tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN October 26, 2015 10:00am-12:01pm EDT
term deal. but they do not want is the one year cr. for example, it cannot stop projects that it wanted to stop in 2000 16 because if it was paid in 2015, you have to keep doing it. that is probably the least efficient way that you can manage. , thankarcus weisgerber you. that is our program for today. of this program comes your way tomorrow at 7:00 in the morning. we will see you then. ♪ [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
>> by the way, there quickly, c-span3 is showing right now a congressional hearing on the f 35 joint strike fighter. congress is back with what will probably be a busy week on capitol hill. house will gaveling at new eastern force features -- four p.m..es starting at 2:00 isdo expect work on what called a discharge petition regarding the reauthorization of the export/import bank. it is a procedural maneuver that brings the bill up for consideration without going to the customary committee process. after 6:30take place p.m. this evening. the senate is also back today at 3:00 p.m. lawmakers are scheduled to work on their judicial legislation with work on a cyber security bill later this week. the house will gaveling at noon eastern.
you can to the senate on our companion network c-span2. the 19 you -- the immigration act is the topic today. you can see that live at noon eastern on c-span two. all persons having business before the honorable, the supreme court of the united states cannot draw and give their attention. we have not seen a court overturn a law that was passed by congress on an economic issue like health care at least since wagner. wagner is whether a majority rule can take away your life and liberty without due process, and the court said no. i think it is a wonderful decision. lochnerweek we look at v new york.
it restricted the working hours of bakery employees to 10 hours or day, or 60 hours per week. the bakery owner joseph lochner violated that law and was fined $50. refusing to pay, he took his case all the way to the supreme court. find out why does one of the most controversial decisions in supreme court history. ofdy barnett, professor constitutional law at georgetown university law center and author of the book "restoring the constitution," along with paul kent, political science professor at texas state university to discuss these landmark cases live tonight on c-span, c-span3, and c-span radio. all campaign long, suzanne takes you on the road to the white house. unfiltered access to the candidates at townhall hall meetings, news conferences, rallies, and speeches.
comments ong your twitter, facebook, and by phone. and every campaign event we cover is available on our website www.c-span.org. >> democratic residential contenders hillary clinton, bernie sanders, and martin o'malley, all took part at this last weekend jefferson jackson dinner in iowa. they were marks are just over two hours. >> thank you, everyone. please take your seats. can we just take a moment to give a hand for the catering staff and bartender sap that have made this so successful? [applause] honored to introduce our featured speakers this evening,
our democratic presidential candidate. -- candidates. [applause] -- watchedtch the the democratic debates last week? [cheers] >> isn't it nice to listen to people who know what they are talking about? [cheers and applause] >> we have thoughtful, passionate plans for this nation and we are so honored to have them all here tonight because it is us tonight, iowa democrats, who are going to make sure that we keep the white house blew and can continue to move our country forward. let's get started. [cheers and applause] for decades, bernie sanders has been fighting for justice and equality with an unwavering
brazenness to stand up -- [cheers] -- within unwavering willingness to stand up for what is right, instead of what is politically expedient, holding wall street accountable and taking on the billionaire class, opposing trade deals that cost american jobs and speaking out against disastrous wars. this is bernie sanders. [cheers] portrayal of the middle-class class and honest assessment of the rigged economy responsible for that decline is calling for,he is
political revolution. over 350 thousand people have .ome to hear him speak a record-breaking 750,000 individuals have made more than one million contributions, averaging about $30 per donation. [cheers] >> and hundreds of volunteers have organized across this nation. one thing is clear, the revolution starts here. please join me in welcoming bernie sanders. [cheers and applause] ♪
should think about, and that is our friends and colleagues who are suffering from a very, very serious illness. .hey suffer from amnesia they forgot what the world look like seven years ago. they forgot that 800 -- 800,000 people per month were losing their jobs. they forgot that the world's financial system was on the verge of collapse. and they just forgot that we ran up the largest debt in the history of the united states in
the last year of george bush. so we wish our republican friends well on the road to .ecovery and we tell them what every american knows, yes we have problems today, but everybody knows, thanks to the president and vice president we have made real progress in improving the economy. [applause] mr. sanders: and we have done that despite unprecedented obstructionism from right-wing republicans. [applause] mr. sanders: let me begin by thanking all of you for being here tonight. i think dr. acquire for her mcguire for her
great work as chair of the island democratic party -- iowa credit party. -- the iowa democratic party. i want to thank you for your patriotism. for your love of our country. and for doing today what too few americans of are not doing -- -- too few americans are doing. you are not standing on the sidelines complaining. you are not turning your backs on the political process. you are standing up, and fighting back. [applause] mr. sanders: and that is what this campaign is about. and it is what the political revolution is about. [applause]
mr. sanders: when you see the middle-class of this country disappearing. and when you see people you know working two or three jobs, trying to cobble together some income and health care, you do not just shrug your shoulders and say, that is the way it is. you fight to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. [applause] mr. sanders $15 an hour. : [applause] sanders: and we fight for pay equity for women workers. [applause]
mr. sanders: when millions of americans today do not have jobs. you fight for a massive federal jobs program to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. [applause] mr. sanders and to put millions : of our people back to work. [applause] mr. sanders: you fight for an economy that works for all americans and not just the wealthiest people in this country. [applause] mr. sanders: when you see -- when you see that the united states has more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth, and when
you see that almost all of the new income being generated today is going to the top 1%, you know -- you know and the american people know that that is not moral, not sustainable, and you demand that the wealthiest people in this country and the largest corporations start paying their fair share of taxes. [applause] mr. sanders: when you see that here in the united states, we have more people in jail than any other country honor -- on earth, disproportionately black and latino, you know that what
we have got to do is invest in jobs and education, not more jails and incarceration. [applause] mr. sanders when you saw the : united states supreme court in one of the worst decisions in the history of our country past -- pass the citizens united case. [booing] mr. sanders which allows the : wealthiest people in this country to a socially elections, and by candidates -- essentially buy elections and buy candidates, you voted to overturn citizens united. -- you demanded a constitutional amendment to overturn citizens united.
