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2014. madam speaker, i think everybody in this body will acknowledge that the world isn't 21% safer today than it was four years ago. if you look around the world, whether it is the growth of isis into more countries or the continued challenge of al qaeda and its various afailiates to syria with historic russian reinsertion today, to china building islands in the south pacific, to north korea, to iran , intentionally an agreement it made on its missile testing just after the u.n. ratified the nuclear deal to daily cyberattacks. the world is growing increasingly dangerous and we send men and women who wear the uniform of the united states out to meet that danger. and yet we cut their budget 21% and we saw last week the
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president of the united states use them as a political bargaining chip to force congress to comply with his domestic agenda. the bottom line for me is that our troops deserve than that and that's the reason i support this bipartisan budget act of 2014. it increases -- it stops the cuts in defense. it increases the money going to our troops, and it prevents them from being used as a bargaining chip in the future because it sets the military budget for fiscal year 2016 and fiscal year 2017 so that that is decided they can't be used as leverage for some other agenda. i think that is the sort of stability and predictability they need and they deserve. and i think the great question, madam speaker, is if not this, then what? we know that this budget
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agreement at least comes close to meeting what the president has asked for on defense and comes close to the congressional budget within $5 billion. that's not enough money to repair the damage that has been done over the past five years, but it's in the ball park. and if we do not approve this budget, then what? then we are back to continuing resolution and sequester, which means the army has said they will need to cut 40,000 troops on top of the 70,000 they have already cut. that is a sampling of what not passing this bill could well mean if we go back to c.r.'s and the sequester level. it would be drastic reductions in the military, a much less safe world for the united states and its interests. i believe that deserves our support. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from kentucky reserves and the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: i agree with the gentleman that the investments in military readiness are important and the investments to help our economy grow to invest in scientific research is important. what the president said to the congress is what the vast majority of the american public believe that it's vital to have a strong national defense, but a strong national defense requires a strong economy and requires an educated work force and investments in innovation and technology and requires a 21st century infrastructure. so i'm pleased that the president insist we make investments not just in the military, but also vital investments to help the economy grow, grow more jobs, which are estimated to be in the range of 350,000 in 2016 alone. so those are vital investments
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that also help strengthen america and i'm pleased to yield two minutes to somebody who has been on the front lines of making those important investments for our country, mrs. lowey, the very distinguished ranking member of the appropriations committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized for two minutes. mrs. lowey: thank you, mr. speaker. as ranking member of the appropriations committee, i rise to support this bipartisan legislation that ensures the full faith and credit of the united states and sets a path to a responsible appropriations process this year and next. since the beginning of this year's appropriations process, democrats have called for relief fl damaging austerity budget level caps so congress can invest in our nation's future. unfortunately the majority's
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budget resolution and appropriation bills would have strangled economic growth and not met our nation's need with cuts to pell grants that help families pay college tuition and law enforcement grants, for example. the list goes on and on, from the start of the appropriations process, i urged my majority colleagues to negotiate reasonable spending caps that protect our economy and national priorities. i'm pleased these talks finally happened and resulted in this bipartisan package that provides an additional $40 billion for defense, $40 billion for nondefense over two years. these investments are critical. upon its passage, i look forward to working together in a similarly responsible manner to reach bipartisan consensus on the spending bills to avoid a government shutdown in mid-december. i urge passage of this bill so
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we can immediately begin our appropriations work already overdue. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. the gentleman from kentucky has 15 1/2 minutes remaining and the gentleman from maryland has 19 minutes remaining. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: i yield three minutes to the chairman of the transportation and housing subcommittee, mr. diaz-balart. mr. diaz-balart: thank you very much. i thank the chairman and i only want to make four brief points. number one is that i, too, have concerns with lots of parts of this bill. there are parts that i wish were different. i think all of us do. but there are a number of reasons why i think it is important we move forward on
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this legislation. number one, this helps avoid a devastating hit on senior citizens in the district that i represent and frankly senior citizens across the entire country that deserve to be protected by those of us that represent them up here in washington. number two, that when we are able to move forward on the appropriations process, which this legislation will allow us to do, that's a way that allows every member of this house to have input. every member of this house has been part of that process. so those of us who believe in regular order and inclusiveness and making sure every member has a word and a say as to how we move forward, this bill will allow us to move forward on that very open process. and lastly and we have heard this before, it's no secret that the world has gotten a lot more dangerous. and you have heard the numbers. we are devastating, devastating
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our military at a time when we are asking them to do more and more and the world is becoming more and more dangerous. let me just leave with this last final point. are we going to allow our military to continue to receive cuts at a time when they should be helped and should be actually have increased spending or are we going to permit the devastating of our men and women in uniform in the u.s. military at this time in history? i for one not going to sit back and allow the u.s. military to be devastated by more budget cuts. so therefore, i would urge respectfully urge a yes vote on this legislation. and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from kentucky reserves and the gentleman from maryland is recognized.
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mr. van hollen: i'm now pleased to yield two minutes to mr. ellison of minnesota, a distinguished member of the financial services committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized for two minutes. mr. ellison: i thank the gentleman for the time, i plan on voting for this bill but i'm not going to celebrate that. it lifts the debt ceiling and don't have to fear defaulting on america's debts. avoids cuts in medicare and disability insurance. but the fact is, no one here, no one in this room can say that this piece of legislation that we are looking at now is going to advance america, bring us progress that we actually really need. do you know that since 2012, we have seen 640 fewer national institute of health grants. haven't been making the investments in science.
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this is a survival budget and we need to survive. so i'm going to vote for this piece of legislation, but we must come to the moment in time when we are looking to advance our country to move forward and offer real leadership to the world rather than just object ceasing over how much we can cut. the fact is that the progressive caucus offered a budget. it means our minimal conditions but doesn't advance our real progress that we need. we have principles that we have been talking about, about pushing our nation forward, college education, housing, transit, this is what is going to make our country strong and this budget keeps us above water and keeps us from defaulting on our debts and that's a good thing. but can't we do more? i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland reserves and the gentleman from
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kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. issa. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for three minutes. mr. issa: thank you, madam speaker. i'm a member of the majority. when the majority brings a bill to the floor, you normally start off with yes and hope to stay there. in this case, i started off with likely and didn't arrive at a yes. reluctantly i'm going to vote no on this bill. i'm not going to vote no because what it seeks to do or knowing that we need to fund our troops in the field in a war that has dragged down for 15 years. but i'm going to vote no because of how this bill is paid for. i have done as much as i can as long as i can to tolerate how we, quote, score things. at the risk of being wrong, i will remind people that i'm only
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as good as the information that my staff has given me. but according to c.b.o., $2.5 billion worth of this pay-for comes from premium payments that are accelerated, meaning we are robbing from the future to pay for ood. another one comes from extended pension smoothing, $9 billion. this is a time shifting on money over 10 years. again, we are robbing from the future to pay for this year. another one, $4 billion comes from social security disability, but it's a double count. it's already been scored elsewhere previously. $5 billion comes from the strategic petroleum reserve. this is the third time saying we are going to sell the oil at this price. the real question is aren't we selling off an asset today to pay for current expenses?
