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host: they finally made contact again with the european space station. it did land on a comet. that's right. caller: thank you. host: thanks for all your calls this morning. we will be back tomorrow. have a great day. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> here is a look at what is ahead this week in congress. the house is back today an
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legislative business begins at 2:00 eastern. bills on the agenda this week include health care, possibly a calling on the president to withdraw troops from iraq. also, the re-vote on trade adjustment assistance could come tomorrow or not at all. but coverage here on c-span. the senate general speeches beginning today at 3:00 eastern. lawmakers are supposed to continue working on defense authorization. see light coverage of the senate on our companion network, c-span 2. more on the possible re-vote in the house, "roll call" writes the paul ryan still remains optimistic on fast track legislation, despite the collapse that would have given the president authorization.
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he says the most difficult deal for fast-track, lining up democrats and republicans -- republicans with the president is done. now, democrats need to align with the president. we could hear more on the future of the trade legislation when the house returns today at 2:00 eastern. we will have live coverage here on c-span. also today former florida governor jeb bush is expected to make an official announcement for his 2016 presidential campaign. he will make the announcement at the miami-dade college. brother of george w. bush and son of george h.w. bush would be the 11th major candidate to announce a campaign for the 2016 presidential election.
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he who want to live our companion network c-span 3. this weekend, hillary clinton officially launched her campaign with a rally in new york city. it is her first major campaign speech since announcing her run for president last april. the event was held at the franklin d. roosevelt for freedom park on roosevelt island. ♪
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>> hillary! hillary! mrs. clinton: thank you. thank you so very, very much. it is wonderful to be here with all of you, to be in new york with my family, so many friends, including so many new yorkers who gave me the honor of serving them in the senate for eight years.
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to be right across the water from the headquarters of the united nations where i represented our country many times. to be here in this beautiful park dedicated to franklin roosevelt's enduring vision of america. the nation we want to be and in a place with absolutely no ceilings. [cheering] mrs. clinton: president roosevelt's four freedoms are testament to our nation's unmatched aspirations and a reminder of our unfinished work at home and abroad. his legacy lifted up a nation and inspired president to
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followed. one is a man i served as secretary of state, barack obama. [cheering] mrs. clinton: another is my husband, bill clinton. to democrats, guided by -- that will make him so happy. they are two democrats guided by the fundamental american belief that real and lasting prosperity must be built by all and shared by all. president roosevelt called on every american to do his or her
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part, and every american answered. he said, there is no mystery about what it takes to build a strong and prosperous america. equality of opportunity, jobs for those who can work, security for those who need it, the ending of special privilege for the few -- the preservation of civil liberties for all, a wider and constantly rising standard of living. that still sounds good to me. it is america's basic bargain, if you do your part, you ought to be able to get ahead. when everybody does their part
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america gets ahead, too. that bargain inspired generations of families, including my own. it is what kept my grandfather going to work in the same scranton mill every day for 50 years. it is what led my father to believe that is he scrimped and saved, his small business printing drapery fabric in chicago would provide us with a middle-class life. and it did. when president clinton honored the bargain, we had the longest peacetime expansion in history a balanced budget, and for the first time in decades, we all grew together with the bottom 20% of workers increasing their incomes by the same percentage as the top 5%.
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when president obama honored the bargain, we pulled back from the brink of depression, saved the auto industry, provided health care to 16 million working people and replaced the jobs we lost faster than the historical average after a financial crash. it is not 1941 or 1993 or even 2009. we face new challenges in our economy and our democracy. we are still working our way back from a crisis that happened because time-tested values were
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replaced by false promises. instead of an economy built by every american, for every american, we were told that if we let those at the top pay lower taxes and bend the rules their success would trickle down to everyone else. what happened? well, instead of a balanced budget would surpluses that could have eventually paid off our national debt, the republicans twice cut taxes for the wealthiest, borrowed money from other countries to pay for two wars, and family incomes dropped. you know where we ended up. except it was not the end. as we have, since our founding,
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americans made a new beginning. you worked extra shifts, took second jobs, postponed home repairs, you figured out how to make it work. now people are beginning to think about their future again going to college, starting a business, buying a house finally being able to put away something for retirement. we are standing again, but we all know we are not yet running the way america should. you see corporations making record profits with ceos making record pay, but your paychecks have barely budged. many of you are working multiple jobs to make ends meet, you see the top 25 hedge fund managers making more than all of america's kindergarten teachers combined, and often paying a
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lower tax rate. you have to wonder. when does my hard work pay off? when does my family get ahead. i say now. [cheering] mrs. clinton: prosperity cannot just be for ceo's and hedge fund managers. democracy cannot just before -- be for billionaires and corporations. prosperity and democracy are part of your basic bargain, too. you brought our country back and now it is time, your time, to secure the gains and move ahead. you know what? america cannot succeed unless you succeed. that is why i am running for president of the united states.
