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legislation to fight jug resistant -- drug-resistant germs. host: congress is leaving town until after the november elections. the government is funded through september 11. $500 million going to arm the syrian rebels. here is your chance to weigh in undone,ess and was left elections, politics, etc. the numbers are on your screen. host: social media is also
available. host: from "national journal" is "yes come in the house is going home already. no, this isn't some kind of record." mccarthyan kevin announced that the lower chamber would be going home not for a week as originally planned but for almost two months so that members could go home and campaign for election day. all those to look at vacation days and assume that this is the least productive congress ever. by some measures it is a difficult point to argue with. house democrats were quick to jump on the bandwagon, presenting the early adjournment
date as another sign of a do-nothing congress and pinning the blame on republican leadership. in truth, the house has been in so far this117 days year, more days and then the chamber work in most recent election years. the real record setter, the 109th congress, which worked 96 days before the election under speaker dennis hastert. even the 111th congress led by nancy pelosi herself work for just 109 days before the 2010 election." newspaper this morning, "senate majority reid periodeduled a busywork between election day and christmas that could end up being the democrats final weeks in the majority. reid hopes to partially redeem the 113 congress, on track to be the least productive congress in recent history. says the senate will take
up the marketplace fairness act that would allow states to collect taxes from online , and on them is still funding government for fiscal bill fundingus government for fiscal 2015, the defense department authorization, and a resolution authorizing military action against the islamic state. the use of force resolution may be wrapped into the defense authorization bill. reid will also try to move as many of president obama's nominees as possible." that is the majority leader's current agenda for the lame-duck session. this morning in "the washington times" is this article on boehne banner -- speaker you saw him speaking at the american enterprise institute. r. "house speaker john boehner
promised tax reform and even hinted at action on immigration if the gop wins control of both chambers in the november elections. in a speech setting out his ideas for getting the economy humming again, mr. boehner signaled his staying power as the top leader in washington, having weathered several near-revolts-- from his own troops. political analysts say that not only has he survived, but you could be stronger than ever. 'i think he is unchalle ngable,'former speaker newt gingrich told 'the washington times.' oehner isaid 'mr. b benefiting from the fact that the republicans that came into office as part of the 2010 tea party wave are growing up.
'they now understand that boehner knows what the hell he is doing. shutting the government down was a dumb strategy.'" this is from "the hill." cconnell -- make me majority leader, i'll give you keystone xl." "minority leader mitch mcconnell sees voters with what the gop-controlled senate would do. 'if the american people give us an opportunity to be in the majority next year, i will be setting the agenda. it is easier to score if you are on offense and the majority leader is offensive coordinator. if we have a new majority next year and a new majority leader, the keystone pipeline will be voted on on the floor of the senate, something the current majority has an opening for literally years.'" are first up this
morning on our democrat line from milwaukee. caller: good morning, peter. let's see if we can make eader,ell a no time later period. the congress has done nothing at all. the only objective is to do harm to the president, harm to our country, and they have done a pretty good job of that at this particular time. insofar as them actually working in all the 304 bills they said they would put through, 95% of with the to do away affordable care act. said he was going to make him a one term president. well, that didn't work. whatever happens in the future,
people be ready, because the republicans are going to take us all the way back. thank you. eric, independent line from cedar town, georgia, you are on "washington journal." what do you think about congress wrapping up? caller: i think congress is really worthless. we are paying them money and they are not doing anything to help us. the only thing this congress can do together on is more money, republicans and democrats -- is war money, republicans and democrats. this guy was imprisoned by the united states and they let him go and they say he actually threatened them -- this guy, who he was, he was fighting alongside americans. anbar al qaeda in iraq, muslimsg, these sunni were the ones who wanted this fight.
they were being paid money by john mccain, billions of dollars, giving out money like candy. when they left, the united states pulled out. maliki withdrew the money. host: all right, eric, we got your narrative there. why don't you put a bow on that? caller: -- democrats or republicans. what these guys are doing, they are not on duty. they are talking about boots on the ground. up how manyu bring syrian rebels -- there are no moderate syrian rebels. host: you know what, we're going to leave it there, eric. thanks for calling in, this morning. dy on twitter agrees with the original point you made.
host: from "the hill" this draws contrastn with clinton on syria." stand that could distinguish her from hillary clinton in 2016, she voted against legislation to fund the government until december 11 which included a provision giving obama title x authority to equip syrian militants in the hopes that they will fight finally sunni -- a violent sunni extremists. has a thinner foreign policy resume, but by voting against the authority obama requested, she will earn points with members of the democratic base who are skeptical of another military campaign in the middle east." here is a list also from "the hill" newspaper, the nine democrats who voted no on syria. tammy baldwin, mark begich of
alaska, who is up for reelection, kiersten gillibrand -- kirsten children also voted y,ainst the syrian aid, leah bernie sanders voted against it as well. there were 12 republicans -- you can see the list there. two of the notables include rand paul of kentucky and pat roberts, who is up for reelection as well in kansas. democrats line. caller: good morning. i would like to talk about the keystone pipeline. host: yes, sir. caller: i'm saddened by the way americans are looking at the keystone pipeline as if it is not operational and functional. we currently have a pipeline illinois andng to to the gulf coast and they are
building another phase that is already being commission that is going to the houston, texas area. the only thing we seem to we arerstand is that thinking that the phase four, which is in the nebraska supreme court, currently, which there are parties that said that the governor of nebraska didn't have the right to authorize that because i think under the utility commission, and in addition to that it is in the supreme court of nebraska -- host: so what is your view on the keystone pipeline? caller: i think it should be nebraska the state of should rule on how they would like to route the pipeline. liken, republicans would to give the states the rights and they want individuals to have their rights.
however, why do they not allow this project to go through? that is all i have to say. host: jerry, is it an issue that would affect your vote? affect no, it wouldn't my vote, because i cannot understand the situation. i'm just going to let the justices to rule and then i am going to vote the correct way as a voter. host: all right, thank you, sir. randy, fort worth, texas, republican line. caller: yes, i believe the do-nothing policy that everybody claims, it works for me, because the more the obama agenda gets passed, the worst the country gets. you listen to the democrat callers calling in this one, none of them seem happy. they had two years of obama controlling the house and the senate, and that was a total disaster. you got 93 million people out of
agenda -- the democrats' agenda is to pass this immigration bill. how is that going to help america? that is what i want to ask the democrat callers there. with 93igration bill, million people out of work in america, how is this going to help the country? host: randy in fort worth. host: if you want to talk about congress, politics, issues, we've got a hold grab bag of stuff you can talk about this morning. john boehner spoke at the american enterprise institute if theis agenda republicans take both houses of congress. [video clip] >> you have heard a lot lately about corporate inversions. are really just symptoms, visible symptoms of a much deeper problem.
our tax code, nobody understands it, not even the irs. people pay accountants thousands of dollars and hundreds of dollars to lower their tax bills. thousands of changes have been made to this tax code. mostly for the benefit of those who are well connected. all this talk about inversions is making the problem smaller. code,fix the whole corporate site and personal side could make it programs, make it profamily, bring down the rates for every american to clear out the loopholes that allow people to do taxes on 2 sheets of paper. 95% of the american people can do their taxes on two sheets of paper. i know i can feel the blood pressure going down in the room already. we get one of the biggest reasons that jobs are
moving overseas, and we make it easier for families to do everything from bildad us to save for their college costs for their kids. -- build a house to save for their college costs for their kids. host: this tweet host: from the september 8 gallup poll, congress' approval rating since a 14% two months before the election. next call is from greg in jacksonville, florida, independent line. peter, it is nice to talk to you, it has been a while i called into the show. we are on opposite political science but we maintain this ability that c-span likes to see
-- the stability that seized ecstasy. the civility that c-span likes to see. i want to let viewers know how close to the listening port c-span is when it talks conflicts of interest, and this is right on the mark when congress is wrapping up before the election. i am an independent who thinks that it is reprehensible that the american people has allowed through to take us an additional 35, 40 days off, when they just got back from a three week vacation during the holidays. andcrats, independents, republicans should band together and say enough is enough of this congress and move towards the problems of america. you have a situation where we are talking about declaring war, if you will, with isis. we have unemployment in america. we have huge problems. in these people go home. -- and
these people go home. i just don't understand how the american people would tolerate that. something should be done about recalling all of them come even the ones who are saying that it is shameful and still didn't have the tenacity to stand up and say this is wrong. we should do something about this. again, the program is right on message with today's topic. i hope that the media would begin to do the same thing that c-span is doing this morning and talk about again what congress is not doing, and they decide to go home, because of an election. host: greg in jacksonville, thanks for calling in. mary is in fort washington, maryland, right here in the suburbs. democrats line. caller: the previous coloring bank -- review scholar just still every bit of thunder i wanted to spew out, but yes, i totally agree with him, and when congress comes back, they should
come back to a locked and bolted capitol building. when they come back, they need to be facing us in front of the building. that means democrats, republicans, an independents. this has been the story of congress -- i can't say i have ever seen, because i'm 621 -- but the story of congress ever. we people have to step out of our comfort zone and do something and the only thing we do is vote or protest. voting is not getting us anywhere right now because they don't care. we are having a pending war, broken nfl, and they are just like the nfl right now. and they want to go on vacation. i am so furious right now that if i had the nerve, which i'm really gathering, i would go to therelpito and stand that, because it is ridiculous.
