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once again this camera feed of trump tower is available on c-span.org. a look now at a portion of this morning's washington journal. >> here joining us at the cannon house tom curry, to tell us a little bit more about this incoming freshman class, how are you. >> good, how are you? >> let's talk about the experience before they land in washington, many of them have served previously in state legislatur legislatures. >> right. of the 52 new house members, not including the three sworn in in november, they filled vacancies, but of the 52 entirely new
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taking the oath today, 20 of them have served in state legislaturers. three of them served as mayors, california, georgia and new york. and 24 of them have no prior elective experience, some searched in appointed offices in their states. >> what do you think that experience in the state house or state senate provides for these new members? does it help them understand the give and take of -- >> sure. >> -- of capitol hill? >> i think it depends on the state and how some state legislatures are really not full time legislatures. i think you're on interview from
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new york, saying having served as a democrat he was in the minority party in the new york, would help him survive here in wa washington. >> the viewers, who, what are they going to see? >> you mean in the demographic makeup of the new members? >> yes. >> well, i believe you have six african-american members, seven latino new members, let's see, women -- i don't have those -- oh, here we go. women -- >> i'll let you --
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>> of those right here. >> i'll let you find it. but this is something that this congress is going to be a diverse one, yet viewers will also see some of the more familiar faces and more familiar demographic makeup as well. >> sure and some will be very familiar like charley chrischri. and -- from florida and then a couple of gubinatorial candidates, from maryland replacing donna edwards and john fo s fosa, is a republican. >> what about the makeup of the senate? >> seven new senators, five democrats and only two
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republicans so there was a net gain of two for the democrats in the senate tammy duckworth defeated mark kirk and maggie, defeated kellie ayotte in new hampshire, and from new hampshire, kellie shey -- is a familiar name and face because she has run six times, she first won it in 2006, she has now won four of the six and defeated frank ginta. >> this is a district that keeps flipping back and forth from republicans to democrats. >> i think if you're thinking
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head head, i think she knows that it's competitive. she's lost it an wd won it. if you look ahead, they're not even sworn in, but you have to look at the next election. jason lewis, of minnesota, suburb of the twin cities, very conservative former radio talk show host, and he is more conservative than the man he's succeeding. >> if you need a certain number of votes to get anything done, et cetera, what are you looking for deflections, obviously mitch mcconnell going to be the majority leader again for republicans, where do you see there could possibly be
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deflectio deflections? >> republicans voting with the democrats. the name that always comes up with susan cull eens from maine that would be one to look at. one of the elections with mark kirk being defeated the party lines in the senate to some degree are more clearly drawn, but from north dakota and joe donnelly who is up in 2018, and if you look at gun legislation right after the shooting in newtown, connecticut that was an effort to pass legislation and heidi hide cacamp was one who vd against that legislation which was co-sponsored by pat toomey. >> and i ask because of course
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republicans have a pretty full agenda they would like to get going on, repeal, replace the affordable care act and is it more likely that these pieces of legislation that maybe didn't get through the senate the last time around, they do so this time? >> i think yeah, certainly more likely. i think you know obviously the repeal and replacement of the affordable care act will be a huge test for the party to see how cohesive republicans are and i think susan collins has even said in the last few days that they have to be -- the republicans have to be very careful about having a credible eplaceme
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replacement for the affordable care act. >> let's hear to see what they have to say, bill in new mexico, a democrat you are on the air, bill, good morning, go ahead. >> good morning. first of all, i want to apologize if i sound very pessimistic, but i would like to remind people how republicans never wasted a day in calling barrack a failed president. and yet, he accomplished so much in the eight years that he was there. and also like to remind people, mitch mcconnell you know how he said that their goal was to make him a one-term president. i'm just -- and another thing i would like to mention, rachel showed last night on msnbc that
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this long has been the least productive in history. and he see how they want to roll back ethics, also want to remind people how republicans go to prison, more congressional ru republicans go to prison and it's rare to see democrats go to prison and i wish we wouldn't take so lightly how trump seems to have a love affair with putin and russia and there's a new book about how richard nixon tampered with the peace prospects and costing another i think it was 27,000 american lives in vietnam, so i wish we wouldn't be so bla say about
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realizing this guy that's going to assume the presidency actually has no business there. it also brings up my disappointment for how the american people -- i know there's a lot of people hurting. there's a lot of people hurting everywhere, then we have a lot of super wealthy people in this country, i don't know how -- i have a hard time finding where there's any patriotism in them i think they hide their money anywhere they can. i think it's going to be a repeat of the blush administration and america is going to continue to go downhill. >> bill there talking about the 114th congress doing very little. they are still in session, they are going to adjourn around
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11:00 a.m. eastern time and gavel in the new around noon, so what are you expecting today? >> well, to pick up one thing the caller said, accomplishing or doing little last congress, i mean, i think one reason that's sometimes a hard measure to use, democrats have a certain -- republicans, many of them have a vision of where they want limited government so they think the federal government is already involving too many parts of the economy, the executive branch issuing too many regulations so it's kind of natural that republicans will not want to create new agencies or programs, but seeking to curb the ones that already exist. he also mentioned in passing, he mentioned a lot of things, but he mentioned ethics and members of congress going to jail and i think it's important to remember
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that the members who we have seen either be indicted or plead guilty or get in legal trouble in recent times like fata replaced by dwight evans in philadelphia that the justice department plays a crucial role in this deciding whether there's enough evidence to indict a member of congress and this is a difficult decision and would be worth watching how the new justice department under jeff sessions if he's confirmed, it's not just the ethics committee that has the responsibility. >> the other thing the caller mentioned reference to is donald trump's ties to russia. any effort underway by the democrats to have any sort of investigation into that?
