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public policy and what she espoused and the differences between herself and franklin roosevelt. there's also another one that i would get to it but it's about the firebrand in the first lady. as i said, it's a big undertaking and i'm excited to be able to do it and to learn from a great role model. >> book tv wants to know what you're reading. send us your summer reading list be a twitter or instagram or posted to our facebook page. book tv on c-span2, television for serious readers. >> now, on c-span, a review of the 2018 federal budget.
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>> during us from capitol hill is nancy, senior congressional correspondent for bloomberg. tell us about what the president requested for 2018 and what were his top priorities. >> the president stuck with the overall number in the loss, the budget control act, requesting that basically a little bit over a trillion dollars, 1.1 trillion as the law allows for but with in and that number we really parted from the budget control act numbers and he requested a lot more for defense programs about 54 billion for security-related programs and covers that with an equal amount of cuts in nondefense spending, 54 billion. that's a violation of the budget control act there but more than that it's a very politically
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unpopular. yes, members really like the defense number increase but they don't like taking it out of defense programs, agriculture, cut more than 20%. transportation, federal housing programs, cut 15%. labor, health, education rams, cut similarly. state department programs, cut tremendously. congress is rejecting that. they don't really have their own plan narrowed down just yet. for a while they are inclined to give a lot more to defense they are not as interested in those nondefense spending cuts. >> it matters of this budget control act and the packs that were put in place explain to our viewers and give them a reminder of the budget control act and why the president has to stick to it. >> this is a law that was passed
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when obama was president and he was working with the congress, with leaders of a different party and it was an agreement that they made to set caps on discretionary spending, not those mandatory programs where you have your social security checks and so on going out every month but discretionary spending. they agreed to firm numbers and if those numbers aren't honored in the annual appropriations process then you have something called budget sequence kick in and take the funding for all the programs down and down a lot. budget sequence is something that members of congress understand and they want to avoid. if a budget came across the floor of the house and went to the senate with numbers that don't comply with the budget control act the bill, the package, can be challenged under
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budgetary point of order and can be knocked down and that is what we would expect to see if somehow the house gets the package like that through and sends it to senator mitch mcconnell, majority leader. we don't expect that he'll get the 60 votes for that package. >> are these viewers saw the president's cabinet members in the heads of each of these agencies go up to capitol hill, testified about the president's priorities for their individual agencies and how did hundreds respond?
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>> >> these things were incredible. so the worst thing really is there wasn't enough guidance in those documents so those appropriators from the
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throne to figure it out. and what have they done so far? how much has been approved in the house are in the senate? when lawmakers return what is left to do?. >> of what is left over. what happens in the house is that that house appropriations committee worked very hard the last few weeks to get all the bills out of committee. they work very hard day after day to report those bills so then they're taken to the floor the last week before they go out of session that included the big defense bill of carrying $800 billion in spending but none of those were passed individually the sheer but they work to market six
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bills but none of those have gone to the senate floor this is the first time we did not even see individual spending bills in in of summer. so house speaker paul ryan said defenders as other appropriation bills of the house at the end of that process to attach those bills to go to the minibus to put the the final package to create that omnibus appropriations package then sent over to the senate but because that package will violate the budget control act it will not get the
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votes that it needs to bring it up to the floor but then congress will only have a weaker to before government runs out of money once again and the leadership of the white house will have to get serious and negotiate. >> nancy, thank you very much. >> thank you so much for having me. ranking member thank you for making an i would not dream of doing this without you.
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it is said honor for those who'd don't know i have served for two years it is of privilege to be here on behalf of the trump administration you were sitting in my chair. i will not read my opening statement i will just make a couple of comments. looking at the budget for the first time the new foundation for american greatness i spent most of the weekend reading it and it struck me we could have come up with a different title called the tax payer first budget because the first time in my memory this is a budget written from the perspective people have from government we would go line by line and ask ourselves can we justify this to those
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who are actually paying for it? if i am going to take money and spend it on a program can i justify spending that money? i need to say this to give it to a disabled veteran. i'm not sure i could look over here to say let me take your money to give it to a program completely ineffective. and dad is the perspective we brought to this budget from the very beginning and maybe that is what is new about the foundation for american greatness for those who have been here for a long time somebody mentioned this is a moral document and
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it is because of a take money from you with no intention to give it back that is not debt coming is that if i had the intention to pay back and show you how the bad is that that is what we have been doing for too long, both parties by the way taking money without laying out a plan for however we will pay that back we do that with this budget within a 10 year window that is something new that is in this town. twerking it is a 3% growth i can assure you talking about trade policy energy policy policy, health care reform to how to get to a 3% growth if not then it is unlikely you'll ever balance the budget again that is not a
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plan for the future it is not moral to take money without a plan to pay a back so we will do everything we can to get at 3% growth we wanted more money for national security, school choice for the first i've never the president is giving a paid parental leave program $20 billion in this budget to do that. we don't touch so security or medicare following upon campaign promises but we could still balance. why? because what we did this change the way washington looks at spending. no longer want to measure compassion by the number of
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programs we have by the number of people in those programs we want true compassion by the number of people we help to get off of those programs not by the amount of money we spend but the number of people that we help to get off. that is what we think makes this the american greatness budget to try to get the country back to a healthy economy working again, better optimistic those better under the age of 30 you have never had a job as adults in a healthy american economy that is very different from what you have seen in the last 10 years that dynamism and optimism that comes from that was what this president promised and what we will do everything to deliver in the budget is a start. thank you for having me
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today i look forward to the questions and explaining the budget speenineteen said the foundation of your budget is 3 percent growth might have looked every which way are you might get there and you cannot get there. as a consequence it is disastrous consequential t-bill day budget but you cannot build day house on a sandy foundation but that perpetuates the myth we can go out there to balance the budget without touching entitlements. natalie in death but a lot. -- not only a myth but it is a lot. the speaker to day with 3% growth to balance the budget i don't know how you get there it creates real
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debates i see things quite differently but we have to base that on real numbers and it is important as a deficit hawk if you are wrong bin you have a $2 trillion hole for the grandkids going forward this budget presumes that goal would you would get the average economic expansion action the current expansion is the third longest in american history. ninety-four months. but what you presume in the budget but it will go for
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another 2 1/4 18 months i would think that is unreasonable but to be perfectly aligned with those drivers can you guess the last time we had an unemployment rate when inflation held at 2%? it has never happened. the last time growth was at 3 percent for a sustained period of time the 10 year yield was below 5% when was the last time? it has never happened. so we are out there of the upper and with those ingredients capital formation would have to be
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record levels but actually that goes down from the savings accounts when they were joining though work force to take up back up to the numbers with to attend the of 1% that requires radically opening immigration as we have 10,000 baby boomers retiring today it would require the numbers we have not seen with the consumer appliance even with the 1990 numbers
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one quarter of lead is necessary to achieve growth. with the growth of 15% in just for the record to say but the coalition. >> em saree your time is expired. >> before we go further it is not fair that the people of the trump administration disparage the director of the cbo when it was tom price the republican chairman of the committee who appointed him in the first place. so as you know the united states today top one-tenth of 1% owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90% so
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it is good public policy to provide $52 billion it in tax breaks with the family already worth $120 billion deal think a family like though walton family who has for ferrari said one maserati is in desperate need of massive tax breaks? you think sheldon adelson who contributed $5 million to the trump inaugural is in need of a massive tax break as well as the koch brothers? and when she did tell the american people why you think it is a good idea to have $3 trillion of tax breaks at a time the rich are becoming much richer
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while at the same time to throw off the of health insurance as the children a profit those cuts making to medicaid throwing those senior citizens of the meals on wheels program the one nutritious meal they get it day white you throw whitman and low income babies off of the wic program at a time when infant mortality rates? do you really think that is a great idea to take away the wic program nutrition programs to give a massive tax break of $52 billion to the walton family?. >> i will see if i can handle those in reverse. i cannot disparage who i
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don't know i don't think. >> you may day dismiss the live for mark. >> i am telling you the results are awful. i measure performance by results and if you continuously. >> your opinion is that the results are terrible witted is that member of the trump administration who appointed him. >> so then we can agree the cbo puts out bad day that?. >> no. you are picking on me and that you appointed because you don't like his results. >> with all of those no change meals on wheels is not changed at all. >> you eliminate the of block grant. >> senator this is funded
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for the old age senior nutrition program through hhs that is not changed it is a block grant to the states and some states do choose to eliminate that program. the total money for meals on wheels is 3% to. that is it. i don't know how you can contend otherwise. >> are you eliminating the program that the funds meals on wheels but at the discretion of governors?. >> charity happy to be having a long discussion but you last about medicaid those dramatic cuts is a slower growth rate. >> so with the american health care act it calls for the n to a expansion with
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the 10 year budget medicaid spending goes up. >> rigo through these games every single year bottom-line why does the walton family needed $52 billion tax break?. >> exactly. so if we have a talk about why we are repealing that i would be happy to do that because ordinary people pay more. >> ordinary people do not have a wealth of $128 million. >> answer the question the wealthiest family in america is a $52 billion tax break. >> that's correct. >> why is that good if you cut medicaid and programs for kids?. >> we don't cut medicaid we're talking about repealing obamacare.