we should never let the congress be like it is. have a great weekend. and someone who agrees with your points. host: huffington post politics congressess ashamed of for tending to elections before war authorization debate." itselfss is ashamed of tending to elections before the war authorization vote but they will do it anyway. obama maintains he does not need a new authorization to expand u.s. military strikes against the terrorist group. indeed, the u.s. has carried out 160 airstrikes in iraq this summer. plans to -- and finds to expand into syria. some lawmakers disagree that the president has the authority
under the 2001 authorization for use of military force to carry out an open-ended campaign against militants in the islamic state. but with elections around the corner, many lawmakers aren't inclined to wait unti -- wade into a phony debate about war authorization that could jeopardize their races. debate is being sidelined for two months as political campaigns take up, not that members of congress seem collectively surprised by their priorities. 'i find it an act of cowardice but not astonishing,' siad senator john mccain. 'is it embarrassing? jackieaid representative speier." nancy pelosi and her team held a press conference yesterday after congress announced it was going
to adjourn. here is the minority leader. [video clip] afternoon. and that's what it is, a good afternoon, but not a good afternoon for congress to adjourn for this congress, for this session of congress. we were supposed to be in tomorrow, and then another week, and now we have been informed by the republican leadership that anything we were ever going to do is over until we come back for a lame-duck session. especially disconcerting to me because today, september 18, marks the sixth year since the chairman of the fed told us our leadership, the republican leadership, house and senate in , after givingd us a description of the meltdown of the financial institutions from --retary paul chairmanson
secretary paulson, chairman bernanke told me that if we did not act immediately, we would not have an economy by monday. that statement, that reality still scars the confidence of the american people, the great middle class. host: blue horseshoe tweets in host: next all from a republican in houston. where are you from originally? texan. i am a host: please go ahead. caller: one of the things i the -- whatis doing is it, ukraine situation -- russia sent its troops to the far east, basically around syria, and instead of diplomats doing real politics and talking of the rebels that were supposed
to be good rebels, they are just assad, an attack isis in syria. that is not a good thing to happen. i don't know what these guys are thinking. havead they just want to potential world war iii. it is crazy. another thing, on the irs, the irs has been -- [indiscernible] that is the first thing, and people forgot that. they have been doing what they've been doing. they need to begin -- they need to be gotten rid of, period -- host: leave it right there, sir. thank you for calling in. the white today," "
house refused to include weapons in a package announced or ukraine despite an impassioned plea from ukrainian president petro poroshenko for more military assistance. the obama administration is providing 46 million in nonlethal security assistance and 7 million for humanitarian aid in eastern ukraine, where government forces and russian-backed separatist have fought." indiana on our independent line. caller: good morning. i really appreciate the fact that you are on the air and i get to watch all your programs. my main concern is that we are supposed to be a nation of laws, and it doesn't appear that we are. what i have seen over the last , asyears here, basically they are arguing with each other too much and they are not
working with each other. , the president is bypassing the constitution by bypassing congress. and the senate has not put forward a budget for five or six years, and that is really terrible because that is basically what is in the constitution. i don't see anybody getting mad about that. we have run up a big national debt. $17 trillion, it's ridiculous. i was pretty upset when we were around '06 and mad at george bush's administration, and when the president -- the current president stated it was ridiculous, when he was running for president, that he has put in a trillion dollars of deb -- to get the of debt
economy going and we find out what he is doing is not really working -- i look at it as a teamster, and i am against right to work here in the state. i have a hard time with some of the things republicans are doing just because they seem to be what i'mess but implying now is that we don't need a nation of socialism, we need a nation of laws that support the constitution. things i would like to see right now is a balanced budget amendment and term limits. there is a lot of people i listen to on tv -- like msnbc, c-span, sometimes i listen to fox -- but i listen to talk radio, and all these different people, up with different opinions, and the two heads into the most important to me right now is leadership within our government and term limits, and we need to get people in their on -- host: all right, hang on just a sec. and thenad this tweet
i want you to answer this question. congressman? -- your congressman? do you support him or her? he is a republican, correct? caller: yeah. as far as the state is concerned and what we are doing here within the state, it doesn't have as much to do with the state of indiana. , it seems right now like he is doing a pretty good job. he seems to be conservative on some things and he is against obamacare. i'm definitely against obamacare. i have a neighbor who lost their , and i went from one kind of insurance to another and i lost my ability, and probably -- through of
deductions, i lost those. i just see where politicians promise things but they don't llow through. todd rokita is kind of more what i would like to see but within the state i would like to see more democrats because i would like to get right to work revealed -- repealed. host: fort myers, democrat. caller: thank you for taking my call and i also appreciate watching your show when possible. regarding the keystone xl pipeline. i wanted to, -- can you hear me, sir? host: we are listening. don't look at your tv, just talk through your phone. caller: thank you. there are a variety of reasons i'm against the keystone xl pipeline. some of the reasons are it
andes over a major aquifer, if there were damage to this aquifer it would probably be permanent. in the pipeline has to be injected with some very bad chemicals to make it move along through the pipeline to gets to its destination. that would be responsible for maintaining the history,has a very bad , ofry poor history maintenance and management to other pipelines. often times when there are still there are as many discovered by accident by people coming by noticing the mess that was being made. it doesn't seem to have any kind
of sensor or any sort of white -- host: could you find yourself supporting the keystone pipeline if it were rerouted? caller: well, it is not just the aquifers. and like i said, it is not just the route of it. the company that is responsible for building and maintaining it has a very poor record of maintenance, and has had a lot of stills that is often has not -- host: is it an issue that would decide how you are going to vote ? caller: possibly, yes, and if i could -- host: no, we are going to leave it there. republican line. jerry, you are on "washington journal." untilss is wrapped up
november. what do you think? caller: they ought to not stop. i was watching the fox channel and eric holder, they were talking about him, and mr. holder in the justice department said it was mass incarceration of the blacks. 13% in the whole country but at least 40% in prison systems. wasn't 400 years of slavery tough enough on them? 700%erceived increase -- increase in the murder of women and children by the drug gangs of south america and therefore there because of our drug laws, and the prohibition of alcohol, the murder rate went up 70%, kept the law for 13 years, repealed it, it goes down 70%. pass the drug law, the murder rate goes up 100% and more people are dying from smoking cigarettes and have a week -- than all year
long from heroin and cocaine, and nobody dies from marijuana, yet every seven seconds someone is arrested for marijuana and it is on the road to ruining their life. the second -- host: terry, would you like to see congress address these issues? caller: yes, sir -- host: all right, michael tweeps ts host: well, during this election season c-span will air well over 100 debates across the country, many of them, most of them live. you can find all the information on our website at cspan.org /campaign2014. :00 p.m., andht arkansas governors debate between mike ross, democrat, and utchinson, republican.
john in new hampshire. good morning, how are you? caller: good morning to you, peter. thank you for c-span. it is nice to hear different views and different opinions. thank you for that. on the job bills that the republicans have passed, this is something where i am disappointed. i used to be a republican but i can no longer support republicans because a lot of the bills they pass come with riders. for example, everybody has been talking about the keystone pipeline, making statements that it will create jobs, and we all know that is not true. my dad worked on pipelines for many, many years. in order to move pipelines, they use the same guys, and the pipelines are being built, they move along and the pipeline is put together.
canada is not have very good reference to the pipelines. they had trains that were hit that exploded that had pipes underneath rivers to burst -- deci is that an election der for you? caller: yeah, it is -- host: this is the front page of "the boston globe" this morning and your it shows scott brown, your candidate for senate i, and jeanne shaheen, and he is closing in on her. who are you going to vote for? caller: i'm not going to vote for scott brown. scott brown is from massachusetts and he has a vacation home in new hampshire in a vacation spot, for the most part, off of route one to the
ocean. it is difficult for me to vote for a man who doesn't really truly understand new hampshire and what we're up against here. i noticed this morning when you were doing the questions, the unemployment rate has decreased dramatically, and a lot of that is because of the jobs in massachusetts that most people in new hampshire, southern new hampshire, travel to massachusetts for jobs. , thethat in mind statistics for jobs has dramatically decreased the unemployment rate because of jobs in massachusetts. host: all right, thank you, sir. ron in pittsburgh, democrat. good morning. caller: good morning. related to the keystone pipeline, congress, especially
republicans in congress come are heavily for this general. and that relates to an issue i am concerned about. yesterday in wyoming, over 1000 horses, wild horses, were dlm is led by-- sally jewell, who was pursuing this brutal policy around horses, and we have russia's few left -- precious few left, while horses. this relates to the oil and gas industry because oil and gas has lobbied congress heavily for various things and they want the while horses out of the way because they don't want ecotourists out there with cameras. they want unfettered use of the land, and it is basically -- turning basically public land into an industrial wasteland. that is my view. host: all right. south carolina on our republican
line. congress is wrapping up. caller: they need -- i agree with the caller headset balanced budget and term limits. chuck hagel testified in front of congress the other day and said that the reason the young people are leaving -- people de- government,rom the looking for ways to fight it. our congress needs to realize it is not just young people in america. we are all tired of what they are doing. they need to have another tea party. host: who is your member of congress and are you going to support him or her? caller: tom rice, tim scott, lindsey graham. i support tim scott, not sure about rice, i will not vote for lindsey graham. host: really? why? caller: he is not looking after people who put him in office. he is too liberal. host: thank youhost:, ma'am.
democrat. up untilis wrapping after the election. caller: let's lawmakers, less laws, more freedom, they need to come home and see what is happening in their home state, get us to work. prounion. hopefully they can see the good that we do because we are doing the same thing they are doing in congress. hold meetings, everybody gets a chance to speak at the end of the day if we all agree and voted in. come homeguys need to and see what is going on in their home states and i wish they would stay here a little bit more and be in washington, d.c. a little bit less. host: carol tweets from "national journal"
this morning, "obamas your action becomes a year of fear." the white house is afraid, democrats are afraid. the country seems mired in dread and that could have moral consequences for patron democrats. new gold -- new polls portray a jittery about, war, security, and the economy, and increasingly looking to the gop, not the party in power. even as the white house has sought to assure americans that the campaign in iraq will be limited, and that the economy is doing that or, the damage appears to be done. have beenhis aides caught between messages that the country was in going to war until it was, sort of, that the president could and act on immigration until he could, until he wouldn't yet, that the economy had turned the corner but not quite.
all of this has brought obama's credibility into question and disrupted the narrative that the administration wanted to 14 to toance -- wanted 2014 advance, the one where employment rose, the war in afghanistan ended, and the president walked tall in the face of gridlock." a little bit from the article in "national journal." texas, republican line. caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call. i just wanted to say that congress needs to stay home. be as never meant to full-time job. they have to keep us afraid of something all the time to justify their existence. they are totally out of touch with people. they don't care about us. we need to change the whole entire process of the elections.
