tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN June 11, 2016 4:00am-6:01am EDT
[applause] >> please welcome to the stage from the great state of tennessee, representative marsha blackburn. :epresentative blackburn good morning. i am absolutely thrilled to be here with you this morning. how wonderful to see how many ready to bes to get equipped and get ready for the battle. this is a fight that we have to win. being here, you were laying the foundation for going out there and being the first soldiers. we are conservatives.
we know if we focus on personalities, you lose every time. if you focus on the issues and the constitution, we win. we want to bring you up-to-date on what would we're doing in the house of representatives. everybody remembers the videos that came out last year. with every video, we got a withe bit more insight abortion. we got a view of doctors who are willing to sell body parts for money. they were marketing body parts online, a view that exploits young women's and sees their babies as a profit center. many of you said, what are you going to do about it? the house of representatives is doing something about it. you can't hear me?
the microphone is not on. can you hear me now? [applause] rep. blackburn: we will do it this way then. the videos is what everybody saw. you wanted us to do something about it. houseober 7, 2015 the passed a resolution. it established the select panel on infant life and we were directed to investigate the issues related to the acquisition and transfer for resale of fetal tissue to research centers. take a look at the core language of the resolution. it is not the usual congressional inquiry. this is about exacting details, accounting records, business records. it is about subpoenas and depositions. let me give you a snapshot. of the abortion business and
fetal tissue industry. abortion 512 surgical clinics. 1018 doctors who perform abortions. there are eight procurement businesses that we have under scrutiny. companies that pay money for tissue and resell it. these companies have hundreds of customers and the transactions, and when i say transactions, this means individual sales of baby body parts for money. those transactions number in the thousands. the average price paid to the abortion clinic is $50. the average resale price is $700, sometimes higher. the investigation must be exacting because selling baby body parts for a profit is a violation of federal law. it is a 10-year felony.
passed as a was henry waxman amendment in 1993. it is an accounting statute. sell the baby body part for a profit and you are in violation of the law. donate the body part, you are within the law. this is one of the reasons we have issued subpoenas, 36 to date, and we have had little cooperation from big abortion. we get documents that are redacted. there has been little compliance from the middlemen. we willave said to us not comply with congressional subpoenas. some people said start the contempt process and i plan to do exactly that. [applause] rep. blackburn: these subpoenas will be enforced. our first hearing on bioethics, the democrats agree that no one should sell a baby body part for
a profit. their star witness admitted that outside of a few vaccines, no cures have come from fetal tissue research. they agree that no one should be able to get pregnant for making a fetal tissue donation. thewitnesses agreed that consent form is very misleading. they agreed it would be a legal and ethical violation for an abortion clinic and a researcher ,o deceive the board institutional review board, that by log reviews fetal tissue research. our second puts us on the pricing. agreedmer u.s. attorneys that our investigation produced evidence that abortion clinics and the middlemen were profiting from the sale of parts. that wepanelists agreed need accounting records and bank records from the middlemen. that is the reason for the subpoenas.
brochure show you a that is bone chilling. sis is a stamina express -- tem express to abortion clinics to add a profit center to their clinics. we have the language highlighted there. they add the selling a baby body parts for profit. take a look at the website that goes with the brochure. this is a place where stamina sellss -- stem express the body parts. brain, heart, liver, scalp. click on what you want. click on the just nation -- gestation you want, and then proceed to checkout. it is baby hearts on demand. this is big abortion today. long gone is the lie of legal, safe, and rare. in big abortion, the baby is a
profit center, whatever the cost. look at these invoices. money paid to the clinics for each body part. money paid to the procurement company. there are many companies decides stem express. does it matter that abortion business exploits frightened young women facing a life-changing decision? does it matter that abortion expressand stem filing have a privacy -- violate hipaa privacy? visit matter that this violates the dignity of organ donation? yes, it does matter. you have copies of letters i have sent to the director of health and human services. 70 pages of documented violations. you can read them on our website. i am not alone in this effort.
i chair the selective investigation panel and it is full of wonderful members. i want to introduce you to our team. we have doctors, a former nurse, prosecutors. we are a strong pro-life team. pennsylvania, diane black from tennessee, sean duffy, dr. andy harris, vicky hartzler, and me a love. strong pro-life members. [applause] their efforts: matter to me and i know that they matter to you. knowing about what we are doing in the house is part of equipping for the fight. this year matchers. remember on april 3, hillary clinton said this on meet the press.
person" doesorn not have constitutional rights. thinking about how strikingly callous that is. the unborn person does not have constitutional rights. the analytical coldness with which she dismissed rights for unborn children reveals a hardened core that is shocking. abortion restrictions are in place. they are in laws specifically because unborn children have constitutional rights. [applause] even moreburn: troubling to me is that her comments may signal her intention much the same way president obama has used executive orders on immigration,
to use executive action to block even minimal protections of life at its most vulnerable stage. here is our website. i want each of you to get involved, to tell others. write letters. write an article. i want you to get on an e-mail list. go to where website. pull down these documents i have shown you today. you a call tor action. one of our founding , whors, dr. joseph warren is president of the massachusetts assembly, gave a charge. the command as they headed to bunker hill, where he lost his life. here is what he said. on used and the fortunes of america. you are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn.
yourselves.f for us today as conservatives, stepping up in this election season, equipping for the task at hand, focusing on the issues, and making certain that we are there to protect life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. that is our charge in this election season. may god bless you, may he bless your weekend, and equip you for a winning, a victorious month ahead. thank you so much. [applause] >> please help me welcome congressman alex mooney. rep. mooney: you are here
bright and early and congratulations on this effort our country back from the far left which will try to make this country some socialist utopia which will fail. vietnam. served in i received the bronze star and and believeitical me in fighting for the country. my mother, when she turned in 20 aars old, was sitting in prison cell and fidel castro's cuba. she was born in cuba. she was able to flee and be accepted into this country. she saw an entire country taken from her by a despotic dictator, an evil person, because there is good and evil in this world. some people would have you
right and wrong difference for every person. there is good in this world, there is evil in this world. there is evil in this country as congresswoman blackburn just talked about. we are passionate about fighting against this, as are you. my parents raised me to get involved at a young age. i believe it is everyone's duty to get involved in some way or other. at absolute minimum, everybody should vote. we all know people come in our family, our neighbors, our friends in church, who do not vote. at absolute minimum, people should vote. there are other ways to get involved. you are more active than that. you can get involved. supporting candidates, supporting causes. i applaud you for that because it is desperately needed. i think what we are facing in this country is close to a constitutional crisis.
we have an executive who thinks he can make the laws. that is not the way the system works. country set of our up a system of three: equal branches of government. the president of the united states enforces the law. he does not make up the law himself. this has become a difficult battle in the congress. coalate of west virginia, is our number one product. this president decided he is going to declare a war on coal. able use the environmental the paired -- the environmental protection agency, department of oferior, and other means things not even based on science. he is putting people out of work just for a political agenda. one of my first battles in here as, i have been
year and a half. last year president obama decided to declare executive amnesty by executive order. illegal immigrants were told they could stay with, which is against the law. one of the things that is so scary is president obama himself said no fewer than 22 times that he lacked the authority under the constitution to do that by himself. he would go speak to left-wing groups. when he would speak to liberal groups come people would ask why don't you do executive amnesty -- illegal amnesty by executive order, he said i don't have the authority to do it. he used terms like i am not a king, i'm not the emperor of the united states of america. there are restrictions and i cannot do this. he said it no fewer than 22 times. everyone knew he lacked the authority to do it and he did it that way.