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[cheering] [applause] >> hillary! hillary! mrs. clinton: here on roosevelt island, i believe we have a continuing rendezvous with destiny, each american and the country we cherish our running -- i am running to make our economy work for you and for every american. for the successful and the struggling, for the innovators
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and adventurers, for those breaking barriers and technology and discovering cures for diseases, for the factory workers and food servers who stand on their feet all day. for the nurses who work the night shift. for the truckers who drive for hours and the farmers who feed us. for the veterans who served our country. for the small business owners who took a risk, for everyone who has ever been knocked down but refused to be knocked out. i am not running for some americans. i am running for all americans.
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our country's challenges did not begin with the great recession and they will not end with the recovery. americans have been buffeted by powerful currents, advances in technology and the rise of global trade have created whole new areas of economic activity and opens new markets for exports, but they have also displaced jobs and undercut wages for millions of americans. the financial industry and many multinational corporations have created huge wealth for a few by focusing too much on short-term profit and too little on long-term values. too much on complex trading schemes and stock buybacks, too little on investments in new businesses, jobs, and fair compensation. [cheering]
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our political system is so paralyzed by gridlock and dysfunction that most americans have lost confidence that anything can actually get done. they have lost trust in the ability of both government and big business to change course. we can blame historic forces beyond our control for some of this, but the choices we have made as a nation, leaders and citizens alike, have also played a big role. our next president must work with congress and every other willing partner across the entire country -- and i will do just that. [cheering] to turn the tide so these currents start working for us more than against us.
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at our best, that is what americans do. we are problem solvers, not deniers. we do not hide from change, we harness it. we cannot do that if we go back to the top down economic policies that failed us before. americans have come too far to see our progress ripped away. there may be some new voices in the presidential republican choir. [laughter] mrs. clinton: but, they are all singing the same old song, a song called yesterday. you know the one. " all our troubles look as though they are here to stay and we need a place to hide away."
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they believe in yesterday. you are lucky i did not try singing that, too. these republicans trip over themselves promising lower taxes for the wealthy and fewer rules for the biggest corporations without regard for how that will make income inequality even worse. we have heard this tune before and we know how it turns out. ask many of these candidates about climate change, one of the defining threats of our time and they will say, i am not a scientist. [laughter] mrs. clinton: well, why don't they start listening to those who are? [cheering] mrs. clinton: they pledge to
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wipe out rules on wall street rather than reign in the banks that are still too risky according future failures in a case that can only be considered mass amnesia. they want to take away health insurance for more than 16 million americans without credible alternatives. they shame and blame women rather than respect our right to make our own decisions. [cheering] mrs. clinton: they want to put immigrants who work hard and pay taxes at risk of deportation and they turn their back on gay people who love each other. [cheering]
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mrs. clinton: fundamentally, they reject what it takes to build an inclusive economy. it takes an inclusive society. what i once called a village that has a place for everyone. my values and a lifetime of experiences have given me a different vision for america. i believe that success is not measured by how much the wealthiest americans have, but how many children climb out of poverty. how many startups and small businesses open and thrive, how many young people go to college without drowning in debt.
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how many people find a good job, how many families get ahead and stay ahead. i did not learn this from politics. i learned it from my own family. my mother taught me that everybody needs a chance and a champion. she knew what it was like not to have either one. her own parents abandoned her and by 14, she was out on her own working as a housemaid. years later, when i was old enough to understand, i asked what kept her going. her answer was something very simple -- kindness from someone who believed she mattered. the first grade teacher who saw she had nothing to eat at lunch and without embarrassing her brought extra food to share.
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the woman whose house she cleaned letting her go to high school so long as her work got done. that was a bargain she leapt to accept. because some people believed in her, she believed in me. [cheering] i believe with all my heart in america and in the potential of every american. to meet every challenge, to be resilient no matter what the world throws at you, to solve the toughest problems, i believe we can do all these things because i have seen it happen. as a young girl, i signed up at my methodist church to babysit the children of mexican farmworkers while their parents worked in the fields. as a law student, i advocated
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for congress to require that are -- to require better working and living conditions for farmworkers whose children deserved better opportunities. my first job out of law school was for the children's defense fund. i walked door-to-door to find out how many children with disabilities could not go to school and to help build the case for a law guaranteeing them access to education. as a leader of the legal services corporation, i defended the rights of poor people to have a lawyer and i saw lives changed because an abusive marriage ended or an illegal eviction stopped. in arkansas, i supervised law students who represented clients in courts and prisons, organized
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scholarships for single parents going to college, led efforts for better schools and health care and personally knew the people whose lives were improved. as senator, i have the honor of representing firefighters, police officers, emts, construction workers, and volunteers who ran toward danger on 9/11 and stayed there becoming sick themselves. it took years of effort, but congress finally approved the health care they needed. there are so many faces and stories that i carry with me of people who gave their best and needed help themselves. weeks ago, i met another person like that, a single mom juggling a job and classes at community
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college while raising three kids. she does not expect anything to come easy, but she did ask me what more can be done so it isn't quite so hard for families like hers. i want to be her champion and your champion. [cheering] mrs. clinton: if you'll give me the chance, i'll wage and win four fights for you. the first is to make the economy work for every day americans not just those at the top. to make the middle class mean something again, with rising incomes and broader horizons and to give the poor a chance to work their way into it.
