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on the docket, a bill to repeal the crude oil export ban it also, house republicans holding leadership elections to replace outgoing speaker john boehner, who will be leaving congress october 30. we take you live now to the house floor here on c-span. [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 expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] the speaker pro tempore: the speaker's room washington, d.c.,, october 2, 2015, i appoint the honorable max thornberry 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 quib offered by the guest chaplain, christ church, washington, d.c.,. >> let us pray, god, creator of all, lover of life, fire of
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hope, even in this the scene of tremendous obstacles, you are hearing our cries in the face of another gun tragedy as we are tired of witnessing it. as you comfort the community of roseburg, oregon, may we open ourselves to change. and we confess that what we are doing is not working and that we can do better. inspire out of come place sensey , out of fear that we might work towards becoming a nation that so honors life will do everything in its power to protect it. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the jourm of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house thinks approval thereof. according to rule one, clause one, the journal stands approved. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god,
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indivisible with liberty and justice for all. chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives of representatives, sir, pursuant to the permission granted of the rules of the u.s. house, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on october 1, 2015 at 5:11 p.m., that the senate passed without amendment h.r. 1624, signed sincerely karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 4, rule 1, the following enrolled bills were signed on thursday, october 1, 2015. to define h.r. 1020, stem education to include computer science and support existing stem education programs
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at the national science foundation, h.r. 2617, to amend the fair minimum wage act of 2007 to reduce a scheduled increase in the minimum wage applicable to american samoa. the speaker pro tempore: the house lays before the house a further communication. the clerk: house of representatives, sir, pursuant to section 202-a of the veterans choice and accountability act of 2014, public law 113-146, i'm pleased to recommend the following individual to the commission on care, misshar lean taylor of elk grove, california. signed nancy pelosi, democratic leader. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following enrolled bill. the clerk: h.r. 1624, an act to amend title 1 of the patient protection and affordable care act and title 27 of the public health service act to revise the
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definition of small employer. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. when the house adjourns today it shall adjourn to meet on monday next and the order of the house of january 6, 2015 regarding morning hour debate shall not apply on that day. without objection, so ordered. without objection, the house stands adjourned until 2:00 p.m. monday,
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governor herbert: well, thank you, john for that introduction. i appreciate the opportunity to speak, not only on behalf of the people of utah, but also on behalf of the national governors association, a significant bipartisan organization serving the public well, and certainly the great state of utah and the other 49 states and five territories. it will have asked me, how was it you are able to get the support of the other 49 governors to become the chair of the national governors association? i thought long and hard about that i have come to the conclusion that i am the only
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governor not running for president. [laughter] that is open up an opportunity here for me and i feel it as an opportunity, and i'm grateful to be here with a lot of friends that i know, the chamber of commerce, tommy burr, who does a great job with his reporting, and is the vice president here at the national press club, and for those of you that i do not know, i am kind of guy -- a stranger is just a friend that i never met. i look forward to meeting you and discussing things that are important to you. the national governors association is this mckinley important organization in that it brings our governors -- is a significant organization in that it brings our governors together when we have the opportunity to network, share best practices, and learn about the issues of the day that are impacting our respective states and this country. it is an opportunity for us to learn from each other.
