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number one, last year when the president asked for $1 billion more for n.i.h. we said that's not enough. we said we're going to give you $2 billion. last year the president submitted a request for c.d.c. we looked at it and said, it's not enough. you evidently don't care about public health, mr. president. we're going to spend more money. this year he brought us a request to try to take $1 billion of discretionary funding away from n.i.h. my friends on the other side were as appalled as we were. we said, no, mr. president. you're not going to take $1 billion out of n.i.h. at a dangerous time of disease. we're not only going to keep that money there, we'll put more money, additional money than you asked for. we said the same thing about the c.d.c., and so we'll do it. in terms of what's been done, the minute the zika virus appeared and the administration asked for emergency money, hal rogers, the chairman of the committee, responded and said, spend whatever it takes and indeed the administration has done that. my friends seem to suggest that there's something that hasn't been done. yet, they never tell us what
that one thing is. the reality is the administration's had the money to do everything it's wanted to do. this bill provides more money on top of that. our senators are proposing even more, so we go to conference to figure out the appropriate amount and whether or not and to what degree it should be paid for. i hope it's all paid for. it should be because we have the funds to do that. so to suggest that there's some sort of failure of funding is simply not true. and my friends know it's not true. to suggest we're not willing to put the money here would suggest that recent history has no relevance because we put more money here than the president asked us to put and we committed to put even more going forward. so i would -- the only difference here and what drives my friends into a frenzy is that we actually want to pay for this. they simply don't. they think, let's just put another $1.9 billion on the national credit card. this is a great excuse to do that. well, we're not prepared to do that, but we are prepared to
respond to the legitimate needs of the american people and use the resources that we have. so myrick, in closing, i -- so mr. speaker, in closing i agree with my friends on the other side we should address the issue. we disagree with the other body in how to do it. we'll go on from there. mr. speaker, i look forward to working with my colleagues in conference on these important issues. i yield back the balance of my time and i move the previous bill. sinks bill -- nt >> i think it all comes down to what happened on the house floor. there were three amendments.
one continued to push for her amendment she tried to include when the house bill came to the floor, the house construction v.a. bill which would provide protection to federal contract workers who are l. -- b.r.i. individuals. -- lgbt individuals. republicans included a second degree amendment to his that would basically stipulate that certain parts of the constitution would provide some type of exemption to his amendment. there was a bit of deet on the house floor but ultimately the house agreed to adopt his amendment. subsequently there were two amendments s -- that democrats said were related to l.g.b.t. that led to
them opposing the water bill on the floor. one placed a limitation on the federal government to be able to limit funds to north carolina. as your viewers probably understand, north carolina is involveded in a federal-state tussle over north carolina's reagged -- trgged -- transgender bathroom law. the democrats used that. there was another amendment from representative bradley burns of alabama which appeared to provide a religious freedom exemption to mr. maloney's amendment. so that was also adopted. with those two adopt -- adopted, plus the fact that mr. maloney's was adopted, republicans, many of them came out against the bill and we had 106 republicans only in favor. >> so the final tally, 112-305.
that bill went down in the house. so what are you hearing now from house appropriations chair hall rogers and other house republican leaders about how the bill's defeat might impact the appropriations process overall? >> house leadership is committed to keeping the appropriations process moving forth. they say this is not going to stop the process. speaker ryan immediately after the vote fell told the press he's going to have a family discussion with republicans about how to deal with the amendments on appropriations bills. he laid the blame on democrats for this bill falling a part but you have to note there were 130 republicans also against the bill. so this is a clear example bout how disagreement over lgbt provisions brought the thing down but republican leadership does, as i said,
remain committed to try to bring the appropriations bills to the floor. they may just try to change the way amendment process works so this kind of sudden procession -- process of changes to the bill doesn't keep the bill from going across the finish line. > the house today also had another hearing on the zicka bill. tell us about that issue and how that came together in the house this week and what are the main differences in funding levels for zicka between house and zicka? >> so the house going to conference on zicka was a little bit unprpt -- unexpected. a rules committee hearing called late last night set the procedure in motion. but they came -- come, the lawmakers in the senate and house arrived by very different places in conference. the republicans in the house
ve approved the $662 million emergency aid package -- actually it's not emergency, just supplemental appropriations offset which means they have spending cuts elsewhere to pay for the measure. on the senate side they have a $1.1 billion emergency package, which means there are no offsets. so that's a huge difference in spending. additionally, the house has included some language in what they are bringing to conference that would lessen permitting requirements for spraying pesticides, which has triggered some objections from democrats in both the house and senate. so there is going to be a lot the lawmakers have to hash out over this memorial day recess. but both parties in both chambers have indicated they want to get something to the president quickly. i imagine there will be a lot of negotiations over the break.