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the middle class needs more growth and more fairness. growth and fairness go together. for lasting prosperity, you can't have one without the other. is this possible in today's world? >> yes. mrs. clinton: i believe it is. or i wouldn't be standing here. do i think it will be easy? of course not. but here's the good news. there are allies for change everywhere who know we can't stand by while inequality increases, wages stagnate, and the promise of america dims. we should welcome the support of all americans who want to go forward together with us. [cheering] mrs. clinton: there are public officials who know americans
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need a better deal. those who want higher pay for employees, equal pay for women and no discrimination against the lgbt community either. there are leaders of finance who want less short-term trading and more long-term investing. there are union leaders investing their own pension funds in putting people to work to build tomorrow's economy. we need everyone to come to the table and work with us in the coming weeks i'll propose specific policies. to reward businesses who invest in long-term value rather than the quick buck. that leads to higher growth for the economy, higher wages for workers and, yes, everybody will have a better time.
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i will rewrite the tax code so it rewards hard work and investments here at home not trade or stashing profits overseas. [cheering] mrs. clinton i will give new : incentives to companies that give their employees a fair share of the profits their hard work earns. we will unleash new generation of entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing tax relief, cutting red tape, and making it easier to get a small business loan. we will restore america to the cutting edge of innovation science, and research by increasing both public and private investments. and we will make america the clean energy super power of the 21st century.
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advanced biofuels, building cleaner power plants, smarter electric grids, greener buildings. using additional fees and royalties from fossil fuel extraction to protect the environment and ease the transition for distressed communities to a more diverse and sustainable economic future from coal country to indian country to small towns of the mississippi delta to the rio grande valley to our inner cities we have to help our fellow americans. [cheering] mrs. clinton: now, this will create millions of jobs and countless new businesses and enable america to lead the global fight against climate change.
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we will also connect workers to their jobs and businesses. customers will have a better chance to actually get where they need and get what they desire with roads, railways, bridges, airports, ports, and broadband brought up to global standards for the 21st century. we will establish an infrastructure bank and sell bonds to pay for some of these improvements. now, building an economy for tomorrow also requires investing in our most important asset, our people, beginning with our youngest. that's why i will propose that we make preschool and quality child care available to every child in america. [cheering]
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mrs. clinton and i want you to : remember this, because to me this is absolutely the most compelling argument why we should do this. research tells us how much early learning and the first five years of life can impact life long success. in fact, 80% of your brain is developed by age 3. and one thing i've learned is that talent is universal. you can find it anywhere. but opportunity is not. too many of our kids never have the chance to learn and thrive as they should and as we need them to. our country won't be competitive or fair if we don't help more families give their kids the best possible start in life. so let's staff our primary and secondary schools with teachers who are second to none in the world and receive the respect they deserve for sparking the
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love of learning in every child. let's make college affordable and available to all and lift the crushing burden of student debt. let's provide life long learning for workers to gain or improve skills that the economy requires, setting up many more americans for success. the second fight is to strengthen america's families because when our families are strong, america is strong. and today's families face new and unique pressures. parents need more support and flexibility to do their job at work and at home. i believe you should have the right to earn paid sick days. i believe you should receive your work schedule with enough notice to arrange child care or
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take college courses to get ahead. i believe you should look forward to retirement with confidence not anxiety. that you should have the peace of mind that your healthcare will be there when you need it without breaking the bank. i believe we should offer paid family leave. so no one, no one has to choose between keeping a paycheck and caring for a new baby or a sick relative. and it is way pastime to end the outrage of so many women still earning less than men on the job. and women of color often making even less.
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this isn't a women's issue. it's a family issue. just like raising the minimum wage is a family issue. expanding child care is a family issue. declining marriage rates is a family issue. unequal rates of incarceration is a family issue. helping more people with an addiction or a mental health problem get help is a family issue. and in america every family should feel like they belong so we should offer hard working law-abiding immigrant families a path to citizenship. not second class status.
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and we should ban discrimination against lgbt americans and their families so they can live, learn, marry, and work just like everybody else. you know, america's diversity, our openness, our devotion to human rights and freedom is what's drawn so many to our shores, what's inspired people all over the world. i know. i've seen it with my own eyes. these are also the qualities that prepare us well for the demands of a world that is more interconnected than ever before. so we have a third fight. to harness all of america's power, smarts, and values, to maintain our leadership for peace, security, and prosperity.
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no other country on earth is better positioned to thrive in the 21st century. no other country is better equipped to meet traditional stress from countries like russia, north korea, and ryan, and to deal with the rise of new powers like china. no other country is better prepared to meet emerging threats from cyber attacks trans national terror networks like isis, and diseases that spread across oceans and continents. as your president, i'll do whatever it takes to keep americans safe. if you look, over my left shoulder, you can see the new world trade center soaring skyward.