[cheers] mr. sanders i promise you that : no nominee of mine to the supreme court will be voting to support citizens united. they will be voting to overturn citizens united. [applause] mr. sanders: now while many in the republican party continue to deny the reality of climate change, you have demanded that we lead the international effort in transforming our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. [applause] mr. sanders: and you understand
the moral imperative -- moral imperative that we leave this planet in a way that is healthy and habitable for our children, and our grandchildren. [applause] mr. sanders: you are not on the sidelines of the struggles. you are in the middle of this fight. and that is what our campaign is all about. [applause] mr. sanders: six months ago when i began my campaign for president of the united states of america, and when we announced that we were going to take on the political and economic establishment of this
country very few people knew who i was. that is a fact. i may have a be -- big ego, but that is a fact. we worried -- we were at about 3% in the polls. we had no money. we had no political organization. well, in the last six months things have changed. [applause] mr. sanders: yes, they have. hundreds of thousands of volunteers in every state in this country are working hard, including 7000 right here in iowa. [applause]
mr. sanders: we have brought out to our rallies and town meetings, over 300,000 americans. [applause] mr. sanders: and we have drawn some of the largest turnout of any campaign. -- turnouts of any campaign. and today i can tell you, and i am proud of this, that we have raised more individual contributions than any candidate in the history of our country at this point in the campaign. [applause] mr. sanders: and the average contribution is $30 apiece. [applause] mr. sanders: now the pundits,
the great political experts have said that in this day and age you cannot win a campaign unless you have a super pac. unless you go -- [booing] mr. sanders: unless you go to the millionaires and billionaires and you back for money -- beg for money. [booing] mr. sanders: well, i am the only democratic candidate for president who does not have a super pac. [applause] mr. sanders: and we are going to prove the experts wrong. because we are going to win this campaign. [applause] mr. sanders: and by the way, just to remember -- about eight
years ago all of the political experts talked about how another democratic candidate for president just could not win. he was unelectable. the remember that guy? what is his rename -- his name? it is president obama. [applause] mr. sanders: well iowa, i think we are going to prove the pundits wrong again. i believe we are going to make history one more time. now i know that my political life is not as well-known as some other candidates. let me just take a brief moment in the remaining time i have to talk to you about some of the difficult choices, decisions,
that i have had to make. some of the forks of the road -- in the road that i have encountered in my career as a mayor of burlington, vermont, as a u.s. congressman, and as a united states senator. when i was elected mayor of the largest city in my state by 10 votes, i think it is fair to say that it was a shock to the establishment. nobody thought we could win that election. and i was opposed by the entire political establishment. that is the way it was. i faced the fork in the road. either capitulate to be special -- to the special interest in my
city, any political establishment while we stand -- or we stand up and fight back. that is what we did. [applause] mr. sanders: two years later in the next election we doubled the voter turnout. we elected progressive candidates, and we made profound changes to make burlington one of the most livable cities in the united states of america. [applause] and i learned a lesson in -- then, in the lesson is, if you stand with the people, if you prepare to take on big money interests, you know what -- ordinary people will get involved in the political risk process -- political process. they will come out and vote. [applause] mr. sanders: and that is a lesson we have got to learn
today. republicans when when voter turnout -- win when voter turnout is low, we win when people come out and voter turnout is high. [applause] mr. sanders: after after i came to congress, elected in 1990. wall street and the administration, and virtually all of the corporate media said, you have to vote for this nafta trade agreement. [booing] mr. sanders: it is wonderful, it is great. i did not believe their arguments. i voted against nafta. [applause] mr. sanders: i voted against cap the -- kafta. against tntr with china.
history has proven those of us who opposed those agreements were right. because in the last 14 years this country has lost 60,000 factories and millions of decent paying jobs. let me be clear cut about the current trade deal that we are debating in congress, the transpacific partnership. that agreement is not now, nor has it ever been the gold standard of trade agreements. [applause] mr. sanders: i did not support it yesterday, i do not it today, -- i do not support it today, and i will not support it tomorrow. [applause] mr. sanders: in 1996 i faced
another fork in the road, another very difficult political situation, it was called the defense of marriage act. brought forth by republican-led congress and its purpose was clear, to discriminate against gays and lesbians into the war. let us all remember that gay and lesbian rights were not popular then, as they are today. it was a tough vote. i am sorry to have to tell you that bill won by an overwhelmingly majority in the house of 342-56. 342-57.