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people are actually in the trenches, doing things in solving problems, and as i have attended over the past couple of years, i leave and go back to utah able to be a better governor than i was before the attendance. so, i appreciate the national governors association for what it stands for, and the significant role that governors play in our nation. one of the blessings of being the chair is i have the opportunity to have an initiative, and as john has mentioned, i am very concerned about what i see as a lack of balance -- a change that has occurred in our country over many years, where i think the role of the states in comparison to the role of the federal government is a little bit out of balance, and needs to be changed and improved. i know, as we look at some of the challenges that we see in our washington, d.c., government, and some of the dysfunctionality, i just want to let the people here know, and those that listen and watch,
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that the states are performing well. they are solving problems. they are addressing the people's so our initiative, "states --ve titled finding solutions and improving lives," i have a card i have given to the governors for anyone that wants to listen and learn about the initiative. for those of you here, we will have them available on the table as you go out. solutionstes" finding and improving lives. states are the laboratories of democracy, out there doing very good work in addressing the needs of the people and states have to find solutions. governors are leaving in many ways -- leading in many ways with the help of the local government. and i want to assure you, it is not a fluke. it is not just a coincidence. it is how the system was designed to be. when we created this great miracle here of america, our
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constitution, the miracle at philadelphia, that was the ability to have a relationship between the states and a new centralized, stronger federal government, which was going to be able to have us have one needed for -- what we needed for the big means of the overall, and the needs that are unique to the state. james madison, when he was trying to encourage the states to ratify the constitution, in his paper called federalist 45, he said this, power is delegated by the -- the powers delegated by the constitution are few and defined. those that are to remain with the state governments are numerous and indefinite. so, states, you have been used to independence and a little more autonomy under the articles of confederation. that will change some with this new, stronger federal government, but let me assure
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you, you will be ok, because the powers given to the federal government are few and defined. the powers that remain with the states -- numerous and indefinite. that mirrors the tender moment of the constitution when it says the power is not delegated to the united states -- mirrors the 10th amendment of the constitution when it says power is not delegated to the united states. that is how it was designed to be -- states having more active and proactive roles in solving problems. states have led forward. again, we do not have the stagnation that we see in washington today. we see leaders on both sides of the aisle solving many of the people's problems. now, my initiative is designed to showcase those successes. people need to understand things are really working well in the states and, hopefully, change the paradigm from the people saying let's have washington solve all of our problems, to
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say let's first talk to our governors, our states, legislature, local communities, and see if we cannot address these things a little closer to home. my initiative has three objectives. one, to enhance or improve our collective state-federal partnerships, which, i think, needs to happen. we can do better in our relationships as states with the federal government. the to highlight some of state solutions, we're going to try to compile, over the next six to eight months, some of the great success stories, and put them in a book so we have something to document what is taking place and distribute it to the public for their enlightenment and understanding. we will highlight republican, democrat, independent success is taking place in our states and talk about sharing best practices. so, those are the objectives. i think we're going to be able to highlight a lot of things. i think the list is going to be
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significantly long. the characteristics of these will be that the successes are innovative. ground, newing new territory, new ways of doing things. they will be relevant to the times and will be need to find and address today, and also, they would be good to the public. there is a positive result that the public is embracing the will highlight goes on that the governors submit suggestions to us as we compile this list. let me just take a moment to address the idea of our first objective, which is enhancing and improving a collaborative, state-federal partnership. i think we have an historic opportunity to do that. again, with the challenges we face here and the frustration shows,blic -- the public with congress at an all-time historic low approval rating, it is an opportunity to strengthen the state and federal partnerships as envisioned by
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our founding fathers. thernors have long held understanding that there is a significant role, an important role, for the federal government, but a very significant role for the states, .oo so, we are concerned as governors on both sides of the aisle is what we see as a constant overage into the domains of the state. no governor, no state likes to have the federal government tell them how and what to do in managing and running their own states. that is not a partisan issue. there want to appreciate is a unique nature and a role for the federal government to play, and they have to work in close harmony in relation to the states. that was the concept of federalism, and unfortunately we got away from that concept of federalism, and the shared responsibility between the state and the federal government. and we support the federal role. we know there are some things the state cannot do. protecting the basic rights of
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all of our citizens is certainly one of the basic roles we have from our government, and many issues that are beyond the capacity of individual states. at the same time, we believe that the federal government must recognize that most of the problems are best addressed at the state level. whatever the issues that we are challenged with as a population, as a community, as americans, are better addressed, most times, at the local level and at the state level. a balance of power between the states and the federal government is not only the right and proper thing to do, but i would submit to you is essential to have happen if we are going to address some of the problems we face as americans. this is not about the ideology. results andt getting positive results on behalf of the citizens of this great country. agencies, we find, are not equipped -- again, the mentality tends to be a