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$3.5 billion will come from bandwidth sale. i'm not thrilled. i think we should make more bandwidth available to the public. but here's the one that really broke me, extending the medicare sequester rate saves $14 billion but the one-time saving is based on the year 2025. in closing, madam speaker, i will not sell our future for this year's budget and therefore i recommend a no because of the pay-fors in this budget. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from kentucky reserves and the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: i'm pleased to yelled two minutes to someone who is focused on making sure we keep the full faith and credit of the united states, mr. welch of vermont. mr. welch: there are two reasons
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why this deserves our support. this is good public policy. this finally unleashes the hackles of the congress. and mr. rogers, you are going to have an opportunity through your appropriation committee, republicans and democrats, to do their job. second, it averts enormous increases in medicare part b premiums. third, it keeps social security disability funds solvent through 2022 and there are a number of other things. but the second major reason why this is so important is this, it is an agreement. we have finally come together through the leadership of speaker boehner and leader pelosi to legislate. and we have been part of a legislative body that is on strike. it hasn't legislated. and we cannot underestimate the power that is unleashed by the
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capacity of this congress to give certainty to the american people and to our agencies as to what comes ahead and what they have to do. secondly, what speaker boehner did and what speaker boehner did, and i am so indebted to him, he has two weapons when used is threatened and that is the threat of shutting government down and the threat of defaulting on america's full faith and credit. when there was the planned parenthood dispute and he was in favor of cutting funding, he opposed shutting down government to achieve that goal. we suspended the debt ceiling through 2017. it means this body is going to have not just the opportunity bus the responsibility to do its job. finally, what we have seen here when speaker boehner reached out to leader pelosi is that he had in the minority leader a willing partner who is willing to sit down, work hard and reach an agreement. that sets the foundation for progress ahead.
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i wish the best success to speaker-to-be ryan and he has willing and able partners in the caucus to make progress for america. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves, and the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: i yield to mr. sanford two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for two minutes. mr. sanford: i thank, madam chairwoman. i say to the gentleman from kentucky, i am absolutely sympathetic in the way he and others in leadership are really caught between a rock and a hard place. you think about 100 members of the defense community saying, wait a minute, we won't vote for it unless we get more folks there. folks in the ag community, we don't like this particular provision. advocates of medicare, we have to have a bit more here. the realities of a debt ceiling. the president that says clean
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ceiling or nothing at all. i mean, they have been between a rock and a hard place. we are still at the end of the day $1.5 trillion problem that has grown on top of an $18 trillion problem. i therefore believe the simple notion, the key to get out of a hole is quit digging. i believe this bill digs more than one. there is a process question. in fairness to the chairman and others, in some ways this was handed to them and i think there are serious questions any of us should have with regard to progress. two, it does remove the caps. as draconian as they are, they only represent the piece of financial restraint in washington, d.c., that has encumbered this entity that has a lot to do of the domestic restraint we've seen on discretionary spending. finally, as my colleague from california just pointed out, there is borrowing from peter to pay paul. if you look at where disability
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insurance is getting money from the old age survivors and pension smoothing and a whole number of other areas, you're left with this larger question of, this does still not solve the problem of this upward trajectory that we have with regard to spending in this place and therefore i'd remind everyone what admiral mike mullen said, former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, he said the greatest threat to our civilization was our national debt. at the end of the day, this bill compounds it. for that reason we would respectfully encourage a no. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: thank you, madam speaker. i'm now pleased to yield two minutes to mr. neal of massachusetts, distinguished member of the ways and means committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized for two minutes. mr. neal: thank you. today's effort is a moment of satisfaction. this stands before us as a
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testament that congress cannot be dictated to by a minority of the majority. this institution cannot work based upon the principle that a minority of the majority can dictate the outcome of legislative life. i'm glad we're finding common ground for a common purpose. that's similar to the congress i joined a lot of years ago. but rather than a moment of gloating, we should all take a look at what's happened to the process that once governed this institution. my plea to the new speaker of the house is going to be, remember that the committee system is the vertebrae of congress. it's within the structure of the committee system that we find a way forward and to speaker boehner, a good man and a good friend who leaves here in the next couple of days, congratulations. as well as to leader pelosi, leader mcconnell and leader reid. but the sad commentary is, this could never have happened if
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they didn't take it upon themselves to actually do the negotiation. the polarization of this institution would have prevented that. we cannot keep taking america to the financial precipice. we need some predictability, some confidence in building the economy. by embracing this proposal, we allow that opportunity to perhaps happen. we take default off the table. the full faith and credit of the united states will not be impugned. we will not allow the country to be hijacked by extremist views. and i say to those here, that small number that want to dictate the outcome of what happens in this institution, pay some attention to the skill and the art of legislating as opposed to just the talking points that lend themselves to the insendary commentary that flows from this institution now. work with both sides to try to find an outcome that american people can look at us having accomplished with some pride.
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we look at this institution with great regard, and what's happened to it is a shameful exercise in allowing this rule that prevents us from moving forward because of the advances made by a minority of the majority. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from maryland. mr. van hollen: madam speaker, i'm now very pleased to yield two minutes to mr. blumenauer of oregon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for two minutes. mr. van hollen: of the ways and means committee. mr. blumenauer: i appreciate the gentleman's courtesy and his hard work over the years on the budget. i'm pleased to stand today to support this agreement. it allows us to limp along. there's no shutdown for now. we avoid the damage of default.
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there's a slight relaxation in sequestration. there's equity for seniors and the disabled. there was a time when many of these provisions would not necessarily be a cause for celebration, but it is today. this is a signal accomplishment for stability and i take my hat off to speaker boehner, to leader pelosi, the senate leadership, the president and his team delivered on agreement that came together for congress at relatively warp speed, working behind the scene for days. it wins the house some breathing space, not lurching from crisis to crisis. and i hope that we take advantage of this achievement. this was an important week here on capitol hill. we've made a transition on my republican side with the new
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speaker, a friend, a gentleman that i respect and admire, paul ryan. look forward to working with him. it was important that the house was able to work its will on the ex-im bank. we found a piece of legislation supported, not just overwhelmingly by the house, but by a majority of republicans bottled up in committee by a minority and it broke loose and i think that's important. i hope this breathing room allows us to do one other thing, and that's to prioritize our budget requirements. we are going to spend over $1 trillion in the years ahead on nuclear weapons that we cannot afford to use and can't afford to buy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. blumenauer: we could do better for the american people and i hope this agreement allows us to do so. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired.
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the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: continues to reserve. the gentleman from maryland. mr. van hollen: thank you, madam speaker. i'm now pleased to yield a minute to mr. fattah of pennsylvania, distinguished member of the appropriations. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. fattah: well, i am one who comes to this floor to support this agreement. it means that the great work that we're doing on the , propriations committee working with my colleagues, like chairman rogers and tom cole from oklahoma, the work we're doing on brain health-related issues, the creation of a process, to map the human brain, to create a national brain observatory, to help lead the world in which a whole range of diseases can finally -- we can find answers to can go forward. we'll be able to move
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appropriations to youth mentoring to housing to health care because the congress and its leadership have come together. so i commend both sides and i commend the white house. i'm pleased that this agreement has happened. yesterday i announced a $10 million tiger grant for philadelphia. this agreement means there will be other members who will be making said announcements out in the future because we'll be doing the work that helps keep america number one in the world. for all of our challenges we have the most powerful nation in the world and this agreement helps move it forward and i'm here to applaud it and to vote in favor of it. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: reserves. mr. van hollen: thank you, madam speaker. it gives me great pleasure to yield to someone who knows how to lead, who knows how to get things done, who knows how to find common ground and was a vital part of bringing us to the progress we're making
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today, the democratic leader, ms. pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. pelosi: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding and for his kind words and return the compliment to him. to the staff of the budget committee, the staff of the other committees of jurisdiction on both sides of the aisle who enabled this important agreement to come forward, thank you very much, mr. van hollen. madam speaker, today we're proud to come to the floor with legislation that moves america forward, affirming full faith and credit of the united states of america, as our constitution says should never be in doubt. and a passing a budget agreement that creates jobs, protects seniors, invests in our future. today we cast our votes for a bipartisan budget package representing significant progress for hardworking american families. throughout the budget process,
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i'm proud that democrats have been united by our values and our determination to win progress for those hardworking american families. we showed we had the revothse and resolve to sustain the president -- votes and resolve to sustain the president's vetoes that did not meet the needs of our -- of the american people. a comprowmidse aen abled us at long last to bring to the floor a bill, a bill with which we have broken the sequester strangle hold on our national defense and our investment in good-paying jobs and the future of america. and this agreement before the house, we achieve equal funding. we honor the principle of parody between defense and domestic priorities. we achieve equal funding increases for defense and domestic initiatives amounting to $112 billion over the next two years. we prevent a 20% cut in
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disability benefits for millions of people in 2016, and extend the solvency of the social security disability insurance program. we prevent a drastic increase in medicare part b premiums and deductibles for millions of seniors next year. we affirm the full faith and credit of the united states and that full faith and credit is nonnegotiateable and unbreakable with a clean debt limit suspension. we push through the gridlock to provide more economic certainty and according to the council of economic advisors create an additional 340,000 jobs in 2016 alone. budget and senior groups are lining up and the groups for disability are lining up in support of this agreement. as aarp wrote to congressional leaders -- i'm sure you saw this, mr. rogers. and thank you for your this courageous support of our
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legislation, our great chairman of the appropriations committee -- aarp wrote, aarp strongly supports the bipartisan agreement you reached to avert deep reductions in social security disability benefits in 2016 and to address the imminent spike in medicare part b premiums which many older americans would otherwise experience. your efforts to reach across the aisle and together find sensible solutions to significant problems are appreciated and commended. together, working together, democrats and republicans we have found a way forward for the american people. i thank the republican leadership for their partnership in reaching this agreement. again, i thank the staff of the committees of the jurisdiction -- the budget committee, the ways and means committee, the appropriations committee, the energy and commerce committee and others. i commend our colleagues for speaking out on this important agreement. let us pass this agreement.
