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president and new prime minister, all senior leaders, this obviously was at the top of their priority list, which it would be. secretary kerry was there a few days after i was there. now, that said, turkey recognizes as much as any country the threat that isil oses as other extremists groups. they are working with us now, will continue to work with us obviously in an open hearing i have to be careful that i can't go too far down into this. we'd be glad to in a closed session give you more. >> and also the oil on the black markets. >> that's another issue. >> a huge financing stream for them. >> it's another issue we talked to them about. they're not unaware of that. they know it's a threat, a major funding source of isil. they are moving to deal with some of these same issues.
our interests are common and clear. i think it's important to recognize again that turkey has been an invaluable member of nato, still is. we have a nato base there. we have a lot going on with turkey as do other nato countries. so their interests are clear and they understand that in this fight. >> many of the members of this committee talked about the effectiveness of arming the moderate rebels. the senator had a line of questioning about what agreements do they have with them? there have been certain questions about what information the moderates may have given to isil about their son. so i'm concerned about how we assess their abilities, their effectiveness, how we can -- when i met some of these opposition fighters the last time i was overseas, they wouldn't even agree to locking down and securing chemical weapons when found and turning them over to an international
body. how can you engage them? how can you truly 'vette them? how can we have any hope that if they do agree to fight isil on some level not just assad, that they will continue to do so and not align themselves with isil when they feel like assad is in their sites? >> i think a couple of points need to be reemphasized to answer your question. general dempsey has talked about it today. i have in both our testimonies. first it goes back to a couple recent questions that were asked here in the last few minutes. the united states cannot do any of this alone. this is why the local people, the local efforts, local organization has to be involved in this. second, confidence and trust in their governments. when you really look at -- with some intensity here what's going on in syria, how did this happen, why was it allowed to
happen in iraq? how did the sunni tribes just walk away from the government, three divisions of the iraqi security forces dropping their weapons and running, why did all that happen? well, general dempsey, i know very important point. when people are disenfranchised, they don't trust their government. they don't have confidence in their government. their will to fight and to do the things that you're talking about won't be there. so to reestablish trust and confidence coming from the locals, helping the locals, helping sustain them, build them, development is really i think as much the answer to your question as any one thing. >> the moderate fighters specifically, their goal is to unseat assad. that is their primary reason for fighting. if we add this additional mission to them we are going to help you but you must help defeat isil i don't know what makes them trade-off one mission for the other. i don't know what hook you have that says, you have to help us
defeat isil and we'll assist in this in a way that they don't at some point say, no. our goal is to defeat assad and the way to defeat assad is give all the weapons you just gave us to these better fighters that are represented by isil. >> i don't think they see it as an either/or. isil is a clear threat to them. what isil has done to them, to their people, their families, decimated their villages, the atrocities isil has perpetrated on these people in syria. so it isn't a matter of, we'll ight either isil or assad. what i believe and i think we have pretty clear intelligence on this, their responsibility that we all have an understanding, the people first, it's pretty clear they want a future for their families. they want to live in some peace and stability with possibilities for their families, jobs. one of the points made here
early this morning, i think general dempsey made it, until there is some clarification on the millions of disenfranchised young men in north africa, the middle east with no jobs, no possibilities, nothing, no hope, despair, then one country isn't going to be able to fix this problem. this is a deep, wide problem. i think it really does reflect back on your question. so we can't do it alone. it is a long-term effort. but the threats to us are so clear now and to these people that we have to deal with it. >> thank you. >> thank you. i just want to clarify one number. i think you both have used the 5,000 goal for the dod train and equip program. this is an if. as reported, as published reports indicate, there is a covert program, i'm saying if, any numbers involved in that covert program would not be
involved in the 5,000. is that correct? >> that's correct. >> thank you. >> we thank you very much for being here. for your testimony. e stand adjourned. >> president obama will be traveling to new york city this week. his trip begins tuesday with a climate summit where he is expected to deliver remarks. that same day, he'll also take part in an event hosted by the clinton global initiative and attend a reception with the first lady for visiting heads of state. on wednesday the president will address the u.n. general assembly before chairing a security council meeting on threats by foreign terrorist fighters. his trip concludes thursday with a u.n. meeting on the ebola outbreak in africa. look for coverage of the president's trip on the c-span networks.