that is a scary thing. the president does not have that power. part of the battle we have is simply to assert ourselves and stand up for the constitutional powers that we have. i have gotten familiar with article one, section seven of the united states constitution, which simply says the power to raise revenue, the power of the purse, lies specifically with the united states house of representatives. when the president of the united states gets out of control and goes around congress and making applause and through executive orders, congress was empowered by the founders of our country to stop him empower the purse. ,we need to do that. [applause] rep. mooney: thank you. there was a lot having to talk about study commissions and do a task force, how to control the
president and maintain power of congress. we don't need all that. we have it. we simply have to do it. this president is being a bully. the president does not have the power to do anything. even the new president does not have the power to go around congress. this is a constitutional issue for the separation of powers. we need to assert ourselves. we have differences on taxes in congress but not differences in principles. what is interesting to me to see what is happening, and it is frustrating, is when the house passes bills -- we have the largest conservative majority, 247 republicans of 188 democrats. that is the largest majority in over 80 years. usis frustrating to have pass bills and see the senate use the filibuster rule. in the unitedarty
states senate filibusters everything. everything. you need 60 votes to pass something. we need to put that on the floor and make a filibuster so the world can see. they do it because they are attempting to shut down government and blame the majority party for that, which is unfair. that is something that has been a battle for us. when we pass our bills in the house of representatives, we should wait for the senate to act and appoint a congress committee. for us to pass good bills, rain in regulation, and we are doing it this week. you will see this over and over all year. we are pressing appropriation bills one at a time, things that defund planned parenthood, thanks it stop obama's war on coal. [applause] rep. mooney: thank you. those are policies showing you cannot take the money and go against the american people. countryeople in this
wanted everything barack obama to do unchecked, he would have put nancy pelosi as speaker of the house. they did not do that, they put paul ryan in charge of the house. we cannot get everything, but there is a lot we can do. we passed a bill in the house and the senate to repeal obama care completely. thank you. [applause] every word of it. we use the budget reconciliation act. there are procedures we can use on a few things, that we did. we passed that with all republican votes and we passed that completely. as expected, president obama vetoed the bill. we were trying to send the american public the message. a president who
is not for obamacare, we can repeal it completely. [applause] we. mooney: rest assured, if maintain a conservative majority in the house and senate, one of the first things we will do is repeal that bill completely. you'll see that on the desk of the president. thank you. i know there is a lot of frustration out there and a lot of doubt. when i was seeking election to this office, the number one skepticism i had its we can make a difference at all. we are fighting hard. with your help, we will continue to make a difference for our values, as people believe in traditional judeo-christian values and less government. thank you for coming very much. god bless. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, help me welcome to the states the liberty university young americans president.
[applause] >> i am here to introduce our next speaker, congresswoman virginia foxx from the fifth district of north carolina. served as thefoxx center in north carolina's legislature for 10 years. she has established herself as a champion of conservative values. most notably, she has been one of the most fearless leaders in congress when it comes to the pro-life issue. without fail, she is one of the most dedicated, unwavering, persistent, and hard-working members of congress when it comes to the issues of pro-life and this has become increasingly evident when it comes to the fight for the 20-week ban. she is one of the members of congress that led the fight for this piece of legislation. as a young pro-life woman, i am so glad to have someone like her to have someone setting fearless
leadership in congress. please help me welcome congresswoman virginia foxx. [applause] rep. foxx: thank you very much, savanna. backstage that the woman that runs my office is a liberty grad. the first few minutes, she got information. i said to my chief of staff, that woman is staying here as long as i am here. we love the liberty grad's. we really do. [applause] rep. foxx: i want to say that it is a great honor to be with you this morning and especially as i have seen the list of speakers and heard already a couple of my colleagues speaking to you on and in the back, getting
ready to speak to you, i think you will see what a wonderful .roup of republican members you will see we are very strongly committed to faith and freedom in our country. we are leading the fight in this area. we need folks like you out there in the hinterlands helping back us up with this. i want to say to you, it is an honor to be with you and i want to encourage you as the other members have encouraged you, and i am sure the members coming after me well, to stay involved and get even more involved. i agree. everyone can do something. when i get letters from people in my office and i answer my own mail, so i stay up with what is going on and people say what you going to do about president obama? i turn it right back around and
say, what are you going to do? alone in thethis congress of the united states. we have to have everyone involved. delighted that marsha talked to you about the select investigative panel on infant lives. i introduced that bill and i want to tell you it is a prime example of one of our major responsibilities in the congress that is often overlooked. that is the responsibility of oversight of the executive branch. we read about how dysfunctional congress is all the time. that is all the press wants to talk about. it is because republicans are in charge, we are dysfunctional. that is not true. don't buy into that. i asked recently because people were saying, why can't y'all just get along? did you know 99% of our bills
passed with bipartisan support? we do work together. we have between 20 and 80 hearings a week and you never hear about that. we're passing legislation, but we also have lots of committees doing their work in terms of oversight of the executive branch. we are delving into what the executive branch is doing and how it is even doing his work right or not doing his work right, as well as agencies that get money from the federal government, like planned parenthood. that's part of our responsibility. i think we are doing it very well. i do want to tell you again briefly that you are going to hear from a for righty of us and i want to tell you, because i hope to inspire the young people here like savannah. you might think that people from congress come from rarefied backgrounds, but i grew up in
western north carolina in a house with no electricity and no running water. my mother had a sixth grade education. as i tell people that, i tell them i am not telling you that to complain or brag. i am only saying that we live in the greatest country in the world. [applause] rep. foxx: i was asked this morning on a radio show if i was giving a commencement speech, what i say to young people? i would say that to them. wake up. open your eyes and realize you live in the greatest country in the world, where you have every yourtunity to exercise god-given skills and talents you have to be what ever it is you want to be. i have to tell you when i was younger, i was focused on surviving. that is all i was focused on. i did not know god would lead me
to where he has led me. i feel very strongly that i could not be in the congress of the united states without the hand of god guiding me and bringing me here. [applause] and as others have alluded to, i love the title of your group. faith and freedom. we all know that is how our country was formed, on faith and and the concept of freedom. we are losing those freedoms. slowly but surely in this country. the only way we're going to keep them is for people like you to be involved and to make sure that you hold people running for office to account, to maintain our freedom, and to make sure that our faith is not pushed aside.