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let's vote yes today together. let us pass this agreement, move swiftly to keep government open and make progress for the american people. i urge a yes vote and i hope it is a big strong one. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: may i inquire how many speakers the gentleman has remaining? mr. van hollen: i have about four more speakers. mr. rogers: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. and the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: i'm now very pleased to yield four minutes to somebody hob -- who has been a key leader on budget and fiscal issues, our distinguished democratic whip, mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for four minutes. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentlelady and i thank the gentleman from maryland for
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yielding. and i thank him for his outstanding leadership as ranking member of the budget committee on fiscal stability, fiscal responsibility and his willingness to lead in ensuring that america invests in its future. and i thank the chairman of the appropriations committee. i don't think i quote the chairman as much as i quote any other member. unrealistic and ill-advised, the sequester. and i thank him for that. this represents a bipartisan effort to prevent a catastrophic default and lessen the chance of a government shutdown in december, lessens the chance. it doesn't preclude it. it shows what is possible when democrats and republicans work
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together to get something done in a bipartisan way. this has been a pretty unique eek. ex-im bank passed with the majority of republicans and all but one democrat. this is going to pass in my view with overwhelming numbers of republicans and democrats voting for it. that's what americans want and expect. they want us to work together. this bill replaces the sequester, the ill-advised policy that is hurting our country. it replaces it for two years and does so with parity. it protects medicare part b beneficiaries and saves the social security disability insurance program from insolvency. all of those are worth while objectives. this legislation will give us a chance to work on a long-term solution to our fiscal challenges over the next two years. this agreement, like ryan-murray
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is a short-term agreement. and the end of it comes sooner than we expect. congress ought not to wait until this agreement is about to expire two from now to act. we should get to work right now on a big, bipartisan deal to put america's fiscal house back in order and enable our nation to afford investments in a stronger economic future. americans are not looking for a rick ety bridge but a sturdy one that can carry us into a stronger economic future. businesses across the country are looking for long-term certainty for congress to replace the sequester and remove the uncertainty that it has created and continues to create. so i hope, madam speaker, the history that is written about this legislation is that it was
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bipartisan first step towards securing the kind of long-term agreement all of us know we must achieve. i had the opportunity to serve with mr. rogers for a couple of decades on the appropriations committee. he and i have served in this congress together for a long period of time. he is a responsible leader in the congress of the united states. and i quote him because his perspective and mine are the same, although we differ on many issues. and it is that we owe it to the american people. we owe it to america and to future generations to create the fiscal stability that will allow the appropriations committee very frankly to again become the center of decision making, which it was for many of the years that i served on. too often now we ignore the appropriations committee whose job is to set priorities and to
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apply the resources of our country to those priority items. if we don't adhere to that process, that will not happen. so, madam speaker, in closing, we need to get a long-term fiscal resolution. this is a short-term. i will support it. it's good for the country. but we need a long-term solution and i thank the chairman and i thank the ranking member, mr. van hollen my friend, who has done such a terrific job. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: i yield one minute to representative jackson lee from the great state of texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: mr. ranking member, let me thank you and to the chairman of the appropriations committee.
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let me thank you as well. this was a tough call and i do want to thank the leadership, speaker boehner, and our leader, leader pelosi, whip hoyer and of course our ranking member of the budget committee, ways and means leadership as well. this is an important step forward because i can say to my constituents that we fixed some of our pain and your anguish. this bill quickly provides $80 billion but i'm grateful that part of that deals with the plusing up of nondefense discretionary funding. child care, national institutes of health and other very important issues. my seniors, i think it is important to note, that your medicare premium part b will not go up 50% increase in 2016 and there will be less deep cuts in social security, more jobs being created, and as well, we will have the opportunity as i indicate, to increase the n.i.h.
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funding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: we must be careful not increase mandatory minimums and do protect social security and medicare and continue to monitor this for a budget that will lift the debt ceiling until 2017 and have this country stand on its feet and pay its bills. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: may i inquire how much time remains on this side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland has 3 3/4 minutes remaining. mr. van hollen: i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from california, ms. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. lee: first let me thank our ranking member, congressman van hollen for yielding and your treemedous leadership on the
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budget committee and to leader pelosi and to speaker boehner. i have to thank them for demonstrating that we can work together in a bipartisan way on behalf of the american people. and so, madam speaker, i rise in support, the bipartisan budget amendment of 2015. it's an agreement, actually, not an amendment. but as a member of the appropriations and budget committees, i really know how difficult it has been to get us to where we are today. so thank you very much. this budget deal, though, it is not perfect. it averts a shutdown and prevents a stroolic default on the federal debt. most importantly, it provides relief from the sequester and it begins, it begins to invest in the american people through programs like food stamps, the safety net which many people need until they are through this economic recession. we must do more to create
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good-paying jobs for individuals who want to work. this begins to invest in early childhood education and in public housing. this agreement also prevents a massive hike in health care costs for our seniors. while this agreement is an important step forward, much work remains. it's past time that we start addressing the priorities of the american people, including passing bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform, making education affordable and accessible from pre--k through college and invest in work force training through our community colleges and building pathways out of poverty. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this agreement. but we can get congress back to work putting people first. the american dream has really turned into a nightmare for so many. hopefully, our action today will give people hope that the
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american dream may be achievable, but we must do more. i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to mr. boil pennsylvania.e of the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. boyle: thank you, madam speaker. for the people who believe nothing can happen in washington and that we are permanently doomed to disarray, this has been a very bad week for them. first with export-import bank we see a majority of republicans and overwhelming majority of democrats come together and reach a bipartisan compromise and now here again with this big budget agreement, something that would avoid the catastrophic default, the first in american history, if it were to happen.