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one-size-fits-all approach, uniformed standardization, when we as governors know that the uniqueness of this country and the regions of the states have different cultures, different geographies, different politics, and different ways of doing things. they are not only laboratories of democracy, but little pilot programs that go on constantly all over the country that gives us an opportunity to experiment and test theories. as we learn from other governors and other states, we have the chance to emulate, copy, revise, ,mprove, or reject altogether as individual states, and we see that happening all of the time. again, let me just give you this stunning fact and statistic. remember, we talked about james madison who said "you know, the federal government has few hours that are significantly defined. the states -- numerous and
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indefinite." let's look at the comparison of the budgets. how you spend your money demonstrates the priority of what you think is important. i have done the math with the help of the office of management and budget and the nga, here, this stunning fact -- if you combine all the budgets of all the states in the aggregate, we're spending today, a collective amount to run our trillion dollars. a fairly large number -- $1.7 trillion in all 50 states. as you know, the budget proposal being considered before the congress today is $3.99 trillion, almost $4 trillion, so more than double, plus an billion is being spent in washington, d.c., as opposed to the combined spending of the 50 states. unless we have some double accounting, we find that the
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federal taxes that we extract from the states and our citizens that come here to washington, d c, and are redirected back to the states for shared responsibility in additional federal programs, is about a $500 billion price tag. we do not double the account. you would take that off of the state budget, which means the state is spending about $1.2 trillion. the ratio is really about three times more money being spent and extrapolated from the taxpayers for our obligation as opposed to the combined 50 states. wherever james madison envisioned when he was talking about few and defined compared to numerous and indefinite, most people say we have gotten away from that concept. now, it is more complicated then that. -- than that. i do not want to oversupply the situation, but it gives us a consideration of this like a balance and the concept of
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federalism. i am proud to say we have a lot of successes going on, and for the sake of time i will not spend a lot of time -- i'm interested see what will be submitted to us as governors as we compile this book, but the truth of the matter is there is a lot of innovation going on in many places in this country. let me mention a few very briefly. challenge we are having today, again, with a dynamic change in society, particularly when it comes to religious rights and anti-discrimination with the gay community. that is an emotionally charged thing. i am proud to see that utah has taken that issue head on and have come together with the gay community, the religious community, and come to a come to anint, and opportunity for us to protect religious liberty, and also make sure there is not discrimination to the gay community in housing, employment, and other issues. it has not been an easy thing to do, but we were able to do it.
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it has become a model for many other states. i have another governors call me and say how did you do it in utah? we want to do it in our state, too. again, an example of coming together to solve unique, current issues and problems. the economy has been a big issue. we see examples in texas and north dakota of innovative ways to improve the economy. in texas, tort reform, helping us with health care cost, and helping us find affordable ways access to good health care and help boost the economy and not be a drag on the economy. examples inificant education in arkansas or are directing moneys in medicaid reform. in new york here, recently, and looked at a new school there in new york city, in the great state of new york, where we have a corporate sponsor -- ibm, stepping
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forward, saying let's help some of the at risk kids here from ninth grade, for the next six years, have them attend this school, get six years of graduation, -- of education, graduate with not just a high school diploma, but an associate degree, and they will be first in line to get a job at ibm with salary starting at $50,000 plus benefits. it is working remarkably well, and new, outside of the >> outside-of-the-box thinking coming from the state of new york. welfare reform is something that is a challenge. i hearken back to 1996 when aesident clinton signed welfare bill that revolutionized welfare. that came from the states of michigan and wyoming -- or comics is me, wisconsin, and
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utah, again, led by the governors, and the governors and the nga helps the congress write the bill. a great example of what we can do in states if we combine our thinking and helped the congress solve some of the challenges of the day. one of the areas where i am proud in utah, again, is in our innovation for transportation. transportation takes a lot of the budget that we have as we build infrastructure in a fast-growing state look utah and across the country, and how we send -- spend it by having reform in streamlining the process, and how we build roads. in utah, when we come to intersections, building bridges, the traditional way is construction, build a bridge, and it might take six months or a year and have disruption in traffic flow. theound a way to build
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bridge to the side of the road so that it does not disrupt traffic flow, and then with mechanical devices, transportation, with a little joystick you put on your person and waste, like a large tractor with a platform fixture, bold -- both it down and put it into place in less than 24 hours. what was taking six months to one year to do now is taking less than 24 hours. we have people come from not only all of the country, but over the world, observe how we build bridges in a unique way, spending time, money, and something being emulated around the world. those are the examples. we are just really scratching the surface of all the things going on, but the point is states really are solving , andems in innovative ways we do not have the dysfunction that we understand is taking place here in washington, d.c.