they are applying for a job. and need to apply for a job post what their qualifications are on the internet and maybe c-span, and then we take it from there. nobody cares about what altercations are is what the qualifications are and where they stand on issues. people vote for the guy that they like, and that is wrong. we need informed voters and we need to get these career politicians out of office. they are parasites, they are bloodsucking parasites, spending money that they didn't earn. that is my comment. joe, you are on "washington journal." caller: thank you for taking my call. in my opinion, it is disappointing that congress is going home early, especially -- normally i would say what the
previous caller said, that they should get home and talk to their constituents. we have a lot of issues of national consequence coming up, like going to war, immigration, issues of the economy, not to mention all of the -- a lot of issues that are just undecided, and the fact that they are rushing home that's pretty much everyone is rushing home to save ides in terms of these elections is more of an indication that there is not one america, there is a lot of that everyone is being represented and we are not coming together on national policy and we are leaping from crisis to crisis and it gives the public the impression of where are we going, what are we doing? it is frustrating to watch. host: south carolina, democrat. congress has adjourned. caller: good morning, peter. i'm hoping our congress takes a lesson from what just happened in the united kingdom, and
.cotland this morning, god, we dodged a major bullet there, i would say. it is all about -- people are all trying to act in the best interest in the united states for just themselves is the same with our congress. what the scottish people showed him even though he allowed to vote whether to secede from the united kingdom, in theng tough and acted best interest of everyone and not individually themselves from which i want. why do you think we, the united states, dodged a major bullet with that vote? caller: because great britain is one of our most staunchest allies. we are facing problems with the russia and the ukraine. england is our strongest partner
in nato. we are facing problems with isis . if they were to break up they would have vocus totally on themselves and they would be little or no help to the united states in a time of real turmoil in the world. and no one seems to notice that the scots acted, like i said, mysticas the -- all true stically and voted to stay strong. the consequences would have been great for the economy, for defense, everything. it would have been like batman losing robin in world affairs. host: richard is in north carolina. hi, richard. republican. caller: good morning. i am listening, and everybody's calling in saying there senator in congress meant is doing a great job for them, yet they are
all against everybody else 's. what we need to do is a group of people, a group of voters who is votem all out -- them all out. if you are republican and have a republican in there, vote the democratic vote everybody out, and if we keep doing this, maybe they will get the message and straighten this country out. thank you. host: pennsylvania on our democrats line. hi, tracy. caller: hi. i'm hoping you can hear me. my cell phone is going in and out. host: we can hear you. --ler: i am nobody as far as i am not a veteran, but i work with veterans. i have veterans around me every day, the one key thing i hear from them is they are proud to have laid down their lives for this country.
if they volunteered, knowingly saying the oath that they would defend their country foreign and domestic -- not the draft, they thinklunteered -- do you isis isn't already in the country? so easy to get here, getting in here without a trail, having already been here, sleeper cells. i used to stand behind the president, but in this instance, saying it is not our fight, one of the things they are saying, that isis always says, for the most part, the majority, as the westerners -- host: all right, tracy, thank you for calling in. we will have two members of congress into talk about some of these issues we have talked about and also something they are working on together, antibiotic resistance and some of the issues that arise from
the so-called superbugs. they are going to be coming out here in just a minute, phil gingrey, republican of georgia, and gene green, democrat of texas. first we want to show you a little bit of attorney general holder's press conference yesterday. he made an announcement regarding law enforcement and communities across the u.s. [video clip] clearly saw all too last month as the eyes of the nation turned towards ferguson, missouri, whenever discord and mistrust and roiling tensions are allowed to fester just under the surface, interactions between law enforcement, -- between law enforcement and local residents are more likely to turn into unrest and violence but i believe in forging strong bonds and establishing trust between americans, law enforcement officials, the community we serve, is really critical to
maintaining the public safety thing that we have achieved in recent years -- a look safety gains that we have achieved in recent years. this is something that calling seven been providing professional except in providing vertical leadership and. -- something that colleagues have been providing critical leadership in. many neighborhoods across america -- not just ferguson, but many neighborhoods across the country -- we cannot allow these issues to go unresolved. has law-enforcement leaders from each of us has an essential obligation. we also, i think, have a unique opportunity based on what happened in ferguson to ensure fairness and eliminate bias and build community engagement. this past april the justice department declare our intention to do just that. andstonishing a substantial focused effort to foster renewed
trust and credibility. today i am pleased to announce the formal launch of the national initiative building community trust and justice. to kick off this work, the justice department is awarding a three-year grant totaling $4.75 million to form a new partnership with a consortium of criminal justice experts from the john jay college of criminal justice, along with yale university, the center for policing equity at ucla, as well as the urban institute. we are fortunate to have these experts with us today, some of whom i've worked with over the years. each of them has extensive experience working with state and local police departments as well as communities that they serve to address these issues. they have accumulated vast knowledge of the evidence-based models that they will refine and expand in communities facing an array of challenges stemming from suspicion as well as from distrust.
together we will undertake five major activities -- >> "washington journal" continues. host: joining us on "washington wo long-time members of congress. gene green is a democrat from texas, phil gingrey is a republican from georgia. dr. gingrey, this is your last term. guest: peter, it is. 12th year, six terms. i have about three months left, i will, for the lame duck. i am enjoying these last few months and i've enjoyed the past 12 years. it has been an honor and privilege to represent the 11 congressional district of northwest georgia. are leaving congress, congress is adjourning. what do you think about congress leaving in the middle of september? guest: well, in the years i've been up here -- gene has been here longer than i have -- i'm
sure that has been the modus operandi for a long time in an election year, either a presidential election year or midterm election. members try to get the most essential things done like we did yesterday, in funding the government, not having a government shutdown, so members can get back to their districts and do the campaign they need to do to try to get reelected and then come back and go back to work and roll up our sleeves in the second week of november. green, you have been here for a while, representing the houston area. what do you think about concentrating and you running for reelection? guest: normally during september everybody is out of town and go home. we are on the ballot every 2 years. granted we have an extra couple weeks now that we normally don't have, but that is a decision made by majority. upmay be longer, but i end voting no on most of the things
that come in the house so if i'm not your i don't have to vote no. host: how did you vote on syrian eight and the continuing resolution? guest:guest: i supported it for a number of reasons. we don't want to go through what we went through last october, 17 days of the government shutdown. also on the syrian issue, i'm convinced it only goes until december so we have a short time to give the president the authorization to are more moderate levels in syria, and also do what we need to do. if it hadn't have been specifically in that language, no u.s. troops on the ground except for the ones they -- that are going to protect our personnel, i don't think it would've passed congress. most of us have more fatigue. we have spent a lot of lives and and injuries in iraq and the government could have been much better until the donations -- and dealt with their own issues. host: same question. guest: i actually voted no on
the amendment that the president outlined the american people in regard to what to do about isil. gene, yes for the continuing resolution because like him i don't want is your government shutdown and we need to get the work done. as far as the plan, i give the president credit for trying to do something, but i just don't think it is going to work. you try to connect those dots and you worry about the free syrian army and who they are and which direction they will point guns. assad the next day, and it would eventually lead to boots on the ground and the american public is wary of that. period i lost 40 in
either iraq or afghanistan. i take that very seriously and i know all members do. host: we have invited you here to talk about specific legislation. we hear about the rancor and commerce but this is something -- rank or in congress for this loving you all worked on for years. congressman gingrey have worked for a couple congresses, if not more, on trying to frontload our new generation of antibiotics because the current antibiotics are not working. mutate, evolution, they become immune to it. -- ebola issue comes up antibiotic resistance, tuberculosis, you name it. --s would front end loader
this would front end load some of the research. we have a hearing today in the and we are going to will the hearing -- hold the hearing october 30. congressman pete olson and i on the committee will talk about what we can do for health care in the 21st century. developing antibiotics that will cure some of the illnesses -- host: how can congress aid in the development of antibiotics? we're talking money, the fda -- what we talking about? guest: ricker approval, getting -- getting tools to approval, getting the fda the tools. we need more medical research funding. again, very bipartisan in congress.
