me today, we can be no more nor will we ever be any
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less them what our experiences allow us to be. experiences that these men and women have hopefully will be used to build the foundation for our children and grandchildren. one in which they will look upon history for lessons, and hopefully not for future. [applause] >> state senator troy a carter senior. >> the swearing-in of the congressional members is a long-standing tradition that
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celebrates and signifies the start of the new congress. a passing of baton of sorts, a beginning of a new era, and speaking of passing the baton, the ceremonial oath of office will be administered by the honorable cleo fields. fields is a former member of the united states congress from 1993 until 1997, from the fourth congressional district of louisiana. congressman fields has been an incredible leader in the louisiana and in our nation. it is befitting that someone of his caliber and of his strength and his character and leadership would be here today to administer the oath of office. they do raise ladies and gentlemen, give a round of applause for the honorable cleo
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fields. >> thank you senator. with the chairman elect, the honorable please stand, along with all officers and members of the congressional black caucus for the 115th congress. all officers and members of the congressional black caucus gentle ladies and gentlemen, please raise your right hand and repeat after me i, state your name, do affirm that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, that i
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will bear true faith and allegiance to the same that i take this obligation freely and without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion and that i will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which i am about to enter so help me god. congratulations, godspeed and continue to be the conscience of the congress. [applause] now at this time, i would like to introduce, or present cbc
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chairman gk butterfield of the 114 congress. representative butterfield is in his seventh term serving north carolina's district. his hard work and commitment to improving quality of life of his constituents, african-americans and all americans has earned him the confidence and respect of his peers. under representative butterfield's leadership, they have strengthened educational opportunities for african-american students and advocated to restore section five of the voting rights act. the cbc continues to also help alleviate persistence poverty and other disparities that plague communities across the nation. although these accomplishments
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are significant, he knows that the work to advance the african-american community is far from finished. his determination and dedication to stand up for others has made him one of the most recognizable and effective leaders in congress. ladies and gentlemen, give a a big round of applause to the outgoing chairman representative butterfield. :
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>> thank you so very much to ceo -- thank you for your incredible work. to our family member, the dean of the house of representatives, the honorable congressman john -- junior, thank you very much. to our assistant democratic leader, who does so much for so many every day of his life, thank you congressman. [applause] to the executive committee members to serve so ably and to the other cbc members past and present, and to all of you who
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have come from far near to support us on this day, ladies and gentlemen let me begin by thinking of my colleagues for entrusting the gavel, this thing right here. for entrusting the gavel to me for the past two years. i wanted to share these thoughts with you at our last meeting but unfortunately we ran out of time but i simply wanted to say then and i want to say now that you gave me one of the highest honors of my life and i have had a lot of honors in my life. this is been one of the highest honors of my lifetime and i thank you. though it has been a huge challenge as you can imagine to lead 46 very talented
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politicians it has been an honor, it has been most rewarding and i thank think you very much. anyone who serves in congress knows so well that we cannot do this work without the support of our families. to the families who are here and for those who may be watching electronically, thank you for your tremendous love and support for our work. [applause] i especially want to recognize the dozens of congressional staff who support our work those staffers who work here in washington and those in the district we cannot do this work without your dedicated service you are appreciated not only by your individual member but you
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are appreciated by all of us collectively. and finally, the for cbc staff and the supporting interns including 30-year-old jonathan riley who left his dk in my office on friday, became ill over the weekend and passed away. i want to thank you, the staff, the interns for your work every day to lift up the cbc to enable us to sue our project agenda. you have been most confident in your work and we thank you very much. [applause] 2016 is now is in our rearview mirror. we find ourselves facing a very
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difficult political and legislative environment. unlike when when we have never seen before. but i promise year, the cbc will rise to the occasions and we will meet these new challenges. the consequences are too enormous for us to be alter conservative forces to defend our nation we will be sit strategic and unified in our work the next next congress which begins at new today. there is no question that cedric, lavon don't blame me that's what is mama named tim. there is no question that this
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brother, generation x is well-suited and well-prepared to lead us in confronting these new challenges. cedric, i am proud of you these baby boomers are proud of you and we are ready to get to work. we know that you'll take this caucus to a new level, to a different level of advocacy to protect our constituents from the harm that will be inflicted if we don't fight back. this is your time, i look forward to working with you and most importantly i look forward to following your leadership as you lead 49 members of this great caucus, the largest in the history. at this time it is my pleasure, honor and joy to transfer the
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gavel. that is what they told me last year. i know it the feeling. it is my joy to honor and transfer the gavel of the chair and congressional black caucus to the 1,001,515th congress to our friend, cedric richmond. [applause] [applause] >> thank you. our members are like a family. our common bond is love.