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as a senator from new york, i dedicated myself to getting our city and state the help we needed to recover. and as a member of the armed services committee, i worked to maintain the best trained, best equipped, strongest military ready for today's stress and tomorrow's. and when our brave men and women come home from war or finish their service, i'll see to it that they get not just the thanks of a grateful nation but the care and benefits they've earned. i've stood up to adversaries like putin and reinforced allies like israel and i was in the situation room on the day we got bin laden. but i know, i know we have to be smart as well as strong. meeting today's global challenges requires every element of america's power including skillful diplomacy economic influence, and building
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partnerships to improve lives around the world with people not just their governments. there are a lot of trouble spots in the world, but there's a lot of good news out there, too. i believe the future holds far more opportunities than threats if we exercise creative and confident leadership that enables us to shape global events rather than be shaped by them. and we all know that in order to be strong in the world we first have to be strong at home. that's why we have to win the fourth fight. reforming our government and revitalizing our democracy so that it works for every day americans. we have to stop the endless flow of secret, unaccountable money that is distorting our
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elections, corrupting our political process, and drowning out the voices of our people. we need justices on the supreme court who will protect every citizen's right to vote. rather than every corporation's right to buy elections. if necessary i will support a constitutional amendment to undo the supreme court's decision in citizens united. [cheering] mrs. clinton: i want to make it easier for every citizen to vote. that's why i propose universal, automatic registration, and expanded early votes.
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i'll fight back against republican efforts to disempower and disenfranchise young people, poor people, people with disabilities, and people of color. what part of democracy are they afraid of? but no matter how easy we make it to vote, we still have to give americans something worth voting for. government is never going to have all the answers but it has to be smarter, simpler ks more efficient, and a better partner. that means access to advanced technology so government agencies can more effectively serve their customers, the american people. we need expertise and innovation from the private sector to help cut waste and streamline services.
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there is so much that works in america. for every problem we face, someone, somewhere in america, is solving it. silicon valley cracked the code on sharing and scaling a while ago. many states are pioneering new ways to deliver services. i want to help washington catch up. to do that, we need a political system that produces results. by solving problems that hold us back, not one overwhelmed by extreme partisanship and inflexibilityy. i'll always seek common ground with friend and opponent alike. but i'll also stand my ground when i must. that's something i did, whether it was working with republicans for healthcare, for children with our national guard or improve our foster care and adoption system or pass a treaty to reduce the number of russian
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nuclear warheads that could threaten our cities and it is something i will always do as your president. we americans may differ, dicker, -- bicker, stumble, and fall, but we are at our best when we pick each other up, when we have each other's back. like any family our american family is strongest when we cherish what we have in common and fight back against those who would drive us apart. people all over the world have asked me how could you and president obama work together after you fought so hard against each other in that long campaign? now, that is an understandable question considering that in many places if you lose an election you could get imprisoned or exiled even killed, not hired as secretary
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of state. but president obama asked me to serve and i accepted because we both love our country. that's how we do it in america. with that same spirit together we can win these four fights. we can build an economy where hard work is rewarded. we can strengthen our families. we can defend our country and increase our opportunities all over the world and we can renew the promise of our democracy if we all do our part in our businesses, unions, houses of worship, schools, and, yes, in the voting booth. i want you to join me in this effort. help me build this campaign and make it your own.
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talk to your friends, your family, your neighbors, text join to 47246. go to hillaryclinton.com and sign up to make calls and knock on doors. it is no secret that we're going up against some pretty powerful forces that will do and spend whatever it takes to advance a very different vision for america. but i've spent my life fighting for children, families, and our country, and i'm not stopping now. [cheering] [applause] bama>> hillary! hillary!
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hillary! mrs. clinton: now, i know how hard this job is. i've seen it up close and personal. all our presidents come into office looking so vigorous and then we watch their hair grow grayer and grayer. well, i may not be the youngest candidate in this race, but i will be the youngest woman president in the history of the united states. [cheering] mrs. clinton: and the first grandmother as well. [cheering] mrs. clinton: and one additional advantage? you won't see my hair turn white
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in the white house. i've been coloring it for years. so, i'm looking for a great debate among democrats republicans, and independents. i'm not running to be president only for those americans who already agree with me. i want to be president for all americans. along the way i'll just let you in on this little secret. i won't get everything right. lord knows, i've made my share of mistakes. well, there's no shortage of people pointing them out. and i certainly haven't won every battle i've fought, but leadership means perseverance and hard choices. you have to push through the setbacks and the disappointments and keep at it. i think you know by now that i've been called many things by many people. quitter is not one of them.
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like so much else in my life, i got this from my mother. when i was a girl she never let me back down from any bully or barrier. in her later years, mom lived with us and she would still teach me the same lessons. i'd come home from a hard day at the senate or the state department, sit down with her at the small table in our breakfast nook, and just let everything pour out. and she would remind me why we keep fighting. even when the odds are long and the opposition is fierce. i can still hear her saying, life's not about what happens to you. it's about what you do with what happens to you. so get back out there. [applause] mrs. clinton: she lived to be 92 years old, and i often think
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about all the battles she witnessed over the course of the last century -- all the progress that was won because americans refused to give up or back down. she was born on june 4, 1919 before women in america had the right to vote, but on that very day, after years of struggle congress passed the constitutional amendment that would change that forever. the story of america is a story of hard fought, hard won progress. and it continues today. new chapters are being written by men and women who believe that all of us, not just some, but all, should have the chance to live up to our god given potential. not only because we're a tolerant country or a generous country or a compassionate country, but because we're a better, stronger, more prosperous country when we harness the talent, hard work, and ingenuity of every single american.
