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james matus the votes he needs. other nominees will need simple majorities. but james who is retired in the military in 2013 will require 60 votes to get a special waiver exempting him from a law barring top military officials from serving as defense secretary until they have been retired at least seven years. will have live coverage of cabinet level confirmation hearings on the c-span network, tv, radio, and, online. will show you the hearings live as they happen and will re- air each hearing that night in primetime. right now, more about how members of congress are reacting to donald trump's cabinet picks. >> joining us from the rotundair is robert costa with washington post.ee a so who is up first next week?
>> will see a lot of different trump appointees come down. it it will be a contentious fight. democrats want to make a real show to assimilate congressman tom of georgia. sa look ahead of the 2018 election they say peace may have a fine biography and a fine person for the job, in terms of his resume but we need to take a stand oppressed obama's legacy. i'm also taking close attention to rex to listen. he is a former boy scout, eaglef scout, seen as someone with great character the people on both sides of the aisle but his business relationship with putin could make democrats target him say what can we draw out fromnnt him to maybe put trump under the gun politically speaking when it comes to russia and hacking issues. >> and tom price of health ando human services talk about state
democrats, they are insisting that they have more information about mr. taylor sent. >> democrats believe they can go deeply into tillotson's experiences with putin and they want to paint him, my sources tell me as an ally of putin and try to raise a red flag on humar rights issues and really on global order. is it really the right thing for the united states have a close relationship with russia. i haven't heard details about what the democrats have on tillotson but they're doing a deep dive on them. >> and a concern on republicans about some of these nominees? >> there is initially a lot of concern about tillotson who didn't have issues on capitol hill.ha they thought they make the russia issue flareup. but because he's been endorsed by forms secretary of state they've spoken highly of him conversation of a trump transition there's a sense that tiller's it has the stature to survive these hearing. >> what about senate democrats?
which ones are likely to be open to the nominees from president-elect trump? >> senator high camp has been a conversation with the team. it looks like she's not going to be the agriculture secretary but if your 2018 democrat of her reelection couple of years might be more open to trump and his appointees and working with him on an issue like infrastructure, senator schumer the democratic leader has said so much of that, the problems with democrats right now talking to many is that they are under intense pressure from their own party, to not work with trump because he seen as politically toxicgo that even if you want to work with him on certain nominees or gotha i think you're going to see some bipartisan support on something like the supreme cours which will be coming down in a few weeks or months they'll bent down partyline. >> is at the timeline you're hearing about a supreme court nominee? why that mr. trump, as you know
put a name forward or has said this will be a short list of nominees? >> part of the reason is he's put forward a short list of sorts and crafted and held with the heritage foundation think tank in federalist society, so there has been a list of very conservative justices from around the country who trump has floated. we expect the washington post to hear nominee for the supreme court sometime in early february to get the process started.ajy i know mitch mcconnell who hasxp devoted much of his legislative experience to the court is interested in getting that moving. >> to expect on january 20 when president-elect donald trump is sworn in that his cabinet will mostly be in place? >> no. they're still going to have many
hearings to go. when you look at someone like senator sessions,at democrats also want to make sure they draw out sessions. even if there's a a scheduled initial hearing or to there may be more pressure for more democrats to have more hearings before they come to a vote. mcconnell wants to move these things through. he knows trump has a certain pace he wants to work at and if he doesn't get there there'll be frustration at the white house. >> you mentioned objection to tom price, the the current member of the house. the pig for each hs secretary. do usually members of congress have an easier time to these nominations to the process? >> they do. i still think based on my reporting that price does have good shot at getting confirmed. if you're part of of the club at the capital and you know the players and you have a certain profile and reputation, that's more than enough unless there's
some major scandal to get you through. but they also know that price has a real that when it comes to healthcare policy. they want to make sure even if he is going to be confirmed they get him on the record in the syrians talking about what he's going to do, not only repeal the affordable carec act but replace it.g. th i've heard price wants to have a certain system of tax credits to come and that people can purchase healthcare. we've heard of different republican plants on c-span and elsewhere over the years about what republicans are thinking. they want to make sure he's put on thedi stand. they want to make sure they can prosecute his politics on healthcare. >> we heard the same from of you earlier and she wants democrats to really ask tough questions of scott pruitt. in oklahoma city general who's been picked to take over the epa. >> scott pruitt is in washington today going to be meeting with senator in half of oklahoma. hea
