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tv   Rep. Emanuel Cleaver D-MO on the 5th District  CSPAN  January 26, 2019 9:53pm-10:01pm EST

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announcer: you are watching american history tv, 48 hours of programming on american history every weekend on c-span3. follow us on twitter for information on our schedule and to keep up with the latest street news. this year c-span is touring cities across the country exploring american history. at our recent visit to independence, missouri. you are watching american history tv, all weekend, every weekend on c-span3. rep. cleaver: i represent missouri's fifth congressional district. it is one of the weird shaped districts in the country, and probably one that i wish all
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members had, because i represent the largest city in the state and some of the smallest towns anywhere around. i represent towns with as little as 225 people. so it is a good mix of rural and urban. , if i were druthers able to draw the districts of the united states, we would have districts drawn in such a way that they would have an urban area and a rural area. it requires that a person understand the urban issues and the rural issues. it would require that that member get greatly involved in agricultural bills, to know what the cost of pig bellies are on the market and what soybeans are, and at the same time know how much money is in the hud budget for block grants. i think it would bring about a
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more -- a much smoother way in which members of congress would operate, because there's no district that would be 100% urban and have absolutely no interest in the rural and so forth and so on. and i think that it will solve some of the partisan tribalism that we see in the united states right now. >> how does maybe federal government funding play a role in your district, if at all? rep. cleaver: federal funding is extremely important because we have rural areas that are always looking at farm subsidies. they are always concerned about whether or not the federal government is going to be available to them in hard times and in good times. farmers are always just a disaster away, a 500-year flood away from pure disaster. on the urban side, i think that
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there is a lot of concern right now and interest in community development block grants, which is an entitlement, what's called an entitlement, for the cities of a certain size. and those dollars are a mayor's best friend. i think that people are concerned about the growing hostility in washington and the dysfunctionality that is becoming so obvious to people , not only here at home but around the globe. >> do you think that politics is the coming may be more contentious, and what is the solution here? rep. cleaver: you know, i think one of the things that america needs to really deal with is arrogance. we assume that we're the only nation that reached empire status that cannot collapse. and if you read gibbons, the rise and fall of the roman empire, or studied the ottoman
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empire or even the british empire, they all thought, us, going into decline? i mean, how dare you even suggest that? look, we are fighting each other every day. and i saw people wearing a t-shirt that said, i'd rather be russian than democrat. and even though that's bad grammar, it is also bad for our country, because we're saying we hate some people in our country more than we dislike our enemies. our real enemies. people who, for example, according to all the intel agencies, tried to impact our elections. that's an invasion. that's an attack against the united states. and so i think we can do enormous damage to this country. i would love for my little three-year-old to grow up and enjoy the country that most americans have enjoyed. but if we continue going in this direction, and i don't see us in
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retreat so far, i think we are watching in slow motion the beginning of the decline of the american empire. and i'm not being melodramatic. i think it's going to become more and more pronounced, unless we get some people in washington that are willing to stand up and say -- and i mean the president and speaker of the house -- in separate parties -- standing up in front of the cameras, saying to the world, look, we disagree. we don't see policy the same way. but we're going to work together. i'll never call him a name. i never call her a name. we're not going to try to drag the american public into petty disputes. if we disagree, we're not going to question another person's motives. we are going to sit down and tried to work it out. sometimes we won't be able to work it out. we are not calling names, we are not going to try to stir up the
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american public. if we had that happen, i think that might be a good step toward diffusing -- defusing what's now growing into almost a civil war kind of an atmosphere. >> our cities tour staff recently traveled to independence, missouri, to learn about its rich history. learn more about independence and other stops on our tour at cspan.org/citiestour. you're watching american hist y > all weekend, every weekend, on c-span 3. "reel america, the president january 1969." film in a final monthly series to document the activities of president lyndon between 1964 and 1969. program lbj nute reflects on his time in office in speeches, ceremonies and events. he honors the apollo eight astronauts, dedicates the museum
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art. awards several medals of honor, cabinet meeting, delivers state-of-the-union address and witnesses the inauguration of richard nixon. the film also covers the first lady including a speech on her and beautification efforts. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [background noises] [hammering] ♪ [drill sounds] ♪

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