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i wish my mother could have been with us longer. i wish she could have seen chelsea become a mother herself. i wish she could have met charlotte. i wish she could have seen the america we're going to build together. an america, where if you do your part, you reap the rewards. where we don't leave anyone out or anyone behind. an america where a father can tell his daughter, yes, you can be anything you want to be, even president of the united states. thank you all! god bless you! may god bless america! [applause] ♪
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>> and hillary clinton. later today former governor of florida jeb bush is expected to make his announcement for his nomination to be president. you can see that live at 3:00 p.m. eastern on c-span three. we are also planning to take your phone calls after that announcement. businessman donald trump is expected to reveal his intentions for running for president during selection. that is true and 11:00 a.m. eastern. live coverage of c-span3. the u.s. house is back today for legislative business. they will go in at 2:00 p.m. eastern. classified funding for u.s. intelligence agencies, and possibly a resolution calling on the president to ruth raw u.s. troops from iraq and we could
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see a revote on taa that was voted down last week. in the senate, general speeches after they gavel limit 2:00 p.m. lawmakers expected to continue working on defense authorization. live senate coverage on c-span two. a look now at what is coming out on c-span from this morning washington journal. bill scanlan: steven komarow is vice president and news director at cq roll call. joining us this morning for the next 45 minutes to talk about the week ahead in congress. you can't talk about the week ahead without looking at the week behind. the headline over the weekend after that vote on friday on trade. house democrats spurn obama endangering a trade pact. a party in revolt is the sub headline.
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in a remarkable blow to the president, they have voted to end assistance to workers displaced by global trade. the program their party created and has supported for over four decades. it was not a small loss, it was a big feed for that measure. how did they move forward on this? steven komarow: that is the big question. the speaker left room for reconsideration of the vote or it that could happen tomorrow or tuesday. yesterday on television, paul ryan, who is the committee chairman who led the bill on the floor, said it is really up to obama to twist arms. they have to flip scores of democrats. the democratic party voted overwhelmingly against this provision and how the president gets there i really don't know. people are really scratching their heads over this one. it would be a remarkable turnaround. bill scanlan: we saw that
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picture of the president walking with democratic leaders. what has been his record so far in terms of going up to capitol hill or having members come to the white house for that sort of lobbying and interaction? steven komarow: it is kind of mixed. he is not by nature a big schmoozer. we have not seen him doing that much of it. we talked about how eisenhower would take members to play golf. obama does not do a whole lot of that. the congressional picnic is this week at the white house. they're going to have some staring down. bill scanlan: will that be before or after the boat? steven komarow: after the vote. that could be an awkward little time. on this one, he went -- roll call sponsors the congressional baseball game every year. obama went to the game and did some back patting and shaking hands.
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for the vote. it does not look like he changed a whole lot of mines. bill scanlan: the senators are trying to finish up their work on the defense authorization bill. how is that working in the senate? steven komarow: it has been slow with a lot of amendments. they have backed off some of the more controversial stuff. for example the authorization for military force against the islamic state in syria and iraq. that is on a separate track right now. john mccain, who is the chairman of that committee, is really eager to get a bill done. it is the earliest the senate has taken that up in a long time. they are going to have a cloture vote this week to try to get that done. bill scanlan: the issue of that authorization of use of military force goes back to the presidential lobby.
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your reporting in this week's cwq weekly that itaumf is not dead yet. president obama has still of skin political capital to take up the bill. he is in no rush. he re: possesses the adequate authority to go after the militants under the 2001 au mf. house speaker john boehner has been hammering the president accusing him of lacking any discernible strategy, all the while boehner has done little to move a contentious bill. in all likelihood, republicans are not going to help him on this. even though clearly some republican senators would like to have a specific aumf. steven komarow: that is right.
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senator kaine has negotiated his own alternative. what they're trying to do is cut it down the middle between what republicans want which is basically giving the president authority to have almost unlimited forces go in, and the democrats who want a very tightly written thing. they have negotiated an in between package. it isn't there yet. they both expressed optimism that over time, people will accept this. the legal authority the president is referring to in what you just read, a lot of people think is kind of suspect. this was in the wake of september 11. it was not envisioning the kind of thing the u.s. is facing now in syria and iraq. bill scanlan: does the likely defeat on trade on this issue further hindu the president's ability to move that sort of thing forward? caller: it might.