i don't know how many of you get a chance to see the congress in session, but we begin every day with a every republican meeting that we have including our conference meetings, and a lot of our meetings, wettee begin with a prayer and the pledge of allegiance. i think it is important that you know that. we do look to god for guidance. i will tell you that some of the in our that are given conference are so inspiring. i have been collecting them. i hope someday to be able to publish those. i want to tell you that you have folks on our side of the aisle and some people on the other side of the aisle that want to sustain what founded our country. this morning, i said to one of my staffers -- i said, i want to talk a bit about the founding of the country and this theme of
faith and freedom. i know i have read that the signers of the constitution and the declaration of independence were members of the american top of -- american bible society. posted them were also preachers. -- most of them were also preachers. i encourage you to go to wahlberg is -- wall builders and learn more about that. that a u.s. senator was elected president of the american bible society in 1846. and then another was elected president of the american bible society in 1844. the reason i mention them is because there is another member in the senate now from new jersey. that thread has stayed with us
through history. of negativeot things about us but it is important that you know that there are positive things that happen. breakfast every thursday morning out of which the national prayer breakfast developed. we get together in a bipartisan fashion and we pray for each other and we pray for our leaders. study on bible wednesday mornings and my group calling.n jesus' it is one of the best devotionals that we have. i want to talk just a bit more about policy. as some of you know and others will allude to today, speaker ryan has asked us to look at setting up an agenda -- a better way for the american people.
we want to point out that we have a philosophy and an agenda that if we are returned to congress with a republican majority and we got a republican president, then we will have a better way for the american people. we believe that we will win on philosophy and ideas. thisn't want this contest fall to be a contest of personalities. we are working on that and we have rolled out the first one which is on poverty, opportunity, and education. these are the things that our faith-based organizations have always been so good at. we went to give them more of an opportunity in the future. do you know anything that the government does better than the private or nonprofit sector? nothing. and we have been spending a trillion dollars i gear on poverty programs and have not the needle one bit. so, we want to reengage the
faith community in working with us to make a difference for the american people. go back to the way that it used to be in this country when that was the responsibility of our faith-based organizations. someone who begins each day reading jesus'calling. before i go read it to bed and again in the morning. i want you to know that most of us starting with the speaker and coming down to all of us on our side of the aisle, that we know that this nation needs a moral and spiritual foundation in order to survive and thrive. [applause] george washington said -- more
than the people of the united states. we must be involved as people of faith. i often talk to people at home who feel like they are losing their faith. they say -- we cannot do anything. it is all lost. please do not buy into that. i believe that as long as god gives us breath, we have hope and we can save this country. [applause] what i have told people for many years when they have told me years ago when i first ran for the state senate -- i was at a church meeting people, and they said we do not think church and politics should mix. politics is a dirty business. i said -- let me tell you something. are note of faith involved in political life, you are leaving it to the
philistines. [applause] leave itnot willing to to the philistines. so, i want to say to you -- thank you for being involved. for being involved in the faith and freedom coalition. caring for this country and for being people of faith. do not be discouraged. i am not discouraged. a lot of people -- a lot of members from congress are going to encourage you in the same way. god bless you and god bless america. [applause]
>> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome from the great state of congressman jody hyde. [applause] congressman hyde: thank you very much. i appreciate the opportunity to, and most of all, thank you for being a part of this. what an outstanding job you are doing. for some of you who may not know my background, my background is in pastor ship. i want to share with you a couple of bits of good news.
i think all of us here from washington -- there is a lot of discouragement. not necessarily from washington representatives but from what we feel. we are watching the demise of our country. we are disturbed and broken. i want to give you some good news. and then give you some points of perspective. one of the committees i serve on his oversight and government reform. that is the committee that i have come to refer to as the group that deals with the three branches of government which today are waste, fraud, and abuse. that is what we deal with. whenever there is a fit -- inefficiency, it comes under the jurisdiction of our committee. this past year, we have called fromhe removal from office various departments and agencies
somewhere in the ballpark of 20 different heads of departments. we have been successful in removing 18 out of 20. [applause] and that is not the type of thing you hear about in the news. i wish that type of information would get out more. but that is good news. when of the two that we have not been successful with is the head of the irs. do you remember the e-mail scandals and the targeting of the irs on conservatives and conservative christian organizations? inexcusable. we have had hearings with him and we asked him to step down from his position. he refused to do so. we sent to a letter to the president asking him to remove him and he refused to do anything about it. we went the next step. we filed articles of impeachment
against the head at the irs. [applause] it has taken several months that i am glad to report to you that just a couple of weeks ago the house judiciary committee took up hearings on that. we will stay on his case until he finds something else to do or he has a clean self to spend time in. cell 2 -- a clean cell to spend time in. our first meeting with many leading pastors from across the country. we understand that we have got to have people of faith. christian leaders across this country engaged with us in prayer and impacting our culture. about a fantastic meeting a month or so ago. there was a conference call with a group of pastors that will take place again next week.
we are trying to expand that. we understand the tremendous need to. we are engaged in first amendment defense act. i don't have to tell anyone in here that the rise of persecution and harassment is massively on the increase in the united states of america. we have got to defend our rights to keep the doors of the gospel open and keep the rights of conscience for every believer and every christian and every citizen in this country to live according to their beliefs and to do so without fear of intimidation or harassment or punishment from our government. [applause] hard to pushrking the first amendment defense act through. i want to circle around. i don't know how else to say it
but we are in the fight of our lives for our country. the fight of our life. at the core of that battle is the spiritual need and the fact that we have and we continue to forsake the judeo-christian principles upon which this nation was established. the principles that have separated this country from every other nation in the history of the world. that is the core problem we are experiencing. spiritual problems cannot be resolved by political solutions or political prowess. [applause] of that.rmly aware the greatest need we have in this country is a spiritual awakening. we need you. i want to thank you for being a part of this. my background is in ministry. i have been a pastor for many years and a conservative radio
talk show host for about 12. the redefining moment, there have been several, but one of camecame when the aclu after the county where i was pastoring over the 10 commandments in the courthouse. members of our church put the 10 commandments into the courthouse. that was the beginning of a turning point in my life. i stepped up and became a leader in that battle. withso had a big battle the irs and their attempts to censor what can and cannot be said in pulpits across america. we continue that battle to this day. the point of that is to say this -- this is our country. this is our turf. thateality hit me one day it is we the people -- you realize that as christians, we have two mandate to engage our
culture and make a difference. ithave matthew five which calls us to be salt and light in our world regardless of the country we live in. we are called to be salt and light regardless of where we live. here in america, we have something else. a system of government that does not work. it does not work without involvement from the people. and so, we have both a biblical mandate and the honor of living in a country that does not work unless we step up to the plate and engage this ring head on. when that reality hit me, i realized that i cannot just come play. i cannot just do the things i was doing at that point. there was a deep sense of responsibility and duty to step up. after much prayer, my wife and i felt like this is what we needed to do. god led the way.
none of us can do all of it. all of us can do something. and you are right there in the midst of it. from the depths of my heart i you for your engagement in our culture. let me close with this quote. when of my great heroes is james garfield. i don't know if you know much about him. he is the only minister ever to be elected president of the united states. unfortunately, he was assassinated. i don't know if that has anything to do with it. . i have never read something from garfield saying that he understood the issues of faith and freedom. ofunderstood the role religion and morality as our founders described them. he made this quote and i want to leave you with this.