>> kelly mejdrich is an appropriations and budget reporter for "roll call many" thank you for being here. >> coming up on c-span, we join the presidential candidates on the road. first, hillary clinton talks to supporters in san jose, california. then, we join senator bernie sanders in ventura. later, donald trump learns he has enough delegate -- delegates to be the republican presidential nominee. >> "washington journal," live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. oming up friday morning, the criminal justice policy member for the committee discusses efforts to reform the system. then george mason school of law
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complete schedule. >> next, hillary clinton speaks to a rally in california. she is interviewed by gavin newsome. his is 30 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to welcome to the great he governor of the state of california, gavin newsome, along with secretary f state hillary clinton!
♪ cheers and applause] mr. newsom: how are we doing, san jose? [cheers and applause] how are you feeling? are we ready for hillary? are we ready for hillary? all right. ith that in mind, with that in mind, i know i'm the only person standing in your way. so let me respect your time. i have a couple quick things i want to say. a couple quick things i need to say. he last time i was -- last time we were in san jose i was with another clinton. [cheers and applause] former president. and, you know, it was interesting, i was listening to all the speakers that were out
here a minute ago and i'm quite serious about this. because last time i was here, your husband made a point, madam secretary, that needs to be made over and over and over again. about what makes us great. and the point he was making, that's one of the points, but he made a point, i'll try to paraphrase. he said, you know, you think about everything that's going on around the world, nations and people literally being torn apart, because of racial and religious and ethnic controversies that have fueled fanaticism, that have fueled terror. you have to think about where you are right now. in san jose. [cheers and applause] in one of the most diverse cities, in one of the most diverse counties, in the most diverse state, california. [cheers and applause] in the world's most diverse democracy. [cheers and applause] now, here's the point he was making. and here's the point i want to make. it's a contrasting point.
the world looks to us. looks to every one of you to see that it's possible to live together, to advance together and prosper together across every conceivable and imaginable difference. that's what makes us great. what makes us great is we don't tolerate our diversity here in california. we celebrate our diversity in california. cheers and applause] that's a value and a contrasting value in this campaign. that's a value at risk. hillary clinton understands we are all better off when we're all better off. she understands, she understands what dr. king talked so evocatively about, right, that we're all bound together by a web of mutuality, we're all in this together. so, it's in that spirit that i'm here, that i'm honored all of you are here, and it's in that spirit i will briefly
introduce to you the next president of the united states. [cheers and applause] ery briefly. very briefly, very briefly. we have someone here, we have someone here who believes in equal pay for equal work. [cheers and applause] we have here a candidate for president that believes in comprehensive immigration reform. not building walls. we have someone here who believes in a supreme court that will overturn citizens nited. we actually have someone here who believes in science. cheers and applause] climate change is not a oax. we have someone here that understands that a great society does not make it harder
to vote than to buy an assault weapon. cheers and applause] and very briefly, we have someone here who does not believe the following, does not believe in banning all muslims rom the united states. [cheers and applause] that does not believe in building walls, but believes in building bridges. [cheers and applause] and someone, someone -- listen to me closely here. someone who will never be caught saying he is excited or in this case she is excited about millions and millions of people losing their homes and ending out on the streets and sidewalks so he can make more money. you will never hear that from hillary clinton. shame on donald trump. we have a progressive who is pragmatic, we have a dreamer and a doer, we have someone who gets it and gets it done, we have someone that you should be
proud of, someone who's been a change maker all her life. [cheers and applause] and so my message to you in conclusion is the following, you got work to do. we've got work to do. we got a primary in a few days. we've got to step up, we've got to step in, we've got to share our voice and we have got to make sure she has wind on her back as she moves towards that convention by winning this primary on june 7. ladies and gentlemen, a big round of applause for the next president of the united states, illary rodham clinton! [cheers and applause] mrs. clinton: thank you, san ose!