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let me conclude by saying i know it is difficult for all of us. i think there is frustration in politics in general. his partisanship too much, do we not have good people running for office? i think in many cases, particularly in the city of washington, we, the people, are asking them to do more than the constitution ever understood them to do. we are asking washington to do too many things for too many people. when the founders envisioned most of this work was going to be done in the states. we understand the different and we believe improving people's lives in finding solutions is not a partisan issue. it should not be. have heree issue we today gives us an opportunity to bring the discussion to the forefront, reset the balance point, and see if we can, in a more collaborative way, work with federal partners, and showcase what is being done and
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remind the people of america that states are really finding solutions and improving people's lives, and that is going to be a beacon, i think, of bipartisanship, and it is going to be a new way for us. i really do believe the best hope for america is going to be to get this balance back in place, and the states have the appropriate role, as envisioned by our founding fathers, under our constitution. thank you for being here today. i am honored to be with you, and the states are doing it. thank you very much. [applause] news -- john: thank you very much, governor. here in washington, we're talking about a fiscal cliff again. possibly, december 11 is the new date, and, now, i guess, it has been moved up to the treasury secretary said thomas has to act
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sooner, but there is some question on whether congress will act or if we will have another shutdown-type situation. i was talking to the gentlemen on my left about a highway bill and he was talking about how congress cannot seem to get a highway bill done. what can congress learn from the lessons you are talking about? how can congress bridge those divides, start working together, and get that balance? well, it is not going to be easy because of what we have been doing for too many years. we do not seem to believe in balanced budgets. states really do live within their means, do not spend more than they take income and are not have unreasonable that. at least the vast majority of us -- debt. at least the vast majority of us live within a tight budget. utah has a aaa bond rating. our rating is better than the united states. we need to have people in congress on both sides of the aisle that need to be fiscally
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prudent, and need to be balanced. if that were the case, we would not be facing any kind of physical cliff. we have a budget -- fiscal cliff. we have a budget, we have to vote things up or down, and move on. have regular we order, it is a formula for failure that causes a lot of anxiety and frustration. for us in the states, it gives us a lot of uncertainty. so, it is not just harming what is happening here in washington, d.c., but for the states, we are partners. we do not know whether the money is coming -- where it is coming from -- transportation is a good example. the uncertainty causes us pause on medicaid and medicaid expansion. is the money going to be here tomorrow? it is your today. will it be there tomorrow? we have tried and had a proposed
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a number of times -- the balance budget amendment -- they're all to be some opportunity for leadership in the white house, the senate, the house, to say no more. we're going to have a balanced budget. if we need to cut or slow the rate of growth to the point where over the period of time with economic growth we can balance the budget. we have done it before. there ought to be the ability to debate issues on the budget, up or down, and get back to regular order. that is the council i would give to the congress. [applause] you talked about the need to achieve the state-federal balance. where, in utah, you think is the best example of achieving that balance, or an example from another state where you think the balance is achieved in the way you described? well, i guess, i do not know that it is balanced anywhere in the country right now. i think we are out of allen's. there are probably examples where we work very good and
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harmoniously. so, it is not all bad, it just is not all good. i come from the west, and some of the challenges we face with working with the federal government, the department of interior, and how do we manage public lands. for example, we have lost an entire industry in lumber, and it is not unique just to utah. a number of the western states and others have not been able to spray for the bond beetle. many of us would think that is common sense. we have a disruptive species at our trees.way it kills the forest and leave as a fire hazard. there are better ways to manage that. sometimes areas of wilderness have undergrowth that grows up. they want to be able to come in fact, be good stewards of the forest, yet they cannot go scarf it out. they cannot strike a -- start a fire. we have to wait for a lightning strike to come and let it burn
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because that would be healthy for the forest. we are in charge. we are the stewards. we ought to allow modifications said that we can, in fact, tend to the forest and the public lands in a more rational way. claimst example.com, you example, weed -- have a clean air act passed in 1990. we have unique problem and try and clean up the ozone. in utah, our industry people are paygiving credit when they for best available technology. we are going to process -- whether it be national resource extraction or energy development -- they will spend hundreds of millions of dollars for best available technology to have a cleaner process, but get no credit for it. they only get credit if they first reach nonattainment. so, the perverse incentive is there to have dirty air before we can get clean air.
