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if the house passes transportation and defense this week, that leaves them with six more to do. we have to remember by the end of the fiscal year. that is something that has not happened until the end of the 1990's, so it is not clear if that is going to be possible, but they are at about halfway stage. host: lauren fox talking about the week ahead in congress. thank you very much. lauren: thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is
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the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: t washington, d.c. june 8 2015. i hereby appoint the honorable thomas j. rooney to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. gracious god, we give you thanks for giving us another day. in this chamber, where the people's house gathers, we pause to offer you gratitude for gift of this good lapped on
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which we live and for this great nation which you have inspired in developing over so many years. continue to inspire the american people, that through the ebb and flow of our shared history we might keep liberty and justice alive in our nation and in the world. give to us and all people a vivid sense of your presence, that we may learn to understand each other respect each other, work with each other, live with each other and do good to each other. so, shall we make our nation great in goodness and good in its greatness. may all that is done this day be for your greater honor and glory, amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the chair will lead the house
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in the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir. pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on june 8 2015, at 10:17 a.m. that the senate passed with an amendment, h.r. 2146 signed, sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the house stands adjourned
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a hearing on the tsa problems with the tsa. we will hear from an official at the department of homeland security and also a former tsa officer, who has written several stories about what he has seen behind the scenes at the agency. that is tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m. eastern time. announcer this summer, book tv will cover top nonfiction
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authors and books. at the end of june, watch for the roosevelt. reading festival. in july, we are live at the harlem took fair, a premier literary event with panel reviews and literary discussions, and at the beginning of september we are at the national book festival, celebrating its 15th year. those are a few of the events this year on c-span's book tv. announcer: next, an interview with a potential 2016 presidential candidate. we sat down with former senator jim webb to talk about his time in congress. it is part of the c-span road to the white house. we spoke with him in his office in arlington, virginia, for about 40 minutes.
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host: how was your time in service? former senator webb: i have also been working for myself as a sole proprietor, and we need to create a new environment in washington where we have leaders who can talk across the aisle and actually solve our problems. host: and yet, if you look at george w. bush, who said he was going to be a uniter and not a divider, and we looked at barack obama, who said he was going to be a president for all. former senator webb: i think you
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change it with leadership. one of the best examples is what ronald reagan was able to do. if you look at the end of the carter administration, when people said that you could not have one person in the presidency that the issues were too complex, that we should have a three-person presidency. ronald reagan was a leader with vision. he brought in good people, and he really inspired the country. you could disagree with one policy or another but he really did create the right environment where we could get things done. host: you served with ronald reagan. you have written about him a lot. what made him unique to the presidency? former senator webb: i would not say he was unique, but i would say he was a strong, positive leader. a lot of people forget when we throw rhetorical issues around that one of the things you have to do is to be able to manage the most complex am a byzantine
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bureaucracy in the world and to communicate a sense of purpose in the country, and i think that president reagan did that very well. he brought in people with very strong careers and gave them the mission and let them do the job and that is what we need right now. host: you said you wanted to run a campaign with a message, the issues that you care about or messages be, and what are the key issues that are important to you? former senator webb: first, i think if people look at what we have done throughout my professional career, we have been able to get things done in and out of government. during the time i was in the senate there was a post-9/11 g.i. bill. that was not an easy lift. people look back and say g that makes a lot of sense, but we developed a view to ship
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republicans and democrats listened to people, and in 16 months, we put together the best g.i. bill in american history on the model of the world war ii g.i. bill, which i worked on when i was in legislative council years ago. we brought criminal justice reform back into the national debate. back when i came into the senate, talking about over incarceration, those issues that you were soft on crime. we stood up and took the hits, more than two years of hearings on this, and we introduced legislation that cause people to gravitate towards our solution from across the philosophical spectrum. five months before the invasion of iraq, i warned this would be strategic. it was going to empower iran and that it would cause divisive sectarian violence that we have seen. i also warned against the way the obama administration was handling the arab spring
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particularly the situation in libya, which i think the first rule of warning is don't let go of what you have until you have a firm grasp of where you are going, so my message would be that we could sit down, innovate, take the hits, bring the country leadership, and also that we would be focusing on the same issues that i have been dealing with for years, economic affairs, social justice reestablish a sense of direction in our foreign policy and in our military policy, and be very careful about the imbalance now that exists between the presidency and the congress. i think congress needs to take more responsibility on these positions. host: i want to go back to some of these issues and talk about iraq and foreign policy, but let's talk about you. you were born in missouri and moved along -- around a lot as a child. what do you remember?
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former senator webb: my father was a pie that but did not have any college, so we spent one and half years back in missouri where i was born and then reentered the military. so from that period, all through my early life, we moved constantly. we had a lot of family separations. i like to say to our military people that i know what it is like to have a data deployed. i know what is like to be deployed, and i know what it is like to have a son to white. very much how we grew up, the sacrifices that military families make and the sense of duty that so many people who serve have. also i learned how to operate in a lot of different geographical and ethnic backgrounds. i went to nine different schools in five years. at one point, we were in missouri, texas, alabama, california nebraska, where i
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graduated from high school. so i learned a lot about the country, i think and i learned about duty, and i learned i wanted to serve. host: you have to be a native, because you said "missoura." not missouri. former senator webb: yes, i grew up saying it that way. and i did well in leadership programs, and they recommended that i give the academy a shot and for me at that time in my life, it was if you want to be a top intellectual, you try to go to yield. if you want to really learn leadership, go to the naval academy. host: what did you learn? former senator webb: accountability. i was also on the brigade on her committee for years, and it had a profound effect on me,
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watching how our program worked at the naval academy, and i learned the value of proper leadership in tough situations. we all knew in that period of 1964 to 1968 that the country was undergoing a lot of trauma, and we needed to have leadership of people that were going to go to the war in vietnam, whatever the political thoughts were, the word was we were going away, and it was our duty to go there. host: when you graduated in 1968, talk about the turmoil. lbj was not eking a second term and you had the assassination of kennedy and king. former senator webb: the night before we graduated, robert kennedy was assassinated. it was an incredible year. there were a lot of questions about the validity of governmental process fairness, the common sense of foreign
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policy, etc., etc., and we all knew what our duty was going to be and where we were going to be going. host: so you're in your early 20's. you are about to be deployed into a war that had a lot of questions in the country, and you were front and center. former senator webb: i had a interesting conversation with my father who was career air force at the time, who really did not like the way mcnamara was running the war. i think he supported the war itself and my father was saying go in the navy. stay on the ship. don't be a marine. not only my father saying that. there were a lot of strong family discussions about how i wanted to be a marine. i wanted to do my part, but people who were over there, the young marines over there fighting needed the kind of leadership that


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