wow. i am so, so excited about being here. i can't tell you how wonderful it is to be in this city where, as the lieutenant governor just said, is a city all about the future. all about the future of the economy, the future of our society, how we are going to be stronger together. and i want to thank gavin newsom for being here and for his lifetime of service to this state. and i can't tell you how wonderful it is to have someone who is a progressive, who likes to get things done, just like e, standing on this stage. i want to thank the mayor. thank you for being here, mayor! [cheers and applause] want to thank larry stone, the assessor here in the county, all the elected officials.
but mostly i want to thank you. i want to thank each and every one of you for being here. [cheers and applause] now, you know, when you run for office and particularly when you run for president, you always come and tell big crowds like this, this is the most important election, don't you? you hear that. i happen to think every election is important. but you know what? this is the most important election. [cheers and applause] because we've got some big decisions to make as a country. and there could not be a starker difference than there is between me and now as of today the republican nominee, onald trump. [audience boos] senator clinton:you know, i'm proud of the campaign that senator sanders and i have run. we have run a campaign on
issues about the future. we both want universal health care coverage. we both want to make college affordable within the reach of every young person who wants to go to a public college or university. we both want to rein in and prevent what happened in the great recession with the misdeeds of wall street from ever happening again. we are on the same page. [cheers and applause] so, we're going to be coming together as a unified democratic party. to make our case against donald trump. because we, senator sanders and i, our supporters together have so much more in common than we do with donald trump! cheers and applause] people say to me, you talk about trump a lot. and i do and i'll tell you why.
because what he is saying is dangerous and divisive. what he is saying is harmful to our future and our country. our president, president obama, is -- cheers and applause] -- is in japan today meeting with our closest allies, and when he came out of the meeting and went to the formal press conference that ends events like that, he said, he reported that the leaders of our friends are, i quote, rattled, rattled by what donald trump is saying. and what he is promoting. and what he stands for. well, i'll tell you what, the best way to reassure ourselves and the rest of the world is to make sure that donald trump, this loose cannon, never gets
close to the white house! cheers and applause] you know, it was bad enough when he started his campaign in his very first hour criticizing and insulting immigrants. you know, he called immigrants rapists, murderers, criminals. t was disgraceful. and then he went on to insult women, to insult john mccain, a war hero, to insult, to make fun of a man with a disability, to denigrate muslims. honest to goodness, there's nobody left by the time he gets finished with criticizing everybody he can. that is no way to run for president of the united states! cheers and applause] i'm telling you, i am so looking forward to debating
donald trump, i can't wait! cheers and applause] because here's what we're going to talk about. what is our positive vision? i have ideas about how to create more good jobs with rising incomes, we're going to invest in infrastructure, our roads, our bridges, our tunnels, our ports, our water systems. [cheers and applause] we are going to finish the job of connecting up america so everybody has access to affordable internet onnection! we are going to make things in america again by incentivizing advanced manufacturing. you know, here in california you are inventing the future. new technologies, new research every single year.
well, let's make those products n america again! and let's agree to fight climate change which donald trump calls a chinese hoax, onestly, you know, you heard all the republicans when they were running. part of the reason the republicans have ended up with donald trump is because they could never criticize him about issues because they basically agree with him about issues, right? so, when the republicans were asked, well, what do you think about climate change, they always said, oh, i don't know, i'm not a scientist. well, they can go to san jose state and find a scientist and figure out all about climate change. cheers and applause] one of the ways we're going to combat climate change is by investing in and creating jobs in clean, renewable energy! [cheers and applause]
i have said -- set two big goals. i want us to deploy a half billion more solar panels by he end of my first term. and enough clean energy to power every home in america by the end of my second term. that will not only put the united states in the lead on dealing with climate change, but it will also create a new economy because think about this, some country is going to be the clean energy superpower, it's either going to be china, germany or us. i want it to be us, don't you? cheers and applause] and when you think about millions of jobs in infrastructure, manufacturing and clean energy, these are jobs that can't be outsourced. these are jobs that have to be done in california and across america. now, what does donald trump propose?