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well, something is wrong if that is the rules and regulations you have to play by. we need to bring a little more congress -- common sense into this relationship, and it really benefits the public if we can do that. gay marriage has been a contentious issue in several states. as we recently saw the county clerk spend time in jail after she refused to issue a license to a gay couple, yet you say in utah you are able to bring religious groups in, bring gay rights religious groups and, gay rights groups in, reach some kind of accommodation and understanding. tell us what happened in utah and how that is working there. >> well, as everybody knows, it's an emotional issue on all sides. it's probably not just both sides, there are different variations of both sides out there. how do you bring people together when you're diametrically opposed to each other?
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equaleople believe in opportunity and nondiscrimination. to worshipo be able and express their ridges believes the way they want to without fear of somebody calling or someig it -- bigot other kind of bad name. we hadppened in utah is all parties come to the table. there has to be a willingness to say, what is the compromise? can we find it? the.is the first that to have the leadership of the gay community come. leadership from different religious persuasions in utah and said,to the table we can do better than what we currently have in the marketplace. saying don't bring me one bill that protects religious
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discrimination and one bill that protects against gay discrimination. because then we will have competing bills. but if you'll combined them into one bill so that both sides are being addressed, i know what you will bring to me is something that is a compromise that both sides feel is a step forward. that is exactly what happened. competing interests were combined into one bill and addressed in a very forthright and frank manner. both sides did not get everything they wanted but they got most of what they wanted. we're feeling pretty good about where we are at. the clerk issue and those tasked to perform marriages that feel like it is against their they havebelief, found themselves in a unique place because some were elected to those positions before the
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law changed and now they are being compelled to do something they did not sign up for. forut an exclusion in their that if theyials don't want to do it, they need somebody else in the clerk's office that is willing to do it. you have a pass, but the clerk's office has to provide a substitute for somebody that would be willing to perform the marriage. far, it is working out very well and a good example of how people can come together under very difficult circumstances. >> you have been trying to push the utah legislature for medicaid and there is a lukewarm reception in the house. you can get enough support among your fellow party members to pass it?
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>> we had the passing of yogi berra, one of the greatest philosophers of all time. i hate to make predictions, particularly about the future. i don't know what it's going to happen with the legislature. having access to those. utah, we sent $800 million a year under the new taxes and under the affordable care act. they come to washington and they don't come back to utah unless we activate that. those designed to bring back and put the money in the private insurance and help
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address those issues. it helps them get a better job. it has not increased the co-pay for many years and directed them to not go to emergency room's but to go see a doctor. and with private insurance, the attors will get paid commercial rates. it is a commonsense concept. some of the flaws, what i consider flaws in the affordable care act coupled with a supreme court decision that puts the states in a unique situation. the taxes are mandatory but the expansion is voluntary. how to reconcile that and get the best bang for their buck. concerns,e legitimate
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will the match change? will the money be there as promised? there is apprehension. a lot of those things are being discussed. we have benefit that comes back to providers and i know they are having them participate to help kate -- to help take care of the 10%. we have a concept that i think is good that we agreed to. based on fairness, based on proportionality. it will be up to the legislator -- legislature to get it passed. and i am optimistic. i hope to call a special session to have this past at the latter
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part of october. they will find some way to get through. that is my hope. >> what would you say to governors and other states that have yet to expand medicaid? should each state make up its own mind? we've talked about the founding fathers, and one of the fathers was benjamin franklin who said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. in theould do it right first place, we would not have to fix the problem at the end. i think the affordable care act and republicans and democrats are disappointed that it has become such a partisan issue.
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it would've been nice if the congress and in the efforts to put forth with good intentions, the affordable care act would have more republican participation. as a newly elected governor coming to the table and asking the question, when are we going to be invited as states to weigh in on this affordable care act. i was told that we had not been invited. suggest that we should have invited ourselves. we came on the scene a little had but i think we would've a better affordable care act if we had governors participate and say let me tell you was going to happen and why it will be a challenge if we do this. havenk that you can significantly better bipartisan engaged the had
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states and the governors. we have a desire to repeal and replace. on the other side, even the that we know said the affordable care act can be modified and improved. improve, repeal and replace, they can come pretty close together. there are to be the ability for us to sit down in a more bipartisan way and say, how can we improve what we have? do we have to repeal and replace? leadership, and there needs to be leadership in the house as well as the white house. otherwise, it will continue to fester and divide the country.