tell me if this does not apply to this day more than it has ever applied. he said this -- now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their congress. body,t body -- if that the egg brick, reckless, and correct, it is because the ignorance,rate recklessness, and corruption. [applause] he went on and said -- if that , andbe intelligent, brave pure, it is because the people demand these qualities to represent them in the national legislature. and then he said this -- if the next centennial does not find us a great nation, it will be who representople
the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation, did not aid in controlling the political forces. folks, this is our turf. it is our country. it is our time for the body of christ to have her finest hour. this is the time to step up to the place. the stakes are enormous for a high as you well know. i want to thank you for being engaged. keep the torch ablaze. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage, dave baker. [applause] senator david perdue was an
outsider and businessman with over 40 years of experience including serving as the ceo of dollar general and reebok. he had never run for political office until 2014 when he and his wife were inspired to get involved and help change the direction of our country. in the senate, he has made his mark on the budget, agriculture, and judicial -- judiciary committees. he has fought for us and georgia every day and is committed to solving our national debt and global security crisis. ladies and gentlemen, senator david perdue of georgia. [applause] senator perdue: good morning. i think we have a few georgia folks out here, don't we? all right. i am so honored to be here. you know, we do have a serious moment in our history, as you heard from the prior speaker, and i just hate having to follow these preachers. they have all the antidotes and
jody is a great guy, another georgia boy. thank you for being here. i think we're called to pray. i think we're called to pray for our country, for our leaders and, yes, even our president. in his role as president, i think we should pray for barack obama. i think we need to pray for him like psalms 109:8 says, let his days be few and let another have his office. in all seriousness, i believe that america is at a moment of crisis. i see three dimensions in that crisis. first, we have a constitutional crisis. not my words. the words of jonathan turley, a constitutional law professor at george washington university right here in town. this president has figured out how to run the country without congress through executive orders and regulatory mandate. he's actually created the fourth arm of government, the
regulators, and those regulators just in the last seven years have created 20,000, over 20,000 new regulations, and it's sucking the very life out of our free enterprise system. the second dimension of our crisis, i believe, is the global security crisis. i believe the world is more dangerous right now than any point in my lifetime. i'm a member of the foreign relations committee. i travel a good bit as part of that responsibility, and i can tell you, when you meet with these leaders around the world, you can see the fear in their eyes because we are not leading any longer and they're worried about their freedom and their future. the world is very dangerous. we see it on many levels. first, the rise of russia and china and their ever-growing aggressiveness. we see the expansion of isis around the world now. we see the nuclear proliferation danger among rogue nations like north korea and iran, and, yes,
we see hybrid warfare being perpetrated today, including cyberwarfare and other means. the last thing what nobody's talking about we right now have an arms race in space. ladies and gentlemen, the world is a very dangerous place, and yet at this point in history this president has disinvested in our military to the point where we're spending about 3% of our g.d.p. on our military. that's the lowest point since world war ii. it's $200 billion less than our 30-year average. we have this legacy of this president will be that he's leaving us in the weakest position militarily at the very point we're facing more threats around the world than we ever have. we have today the smallest army since world war ii. the smallest navy since world war i. the oldest and smallest air force ever.
i've been around the world visiting these men and women. i can tell you the best and i mean the very best of america is in uniform fighting for you and me and defending our nation right now. \[applause] senator perdue: the third dimension of this crisis is interlocked with the global security crisis because our debt crisis is preventing us from recapitalizing our military to be sure we can defend our country. we all know the headlines. $19 trillion of debt, but it gets worse. the congressional budget office says if we don't do something in the next 30 years, that debt goes to $30 trillion. ladies and gentlemen, today if interest rates were just at their 30-year average of 5%, how many of you remember double digit inflation? you and i don't want to go back there. we would be paying $1 trillion of interest today. that's not possible. and what's worse of that. future unfunded liabilities are estimated to be over $100
trillion. folks, that's $1 million for every family in america. this is intransigence on a major scale. both parties are guilty, by the way. we have to do something about it, but, you know, whenever america has been at a moment of crisis we worked and worked and with god's direction we have found a moment of opportunity and that's what we have today. i think the moment of opportunity is greater than the moment of crisis. we have the opportunity to change the direction of our country and set up the next 50 years or 100 years for our children and our children's children that would make the last 70 years of economic boom, which is the greatest in the history of mankind, pale in comparison, but we have to get serious about doing some things. first, when my wife and i decided to run, i never did anything in politics. my mom and dad are school teachers. my mom is 90 and she thinks i lost my mind when we decided to
run for senate. it got bad halfway through the race. the democrats were piling on us. i was a nominee. my mother was very involved. she called me out about six weeks. she said, david, i love you like a son. i said, mom, i am your son. she said, yeah, if these democrats keep up i might not vote for you. so this is all new to me. but my wife and i decided then that we had to do something to try in some small way to change the direction of the country. and we saw then there were three things that had to happen, in our opinion. one, to change the direction of the country we had to win the republican majority in 2016 -- in 2014. we did with your help. then we said, well, we need to maintain that majority in 2016, and most importantly, to change the direction of the country, the way this country is being led right now, we had to put someone in the white house who was conservative and who understood that we need to change the direction of the country. those are the three things we had to do. today we have an opportunity. this is a presidential election year. we're down to two candidates. i'm telling you right now if you want to change the direction of the country, you don't want a
third term of barack obama, you have to put aside our differences and put donald j. trump in our white house. \[cheers and applause] senator perdue: with trump in the white house and the leadership around him, i believe we can finally bring term limits to the united states senate and the united states house of representatives. i believe we can actually -- \[applause] senator perdue: i believe we can actually begin to correct the budget process that's been broken for the last 42 years. it's only worked four times, folks. imagine that. that's the root of what this problem's all about. i believe we can eliminate redundant agencies. some $300 billion, $400 billion worth. and, yes, we can grow this economy. the irony of all these sweeping programs that the democrats have put on us -- and you think, well, how did we get here? the irony is they failed. we have add in the last 100 years three supermajorities.
the first gave us the new deal. the second, great society. the third, obamacare and dodd-frank. now, i'm just a business guy but these three supermajorities, most responsibility of the financial catastrophe and the irony is those sweeping programs have failed the very people they claim to champion, the working middle class and the working poor. today we have the weakest economic recovery in the last 70 years under way. in the last seven years alone, we have not had one quarter of 3% g.d.p. growth. if you look at the work force we have right now, we have the smallest work force participation rate since jimmy carter was president and worst of all, folks, in the last seven years under this president we allowed four million women to fall into poverty. it's unconscionable. these programs have failed. we know that. the evidence is there. so now we have the opportunity. if we get serious and put our
differences aside, we can create an environment where we can fix these things. save social security. we can absolutely arrest the rising nature of our health care cost and put this country on a direction for our children and grandchildren to where we won't have to look at them and apologize. you know, i believe that one of the most profound things we got to do is get back to our founding principles of our founding mothers and our founding fathers. economic opportunity, fiscal responsibility, limited government, individual liberty. i think we're called to pray. chronicles says, if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, i will hear them in heaven. forgive their since and heal them. ladies and gentlemen, we need that prayer today. we need to heal our land. we need to turn back and turn away from the direction we've been headed.
that's why we have to change the direction of our country. i believe that john adams had it right. that once a constitutional government turns away from freedom, it can never be restored. liberty once lost is lost forever. i don't want to be a member of the first generation in american history that has to tell my children and my grandchildren that i'm leaving them a world worse off and less free than the one my parents left me. it doesn't have to be that way. we have the opportunity today to change the direction of our country and thank you for being involved. if we put donald j. trump in our white house we can change the direction of our country because we cannot allow hillary rodham clinton one more night in our white house. thank you. god bless you. \[cheers and applause]
the tracks of the democratic party. slaverycrats went from to enslavement. what does progressive actually mean? >> social engineering. social contract. the opening video of the democratic convention of 2012 says the one thing we all belong to is the government. >> this is about buying and selling influence. when you follow the money, there are very few coincidences. >> what is the goal of the democratic party is to steal the most valuable things the world has ever produced. what if their plan is to steal america?