that was not a political easy vote. today some are trying to rewrite history by saying they voted for one anti-gay law, that is not -- for one anti-gay law to stop something worse. that is not the case. there was a small minority in the house opposed to discriminating against our gay brothers and sisters. and i am proud that i was one of those members. [applause] mr. sanders: climate change -- climate change is real. climate change is caused by human activity. and climate change is already causing devastating damage in america and all over the world. it is a very sad moment in
american history when almost all republicans running for president reject science, and the need for bold action to combat climate change. sadly, these republicans prefer to take super pac contributions from the koch brothers, and the fossil fuel industry rather than to protect the planet for our kids and our grandchildren. if you agree with me about the urgent need to address climate change then you know, immediately what to do about the keystone pipeline. [applause] mr. sanders this was not a : complicated issue. should we support the construction of a pipeline across america?
accelerating the extraction and transportation of some of the dirtiest fossil fuel in the world? to me, it was a no-brainer, that is why i have opposed the keystone pipeline from day one. [applause] mr. sanders: let me now take you back to a very eventful year, and a decision in the modern history of our country. the year is 2002, the issue is whether congress should vote to invade iraq. public opinion and most of the media were for the war. it turns out that big majorities in congress were for the war as well. overwhelming support in the house and senate for the war. i listened carefully to what bush, cheney, and rumsfeld had to say.
i said no. they are not telling the truth. [applause] mr. sanders: and i was right. [applause] mr. sanders brothers and : sisters -- [crowd chanting "bernie, bernie"] mr. sanders: it gives me no joy to tell you that much of what i predicted about iraq turned out to be right. it does not give me any joy at all. that was a tough vote. i came to that fork in the road, as i took the right road, even though it was not popular at the time. [applause] mr. sanders: throughout my time in congress i voted time and time again, drain in wall
-- time again to rein in wall street. if a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist. [applause] mr. sanders: we need to reestablish and bring back glass -- glass-steagall legislation. and we need to break up these huge banks. [applause] mr. sanders: let me conclude, because i see andy doing it she -- getting itchy. let me conclude by saying this -- we face, as a nation, enormously difficult and complex problems, that is the truth. i believe now, and i have always believed from the bottom of my heart, yes, these guys have the money am a they have the power.
-- these guys that have the money, they have the power. but when people stand together, black and white, hispanic, gay and straight, young and old, men and women, when we stand together there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. i pledge to you that every day i will fight for the public interest, not the corporate interest. i will not abandon any segment of american society whether you are gay, black, latino, poor, or working-class. just because it is politically expedient at a given time. [applause] mr. sanders: so let us go forward together. let us tell the republicans that their reactionary agenda might work for the millionaires, but not for ordinary americans, and we are going to defeat them.
, throughout his 15 years of elected executive experience -- martin o'malley has established himself as a principal and -- principled and progressive leader, eager to solve big problems facing communities. as a member of the baltimore city council, then as mayor of baltimore, and finally as governor of maryland, governor o'malley brought people together to get things done on progressive issues. from raising the minimum wage, to freezing college tuition, to passing the dream act, and investing in public education to make maryland's public schools number one in the country five years in a row, governor o'malley has led with action, not words. [applause] no matter the role, governor
governor o'malley: thank you very much. dr. mcguire, i want to say thank democratic party and say what a great honor it is to come onto this stage with hillary clinton and bernie sanders, two people with whom -- for whom i have tremendous respect. [applause] governor o'malley: my name is martin o'malley, former mayor of maryland, governor of and i'm running for the presidency of the united states and i intend to wind and i need your help. [applause] governor o'malley: as i was driving down here from osage to des moines today, i could not but help -- could not help but
think about for some i came to iowa. i was 20 years old and it was a presidential campaign coming and me and my buddies piled into a subaru and we wanted to come out here and work for the upstart thatdate, because we knew we wanted to change the world, and two-story, they dropped me off at the bus stop in davenport, iowa. parka,ad nothing but my my guitar, and a duffel bag full of winter clothing. it was over those next several months that i fell in love iowa and ie people of iowa, thank you for what you do for our country every presidential election. [cheers] o'malley: what i have
found to be the most enjoyable part about running for president is this, that i get to meet young people who also want to change this world of ours with the same idealism and believes that all things are possible. easy, tow things are become gridlocked and discouraged by presidential politics. if you want to know where our country is headed, talk to our young people under 30. [cheers] because youalley: will rarely find anyone among them that thinks climate change is not real or thinks the government should not do something about it. you will rarely find people gayr 30 who will bash couples or immigrants or their children. and all of this tells me that we are moving toward a much more connected, generous, and
compassionate place. on thursday, vice president joe biden spoke so powerfully about the values that we share, didn't he? [applause] governor o'malley: the beliefs we share and the dignity for individuals, respect for one another, truth about ourselves, the commitment to the common the commonancing good that we share. he also spoke about the growing income inequality in our that threatens to tear our country apart. and he called on americans not -bidenaway from the obama record of progress, but to build on what we have achieved together and stop -- together. [applause] governor o'malley: and to be fearless about our progressive
to solveur ability these problems and to make our account and to make our economy once again work for all of us. all of us here tonight agree we cannot allow donald trump or any to takerump wannabes over the white house. can we all agree on that? [applause] o'malley: best candidate, we do have some weferences on issues on who believe is best to lead america forward, especially in these times. who gives the party the best ?hance to win in november in three months, the people of iowa will make a critical decision. about yesterday, or today, but about our children and the future they will share.