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madam speaker, i don't depee with everything that's in this bill, but i agree with the majority of it. and it's about time this body stop allowing the 10% or 20% to we agree 70%, 80% with. this is a step in the right direction and i'm proud to support it. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. van hollen: may i ask how much time remains on this side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland has 45 seconds left. mr. van hollen: we close where we started. we recognize this agreement is not perfect, but it certainly beats the alternative and it is a positive step forward. it ensures the full faith and credit of the united states. we will pay our bills on time. it prevents damaging sequester cuts to our economy and allows us to invest more in education,
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in scientific research and military readiness and prevents a 20% cut to social security disability beneficiaries and it prevents a whopping medicare part b increase for millions of american seniors. so again, while many of us would like to see more and i agree with those who have said that we need to invest more and address many of the other big issues our country faces, this is a positive step forward. i want to thank everybody who helped come together to make it possible. and i urge its adoption. the speaker pro tempore: all time of the gentleman has expired. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: how much time is remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky has nine minutes remaining. mr. rogers: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i shall not take the nine minutes. madam speaker, it's been my goal as chairman of the
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appropriations committee for these four years to get us back into regular order. when i first came here and for many years thereafter, we passed 12 individual appropriations bills, funding the entire government, but separate bills, so that every member had a chance to go through each of those bills, offer amendments, debate them, fight them, promote them, what have you. but at least everyone had their day in court. and somehow we got off on a tangent to where we could not appropriate separate bills. so at the end of the year, fiscal year, we had no choice but to pass what's called a continuing resolution, which means we just continue spending as we have for the last year regardless of the needs of the moment. and that's a terrible way to do business. agencies, particularly the military, would not have a way
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to plan their work or to make orders or to deploy troops and the like. a terrible way to do business nd we lunch from one crisis to another. nd my goal is to get back to appropriating 12 separate bills so we don't need a c.r. we hear current needs and c.r., you are spending money that is no longer needed on projects no longer needed, but nevertheless they are required to spend the money, terrible waste of money. so to get back on track, the appropriations process, our committee needs to have a top line number to which we appropriate. we have not been getting that number for one reason or the other. .
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not only will we get a number for fiscal 2016 that we can right an omnibus appropriations bill for current needs and finish it by december 11, the deadline, we'll do that, but it will be made up of the bills that have passed both the house and senate appropriations committees and in conversations between the two bodies. not only do we have the number for fiscal 2016 but we have it for fiscal 2017 and that is very important. it gives us a year to plan our work to try to marshal through 12 separate bills for the first time in many, many years so that we with the senate can send to the president 12 bills that have the polish and the content put into it and on it by the members of our bodies, the house and the senate. that's my goal.
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that's why i'm so strong support this bill. that's the biggest thing in it from my perspective. now, it's important to help those on social security disability to take the worry away from them that that fund will be drying up, which it would be. it's good that we're taking care of the medicare benefit increases -- the cost of the interest on medicare. it's important, very important, of course, that we avoid the default on our debt ceiling coming up momentarily. all of these things you heard about in this debate are great, but for me, the two years that we have now to get back on regular order and stop lurching from crisis to crisis, to stop that business, this bill will give us that great chance.
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so i urge members to support the bill. it's a good one. it's not perfect. not ideal by any stretch of the imagination but it's the best we can do an >> tomorrow, the houseboats for the next speaker of the house. paul ryan and the -- nancy pelosi are the two candidates. c-span, remarks by abby wambach. then remarks by paul ryan. author andlowed by politics professor matthew green on the role of the speaker of the house. >> on the next "washington journal," sheila jackson lee of texas talks about the budget deal passed in the house and the
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house speaker election. we get more on the budget deal dent ofrles pence -- pennsylvania. join the conversation with your calls and comments on facebook. business, very touchy being the son or daughter of a dictator. you would not wish this kind of life on most people. you collect some very interesting, sometimes lurid stories, but there are points about tyranny, loyalty. about politics. even about democracy. &a," jayy night on "q nordlinger on his book, "children of monsters." >> i was able to talk to knowledgeable people. i could not talk to any family members, which is usually the
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case in preparation for this book. there are only so many around to talk to. only so many willing to say what divulge their feelings or experiences. i was digging around for any scrap i possibly could. these sons and daughters, most of them are footnotes and asides. you have to dig to find out about them. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern and pacific. next, u.s. women's world champion abby wambach discusses her plans after she retires. the last soccer match is on december 16.
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>> welcome to a special press club luncheon. i am the president of the national press club. our guest today is u.s. women's wambach, winner, abby all-time gold score -- goals-scored leader. i want to introduce a distinguished table of speakers. right, pamdience's lambo, public affairs coordinator at the canadian embassy. lansier, head of
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communications at the swiss embassy. rachel oswalt, reporter for congressional quarterly and a native of rochester, new york, our speaker's hometown. ambach, mother of our speaker. angel llamas of d.c. media connection. wife of ourn, speaker. jerry remsky, chairman of the national press club's speaker committee and former president. skipping over our speaker for a keene, whitea house correspondent for bloomberg news and committee member who organized today's lu nch. wambach, father of our speaker. degeorge, freelance
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journalist, who spent most of her career in florida. nutter, health and wellness reporter for u.s. news. ey, member of the american sportscasters association. [applause] >> i also want to welcome our guests here at georgetown and our c-span and public radio audiences. you can follow the action on twitter with the hashtag "npclive." said, iser today, as i in all-time leading scorer
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the history of international soccer, both men and women. two wambach has played on olympic gold-medal team. worlds the 2012 fifa player of the year. time magazine included her in the list of 100 most influential people in the world. this summer, her team brought the women's world cup back to the united states for the first japanince 1999 by beating in a memorable match, 5-2. yesterday, president obama welcomed the women's national team to the white house. he said the players have taught us that "playing like a girl means you are a badass." that is not a word herbert -- heard often in public at the white house or at a national press club luncheon, but the
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audience thought it was a appropriate way to describe wambach and her teammates. abby grew up the youngest of seven children near rochester, new york and began playing soccer when she was five years old. she scored 27 goals in the first three games and was immediately moved to compete against the boys. she put women's soccer in the spotlight throughout her career. fromas never shied away speaking her mind, whether talking about referees or challenging homophobia in sports. yesterday, after visiting the white house, wambach made some huge news. she announced her retirement. within minutes of u.s. soccer posting the announcement, the news lit up twitter and quickly spread around the world. wambach begins
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in the next phase of her career and life. what is in store? we now get a chance to hear directly from the source. ladies and gentlemen, please join me in giving a warm welcome to abby wambach. [applause] ms. wambach: thank you, guys, for being here. write a speech. my mom has wanted me to do that my whole life. she wants me to be prepared for everything. for this day, i put some stuff on paper. i want to thank the national press club for having me and my family and my friends. it is truly an honor to be here
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and share this moment with you. just a few months ago, i was part of something special in representing my country, winning a world cup championship. i have to send my sincere thanks to all of you covering the women's world cup. without you pitching ideas for articles, videos, or any space in your respective outlets, our championship would not have gotten shared in a positive light. for that, we are forever thankful. people do not realize how important the media is to the success of events like that. life andly changed my my perspective, it changed the lives of all the kids dreaming. dreaming to be whatever it is they want in life. you have that effect. never forget it. bringing back the world cup to the u.s. with my teammates was absolutely the highlight of my career.
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it was special not just because and howbut how we won we transcended the game itself. not justear it was about soccer anymore, but how our team defined what is beautiful about sports and our country. if you do to dream and work towards that dream, things you never thought possible could happen. yes, winning was our goal, but as a byproduct of winning, this made it even more special. we had a unique opportunity to effect change. this summer is another example of where we want to go in regards to women in sport. it has been an epic summer. williams, the supreme court ruling, presidential candidates, all things that will go down in history as life-changing. i believe when the world cup will be among these things that was life-changing. not just because i experienced it when i got to hoist the
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trophy, but for what it means for all those who get to cherish the opportunities it will provide. millions of people with hope of a brighter future. a future of equal opportunity. a strange thing happened when i started to consider my own future. i accomplished everything i set out to. olympic medals, broken records, the elusive world cup championship. on paper, i did it all. it does not make it easier to say what i'm about to say. at the end of this year, i will be retiring from the game of soccer. i said it out loud. it is actually appropriate. i started my career here in bc 2002.02 -- dc in lucky enough to get drafted to play from the university of florida by the
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washington freedom. i do not know if you guys know mia hamm. she was on the team i got drafted to play on. not many people know how vital it was to my success as a soccer player. more as a person. mia taught me so much on the field. she taught me it was not about how many goals you score or championships you won, but how you conducted yourself amid all the glory that defined you. character is a funny thing. mia taught me that. so many women came before me. it is my hope and believe that many more will come after me.