getave a problem with our we also need to make sure we are doing research to protect our own people. that is a bipartisan goal. we have worked together, our wives are friends, and i will have to find another partner on health care. r.st: phil gingrey -- d. gingrey, i should say, ob/gyn, over-antibiotic ourselves in the united states? guest: peter, no question about that. patients go in, they have a common cold, they think they have pneumonia. they think that if they don't have a prescription or two or three for antibiotics, they have not been adequately treated, and that is not the case. in many of these cases it is inappropriate to prescribe , particularly the second and third and fourth generation of antibiotics, which --uld be reserved a limited
for a limited population and specific infectious disease. the abusive utilization of antibioticss -- the president came out with an executive order with regard to this entire issue. stepping right into the and i havethat gene been working on for several years. the problem too, with lack of antibiotics, new generation antibiotics, we're talking about a long time ago, 1940 for penicillin, probably the 60's for tetracycline. the pharmaceutical companies can make much greater profit on other medications that can be used more broadly, not as expensive to develop, and so for the last 20 years you have not
seen any new or many new ,ntibiotics coming to market end as congressman gre indicated, the books mutate and they develop resistance. have intensive care units --t have karen is infections horrendous infections and they are resistant to everything. in gain act, which we passed july 2012, would incentivize pharmaceutical companies and say look, you develop these antibiotics, we will give you five additional years of that and 70 so -- of exclusivity so you can recoup your costs, tax incentives. it is really working, and american society for infectious diseases and infectious disease physicians have been really proud of the efforts on behalf of our committee, and it is not
ast gene and i treated conducting a bipartisan way. we have people i can relax and, axman,ple like henry w john dingell, fred upton. we do things in a bipartisan way for the good of all people, republicans and democrats. host: we will put the numbers on the screen. we have a lot of issues -- antibiotic issues, as well as the broader issues we have -- that happened talked about over the past year with this congress. you can see the numbers. we will be taking your calls in just a minute. phil gingreyreen, is leaving, the congress is adjourning until after the elections. what is going to happen to this legislation? guest: we are having a hearing today, a legislative hearing, the commissioner there today and we will have a panel and our
goal is to have his legislative hearing, and this is very bipartisan. we have a majority of our committee, republicans and democrats cosponsors. maybe in a lame-duck if we can pass something like this -- we are teeing it up for next congress. these illnesses are not going away. teeing it up for the next congress. because the illnesses are not away. i wish we had ss done it again. phil is correct. antibiotics. recently, the united states we ave a problem, but really around the world. antibiotic resistant diseases. we want to deal with it as best we can. host: in a lot of countries,
antibiotics an buy over-the-counter. people can self-prescribe antibiotics. does that contribute to the problem? guest: it probably has. mexico a lot.to i had science trouble in my 20s, wice, three times a year, it will become an infection and -- and my daughter, an doctor us disease grumbles at me. i said this is the what the prescribes me.on so that's what i buy. f you have infections, antibiotics are good. just science, dwoent have a fix for that. host: my mom, an old nurse. i get a science infection. s a doctor, are you going to grumble at us for doing that? guest: i am going to grumble at you. members of my own family as well. and yours truly. all need to be well informed
and be disciplined in regard to this. gene isrstand that what -- the about that the abuse of antibiotics is part of the problem. a few t i described moments ago as we develop the incentivize ry to the pharmaceutical companies, in pharma, to get involved the antibiotics from the financial aspect, we have to look at the other side, the aspect, that is the fda. we are working very closely with and dr. tor amberg and woodcock will be a witness this morning. eveloping the alternate
pathways and clinical trials so it's not so difficult when you have an emergency situation to drugs to market. but there's always a fine alance, peter, to make sure that safety is there and efficacy at the same time. o when we develop these bills and they become law, we want to ake sure that the people, the public is safe and yet they get the drugs that they need so desperately. host: going to take your calls. begin with a call from carl from orchard park, new york. democrat of texas, our guest. go ahead, carl. aller: gentlemen, you just wrestled with an army of syrian rebels in congress. you made your vote. me respectfully suggest what you did not consider, what you associates in congress did not consider and that was
law.rnational now, as you gentlemen both know, signed on 5 when we to charter of the united nations ratified it, it became the law of the land. therefore how in the world an you and your associates totally in my opinion -- totally ignore international law, which out that no one has the and and equip a sovereign nation such as syria. try that want to first? guest: that's a very, very good point. hat's part of the reason why i voted no on that amendment. you pointed out syria specifically. you did. in regard to iraq, the new stood up. that
malaki is gone. and this government wants us, needs us to come in ither with the air strikes or training the and commanding control advice, special forces necessary, but without boots on the ground. ut in syria is a different situation. because as you allude to the we seem to much as despi assad, he's not asked us isis.e in and deal with the united nations are going to can't rward and say you do this. i want to go back to my initial statement. for commend the president trying to do something. i'm afraid the something is going to turn out to be wrong. why i voted no. host: congressman green? guest: i agree with you. international law. i was thinking back to every
rebellion. here's been support for the communist regimes and other entities who were attacking the countries without a declaration of all-out war. this is a reality. at that needs to look instead of just saying you can't do it. a group e deal with like isis or al qaeda, multinational and with countries hat the government doesn't really control some of their property. >> science infection, getting getting vitamin d-3. 5,000 milligrams a day, you do all winter long, you will not get sick. we have animals taking more anybody else in the country. this is why we have a
problem. to fixtics are not going that kind of problem. >> i hear the same thing about antibiotics. now.l use it we need to develop the next generation of antibiotics because the mutation of the diseases. that's why this legislation is important. what we did last congress is important. there's a lot t, of common cures for science. i tried all of them for the last 40 years. advice.ll sorts of douche, ol and nasal senator green, lay off of the antibiotics. one said medical breakthroughs in the past were done for the good of man. one needs to make $1
million. guest: of course, you have to understand, these companies, the large companies, but all ompanies, even small pharmaceuticals are in the business to make money. we don't want them to make too much money. stay in business and provide those jobs and the need ed needed antibiotics and the other therapies without having a profit motive as well. his all started really our former chairman of the committee in commerce, henry waxman, who's etiring this year as well as i am, although he has served much longer than me. drug act was passed in groups tient advocacy who had family members with specific diseases for which absolutely no treatment, lobbied and worked ard and got -- got representatives, chairman waxman to get behind a bill.
the health man of subcommittee at the time. and the result was the drug the companies were incentiveized to develop. we're not talking about antibiotic there is. the unique positions in a limited operation. he gain act and the adapt act specific to antibiotics. we're having the same problem ome 32 years later and we're solving that problem thanks to our committee. > john, alexandria, virginia, independent line. go ahead. > good morning, thanks for taking my call. >> i got a quick comment and a minute after. ou've been with regards to the middle east. e've been armied and training soldiers that support us over t
the weekend. the benefit as to why aren't stepping up and taking over part of the situation? and the question is, what is the or why do you think he army and training rebel moderate rebel insurgence is benefit anyone. anyone who voted yes can name the people -- the people name and what their track record is? to address that? guest: we trained and armed the iraqi army. right now what our air strikes are doing, we're blowing up iraqi army.gave the they turned over to isis. satisfied with what he kurdish and those are
fighters, they're very friendly to the united states. they have a northern part of northeastern part. if we arm them, they can take care of themselves. need iraqi people to take care of themselves. we left iraq because of the political system didn't work out. syrians, lit be difficult to know that which because they change size pretty often. nd so the goal is still to try nd eliminate isis because of the recent beheadings for u.s. citizens.british it is an international coalition. like most of these, the united provide -- this first french aircraft were involved in an attack on isil today. so it is international. > do you think we should be supporting the ukrainian president from his talk to the congress yesterday?
more than just kn humanitarian aids, weapons? >> i do. the president did a great job. not part of nato. the countries know the united states will be there with them. will be more than our right now.ion is guest: well, peter, we should continue to impose the sanctions. sanctions should be tougher and not just on those oligarchs. many of them have the money in the uk, cypress, not in the states. but i do think the sanctions can work. i think they are working to a degree. not boots on the ground for sure. the weapons that gene is talking about, that can be done through nato. very possibly. and not directly to the united states, but we heard from
poroshenko yesterday in a joint address to congress. impressed y, very with him. they want to go back to russia, that's their choice. to go to the european union and go to the west, which i think they do, be their choice of free people to make that decision. and we should help them in that aspect. >> tweets in, respect many infections acquire in the hospital? why so little attention to simple preventions? guest: well, deedee, that is correct. a lot of infections are acquire in the hospital and some of the infections, in her these are contracted the intensive care unit after a person is admitted with severe a uma or maybe it's they develop re
resistant phrases. this is being addressed in antibiotics and in a limited are usingd because we them in a limited fashion, resistance is not developed, we to give these companies a an incentive to get evolved and develop the drugs. ncentive as mentioned earlier is a five-year increased period of exclusivity. manufacturer c can't come right behind them before they even have an opportunity to recover their -- money that they sfent, in some cases, $1 billion. there are a number of incentives market.the drug to this is being done. host: james, cheyenne, wyoming, good morning, james.
caller: good morning, thank you time.ur vacationsongress take when ever they want to. they can take time off, instead of doing the business that we elected them to do? guest: congress doesn't just work when we're on the floor of the house. we also work in our districts. that's up to your member of congress. you judge on the house members two years. you can renew their contract. not like the pro football player long-term contract. every two years. if they're not earning your
vote, you have something else. colleague gene green. i know that. i work with him every day. hen we go moment, we're not on vacation as peter gave my bio at this -- the top of the show. practiced medicine for 30 years back home in georgia. last 12 years a member of congress put in more week, per ay, per year. than i ever did. obgyn specialist and delivered 5200 babies sometimes getting up at 3:00, the morning. i love this job. i'm not complaining. wouldn't take anything for it. everything youve read on twitter, facebook, and on the chatrooms on the internet. members of congress, i know you're frustrated at us for not getting things done. sit around doing a lot of work not getting things done. ut it's not for a lack of
trying. host: what will you be doing after you leave congress? uest: we love washington, my wife and i are very fond of the city. with want to stay in washington. want to be in health care in some way. i don't think i'll treat it's a possibility. but the trade association. i think you'll see me around, i love policy. colleagues. i don't want to leave them forever. involved stay host: gene green has a business from the university of houston as well as a law degree. oklahoma,lling in from republican line. virginia, you're on.
caller: good morning. guest: good morning, virginia. about theseso angry are telling lies nd trashing our founding fathers in commercials. will boycott any company and not buy from them. this -- i was told a realty and really trying to trash him. host: we appreciate your calling in this morning. conistoga, to john in pennsylvania, independent line. washington journal with two congressmen. caller: it's laughable to congress rk and this in the same sentence. -- over s spent overf 50% of their time raising money. off times for
congress. he raised money. raised $50 million something to that effect and played golf for the entire month of august. so these guys are all like tumors that are stuck in congress because of gerrymandering and we're the end of t get the short the stick. host: who's your member of congress? do you support him or her? caller: no way. e's 100% foundation and one of the think tanks, the outfits they need to believe. their y just match it to constituents. host: thank you, sir. 50% of your time spent fundraising. run every those who two years, you have to raise money. elections like
some other industrialized partners do. so we have to raise money and of the house has to raise money like the minority leader does. it's 50%.hink but for granted, i had the same do.tration you this congress is not productive. a good lifeline in houston when harry truman is re-elected in '48. running against congress in 1947. we did less this congress than the '47 congress. numbers why our poll are low. we are not doing bills like to do.rying it's taken us months for getting it.ring on i don't blame the frustration. ost: what about the gerrymandering issue? guest: that's an issue. thatve a voting rights act does it.