and of all located a here, not all of us have a record of getting things done. i do. as 15 years as mayor and governor, i have learned how to be an effective leader. i am clear about my principles, and i know where i stand. wage and the minimum we froze college tuition for four years in a row, and these were actions, not words. [applause] : as governor,ley for collectiver bargaining for all americans, not words. and instead of cutting public education funding as governor, i actually increased public
education by 37%. and we made our public schools the best public schools in america five years in a row. actions, not words. [applause] governor o'malley: and along the act, passed the dream marriage equality, and the most comprehensive gun safety legislation in the u.s. with universal background checks and a ban on combat assault weapons sales. actions, not words. [applause] o'malley: you know, my wife, katie, and i have four great kids, grace and terra and william and jack. like you, there is nothing we would not do to give them a better life with a better future and more opportunity.
true story, my oldest daughter, grace, is a public school teacher. any teachers in the audience tonight? [applause] o'malley: there we go. and grace o'malley teaches in baltimore. returned to her first grade african-american kids eager to learn, and there was a buzz in the room and a little girl named ann kuster on her sleeve and said ms. o'malley, i'm not so sure about this idea of your father running for president, because i frankly, i kind of like barack obama. well a lot of us like barack obama, right?
[applause] governor o'malley: our country has come a long way to thousand eight when it millions of americans lost their jobs and their homes, and thanks to president obama's leadership, our country is doing better. .e are creating jobs 67 months in a row of positive job creation. america is doing better. [applause] o'malley: and there is no progress without jobs. but we did not elect a magician and there is urgent work that needs to be done and there is, in fact, in our country today, a growing economic injustice, a middle-class issuing gain. -- our middle class is shrinking again. our poorest families are becoming more. and 70% of us today are earning the same or less than we were 12 years ago.
and that is the first time that has happened this side of world war ii. this is not hard country is -- how our country is supposed to work. this is not how our economy is supposed to work. and injustice does not solve itself. we must solve it and we must solve it with new leadership and with action. actions to make wages go up again for all americans. [applause] gov. o'malley: actions to invest, again, and our own country's long-term potential. to make college a gateway to opportunity and not a trap door to a lifetime of crushing debt. actions that actually square our shoulders to the great challenge of climate change and make this challenge are opportunity. -- our opportunity. we are americans. we make our own future. and we need to start doing it again today. [cheers and applause] gov. o'malley: and this begins a
anew.begins return to our true selves, and we remember, that our economy is not money. our economy is people. it is all of our people. [cheers and applause] gov. o'malley: a stronger middle class is not the consequence of economic growth. a stronger middle class is the cause of economic growth. [cheers and applause] gov. o'malley: and, no american family who works hard and plays by the rules, should ever have to raise their children in poverty and therefore we must raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour however we can, wherever we can. [applause] gov. o'malley: we must advance the cause of paid family leave so that all women can participate more fully in the economic life of our country, because when women succeed,
america succeeds. [cheers and applause] gov. o'malley: that is why, and that is why over the course of the summer i have laid out my 15 strategic goals to rebuild the american dream that we share. making the option of debt free college a reality within five years. instead of cutting social security, like the republican candidates want to do, i say we need to expand social security. [applause] gov. o'malley: and i am the first candidate in this race, and let us hope not the last, to put forward a plan to move america forward to a 100% clean, electric grid by 2050, and create 5 million jobs along the way. [applause] gov. o'malley: here is one for you. here is one for us. do we want wages to actually go up and not down?
[applause] gov. o'malley: then how about this -- how about we get 11 million of our neighbors out of the author books shadow economy -- out of the office books shadow economy and onto the open books of an american economy by passing comprehensive immigration reform now with a path for citizenship for all. [cheers and applause] [crowd chanting "o'malley, o'malley"] gov. o'malley: i want to introduce you to someone who is with us tonight. there is a person with us tonight, her name is kenya calderon. [applause] gov. o'malley: and she is a dreamer here with us tonight. she was born in el salvador, and is now a student at drake. and along the way, she has become a fearless advocate for citizenship rights for herself and millions of americans like her.
and therefore, to that immigrants bashing, carnival barker, donald trump, let us stand together and say that the enduring symbol of our nation is not the barbed wire fence, it is the statue of liberty. [cheers and applause] gov. o'malley: donald, you want to make america great? how about starting by passing comprehensive immigration reform, like our grandparents did? they know what made america great, and so do we.