he proposes to build a wall. a wall. now, honestly, we've been trying to figure out about that wall. we figure it would cost about $25 billion. now, think of what else we could use $25 billion for. we could build 1,500 new elementary schools so kids have a chance to go to a modern, ood elementary school. we could pay for college for 300,000 veterans if we did that. so there's a lot that we will have to talk about when we finally get to stand on that stage together. and the other thing about trump's policies is, he doesn't give you specifics. have you noticed that? it's a pretty much a top line, top of the water sort of proposal. and yet one thing we do know, when it comes to tax policies, he has two ideas.
one, he wants to have billionaires get even lower taxes. his tax plan is written by a billionaire for billionaires. best i can tell. and he doesn't want you to see his taxes. those are his two principles when it comes to taxes. now, i disagree with that. number one, i think we should tax the wealthy. they have not been paying their fair share to support america. [cheers and applause] and number two, my husband and i have released 33 years of tax returns. and the only two years that donald trump has released, he had to release to get a casino, so he had to come up with his income tax return. the only two years he's released he paid zero in federal income tax. zero. and yet he goes around saying he wants to build up the military, make it the strongest in the world. well, it is the strongest in the world.
and i will keep it the strongest in the world. but he won't pay a penny to ake that happen. so anybody who's ever been nominated by a major party has had to come up with their tax returns. and we're going to talk about this every day. because either he paid no taxes or he's paid very little. the only way to find out which it is is for him to release. either he's as wealthy as he claims or maybe he's not, the only way to find out is for him to release. maybe he's really charitable, or maybe he's not. only way to find out is for him to release. so, the time to release his tax returns! [cheers and applause] the other thing is, the other thing is, you never hear donald trump talk about education. he never says anything about it, as best as i've heard. here's where i stand. we need early childhood education so every single child is well prepared to succeed in school.
we need to be a partner with our teachers to help them do the job that we expect them to o on behalf of our kids. we need to make community college free so that you can get the additional training, skills, and education to get a job. we need more technical education through high school programs, community college programs, business support, union supported apprenticeships, we need to have more ways for people to get the skills that will be competitive for themselves and their families. i'm excited about that. nobody works harder than americans. nobody. nobody in the world works harder than americans. and we're going to make it possible for every young person, and maybe not so young person, to get the skills that will enable that person to have a good job with a rising income.
education is a part of that. that's why i want you to have debt free tuition. you won't have to borrow a penny to go to a public college or university. and we have a plan to help you pay down and pay off your debt so you're not burdened by your student debt which is such a problem. so i think what i'm proposing will help to grow the economy. i've got to tell you, it's just a historic fact, the economy does better when we have a democrat in the white house. [applause] and you know you don't have to go back to the beginning of the republic. go back to the 1990's. after eight years, 23 million new jobs, and incomes went up for everybody, not just those at the top, middle class
families, working families, poor families. more people lifted out of poverty than any time in recent history. we were on the right track. we even had a balanced budget and a surplus. we could have paid down the national debt. so what happens? i'll tell you what happens. he republicans came back and slashed taxes on the wealthy, took their eyes off the mortgage and finance markets, and you know what happened. the worst financial crisis since the great recession. and it is true as gavin was saying. there's some video that surfaced where donald trump is actually rooting, rooting for a housing collapse. because he says, well, i'll be able to make a lot of money. con artist. five million homes were lost. a lot of homes right here in california and where i just was in nevada.