is the most hardline critics of climate change, environmental regulations, so you have someone it comes from the conservative side of the new has the ties to the real climate change skeptics into the oil and gas industry comes from oklahoma. trump peepn so pruitt is going to be -- and the same with that price is being measured in by democrats because he's going to go after signature obama law, pruitt is is seen as someone who's going to damage and cripple the regulation president obama has put forward in the environment. democrats want to make sure they make a fuss about that before it goes away. >> another issue for trump's trade. he ran heavily on that issue and doing something about nafta and potentially ripping up these transpacific partnership deal that is pending. today we hear that the trump
administration would like to have robert bite heiser as trade representative. what you know? >> is going to be product of a broader trade team. i'm told the key person is trump. he actually wants to personally negotiate trade deals working closely with wilbert ross, his nominee for commerce secretary. you have light house or as part of this trade negotiating team and then others working with him. be a peculiar issue for the trump white house because so often the president delegate's trade, they, they have a focus on it. trump made such an onus on his campaign that will see him involved crafting this trade deals as much as the path is part of it it remains so s been but many people . . . have say. host: what is first agenda for the senate? and it will be dictated by what the house does? i think the senate will
work closely with the house. he house has a huge stack of bills they will send over very quickly. there is also acknowledgment wants to -elect trump sign a lot of things, be seen as a man of action. but the senate knows things can quickly and so i think while regulation and different judicial posts will be filled quickly, tax reform, replacing affordable care act, these and one meeting i'm paying attention to is tomorrow, vice president pence will be visiting the capitol to meet with republicans and i think he will expectations, as much as republicans want to move quickly, major legislation takes takes hearings, it takes a lot of different input and you want to get bipartisan and that can't happen in early february. host: while that is happening, president, the current president, president obama will be meeting with house democrat democrats talking about republican efforts to repeal and replace affordable care act. guest: this is important moment
for president obama, he needs to buck up his troops. a lot of democrats are tempted y something like infrastructure, not just schumer, but other from the rust are midwest, our highways crumbling, maybe trump will offer dollars, maybe we can work obama, itnd president is going to be interesting to see what message does he have, them to work age with trump and not be obstructionist. epublicans themselves got criticism in early 2009 for working hard against obama, not bipartisan support there is a need in the democratic party for of what president obama has done, you will see many spurred on by the obama speech to be and in protect mode. ost: let's hear what the viewers have to say, asking you your priorities for this 115th congress. from north carolina, independent, good morning, you costa the air with robert of the "washington post."
caller: yes, good morning. please give me a little time, other callers.e this is very important and it me.lly scares our democracy has been lost. not of people votes are being counted. hat is what kept bernie from winning the primary for the democrats and they almost didn't get trump in because of all the laws in. i don't understand why we don't have a simple system where everyone's vote count one person one vote. t has been two times in the past where a person got majority of the vote and still lost the election, one time was george bush. two times were the worst had, now we have donald trump in the same way. probably sia, who is elected him through the same system, if we didn't have that wouldn't be able to do what they did.
ost: tim, let us pick up that point. robert costa. guest: thanks for the call and comment. i had a few days ago conversation on the phone with reverend jesse jackson, he brought up this point about disenfranchisement. he thinks that enough republicans in different states the vote in his words, what he meant, so many legislators have had voting laws enacted to make sure voting irregular larities didn't happen. democrats say this is suppressing the vote. they saw it up close in their view in the 2016 race. they are urging democrats in the coming months to fight in in the state legislature. host: will this issue continue n in the 115th congress over the electoral college versus popular vote? guest: it probably will. at tweets, he is still litigating the election. election, he's
talking about how he won it and how well he won it. popular ite for this vote reform, have some kind of removal of the electoral see that don't happening. republicanos capitol hill are quite content they have won the house, they have both chambers. for idea they will push popular vote that, is high hope for some people in this climate in washington. host: and republican control for the first time since 2007, controlling the legislative and branch.cutive carl in trevor city, michigan, democrat. caller: good morning, greta, and robert. greta, happy new year, my best to you and the folks at c-span we appreciate , it out here. i want to tell you, i really like your little interviews that with the incoming newly elected folks. might offer some suggestions for questions, just four quick ones. carl, make it t,
quick. caller: yep, okay. ask them, who do you owe? how much did it cost to get you elected? where did the money come from? issues do you expect to have to respond to donors on? thank you. host: let's pick that up, robert costa, for new members of here.ss, how they got guest: many of them come from where they istricts have have. you see this with members of congress. they are not maybe necessarily fighting just for the ndustries, but they see industries as crucial to what they are doing in congress. the way congress functioned, especially in the post-war period. a place of ress, different interests and different districts. one thing to pay attention to and the caller brings up relevant points. in the last few days, last actually, house
