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confirmation hearings begin next week in the senate. joining us to talk more about that is robert costa, national political reporter with "washington post." robert, who is up first next
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week? lot of e'll see a different trump appointees come own and it is going to be conteco conioco fight.ious looking ahead to the 2018 election, price may have a fine biography, maybe a fine person for the job, in terms of his need to make a stand on president obama's legacy. paying close attention to rex tillerson. again, he is a former boy scout, eagle scout, he's seen as someone with sterling character the ople on both sides of aisle, but his friendly weapon exxonmobil and vladamir putin of russia, what can we draw out in the hearings to put trump under the gun speak whenning it comes to russia and the hacking issue. host: and tom price up for and human services secretary. rex tillerson, secretary of
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state. insisting they get more information about mr. tillerson. guest: democrats believe they can delve deeply into tillerson's experience with putin. they want to paint him, my allie tell me, someone of putin and raise a red flag on human rights issues and on global order. thing for the united states to have a close relationship with russia? i haven't heard details about what the democrats have on tillerson, but he's someone hey are doing a deep dive on, he's a top target. host: any concern from nominee?ans about the guest: initially a lot of concern about tillerson. he didn't have relationships on there was a concern he would make the russia issue flare up. illerson has been endorsed by rice. like bob gaites, tohas gra vis to and stature
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survive the senate. host: which are likely to be pen to nominees from president-elect trump? guest: highcamp has been in about a potential cabinet spot. looks like she will not be the secretary.e if you are a 2018 democrat, you are up for re-election in a years, you may be more open to trump and his appointees nd working on an issue like infrastructure. senator schumer has said so much of that. democrats with the right now, talking to many of them, they are under intense party, from their own their base, the left to not work with trump because he's seen as toxic even if you want to work with him on certain him, when itgo with comes to nominees, you will see a flittering of bipartisan the rt, something like supreme court coming down in a few weeks or months that will be lines.ch down party host: is that the timeline you re hearing about supreme court
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nominee and why hasn't mr. name do you know, put a forward or had said this will be nominee?t of guest: part of the reason, he feels he's put forward a short initial listswith and crafted and held the the age foundation, conservative think tank and federalist society, a legal a let of re has been conservative justices from around the country from has rent courts that trump floated. we expect the "washington post," to hear a nominee for the court sometime in early february to get the process started. leader mitch y mcconnell devoted his legislative experience to the ourt, very interested in getting that moving. host: do you expect january 20, donald sident-elect trump is sworn in that his abinet will mostly be in place or not? guest: no. there is still going to be many
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togs go. sessions, up for attorney general. democrats want to make sure they draw out sessions. if there is a scheduled initial two, there may be more pressure from democrats to hearings before they come to a vote. mcconnell, he wants to move knows trump h, he has a certain taste, he wants to if he a fast pace, doesn't get there, there will be frustration at the white house. objection to ion tom price, current member of the house, was budget committee chairman. the pick for hhs secretary, do embers of congress have easier time through the nomination process? guest: they do. still think based on my reporting price does have a very confirmed.t getting same with senator sessions. if you are part of the club and the players and have a certain profile, reputation,
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more than enough unless there is some kind of major scandal to get you through. know that price has a real depth when it comes to policy and they want to make sure if he's going to be confirmed they get him on the hearings talking about exactly what he's going to do, not only repeal the to rdable care act, but replace it. i heard price wants a certain system of tax credit to come in kel use to purchase healthcare. e heard republican planos c-span and else tlt where over the years about what republicans are thinking. they want to make sure price is put on the stand. is not a trial, not a legal roceeding, make sure they can prosecute politics on healthcare. host: we heard from a viewer this morning saying she wants democrats to really ask tough questions of scott pruitt, general pickedey to take over the e.p.a. what are you hear something scott pruitt is in washington today meeting with
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inhoffe, one of the most hard-line critics of climate hange and environmental regulations and so you have in pruitt someone from the conse e of the aisle.ide from the oil and gas industry, himself, pruitt is someone who has been welcomed by the trump peep and he will trump voters. tear apart regulations. is being e way price kind of zeroed in on by democrats, he's going after law, pruitt is seen as someone who will damage almost cripple the regulation president obama has put forward on the environment make sure ts want to they make a fuss about that before it goes away. ost: another big issue for donald trump is trade. he ran heavily on that issue. and doing something about nafta potentially ripping up this
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transpacific partnership deal is pending. today we hear that the trump dministration would like to have robert lighthizer, as trade representative. know?o you guest: lighthizer is part of a broader trade team. is told the key person trump. he wants to personally negotiate trade deals, working closely wilbur ross, nominee for commerce secretary and the trade part of negotiating team and then gary trump as ng with economic advise oformer goldman sachs executive. for is a peculiar issue the trump white house. so often presidents delegate u.s.t.r. focus e on it. trump made it ownus of his campaign, he will craft trade deals. u.s. t.r. has been made, it but many people above u.s.t.r. who have say.
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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,
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the vice president: there will be order in the senate, please. there will be order in the senate. the chair lays before the senate the certificates of election of 34 senators elected for six-year -- please, order in the senate, please.

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