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>> 3 million people for health insurance. >> this cbo number that you agreed could be wrong. >> i did not at all lighted say bleeder family get a tax break. >> we think is wrong that ordinary people lose coverage. >> is the walton family in ordinary family. >> they are extraordinary that people are losing coverage today. >> why?. >> because we repeal obamacare. >>. >> i am sorry i thought we were looking at the tax reduction contained in obamacare?. >> node no-no. >> repeal of the estate tax that i just mentioned. >> with a deficit neutral of
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that specific reductions with the repeal of the estate tax to assume a direct impact. >> so with to a trillion dollars. >> we don't know when people are dying bad is for sure. >> you don't know when somebody will die but. >> i am sure they will die eventually. [laughter] >> mr. secretary the floor is yours. >> i appreciate the
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opportunity of fiscal year 2018 the committee excepting of reinstatement with the secretary of defense and what would be vital to keeping your confidence that holds accountable to the men and women of the department of defense honoring previous generations of veterans a civil service to sacrifice for our country we're kenya way to look reality in the eye with congressional leadership there is no room
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for complacency so with of battlefield with commitment and sacrifice as across-the-board cuts as a result of sequestered a mechanism meant to be so injurious to the of military and then was forecast by secretary of defense panetta congress enacted those separate continuing resolutions to inhibit the of readiness and adaptation to new challenges we need bipartisan support for this budget request in the past by failing to pass that
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budget on time it sidelined itself and from that oversight rule. continuing resolutions preventive service growth to place those troops in greater rest congress has so whole i retired from military service three months after sequestration's effect and i have been shocked by their readiness no enemy in the field has done more harm than combat readiness they and sequestration but our troops have shouldered a much greater burden with historic
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commitment cannot reduce the growing risk. it will require that budget spending to get out of bed i urge members to achieve three goals first to fully fund the request to the defense budget cap and second fyi 2018 budget in a timely manner with a continuing resolution and third eliminate the threat of future seat frustration cuts to provide a stable budgetary planning horizon. stable budgets it increased funding unnecessary because of the external forces acting on the department at the same time. when congress approved the all volunteer force they
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never envisioned for more than a decade america's war has placed a heavy burden on men and women in uniform and their families.z$
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a fourth concurrent forces of rapid technological change that is one that necessitates new investment with innovative approaches and new program starts have been denied and we were forced to operate under a continuing resolution. each of these with the securities and firemen and contested operations and the rapid pace of technological change requires stable budgets and increased funding to provide for the protection of our citizens than the survival of our freedoms.
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i reiterate that security and insolvency are the watchwords of fundamental responsibility is to defend the american people providing for security we cannot help them if not strong and solvent so with the american public and congress to ensure we spend every dollar wisely. specific individuals will bring proven skills to discipline the of the department's to ensure that we do so. this first up in restoring readiness is under way things to congress' willingness to support additional $21 billion of resources fiscal year 2017 with the war fighting readiness your support put more aircraft in the air and more troops in the field.
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however we all recognize it will take a number of years delivered a long time to restore readiness to strengthen the of military requesting $639 billion defense budget. this reflects five priorities. the first is continuing to improve war fighting readiness filling the holes of the trade-offs nine years of continuing resolutions and the second party is increasing capacity while preparing for future investment driven by results of the national defense strategy. to ensure the current nuclear deterrent also determining how the of
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department does business thereby earning the trust of the american people with that defense authorization act with a full agency wide audit as required by statute. i urge congress with a 2021 base realignment to inclosure and to recognize the careful deliberation those must exercise the to have with the most successful and efficient programs have a focused effort that will generate $2 billion or more a new the for a five-year period to buy those apache attack helicopters or for virginia
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class submarines. so to keep faith with service members and families with the most valuable asset we must continually balance these requirements against other critical for readiness equipment and modernization to ensure they're the most people were fighting force in the world. investments with military compensation and family programs are essentials for the talent that we need to sustain competitive advantage in the battlefield. bfi 20 team president's budget request focus is on operations in afghanistan and iraq and syria. so to deter aggression to
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represent a clear and present danger and we share the burden of this campaign. moving forward the fyi 2019 budget you have to make hard choices the department will work where the president trump to insure future budget requested sustainable . we are keenly aware each of you understand the responsibility that we share that the military is ready to fight today and in the future. and to pass the budget on-time the key for your
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strong support with that equipment they need on the battlefield in with the defense of the nation in the joint effort that is second to none. chairman john -- stanford of that budget requests. >> is said honor to join the secretaries tonight representing men and women in uniform can begin by saying you are the most capable in the world however that competitive attainted -- is eroding. since then 11 and extraordinarily high operational tempo has shattered the wear and tear meanwhile budget is stability forces the department to operate with far fewer resources with
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that strategy of record in as a consequence to prioritize near-term readiness with capability development to maintain a force with as fast as we can build it to meet current operation acquirements with full spectrum readiness. so to address that dynamic in the testimony but beyond that current readiness with access to be near term with the focus of violent extremism our adversaries and potential adversaries have operational approaches that are specifically designed to limit the ability. we recognize to protect power is a critical capabilities necessary to meet alliance commitments. secretary bad is saluted russia of china and iran
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aviation maritime and capabilities that are specifically designed to limit your ability to deploy and sustain our forces. russia and china also modernize the of arsenal while north korea is on a relentless path to build the icbm to reach the united states if we don't change the trajectory we will lose our competitive advantage. the consequences will be profound to adversely affect the conventional deterrence in the ability to respond maintain that it is predictable funding to that end bfi 2018 budget is the essential step but this will not fully restore readiness for competitive advantage this will require sustained investment.
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specific recommendation is formed by the forthcoming strategy development that we know continued growth of their least 3 percent above inflation is the floor necessary to preserve competitive a vantage. we ask for your support and the responsibility to maintain the trust of the american tax payer and will eliminate redundancies were possible. thank you for the opportunity to appear before you to ensure america's sons and daughters have a fair fight. >> you have been blunt in your assessment of russia as the principal threat to the united states russia has been seemingly relentless in the irresponsible dangerous manner and to violate the
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imf a the president has been silent as speculation as to why but my question to you is do you believe vladimir putin has any interest in a good-faith partnership with the united states and general how you plan to respond to this provocation provocation?. >> at this time congresswoman i do nazi any indication that mr. putin would want a positive relationship that is said to say that we cannot get there with common ground but at this point he has chosen to be a strategic competitor with us and we have to deal with as we see it. >> last year f y 17 we requested 3.$7 million for
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the european reassurance initiativinitiativ e this year be requested 3.eight to increase the presence in europe as well as the of equipment with the exercises we conducted in europe that is designed to detour russia to shore up the nato commitments we have significantly changed our posture in europe in response to growing the allow russia capability. >> is rushing us our adversary?. >>. >> mr. putin has chosen to be a strategic competitor. >> i yield back. >> i was disappointed by
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that significant proposed budgets for the prepared this grant program that helps the most at risk urban areas such as your prevent and prepare for terrorist attacks is cut by 26 percent in the state a homeland security grant program is slashed by more than 25% overall the of 418 budget proposes a cut of 919 million to really help law enforcement respond to terrorism and other disasters for go to put that into perspective to cut vital funds to protect the top terrorist targets in the united states by 31 percent equal to less than half of what you are proposing to build a wall of the of mexican border that is not needed.