>> stop them now. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage from the great state of oklahoma. sen. lankford. lankford: good morning. i want to tell you my story and let you adjust to my voice. when i first meet people, they say that is not what they expect to come out. i served in the united states senate for the last two years. he is a solid, christian leader guy and is doing a very good job in the united state senate. i come from a different background. i have served 22 years and it
used industry before coming to congress. my preparation of working with juveniles for so many years was very good preparation to come to congress. from my wife and i, this is what she calls life's greatest interruption. we never planned to go to congress. this was a sense of calling. we felt god interrupted our life and said -- this is what we are asking you to do. we spent seven months praying and struggling. man one day a old and tell my grandchildren that we followed god. we want to do the right thing, the right way and to be able to engage in the nation in this critical things. initially, people told me that i was leaving my calling. that i was getting involved in government. to thed and said -- go
old testament, in the 39 books, try to find a book that was not written to a political leader, by a political leader, about a political leader. by.about, or you can start thinking about that. i think there are 37 out of the 39 books in the old testament that meet that criteria. ananias complained and said --do you really want me to go see this guide? yes, heit of god said is my chosen instrument to the jews, gentiles, and gentile kings. the rest of the book of acts, you will see paul reaching out over and over again to all people groups including the government leaders. god is the creator of government as he is the creator of the
family and of work. we cannot write off what he has not written off. we have a bad habit as americans to make our elected officials into celebrities. elected officials are not celebrities. they are asked to do a job. this is a real job. it has real work. it is slow, tedious, and common sense things take forever. i have heard over and over again, big ships do not turn quickly. ships do say -- big turn to have to turn the wheel. have turned usp into the storm. we can turn our way back out. -- howllenge is exactly do we do that and had we get that done? whatthe past few years, has happened in the senate and the house has been pretty
remarkable to see. to answer hillary clinton's waiver question --what difference does it make? we are voting again in the senate and although that may seem trivial, you do not move on issues until you start voting again. three years ago, there were 14 amendment votes. 14. we are in the hundreds. we are back into voting again. two years ago, we passed the first dow list budget plan that has been passed by the congress since 2001. david perdue, he and i and others are working on a plan to record the watch it process. 1974, wer since complain about the same thing. the budget process is not working. maybe we should change that. how do we fix that process? had we get the senate back to work again?
getting rid of the common core mandates. that happened this past year. that was not just a conversation. we passed that into law. we put onto the president's all a full repeal of obamacare. it tooed that but it made his desk. a major highway bill. we had a nice article in the wall street journal dealing with freedom of religion. there are a lot of folks in this administration that want to equate freedom of worship with freedom of religion. those are different things. our citizenship has asked new citizens one of the freedoms of our nation. freedom of worship means if you are in that specific place at a specific time, you can worship how you want to. we have the free exercise of religion. you can worship anyplace anytime
and live out your faith anywhere you choose to because we have the free exercise of religion. the immigration -- [applause] immigration folks said they are going to leave the text as it is. we sent a letter and they agreed to change it. those are small victories. you start adding small victories and we are turning the ship. we are trying to ride it out of the storm. it will be a long way. i will tell you that there are a lot of people that have the sense that our hope should be in washington. our hopeell you that should not be in washington. i would tell you that we have a higher hope than that. i would also tell you that for all of the folks that believe that if we just elected the right people, they will change the nation, let me remind you of something.
theington does not change country, the country changes washington. it is the engagement of people like you. it will engage -- you will engage in the hard work. this is tougher than we want to say at times. quite frankly, there is a sense that if we could only get washington to flip, it would flip everything else. the reality is that it will flip when we change our neighborhood's, families, communities, and churches. that is where it the work begins but that is where it works in the end. here is what i would like to challenge you to. i would like to encourage you to do something bold. vote. lane in. get engaged. it is amazing to me the number of christians that step back and say -- it does not make a difference. one vote. i am mad at this candidate or this candidate so i am not going to vote.
that is a sure sign of watching god the removed from any kind of influence in washington, d.c. if we fail to step up as the church we abdicate the leadership to everyone else who is not in the church. responsibilitya to step up and make sure our voices are heard. it has a responsibility to say -- our task is our task. that at times, the church is saying -- government will take care of that. government will take care of those in poverty or that have great need. we have 4.1 million federal employees. the highest number in the history of the government. $4 federal budget is over trillion. the highest budget that there has ever been. how is that working out for us? what would be a simple solution
needs tothe church step up and be the church again and do what we are called to do. [applause] nation hasion of the always been our families. it has always been there. government rises and gets better -- bigger when families collapse. all of those things are based on the collapse of the family. the government gets bigger and bigger to solve the issue of the family. the government is not a great solution for families. churches are. to mentors leaned in can families, we would not see the divorce rate that there is right now. if every church could adopt one child or one foster family in their church, we would solve the foster care issue in our nation. there are very specific ways the
church can step up and lead in this. we are at our best when we do that. we do now believe that government is the final solution. we believe in crazy versus like psalm 121. i left my eyes up to the mountains. there is a hill higher than capitol hill. where does my health come from? my help comes -- where does might help come from? helpalth comes from -- my comes from the lord. we get drawn into the cyber and song of the angry voices. we assume that is the way we are going to make a difference. peter wrote to a church in a pagan society. them to be aliens and strangers in the world.
he said -- here are five ideas on how you can stand out in the crowd. honor of authority. do you want to make a difference in the community? do politics in a different way. is rightup for what and we honor of at the same time. the world will ask us why we are doing that and it will give us a chance to present truth. we are not consumed with being the most angry. we are consumed with the right and doing god's work, god's way. i believe we pray for revival because it sounds easier than doing the work. do you know what we can do? let us leaned in and do the work. in ours much to be done nation and the church of all people should lead. i have a job. i have been given it by the state and people of oklahoma. -- have much to
get done. let us do it. god bless you all. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome the national executive director of the faith and freedom coalition, timothy had. -- timothy head. >> are you in courage to? -- are you encouraged? for me, it is incredibly encouraging to hear and see and almost the able to reach out and touch the actual people that carry the very burdens that we ourselves carry in our own minds and hearts. thank you sen. lankford: those remarks. making it happen as the center as a senator just told us is a different skill set. we want quick results. we want urgent results.