think of the heart break. think of the suffering and disappointment. we know a lot about donald trump. he roots for himself, not for you. he wants a good result for himself. he doesn't care who gets hurt in the process. that is not -- that is not the kind of person who should be the president of the united states of america. we cannot let that happen. and you know, when it comes to health care, he wants to do away with the affordable care act. i'll tell you, i want to make it better. i want to improve it. i want to get the costs down. before there was something called obamacare, there was something called hillarycare, i am committed to do -- to doing this. [applause] and we're going to get prescription drug costs down
and there's two other issues we're going to address. mental health and addiction. there is just too much suffering. people with mental health are not getting the treatment they deserve to get. and there still is a stigma. we've got to stop this. people who have diabetes should get treated just like people who have depression should get treated. and we've got to do more, we've got to do more to move people who are addicted onto the path for treatment and recovery, not onto the path for jail or prison. that is not the right decision. so i am looking forward to debating jobs, the economy, taxes, education, health care. and i'm also looking forward to debating what is one of the most important parts of your decision when you vote. that is voting for someone who is both president and commander
n chief. look, i understand why president obama was in that meeting and trying to field all the questions and concerns from leaders around the world. because look at what trump has said in recent days. he's attacked our closest ally, great britain. he has praised the dangerous dictator of north korea. now this is a little funny, though. he praised kim jong unand the north korean -- kim jong un, and the north korean ambassador came out yesterday and said they don't want to talk to onald trump. [laughter] i don't attribute a lot of good sense to that regime but that's probably the right ecision. trump is even -- has even suggested that it's fine with him if more countries get nuclear weapons, for heaven's sake.
for 70-plus years, republicans and democrats, we have been trying to keep nuclear weapons out of more countries' hands and certainly out of more terrorists' hands. it's one of the most serious risks we face. you can't talk about nuclear weapons like, you know, it's a walk in the park. he's even said he'd use nuclear weapons against isis, which is ot even a state. he wants to return to torture, he wants to pull out of nato he, wants to ban all muslims. i mean, really. i could see why president obama said his counterparts were rattled. they're watching this. when you make these absurd, outrageous statement, that's not just heard in the big hall where you talk. that's heard around the world. you know, people who count on the united states are -- our steadiness, our strength, our stability, they look to who is running for president. they look to who is president.
a lot of places, it is the beacon that keeps them going, trying to figure out what is america doing. what is the american president saying. you think about the recent presidents we've had. we may have disagreed and had really serious differences, right? that's part of the american d.n.a. but i remember after 9/11, george w. bush went to an florida stateislamic community center. remember that? and basically said, we are going to go after those who attacked us, but we're not going to be attacking each other. and president obama has worked so hard to reach out to people verywhere. and you know, it matters who is sitting in that situation room. i spent a lot of hours there. i spent a lot of hours -- [cheers and applause] i'll just give you one example. it's a famous example.
t's whether or not the president would go after lane based on the evidence, the intelligence -- after bin laden based on the evidence, the intelligence that we had, and i was part of the small group assessing this ntelligence. and we worked so hard because i personally having been a senator from new york on 9/11, having gone to ground zero 24 hours after we were attacked, i wanted to do anything i could to bring lane to justice. -- to bring bin laud ton justice. we had to evaluate this intelligence, with this -- was this funny looking big building a place where the most wanted terrorist in the world could be iding out? we all went through it over and over again. it came down to three choices. don't do anything because it's just not strong enough to act on. it's ok but we don't want to risk special forces to so let's use a missile to take this place out.
or, it's the best chance we've had to get him so let's send in a seal team. and then the president went around the room, around the table, and asked everybody what we recommended. and people who i deeply respect, we were not all in agreement. some people said no. shouldn't do it. some people said it's not worth the risk of a special forces team going in, but if we think it's good enough, take the missile strike. i was among those who said no, we have to find out. if we do a missile strike, we'll never find out. we'll never know. so we all gave our advice. but then that moment comes. this is what you need to think about. where the president gets up and says he's going to go think about this. because ultimately, you can have all the advisor, all the people who are experts. but the president has to make
the decision. and you know he came back, and he said, yeah, we're going to go with the sale team and we -- the seal team, and we all held our breath that day when the attack occurred. we were all just under the most intense stress. there were a lot of -- there was a lot of planning. people had done everything they could. the military was superb, thinking through every possible contingency, but things happen. one of those helicopters clipped the barbed wire on top of the wall and went down. but everything had been thought through. so bin laden was found, he was killed, his body was brought across the border and he was identified. and -- cheers and applause] no president wants to seek out those kinds of situations, but every president faces those hard choices. we need a president who can be
steady and strong and i promise you i will take good care of our men and women in uniform and i will protect our country and help to lead the world. now, finally, let me say his. there's a lot of other issues that trump has staked out. and i want you to know where i stand in comparison. i will defend a woman's right to make her own health care decisions. [cheers and applause] and i will defend planned parenthood against the partisan attacks. i will defend marriage equality and work to end discrimination against the lgbt community. i will defend voting rights and appoint supreme court justices that will overturn citizens nited.