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steven komarow: it might. the problem with the trade issues this is something the president's want. when you lose something like this, it is a very important pan asian trade pact. if he loses on that, the term lame duck will be in every single reference to barack obama for the next 18 months. bill scanlan: steven komarow is director and vice president at cq roll call. we are talking about the week ahead in congress. your thoughts and comments are welcome. send us a tweet @cspanwj. you mentioned paul ryan and his comments on fox news sunday. i want to give our viewers a look at what he had to say in terms of the responsibility for moving the trade package forward. >> the president has a lot of
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work to do with his own party to turn this around to salvage this. i am optimistic. i think that this can be salvaged. i think people are going to realize just how big the consequences are for american leadership. for whether or not america is going to lead in the global economy, or we are just going to retreat? it is ironic. the democrats are the ones making him a very lame duck president. his own party. he has worked to do with his party. i hope you can get that worked on it we can fix this. >> you talk about the stakes here. if the pacific trade deal goes down because he doesn't even get the fast track majority, how damaging to the country, to its economic interest, to his strategic interests and how do you answer the argument by some democrats and by big labor that these trade deals are good for big corporations but bad for american workers who either lose
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their jobs or see their salaries lowered? >> it is the opposite. big corporations can set up a factory in another country to make it there and sell it there. bike getting trade agreements you are removing that barrier so they can make things in america. trade creates more jobs. one in five jobs in america are tied to trade. they pay more. it means more jobs. bill scanlan: paul ryan yesterday on fox news. steven komarow: there is a lot of suspicion especially the tea party wing of the republican does not like it. there is a populist issue tied to it. if you go across america, you can find empty factories still to this day that were shut down by imports from china and asia on textiles, furniture. it makes it a very touchy issue. on the democratic side it is the unions that are fighting the
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hardest against this. their membership was decimated in some areas. bill scanlan: i want to read from the washington times about the meeting that happened on friday with the president after the roll call baseball game. the washington times wrote that in that meeting with democrats president obama urged them to play it straight and pleaded for their support. but he also offended some democrats by think you had the nation's best interests at heart and suggesting that lawmakers who opposed the trade measure were motivated by political considerations. many democrats view the trade measure as poisonous to their reelection chances next year because of constituents's concerns that u.s. jobs are being lost overseas. representative peter defazio said mr. obama tried to guilt people and impugn their integrity. " he has ignored and disrespected congress for years and then he shows up at the
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baseball game with homemade beer and than comes to the caucus and lectures us for 40 minutes about his values and whether or not we are being honest by using legislative tactics to try to stop something which we believe the horrible mistake for the united states of america." are you surprised to ceiling would like that from democrats? steven komarow: it's interesting. it's also interesting that paul ryan used the lame-duck phrase. i think democrats feel that obama is not a plus for them anymore. they are all running for reelection and he is not. they are cutting distance from him. we are going to see that for the rest of the presidency. on this issue in particular, where they do have a strong constituency that is with them in the labor movement, it is exercising maximum clout for them. bill scanlan: let's go to crawford, georgia. jane is here on the republican line. good morning. go ahead. caller: good morning. i just want to mention this.
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according to take morris on youtubdick morris, on youtube, this trade bill has more to do with immigration than it does trade. from what i understand, if it passes, or borders will be open to any of these countries and that includes their people coming over and taking more jobs. i just think they are doing a good thing if they vote this trade bill down. 7 bill scanlan:bill scanlan: what your thoughts? steven komarow: i don't think there is a direct connection between the two things. the real issue on immigration that has to do with this -- if relations with these countries get over time, immigration would get easier. but there is no direct correction -- connection there. host: west virginia, democrats
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line. hi, george. caller: the great state of west virginia, democratic state. what i think about this is the democrats in washington, d.c. must be sleeping too long because they do not understand what this is all about. this is to give the president sovereignty to negotiate trade deals and everything with other countries to open up trade and everything. it is not a trade deal that is on the table right now. this is to give the president authority for trading and everything. and if you cannot do that, you might as well just shut america down. you have got to have trade throughout the world. these democrats want to be all thrown out of washington and everybody replaced with some new blood because they do not seem to know what they are doing. mrs. pelosi is the leader. she should have been gone a long time ago.
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host: what is the relationship now between the president and nancy pelosi? guest: i think it was a lot warmer last friday. she went to the floor and rallied the democrats against the president's position. she wants this thing renegotiated, the legislation to work in some of the issues labor once and democrats want. right now, those kinds of restrictions are not in there. host: your comments on the floor on friday, she also talked about the democratic priorities of the deadline, the highway trust fund and things like that, urging presidential action on things like that. how serious can the president get after this defeat on friday?
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how can he be effective in moving forward issues like that whether it is the highway trust fund or negotiating a spending deal with republicans? what does that look like in the months ahead? guest: on the highway trust fund in particular come the fight is not between democrats on the hill in the white house. it is a get -- about democrats and republicans on the hill. the argument is how you raise money for it. besides the it is just lane expiring and legislation is needed to keep it going, the long-term business model for the trust fund probably is not sustainable because it is based on a per gallon tax and not only are cars getting more efficient do not even run on gasoline, or diesel fuel for that matter, the funding is going down.