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state and local jurisdictions cannot plan for or establish or maintain there prepared this program with a federal partner it is inconsistent and subject to a major deviation. mr. secretary, please share with us the impetus for proposing such drastic cuts is that based on any sort of analysis? that other jurisdictions are well prepared for terrorist threats without federal assistance?. >> i would offer to you in the 120 days i have had this job i have visited number of larger cities like boston or new york or chicago or taxes
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and have met with the of mayors and police chiefs and have been to a couple large and police organizations a couple of months ago. and the national governors' association here in d.c. which is 48 governors. state and local men and women of law enforcement arbitrary highly capable. there was a time i would offer before 9/11 we did not think too much about it because terrorism had not come to our country and giving these grants and initiatives in the aftermath of the issue might imagine that the state level with
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federal help and rising to the occasion this is very, very capable those people that are in the cities and the state's i would not say that these funds are not very helpful but i would offer that it is not as grim as you describe because if we take away this money the budget does some of that but their efforts against terrorism and other aspects of disasters will immediately collapse. summary offer would be we have evaluated the number of different places obviously we took where we thought we could take from but again, i
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am absolutely confident the men and women out there of the united states have risen to the occasion in the last 15 years and a very good at what they do. >> fake you for giving me the opportunity by a.m. surprised with your response because there is no question in the york city they are capable to carry out their activities with distinction but i will check with them i have not heard that they do not need that many but event it is essential and when york is a target so it is beyond my comprehension that you thank you could make those cuts. >> i did on say they don't need the money i said that we have found places where we think the funds are no longer needed that they were before. >> cry will be happy to get
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back to rwanda response in writing checking with the people that our responsible with these programs did new york we have that document how essentials these funds are. >> they give for your service your country and the marine corps and for being careful to spend the of very scarce hard earned precious tax dollars of our constituents. also thank you for focusing on restoring the rule of law which is what unites us as americans. we'll understand our liberty lies in of law-enforcement as a fundamental principle who we are we appreciate you focusing on that also the congressmen spearheaded the effort to build a wall of the southern california
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border even israelis know how effective a wall can be and it makes sense for parts of the border. maybe not in west texas but we appreciate your focus of law-enforcement. existing law is very clear and has been since the '50s the individual crossing the southern border is subject to six months' imprisonment on second offense it could be two years. so looking at the very successful effort in the del rio sector the border patrol with the support of the department of justice may use their good parts and common sense in a compassionate way to ensure that existing law is enforced uniformly and fairly and as a result
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before president trump came into office and that resulted in such a precipitous decline the judges i recall was simply a foreseeing existing log they saw the lowest level of illegal crossings since border patrol began keeping records for the we have worked together closely to support the judge and her efforts i want to bring her to your attention it is called operation streamlined i encourage you to expand at as the appropriations subcommittee and will do my part to help ensure the department of justice with additional prosecutors to make sure they are processed and handled in a way to protect everybody's due process rights and they are handled expeditiously because we need to make sure
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they're there to handle people that come across in previous administrations they got that notice to appear then they were gone never to show up again so simply by enforcing the law that they show up if they appear before judge moses you could have a dramatic effect protecting our southern border to ensure the of free -- free flow of goods we need that good relationship to help people cross back and forth legally and freely with goods and commerce but it begins with law-enforcement. so mr. secretary with operations streamline can you talk but what is happening with the trumpet
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administration if they are apprehended how does teach us decide to give those proceedings?. >> i will get smart and it seems like i need to get out there what i have learned in this job is immigration is the most complicated if we try to make it a more complex and hard to understand we could not have done it any better. but all sorts of categories. like the mexican that comes across of the border. >> they can said want to enter the system and then go right back home. one of the things that we found with the anecdote the second week i was in the job
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on the river's edge so to understand that illegal immigration movement to say we will stop kidding traffickers i know the names of many of them they will opt to simply go back to mexico weather one month later or one year later so they started to put that process of prosecuting human trafficking. the cost of going from el salvador to the united states it grew from an
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astronomical figure like the peasants mostly $4,000 is their life savings incredible amount of money spent. >> they cannot afford it. that is one of the factors. >> i want to be sure to mention she cannot see the assets of of smugglers and that is a lot that we need to change. >> 80 so much for this opportunity secretary fake you for what you do for your men and women, i am from little texas my family is there i breathe the air supply would visit for a few hours and take off and think
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a though better than people that have lived there their whole life so i have to say during my time here i have seen secretaries come and go and we will see you come and go with all respect but finally to understand the system of the executive branch some day disagree with you a call date is correct to tell members of congress to shut up. selfie agree with more than others but that could be a long term for you but to focus on the law but private property rights in texas we respect private property rights it is dear to us and also the cost. 6.$5 million compared to
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$1 billion there is a lot of technology that works for the military negative a work force down there. that is number two. number three environmental of water commission there is a treaty as to where you can put barriers they and that is an issue where to look at 40% of the people that we have overstay you to put the most beautiful ball but they will come in and and that the report that came out talks about the overstayed up over 40 percent are overstays fiscal year that far exceed the 415,000 people that came across the border so those that were intercepted but what was
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interesting according to a homeland there were more canadians that overstayed there mexican city q. have formed hundred 20,000 canadians are still believed to be living here compared to 27,000 mexicans that is not accurate because you looked at the plate and the boat but also number five wide all support the ball is natural barriers i think president trump in april i acknowledge there were a natural barriers i do support a wall the most beautiful ball had you seen big bet? that is a wall. and update you can put it another wall on top of this
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cliff that we have percolating he will legree but if you go to the lower part of river of the rio grande it doesn't go straight it sneaks up and down and this is my district the u.s. side is in the top part look at the river the way that it snakes for pro from laredo to browns fell a few miles an hour it will be very hard to put a fence. did you take the of private property rights that we have some walleye of asking is that you work with the local border patrol to say we cannot just use the fence looking at the great wall of china we know what happened to that and i'm just saying
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we have to be smart on how we secure the border we spend $18 billion per year on the 1 yard line but the last time we were together with german carter with $80 million be put there to help mexico secure the border. did you know they stop more people coming across the of the whole border patrol? all i am saying is we want to work with you. some of us have been living this say long time and we just want to work with you my time is up. we do want to work with you so please take advantage of our expertise. >> i am on dangerous ground can make a comment?. >>.
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>> since i have been in this job very the congressmen said about the of border and where to build it in places to do it i have been saying that since they've never won. what you said about the southern border when i was on active duty helping americans construct this strategy to help them implement it under the radar quietly it has worked very effectively it stopped 160,000 illegal migrants and returning to their countries of origin and he made me. we stopped more than that last year but that strategy works. about 1 yard line stand every day doesn't work it starts 1500 miles south so
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everything you have said about what we should be doing i have been saying over 120 days. one thing that is true that is different between my experience of u.s. military and now is that the men and women of the u.s. military are criticized and god knows we deserve some criticize -- criticism but the one thing that we never hear with this institution is criticism of the rank-and-file men and women putting their lives on the line every day. so in this job all i heard day in and day out were storm troopers, prejudice, not see, the foot soldiers that stand in the border am
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protected and i just ask that please recognize my bed and with it are doing the same kind of thing day in and day out of military men and women to give them a break. that is the shah up comment. >> nobody is attacking the men and women take the they are attacking the policy. we agree on a lot of things. >> your time is up. >> went to welcome secretary kelly the department homeland's security fiscal year 2018 budget this is the third times secretary kelly has appeared before this committee and we welcome you and appreciate your service to this country and many
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years of it. in lieu of my written opening statements that want to create a couple of statements i have gone through budget meetings and times. first one to talk about the history looking at total budget authority with the first fiscal year 2004 and the department's budget was minatory and discretionary 3.$5 billion that has grown by inflation it was a little under $50 billion so instead it is $70.6 billion so now from my standpoint that is a
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bipartisan fashion realizing that threats to the environment is more severe it is metastasizing in the department needs more resources for growth as much as i.m. concerned of the long-term budget situation, we cannot be penny wise and pound foolish. i have is inaccurate assessment of how much economic loss we have seen since then 11 we have to do what we can because our homeland is the top priority. oh want to be supportive of the secretary's request of tough budget times what we need to allocate our resources. the next point is the dramatic change of
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apprehension really have three months of history with this administration i have just gone back having my staff per pair a three month moving average apprehensions along the southwest border is incredibly revealing prior to the last three months on average we were apprehending 322,000 individuals coming into the country illegally the last three months totaled it was just under 56,000 about 46 percent of the previous four or five average that is a remarkable result. we have been looking at this problem of the illegal entry has said repeatedly the first thing we need to do is being committed to secure
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the border then eliminate those incentives like lack of enforcement has been a huge incentive for people to come to the country with the new administration with do it secretary committed to secure the border and was a little concerned when people were taking credit for this reduction we will see after four months but just that signal of we are committed to a force of law has had a powerful effect. i commend the secretary for standing strong against severe criticism. with that turning it over to the ranking member. >> thinks two secretary kelly for being here looking at the developments were you had to be all hands on deck for serious issues of
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national whole insecurity. may 11 meeting with the airline executives in terms of international travel we have a cyberattacks striking more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries and police departments in india closing doctors' offices in britain the may 22nd the terrorist suicide bomber killing children and adults in manchester in england then another seven in london. these are a few examples why we count on you and respect the job you have to do every day. the importance of your work talks about providing oversight i have never known of a government agency to work better with less asking
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those hard questions is the of way that you do aggressive oversight and i am pleased the real answer the question is the of that is who you are throwing your career with a speech to dave to the coast guard cadets to tell the truth to your seniors even though it is uncomfortable and they don't want to hear that. they deserve that. told the truth i know you will continue to speak truth to power and we will do we can do to help you in that regard. even though this attack of their proposed travel and a lot of discussion and united kingdom is about the conservative party resources over the last decade and how many fewer resources of the ground to try to prevent those terrorist attacks i am concerned the president's budget plans to cut at a
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time we cannot afford to let up on the security measures. . .