resultes, the long-term take the long game. -- theyire a longer require a longer perspective than one congressional cycle or one election cycle. our next presentation will come from a gentleman that understands that intrinsically. the united state senate is a complicated a-day. the personalities involved are sometimes elaborate. the rules themselves are nuanced and intricate and then the what we talk -- is about every day. it is my pleasure to welcome the senate majority leader who understands the values and principles that make us who we are, but he also understands the process in order to make this
stuff actually happened. liu please join me in welcoming mitch mcconnell. -- will you please join me in welcoming mitch mcconnell. [applause] mcconnell: thank you very much. it is great to be here. you have had an opportunity to hear from two of our finest. i am pleased to be with you. elected aan people new republican majority in 2014. they called for the senate to get back to work. as james pointed out, the previous majority did not do much. on amendmentstes in the entire year. democratic an end to dysfunction. they knew it was time to go in a new direction. that is what we have delivered january,ing office in 2015. we passed the most important
case for reform in more than a decade. it puts kids and parents first. it gets rid of no child left behind and it is one-size-fits-all mandate. it prevents washington from imposing common core. [applause] amazed. it is a conservative when. it has been described as the in a quartertion of a century. we passed a long-term transportation reform. it reveals our nations crumbling infrastructure. it reduces waste. it gives local communities more control over how funds are spent. it does not raise taxes by a penny. we enacted permanent tax relief
for families and small businesses. we replaced kick the can exercises with meaningful reform. many of these issues have been tangled in gridlock for years. along.ajority came each of those is law. not everything we passed refuse a presidential signature. keep the keystone pipeline. he vetoed it. ofvoted to end the pain obamacare. he vetoed it. we looked into defunding planned parenthood. [applause] course, he vetoed it. we put measures like these on the president's desk after years
of harry reid protecting him from tough choices. it shows what is possible if we year.a new president next it is another demonstration of what is happening today on the senate who is back to work. it also shows what is possible with perseverance. a comprehensive anti-human trafficking law that we passed last year. this will be hard for you to believe, like countless, innocent victims are bought and sold into modern-day slavery every day in our country. too many have nowhere safe to sleep. too many have nowhere safe to turn. too many are abused and made to feel invisible. and many, are just children. we thought it was time to finally bring justice to these victims. we thought it was time to bring and hope the voiceless to the suffering in the shadows. we passed the justice for
victims trafficking act. it was not easy. democrats filibustered this anti-slavery legislation for over a month. let me tell you why. wanted to fight over the hyde amendment. do you know what that is? the long-standing principle that says federal tax dollars should not be used for a lack give abortions. it has been a victory in federal law for decades. it actually enjoys bipartisan support. some on the far left, wanted to change that and they thought illustrate an anti-slavery built was the appropriate venue to get their way. we were determined to fight this effort in order to preserve the hyde amendment. we eventually overcame this shameful filibuster and the hyde amendment was intact when the president signed the bill.
we eventually passed critical, compassionate, and comprehensive legislation to help victims of modern-day slavery and the president had no choice to sign it. this republican-led senate is dedicated to fighting human trafficking, combating sexual assaults, and protect those who suffer from these heinous crimes. [applause] that is why we also passed a bill that helps victims of child pornography get restitution from those who profit from their pain. we also talked about shipping child predators from one school district to another. we provided additional rights and protections for victims of sexual assault.
the senate is getting a lot done. thisprogress continues actual day. we just left the floor, within that our. important took an step in passing the most sweeping reforms for the defense department organization. in a generation. the national defense authorization act that will soon pass finally. we had a big step an hour ago. this is legislation that will modernize our military and provide our troops with more of the tools that we need to confront the threat that we face. [applause] as you know, the challenges are abundant. from isil, russia, china, and iran. they are complex. we face the most diverse and complex array of crises since world war ii. if only president obama was as serious about confronting these
threats as they are about confronting us. he still has not put forward a credible plan to defeat isil. his deal with iran continues to reveal the significant flaws every passing day. and if you allow me to paraphrase jimmy carter, something i rarely do -- [laughter] it is hard to think of many places in the world where our relationship is better off since president obama took office. president obama will leave a lot of problems to his successor. what we can today is prepare the next commander in chief to face these challenges. pro-innovation, defense bill will help us do that and the senate will pass it very soon. the young men and women who signed up to defend our nation do not ask for a lot. but our nation asks a lot of them.
when deployed, they deserve the equipment and training necessary to actually do their jobs. [applause] let me also mention that when they come back home, they deserve all of our support. don't they? [applause] this is why we are working to pass the most sweeping overhaul of the military health system in a generation. this is why we have already passed legislation to support wounded warriors, and veterans that struggle with mental health challenges. and earlier this week, support female veterans in particular that need our help. [applause] is also why we voted to increase accountability at the v.a.. it is a national disgrace.
it is hardly the only scandal we have seen over the course of this administration. just this week, the irs was worth to hand over a list of organizations it had targeted for their political views. there were hundreds of conservative groups on the list. the obama administration's conservative speech suppression scandal shocked a lot of americans when it first came to light. it was brazen. it is why we passed reforms that lowestlp prevent another learner. here is what is clear from looking at the last 18 months. the majority has got a very different set of priorities from the when we replaced. let me hesitate for a moment and tell you the difference between being in the majority and being in the minority. when i became the majority leader, i said to people -- i am now the offensive coordinator. i used to be the defensive coordinator. if you are a football fan, you
know the difference. defensive or nader has a better chance of putting points on the board. set isedule i have dramatically different from what harry reid was doing with the senate in the past. [applause] what we are interested in is a better economy and more opportunity for the middle class. we are interested in a national -- a stronger national defense. we are committed to defending the first amendment. congress is your first line of defense when it comes to protecting this fundamental constitutional right. the supreme court is the last line of defense. the new york times recently ran a headline declaring a supreme court with merrick garland would be the most liberal in decades. is confirmed,nd
the new york times also speculated that he could tip the ideological balance to create the most liberal supreme court in 50 years. that is why president obama is trying to tear drop another justice on his way out the door. in the middle of this election. he thinks he can get away with it also. if it is nominated for trade, it is some kind of moderate. that president obama called someone a moderate, let -- it does not make him a moderate. he is clearly not a moderate. america's largest group of gun owners examined the record. a judge who does not respect our fundamental, individual rights to keep and bear arms for self-defense. america's group of small businesses also examined the record. at the expense of small businesses. let me say this once more and
let me say it clearly. obama will not get a supreme court justice in the 11th hour of his presidency, on the way out the door. [applause] we are right in the middle of a presidential election year. we are in the process of selecting will make this choice. he will turn the court in the right or wrong direction thending -- -- depending on election. you have heard me lay them out before. inn vice president biden 1992 when he was chairman of the judiciary committee said that if there was a vacancy, they would not philly. it has been a very useful quote.
we clearly disagree with the democrats on this issue. but, it does not mean we cannot continue to find other areas of agreement which i have been talking about. that is what we have been doing with the new republican majority. we know we have big differences. on those, we have put them on the president's desk like obamacare and defunding planned parenthood. the american people expect us to make some progress on the things we can agree on. we have worked to find common ground. we a significant things done. even though we have a president with whom we differ on a large array of issues. where we have had our differences, we have shown what is possible with the president of the same party. makee continuing to progress today. the senate is back to work. the senate is back on the side of the american people.