epublicans voted to get rid of this independent, but to curve the power of independent congressional ethics office that orks in coordination with the ethics committee. the reason this office of congressional ethics was set up, ethegics committee, run by congress, didn't have full say condpreszional ethics oversight. and the view of the congress the years, it's been nice to have a separate body come up with own conclusions. has been very rustrating for many members, they don't like this office, find its is invasive, it is too ublic in what it produces and how it talks to the press. there has been a very quiet push last year to get rid of this office and it happened late last night. that is something that will voters.arms for you already see it on social media. draining the swamp? is this something that will happen, you know, clear for congress? for it to be the first move in a
sense for the republicans, it is eyebrows.ot of host: we heard from reporting againstaker ryan argued the change. guest: he did. it was a private house something not , taken in terms of the whole congress. i have not seen ryan speak out it, he may in the coming hours or days. shows something, it really inside congress. congress doesn't want to have its shoulder all the time. they are comfortable having ethics committee have oversight seems like inside political play, fwut is how members feel. separate like having body who is having the ability to do inquiries. will ot wiped away, it have perhaps, political consequences. host: are democrats onboard with this idea? guest: democrats are use to go iving opportunity after republicans. privately many democratic members have told me they themselves don't love this the congressional ethics
office, because they think oversteps in their mind. and members describe it as this. congress in this group scrutinizes you. something recommendd and complained against you f. it leaked out or something comes out from this office, it reputation olitical and has perhaps effect on your political career. seen f you are not something wrong, even being an investigation can soil your political reputation. the supporters of this need somethingwe besides ethics committee. fine, hics committee is but run by members of congress, it is not a perfect instrument things are done cleanly and without having a member of congress lean on each other. there ared you expect disruptions on the house floor and voted s debated on? guest: democrats are out of
power. this is a big plate for political food to feast on. goes against in essence what trump ran against, "draining the talking this re morning about going after republicanos this. host: hear from david in california, republican. hi, david, welcome to the conversation. yeah.r: welcome. thank you very much, c-span, i'm republican, registered for 45 years. guy, trump, is just giving everything to the corporations all the cabinet posts and the republicans are trying to going p anything that is on because they are all put in owned orations that are in their states and this guy, insider, he 's an knows what is going on, but he's sugar coating everything and democrats.lame the i'm telling you, after this experience, where these guys are away my social
security and medicare, you know, voted for second erm i voted for obama because that money bush put in medicare, but it was a conduit to go to pharmaceutical buddies of his. extended it and medicare for eight years and he to close the donut left, which bush had left us with huge amounts of oney that had to spend for drugs after we, after medicare only spent a little bit. are trying blicans to take away medicare and our ocial security and put it into the stock market. bush tried that. hen when the stock market goes crash, we're all dead. we've got 3 trillion dollars to social security, i don't
want anybody messing with that, nobody has, no matter what they it all being threatened, we got enough to the end ll the way to of 21st century. all right, david, robert costa? guest: as a reporter, you don't making you try to avoid sweeping generalization on any political party, back it up by is what reporting, that we're trying to do at the post n. terms of social security, you didn't see trump run on social security, rero forming medicare, this was not paul ryan style republican. more as to -- he ran democrat in a sense on issues, which is not touching them. speaker, the house made career of reforming institutions and departments. is fwing to be really fascinating to watch how much ryan get from trump? on issues t anything
close to his heart? host: robert costa, before we go, you have to get go withing your reporting, what are atching for today and in the coming day? guest: there is so much to watch with how people talk about trump in the speaker lobby, on the floor, senate floor. no one knows the president-elect. hey know him, they know the celebrity, but he doesn't have a history in washington. many members tell me they have going to trump's hotel on pennsylvania avenue to get a ense of who he is, meet his confidants, his aides, watching o see the relationship in the camaraderie between republicans and democrats. this is a new era in washington, president about to be sworn in, it is not a particularly ideological president-elect. doesn't come out of conservative he says things to be sure, but you wonder could trump shake up washington and does it bipartisanship, is that possible in the trump trump year?nd the we'll have to see.
host: robert costa, thank you spending time with the viewers. to follow robert's reporting, christina to someone that efforts by the house judiciary committee independent caucus of congressional ethics. ms. peterson will talk about wednesday's planned meeting between president obama and house and senate democrats. sure to watch c-span's "washington journal" beginning life as 7:00 a.m. eastern on wednesday morning. join the discussion. ♪ [applause]
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