is joe his congressman heck? host: joe pitts. guest: fine member of congress, chairman of the health subcommittee on energy and commerce. hisink he's been married to wife genie for nearly 50 years. i don't think there's a finer ember of congress than joe pitts. and i'm sorry that john feels that way. but john, i do agree with you in regard to the money. it's a huge problem. citizens united decision i don't think was a good decision, quite honestly. came to a senate race, a primary state of georgia, i didn't win that primary. senator frome next georgia. way too much money in the process. it's corrupting. the potential every day. we have to run in the house
two years. speaker, john boehner, though. i promise you, he plays a lot when he's on the months of august work period. e's going all across the country for members district and trying to help them -- trying to help them raise money. good job at it. but john boehner is a good man. host: i want to read this quote to you. boehner eyes agenda. if gop captures senates. agenda for about the the next congress. and mr. boehner. a quote from john fury who spoke for dennis hastert when he was speaker. boehner is mr. benefitting from the fact that the republicans that came into of the 2010 tea party wave are growing up. they now understand that boehner
knows what the hell is he is doing. doing. doin doing. guest: prague mattism is good. ou want to not give up your principles and as they say remember the ones that brung you to the dance. that's the people in your district. lot of hner heard a cats. not an easy job. wouldn't wish it on anybody. supported him. if i were voting again, i would think that john would do a very good job. hope he does run for speaker in the 114th congress. witnessed that? that people get co-opted by congress after a couple of years. it's a political
issue. weekends there so i don't lose my accent. if you're going to stay here, folks d to make sure the you represent know what you're doing. if i'm doing something in cob that i can't show a benefit of district, i probably shouldn't be doing it. that's why on health care, policy up here. to expand the access. host: scott, you're on the air. caller: thank you, thank you for call.g my i would like to discuss the antibiotics. the you're going to the doctor once but ice a year if that,
you're eating meals three times a day. he chickens, they're injecting and washing the chickens and antibiotics. and then you're ingesting them. it's -- that's where the -- that's where i believe the problem is. and that's from commercial farming. a big problem in the united states. the point.ot guest: that's true. they're making the products clean and safe for us. there's antibiotics, to make sure the meat you and i digest safe. we have the same problem there with overmedicating and you antibiotic e resistant illnesses, whether it that -- mal or a human so that's our problem. it's not an easy solution. guest: that's exactly right,
scott. the fda is a food and drug act. o clearly food is very temperature usda involve in that as well. others have said we need to look arefully at the use of antibiotics and the agricultural pace, particularly in raising animals. if you're using that for the purpose of enhancing growth of animal, is that appropriate? is that an appropriate use? lead to wide spread morphing and -- and of these -- of these antibiotics. bugs.and these -- these these horrific bugs. so i think you make a very good point there. gloria is calling in from brooklyn on our democrats line.
hi, gloria. good morning, thanks for taking my call. to uld like to first of all commend president obama from taking some action from the point of view. it was itting there if their daughter or son beheaded, they would vote yes. what cond thing is happened to those 15 kids who injection for a vaccine in syria this week? host: what? vaccinated. were i don't know what kind of vaccinations, but 15 of them syria. on cnn this week. host: all right, thank you, ma'am. guest: gloria, thank you for to our attention. i'll try to look into that. you did talk about the president and the taking humanitarian action. certainly, i can understand that.
i think he was between a rock and a hard place, quite honest public regard to opinion. public opinion, we've been in 20 years, 30 years. battle in g horrific where we fghanistan have lost over 7,000 killed and verely injured, the american people are a little war weary. but yet all of a sudden here on s isis which is al qaeda steroids and they -- they do beheadings and put it on for the consumption of our people -- and i hope this is not what is going to happen, sucks us in toof a trap that we almost have to respond.
guest: our urban district has access to health care to the national exchange. the didn't expand medicaid. so we're losing there. but we do have 19,000 that have may n in the market that not have been there before. i have a huge percentage for sure. the enrollment opening up on the 19th, 15th, i'm sorry, we want people to enroll and also reenroll. doubt the 7.3 million number is mana from heaven as administration is concerned. star and publicity. expertise ney and with the computerized system to set up particularly the federal
run exchanges. nd i don't dispute this number of 7.3 million and some numbers, million in ion to 4 regard to medicaid expansion. the second ern is tineup period is approaching rapidly. companies insurance are going to charge for the insurance premiums for the people that are in the exchanges don't qualify for the government subsidy. qualify, then maybe they're going to pay a little ess than what they did before and certainly those who had no insurance they're better off before. but people who had a policy that they liked and the president they liked m if their policy, if they liked to dopt it, they could keep them and they find out that no, they do that. policy on it ew
twice. expensive. as this is where the rubber meets the road. next going find out in the couple of months where this program is going to go. not? going to survive or i don't know. i think we just talked to jim. we're going to move on the bill in washington state on the republican line. what's the name of your town, bill? ahead, sir.e go caller: there's a way we can energy down in california. green energy by cycling water from the ocean to death valley.
host: thank you, sir. what, john boehner was s that he talked about increased energy production and mitch mcconnell has talked about pipeline. you're from houston. what do you think of the pipeline? a houston and a democrat. well, i'm a texan. in fact, i supported the xl pipeline. i've been o canada, to alaska on the north sloeb. our district is industrial district. it now has three refineries up to redistricting, all five area.eries in the houston it's our job base and tax base. back during august one of my these two tanks that it was building in this district. it's 360,000 barrels each. ringing oil in now from cushing, oklahoma from our refineries. we need that permit to get the canada. i'm believe already above in substantially wn
with wind power, the largest in the country. solar. to do better on but our success and our energy .enaissance now in west texas, the oil is doing well. the term "exploding" in relation to energy production. a success. unemployment in our lifetime. host: wayne is calling in from texas. hi, wayne. caller: thank you for allowing me to speak. he get pension will when hep retires? and also as taxpayers, will we
paying his health insurance and after he tells me, i'm going comment.have another host: make your other comment. i want to ask you, do you think should get ongress pensions? caller: i do not think they should. host: why? caller: they all make enough money that they could pay -- they should have 401(k) plans us.e the rest of i worked all my life and my whole pension is $326 a month. they don't need pensions. caller: that was the final comment. be happy to answer that question. years.en to work for 12 you have to work in the congress for six years. five, but that would be three terms. so six years to be vested. otherwise, you're not eligible for any pension. you get what you put into it back. but no money from the government. you asked me specifically what
be after 12 uld years. that pension will be $30,000 a year. i have to be 62 before i draw that pension. complaining about my salary. i love working for congress, i would do it for nothing. am part of the health care program. we now, as you know, have to be the exchange. have to be on health link. it's more expensive than what employees get. make sure all listeners and understand we are just a federal employee and we pay a monthly payroll deduction if we be in the pension plan the thrift saving plan or the health insurance plan. and we can be part of that in
retirement. have to continue to pay the premium. host: he also asked -- congress not be paying your health premiums after you leave the congress? correct? guest: congress will -- i can remain in the -- in the health long as i pay as my portion of the premium. many if ue and really not most companies across this country. retirement the program, the benefit package of federal employees including members of congress is comparable. it's better or worse. comparable. so i appreciate wayne's question. thehere again, you hear why things are on the internet, blog rooms, blog chatrooms, but i'm you the absolute truth as i know it in regard to that. in from ff is calling carrollton, kentucky, republican line. good morning, jeff. caller: congressman, with the
outside of apart the borders of our country and just barely not even it ng there's any law to ow, $17 trillion debt, old iseases that we thought were cured or coming back. some moree kicking in next year. have we reached the point of being able to turn this country to where we have the kind of life that we enjoyed? 20 years ago. thank you. uest: our country faces challenges through history. you touched on a lot of things. the world has been an unstable place. and we're here again. world w since we're in
war ii, our country is the power in the world. russia is trying to resurge and reform the old soviet union. issues.ioned a lot of immigration, i'm in support of reform. it would help with the debt. we have 11 million people actually paying taxes and things like that. but i don't think the country is going to hell in a hand basket. we have our challenges. that's our job. nd frankly every citizen, a democracy. make sure our country is as or 20 years terday ago. host: was it the right move to delay immigration, executive orders, or immigration in the congress? the nk we could put it on floor of the house and we'd probably pass. that's not happened. so the president talking about executive ofrders. he's delayed that.
that's his decision. congress dodged that issue. the congress passed immigration reform with 7 votes. the can barely turn on lights over there until they get 60 votes. 77 and it's been in the house for a year now. he congress has not done our job. maybe that's why we're in single -- rs offer is sen taj of percentage. oming from texas, blended families, my whole life, a majority of mexican-american eighborhood, blended families in the '50s and '60s. we do today. working to support our country, i would like to make sure they have a right to be the as the the country other citizens do. host: immigration -- uest: the question you asked congressman greene the important oint in that question is the modifier.