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like in a family you know everything about everybody. but the one thing we know and you just exhibited it is as you said this is my gavel, we'll have to get you another one. [laughter] that nonoaud let's me first start out by thinking my family who believed in me when i was 255 years old and said, i want to run for office, fresh out of law school, i spent all my inheritance, and then i tell my family after i want to spend it so they had to buy it also my mother contributed dearly and my brother was silly enough to share a joint bank account with me. so he contributed far more than he ever knew. [laughter] and to my wife who allows me to
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get on a plane at the beginning of the we can come appearance fight for my constituents and for people in this country while she raises the little one right there on her own who has her headphones on because he doesn't want to hear what daddy has to say. so just ask my wife, my mother, my sister-in-law and my brother to please stand and be recognized. [applause] let me think my colleagues in the cbc who gave me this vote of confidence on this awesome responsibility for the next two years. and their love and support and guidance and mentorship has
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meant the world to me over the last six years. and to chairman chairman butterfield, thank you for your leadership. someone once said that a politician thinks about the next election. in the statesman thinks about the next generation. what i want you to do is look at these 48 quintessential states women and men who think about the next generation, but more portly do what is required of them and that is to love, mercy and to do justice. so please give the 40 members of the cbc a great number of applause. and thank you for the hard work that you do. most of the times that is behind the scenes and not at a fancy event like this, but you do it, you work tires sleep and tirelessly and you get results. thank you very much.
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we have assembled this morning to celebrate historic achievements and knowledge the progress and of the congressional black caucus as an institution. we now stand 49 members strong, bipartisan, with two of our members serving in the united states senate. just to be clear, that is that is 49 members from 49 different districts speaking with one voice. our members and leadership and had committees on every major issue debated in congress. our members are on the forefront of providing the moral clarity and intellectual strength to light america's path forward. our members represent 78 million americans, 24% of the population. 17 million african-americans
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representing 41% of the african-american population in this country. that population is spread to different parts parts of the country. urban centers, suburban neighborhoods, and rural counties. we continue to celebrate the past eight years of successful leadership with one around the white house. there is much to celebrate. that that is due to the heroes and those who came before's. legendary people like john lewis and eleanor holmes norton who remind us of the progress or country has made and a people have seen. revolutionary leaders like eckstein ward and bobby rush who remind us of the many battles that we have waged and the many battles that we have one. social justice worries like jim clyburn and elijah cummings who shows every day the importance of fighting. fighting for what is right and fighting for what is just.
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brilliance luminaries like bobby scott and barbara lee who helped like this patient's path to more prosperous and inclusive future. and and our next generation of strong, courageous leaders like evette clark, deandre carson, and the list goes on. and you you see the talent appear. however, we will miss a profound opportunity if we only gather to celebrate. we'll not do the people we represent justice if we do not ask knowledge the mood of the people of color throughout the station. there many americans, especially black americans, who cannot who cannot understand how we got here today. coming off of eight years of hope, pride and inspiration, they are fearful of the current state of division, hate, and pettiness. many of our young people are frustrated with the
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fact that they seem to be fighting the same causes that doctor king and reverend jackson and john lewis and many others galvanize the country behind during the civil rights movement. and that is jobs, justice, and common humanity. in 1853 theodore parker, the abolitionist, unitarian minister and thinker told us, i do not pretend to understand the moral of the universe, the moral of the universe, the arc is a long one. but from what i see, i sure it bends towards justice. a century later during the civil rights movement doctors martin luther king jr. and anna meyer parker quoted his prophecy during matches and speeches reminding us of this essential point that we still no holds true today.