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states don't want to engage because they don't trust what going to happen. there is uncertainty. some don't support the affordable care act at all. politically, it becomes difficult because people accuse me of supporting obama care when, in fact, i oppose it. we have dealat with the cards we've been dealt. it is the law of the land. and improve and get to the same point, that is workable. until it happens, taxpayers are spending a lot of money that they get no benefit from. the requirement to pay the taxes, the new taxes under the affordable care act are mandatory. expansion is voluntary.
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>> the federal gasoline tax has not been increased since the clinton administration. how did you get a gasoline tax increase through a republican legislature in a republican state? and how did you get the legislature to agree to a bond issue to fund the eye 15 rebuild? aren't republican supposed to be the party of no taxes and little borrowing? >> no. the party of responsible spending of the taxpayers dollars, not no taxes. without taxes, there would be no way to run the government. extract money is a key issue. we try to find a very balanced approach. iscall it the three leg still with property tax, sales tax, income tax. every state has a different
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mechanism. what works in utah may not work in other states and it is something they need to find. we are able to get something done because we have good leadership. it's not just the executive branch. we are part of that but we have good leadership in the part of the house of -- house and the senate. we have great chamber of commerce members that say for us to be successful in business, we have to have an infrastructure that works. heard a lot that we've got to have a transportation system that gets us from point a to point b with little discomfort and congestion. we've tried to be very proactive. it's not just a convenience thing, it's an economic generator and a facilitator. with found that after not having
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was lost tot, what inflation, the purchasing power is significant. compounding the problem is cars and automobiles are much more efficient. beinge more miles traveled and less revenue proportionally because of the inefficiency of automobiles. make an adjustment to keep even where you are at. we happen to be the third fastest growing state in the nation. ofs not only a matter maintaining, but increasing capacity. i believe the people understand the facts and the details regarding why you need an increase in the gasoline tax for transportation purposes. they are smart people. explain the details and let the
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public understand why this is important. it made it easier for the legislature to do it with the support of the business community, chambers of commerce, others that were stakeholders to make a common sense adjustment and our taxation for transportation. frankly, it has worked. voices, it'streme not been much discussion. it that we've edited it over a couple of years. we weighed in and we did it. we received a couple of questions about the mass shooting in oregon, yesterday. president barack obama responded to the shooting by calling for
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reasonable gun control. "i've got to have a congress and state legislatures and governors who are willing to work with me on this. " do to stemvernors the problem of mass gun violence? >> it is certainly a state issue as far as the individual laws and regulations that are not the same. we are very strong second amendment supporters in the state of utah. we think we have good laws on the books currently that fulfill the needs and the appropriate balance for the right to carry a weapon. better when it comes to mental health and screening. it background checks to make sure those that apply for acquired weapon permits
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guns of any kind. or are fit mentally to the able to handle a gun. we think there's opportunities for us to make awareness and education. not that it's mandatory but for people to handle weapons and the appropriate use of a weapon. we think denny's needs to be better education in our schools. is to make sure we don't have bullying that goes on. it starts at a younger age. teaching good values and good principles is a significant part of the issue that the president is talking about. new rules and regulations, but changing the culture. lady i amhe first
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very proud of has a conference every year called up with families. kinds be taught parenting skills. if we teach our children good values and good principles, they will be outstanding citizens and we will reduce crime rate and violence. i believe it starts with the teaching and parenting skills. i think we can actually make a bigger difference not just in the short-term, but the long-term creating some kind of prohibiting the carrying of weapons. >> a federal judge issued an injunction against your order to halt funds for planned parenthood of utah. and you have vowed to fight that ruling. is it presumptuous to cut funding before there is an investigation into those videos?
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>> i don't think it's presumptuous because we know that the parent organization has caused controversy. no matter how you want to spin the videos, that they were done and somee kind of guys kind of assumption that they were colleagues in medicine and is why iand the excuse have a moment of candor and honesty. i do not discount the fact that planned parenthood does some good things. to, in fact, paint over the concerns we have with what we viewed on the videos. is tore important issue make sure we are able to provide for women's health care. have 41 different locations in the state of utah where
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women's health care issues are being addressed. and most all of them provide for mammograms. planned parenthood does not. it's not a lot of money in the state of utah. an $8 million budget, and we have vowed that we will continue business is usual. i'm saying i think i can make it better for women's health. of her more convenient locations and have it better access to all those issues we are talking about. it takes the controversy out of it and provides for women's health, just a better way to spend the taxpayers dollars if we are concerned really about women's health.