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particularly for smaller airports, this assistance is critically important. the budget will also/other programs that provide security to our transportation system. the grant program will because in half. support security grant program will be cut in half. he's calling for the elimination of the complex coordinated terrorist attack grant program. i'm concerned these priorities are not getting the attention they deserve, especially in light of what's going on around the world. i think we may be focused on this shiny object which has come to be known as the travel ban when instead we need to be focused on how many people we have boots on the ground in terms of being able to identify, track and prevent these terrorist attacks. there is no provision in the budget for additional officers. difference in terminology is very important because as you
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know the majority of drugs and of their contraband come into our country. they're responsible for finding them and stopping them. we cannot neglect our ports of entry as we try to increase border patrol. i'm glad you're here to today. there are a lot of important issues. i have a lot of questions but i know the other committee does too. please rise and raise your right hand. >> dussehra entrance where the testimony will be the truth the holt truth and nothing but the truth, so help you god? >> please be seated.
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>> john f kelly is a fifth secretary. prior to joining dhs, he served as commander of the uss southern command where he worked closely with law enforcement and dhs personnel in a correlated effort from across the southern border. he commanded marine forces reserve and served military systems to secretaries of defense gates and pannetta. less than a year later he returned to serve the american people. general kelly is a retired fords dart general. america could not be more appreciative and more fortunate to have you serving in this capacity we thank you for your service and look forward to your testimony.
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>> every day the men and women of the department of homeland security protect americans from the threats we face. and so it is a pleasure to appear before you to talk about the critical missions they carry out in service of our america every day and night, 247, 365. as anyone fully understands the parental role of our government also believes that they begin every day with the protection of the homeland and security of our people. fiscal year 2018 budget requests for the department will make it possible to continue and expand on our ability to protect our nation and its people. the world is a different place today. i can no longer think in terms of defense over there but rather must think in terms of the security. [inaudible]
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the department of homeland security fights the way game. together with them because of the dedication of many organizations and over million state, local professionals. [inaudible]
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[inaudible] [inaudible] above all, it is investment in the security of the american people, as far as i'm concerned, recent events show you cannot invest too much insecurity. the terrorist attacks in kabul, london, manchester and others are horrific reminders of the dangers we face globally. they restrict the need to do everything we can't keep our people safe. that means getting better about identity and making sure
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people are who they say they are in working with our international partners to raise their awareness and raise their defenses. forcing them to do so if need be to at least operate at the level that we work out. domestically, one of the most important enhancements is the real initiative passed into law 12 years ago by the united states congress. one which most of our states and territories have taken seriously and have already adopted. many others are working hard at compliance. the elected positions who have the fundamental responsibility to safeguard the nation have chosen to drag their feet. i will not. this will make america safer. it already is. it will be enforced in all federal facilities. there is a 911 commitment recommendation that others have been willing to ignore for which i will insure is
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implemented on schedule with no extension for states that are not taking the effort seriously. for those states and territories that cannot and will not meet the january 20 deadline, they are encouraged their citizens to help others with the real id law. like passports available from the state department. we need to prevent bad actors regardless of religion, race and nationality from entering our country. in recent years we recognized a spike in terrace problems. there are more terrace hotspots and foot soldiers now than almost any time in syria and iraq since we have thousands of jihadist fighters that have converged from more than 120 countries. as our military machines, acting coalition and many other like-minded partners as they proceed on the battlefield. they are returning home to europe, south asia southeast
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asia and even the western hemisphere. who knows what they are up to, but we can guess. they're heading to what they think are safe havens and ideology of hate and theft and intolerance wherever they are allowed to hide. expect that this will travel to the united states and carry out a test. with this context in mind, they issued clear direction in the form of an executive order to the entire executive branch to prevent entry of those who seek to do us harm. they are taking steps to improve the security of the homeland until we see how the court action plays out. while some debate and discuss, professional men and women like me are in the business of implementing the president's intent to secure the nation
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and we are doing that. we will let the self-appointed critics talk about the name. i hope congress uses the wisdom of what the president is trying to do to protect america and its people. it has been my experience in less than four months on the job that the congress is in fact committed to that. they have prevented us. [inaudible] there and states of civil war or state sponsors of terrorism and are basically failed states. they have the same countries identified by the congress in previous administration's in 2015 and nations of great concern. at the time, the expectation was those in the business would focus additional attention to supplemental and inaccurate vetting.
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these are countries that are either unable or unwilling to help us validate the identities and backgrounds of persons within their borders. i can tell you right now, because of the injunctions, i'm not fully confident that we are doing all that we can to lead our potential wrongdoers from this location. it also prevents them from looking into the information that we need from these countries to conduct proper screening, not just from the six countries identified an executive order, but from every country across the globe. it prevents me with the goal of improving the studio of a refugee program. the bottom line, i've been doing these things i know would make america safe and i anxiously await the completed action in one way or another so i can get to work. the men and women of dhs will do every thing we can't and
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always always within the law to keep the american people safe. but the delay has prevented us from doing that, what i in those most familiar with the reality believe we need to do to protect our homeland. again, sir, i appreciate the opportunity to be before the committee and i thank you for your continued support and the committee's continued support for the great men and women of the department. i remain committed to working with congress and protect the american people. i have made changes within the organization to do exactly that, to increase responsiveness, availability of witnesses, we've done all that in a big way. i'm glad to answer any questions you may have. >> you are watching c-span's review of the 2018 federal budget process. it may present trump submitted a budget request of $1 trillion to congress.
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they are working towards finalizing the budget for these agencies. when they come back in session, the house and senate will have 12 legislative days to finalize the spending bill for fiscal year 2018 which begins on october 21, 2018. next we go back to june 13 on commerce and justice. >> our 2018 budget request shows a strong commitment to the justice department top priorities. the provides more funding to fight terrorism and cybercrime, to reduce crime and combat illegal immigration. it also gives us the resources we need to support our state, local and tribal partners and their essential law-enforcement. it reflects three important piece.
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truth in budgeting and focusing on priorities. it's critical and they support the order the president to reorganize agencies for the goal of increasing efficiency and effectiveness. >> first the budget is an honest one, eliminating from the book thousands of unfunded and think it positions i give an impression of the personnel we have on duty. they have been thank it for years are never filled at all. secondly, it seeks to cut back without harming our mission. national security remains our highest priority. we face espionage and
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cybercrim cybercrime. we also need to come to terms with the growing challenge. it refers to law-enforcement increased ability to lawfully access and intercept real-time medications. even with a warrant, as a result of changes in technologies, this phenomenon impairs our ability to bring criminals to justice. law-enforcement officers operate within the constitution and respect the interest. when there is legitimate need and we have a court order, public safety is jeopardized and were unable to obtain that information. the budget provides an extra
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$98.5 million to combat terrorism, espionage and cyber security threats. the justice department is committed to protecting the american people from violent crimes. both of which are spiking at alarming rates. violent crime is rising at many areas of our nation and drug-related injuries and death across the country. the evidence of this is indisputable. rising violent crime and drug abuse are devastating many american families. the department is confronting these had on and we need your help. the proposed budget provides the department law-enforcement agencies with extra support so they can target the worst violent criminals, organizations and drug trafficking. it also provides the additional assistant district attorney to focus on our efforts to fight crime.