it was politically right decision. i understand that. right.k he's but i think from the political perspective, there are at least democratic senators up for re-election who are in red carried by the republican nominee, mitt romney, hat probably would have a conversation or two with the president and talking to him timing of when to follow through with the convinced rder and him that politically it would be better to wait until after the fall elections. host: would you have supported the immigration reform that the senate passed? guest: i would not support that. absolutely would not. -- amnesty and we are a country of laws and we abide by of law and i think the god-fearing, hard-working, immigrant population that came country the right way,
got the green card and hopefully on the right track or on the ath to becoming united states citizens, assimilating to society, they are contributing to us and us to them. to them.not be fair many of them waited for years to get in this country. there are many things that we on.d compromise and i would be certainly willing down on the leadership on both sides and do that. not, has k amnesty is always been proven in the past. resident reagan tried it in 1986. didn't work then, is not going to work now. -- r guest: for one thing, the amnesty.ll is not amnesty, if i'm driving down the road today for speeding, you're congress, i'm going give you a ticket, that's amnesty. the senate bill requires the document their residents, to pay back taxes. extends their t
time. right now if you're a legal for five years, you apply for citizenship. you can apply for it. this could add another almost eight years to that. so this is not amnesty. they have tone and pay the back taxes and so amnesty is around. it's what happened in '86. the senate bill is not amnesty. randy, proctorville, ohio. few minutes with our guests guest: i would like to ask you what's going on in our skies? seeing a lot of marks in our skies, leaving long trails, our dying.re they're not looking the same anymore. eaves are dropping off faster, you know, should be turning soon, but not dying. about a eading flesh-eating bacteria that killed nine in florida. so much toxic being in our waters. ost: what do you think is the
cause of all of this that you're seeing? caller: well, i've been doing research, and geoedger in nearing is proposing to spray 20 million tons of aluminum to the skies to reflect sun back into space. i'm looking at these icecaps melting. being se methane is to released to the atmosphere. they're saying you can see this to the ocean now. there.a lot i don't know if you want to address the individual concerns or talk about the environment in general. guest: randy, not all of the specifics. there is some legitimate bioterrorism. and the president, of course, just recently announced that a number of military ersonnel will be going to west africa to try to help contain ebola virus. the
and i commend him for that. i think that's a good thing. to be able to quarantine people and if necessary keep hem in the homes or keep them in the hospital. but there is a risk of bioterrorism with regard to to other hat spreads some terrorist groups gets ahold of the virus, and other id anthrax things. there's a segue to some of the legitimate concern. host: you want to add to that? guest: talking about the
on now.ion he's working we need to get ahead of the antibiotic illnesses. ebola, which is huge. but just msra and other need to we have, we make sure we have the next generation. how concerned are you about ebola coming to the states larger fashion? guest: our world is very mobile. i know we had the sars a few control of here was people getting on flights. if there's a in west africa, you could get in houston and everywhere else. in houston, all over the country. go over and see what we can do help and contain that illness in west africa instead of just our ng for it to get to shores. host: congressman? well, yes. mutations worry about
and the possibility and the spread of ebola. of our lking with one witnesses that we're going to have the hearing this morning, gene yesterday in my office. she's the president of the infectious disease society of be on the she will second panel testifying before commerce and committee today on the gain act, whole issue.this and i talked to her a little bit of spread oncern bringing patients as we did merican doctors back to -- to our excellent health care acilities in my home state of georgia, emery university in what -- if there's any concern it should be there. out to course, you point me this disease, this viral not spread bola is by -- by the air. fluid-to-fluid contact and it's -- it's quite safe.
do worry about continent-to-continent spread. nd i think that what the president has done now in regard o taking out expertise, personnel, and equipment there to west africa and helping to there rather than bring people to one continent or other, because this virus could mutate. could be spread by just breathing the air in which you come in contact with of a ebola, then you have a real problem. ost: we have to let these two gentlemen go here in a minute. hey have a hearing live on c-span 2 at about 9:15. i think it's starting at 9:15. scheduled for 9:00 but 9:15 this morning. guest: let me follow up. disease -- my daughter is an infectious disease physician at the university of nebraska. doctors brought back were u.s. citizens, the two in emery, he one in the university of
ragsdale science center in omaha. that's our responsibility, our citizens. i would rather fight this illness overseas than bringing it here. we have to wrap with these two gentlemen. today.you for coming by we appreciate it. again, their hearing will be live on c-span 2 at 9:15. continue to take your calls this morning. until s is wrapping up after the november elections. we put a lot on the table. issues, all abound here in washington. going to hear from you. the numbers are on the screen. coming to your phone calls, tweets, etc., in just a minute.
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question was for the two congressmen. but we'll throw it out there to people. why is congress allowed to to stay? be allowed to n shouldn't ice for congress be term factor such as president to only serve two terms and vice versa all the way down. of -- you're a supporter you're a supporter of term limits is what you're saying. yes.r: why isn't congress -- what do you think the benefit would be, frank, if term came into being? caller: it would be better.
you would have new ideas coming to congress as to what suits the people of this country better. host: thank you, sir. jenny in lancaster, ohio on our line.ican jenny, congress is wrapping up. caller: yes, always wrapping up vacation. on why do they get all of that vacation? think -- what do you you say they're always wrapping up and always on vacation? way.er: it seems that host: all right. so what does that mean? caller: i don't know. what do they do when -- when they're not in? -- they -- are they host: you know who your member of congress is? caller: yes. host: who is it? house speaker, you mean? host: is he your member of congress as well? caller: yeah. him back in see lancaster, ohio? caller: i've not seen him. wrote him a letter not too long ago. host: did you get a response? not yet. host: how long ago did you write the letter? caller: oh, about two weeks ago.
supporter of a john boehner? >>. caller: yes, i am. john. host: why? caller: because i think he speaks the truth. host: well, he's kind of the sets the schedule don't you think as speaker of the house? he's probably the -- got a bit of a role in that. caller: yeah. yeah. host: so did you ask him? on vacation.lways why they're always wrapping up? can't.: no, i i was talking about e-cigarettes. was talking about e-cigarettes. did you suggest he try those? odorless.ey're and i was reading one of his cigarettes electric one day. host: were you suggesting that the speaker try those? caller: yeah. host: okay. have you tried them? caller: yeah, they're great. work for you? have you quit tobacco? caller: yes.
i did say that -- i do here and there. host: all right. have you smoked? caller: oh, lord, i feel like office.he doctor's probably since i was 17 and i'm 52. host: how's your health? or not?good, believe it host: what do you do in lancaster, ohio? nothing.i do host: nice life caller: i do things but i don't -- you know, i watch c-span. all right, okay. thanks for watching. that's jenny in lancaster, ohio line.e republican his is jan in chisolm -- chisolm, minnesota, independent line. caller: yes, it is. of agree with the term us caller about the limits. minnesota and every
first , you know in his three or four years. by the time you get acquainted with everything. can do some you bills, which, of course, he did some wonderful, wonderful work. i love the guy. years for the pathetic.n is just so you uh have no time. i think congress should be elected to also minimum six years then they'll be able to do and also the president eight be extended to years, two terms, because this way the person would be able to the way h something washington works. i feel with the two years, in continuous election cycle. austria.n and also when you watch in the politics, you see that they don't continuously
only 2014.t's we're already talking about the 2016 presidential election. everything else that is very mportant to get done in the country is all put aside because all they do is talk and talk and election and about this. so, i think term limits are extremely else in. -- necessary. for congress to go for the second -- host: to raise the other argument. ou talk about all of the elections and you say term limits are a good idea. wouldn't there always be lame ducks? as soon as you get elected, you're a lame duck, kind of like the president in the second term? caller: not really. years, going to have 12 say president is six years. you're going to have enough time over here to accomplish ear not and, no, you going to be a lame duck. you know you have work to do and more ngress should be
accountable. to the people. america should be watching the intimate story. and you can see what the fdr did when we had the crisis. how he faced, you know, these old school, the so politicians and so on and forth. he built this country from the depression and the people and built this country have the e unbelievable -- in world war ii united states from 1945 all the way through '70s, i came over here in '69 so i was able o experience the greatest democracy number one and the greatest industrial output. you come over here? caller: 1969. i escaped after the soviet invasion of czechoslovakia. host: are you from the czech republic originally?
slovakia.o, slovakia host: okay. caller: i was born and raised in slovakia. i'm a political person. that is congress gave us a vacation. if i ran my business like that, i would be out of business a long time ago. what kind of business? i am 65 and i had a small business why do pastries. we sell all around. host: is business good? caller: it was doing great, it has started to slow down. i live in minnesota, so it is picking up nicely. in.: thank you for calling thank you for watching c-span. tomas, personal though,
virginia. caller: i am looking forward to congress getting out of town. i hope they can keep this going ,n more than a short leash month-to-month. there does not seem to be vision or foresight. when you don't have the vision, people perish. i watched the roosevelt thing the other night and it was amazing how it is parallel with what is going on today. elected,oever gets lame ducks coming back for one month or whatever, they can give everyone the satisfaction and security of knowing the government is going to operate and function. it messed things up where i live. we are a bedroom community outside of d.c. it messed up people's lives. you had people working in restaurants, on and on. guys that sharpened blades on
ofers, the residual effect what they do not do has a bigger impact on the economy than anybody owns up to. host: thank you. congress is wrapped up until after the election. -- what isman called this congress going to be remembered for? guest: -- guest:, mib remembered for the government shutdown. there was not a lot of significant legislation passed. -- on the vote to our men allow president obama to arm and train syrian the rebels in his war against the islamic states. it is still possible that before this congress gavels out of
theyon in january that might take a vote on a broad war authorization or military force authorization, but we will have to wait until after that. host: what is the prediction for the next funding mechanism? caller: the intervening elections will have a lot to say about whether that is possible. say beforewmakers the election, it is going to be a lot different than what they might say depending on the results. if republicans win the senate, they will have a lot more january and they
will likely want a short-term continuing resolution, kick the decisions into the new congress, when they can pressure the president and the pressure democrats to cut spending further for the rest of the year. indemocrats keep the senate november, there might be a little bit of a better chance to get in on the bus that will fund the government for the rest of the year. host: you mean through 2015. host: what does that due to the influence of the work of the appropriations? they are in favor of doing their individual bills, but they will take the bills, package them into an on the bus. the appropriators hey continuing resolutions because it takes power out of their hand.
that is not how the government was designed to run, on autopilot where these resolutions fund the government in the same way it has been funded before and do not allow for long-term planning on the part of agencies and departments. host: what is the wire? guest: we cover everything from politics to entertainment. host: is it available and free to the public? guest: it is. thank you for your time. diane, republican line. caller: i want to talk about medicine, but i am glad congress is leaving. get them out of town.