i will defend labor unions and the right to organize and argain collectively. i will fight for comprehensive immigration reform with a path o citizenship. and i will stand up to the gun lobby and work to get common sense gun safety reform. now, i can't do any of this without your help. i want to unify the democratic party and i want to unify the nited states of america. i will go anywhere, to meet with anyone to find common ground. i will also stand my ground. but we've got to bring this country together. we do not need to be divided. as lincoln said a house divided
against itself cannot stand. we cannot stand this kind of hate talk and rhetoric and demagoguery. so here is what i'm asking you. if you have already gotten a ballot sent to your house, fill t in and send it in. you can still get a ballot all the way up through may 31 if you want to vote like that. and please do. if you think you might have trouble getting to the polls on june 7. and then on june 7, please, come out and vote and bring everybody you can who knows we've got to start right here in california making the future that we want to see for our country, for our children and grandchildren. if you will vote for me, california, i will work my heart out to give you the future that we deserve. thank you and god bless you.
>> next, democratic presidential candidate bernie sanders speaks to a campaign rally in ventura, california. due to technical difficulties e missed the first part of his speech. his portion is 45 minutes. bernie: i think with the energy i've seen here and all over america, no question in my mind that our grassroots activism will win the general election. cheers and applause] but let me tell you in order to defeat trump in the general election, we've got to win the democratic nomination first. and i feel increasingly confident that here in
california we are going to win and win big on june 7. cheers and applause] and the reason for that is we are doing something that to the best of my knowledge has never been done in california political history. we are holding rallies just like this up and down this state. cheers and applause] and by the end of this campaign here in california, i am onfident that we will have personally met and spoken to over 200,000 californians. [cheers and applause] this is a grassroots campaign
of the people, by the people, and for the people. [cheers and applause] and the reason we are going to win here in california and the reason we're going to win a general election is the american people understand that given the crises facing our country, it is just too late or establishment politics or establishment economics. what the american people understand is that we have got to bring forth a political evolution. we have got to redefine what politics means in america. we need people from coast to coast standing up, fighting back and demanding a government
that represents all of us, not just the 1%. cheers and applause] this campaign is going to win because we are doing something rather unusual in american politics, we are telling the truth. and here is the truth. that in our great nation today we have a corrupt campaign inance system which is undermining american democracy. what democracy is supposed to be about as everyone here knows is one person, one vote. you get a vote. you get a vote. and you get a vote. [cheers and applause]
democracy is not supposed to be about billionaires and super pacs buying elections. if we get elected and i'm increasingly confident that we will -- [cheers and applause] we are going to overturn this disastrous supreme court ruling n citizens united. [cheers and applause] this campaign is going to win because we are telling the truth in the sense that today e have a rigged economy. and what a rigged economy is is
that for 30 years, the middle-class of this country has been shrinking, shrinking, shrinking and almost all new income and wealth today is going to the top 1%. [jeers] what a rigged economy is about is the top .10 of 1% owning almost as much wealth as the ottom 90%. the rigged economy is when the 20 wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than the bottom 150 million americans, half of our people. [jeers] a rigged economy is when one family, the walton family of
wal-mart ones more wealth than the bottom 42% of the american eople. [jeers] anybody here work at a wal-mart? ok. we got a few. and here's what's interesting about wal-mart. wal-mart owned by the wealthiest family in america, pays wages that are so low that many of the people that work there have got to go on food stamps and medicaid. who pays for those food stamps and medicaid? that's right. working families in this ountry pay higher taxes in order to subsidize the wages paid by the wealthiest family in america. that is absurd. [applause] so i say to the walton family, get off of welfare, pay your worker as living wage.