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i was worried i would have to at onehe game point the way my idols did. i thought man, this is not going to turn out the way i envisioned. this is not going to be that fairy tale ending. i can say now deep down in my heart that i know the game has grown and will continue to grow. it is not just a feel-good thing to invest in women's sports. it is a smart business decision. that is when it became clear to me that my time as an athlete on the field was over. i know that the next generation of players will grow the game in different ways. my role will be different, but i am still committed to growing women's sports and beyond. i have played a game for 30 years. during these 30 years, there are so many people i need to thank for the life i have been able to have. honestly, this could take four days. foremost, if i have
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missed you or i do not say your name, it does not mean that you are not part of this or part of my life, but i have to specifically thank a few people. u.s. soccer. without you guys, without your support, there is no way i am standing here having television cameras looking at me retiring. was a little girl and i started out playing in the olympic development program and did not dream that this was even a possibility. i had no idea. without this environment, without u.s. soccer's help, the abbey one back you have come to waumbauchd not -- abby you have come to know would not
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be me. so they are for giving me the opportunity to do what i have done for years. sponsors alike nike and gatorade. i have been lucky to have the opportunity to call some of the greatest brands on this planet my family. it you will never know what you have meant to me. all i ask is that you continue investing in women. it will pay off. i promise. i have to thank all of the coaches i have had, and there have been a bunch, all the way from my high school days to nationaland all the team coaches that have given me a chance to represent my country for all these years. gary smith, you gave me the belief that i could play at the highest level. the first coach the gave me my first olympic gold-medal, thank you. and of course, our current coach, who gave me the chance to
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post that choice a world cup trophy. what a ride it has been -- to a world cup trophy. what a ride it has been. it's not just about head coaches. there are a ton of other people and support staff that have helped me throughout my journey, doctors, trainers, conditioning coaches, which i will not be too sad to say .oodbye to they all help to me. -- helped me. [reading long list of names] -- i know this sounds ridiculous, but they will be excited that i said their names. you all caps me healthy and able to do anything when i needed to. whether it was fixing my broken toe or helping me write speeches
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, everybody played their part and gave me the chance to be the best i could be. needed to be it. you guys are my unsigned heroes, -- unsung heroes, and i could not think you anymore. this one is going to be harder for me because i think not many people realize how important my .eammates are in anything you do, whether it is a work or a team, you have you,e around you that help and my teammates are that for me. i think lauren holladay said it we onlyn she said that know how to live life with each other, probably more than with our own family members, our own partners. careermates have made my what it is.
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i would not have done anything on the field without you. no goals, no record, no championship if i had not played with you guys. whether i played one time with you or 200 times with you, you all made a difference in some way. from the early days to the , thank youngsters for being here today. i really appreciate it. they did not actually ask, they just told me they were going to come, which shows you how amazing my teammates are. i cannot get rid of them. it's the truth. and everybody i have ever had a chance and privilege of going on the field with, you guys are all loved, special, and important on so money levels. thank you guys for being here and supporting me on this -- so many levels. thank you guys for being here and supporting me on this day. i went to thank dan leavy, my
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agent. i never remember to thank him ever. a big speech, i forget. so i want to thank you. it has been over 10 years that we have worked together and you keep me on schedule. you make sure that i know what i it in a wayd you do that not only is professional, but makes me less stressed about knowing what my schedule is over the next two years, five years, whatever it is. i love you, dan, very much, and i really appreciate all the support you have given me throughout the years. family.ds and these are the people who shaped the people who supported my dreams, the people who saw something in me from when i was a little girl dreaming of something that wasn't even a possibility. i guess that is when you know you love somebody, when you
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support somebody in a dream that you don't even, reality. i urge everyone out there who knows someone who has a gift and a passion, support them in their dreams. i love you all for believing in me and showing me i could be whatever i wanted to be. i dared to dream because of you. mom, dad, all my brothers and sisters -- i have a ton of them -- my in laws as well, sarah. there is no way i would have been able to play for as long as i have been able to play if it were not for the support of these people, and what is so hard is that not many people we are goneow often and how important it is that i have people who can help with not just paying the bills and -- ing the house in order
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miss a lot of birthdays. i miss a lot of weddings. i have missed a lot of my thisy's life because of one dream and this one belief and passion that i've had. so, what i want to say to my family is that i am coming home now, and be patient with me be ane it's going to interesting transition. , am not going to be perfect but i will give it everything i've got and do everything i can to try to transition into ishefully what is a normal- life. if you know me, you know i would not be that brief. i can talk for days. they gave me a time when it -- time limit. i don't know if i have gone over it yet, but what i really want to talk about is not just my
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career, because i cannot stand talking about myself. i want to talk about where we are going and where we are headed. i want to talk about moving the ball forward. when i look around, especially going through this victory to her, and i look in the crowd, and i see the fans -- victory and i look in the crowd, you look the fans -- at what the fan draw was from then until now. there were literally like 1800 people in the stands 15 years ago. flash forward to 35,000-40,000 coming to our games during this victory tour. we have made huge strides. i know we have made serious change happen. is so much there more we can do. it is going to take a lot of effort. it is going to take people
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reaching into their pockets and investing in women. it is not about investing in me. it is about investing in the next generation. it's about making sure you feel -- like i said before, the feel-good thing to do. it is smart to invest in women's sports. ask fox. this last summer, they killed it. they killed it. and the reason they killed it is because they believed in it, and they saw the potential growth this game could have and that women in this game could have. now, i really want to transition my career from inspiring kids to play and do something they never thought possible into may be doing something bigger than that. i keep getting these questions about what are you going to do next. . am not kidding you i wholeheartedly believe i want to be part of changing the world. i think the first part of my
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career, i have been able to do that. i have been able to change the landscape of women's soccer as we know it. it would be my -- and it will be my life's mission to make sure that off the field, that women are given all the opportunities that they can be and that they deserve. that we can talk about equal opportunity for everybody. it's not just about women. everybody deserves a chance to do whatever they want, to follow their dreams, to follow their passions. my life has kind of evolved organically. i was a naturally gifted athlete, and a third, so i don't mind speaking in front of people. i am doing so much better. i am a much better talker than reader, obviously. i really do believe that i was put on this planet to play sports and to be involved in sports. i do believe that sport can transcend and can give people confidence, and can change the
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world and make it a better place . as cliche as that may sound, it's possible, and i have been a part of it. my teammates have been a part of it. my family has seen it happen. i just want people to know and remember it's not about me. it's not about our team. it's about the next generation. that's what i want to do is be a part of positively affecting change for the next generation notids out there who may know what they want to do, may not know who they are, but they can look at our team, they can look at me, and they can say i am going to be authentically who i need to be in this moment because that's all you need to be is yourself. sit so happy to be able to here and talk to you guys a little bit about my journey and to thank all the people i had to thank. and really, i can't implore enough that our world cup isn't as successful as it was if it were not for the media, if it
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were not for the people writing the stories, pitching the ideas .o put it on television take a chance. don't be late to the party. you will be kicking yourself if you do. i think you will see in the coming months and the coming years that it is not just about women's sports, but it's beyond. it's women in the business world. having equal opportunity. thank you guys very much for having me. i really appreciate it. [applause] >> thank you so much, abby. you're not quite done. come on back up. you talk about wanting to
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continue changing the world. there are so many different avenues you could pursue as you carry out that goal. do you have any thoughts on which types of ways you would like to move forward in bringing about that change? abby: i think it is a good question, and i think it is something that will eventually olve.-- eventually even two answered a quick way, i want to change the world in every way, not just on the soccer field, but off of it. not just in the locker room, but in the boardroom. we need to get women making decisions on how to allocate funds. onneed more women in fifa the executive board making decisions that will help not my team, but the next generation, like i said. truthfully, i am open to any idea. i just want to be part of anything i possibly can that