hillary clinton recently attend the dnc's women leadership forum, an annual event that looks to engage women in the political process and raise money in support of the democratic agenda. the former secretary of state spoke about issues important to support of women candidates in the next democratic election. this is 25 minutes. >> thank you. thank you all. [applause] >> wow. it is great to be back here at wlf and to see so many very familiar faces and even better to see so many new faces. i want to thank debby for that very generous introduction. you know, debby wears so many hats so well, dnc chair, congresswoman, trusted friend, mom, and her courage in beating breast cancer and going on to
pass -- cheers and applause] -- ground breaking legislation that is helping other women beat it, too, is an example for us all, a truly inspiring and moving story, which is one of the reasons i was so pleased that just yesterday susan g. komen's honored debby for her courage and achieve mentbecause on the hill and on the trail she fights for women, for kids, for families. she fights for all of us. let's give our chair another round of applause. [applause] i want to thank everyone with the women's leadership forum who made this conference possible and a special personal shoutout to my long-time friend , lottie shackleford our new chair of the dns democratic -- dnc democratic women's caucus.
i was thinking when debby was introducing me it has been more than 20 years since tipper gore and i began gathering democratic women together and ormed this organization. a lot has changed since then. we've elected dozens of women congresswomen and senators. we've seen our first woman speaker of the house, nancy pelosi. [applause] >> and most important, we brought the concerns and hopes and dreams of women from the margins to the main stream of american public life. you've done that. you've moved those political mountains. and i thank each and every one of you. but as much as things have changed, here is what stayed as true as ever. the democratic party is at its best just like america is at
its best when we rally behind a very simple yet powerful idea. family. family is the building block of any society. it's the building block of our party and our country. when democrats fought for labor rights so more families could make it into the middle class, when democrats fought for social security so that our parents wouldn't live in poverty, when democrats fought for health care and education and civil rights so all our children could grow up with opportunity and equality, we have fought for families. for moms and dads and kids and the values that hold us all together. so don't let anyone dismiss what you're doing here today as women's work. don't let anyone send you back to the sidelines. we're here, proud, democratic women, and proud democratic men
to stand up not just for ourselves, not just for women, but for all our people -- for our families, our communities, and our country. [applause] now, i know you've already heard from our fabulous first lady yesterday and from our absolutely committed vice president this morning and you'll hear from president obama later today. i want to say that from his very first week in office and the first law that president obama signed the lily ledbetter fair pay act -- [applause] -- this president has been a tireless advocate for women and families. yesterday i was with nancy in a group group of of senators and congresswomen
and others at the center for american progress. leader pelosi put it well. when women vote, america wins. that's why we're all here today. we're here because there is a movement stirring in america. you can see it in the parents in california who demanded paid sick leave so they didn't have to choose between their jobs and their kids. you can see it in the moms demanding equal pay for equal work. and the dads demanding access to quality, affordable child care. you can see it in the fast food and domestic workers all across our country who ask for nothing more than a living wage and a fair shot. this is a movement that is not waiting for washington with its gridlock and grandstanding. this movement won't wait and neither can we. and that's why we're here
today. we're also here because the mid terms really matter. now, i know they may not be as glamorous as presidential elections. but these upcoming mid-term elections really are crucial for our country's future, for our jobs, our schools, our health care, for our families. o they deserve our undivided attention. in just 46 days, american voters have a choice and a chance. it's a chance to put america's families first at a time when corporations have all the rights of people but none of the responsibilities we have a choice to make. it's a chance to elect leaders who know that women should be able to make our own health care decisions and -- [applause] -- it's a chance to elect democrats who will fight every
day to make sure our economy and our democracy work for every american. you know, at a time when the deck does seem stacked against middle class families in so many ways, we have a choice to make. on sunday, i was in iowa with a named e for congress stacey appel. she is a great mom who worked her way up from minimum wage to management and with enough support she could be the first woman ever elected from iowa to the u.s. house of representatives. of more than one 100 democratic women running for the house this year and i can't think of a better way to make congress start working for american families again than electing every last one of our come november.