methey keep talking about congress not doing anything, it is harry reid's fault because he has not taken anything to the floor. anyhow, gingrich talked about .taying in washington the thing is, he is making excuses and saying his wife ands washington, republican democrats stay in washington for the money. as far as an talking about , antibiotics, back in
the late 80's, early 1990's, they started letting the doctors not use to- they did be able to advertise all of this medicine in the lawyers -- congress passed a law that back in the late 1980's that they could not advertise and everybody was getting lawyers. inill be 80 years old october and i only take one very small pressure cooker. i would be on eight different medications. my liver, my kidneys and everything would be messed up. i go with my gut feelings. when my doctor wants me to take a medication, if i take it and
it bothers me, i do not take it. getting pancreatic cancer and i believe it is from the medications. a couple of big elections down there in arkansas. the governor possible action, -- theator's selection governors election and the senators election. --ler: host: you went to see him speak? caller: it was a meet and greet. it was a good turnout. praying hutchinson can get
and i just hope and pray that we can get the senate so we can quiet to this down a little with his executive orders. i am afraid for our country. just afraid. to c-span. tuned there is a live debate between .ike ross and asa hutchinson thank you for calling in this morning. nice to hear from you again. charlotte, north carolina. good morning. caller: go mike ross. are not going to lift a finger to help the president. they are the most unpatriotic
people on the planet. anyone that votes republican has to have a loose screw in their head. year.ss works 130 days a where is the outrage? i saw you amended ago smile, use mild, taking another vacation. host: it was the way the woman from lancaster, ohio phrased it. she said congress is always wrapping up and always on vacation. i found her phrasing to be -- it was not an editorial comment. i would hope we could do something to a lemonade that. for 130 days, making the money , people should be calling up every day and voicing this opinion.
host: how must you make a year? caller: that is none of your business. host: what kind of work do you do? caller: i am a construction worker. it is always feast or famine. i have problems with the people, 12 or 14 million people here undocumented. i have a problem with that. call me a racist, call me this and that. host: what about kay hagan
caller: this will put a wedge between the people and the ridge -- rich. hagan -- i hope she wins. i guess i am a little nervous. host: you are fine. thank you for calling in. call again in 30 days and keep you updated on your points of view. on c-span 2 and c-span 3, book , 48 hours of books and 40 hours of american history.
this weekend, we are featuring st. paul, minnesota as our hariri and historical site for the weekend. literary and historical site for the weekend. here is chris coleman talking about st. paul. [video clip] >> people will find some things very surprising. artistic tradition, literary tradition, we have things like the orchestra, it is one of the greatest in the world. from wherelocks away prairie home companion has been broadcast. the city of minneapolis next door. we are different politically and culturally and historically.
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of history and books. you will see st. paul featured. back to your phone calls. tom, please go ahead with your comments. taller the most interesting thing was the informed caller who asked about the geo-engineering, the chem trails. we have a democrat and republican sitting there and he heavy metal in the sky and it is not good for our health. he did not mention, but i will throw in, there is something the government does in secret called the harp program. he was asking both of the gentleman about the program and they pivoted to oh, we have to watch out for ebola, which is a different subject.
you let them get away with it. host: what is the harp program? it is secret. allegedly it is a weather modification program wherein heavy metals and other unknown chemicals are sprayed into the sky. you can see them. host: if people are interested in learning more about this, where would you direct them to go? caller: i would suggest google geo-engineering. is taboo onpic that c-span, just like 9/11. richard gage had on. that was wonderful. geo-engineering is not allowed to be talk about. neither of the congressmen want to go near it. host: do you think they knew what it meant? caller: of course they knew what it meant. it is hidden in plain sight.
and youook in the sky see jet trails that are not like the normal condensation jet trails, these spread out slowly of hours, these are not normal clouds. host: what you do in westfield? i am retired and i watch c-span. host: what are you retired from? caller: i was an attorney. i do not know that is relevant to the information i am trying to -- just curious. caller: be on the side of the informed callers instead of the people here with their talking points. host: we were guarding the members of congress -- is that what you were suggesting?
caller: i think you go easy on them. you do not ask follow-up questions. do would nothing to geo-engineering. host: thank you for alerting us to all of that. , you're on air. caller: you have made my day. there are too many issues to discuss. i want to let you know that your , you'rend your last response to the callers has been respect -- has been refreshing. you lifted my spirits for the day. i do enjoy you so much on the interviews you do on book tv. host: thank you, very much. we will leave it there. i don't know if that was my mom calling in or not. jerry, another democrat. caller: i have been watching
c-span since the mid-1980's. i appreciate the difference from them to now. the stoicness of the modern -- the moderators is gone. a good way you do it now. i would like to ask you about some people. the redheaded lady, i forgot her name. host: connie. connie retired. she is in staunton, virginia. susan is the co-ceo of the company. she is the big chief. sorry i did not remember her name. i wanted to talk about congress.
--gress has the same in them the same amount of members as it did in 1912. districts --ative that is our biggest problem. congress has continued to shrink a number representing of people. a -- congress, we would have about 1500 members of congress. senate should be downsized every two years. that is the same as congress. on theaccountability senators and house of representatives. that is something i have talked
about several times. i am committed to this belief. i am old enough. it will not make much difference. to the people, if they don't grasp the severity of this as it is today, through lobbyists of multinational corporations, then we are doomed. we need to get back to the levels of 1912. that is 100 years. we've had the same amount of congressmen for over 100 years. certainly the reputation -- representation has tried. host: it will be fun to hear what people think. they think of settling that ,nto 1500 members of congress each member representing about 800,000 constituents. steve, hudson, florida.
good morning to you. it is not encouraging to watch congress leave early, looking back a few years ago when a first things they did when they return from me previous was they voted to reduce their schedule. the reasoning was the high tech electronic means that their constituents could communicate by electronic means in the same kind of thing would occur. that works both ways. it can be at their job sites, -- and areas they represent.
i appreciate the caller from north carolina, the construction worker. if congress would do the work, rebuilding our infrastructure we many of workers like that construction worker, this country is that is being developed, the infrastructure every millionaire that exists in america is directly or indirectly tied to the infrastructure this country has. system, the airline system, telecommunications system -- without that, our country will decay and the road in see now breaking down congress just ignores it. last year, the senate sent over
inudget plan to the house march and the democrats were scheduling workshops with the .oor open it showed the meeting room where democrats were waiting for the republicans to show up. they never showed up, month after month. never came in to discuss the budget bill. with all the needs of this it will probably be the worst in the history. mona, front royal, virginia.
all, theirst of congressmen and senators work hard. they need a vacation. their staff workers work hard. congress should be a four near-term because they yearto spend the second spending lots and lots of money to get reelected. the -- myills up mailbox with wasted paper. the six-year term for senators is all right. they do not have to work so hard year after year. but, they do work hard. host: a kansas court allows democrat to quit ballot.
chad taylor's name was removed from the general election. by a laminating his name, the court cleared the way for a direct challenge by an independent candidate, greg orman. a libertarian candidate will appear on the ballot. he briefly campaigned as a democrat for senate in 2008. the gop must take six each from the democrats to control the senate area marty, washington journal. caller: you are my favorite person. job.ave the patience of i wish you could be the officiate or of the show.
address so weyour can send you a check for that nice remark. we have races in iowa and i need help. i almost always vote republican, we have first running against --. i am stumped. we have so many good candidates. host: you like them both? -- i like parts of both of them. matt whitaker, he is like a attorney general or that kind of thing. flabbergasted when she got
-- the primary. s out thegative ad wazoo on both sides. i don't believe any of those. host: you're seeing a lot of television ads for the candidates? caller: it has been wild. supported byedly the koch brothers. host: are you saying that is your view? caller: that is the ad. senate armedthe services committee and he missed the discussions and votes and
you can't hear what they're for, other than -- being too extreme. eveneems lightweight though she is in the national guard. she is the one that castrates the pigs. doing out are you altoona, iowa? and work am retired two jobs. host: thank you for watching. caller: wait, tell them to call in and tell me what to do. host: let's see who is going to respond to what you had to say about your iowa candidates.
john, what is on your mind? the screener i was a democrat. i am a democrat. get set in is people their ways. immigration is going to kill this nation. the democrats are saying "others. borders. obama just released criminals from the prisons after he said those were the first people he was going to deport. i am glad congress is out of session. we're $17 trillion in debt. there was a report that said we on the war inlion poverty. where has that gotten us? parents were union workers.
they were in factories, i belonged to the union for over 25 years. congressmen had to dodge the question when he said his health care, when he plays -- when he pays his premiums, but yeah, it is subsidized. about 80% of it is subsidized by the government. he pays the other 20%. it may be that the democrat is sitting over there with his mouth shut and this is why i am angry at the democrats. i have in a democrat all of my life. i am tired of them sitting there and not speaking the truth. host: will you vote for a republican if a democrat does not agree with you on that issue? caller: i would have to. wholl vote for anyone believes in the rule of law. it is not fair for the thousands of people waiting in line. i know a few friends who have people in asia that are trying to get them over here.
there are people in africa, europe. why are we only allowing spanish people and? group of people in, isn't that discrimination? host: we got the point and we will move on. jeff, laurel, mississippi. what do you think? you have to turn down the volume on the tv otherwise there is a delay. listen through your telephone. bernie, new carlisle ohio. independence. caller: a beautiful morning to you. -- host: where his new carlisle, ohio? caller: west of columbus, ohio. host: you are close to the honda factory. theer: my neighbor works at
honda plant. we have another one in west liberty. sells a lot ofe product to the honda plants. he would've had a struggle when the reception got into 2008. the fellow who just talked about immigration and people coming in, it makes me think of ronald reagan, the master of single-issue politics. he has been a union worker. he discouraged the war on poverty and said he would allow one issue to determine his vote and that is what reagan was a master of, convincing people with one issue to vote against their own economic interests because 19 other issues that were important to them and their
families, but they would vote for ronald reagan because he was pro-gun to this group and antiabortion to this group. , as i was i called sitting here, i started thinking about a thing wrote on facebook the other day where ice that our country seems to have -- where i said that our country seems to have a problem right now. immigration, all of these different issues that we have as challenges. it is like -- burning. there was a big margin new york. it was about climate change. we are being distracted by so many issues while our planet is burning. it is amazing that people are calling their congress persons, because if our politicians do not take the lead , the united states did not sign
,-, did not show up in brazil we are ignoring, at the behest of the fossil fuel industry, we are ignoring the fact -- we are not destroying the planet. i take that back. i just finished reading two books. those two books point out the fact that our planet will not continue to support the human firsts, so we will be the species that is wiping itself out. that has caused its own extinction. a lot of this is happening and we are being distracted by these other issues that seem to be so important on a daily basis. host: we are going to leave it there. erica, silver spring, maryland. piggyback on what bernie alluded to, the issues that a lot of the struggle with is the fact that we are looking at this whole -- all of the
issues we are dealing with as americans. like we need to adjust our visuals to a more global perspective. we should be able to look at our issues exclusively, but the powers that be are shifting to a more global perspective. when you look at it from that i eye, i feel like we have lost our focus as americans to have an improvement within our country. i think powers that be, congress, the federal branch is looking at this thing as how can it benefit our world. host: thank you.