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will positively influence women in sports and beyond. >> you also mentioned you expected to have a little bit time for, certainly your family. now that you have announced your retirement, what is the first non-soccer related thing that you are going to do or enjoy doing? abby: hmm. that is a reallyretirement, wha. i do not know. what am i doing tomorrow? i imply flying home tonight, which is going to be nice. -- i am flying home tonight, which is going to be nice. i have been working out for 30 years, so i am going to take a minute, as it pertains to that. i am not going to lift a weight for probably a month or something. i don't know. i don't know what i am going to do not soccer related. i think i will just spend time in my house for three days and then have to leave again. [laughter]
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>> president obama was pretty direct yesterday when talking about the level of play in women's sports, yet he is right about attention and money. how best to address these disparities? abby: i think we all saw this summer that there is plenty of talent around the world as it pertains to women's soccer. i think it is a problem that there is so much disparity between the women and men and how the money gets allocated. that is something i want to do and want to work toward to fix and make better. we have, you know, just seeing the glaring disparity is , andving and frustrating especially because we see women who deserve everything that the men get and women who deserve everything that they have earned. i think that's the most important thing that i want to keep driving home is women in
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were, we showed that we fun to watch this summer. it was the highest-rated soccer game that has ever been aired in the united states of america. that's pretty awesome. men or women. i think that something become buddies, corporate sponsors, television channels cannot ignore anymore. the highest, people. [applause] all of theioned soccer fans. there are a lot of soccer fans out there. are there any actions soccer fans can take in support of these more equitable playing conditions for female players when compared with their male counterparts? abby: i think any kind of inequity that we see, you have to support, whether it is your local teams that, you know, the
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washington spirits here play at the sportsplex in germantown. whether it is going to a wnba you, whether it is being, know, in a position to make decisions that will have a trickle, positive effect for women in sport, whatever it is, everybody has a chance. you have a choice. and for me, that's something i want to make more readily available. oftentimes i hear people say well, you're not on television. well, sometimes it's going to take you to go to an actual event. buy a ticket. go and support your local women's teams. or, if you do turn on the television and a women's program is on, watch it. watch our amazing some of these athletes are. the women who are playing now, the younger kids coming on the team now that i watch are far better than i was at their age.
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going to be really awesome to see in 10 years where we are at because the game has gotten so much better. i can't wait to see in 10 years from now how amazing the game is going to be. , the governing body of fire andas been under under investigation for corruption. how does this affect the women's game at the international level? abby: i think it been made clear that the corruption at fifa is maybe in large part because there aren't enough women in fia . maybe there is -- in fifa. maybe there is some sort of correlation there. i don't know. there are so many things i don't but what i doa, know is that i am going to fight to get more women involved, not just in the decision-making that happens within fifa, but the
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executive committee, getting more women involved will, i think, make it a much better organization and one that i know my teammates would be proud to play under. >> would you ever consider standing as the north american end soccer's governing body fifa?entative to abby: sure. i'll do it. [laughter] >> you say you never southern need to be in the closet as a soccer player, but some sport -- you never saw the need to be in the closet as a soccer player, are much lesss excepting of same-sex couples. what will it take for locker rooms in men's sports to widely accept gay players? take time.just i did
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you have players who have come out. i don't know what it's like to be in a male locker room. i do know what it's like to be in a female locker room. i had an experience that is to be verying different than most game and will have in terms of coming out . i just want them to know that they are not alone. i support them as do so many people out there. and that's absolutely something else i want to be able to fight for. for so many years, i never who puto be this person myself on a mountain and screamed from the mountain tops about my sexuality because it didn't matter to the way i played the game, but it does matter to who i am as a person, and it does matter in terms of where we are at as a culture and being open-minded, and giving equalody the respect and opportunity. for all those kids out there who might be struggling with some sort of identity issue
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themselves, it is ok to be yourself. it's ok to authentically be who you are no matter what. that is definitely something i want to be a promoting person for and advocate for those kids -- there who may not know you may not feel comfortable in their own skin. i want to advocate for them because of they don't feel comfortable i will be the person to tell them you are loved and you are heard. >> you mentioned in your talk about reconnecting with your family. what about your hometown of rochester, new york? do you see yourself using your celebrity status in rochester in support of any particular civic causes there? abby: i am a huge believer that you have to always remember where you came from in order to move forward in life, especially in a successful way. i have always remembered my
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childhood and being from rochester, and how amazing myhester has been throughout entire career. i would gladly be -- and love to toa part of attaching myself any civic causes. rochester made me i am. i would love nothing more than to give back to the city that raised me, that loved me, and that showed me nothing but love and respect throughout my entire career. besides athletic talent, what is the most essential characteristic you would say is vital to success on the field? say mentality is probably one of the most important things that has given me the success i have had. this level,e in everybody is good. everybody can run fast. everybody can run forever. but it's your mentality and the
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confidence you bring to the team, to yourself, it's that moment where you maybe have missed an open goal and the next play, do you want the ball again or are you the one that shies away? for me, i have always wanted to put myself in an environment .here i keep challenging myself if i missed 10 shots in a row, i want the 11th, i want the 12th shot. i think that has made the career i have had what it was. mentality, for sure, and the confidence, no matter what happens, that you can do it. you just have to keep trying. balance individual recognition and glory and yet still keep together as a team? abby: i think this is one of the most fascinating questions ever because as i have grown up and gotten older and this team and become a leader and taken on more of a leadership role, i had
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to start considering how to manage some of the spirits and egos, so to speak, on the same team. we are all type a competitive women. we all want to be the best. we all want to be the one that scores the goal. how do you manage all of these people and put them in a position to move in the same direction? i think you have to, as a leader, you have to be able to have the selflessness about the way in which you connect with people. you have to be able to , and i know connect this goes even be on the soccer field as a pertains to the millennial generation. you have to make sure that in order for any championship team to happen, in order for any access to happen with collective, everybody has to buy into the same ideals. for us, it was winning,
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literally, winning at all costs. i think we were all committed to that one goal, and no matter how ,e worked our way toward it everybody was committed and it took every single persons 100% commitment in order to win. think on the team do you you have had the biggest impact on, and who will be in a position to take your leadership position forward now on the team? abby: i definitely had the biggest impact on said -- syd. she is right there. she has had one of the biggest impacts on me as well. look at how i am dressed. she is my stylist. follow her on twitter. in all seriousness, i think i
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have had the opportunity of playing with so many people, and i hope i have impacted them in a positive level. you would have to ask all of , butif it was good or not i love the fact that i tried to connect with everybody on an individual level in a really try to be honest and authentic and real. there is so much when you get to that can level of fame become daunting and unreal, almost surreal in moments. that is something i have always tried to do is make sure people know i am honest and i will tell feelhat i think and how i at all times. as it pertains to do the next leader of the team is, i guess that will have to be seen. person who has been my captain for so many years. watch. be fun to
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i get to retire, so it will be funded see what happens and how it goes. question specifically says what advice would you give promising teen athletes who lack academics? their there are many promising young soccer players here. what advice would you give to people who want to play the game and be successful going forward? how can they accomplish that? i think everybody knows that in order to be a successful person, you have to have a well-balanced life. in order for me and every player in the national team to get a scholarship to college, we obviously had to do some do well, and we had to in school, and of so that the so that the- enough ncaa would give you a scholarship. that is one thing ioa's try to
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implore on the kids out there. that can be the first -- i always try to implore and the kids out there. bestcan be the first and las gift you give your parents, a college scholarship. i was the youngest of seven and my parents paid for all my brothers and sisters to go to college. i was really happy to give them that gift. i think my dad was happy to. [laughter] be aeality is, you have to well-balanced person in order to achieve any level of success, whether it is on the national team, or if you are to become an author, a chef, a musician, you have to have the balance to be successful. listen to your teachers and your parents. go to school and do your homework. >> this question is about digital devices. what advice do you have for young boys and girls to get them