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often he would ask in the refrain, how long? not long. he would finish in a flurry, not long because the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice. members of the cbc know this all too well. while others have thrown up their hands, hung their head, paralyzed by frustration the members of the cbc have remained focused and driven. they have remained the conscious of the congress. members like shirley who during her term fought to combat hunger in our community and work to expand opportunity for women in the labor force in children in the classroom. members like charlie who fought to maintain america's commitment to the least of these. and move communities of color closer to economic freedom. members like john who dedicated his life to help the people of
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color find the justice in the criminal justice system. [applause] even though it doesn't look like it sometimes including now, the arc is still bending, however it does not bend on its own. it takes people of all ages and races, with moral conviction and strength to make a dent. the 49 members of the cbc c are committed to do our part, to provide the leadership, engage the people across this country and fight shoulder to shoulder to ensure the arc continues to bend. we cannot do it alone. we need the fire, passion, and talent of young people. to use the tools and resources of today, to capture the nation
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and to give life to our movement. as we all know, it was young women and young men who are on the front lines of the fight for freedom in the 60s and it is no different today. we need the wisdom, clarity and foresight of our elders so we can stand on their shoulders so we can achieve much greater heights. if we do not learn from our past, our future will be more of the same. as i close i want to tell you what to expect from the cbc this congress. we will confront those who seek to divide us. will be clear about our demands on behalf of black people across this country. we'll venture outside of washington regularly to engage our people in the places they live, and the places they work, and, the places that they worship. we will heed at the many lessons of those that came before but we will tackle the challenges of today. will be deliberate in our thoughts and actions and will
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engage on our own terms. we have the strength and courage of our ancestors to some five, those who survive sacred gi segregation, slavery and jim crow. and in that spirit, we won't give in, we won't give up and we won't fall back. we will continue to bend the arc towards that justice. [applause] to be clear, in fact to be crystal clear we won't dance if we are not a party, we we are not going to laugh if nothing is funny. were not going to scratch if nothing is itching, and we are never going to run because we're never scared and we never will be. may god bless you, make i keep you, and we look forward to the next two years. [applause]
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>> ladles and gentlemen i want you to send along with me. i was was asked to choose a song to serenade cedric and this wonderful can't do's and i chose the song and i want you to sing along with me, it's real simple, you'll get it real fast, and we made it from the bottom of our hearts. to all of you. and our new leader cedric. it goes like this. ♪ show yourself mighty ♪ show yourself strong, show yourself awesome in the midst of the storm ♪ ♪ with a time of trouble he will give you a song show yourself mighty, show yourself strong ♪ ♪ show yourself mighty, show
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yourself strong ♪ ♪ show yourself mighty ♪ show yourself strong ♪ show yourself also in the midst of a storm ♪ ♪ in the time of trouble, he will give you a song ♪ ♪ show yourself mighty, show yourself strong ♪ ♪ show yourself mighty, show yourself mighty ♪ ♪ show yourself strong ♪ show yourself awesome in the midst of a storm ♪ ♪ in the time of trouble, he will give you a song ♪ ♪ show yourself mighty, show yourself strong ♪ ♪ show yourself mighty, show
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yourself strong ♪ ♪ one more time ♪ show yourself mighty, show yourself strong ♪ ♪ show yourself awesome in the midst of a storm ♪ ♪ in the time of trouble, he will give you a song ♪ ♪ show yourself mighty, show yourself strong ♪ ♪ show yourself mighty, show yourself strong ♪ show yourself ♪ ♪ show yourself ♪ show yourself ♪ show yourself, show yourself ♪ show yourself ♪ show yourself mighty, show
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yourself strong ♪ ♪ show yourself mighty, show yourself strong ♪ [applause] thank you. >> ladies and gentlemen, thank you to stephanie jordan, accompanying by marlon and rachel jordan. [applause] state senator troy carter will close the program. >> show yourself mighty, show yourself strong. show yourself some love from the congressional black caucus. i would like to once again take this time to personally
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congratulate the new chairman and ask you to join me in giving him a resounding applause, chairman cedric richmond, chairman of the 115 congress. [applause] an awesome responsibility for indeed an awesome leader. i like to personally thank you my dear friend for this great opportunity and humbling opportunity to be with you today. i have to tell you, i really got here as part of -- one that i did not win. he he beat the
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pants off of me so decided i could, do this. give him a round of applause. [applause] we think congressional black caucus for four decades of committed service is the conscious of congress, as we begin the 10015th congress we look for to your steadfast leadership and commitment to ensuring equal rights for all americans. will the members of the cbc please stand? ladies and gentlemen, please join me in giving a round of applause and saluting the members of the congressional black caucus foundation, these outstanding men and women for their outstanding service, what they have done and what they will do in the 115 congress. give them a round of applause. [applause]
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we look forward to witnessing the important work of the dynamic leaders that we celebrate today. we invite the audience to greet the cbc members at the reception outside the theater following the cbc members class photo. thank you very much for sharing this event. this concludes our program. god bless you all and god bless america. cbc members please remain on stage for photographs. god bless you all. [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible]
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[inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible] >> the u.s. senate is back in session tomorrow at noon eastern to take up a repeal of the health care law. live on c-span two. off the floor, president obama will be meeting with democrats on vice president elect mike pence will meet with republicans. democrats are leading in five or

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