nothing that we care about, nothing that we care about can be accomplished by words alone. we must take action. as democrats, we have to cast aside the worn-out politics of the past. the choices that no longer serve our nation. and we have to find our backbone again, to stand up for what is best for our country and what is best for all of america. what does that mean? that means we have to stop giving a free pass to the bullies of wall street whenever they try to run roughshod all over our national economy. [cheers and applause] gov. o'malley: i have never represented wall street, and i sure will not be taking economic orders from wall street when i am working for you and your white house. [cheers and applause] governor o'malley: and as your president, i will have the independence and i will have the backbone to fight for you. and if a bank is too big to fail, too big to jail, and too big to manage, then it is too damn big and it needs to broken up before it breaks our national
economy again. that is just common sense. tell me how it is. tell me how it is, but not a -- that not a single wall street ceo was ever convicted of a single crime related to the 2008 economic meltdown? not a single one. what have we come to? [audience booing] gov. o'malley: what have we come to as a country that you can get pulled over for having a broken tail light, but if you wreck the nations economy you are totally untouchable? presidential leadership is about the good of the many, not the greed of the few. [cheers and applause] gov. o'malley: and that is why i also say that we have to stop sending american jobs and american profits overseas with bad trade deals like the transpacific partnership. [applause]
gov. o'malley: many of us in this room remember nafta. whatever its intentions, we traded away good manufacturing jobs, like maytags in towns like newton, and in return, we got back empty promises and empty pockets. i am fundamentally, adamantly opposed, as an american, to secret trade deals that are congress has forced to vote on -- that our congress is forced to vote on before the rest of us even have a chance to read them. what have we come to as a nation? [applause] gov. o'malley: and it is not what the other countries are doing to us, we can trade and we should trade. it is not what the other countries are doing to us, it is what we are not doing ourselves. we need to build up our own american economy again, don't we? [applause]
gov. o'malley: and finally, we must have the courage to put our children safety, each and every day ahead of the morally bankrupt and craven interests of the national rifle association. [cheers and applause] [chanting o'malley] gov. o'malley: the nra has one goal. it is one goal only. and it is selling as many guns as possible, no matter the cost in american lives. well, that might be their interest, but that is not what is in the best interest of the united states of america, is it? [cheers and applause] gov. o'malley: for 40 years, the
nra and its muscle has dictated to our congress what laws they can write, what laws they can pass, and what laws they can reject. i think it is time that we find our backbone and stand up and say no to the national rifle association and start saving lives. [cheers and applause] gov. o'malley: i am passionate about this because i have been to a lot of funerals, and as president obama said, if terrorists had killed 400,000 americans since 9/11, we would be moving heaven and earth to stop them, wouldn't we? but americans have killed 400,000 americans with guns and we cower in the political power of the national rifle association. enough is enough. it does not have to be this way. [cheers and applause] gov. o'malley: there is a couple with us here tonight, and they
are sandy and lonnie phillips. they lost their daughter, jessie, in the incident in -- in the mass murder that occurred in aurora, colorado. they are here tonight. what they have endured is unfathomable. so, too, is their courage and their resolve, because they set out to transform the grief of their daughter's loss into real action and they went to court. true story. they wanted to hold accountable those who recklessly armed a mass murderer by selling him 4000 rounds of ammunition. no questions asked. they said the man that so that -- they sued the man that sold that ammunition in the attack, and what happened when they went to court? not only did the case thrown out -- did the phillips case get thrown out of court, then they were slapped with $200,000 in court costs.
why? because of the special immunity to lawsuits that the nra managed to muscle out of our own congress. it does not have to be this way. congress should work for us, not for the nra. [cheers and applause] gov. o'malley: to save lives, we know what to do. common sense tells us what to do. to save lives and must require universal background checks. we must ban the sale of combat assault weapons. to save lives. we must use the buying power of our own federal government, the biggest customer gun companies have, to refuse to buy guns from any company that does not use the latest and the best safety technology. [cheers and applause] gov. o'malley: and to save lives, we have to stop giving immunity to gun manufacturers and gun dealers who sell weapons of mass murder to criminals and psychopaths.
it is only common sense. [cheers and applause] and so, senator sanders, join me now, secretary clinton, join me now, and together in this campaign we can forge a new consensus for change. we can save lives, because one american life is worth more than all of the gun sales in america. [cheers and applause] gov. o'malley: and so it is. and so it is. in 100 days, the people of iowa will decide, new leadership, or the same old battles of the past? actions or words? doing want to get things done or -- do we want to get things done, or do we want to keep shouting past each other? it is not about and pendants.
-- it is not about polls and pundits. it is about you. you decide whether we move forward or whether we move back. thomas jefferson once said, in matters of fashion, swim with the current. but in matters of principle, stand like a rock. [applause] gov. o'malley: in these fast, and rapidly changing times, america needs a president who will stand like a rock. a weathervane shifts positions every time the wind changes. effective leaders do not. i know who i am. i know what i believe. and i am willing to fight for it. [applause] gov. o'malley: think about it
yourselves. think about it yourselves. we cannot move beyond today's gridlock politics by returning to the divisions of our past. i am not about that. i believe that we are all in this together. i believe that to solve our problems, we must face tomorrow. we need new leadership and new ideas. similar to courage to stand up for what is right, even when is not yet popular. none of us have all of the answers to all of the problems that we face. none of us can predict the future. but i can promise you this, i can govern. i can lead. and i can do so with heart and with skill. a lot of people tell me in this race, they say you are up against tough odds. this is a tough fight. and there are also a lot of people who would look you in the eyes, and would tell you that you have a tough fight. you have a tough fight being able to pass on to your children a better quality of life and what you have enjoyed. you know what? i kind of like the tough fights.