[applause] > but it is not just a corrupt line of finance system. it's not just the rigged campaign system. here in california, my state of vermont, people are working two or three jobs. mom is working 40 hours. dad is working 40 hours. kids are working 40 hours. and at the end of all of that, 58% of all new income goes to he top 1%. you ready for a radical dea? [cheers and applause] together, we are going to create an economy that works for all of us, not just wealthy campaign contributors. but it's not just the corrupt
campaign finance system that we have to change. it's not just the rigged economy. it is also a broken criminal justice system. [cheers and applause] every american should be embarrassed by the fact that we have more people in jail than ny other country on earth. e are spending $80 billion a year to lock up 2.2 million people disproportionately african-americans, latino and native americans. [jeers] our job is to understand why that is occurring and to change it. nd my promise to you is that t the end of my first term as
president,, we will not have more people in jail than any other country. cheers and applause] and one of the reasons that we have so many people in jail is that across this country in inner cities in frican-american and latino neighborhoods, in rural areas, we have youth unemployment rates of 30%, 40%, 50%. kids get out of high school. there are no jobs for them. and when a kid hangs out with no jobs, bad things can happen. and that is why i believe that we should be investing for our kids in jobs and education. cheers and applause] not in jails or incarceration. cheers and applause]
we should not forget that it cost more money to lock somebody up than to send them to the university of california. cheers and applause] and when we talk about reforming a broken criminal justice system, we've got to take a look at local police departments all across this country. now, i was the mayor in burlington, vermont for eight years. and i worked closely with the police officers there. and i worked with police officers all over this country. and the overwhelming majority of police officers are honest, hard working and have a very difficult job to do. [cheers and applause] but like any other public fficial, when a police officer
breaks the law, that officer must be held accountable. cheers and applause] we have got to demilitarize ocal police departments. i do not want local police departments looking like occupying armies intimidating the people in their communities. we have got to make local police departments reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. we've got to end corporate ownership of prisons and detention centers. [cheers and applause] we have got to change more -- law enforcement culture in
his country so that the use of lethal force, shooting somebody is the last response not the first response. cheers and applause] we have got to rethink the o-called war on drugs. turns out not widely known but true -- turns out over the last 30 years, millions of americans have received police records because of possession of marijuana. [audience boos] and i want you to think abe. -- about it. you're a 19-year-old kid. you have a police record. your employer ask you, hey, young man, you ever have a police record? well, yes, sir, i did. i got somebody else interested in that job. a lot of lives have been ruined because of possession of
marijuana. and in addition to that, it turns out that this becomes a racial issue because studies indicates that blacks and whites do marijuana at about equal rates. well, i don't know if i would cheer for that. but it's a fact. but -- but guess what it also turns out, blacks are more -- four times more likely than whites to be arrested for doing marijuana. [jeers] so what do we do? this is what i think we do. number one, we understand that today, the federal -- federal controlled substance act lifts -- lists marijuana as a schedule one drug, the highest level.
ight next to heroin. now people can argue the pluses and minuses of marijuana. but no sane person believes that marijuana is equivalent to what killer drugs like heroin. and that is why if elected president, we will take marijuana out of the federal control substance act. [cheers and applause] marijuana -- possession of marijuana should not be a federal crime. but as of you know the decision to legalize marijuana is a state issue not a federal issue. four states in this country lus, washington, d.c. have voted to legalize marijuana. some of you may know there will be an item on the ballot here in california in november
calling for legalization. [cheers and applause] now, i don't live here in california, but if i did, i would vote for that proposition. [cheers and applause] rnie!"]chanting "be sen. sanders: but while we're on the issue of drugs, let me just say this, and i think all of you know this. right now in my state, in new england, and i believe all over this country, we're looking at a horrific epidemic of opiate and heroin addiction. it is terrible. what we are seeing every single day is people are overdosing on opiates or heroin, and they are dying.