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the price was frozen decades ago per gallon. the cost of building roads keeps going up, so until you could get republicans to sign onto revenue raising, you will not make a lot of progress on that bill. host: good morning to greg tennessee, republican line. caller: i find it truly amazing y'all can sit around and talk about this. y'all know what happened with nasa. everybody knows it was not good. i have never met an american that would even consider what y'all -- it is really a treaty to go into all types of things like 2000 words or something. this is one of those things they got the big month cento and
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all of that, and the world leaders and people that don't count, will guess what? i think the americans need to wake up. y'all realize in america this eight nothing about us getting anything good. it is about getting the border's wider and connecting canada america, and mexico. we got internet too y'all. host: trade being a political issue, certainly members facing election. guest: absolutely. none of this would probably take effect before the next election but it is certainly a point that could be used in commercials and social media and everything else . it is a tricky issue because it is not as simple as all of that. long-term implications are if
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the u.s. does not sign on to this trade -- we're talking about transpacific partnership right now the countries in the pacific will make their own pact between each other. the business argument is that the u.s. will be on the sidelines while the rest of the world is doing better economically. host: back to the other business on capitol hill, stemming pills, the houses is about halfway through their work of annual spending bills. the president has threatened a veto on a number of those measures as they make their way through the house. looking forward to the house completing their work in the senate, what has to happen to get an annual spending package done? guest: there will have to be a deal. individual packages are coming out of the house.
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on the domestic side, sequestration levels. on defense, there is a huge loophole for the overseas operations. if you are a democrat, your argument is it should be across the board. that is the way the sequestration law is set up. host: that goes back to the budget control act, 2011. guest: democrats up to and including obama, are against these bills cutting domestic programs while spending more on defense. from where i sit, it looks like we're heading into another september 30 showdown on whatever those have not been passed by then, and it will have to be a big package, and we will raise the specter of government shutdown again. that is what it looks like right now. host: the issues and heading congress, we are talking to
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steve komarow, the vice president and his director of cq roll call. we are talking to james, good morning. you're on the air, go ahead. one more time. caller: hello? all right here yes. -- all right. host: pete in illinois republican line. caller: yes. how are you doing this morning? i am concerned -- i am against it, first of all. it is too secret. things should be more open if we will have anything this egg. second of all, there is not enough tough language on manipulation that all of these countries will be allowed to do. third of all, the sovereignty of our laws of the united states,
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just look at the country of origin the just got overturn. this is the beginning of what will happen. host: the very last thing he said about the country of origin, the law that passed in the house last week, labeling of meat pork, and chicken, it passed in the house that seemed to get a number of republicans against the measure as well. we heard the bill talked about in the trade debate. guest: this is definitely one of the issues in the trade debate, sectors of the economy that obviously benefit from it. it is u.s. companies whether they label it or not. they are fighting against this. it is one of many issues. it also has to do with environmental regulations in many different countries, which
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democrats are concerned about. it is one of many competition issues. the viewer also mentioned currency manipulation issue. the biggest concern there is china, but china is not part of this pact. that issue will remain regardless of how congress votes on it. host: the house passed that piece of currency manipulation. we heard members talking about having to read this trade deal in a secret and secure room. why is that? guest: it is one of the big criticisms. the trade negotiations are done in secret. it is a complicated chess game. some pieces of it almost never get daylight on them.
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it is a system anybody could take shots at, but negotiators say it is a -- the only way to get a deal done and they compare it to the way legislation gets done sometimes on capitol hill. a little bit of close room action we do not understand. keep in mind the current vote is not on the deal itself. these things are not the same as a treaty. this is actually the key part of the congressional input right now. that is why it is so hard-fought. host: as the treaty comes down, the proposal is the president would presented to congress, they would get to debate it, it is just a -- an up or down vote or no additional input. steve komarow is our guest, news director with cq roll call and vice president for cq roll call. your comments, here is 1 -- one --
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mark. caller: your guests just cleared up one question i had. what i read over the weekend on twitter, and it might have been from roll call and some others i guess it is from others, the thing that concerns me is that, with the pacific trade, there are provisions in there were the uss to give up its sovereignty that what happens is when there are differences that happened to be between corporations and countries, countries can be sued by corporations, and it just seems like there is an erosion of u.s. sovereignty, so rather than exporting u.s. capitalistic practices, it seems like what it is doing is eroding a belief to
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u.s. sovereignty with regard to protecting its standards in the world. the other thing real quick if i may, the whole idea behind this trade package, you know, the united states is not where it was 100 years ago. we have a large population. i am not sure we need to expand these trade tax in order to have economies of efficiency. the u.s. is a large enough economy on its own for that. a lot of people in the middle us lose jobs and cannot go out to get these high-tech jobs that bill clinton talked about when he originally did nasa. -- nasta. not everybody will be a stem star and what do you do with people like that in the united states? guest: he hit on many of the core arguments here. if the issues cheap labor
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overseas, that hurts the kind of workers he is talking about. it has become a little bit less than that because of the high-tech nature of a lot of the imports, but there is no question the u.s. has its standards and other countries mostly more regulated than the u.s., have theirs, and they are trying to cut there is that going between. and the u.s. does have to sign on to an international pack that does not always follow formal practices here. host: that caller mentioned seeing some of the news on the weekend. how much has twitter changed what you do at cq roll call? guest: it is interesting. we tweet and everybody does these days. it is a fast way of getting out information. u.s. c-span monitor all the tweets from the c-span office,