i have always been drawn to the tough fights. and perhaps, it is the toughness of the fight that is the way the hidden god has of telling us that we are actually fighting for something worth saving. the american dream is worth saving. our children's future is worth saving. our country is worth saving. our planet is worth saving. it is time to stand up, it is time to join the fight, i am in is to win this, i need your help, and together we can, and together we will rebuild the american dream. may god bless iowa. and may god bless the united states of america, on this journey we take forward, together. thank you much. [cheers and applause] [cahnting o'malley] [chanting o'malley]
>> thank you governor o'malley. [applause] >> you know, i know these candidates. they are firing you up, so make sure you fill out those caucus cards. we need you. [cheers and applause] >> hillary clinton has been listening to people all over iowa. [applause] >> iowa has been the heart and soul of her campaign. she has heard from middle-class families, worried that the deck is stacked in favor of those at the top.
so she has created a plan to raise middle-class wages and help working parents get ahead. she has heard from people suffering ram -- suffering from abuse. she came up with a plan to tackle it. she has heard from young people struggling with student debt. she created a plan to make college more affordable and student debt easier to pay off. hillary clinton is fighting for others. as a senator, she has -- as secretary of state, she has led.
she is for women's rights and lb gt right. [applause] >> now, she is fighting for all of us. she is fighting for our children and for our future. she is fighting to stop the republicans from making their agenda a reality. she is tough, she is determined, and she is in our corner. ladies and gentlemen, hillary clinton.
i want to thank andy and everyone who is helping to try to rebuild the iowa democratic party from the ground up. i want to acknowledge and thank my friends tom and ruth harkins. tom and christie. leonard and dodi boswell. and your congressman freilich, -- congressman for iowa. [applause] sen. clinton: and i have to give a special shout out to somebody really special. somebody whose birthday is tomorrow.
someone who reminds us that sometimes you just have to let them hear you are. katy perry, thank you for being here. [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: did any of you see our debate in las vegas? [applause] sen. clinton: you know, when republicans debate, they compete to insult each other, demean women, and they double down on trickle-down. actually, it is reality tv. with a cast of characters who do not care much about actual reality. but, there is a big difference.
when we, democrats debate, you see something. you see us tackling the hard issues. looking for solutions to our biggest challenges, facing our families and our country. how are we going to raise wages and create more good jobs? how will we respond to climate change and lift up our economy by investing in clean energy? how will we make college affordable and get parents to pay believe that they need? how will we, working with our teachers and our families, help our kids get ready to succeed in school? [applause] sen. clinton: and how are we going to rain and wall street and lift up main street?
and, how much longer can we wait to stand up to the gun lobby and keep our kids and our communities safe and america? [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: you see. we democrats are offering real solutions. like president obama has done for the past 6.5 years. and by his side, every step of the way, has been vice president joe biden. [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: he has fought passionately for middle-class families and middle-class values. let's show him how much we appreciate vice president joe biden and all he has done for our country. let's give it up for the vice president. [cheers and applause]
sen. clinton: you know, i think it is really important in this election to remember what president obama inherited. the republicans would like us all to forget. but he inherited the worst financial crisis since the great depression. we were losing 800,000 jobs a month. right after that election, he called me and asked me to come see him in chicago. i did not know why, it turned out he want me to be secretary of eight, but when we got there -- [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: it was just the two of us.
and we were just talking and he was talking about what he was facing. he said, it is so much worse than they told us. we were losing 800,000 jobs a month. 9 million americans ended up losing their jobs. and 5 million lost their homes. and listen to this. $13 trillion of family wealth was wiped away. i don't think president obama gets the credit that he deserves for rescuing our economy from falling into a great depression. [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: he saved the auto industry. he imposed tough, new rules on wall street.
and he extended health care to 18 million americans. [applause] sen. clinton: that is what you can expect when you vote for democrats. [applause] sen. clinton: when there is a democrat in the white house, america creates more jobs. the economy grows faster. and deficits are smaller. even though they hate it when i say this, recessions happen four times more frequently under republican presidents. [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: so, we cannot afford to go back to the republican failed policies. i am not running for my husband's third term, and i'm not running for barack obama's
third term, i am running for my first term -- [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: and, i am running as a proud democrat. [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: we need to defend the progress that we have made under president obama. and we need to build on it, until the recovery is secure, and all americans have a chance to raise their income. and to believe, once again, in the basic bargain of america. you know what it is. if you work hard, and you do your part, you should be able to get ahead and stay ahead. [cheers and applause]
sen. clinton: but, for far too long, republicans and their allies have stacked the deck for those at the top. there is something wrong when the top 25 hedge fund managers earn more in a year than all the kindergarten teachers in america combined. [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: or, when top ceos make 300 times what a typical worker does, or when corporate profits soar, but employees do not share in those profits. when it is easy for a big corporation to get a tax break, but it is still too hard for a small business to get a loan. when the ceo of a drug company jack's up the price of life-saving medicine by 5000% overnight --
[cheers and applause] sen. clinton: and, when the governor of this state vetoes a bipartisan compromise to fund schools and to keep mental health facilities open. [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: and now, now you're governor is threatening to privatize medicaid. [booing] sen. clinton: and the hawk eyed children's health insurance program, something that i helped to start in the 1990's.