ten democratic women are running for the senate. six democratic women are running for governor. if i could vote for all of them, i would. and i know that mary burke from isconsin spoke here yesterday. she is offering a choice between more angry gridlock and progress that will actually make a difference for wisconsin families -- better jobs, better wages, better schools. and we can compare, just to understand what's at stake, what has happened in wisconsin and in neighboring minnesota under very different governing philosophies over the last few years because i come from the school that says, results matter. evidence matters. and the evidence is in. smart, progressive, policies in minnesota led to more job creation and more economic growth. wisconsin deserves better and
with mary burke, it will get better for the people and families of wisconsin. now here's what we know. when women participate in politics the effects ripple out far and wide. weren't you proud when a coalition of women senators broke the log jam during last year's government shutdown and then when senator patty murray stepped up to get a budget passed, i saw her yesterday, and we were talking about it and she said, you know, it just comes down to building relationships, listening to each other, spending time, understanding that nobody gets everything you want in congress or, may i add, in life. but you work together and you get the best outcome you can. now that we're hearing republicans talking about another potential shutdown, if they gain control of the senate, it is yet one more reason to elect more democratic
women who will prioritize people over politics. and here's why it matters. yesterday at the cap event, i et a single mom from chicago named rihannan who talked about being caught between the needs of her family and the demands of her job -- every mother's worst nightmare. there was a day this past winter that was so cold she said it was way below zero that the city schools had to shut down. so she scrambled to find child care for her son who has autism. but she couldn't find any at such short notice. so she called in sick to the national supermarket where she worked. and the next day, she was fired. as i sat there listening to her story, i remembered how i felt as a young mother so many years ago. i had many more advantages, much more support, and, yet, i,
too, felt that squeeze. there was one morning when i was due in court at 9:30 for a trial. it was already 7:30. chelsea, just 2 years old, was running a fever and throwing up. my husband was out of town. the normal babysitter called in sick with the same symptoms. i had no relatives living nearby. my neighbors were not home. so, frantic, i called a trusted friend who came to my rescue. still, i felt terrible that i had to leave my sick child at all. i called back at every break in the trial and i rushed home as soon as court adjourned. when i opened the door and saw my friend reading to chelsea, who was clearly feeling better, my head and stomach stopped aching for the first time that day. but for so many moms, and dads as well, that ache is with them every single day. the most vulnerable families in our country have the least
support. today women hold a majority of minimum wage jobs in our country. and women hold nearly 3/4 of all jobs like waiters, bartenders, and hair stylists that rely on tips because legally they are paid an even lower minimum wage. many of these workers are even more at risk from exploitations like wage theft and harassment. so think about a mom trying to succeed at work and give her kids the support they need with a job like that without flexibility or predictability, without access to quality, affordable child care, without paid family leave because as we know the united states is one of only a handful of countries in the world without it. no wonder there were 5.1 million more women in poverty than men last year. no wonder so many american
families are hurting today. for too many women, for too many families, they don't just face ceilings on their dreams. it feels to them as though the floor has collapsed beneath their feet. that's not how it's supposed to be in america. this is the country where if you work hard, you can make it. and each generation is supposed to have it a little bit better than the one before. now, while these challenges are most acute for women fighting to lift themselves and their families out of poverty, women up and down the income ladder face double standards and barriers to advance ment. we see it with the middle class moms who take home less money than their male co-workers. we see it in the still, too small percentage of women in corporate board rooms. and we see it in the motherhood penalty with many women forced to take a pay cut when they
have children while men who become fathers often get a pay bump. so let's be clear. these aren't just women's issues. they are family issues. they are american issues. and they hold back our entire economy. [applause] but the good news is it doesn't have to be this way. we know we can do better. we have done better. and i've seen it all over the world -- strong women and strong families can grow economies. we create change. we drive progress. we make peace. if we close the gap in work force participation, in the united states between men and women, our national economy, our gross domestic product, would grow by nearly 10% by 2030. think about it. can we afford to leave that kind of growth on the table? and that's also why the mid terms matter. just go issue by issue and what
they mean for women and families. take equal pay. we've been fighting for paycheck fairness for more than 15 years because if women work hard all day, they've earned equal pay. more than 15 years we've been waiting. and this week the senate republicans blocked the bill again. that's why mid terms matter. or look at health care. the affordable care act with a step forward for women and families, covering important prevention procedures like mammograms, family planning, prenatal services. preventing insurance companies from charging women more solely because of their gender, which actually happened in more than 90% of individual insurance plans before the new law went into effect. i think it's fair to say that just as the affordable care act was going into effect, the
supreme court's hobby lobby decision pulled the rug out from beneath america's women. it's a slippery slope when we start turning over a woman's right to make her own health care decisions to her employer. will question is, congress do anything about it? that's why mid terms matter. look at violence against women. 20 years ago this week my husband signed the violence against women act. it was a great victory thanks to years of hard work from leaders like vice president biden. but celebration of this anniversary was tempered by troubling news on many fronts. from the outrages of the nfl to more assaults against women in uniform and at college. one student at columbia university in new york, a survivor of sexual assault, began carrying her mattress around campus.