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those resources will enhance the ability of federal enforcement to fight crime and keep our community safe. we are focused did on getting drugs off the street through strong enforcement efforts. we have to take a hard look at their practices and reduce the over prescription of pharmaceutical drugs. the department of justice will do our part with the department of homeland security. our proposed budget provides much-needed funding to hire 75 additional people and support personnel to reduce the unacceptable backlog. it will also allow us to hire more debbie marshall's and more border enforcement
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prosecutors so we can prosecute criminal aliens who threaten our communities. the federal government does not maintain public safety alone. if i% of law-enforcement officers in our country are not federal. they work for state and local and tribal partners and we rely on them heavily. the men and women serving our first line of defense meaning they help keep our community safe. our budget maintained our commitment to these valued partners and the high performing programs that have proven to be effective they fund important priorities. we will do all we can to be good stewards of the department's resources. we have a duty to avoid waste so it will be available to fight crime and protect people. the department of justice is
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home to 115,000 honorable and women who work to serve, protect and defend the american people and respect the constitution of the united states. this budget makes it possible for us to do our jobs with the investments set forth in the budget and with your help we will enforce our nation's laws and safety for all americans. and in this morning about an incident in georgia in which we understand. our thoughts are with the victims and their families and in support of form horseman personnel who are working on the case.
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an attack on any is an attack on all. it's also on the principles we all believe in. they'll be happy to take any questions and i look forward to that. thank you. >> thank you for your testimony. i'm sure you will have a lot of questions but i'll try to stay within the budget area. what specifically is the department of justice doing to accelerate the hiring of new immigration judges. >> thank you, sir. this has been one of my top priorities and i learned, when i took the position. >> bring the microphone to you a little bit. >> i learned very early in my tenure about this extraordinary backlog in immigration cases and that has been one of my top priorities to address that. the fiscal year 2018 budget includes money to enhance
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border security. that mentioned 450 people into sports staff to address the backlog which is approaching as a chairman had mentioned $600,000. it also includes assistant u.s. attorney for the immigration laws deputy marshals and additional attorneys. we are very focused. one of the challenges we had was some bureaucratic delays in hiring and filling vacancies. it is a big challenge. i talked to the leadership and
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we will make it a top priority to put an end to the increase and work on ways we can more efficiently reduce that because everyone who has a case pending in the immigration court deserves and exhibitions resolution of the case. as you know, the fbi is in a time of transition. it has not been easy for any of us. tractor calmly was a leader that fought to make the fbi better and stronger. we are going to do our best to make sure we make progress in all of those areas. the threats we face are constantly evolving. we must continue to examine the way we can do business to ensure we are doing everything we can in the best way we can.
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i believe they maintain a sacred trust with the american people to protect them and uphold the constitution. we can do that with the resources this committee gives us. the element of that trust and making sure we always good stewards of taxpayers money. we tried to be good stewards. we ask for what we need and what we need extra in certain areas, we don't hesitate to tell you. the fbi's budget request this year proposes a total $8.7 billion for salary and expenses.
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[inaudible] we need every single one of these people. they are the lifeblood of the fbi. they are over and beyond everything else. this will result in a reduction of 1600 positions. let me shift briefly to program enhancements. i would like to highlight with you the things we've requested. first and foremost in cyber we left asked for $41 million to build on our cyber capabilities. their investigative and analytic capacity. the frequency and impact of cyber attacks on our networks has increased dramatically. we need to shift to preventing
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these attacks before they occur. we have to collect the best intelligence and share with our partners in law enforcement and the private sector and real-time. too do that we have to hire and develop the best cyber talent. we are asking for $19.7 million. we will also use these resources on insider threats from trusted employees and contractors. we've asked for $21.6 million. i can tell you this is more than just getting into lock devices or communications which is certainly part of the issue but is not the entire issue. going dark is impacting our ability to execute court orders on electronic devices across the spectrum.
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we saw the product already of violent crime. it's one of our highest priorities in one of the things that challenges our partners at the state, local and tribal level every school day. we are asking for 33 positions to make recommendations from the task force. we've asked for money to sustain our capabilities. as you know, that time, within which a counterterrorism target proceeds from merely being radicalized has condensed over the past several years. as you are most concerned with weapons, that will further
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compress that time that we refer to from flash to bank. if you give me just a minute, i will talk about one of our highest legislative priorities for this year and that is the reauthorization of pfizer section 702. section 702 gives us the ability to collect. [inaudible] this intelligence is incredibly important to us. if the tool entire government benefits from and it's one that if we lose it the country will be less safe. without it we don't have a window to the activities, the weapons proliferators and other adversaries who may be coming after us. we don't know what they're planning.
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we need to disrupt syndicates and maintain our biometrics. these are important and necessary enhancements and we know we can always count on the resources to keep country safe and we are very grateful for that. in conclusion, our leadership has changed, the fundamental things about the fbi will not ever change. our commitment to keeping the american people safe, our fidelity to the constitution and the rule of law and our core values, respect, passion, fairness, integrity, accountability, leadership, diversity and adherence to the constitution. these have made the fbi what they are today. we'll stay focused on the mission to keep doing great work with your support and the
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american people deserve no less. i'm happy to take your questions. >> thank you. 45million below the 2017 appropriation. we are under a continuing resolution which did not happen so will get you crosswise but the question appears to leave them with a hole to fill in to help us assist you with that i would ask you, how would this affect violent extremism and how it impacts prior investigation. >> sure. it will certainly impact us in many ways. it is a broad and deep enough reduction that it will touch every program, it will touch headquarters and are field offices. it's a reduction that is not
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possible to put against vacancies that it will fit every description within the fbi. we will lose agent positions and of course professional staff. >> as you know, we went through a period of sequestration a few years ago where we reduced by 3000 positions during the course of sequestration's. it's taken us some time to hire our way back up. we are on target to be as close to full strength by the end of this year and the deductions you've described will take us backwards. >> this subcommittee will have the final word on that and you know how strongly we support your word. we will do our best to support you with that. the company i requested, and $8 million increase for surveillance of high priority targets, why is a priority and how is the fbi meeting your current needs.
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>> as i said, we are in good shape right now. the $8 million is all personnel funding and it essentially enables us to protect about 70 positions that would likely have been added to the reductions we've discussed. the demands we've placed on our surveillance teams over the past several years have been enormous. as a number of homegrown extremists and counterintelligence grows, those folks that we need to keep an eye on on a day-to-day or 24 hour bases, those resources become all the more important. reduction in that area is particularly tough. we have a real concern in the houston area. it affects the whole country, but due to the location we
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have a problem of young women being exploited and sold into slavery. it's a heartbreaking situation. can you talk about the work the fbi is doing to fight human trafficking. >> yes sir. >> particularly down in the southwest border area where we have border issues, we have made a significant investment in terms of our taskforces and the work we do with our partners at dea and others. frequently we find ourselves looking at the same transnational crime groups engaged in narcotics trafficking and human trafficking. it is that combined work that we do in the task force environment that lets us be as effective and productive as we can be. we recognize that is a growing threat and is an area we want to keep focused on closely and make sure we have the right folks doing that works. >> is the budget request a factor in this regard? what can the committee do to ensure the additional resources you need to be back this terrible epidemic. >> i think the most valuable thing at this point would be
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to try to restore those reductions that we are likely to sustain. >> what are the main challenges is encountering regarding the supply chain on backdoors. >> it's an incredibly important area and one that we've tried to expand the amount of outreach cross the government and private sector. we see those threats coming in from the work that we do and so we've tried to spread that word utilizing things like the best practices document that i know you're familiar with to let folks know these are the threads they need to be aware of, particularly across the government as they acquire high-tech infrastructure. i think it's also important, it's been great to see the last several months where the administration has a deep
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interest in addressing some of the things we've seen. i think there's a lot of ways we can be more effective in terms of monitoring foreign investment in our high-tech industries and will also help in that area. >> thank you. i am concerned that the special counsel you appointed to investigate the ties between the administration of russia will not have adequate resources. is special counsel being provided with full access to all resources needed for investigation. >> yes sir. >> i can assure you of that. i've had many interactions with the special counsel and its representatives. in fact, in the next 24 hours we will discuss exactly that. we have a great number of folks who have already been part of that team and i have assured the director that we will do every thing necessary to deliver the resources to meet the needs.