i could not be more proud to lead this new majority and i could not be prouder of all of you. thank you for coming today and having me here for my remarks. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the stage, john harvest in. [applause] good morning, it's great to be here with you this morning. as a citizen of the state of alabama, i am proud and have the distinct privilege and honor this money to introduce to you my senator, senator jeff sessions. [applause] sessions is a steadfast conservative. he is a strong advocate for the rule of law. ofhas an unwavering support the american men and women in
uniform. he worked his way through huntington college in montgomery and went to law school. president reagan appointed him as a u.s. attorney in the district in alabama. we are so proud that he is our senator. ladies and gentlemen, join me in welcoming, senator jeff sessions. mr. sessions: thank you for all the work you do in promoting faith and freedom. we have to acknowledge the exceptional development of this country and these issues are important. i am glad to follow mitch mcconnell. he mentioned the supreme court vacancy. this is an important issue and i may talk about it for a minute or two.
scalia, one of the great justices to ever sit on supreme court -- [applause] a man of exceptional legal brilliance and the man of deep religious faith and understood how it all came together and understood and love the america we have been bequeathed, when he died, i said maybe i should call mitch and ask him to say right away, where not going to move anybody this year. it's too late and we will let the american people decide in the next election who should sit on this 4 to 4 supreme court. before i could get around to doing it, he did it instinctively. i want to share with you that on the question of the court of the united states and the legal enforcementood law to protect us from the criminal
element, mitch mcconnell is absolutely rocksolid. it's a pleasure for me to serve with him. time and again, he stood up to members of our own congress to promote the kind of judiciary that you and i believe in. i told our colleagues a couple of years it go -- maybe i am warped in the brain -- i said the american people are not happy and i'm not happy. i don't know about you, but i am on their side. people don't feel good about the economy. they don't feel good about a lot of issues facing us. they don't field good about the hostility to religion that they feel out there. they are not happy about it and the polls show that. the wrong track is exceedingly high. it has remained that way in question after question with people saying we are on the wrong track. i think it is. i think the american people are fundamentally correct.
i believe it's right and moral and just and biblical and that we have a lawful system of immigration for the nation that we serve and we have had economy is testified, the world's leading expert on it. you bring in more labor than we could absorb, poor people have their wages go down. poor people have their job prospects go down. things are not going well out there for the american people. one of the reasons is the extraordinary, unprecedented rate of immigration in our country particularly in lower skilled jobs is hammering good and decent people who need to be able to raise a family and take care of their children and they are not able to do so effectively. i believe we can do better on that. i know that we can. i recall nehemiah returning to jerusalem and the king let him
go. this is a humorous joke. he wanted to build a wall. he went to build a wall in jerusalem. [applause] he wanted to keep the people in. give me a break. i think we need to understand that we in the government of the united states record -- represent the interest of the american people. we cannot do everything for everybody in the world. we are a nation state and nation states act like they are supposed to. when nehemiah came home, he asked for letters to allow him to go through other countries. the king gave it to him.
to the holy land, joshua, and asked permission to go through and they would not let him. they said we will pay you money. no. we will go around. he went around. the idea that nations don't set laws, establish who can and cannot enter is not public all, in my opinion. nations do that and have done it since time in memorial there's nothing wrong with it. we need to have a fair system that gives people opportunity to apply and those in meet the standards can be accepted in excessively don't and incomeshe wages of poor americans. i truly believe that of all races and ethnic groups particularly minority groups have suffered the most from that.
one more thing -- jesus talked about the poor a lot and we should think about that. we should give real thought to it. in my view, i have changed. i have supported virtually every trade agreement that has come forward but i believe the trade agreements are not serving the american people effectively. [applause] i know the believe in free allies but our business but economic competitors, they don't operate on the same way we do so it's not a level playing field. when president obama signed the korean trade deal with our good friends in south korea, he promised we would increase exports to south korea by $12 billion per year.
since 2011, when it was signed, last year, we had about a $20 million increase. we got no increase in exports to korea. they had a $15 billion increase to us and the trade deficit with korea doubled. it's hard through all kinds of mechanisms to export to china and korea and many of our competitors but we open our businesses and it results in a flood of imports often manipulated through currency to make them less expensive than what we make in the united states. it's often subsidized or part of a project to directly attack our american industries. understandfor us to that this has consequences, these errors we have made. it is not working the way it has been promised. we found the flaws in the trade deals and the computer models
that lay out these policy projections. it's just not the right thing so we need to listen to the american people about this. there is nothing wrong with having a lawful system of immigration that serves the american people. there is nothing wrong with saying trade agreements should not just benefit the corporate interest but given american worker a good job in this country. [applause] the supreme court is 4 to 4 and it's unbelievable we have had this long battle for many years and many of you have holiday closely and you understand it clearly. of the fifthloss vote, justice scalia, we are facing a critical time. we actually have two branches of
government at stake in the selection. the courts are at risk. i was the ranking republican on the judiciary committee. -- two to me to handle lead the republican views on the confirmation of two highly accomplished women up for the supreme court. we tried our best to do the job with integrity and fairness but with rigor. that the court has not been performing in a way we like it too. what is at stake? we got a lot of complaints on issues that were raised. i wanted to share one with you that i think defines who we are and defined the challenges we face. it's something you in this room need to understand and commit ourselves to being successful on.
r had given aayo number of speeches over a decade in which she discussed the court and the philosophy of ruling. she quoted a philosopher, a legal writer in this way. she favorably quoted him. she would always say there is no neutrality. " no objective stance but a series of perspectives" it still makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. a judge to say there is no objectivity, a series of perspectives -- and the aspiration to impartiality is just that, and aspiration. postmodern, relativistic, secular mindset. i believe it is directly
contrary to the founding of our republic. [applause] why do we have free speech? because we do believe in the expression of ideas and truth can be ascertained. we believe there was a truth. there is one. god, creator in heaven, who ordered this universe with moral laws just as well as gravity laws. [applause] our system was set up to allow public discussion of issues and the freedom to express your views. it was not to print child pornography but it was to allow free debate on the important issues facing our country. congress and the senate had unlimited debates and you could talk as long as you wanted to so congress could
debate all the issues and bring on -- and bring in all the facts and make a truthful and honest decision on what was the best interest of the united states. what about your trials and lawsuits? to expresse right yourself through opening statements and the lawyers statements, witnesses are compelled to come and testify under oath to the truth and juries are set to hear the evidence and objectively decide what is true, right? my perspective today is, this is a dangerous philosophy contrary to who we are and it's a problem with the courts because once they take that philosophy, they are no longer bound. alstyne wrote one time, remember how the constitution and it.