a lobbyist told the fbi that and -- that a representative offered him legislative earmarks in exchange for campaign contributions for about a decade. the lobbyist who pleaded guilty to illegally funneling 380 $6,000 in campaign donations to lawmakers said a representative of the office first approached him in 1997 and told him earmarks were for sale for 10 to $15,000. the price for earmarks increased to $20,000.
the allegations contained in documents released as part of a public records lawsuit shed on a corruption investigation by the fbi into his former lobbying including the late congressman john murtha. to 27 months in 2010. no charges were ever brought against any of his aides, nor attorneysman responded to calls on thursday requesting comments. john, sumter, south airline up caller: i tell you. people get distracted and they're not paying attention. i have a question for you.
choice, would you a bombme hanged, have dropped on you, or beheaded? or just locked up and never tried? which would you choose? host: why are you asking that question? caller: this is what is going on. if you're locked up and never tried, nobody says anything, it is ok. , hang hunt down a leader him in public squares, it is ok. if you invade a country and drop bombs on people, as long as you don't see it, it is ok. beheaded, an american all hell breaks loose.
all this stuff has to do with money. i don't care how you put it. look at who is making the money. these people have been fighting and carrying on its forever. we, asntee you that goricans, pull back and say ahead have added, when the dust andrs, they will be tired they will say all right. we will go ahead and do a we have to do. this isis thing, that is a bunch of baloney. of theppened to all other radical groups? here we are getting ready to spend a whole bunch of money for nothing. it is ridiculous. just follow the money. host: thank you. franklin zillow, north carolina. terry, hi. my solution to the
problem with congress and senate to the time, ik think it was athens, if i'm honest they can, the first lotteryy, they held a to choose their representatives. you have picked up in the lottery you had to go serve. better toothing having congress or senate then someone that does not want to be there. that is just my thought. thank you. was terry. north carolina. from "the washington post close versuslicy makers ordinary americans. mistrust on both sides. americans do not hold washington in high regard. from john hopkins
university shows that the feeling is mutual. approval ratings of congress hovering near record lows and the other branches of federal government our knowledge and great either. when asked about the most vexing programs, americans are most likely to say the government felt. washington is seen as out of touch with the rest of the country. is it really? that is what researchers wanted to find out. they surveyed upwards of 850 lobbyist andyees, think tankers. there is plenty of research on elected lawmakers, there is much about this group of beltway insiders who can be described as the policymaking community. group, they play an active and direct role in crafting legislation and setting the tone
of national policy debates. they are largely insulated from the ire of voters. researchers found that compared with the average american, the group is more likely to be white. they are more educated. so rates are higher. they are probably democrat and liberal. is not necessarily surprising. d.c. has a large metropolitan -- thed the natural metro area seemed to be better educated and more liberal. these policymakers also pay more attention to politics, they are more likely to vote, and have more confidence in the fairness of the political process. 55%ercent of staffers and of federal workers, 49 percent of other washington policymakers believe that election votes often are counted fairly by on trust -- by contrast, just a
public says the same. anna, baytown, texas. caller: there was -- i was calling about health care reform . i want to have answers about the hospital billing. hospital roomthe and walk out with a built. they bill you later. they will not and they refuse. it is reduced to us. how are we supposed to keep up with what they charge the insurance company and the insurance company tells us three .onths later when they bill us
doctors walk-in walkout and walk out, who knows who they are. know what goes on. now that i have been watching the show, i would love to see that disclosure. you walk out of the hospital or a dr.'s visit with a printed deal. the other thing is immigration. a sensitive subject, especially in texas. we are -- this is a we are all guilty thing. we have allowed it to go on, we we haveed crews accepted it all these years. all of a sudden, we want to say, -- today will be
--., tomorrow nadira, new jersey. caller: sometimes people think democrats are for immigration and letting everybody stay, but we have to have laws. i think i heard marco rubio talk about if we're going to have immigration reform, it should be on a merit system, not a family-based system. i agree with that. me, and can do canada, i don't
know if someone from canada can confirm this. that one be a good idea for our country instead of saying his mother is here so we have to bring the rest of them over. i do not think that works. time do you spend worrying about immigration, thinking about it? could it affect your vote? caller: i work in health care. into of people that come our rooms, they are uninsured, they do not have social security numbers. it is like these immigration say these people are
going to pay back all this money. how are they going to pay back all this money? it is razzie. i wanted to make another comment about palestine. who is paying for the homes that the israelis bombed? are the israelis helping to rebuild those homes? host: do you think the u.s. dollars should go towards that? caller: the problem is -- i was watching this for a long time, what has gone on. we would have had a two state solution and long ago. -- a long time ago. the united states vetoed it because we have a permanent vote. oute is a really good book
i don't know if i will say his last name correctly. i would love for you to have him on book tv. it is a good book. general in thea israeli army. host: do you know who published it? who published it? books. just world not familiar with that. would yous a -- consider this book to be an anti-israel book? caller: he went from being
pro-one side until he started to talk to the other side. he lives in california. it is a very good book. that as so much in here lot of americans do not realize the history and what happens. there is a map in the back that from 1940 seven until now. shows how it looked in 1940's seven and what happened after the partition and then from 49 to 1967. i don't think what is going on is fair. up, mickeylls dry have another -- they cannot have another well. they cannot even fish in their own see.
virginia, adam, hi, adam. never show come you the picture of the libertarian candidate. i was watching earlier this morning and you mentioned there was one running. , i do not know who it is. we do not have that picture up there. caller: they are the only antiwar people out there. who is the libertarian candidate in kansas? caller: i'm not sure. i am from virginia. is there a libertarian running for the senate seat in virginia? caller: yeah. his name is robert sarvis.
host: crag, washington journal. caller: i'm in a piggyback off the guy that called from south carolina. what he was saying had a lot of truth to it. it was not a matter of opinion, it is about observation. when you see how the leaders continue to support these bills that come down the pipeline and effect on this country than anywhere else in this world, we suffer from that. anything may come up with, we are dealing with isis, the so-called terrorist groups, the people suffer from the bills that are created, but they tell us it is about fighting terrorist groups to protect them.
--lock us up and definitely on the suspicion of terrorism. is the newis terrorist we have to fight as americans. just for wanting to ask questions. i am kind of nervous because i do not call on -- call and talk on television. i got what he was trying to say. or somenot be an expert talking head, but all you see are these images playing out in the news about isis. the day before that, it was another group. the countries they fight in, they are oil-rich. about resources, land, power.
they promote the league -- they provoke these people into these actions. it is not about freedom or peace. i look at how the veteran hospitals, the v.a., how my father has been treated. aty get treated like crap these places. they come home with ptsd and they get forgotten about. they wind up on drugs. at least have the empathy to say of someone can put their life on the line for you, you give them better treatment. host: crag, we will leave your comments of there. one thing congress agrees on -- war. throw them all out. congresst says --
fiddles while rome burns? peter, you are on the journal. i have been watching for the last 30 years. let's go back a little bit and get our history straight. when ronald reagan came into office, the national debt was less than $1 trillion. when he left, because he did not believe in deficit, he doubled the national debt, started using the credit card. the snowball rolling down the hill. after that, all of these politicians were never raise taxes. , now the national debt is 17 and -- is $17 trillion going on $20 trillion. cuts, he didur tax
not pay for none of these wars, which cost $2 trillion. another $4.3s add trillion to the debt. what is your conclusion? i hate all of these politicians. they are working for a corporation, even foreign countries and getting paid. -- of this is republicans are the biggest hypocrites. your member of congress? do you support him or her? caller: he is a good working, hard guy, frank pallone. i don't trust any of them.
there are no democrats and republicans anymore. and they believe in themselves. they believe in working for the corporations and lining up a job so when they leave be they -- when they leave they become a lobbyist. host: thank you. we appreciate you calling in. this is from "the new york times ." ex-president and hotseat on subjects of idle or not. he greeted a student dressed as a skeleton on wednesday night when a woman read aloud the evening cost first -- the evening's first randomly selected question. what is your favorite ice cream? favorite ice cream is mango. i do not turn down other flavors
when mango is not available. and so began his annual town hall meeting with emory freshman. no query is off limits. when i was in the white house, i could predict 90% of the questions and we would have the of.ers rehearsed, kind i don't ever know what i am going to get asked here. as his 90th birthday approaches, mr. carter is strikingly available to ordinary americans. his sunday school class remains it is not unheard of for mr. carter to be spotted at a lan a braves baseball games. braves baseball games. other former presidents are hardly visible in american life. bill clinton keeps busy with philanthropic efforts.
george w. bush works on health-care issues. involved in the presidential libraries, but mr. carter still stands apart for his accessibility and his ritual of talks before emory freshman is especially unusual. ray, about a minute. melba, idaho. i am a veteran, 42 years, retired, medical. iraqi -- iyears in spent two years in a rack and three in afghanistan. -- doug deported to mexico in 2010 after we got married. spent $40,000 to get her back and i have not been able to get her back.
do, i hirehat i lawyers and spend more money. they say we can help and end up she is still there. i am disabled. host: have you talked to your congressman? caller: i have. my congressman said we cannot get involved. caller: yes, we can't get involved. host: what are you going to do next? caller: i don't know. host: all right. the brookingse to institution. this is an event with an author. darrell west is the author. the book is called