she was tired of being overlooked. tired of waiting for change. and that was the best way she could think of to draw attention to the dangers facing female students. that image should haunt all of us. i'm very pleased that president obama is supporting a new effort to address sexual assaults on campuses across the country. just think about it. we asked so much of our young women. we ask them to delve into fields like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, where they haven't been well represented. we ask them to go to college or technical school, even though it's often really expensive and they end up with hefty student debt. we ask them to study hard, to work hard. we ask them to lead. we ask them to take responsibility for caring for children and aging relatives. and to do any of these, let
alone more than one or all of them, they face so many obstacles, still. so voters have a choice in november. a choice between those who block paycheck fairness, who applauded hobby lobby, who tried to stop the renewal of the violence against women act, or leaders who will fight for women and girls to have the same opportunities and rights that they deserve. leaders who will fight for families and for all of us. we have so many reasons to be hopeful. mary burke gives me hope. maggie hasen gives me hope. martha copely and wendy davis give me hope. allison grimes, kay haagin, mary landrieu, michelle nunn, jean shaheen, natalie cannon, they all give me hope. [applause]
but, you know, we're in the homestretch. and it all comes down to who makes the effort to show up and vote? now, i've been thinking a lot about family because you know i'm on grand baby watch. and i think a lot about this new member of our family and what he or she can look forward to. i am well aware that we will certainly do everything possible to prepare this child, to protect this child. but i want that for everybody's child and everybody's grandchild. i want every one of our children to feel that they are inheriting the best of america, that they have the chance to do what i believed was possible for me and what my husband believed was possible for him
and what we instilled in our daughter that really this country is on your side. this country will give you the fighting chance, the fair shot you deserve to have. this country will maintain a level playing field. so whether you're the grandchild of a president or the grandchild of a janitor, whether you're born in a city or in a small, rural village, no matter who you are, you have a right to inherit the american dream. and based on -- based on everything i've done over my long career of fighting for women and children and fairness and equality and justice, i believe with all my heart that
this mid-term election is a crucial one. there is so much at stake. so as you gather here today, to upport wlf and the dnc, i hope when you return home each and every one of you will get on phone, get on the internet, get any way you can to encourage your friends, your family, your neighbors, people you've never even met, to turn out and vote. tell them that democrats are fighting for them and their families. tell them when we fight for equal pay for equal work, we're fighting for them. tell them when we fight for the freedom for women to make our own health care decisions, we're fighting for them. tell them when we fight for better jobs and better wages, for an economy that works for everyone, no special deals, we're fighting for them. because when women succeed,
families succeed. and when families succeed, our country succeeds. this is the great, unfinished business of the 21st century. let's make sure we do everything we can to keep america on the path toward that better future that so many of you have worked so long to support leaders like president obama, like bill clinton, like others, who have kept pushing those boulders up the hill, taking on the special interests, taking on those who claim that they climbed the ladder and there is no reason to leave it behind for anybody else and get out the vote for these mid-term elections. thank you all very, very much. [cheering] [applause]
>> here on c-span, newsmakers is next with the house committee chair bob goodlatte. then a christian science monitor breakfast with bobby jindal to that is followed by house speaker john weiner. -- john boehner. >> >> our guest this week is bob goodlatte. thank you for being here. >> it is great to be with you. >> let me introduce our two reporter guests. to start, the house has now gone until after the election.