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>> thank you. >> the fbi investigation continuing concurrently, we will have all resources in the necessary personnel been transferred to director muller's office. >> all the resources necessary to conduct the investigation that director muller is now responsible for have been assigned to that effort under director muller. it's important to note that the fbi continues to maintain responsibility for counterintelligence issues against all of our foreign adversaries and certainly including our russian adversaries. we still do work in the russia counterintelligence space, but we are careful to we've what is the special counsel to be the special counsel. >> this reflects the present strong personal commitment to the nation's veterans. also budget we need to achieve to provide better choice for
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veterans, focus our resources towards what's most important, improving the timeliness of our services and suicide prevention. we are already taking steps to meet the challenges that we face. at the present instruction, we've established the va count ability office. the recent decisions made will help us with that. we've recently removed two medical center directors and three other senior executives. we simply will not tolerate programs that put the veterans at risk. the advisory committee will be set up in running this summer. i also suggest we remain under a hiring freeze as we consolidate program offices, implement shared services and realign overheads to get more money back to the fields. we now have same-day services for primary care and mental health and medical centers.
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veterans can access wait time data to understand access and quality. no other health system has this type of transparency. we've made it easier for veterans to go online healthcare opportunities. last summer we received eight times as many online applications as the year before. last month we were able to process a disability claim in just three days. it uses a new process where we introduce these claims nationally this year. we will be completely paperless for claims by mid- 2018. a few months ago the crisis line had a call rollover rate of more than 30%. today it's less than 1%. we've launched a new predictive modeling tool that allows the va to provide proactive support for veterans
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who are at high-risk for suicide. were launching a new initiative system getting to zero. this is my top clinical priority. we are looking to move forward and we could do more of the same. we also need congress to authorize and overhaul are broken and failing claims appeals process. we work closely with other stakeholders to draft a proposal to modernize the system we are pleased to hear
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unite behind. we need congress to share that veterans are responding to our modernization. we need to fully fund and modernizing consolidate community care through the veterans care program. the program will courtney so they get the right care at the right time with the right provider whether in the va facility or community care provider. we just need your help to make it happen. >> thank you. i want to start off with my questions on the appear process. >> i have consistently said that any change in the process to improve it.
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do you agree with that. >> i would like to see that happen. if both the appeals reform and budget is adopted, with the va be able too. [inaudible] >> the appeals, the board of appeals are the ones were most concerned about. if they move it forward, as i think you are saying, we will have a process to expedite those from the time the law passes moving forward. you are asking about the legacy claims and appeals. we do not have a plan to make significant progress on those. we are going to have to whittle away at that. the budget will add 142 more staff to the board. it will allow us to make in
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the mental progress. to deal with the backlog we would be looking at 2264 we dealt with the backlog. rather than adding a large number of staff is that we will give current veterans in the appeals process the option of opting into the new process. if they choose to opt in will have to be their choice. they will be up to have their appeal dealt with in a faster fashion. that is my hope to accelerate and encourage veterans who would have to otherwise wait for years. >> first of all, let me commend you because you just gave an honest answer to my question, not that i expected anything else, but it's easy for department had, we think
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we heard one thing we heard something else. [inaudible] [inaudible] i've been told that the das plan is to gradually address the appeals. if that's the plan how long will it take. i hurt her answer being yes it
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will probably be very gradual and it would be 2026 before we got to it. >> yes. >> mr. chairman, let me just add, we share that frustration. i find it really difficult to tell people what's made it into the appeals process that they have six years to wait to your response. i've asked the question, how much more would it take to get that backlog addressed. the answer is, i'm not sure you want to know. >> around $800 million. >> everything we do on this committee will pale in comparison to how we will get the $800 million to handle the claims before 2026. we are going to clean up
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appeals prospectively in the future with what this budget proposes. for the legacy appeals out there, they must still be out there. the anger is going to get louder and the frustration deeper so we really, you need to know the number and we need to be prepared to find some way to do that because all that will happen is a lot of people will get more anguish, less of my service in all cause more problem without new problems we bring into place. thank you for being candid. i want all of us to be aware of what were dealing with. we have to make hard decisions. one of them will be to get the legacy plans done and not let them build up in the future because when you do put your new program in that will solve all the problems prospectively, it better fix them. if we fix the problems that
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are there and then we have another backup we will be madder than a wet hornets. >> you are watching a review of the 2018 federal budget process. in may president transmitted a budget request of $1 trillion to congress and since then the house and senate have held committee meetings and hearings. cabinet secretaries are working to finalizing the budget towards each agency. when congress comes back into session, the house and senate will have 12 legislative days to finalize the spending bills for fiscal year 2018 which begins on october 1, 2017. >> next we go back to june 22 and hearing of the senate energy and natural resources committee were energy secretary rick perry testified on the 2018 energy department budget request. >> president trumps fiscal year 2018 budget provides $28 billion to advance our key mission and focuses on important investments including ensuring the safety and effectiveness of our nuclear weapons arsenal, protecting our energy infrastructure from fibrous tax, achieving computing and focusing the amazing network of our national laboratories
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on early-stage research and development. my goal is straightforward. advancer nations could go in her g in scientific r&d mission, strengthen our security, fulfill our environmental management commitment. i've just painted you a rather rosy picture. while there is a lot of good news to report, there are other hard conversations we need to have. there are approximately 120 sites in 39 states that are storing spent nuclear fuel for high-level waste. in fact, many members of this committee have waste in their state. we have a moral obligation to come up with a long-term solution, finding the safest repositories available.
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this is a sensitive topic for some. we no longer can continue to kick the can down the road. as a former legislative appropriate or and the governor, i understand how important following the rule of law is. i have been instructed to move forward for that goal. we need to resume activities for the yucca mountain reserve and to have a robust interim storage program. we need to be good stewards of the taxpayer dollars. congress has spent $5 billion on the project that is way over budget with no end in sight. the estimated 2048 completion date.
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this is money that could be used towards other priorities, financial security or cleanup at other sites. there is a better, cheaper and proven way to dispose of to tell me in. we are using that process now. i look forward to having a ongoing conversation with you in the days and months to come. >> thank you very much. think administrator pruitt for being here today. i hope we can find ways to work together although you have heard a lot of us on committee have the concerns with the president's budget. i need to say, like some of my colleagues before me, we certainly disagree with the administration stand on the paris accord and i come from the state of maine where people have a lot of concern about climate change and it has an effect on our lives everyday. i also want to mention i was
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with a group of my colleagues in germany when the announcement was made. a lot of our colleagues were so shocked that we would make this decision and they were worried they couldn't trust the united states anymore to trust the agreement. i want to get into a little more specific. sometimes i think we put these environmental issues, and we talk about them in terms of environmental extremists against businesses. someone who comes from the state of maine and understands the importance of the environment and the economy working together, and how much i hear about it from my constituents, climate change to us is very real. it's not an environmental platitude. i live in a lobster fishing area. i would probably say the highest lobster landings in the world are in the bay where i live. i see lots of fishermen every day. they look at me with this fear as in saying what are we going to do. the ocean is warming around
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us. we are watching the migration of lobsters up into the coast. once they get to canada they will belong to them, not us. we don't get them back. we've seen disappearance in the shipping industry and as my colleague said, between the fishing industry and tourism, these are important to our identity and economically and i can't go home and say this isn't really happening. i can't say to the people in the shellfish industry that this doesn't exist. we may sometimes disagree on this committee about the cause of climate change, but doing something about it is critical and we can back out of the agreements. i also represent a huge coastline and was sea level rising come out we may not see it the other everyday like they do in miami beach but we see it when i try to sell their home or get insurance. when you talk about uncertainty in the marketplace if it's fishermen or farmers or people in coastal communities, these are people i deal with everyday. they're looking at this with fear and concern and thanked
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me, and i'm think to myself, what am i going to tell my grandchildren if we don't do something about it. that's my first concern. second, i feel little bit like mr. kilmer, i could go on for many minutes but i feel confident that the chairwoman may do that. there's an economic question for tourism states and fishing states and national resources. maybe you say one size doesn't fit all and it's not the same in oklahoma. i understand but i represent one of those states that is in the tailpipe of the fossil fuel industry. talk a little bit about clean air. we have deep concerns about the cuts in this budget and your approach to this. i'm looking for any way i can to work with you, but people in my area have deep concerns. you are an attorney general that sued. [inaudible] i know we all get criticized at times for who supports the
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work that i do and i want to take you at your word but i want here in my state this doesn't work so well. we are the most oil -dependent state in the nation paired we know how hard it is to get over our fossil fuel dependence and we are deeply concerned about cuts potentially to energy independence. if we can have more solar and more wind, we can't have that healthy balance. were concerned about the rollback of clean-air rules. we have one of the highest rates of childhood asthma. that's just a tragedy the fact that so many people have to deal with the impact of being at the end of the tailpipe with coal-fired power plants in the dirty air coming to our state. what you think it's like to see the highest rate of emergency room admissions because of asthma or to have ozone in the middle of our tourism. we can't say don't come visit because the air is dirty.