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continue that story line? >> well, there's a hearing tomorrow i believe with the armed services committee. senator mccain is convening on russianen involvement in essentially stealing files and passing them on to the news media. yeah, there's a lot of pressure from democrats to investigate that. and i think that will be one of the early preoccupations of both the house own the senate. you're hearing it more from the democrats than the republicans. i did want to mention this in the new congress, four women senators, democrats, in the house, seven democratic women and two republican women. four in the senate and a total of nine in the house.
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>> and that's a number that people often watch when there's a new congress, how many women are taking a place in these either the house or the senate and if that number goes up or does it go down, so we'll continue to have the conversation with all of you this morning as well and what you want for this 114th congress to do. the -- from brookings, oregon go ahead. >> what do you want me to talk about? you have had so many -- what do you want me to talk about. >> perry we're asking you your priorities for this congress. new lawmakers are going to be sworn in today. >> yeah, i can't believe what the republicans just did. they want to protect the swamp. you talking about the 114th,
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right? >> talking about the ethics rules that were agreed to last night, but they have to be voted on and decided on this afternoon. >> why is all this happening before donald trump is sworn in? this should not be happening -- you know, they are going to elect the president on the second of november and take over like january first or something, this thing a president gets elected and then doesn't get to go in the office for like three months is ridiculous. if he's elected, you should pack up the bags, get the heck out of the white house and let the new president come in and take over. all this stuff as that happens
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before donald gets in office is ridiculous, i can't believe it. >> let's talk about this. >> if the caller is worried about the interim, it used to be a lot longer before taking office. presidents used to take office in march and not january. i think anyone around any new president would be saying they have barely enough time to vet possible nominees and to get their policies coordinated before they take office on january 20th. as it is, even the distance between november 8th and january 20th puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the incoming president to get the white house staff and get nominees like the
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seb secretary of state confirmed to be in governing, so i don't see how you can compress that time period any more. >> independent from chesapeake, virginia. >> good morning. >> i retired in 1987 and when i reached the social security age i started taking it at 72 and what i've done is had an offset of 60% and i had already qualified as far as paying my quarters in long before i retired. and i think i should have been grandfathered or i think this whole thing about the social security offset should go back to what it used to be. they call it double dipping and i don't feel it's double
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dipping. it was part of my life. i had over ten years, probably 14 years all together of paying against social security. and only had to have ten years, which was so many quarters. >> okay. that's arthur's prior to for the 115th new congress. what's likely to be on the legislative agenda first? >> the caller mentioned social security. that issue came up somewhat during the campaign. president obama came out and supported higher dbenefits for beneficiaries. and there are groups in washington fiscal hawks saying wait a minute the social security as it is now is already under-funded if you go out 20-25 years it will be facing some veer fisc
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severe fiscal pressures. i have not heard any plans to address the social security finances or to redo the system. i did talk to some republican candidates like vacan from nebraska today workers, 30 years old, a reduction in future benefits in order to keep the system solvent. not anyone near retirement, but today's younger workers, but that's not something that the republican leadership has talked about to my knowledge. instead the focus has been largely on discretionary spending and anybody who look as to the big budget picture would say at some point congress is going to have to address mandatory spending, medicare and social security and we don't yet
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know -- speaker ryan has talked in the past about premium support plan and we'll just have to see how far that gets. >> and those are debates later on, in the coming days, you expecting? >> as far as -- >> legislative action. >> well, replacing or find something way to repeal and replace the affordable care act, i believe there is going to be a vote today. this is maybe more just an expression of opinion than legislation, but there is going to be a vote today on the resolution that the u.n. security council voted on about israel and building settlements in the occupied territories. i think the republicans in the house want to go on record as opposing the obama administration's decision not to -- >> abstain for that. >> -- resolution, that vote, yeah. but i think the main focus of the next several weeks will be confirmation of the
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president-elect's nominees, and whether democrats can mobilize any opposition to any of those nominees like jeff sessions or rex tillerson to be secretary of state. >> well, tom curry, we appreciate you spending part of your busy morning on this new congress day with us here on the washington journal, walking through some of the new names and faces that all of us are going to see as part of the 115th congress. thank you. >> thank you. >> and now more from this morning's "washington journal" with a preview of the senate confirmation hearings for donald tru trump's cabinet nominees, set to begin next week. >> joining us here from canon house rotunda to talk more about that is robert costa, national political reporter with "the washington post." robert, who is up first next week? >> we're going to see a lot of different trump appointees come down and it is going to be a contentious fight. democrats want to make a real showdown on someone like congressman tom price

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