[applause] sen. clinton: and thousands of islands are -- and thousands of people from iowa are standing up and saying enough, and i am standing with you. [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: i have to tell you. [chanting] sen. clinton: you know that the republican candidates cannot help themselves. [laughter] sen. clinton: they are pushing the same failed policies that crashed our economy before. you know what they are. cutting taxes on the super wealthy. letting big corporations write
their own roles. busting unions. ignoring the middle class. we have heard all of this before, and we know what it does. and, of course, none of them is serious about climate change. i love it. when they are asked about it. you know it there answer is? i am not a scientist. well, why don't they start listening to those who are scientists, and understanding what we're up against around the world? [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: and republicans in congress have now voted more than 50 times to repeal or weaken the affordable care act. they want to force americans -- [booing] sen. clinton: that is worthy of
a big lunch of boos. because they want to force americans to start a contentious health care debate all over again. i believe that we can improve the affordable care act, but we are not going to let them take us back to insurance companies writing their own rules again. [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: you know what that was like. they even charged women more for our coverage, then men. [booing] sen. clinton: and we sure can't let them take us back to the wild west on wall street. repeal. frank. destroy the consumer financial protection board. we are going to stand firm. that is why i propose tough action to end the abuses by the
big banks, and the excessive risk in the so-called shadow banking system. we are going to stop wall street hurting mainstreet. [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: and here we are, everyone here is here because you know what is at stake in this election. no matter who you are for, and that is pretty clear standing up here, and seeing who is sitting where, but we all agree on this -- we cannot let republicans keep raking our elections with -- rigging our elections with secret unaccountable, dark money. [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: we need a supreme court that the tax the right of every citizen to vote, not the right of every corporation to buy elections. [cheers and applause]
sen. clinton: and i said from the very beginning of my campaign, even if it takes a constitutional amendment, we will overturn citizens united once and for all. [cheers and applause] sen. clinton: and i sometimes wonder whether you sign up to be a republican candidate for president -- they put you into some kind of time a sheen. and they take you back 50 or 70 or 100 years, because they keep saying the same out of date, out of touch things. we will never let the republicans cut or privatize social security or and medicare as somehow now promising -- some are now promising.
[cheers and applause] sen. clinton: i will tell you something else. i am going to back and support what president obama has done to protect dreamers and their families, to use executive action to prevent deportation. and i have said that if we cannot get comprehensive immigration reform as we need and as we should, with a real path to citizenship that will actually grow our economy -- then i will go as far as i can, even beyond president obama, to make sure law-abiding, decent, hard-working people in this country are not ripped away from their families. [cheers and applause]
sen. clinton: and don't you wonder, don't you wonder? you know, for people who claim they hate the government, republicans love using government to make decisions for women about our bodies and our rights. [cheering] sen. clinton: well, i will tell you, i will tell you, i will do everything that i can to protect a woman's right to choose and to defend planned parenthood.
[cheering] sen. clinton: now -- [chanting] sen. clinton: now i know -- [chanting] sen. clinton: i know when i talk about these things, republicans say that i am playing the gender card. i know. well, if talking about equal pay, paid family leave, affordable childcare, and women's health is playing the gender card, deal me in. [cheering]
[chanting] sen. clinton: i know, i know and you know, it is not enough to rail against the republicans and the billionaires. we actually have to win this election in order to rebuild the middle class and make a positive difference in people's lives. we have to build in america again where success is measured by how many people work their way into the middle class, not how many ceos get bonuses. by how many children climb out of poverty, how many families can afford health care, many young people can go to college without taking on years of debt.
[cheering] sen. clinton: that is how we should measure success in this country. as i said at the debate in las vegas, i am a progressive who likes to get things done. [cheering] sen. clinton: and i still believe, as a smart man once said, there is nothing wrong with america that cannot be fixed by what is right with america. so i hear donald trump when he says we have to make america great again. here is what i said. america is great. we just have to make it fair and just. we have to make america work for everyone, not just those at the
top. [cheering] sen. clinton: because i know that when americans come together, come up with smart solutions, and fight to get results, there is no challenge we cannot meet. and at the top of my list of fights we have to wage and win, it is this. americans need a raise. that is why we must raise the minimum wage for it. nobody who works full-time should live in poverty. and i want companies to have incentives to share more profits with employees who help to make the profits in the first place. and companies that ship jobs and profits overseas should not get tax breaks. you should get tax breaks again. [cheering] sen. clinton: i said i want to be the small business president and i mean it.
because small businesses will create most of the good new jobs of the future and should have less red tape, easier access to credit, and tax relief. to create those jobs, we have to get back to investing in science and medical research. we should establish an infrastructure bank to put americans to work building our roads and bridges and airports and rails and broadband networks. [cheering] sen. clinton: and i believe we can make america the world's clean energy superpower by setting and reaching goals again. [cheering] sen. clinton: how about this? half a billion solar panels in four years and enough renewable energy to power every home in america in 10 years. [cheering] sen. clinton: i know that we can do this because iowa is leading
the way. you are producing half of your power from wind and renewables. i want the rest of the country to follow your lead. [cheering] sen. clinton: and if we want our economy to grow like it should, we have to make sure that women who still earn less than men on the job and women of color who earn the least of all finally get equal pay for equal work. [cheering] sen. clinton: because when you shortchange women, you shortchange families and you shortchange america. and my new college compact will help students and graduates refinance debts, just like you can with a mortgage or a car loan. and nobody will have to borrow a
sent to attend a public college or university. [cheering] sen. clinton: but let me say this. while we fight for a growth unfairness economy that fights for everyone, we cannot forget the quieter problems that often do not make the headlines. i am also fighting for the grandmother who told me she is raising her grandchild because of her daughter's struggle with drug addiction, for the mom who asked me what she is going to do when her child with autism gets older, for every family trying to cope with untreated mental illness. i am fighting for the man i met whose mother has alzheimer's. he cannot afford a full-time caregiver, so do you know what he does?