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he talked about uncertainty of the marketplace, this creates a lot of uncertainty. you've heard a lot of our concerns, you said we should celebrate the downturn in co2 levels, those are because we've had higher fuel efficiency standards and because we've invested more in clean energy. your budget does all the opposite. it also cuts your commitment to our state and we can't leave states holding a bag. about 100 employees in our department are funded through the federal government. we don't get that money back if you take it all away. obviously i piled on you a million concerns and it's only a few but i think i represent what i'm hearing everyday. i don't see how more cooperation or more efficiency replaces those 4000 employees your bats cut or put some of the money back in the programs we care about. >> let me say first, i look forward to us working together. i appreciate you saying that and it's something i endeavor to do. with respect to attainment
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issues, it's actually a priority of our administration to focus on achieving better team and outcomes. as you know, when you look at asthma, the two pollutants that we regulate under the program, there are several, but two of them predominantly impact asthma. we, our standard is better than any in europe and we are making tremendous progress toward achieving good health outcomes for citizens. congresswoman, i believe we can do more. when i say celebrate progress, i think we have to recognize we have prioritized it as a country. we should recognize the success we've achieved but it doesn't mean we stop. it means we work with the state to get better data, real-time data and then focus on compliance and assistance to achieve better outcomes in the program. with respect to co2, the
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president, when he announced withdraw from the paris accord said something else wil as well. he said he wanted to continue engagement on this issue. i just left the g-7. i spent four days with my counterparts and we started bilateral discussions. :
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>> >>. >> if i may in this regard is important that congress has not address this as a stationary source with tremendous speculation andy autumn sector has taken significant steps to reduce emissions and has done an extraordinary job of for stationary sources looking at the clean air act that of elihu were here in 1981 amended but if you ask
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members have demanded that act congressman dingell described as a glorious mess and that is how the free market views. so we have to ask a the question to the epa we cannot just may get up or make up the process to address whatever objectives have been identified we have to receive direction and authority from this body so it would be focused on what we have an affair is a deficiency and 52 accordingly. >> i hope we can discuss the power plant it was stationary clean air. >>. >> the clean air act it is
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important to me and my a area but as you know, that california was the first date to start cleaning up its own air before the clean air act of course of already stepped forward to clean up the air there is a history of bipartisan cooperation with jerry lewis to help to create that equality so certainly there is a lot of concerns about clean air shared by governor reagan 1966 and those provisions is a california to deal with that.
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in fact, one thing that is important to california is we had these waivers over 50 years so do you plan to continue that preemption waiver?. >> certainly currently the waiver is not under read you this is something that has been granted going to the beginning of the clean air act it was actually preserved so it is a board we recognize of role of the states and that is something we are committed to mindy agency. -- in the agency's. >> mr. chairman, thanks for being here and a lot of things have been said about the of leadership to right size the agency with those
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accolades and compliments. i think you have heard very clearly around this table we appreciate the love clean air and clean water but we are an energy steamers virginia natural gas also is human-resources date with the hardest working people i would put up against anybody in this country and your predecessor in the prior administration did everything that it could to put west virginia of business. and to put west virginia is out of pork for gore respect to my colleague across the aisle worrying about his 3200 employees from puget sound at risk of losing their jobs.
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as result of the prior administration and we did lose over 10,000 jobs of coal mining, the good jobs because of the actions of the prior administration the power of the purse i have been working in this committee to influence of direction of the epa and policies but simply want to say signs of hope and opportunity from the hard-working people of west virginia we do have'' several opening up have people going back to work to create a sense of hope and opportunity and i just want
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to make sure that it is clear for all to hear and see that does this administration make it a priority to have all of the above energy policy?. >> ps congress managed to look at how we generate electricity we truly have diversity with 1% growth of gdp there is not as much concern of grid security but seeing a three year 4% growth those akkad have diverse portfolios so you can store the of hydrocarbons on site. if there is an attack on the transportation system and
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also with a fuel source to generate electricity in having one client is important to american citizens no price per kilowatt compared to europe or other nations is very competitive there provide stability to grow and manufacture so the focus should be on innovation and technology with natural gas or oil to use the lowest emission standards possible. >> so this administration you do see a future for call?. >> it is essential to have day robust diversity how we generate electricity.
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it is all about strategy. >> talk about for egyptian drugs is a driver we need to make sure they are safe but the backlog with generics above to do more with less but we have to do more with one-third less you don't have to justify this because i heard more with less to said justin not have the manpower to do it so those recommendations are important so i hope they would be honest with us sorry thing generic drug is
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a huge issue so this is something we shall try to achieve and also to be realistic on the manpower. >> with those appropriate allocations you can rest assured i read be happy to help reduce. >> i would love to get your recommendations generics are one of the bright lights of the last 15 or 20 years so nbc henchman's as senator collins talked about we have to figure out ways to block that. >> what we do for the organization. >> with those prescription drugs girl efforts over the
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last 20 years up into canada with prescription drugs danville's to be put forth some good and some not so good should america be allowed to import?. >> this has been put to the fda commissioners of both administrations and it is legal to have as long as the secretary of hhs can observe the safety that legislation existed through both administrations. i have not taken a fresh look at this question. i have not been announced i'm happy but fda commissioners dating back have not been able to make that certification. >> of safety?.
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>> of the ability to put in place that i regulatory architecture of that the importation of drugs to make sure that custody can be guaranteed. >> i think that is a legitimate concern and also americans being gouged almost to the point we are subsidizing other countries i don't know that to be a fact but going to war again and we hear about this issue a lot. >> i'm trying to take steps to redress this view are absolutely right we are subsidizing drugs from other countries do to their high prices and we need to
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address that. i am not a trade representative but i'm trying to do all that i can. >>. >> with transportation we all share the same goal better dissertation systems are safe and dependable the 2018 budget of be infrastructure to look at the current spending patterns and taking a close their look with those intended purposes so to address those future transportation needs this request fully fund service transfer station programs to provide steady state funding for the majority of whether
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to is rotation programs. with that transportation infrastructure is crumbling set to address this concern the president has proposed long-term reforms the way those projects are regulated and delivered and maintain so with additional state and local and private funding to ensure that federal funding is leveraged to maximize infrastructure investment the president has identified a total federal commitment of $200 billion but those improvements of which a portion is directed toward rule america. fiscal year 2018 budget includes a proposal the represents a major shift for the faa. despite spending billions of taxpayer dollars over decades of effort the government has not been able
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to fully applaud and states of the art air traffic technology. to use paper strips to keep track some of flights and pilots using 1960's technology radar. congestion and delays cost more than $25 billion the newly with lost productivity not to mention quality of life in 2020 air passenger traffic soared to $1 billion the newly. and with that aircraft system has to be integrated into the national airspace. without change the current air traffic control system is not able to keep up so this administration has proposed moving air traffic control operations to the independent cooperative the
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safety regulatory oversight function will remain at faa and also solvay longstanding conflict of interest issue with the operating entity air-traffic control regulating its own safety. said to have that structure separating out air-traffic control and air safety regulations finally the of president calls for reforming those transportation and programs like that capital investment grant program and the discretionary portion of the essential air service and amtrak's long-distance routes the president also recommends we revisit the grant program those infrastructure's outlined by the president does alternative ways to find worthy projects with a different funding formula moving forward.