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>> you have not said which republican candidate you would endorse for president but tell us what you think about the republican field and the campaign so far. his donald trump helping or hurting the gop brand? want donald trump calling me ugly your stupid so i will be very kind. time in interesting presidential elections. we'll say it's the most important election in history and maybe every election becomes the most important election in the history of our country. great candidates that have a lot of substance and a lot to offer. every candidate has strengths and weaknesses. we will let that filtered through the process.
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i think that some are certainly tying into the frustration. the propensity to kick the can .own the road it won nothing and the second is overreact. it is indicative of frustration. in a think that resonates with the public. i think i have a little bit of bias towards the governors that i think have significant experience and have actually run something.
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they have run something that is similar to being a president. how you represent the people and how to put together education. all those things that we sometimes ask of the president. they have working know how. and i think that's nothing but an asset. i like the governors running. and in many ways, they can be outsiders with experience. i am not prepared to endorse anybody yet. i know most of the candidates. i like them. they are good friends and i like the idea of a governor in the showshouse which history americans agree with. beenof the presidents have
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a majority governors. >> politico is reporting that jason chaffetz of utah has announced a campaign for house speaker. they wonder if you can react to that news, governor. hear he'se -- glad to running for house speaker and not for governor. good news all around. known congressman j fits for a long time. he was a campaign manager for jon huntsman and myself. guy, andlented personable and articulate. and is willing to engage in the
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discussion in a frank manner. as a speaker of the house would be a blessing for the house. utah and it's good for the country. i had not heard about this. i saw him just the other day and he did not mention it to me. he did not get my permission but i say go jason. we are getting pounded by rain and it certainly happening today. the west coast, serious concerns about the ongoing drought. what you think about the future of water in the west? do you think the compact needs to be renegotiated? >> that is an in-depth question. we are not getting enough in the west, so we need to put a big pipe between the two see if we
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can transport water. in the west, water is the life. factors, weiting are under a significant effort to conserve what we have and make it stretch further and develop what we need for the future of growth potential. we have created your utah, your future. the largest grassroots efforts tor 60,000 people and way in help with the issue and what you want to see utah become. they call it a compact that was put together in 1922. there is an upper basin and a lower basin.
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and if we had to do it over again today, it would probably be different than what was done in 1922. california got a certain guaranteed amount and the state that a certain percentage of the float. the guarantee continues on the california. you can see inherent inequities. and theive americans challenge of how to make that go for everybody is an ongoing challenge. the river compact continues to work well. those of the benefit would not want to do it, but those getting the short end of the stick i don't think would want to.
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said, it impacts our ability to grow and our ski industry that has the greatest snow on earth. so we are addressing it by conservation efforts to make it better for us to use the water we have. remind the audience of upcoming events. next wednesday, baltimore mayor stephanie rawlings blake will address the national press club luncheon and republican presidential candidate dr. ben carson will address the luncheon. i like to present our speaker with the honorary national press club mug.
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and final question. if you spend any time with reality tv or pop culture, you would think utah is all about sister wives and singing book of mormon and musical missionaries. what would you like the rest of america to know about your state ? >> there are the stereotypes for probably every state. not just unique to utah, but everybody has those stereotypes. 30 languages. we venerate the arts. when the pioneers came to the salt lake valley, this is the right place. we started building the performing arts center. we will also improve people's
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lives by bringing culture. it is not a wild west kind of place. cosmopolitan area. we have 3 million people in utah that are mainly headquartered in about 10 regions of the state. a lot of wide-open spaces and a lot of natural resources. it is a beautiful place to come visit. landscapes that are stunning and people that visit that say we need to come back. not only do we have great this does and venues, great people that are friendly and optimistic but all of that combined banks utah a great familyo live, to raise a
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, and as for test said four times that of the last five years, a great place to do business. i'm just hopeful that we can work together for the good of americans. [applause] [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] >> if you would like a copy of today's program, go to the website press.org. we are adjourned.

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