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off the digital devices and go ?utside and play is that a trend that concerns you. abby: i think this is probably one of the biggest concerning trends out there. can see in the i audience some people looking down at their cell phones and i think what i want to challenge people to do is to look up. get some sort of personal connection. look people in the eyes. you know, i know it sounds posture is nots good for your body. we are going to have some serious neck issues and some issues that come up on us in the next decade or so. but the reality is, yes, social some drive,ve us some amazing things and positive change, but it also has its tipping point where becomes
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absolutely and aggression. we need to make sure that our .ids are -- a digression we need to make sure our kids are active and healthy. kids.were seven of us my mom would literally lock us out of the house and tell us to go play. this was back in the day when kids were not getting abducted and all that stuff, so that was like the norm for us. we would be outside for the , and i wouldying love to get back to that. i would love to get back to where kids in the neighborhood are all playing together. my brothers and sisters all have children. they have found that that kind of lifestyle is no longer the case. i think we can re-create that because that's a good thing, getting kids out, being active, especially being active in your
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community. playing kick the can in your neighborhood, wasn't that the best? it's the best. >> what has been your most discouraging moment of gender inequity or discrimination, and how did you react and/or overcome that? abby: i think that is a great question, especially since winning the world cup. i am not going to talk about specific numbers, but i know that for any male that has won the world cup during my career, none of them would have to have another job after they retire. now, i am retiring, and i am telling you, and i have been one of the faces of this team for over 10 years now, that i want to change the landscape of women, not just soccer players, but so that women athletes don't have 21, have another job while they are playing their sport, -- don't have to have another job
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while they are playing their sport, and also, they can retire from playing their sport and not have to get another job because they didn't make enough money, so to speak. that is a goal i have and i'm sure my teammates will be excited when that is something i come through with. hurry up. hurry up. [laughter] learned more about concussions, how did you and your teammates, the way he played soccer, change it all as you learn more about concussions, -- the way you played soccer change at all as you learned more about concussions, and what, if anything, do you think should be done to prevent more head injuries? i have partnered with a company that has created a headband that has a sensor in the back of your head that measures the head impacts that you take. if it goes above a certain , you can watch it real
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time, parents can, trainers can, doctors can, on your iphone or whatever device you have, you can get real-time information to make a decision on whether and not you should be let back into the game. for me, i have been lucky i have only had one concussion. it is definitely a hot topic right now. the number one thing is to make sure our kids are in a healthy environment where they are playing a sport they love and not being put in danger. teaching kids how to properly head the ball. body in thetheir davo muscles are developed well enough that they are not going to do damage to themselves. these are big topics and things i want to keep advancing and keep talking about. all of these questions, everything i have talked about , for me, it's all about keeping a conversation going, whether you agree with me or not. keep the conversation going, because that is what this is all
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about. that is why we are here. we are here on this planet to try to survive together and to evolve as a population and does humanity. so for me, let's just have a conversation. if we disagree, that's ok. we can do it peacefully. but we have to be willing to do it and put ourselves in position to have the conversations. sometimes it's hard to disagree with somebody. but it's those disagree an ments and still being capable of being in the same room that is the beauty of life. >> this questioner wants to know what is your very earliest soccer memory, and how did you get done the game? i think i said it earlier, but my earliest soccer memory 27 goalsbly a scoring
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in the first three games. i think that speaks for itself as to why i loved it. >> what advice do you wish you had been given at the start of your professional career that you would now give to young professionals? abby: that's a really good question, actually. i think the advice i would give ,yself, my younger self, is maybe if i had focused a little bit more attention and put more of my mind and heart into staying fit and getting fit and learning how to be fit at a younger age -- nowadays, there is so much science and information about health and nutrition. back when i was growing up, there really wasn't that. people to be hydrated. people didn't- even tell you to be hydrated. now with all of the information
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and technology we have, i would definitely tell my younger self, use as much information as you can to learn and be the best you can be because your athletic career is not going to be in till you're 60. there is a time clock that stops -- be until you are 60. there is a time clock that stops. and that is something i would tell myself 30 years ago. >> if you want to change the world, might you consider running for public office someday? abby: i don't know. this is actually kind of a funny story. . really love jokes i love to be funny. i love to laugh. and i have realized -- i realized yesterday after meeting president obama that no matter what he says, people just laugh at everything he says. in some of the things he was saying were not that funny,
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but people laughed. i don't know if i could go into public office because i don't know if people would be genuine about laughing at my jokes, because i am funny. [laughter] see? in all seriousness, i would definitely be open to any and all possibilities to create and affect positive change to in fact change the world. if it is public office, and that might be an interesting route. i don't know. juston't laugh at my jokes because i am in public office. that's all i ask. >> when should kids specialize in just one sport? when did you stop playing other sports, presuming you did play others as a kid? abby: i think this is one of the best questions i get these days. so often nowadays, parents and kids are forced to choose one
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sport at a really young age. to all the parents out there that think their kid is going to be the next professional, just be smart. know your kid. know what your kid is like and what they are into. for me, i played basketball and soccer, and really, i played a lot of orts growing up. i was on organized teams -- a lot of sports growing up. organized teams for soccer and basketball. i needed basketball to take my mind off of playing soccer. after every season i would tell my mom, i am quitting. i never want to play soccer again. two weeks later, i would be in the backyard with the ball again. as a kid, our attention spans are so short. you need to create and give them an opportunity to play different sports, be happy, and joy with they are doing, but also develop physically different muscles and
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skill sets because the reality is not every kid out there is going to become a professional athlete. oftentimes, i think the clubs, especially in soccer, are saying you need to play year-round. well, they want your year-round money, parents. know your kids. if they want to play another sport, let them play another sport. now not standing here right if i didn't play basketball, if i didn't learn how to jump, if i didn't learn the trajectory of the ball and how to jump. didn't have -- if i didn't have the opportunity of separating myself for a little while from playing soccer by playing basketball. there tol parents out get your kids involved in as many sports as possible, because then, of course, it will give them more of an opportunity of being a healthy adult, because they will have learned how to
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play different sports at a young age, so that as they grow up and become adults, maybe you will become involved in a coed league or whatever it is as an adult because you learned those skills as a young kid. >> what about artificial turf? it is not as good as grass. do you subscribe to the health concerns about rubber fields? abby: i think we all know my stance on turf. i am not a huge fan of it at all. our world cup was played on turf, and i personally believe there were many goals not scored because of the turf. not only is it not as fun to play on and not as pretty to watch, it is also a gender equality issue. -- fifa would
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have never made the men play on turf for the full world cup. ,or that reason, i was upset and you could see throughout the tournament that the turf played a role. in some ways, positive. in others, not so positive. people can argue, well, you won the world cup. i will be the first to say it was not because of the turf. it was because of the athletes and players on the field that were able to adapt. there are some serious health concerns. it is not just about injury. what is in as little rubber pellets? i don't know. and i don't want my kids to be because theyuffer are the guinea pigs of these big turf companies wanting to make a 10 of money. i think it's not ok. i think it's irresponsible, actually. so, that is also something i am
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going to get into. get rid of turf everywhere. >> will you help david beckham start a soccer team in miami? abby: if you want me sure. i'd love that. -- if he wants me, sure. i'd love that. favorite your all-time soccer player? abby: that's a good question. i would say my all-time favorite soccer player is sarah hoffman. i have to say that, right? i met sarah playing for the washington freedom, and she was one of those people that worked so hard and has always been there for me and supported me in my dreams and my journey. but as it pertains to players, mia hamm, for sure. on the women's side, she was not only a teammate but somebody