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from mitch mcconnell's office. it is a lively debate going on at twitter all the time. host: you as an editor, is there a process where you can say we need to pull back that tweet and look at this because you do not obviously gets a look over every tweet all of your reporters are getting out, but you lose editorial control, don't you? guest: a little bit. we have high standards for these sorts of things. people know the personal tweets are different than company tweets. if you look at our cq tweets, people will tag that having to do with legislation and policy on capitol hill. i think there is a good recognition. we do have a central desk that
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handles a lot of our tweeting telling folks out there what is going on. people are not always able to sit down and collect news the way it was traditionally done here at are tipping people off this story came out, you ought to look at it on your mobile and on your screen as soon as you get a chance and get caught up. host: let's hear from michael in north carolina, democrats line. caller: trade agreements i would like to make a point that what is my finding is that this is a large consolidation of power from europe, canada, north america -- north america, and the east working together to do regulate themselves. masses pieces of deregulation
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that allow companies to offshore jobs, to trade patent and patent rights and everything else. i found it has hurt a lot of countries, and it is all about exploiting minimal labor getting around environmental controls and the end result is low quality. if you look at the quality of the goods, it is terrible and no are near as good as it was in the 1960's or the 1970's, and as a result, we do not even have a manufacturing base in this country that is large enough big enough to protect this if we had another scenario like world war ii. it is a lose lose for the american middle-class and the lower working-class. the only one to gain ivies trade agreements are the top corporate people and the elites who have the money and own the large amounts of stocks for these
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organizations that are seeking these agreements. host: thank you. we talked a little bit about the president's trip to capitol hill. had the influence of labor been waning a bit on capitol hill? how much was it a part of the calculation friday? guest: i think this is a rare instance where labor has had an impact lately. influence has been waning over the years and a lot of that is tied to elections, where you have not seen a big swing of votes through the labor concerns. this was an opportunity for labor to try to reassert itself. host: the president's's labor secretary was asked on a program whether the administration had a plan b if the package does not passed this week. here's what he said. >> i do not think we need a path
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. there are so many different pathways. i am confident we will move forward in this. the reason is this is something that is very important. america needs to set the rules in the global economy and that is why the president has been fighting for this. every day he wakes up and his northstar is look i do to help the american worker and the american family. that is what he has been doing since the day he got in office, whether it was the recovery act, the affordable care act, the bailout, and this is no different. we need to write the rules of the global economy. the world is watching us right now. the president strongly believes and i agree, this is the most progressive trade promotion authority we have ever given. host: the secretary was talking about the possible plan b for trade. what about for the health care plan? the supreme court will have a decision on a subsidies and the republicans have been asked a
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number of times about potential plan b or accepts in case the court rules against the administration. are there any legislative scenarios possible should that happen? guest: we would like to know what they are. people talk about, there really is not a "republican" answer. most want to take away the subsidies. in the short term, there would be huge pressure to do something because you have got 34 states that will lose the ability to do subsidies, and that means people's health care bills, the subsidize will go up and double and triple in a lot of cases. the question is how do you save the parts of the aca that people like, things like, keep your kid on your insurance until he is
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26, having no pre-existing condition kick out for your policies and that sort of thing. all of those things cost money and if you cannot have this subsidy in getting young people into the system, it will be a tough thing to do. host: a couple of comments on twitter. this is maria, we will know more about where our dog treats come throughout -- come from then meats, chicken, and pork. on trade, the question is -- do you have an answer for the cyber security? host: i don't have an answer on that one. i just do not remember why they attached it. host: let's hear from florida. valerie is on our democrats line.
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hi, valerie. go ahead. caller: i watched the vote on friday, and my observation was more republicans voted against the first part of this trade bill than democrats. why are they said -- why is paul ryan saying that president obama has to get his act together and draw more democrats? for me, it seems like poor ryan has a lot of work to do. i would also like to know if there were any who voted on his first part of the bill? is there a way to find out which republicans in which democrats voted for and against it? host: that information is available online. you can go to congressional record and find that online.
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steve is doing our job here for us and bringing us this piece. she asked about where the votes were on the trade assistance. let's take a look. republicans voting no were 158. keep in mind they have a majority in the house spirit 158 did vote against that it 144 democrats voted against it and 86 republicans in favor. 40 democrats in favor. it would need to be a big turnaround. guest: huge. the bill was divided into sections. all of them have to be approved by the house in order for the package to be deemed approved. the senate is already done here. the democrats voted 144 to 40 against the bill and this section of the bill, the trade adjustment assistance, federal money, help people who were impacted by the trade.
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and the fact that this trade pact will hurt some industries for example. this is a traditionally democratic program. a lot of democrats on the hill would say the assistance package is inadequate. but to vote en masse against it is not a way forward for the democrats on this because republicans are never going to vote for this. they are against this kind of assistance. so obama really has to get the democrats's long around on this if he is going to make it. host: in "the wall street journal." they write that he still expected congress to find a way to pass legislation extending mr. obama's trade and negotiating powers as the u.s. tries to wrap up a sweeping deal with other countries around the pacific. other leaders said the burden would rest, the president to shore up support for his agenda after democrats defected last
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week despite a burst of late minute lobbying by mr. obama p are the democrats are skeptical of how t >> see the rest of this discussion online at c-span.org. life to the u.s. house. -- live to the u.s. house. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room washington, d.c., june 15, 2015. i hereby appoint the honorable luke messer to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of

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