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the also recognize the administration will commit to rural america as be revitalize our transportation and for structure. things for the opportunity to appear today to discuss the president's budget plan actually ahead of time. [laughter] >> as you know, homes to the two largest national parks and your proposal would cut both parks by 7% from mt. rainier would see quite a reduction of 881,000 and another would be 900,000. so i am trying to understand that the parks were already underfunded now these cuts make the problems were so can you explain why cutting these parks and park
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personnel on the front lines is the right strategy to balance?. >> the infrastructure increased $38 million. that is not a cut. the front line is the park and since i have been secretary i think i have been to maine, new hampshire , utah montana, alaska, connecticut montana, alaska, connecticut , it is clear the front line is too thin. so my assessment with the department of interior we have to middle management and too few in the parks a we're going through a process how to push more assets to the front line. we have seen every cost-cutting measure it we
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find ourselves too short needed in the parks. yes we need more scientists in the field and was lawyers but also look at the region's three-year to heavy in the our regions and unfortunately that has taken a toll at the parks. second, the best funding is the ticket to the door with 330 million visitors to the parks last year half of those did not charge. we divided into eight tiers system. many of the park's don't even involve that so we have to look at revenue as well and public-private partnerships looking at some of the park's own transportation with yosemite that experience is all on the freeway and reindeer has challenges whether so that
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private public partnership how to move people and maintain the experience we are looking at everything. >> mr. secretary i find the budget so focused on oil and natural gas and revenue that i think you are neglecting the fact the economy generates the hundred $87 billion per year. 65 million of federal revenue that is $124 billion to the government so that vs. that 2 billion with a 80 billion for the price fluctuations to want to make sure we're putting pedal to the metal, p.o. drawer e economy -- toward the out door economy. >> we have developed a carefully crafted disciplined budget at 5.2%
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below the prior fiscal year's spending level of $339 million we don't need any director lu for stacking fines and edition and to reduce the cap this would enable us to transfer $6 million to the treasury. in to face the same challenges while maintaining essential services of how that commission and does business. and to emphasize so someone
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is paying the freight including small business individual licensee is as follows the company's the passalong to those consumers headed is imperative to be fiscally responsible and avoid the unnecessary spending and i firmly believe if we refrain from regulatory overreach we have those results that benefit everyone. while we experienced reductions in administrative deficiencies have assured that they remain productive with 100 fewer we've already manage to of a schedule for the open meeting that they consider a the highest we're averaging double the of number of items her reading them last year. i expect this increase
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productivity fiscal year 2018. we have been aggressive looking for cost savings already identified substantial reductions by closing the offsite warehouse for those projected annual savings of $851,000. also reducing the on site printer's and copy machines. fiscal year 2018 focusing the sec resources to a financing though strategics that were outlined in the budget request first and foremost, with your comments along of divide with that mobility fund face to option to fix broadband these are complicated tasks to be sure to have a solid plan to get the job done so on a
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personal note i appreciate your initiative a substantial effort to connect americans with the digital opportunity. they give for your leadership from implementing policies to authorize the television broadcasters we also move full speed ahead to get more ways and to the commercial marketplace am third concentrate on protecting consumers and public safety with that video relay service we will continue to pursue with the agenda for co and continue to support the front lines across the country and fourth focus on reforming the process. the american people deserve to have a transparent and
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responsive regulator with the already made substantial progress to make those items at least three weeks before we vote on them. there is much more to do. i am excited how the sec to bring digital opportunity to more americans to protect the american people and improve agency operations and i believe this will help us to advance the goals of a responsible way. thank you for this opportunity to discuss the budget proposal. >> raise a a question on that neutrality cutting funding of the core budget by 5% this may palin comparison with it is
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significant for an agency that has been flat funded for years walking away from the core responsibilities. and more they and neutrality and privacy protection is this is something that i hear every single time that i go home at the garage restorer at church on sunday in fact, 4 million americans that is unprecedented called the fcc to preserve the platform for all.
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with those rose to protect consumers and the start-ups known for the commerce ideas and expressions of the judiciary committee and why those rules are so unimportant the simply want to remain in equal playing field. without fear to be squeezed out the window one special preference are to be in the position and to be squeezed out so that landmark opener
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reflected the concerns. and then those paid to play deals to stifle innovation and. and with that dynamic platform. but immediately after president chun appointed you the sec did the about face it with those rules to ensure that the live corporations and so with
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that permanent objective of that marketplace with many interests than big businesses to ruth squeeze out competition and then to harm consumers. and then to do under by those consumer protections i'm sadly not surprised with that made republican leadership to of them roll back the common-sense and
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with a lot of small businesses and readjust the killed by this hard-working americans as. >> now we will proceed with the questioning. >> so my first question chairman is about what you alluded to read the statement on to figure out to deploy a broad band or eliminate those barriers this is something we can work on if there is a status? it with bad
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broadband expansion. >> to take aggressive steps to work cooperatively negative broadband appointment is front and center. and i set up the broad band employment advisory committee. and to help to try to find that interesting and broadband appointment and we work cooperatively with states to make sure indians serve various. >> and then to learn how they migrate. i have worked with governor
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cuomo of new york to finance subsidies of upstate new york. in in every state shares that interest. maybe just different challenges to get there. but to give them a chance to respond on possible agency structure 5% shrinkage of of budget?. >> with the omb offered guidance and we crafted the of budget. second to make sure we had our eyes of the prize to make shirts day discharge that core responsibilities despite the fact there are
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fewer staffers and then with that output with the highest profile issues to reform the connect america program and that may be the most effective way i the topic. but just like the fcc m.i.t. ftc bet with those bureaus and officers -- office this summer very busy. what but engineers have been engineering technology we could centralize that economic function with that great pop talent into one office. and to give the academic environment and like to
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write to the of papers with those innovative ideas that they have like price cap regulation. with those constraints that were presented to us. and to we have resources there for broadband appointment we have some issues in our state with the stimulus package and the deployment so what he's saying in court nation with the sec? so we have the federal initiative framework where we are constantly in contact to build better relationships and give us a
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blueprint and then ask that stands what ever hoping we can do is work with local authorities or with us with that infrastructure consortium that in a more streamlined and targeted way with a collaborative remark -- framework with that concerted effort to concentrate on the goals and objectives.
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>> commissioner just does a concern there is widespread concern with those that counter that long standing tradition of both parties how federal agencies sought to respond with to commit to responding with members of congress?. >>. >> we will going forward. >> privacy is the top of the topic of concern to me sightseeing a lot of day new enactment of the previous rules for it internet privacy you believe it is of ftc currently on side of their jurisdiction so what privacy protections are currently in place? should
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there be privacy for corrections? how do we achieve that restoration of those robust privacy protections for consumers?. >> i see the base line expectation with those uniformed expectations will be protected whenever the consumer goes on-line. the ftc was the couple on the beat previously with day free mark across the internet economy but after 2015 when we had common carrier we struck the jurisdiction so that left a whole of privacy protection for pro section and to tutu of the communications act
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the ftc rules of privacy have never gone into effect. so we essentially we had to figure out how to establish some guidance to make sure we protect consumers of best pecan to make sure regardless what agency is handling the issue to make sure consumers are protected >> so who has jurisdiction is there additional action and that needs to be taken?. >> currently the sec does have jurisdiction but the ftc has over everyone else so being committed to work very closely with other members of the ftc to make sure we have a consistent framework to protect consumers and they go on line. >> with that neutrality they
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first proposed a rule a record-breaking number of americans filed comments and a crash the phone system in my office so that just indicates there is a lot of americans that have strong views so had you consider those public comments what about the voices of millions of americans to have serious concerns?. >> that is part of the reason why we have the conversation? we could have went through territory rulings that what day did was a matter of law but it is important for us for that process that is why we had a full 90 day public comment before the fcc vote to allow for that comment.
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one cpac comment period closes august 16 we will take stock to figure out if they should move ahead and how. we will be guided by the principles of the previous circuits and the facts end of record gearing out what is in the public interest. >> i would be interested in the neutrality and consumer privacy. >> i find myself wondering who is the referee or the cop on the beach with broadband service? with this passage and the direction and we have taken i am not an attorney but i don't think is monitoring so from that perspective i am worried as a customer in the
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millions of others who are. >> with privacy and that neutrality. >> the concerns will be taken seriously. >> i am hopeful that those comments the we have heard will be taken seriously by this body regardless of what form day came in and they took the time to weigh in their voices should be heard we are responsible to the people as a government agency. >> the president this
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morning treated that that is not the answer reata diplomatic solutions?. >> no. >> why do they support the need to increase pressure?. >> we're never out of diplomatics. to provide for the protection and then to collaborate and for what will take place.
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. >> i just finished one of the of bill o'reilly books and the airport last weekend which is very interesting. with a whole plot that was unfolding with president lincoln being assassinated. last year of the of freedom caucus we liked it and gave it do everyone called troublesome young men about parliament 38 and 39 and 40
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new they had to move out chamberlain because they were not standing up to mussolini is fascinating and reread this at the same time so was a an interesting book that i have read. but this weekend at the airport i finished the book on and abraham lincoln so i grabbed in 1984 and i started that. i have read animal farm but not this one. it is kind of dark but i will read that as well. >> you said you enjoy reading history books so what captivates you?. >> i read novels or scripture each week as well
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but the key you can learn from the. we will see if i can make it through or well [inaudible conversations]

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