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looked up to. i had pictures of her on my wall and then she was my teammate. that was weird. probably more for her than me. [laughter] sayhe men's side, i would favoritene of my players to watch because he play so differently than the way i play. he really does play beautiful soccer. >> before he asked the final questions, i have some housekeeping. the national press club is the world's leading professional organization for journalists, and we fight for a free press worldwide. to learn more about the press club, visit our website, to donate to our nonprofit journalism institute, visit i also want to remind you about some upcoming events. former congressman patrick kennedy will discuss mental alness and addiction at
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national press club newsmaker on thursday, november 5. on november 6, veteran affairs robert mcdonald will address a national press club , and on november 10, p.j. o'rourke, one of america's most celebrated humorists, will "thrownhis new book, under the omnibus." now like to present our speaker with the national press cup.s world that is our national press club mug. [applause] so, abby, you said in your speech that you are retiring from soccer, and as you think thet stepping away, what is one thing or two things you will miss most about not playing
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anymore? abby: i think the number one ,hing i will miss the most absolutely, is the time i get to spend with some of my teammates. like i said earlier, some of my well, knownow me so me better even than some of my family members do because we have spent so much time together. it's not the time, really, when we are on the field playing. theavorite time is off field, whether it be staying up late nights talking in bed or watching movies together or sitting around a meal room having discussions on who the next president should be, these cherish,oments that i and that have kind of creative my personality and shape to i have become as a person. -- created my personality and as ad who i have become
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person. it's not just my teammates. it's my family. a may have helped me achieve the goals of championships and gold medals, and whatnot. it's the process of how you get to those championships that make its leader. my teammates are like my sisters. there are moments when i get -- make it sweeter. my teammates are like my sisters. there are moments when i get upset and we talk about it, and i have shared some of the most memorable moments people can ever have with my teammates. that will be the number one thing i miss the most about retiring. the thing i will miss the least is the running. >> finally, we have talked about how we are in a connected world, digitally, so i want to thank a questioner from twitter for this question just a short while ago. why did the u.s. men's team failed to bring home the gold like the women did in the world
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cup? abby: this is a tough question to answer. i think our men made a fantastic run in their world cup, but respectively speaking, our win women's team, historically, has been more successful as it pertains to winning championships. we are very proud of the third start we just wondering this summer. we support the men. we want them to do well. --want them to earn an win and win their first star from a world cup championship. hopefully, that will happen soon. i know the president would look for that happen. could we give a round of applause for our speaker? [applause]
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i would like to thank staff members of the national press club and the national press club journalism institute for their work in preparing for today's event. i want to thank georgetown university for hosting this special national press club event on the road today. and remember, to learn more about the national press club, visit our website, copy ofalso get a today's program by visiting that same website. thank you very much. we are adjourned. [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]
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>> coming up on c-span, remarks by house speaker nominee paul ryan followed by author and politics professor matthew green on the role of the speaker of the house. after that, u.s. house debate on a two-year budget deal. on the next "washington journal," representative sheila jackson lee of texas talks about the two-year budget deal that passed in the house and the house speaker election. then we hear more about the budget deal with the congressman from pennsylvania. washington journal is live every morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span and you can join the conversation with your calls and comments on facebook and twitter. confirmation hearing for state department counselor thomas shannon to be under secretary of state for political affairs. we are live with the senate foreign relations committee at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span3.
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>> being ladylike does not require silence. why should my husband's job or prevent us from being ourselves? i do not believe that being first lady should prevent me from expressing my ideas. her mind,ord spoke was pro-choice and a supporter of the equal rights amendment. she and gerald ford openly discussed her struggle with addictionser and her and dependency. ,etty ford on the c-span series "first ladies: influence and
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image." washington to michelle obama, sunday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, on american history tv on c-span3. chosene republicans have wisconsin congressman paul ryan as their nominee for the next house speaker by a vote of 200-43 over representative daniel webster of florida. congressman ryan needs to hundred 18 votes in the entire win the speakership. now remarks by congressman ryan and webster following the vote. thank you, everybody.
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this begins a new day in the house of representatives. john boehner served with humility and distinction, and we know him a debt of gratitude. but tomorrow, we are turning the page. we are not going to have a house that looks like it looked the last few years. we are going to move forward. we are going to unify. our party has lost its vision and we are going to replace it with a vision. we believe that the country is on the wrong track. we think the country is headed in the wrong direction, and we have an obligation here in the people's house to do the people's business, to give this country a better way forward, to give this country and alternative. respect the to people by representing the people, and i want to thank my colleagues for bestowing on to
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me this great honor. thank you. >> it want to have a member driven congress and i think we are that way. i think we have changed the debate, changed the discussion. if we can do that, we have been successful. if we don't, we won't be. [indiscernible] >> there might be something i could do, but [indiscernible]
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well i think it is a picture of the message we have been trying .o get out i think there are whole lot more said pfizer's and a whole lot more saying what you said is right. sympathizers and a whole him or saying what you said is right, can you help us get there. we have broad support on the principles we talked about. i do. i think it's more than a matter of loyalty to one person or .nother [indiscernible]
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>> next, a look at the role of the speaker of the house with catholic university politics professor and author matthew green. this is 30 minutes. host: you are watching book tv on c-span2. we are on location at the catholic university of america in washington, d.c., where we are meeting some of the professors who have also written books. joining us now is professor matthew green, who has written this book, the speaker of the house, a study of leadership. professor green, what is the speaker of the house responsible for? professor greene: well, the houser of house -- of the
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has a number of responsibilities. he or she is one of the top officers of the house and the only one named in the constitution. speakers are there to represent the house of representatives to the spend it and to the american people. the fact of the matter is the speaker is responsible for ensuring that the house operates correctly, ensuring that legislation is enacted helping to develop the agenda, interacting with the president, interacting with the american people, and assuring that in general the houses working the will of the people. anyone be speaker of the house? do you have to be a member of the house to be a speaker? professor greene: technically, you do not. in theory, anyone can run for speaker of the house. as a practical matter, it has always been a member of the house of representatives, but that has not always been a limitation that the cons to show is not a that
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limitation the constitution imposes. the officenship of of speaker has changed over time. from the very beginning, the bothe of speaker had partisan and nonpartisan responsibilities. in other words, to some extent the speaker was expected to represent the majority party in the house, but also to some the speaker has parliamentary responsibilities, ensuring that the rules are followed, that every member has the same rights and is treated fairly, and to preside over the day today operations of the house on the house floor. over time, the position of the speaker has become more partisan and, i would say, reached the height of contemporary partisanship around the 1990's gingrich, the nancy pelosi. speaker boehner has pulled away from that, to some extent, and i
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think has tried to reintroduce some of the less partisan aspects of the speakership, but it is still a very partisan position and the majority party in the house expects the speaker to carry out the will of the majority party. of theho have been some more effective for well-known speakers? professor greene: well, the first one it comes to minas sam rayburn, who was speaker from 1940 until the early 1960's. he was a prominent speaker in part because he lasted so long. he served often on for 20 years. it's very rare to have a speaker last as long as that. certainly not more than two or three terms. was a rare speaker and that he understood the house in which he served, and he understood what it was that motivated members of the house of representatives. he really had what you might call a feel for the chamber, and that made it possible for him to get a lot done as speaker
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because he knew what was possible. he understood the art of the possible in congressional politics. some major legislation that was enacted during that time was enacted during his civil rights legislation, legislation related to world was in many ways one of the most effective and best known speakers of the house of representatives. we've also had recent speakers who have demonstrated considerable effectiveness. newt gingrich in his early years, particularly first 100 housereally turned the into a real machine, just producing major, major legislation under his leadership, relatively swiftly, which was very impressive. in particular the enactment of healthcare huge feat and the last-minute outcome in large part because of her leadership. we've had


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