he is a teacher. he takes his mother to work with him. for lgbt americans who despite all of our progress, and get married on saturday and fired on monday in a lot of states just because of who they are and who they love. for our veterans of all ages who served our country with honor and courage and deserve the benefits that they have earned without delays and abuses. [applause] sen. clinton: i am fighting to reform criminal justice for every mother and father who worry every day that their child will be stopped by the police just for being african-american, because yes, black lives matter. [cheering]
sen. clinton: and i am fighting to protect our kids in communities from the plague of gun violence. you should be safe when you go to school, when you go to the movies, when you go to church. that is why i am proposing common sense gun safety measures like universal background checks, closing loopholes, and repairing the law that shields gunmakers and sellers from accountability. [cheering] sen. clinton: now, i have been told to stop shouting about ending gun violence. well, i have not been shouting but sometimes when a woman speaks out some people think it is shouting. [cheering] sen. clinton: but -- [cheering] sen. clinton: i will not be
silenced and i hope you will not be either. how many more people have to die before we take action? folks, i have been at this effort to change and reform our country for a long time, and i have not won every battle. but i have learned from each one. i know how to stand my ground and how to find common ground. [cheering] sen. clinton: that is how i worked with a republican congress to help create the children's health insurance around which covers a million kids. that is why as a senator i worked with the republicans to expand health benefits for the national guard and reserve and for the firefighters and police fighters who rushed towards danger on 9/11 and later grew sick after their time at ground zero. and as your secretary of state, i fought for human rights, women's rights, lgbt rights, internet freedom, american jobs,
and security. but i also find common ground, persuading russia to join in the strictest sanctions against iran in history. i have spent my life working for children, women, families, and the country, from the kitchen table to the peace table, trying to even the odds for people who have the odds stacked against them and i am just getting warmed up. [cheering] sen. clinton: so i want you to know, i am listening to you. i am fighting for you. and with your support, iowa, i am going to deliver. and i did not learn about fairness, justice, and the american dream from politics.
i learned about it from my own family. my father who ran a small business printing drapery fabrics taught me that anything worth it is worth fighting for. and my mother, working as a maid at the age of 14, told me that at crucial moments, people showed her kindness, with that first grade teacher who made sure she had enough to eat when her parents did not even care enough to make sure of that. it is one of the many reasons i am grateful for educators. instead of becoming bitter or broken, she became resilient. get back up, face your challenges, solve your problems. do not just complain about them. [cheering]
sen. clinton: so, let me tell you, i am the granddaughter of a factory worker and the grandmother of the most wonderful little girl in the world. and bill and i will do everything that we can to ensure that she has every opportunity to succeed in life. but i do not think you should have to be the granddaughter of a former president to share in the promise of america. the granddaughters and grandsons of factory workers and truck drivers and nurses and farmers should have the same chance, too. [cheering] sen. clinton: everyone of america's children and grandchildren should have the opportunity to live up to their god-given potential. that is what i am fighting for, struggling and striving. i am fighting for everyone who is ever been knocked down but
refused to be knocked out. and together, we're going to build an america where there are no ceilings for anyone. where no one gets left behind or left out. and yes, where a father can tell his daughter you can be anything you want to be, including president of the united states of america. thank you and god bless you. [cheering] [applause]
>> thank you, secretary clinton. you know, what a night. and what an amazing group of democrats we have running for president. are you fired up, iowa? [cheering] >> iowa democrats, let's welcome back all of our amazing presidential candidates to the stage, and their families. [cheering] ♪ >> ♪ i've been knocking on the door that holds the throne
i've been looking for the map that leads me home i've been stumbling on good hearts turned to stone the road of good intentions has gone dry as bone we take care of our own we take care of our own wherever the flag is flown we take care of our own from chicago to new orleans from the muscle to the bone from the shotgun shack to the superdome there ain't no help, the calvary stayed home there ain't nobody hearing the bugle blowning we take care of our own we take care of our own wherever this flag's flown we take care of our own where're the eyes, the eyes with the will to see
where's the hearts, that run over with mercy where's the love that has not forsaken me ♪ >> it all starts with the iowa caucuses on february 1 so make sure you drop off your cards on the boxes on the way out. we are going to turn iowa blue next november. get out safely, and good night >> ♪ wherever this flag is flown [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2014] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] where're the eyes, the eyes with the will to see where's the hearts, that run over with mercy where's the love that has not forsaken me ♪ >> it all starts with the iowa caucuses on february 1 so make sure you drop off your cards on the boxes on the way out. we are going to turn iowa blue next november. get out safely, and good night
there is only one bill on the schedule and that is dealing with research into dyslexia. positiona discharge with the export import bank. chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, robert j. dold 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 the house on january 6, 2015, the chair will recognize members from lists submitted by majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will recognize members from alternating parties,