-- ended. we ordered -- we do indoor state endorse this but this one. if you start eroding your commitment to what the constitution says, there is no principle subject that cannot be undermined in the future. i think this whole court system is important. the real value and battle we are engaged in here is one to reaffirm that there is objective truth. not all relative. [applause] that means some things are right and some things are wrong. we are getting too far away from that in my opinion. it's not healthy for any country and it's not healthy for a democracy like ours that is built on the rule of law. thank you all for what you do.
i appreciate you allowing me to be a part of this. hopefully, we can try to put this country back on the right track. better we will get a lot toward that end it we listen to what the american people are trying to tell us in washington. thank you all and god bless you. [applause] thank you all. please help me welcome to the bartlett, the cwa director. >> it is my privilege today to be able to introduce the next speaker. when i was asked to introduce representative louie gohmert, called the state director in texas and said, tell me about representative gomer. she said he is a sweetheart. being from texas, i know that
means we really like him. hasesentative gohmert represented the first district of texas since 2005. one thing you can always say about representative gohmert is he will always do the right thing. please welcome representative louie gohmert from the first district of texas. [applause] thank you. it's great to be here with you. i love being at faith and freedom -- ralph keeps having me. haved i hope you get to one next year after i finished speaking. we have a lot to talk about. we love jeff sessions. we have been in the trenches together and i love being in the trenches fighting with him. he is a great, smart man even though he does talk with a southern accent.
as jeff foxworthy said, when people hear a southern accent, they immediately deduct 50 iq points. from some of the e-mail and nasty messages i get, i think there is something to that. he mentioned justice scalia. god't we grateful that allowed antonin scalia to be on the supreme court? what a blessing he has been. i can tell you -- i counted him as a friend. where we are in the country right now, we did not deserve him. he was a man of principle. principal, his plainspoken is, and his sense of humor. there was no better memories i among the unpleasant ones in washington, then to sit down at a meal with justice scalia and swap stories and jokes.
he loved good jokes and good stories. when peopleometimes like jokes to find one they have not heard before. anyway, he said how about this one? it was back when they used hanging. the worst defendant who had murdered and done the most despicable rings and was sentenced to hang and the draw him out in front of 3000 people in the shower brings him up on aloes and he says, we have a tradition in our town before we somebody. we give them a chance to a dress the crowd, would you like to do that? he said not really. you are about to meet the andeme judge, your maker most people think is a good idea maybe to apologize or ask forgiveness. you have a lot of victim families out here and people you have harmed and murdered. don't you feel you would like to apologize?
he said no, not really. at that point, somebody may audience yelled, will the gentleman yield? a looks at the sheriff and he says i don't know what that means. the guy that yelled that is our local congressman and that's congress talk for he wants you to view him your time to speak to the crowd. he asked if i could do that and the sheriff said i guess you can. do you want to do that? condition, if you hang me first. that was justice scalia, what a delightful man who cared deeply about the constitution. i'm going to get to something whatnd this apparently is i'm famous for and it drives the left knots. --nuts. i'm going to talk about something than a people are not talking about and what happens when an important issue is a foot and good people, smart people, don't talk about it then
the wrong people get their way and they do great harm to this nation and to the individuals in this nation. you have heard of something called transgender. we have to talk about it. this is not me speaking. i brought a manila folder. i always have a little card that has my outline and i look down and it reminds me to get back on track. this time, i've got articles. i have not done this before but i wanted you to hear this from what one transgender man said is the leading expert in the world when he was talking to me. i think he is the best in the world that he was the head of psychiatry at johns hopkins medical facility. i vaguely remembered reading somewhere that back in the 1960's, johns hopkins was the first hospital to do sex change
surgery. i read that and maybe you have. i did not read anywhere until walt hier directed me to dr. mccue's article in the wall street journal and they stopped doing this years ago, the sex change. let me tell you what dr. paul retired as the head of psychiatry, but he is still associated with john's hopkins but these are his professional views and i was hosting point of view in the last couple of weeks for kirby anderson and i had dr. but his an walt hyer on article which was in the wall street journal, he says, policymakers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgender by treating their confusions as a right and need of defending rather than a mental disorder
that deserves understanding, treatment, and prevention. [applause] this intensely felt sense of being transgender constitutes a mental disorder in 2 respects. the first is that the idea of sex misalignment is mistaken. it does not correspond with physical reality and the second is that it can lead to grim psychological outcomes. he says the transgender suffer a disorder of assumption like others in psychiatry with the transgender, the assumption is that the individual differs from what seems given in nature. namely, one's maleness or femaleness. other kinds of disordered assumptions are held by those who suffer from anorexia or bulimia where the assumption that the person the physical reality is the belief that the
dangerously thin are overweight. butoes on a discusses that then he says, for the transgender argument that one feeling of gender is a conscious subjective sense that being in one's mind cannot be questioned by anyone else. the individual often seeks not just society's tolerance of this personal truth but an affirmation of it. here rests the support for transgender equality, the demands for government payment for medical or surgical treatments and for access to all sex aid public roles and privileges. article,ith this advocates for the transgender have persuaded several states including california, new jersey, massachusetts to pass laws and harding psychiatrists even with -- barring psychiatrist in with parental permission to restore the natural transgender feelings to
a minor. the government can intrude into the parents rights to seek help in guiding their children indicates how powerful these advocates have become. psychiatristthat must challenge this and he makes the great point -- i brought it up on the radio show -- what an incredible irony that states of that say you cannot take a child to a psychiatrist or psychologist or counselor for what is only in their head to get them help for only within their head. no physical manifestations. says, this order of consciousness represents the domain of psychiatry. declaring it off limits eliminate the field of psychiatry. do you get that? doesn't that make sense? he says you won't hear it from transgenderoning
equality but follow-up studies reveal fundamental problems with this movement. when children who reported transgender feelings were tracked without medical or surgical treatment at vanderbilt london clinic,a 80% of them spontaneously lost those feelings, 25% had some persistent feelings. what differentiates those individuals remains to be discerned. holy smokes. think of the damage we are doing to kids. the poor girls or women who have been sexually of into having a man walked their most important privacy. that's bad enough but what about the damage to the little child that is confused and we are not allowed to help that confused child? studynts out that a 2011
from sweden produce the most eliminating results yet regarding the transgender, evidence that could give advocates pause. unfortunately, it hasn't. up to 30 yearsdy followed three hundred 24 people who had sexual reassignment surgery. that tenuresealed after the surgery, the transgender began to experience increasing mental difficulties -- that 10 years after the surgery, the transgender began to experience increasing mental difficulties. suicide feelings increase. this disturbing result has no explanation but heavily reflects the growing sense of isolation reported by the aging transgender after surgery. the high suicide rates certainly challenges the surgery prescription. i did not read this but it turns out that johns hopkins, the first hospital in america to do sex change surgery, quit doing it years ago because they found
we are not helping and we are probably hurting so we should not come as they said, becoming off normal organs. folks, this is serious and i know it's unpleasant to talk about. that's why so often, we lose. people are afraid of being called crazy or phobic of some kind. i have one phobia, and that's a god phobia. i have a fear of god. we are told that's beginning of wisdom and i have a long way to go but that's the beginning. [applause] he finishes his article and says if the heart of the problem is confusion over the nature of transgender, sex changes biologically impossible. tot's what one transgender him says is the guy who knows more about transgender and he says sex changes biologically impossible.
people who undergo reassignment surgery do not change for men to women or vice versa. rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women claiming that this is civil rights and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder. when i was interviewing him, i said the new dsm 5 the diagnostic statistical manual that changes and evolves and it acceptedis the diagnosis that a physician can prescribe or list. they have changed this mental disorder of transgender to the term transgendered dysphoria. dr. mccue said on the radio that this dysphoria may be more descriptive than disorder
because dysphoria -- you know what euphoria is -- this is an atonym -- it means you have general feeling of dissatisfaction with something. with your female or masculine gender. it's a generalized sense of satisfaction. for that, you want to cut up organs and destroy people's lives? this administration says we are going to have the va do sex change operations. really? do we not have enough veterans committing suicide without you increasing that 20 times? [applause] enough is enough. we have to stand up for our veterans. we are the adults. we have to stand up for our children. let me give you this last final story. sometimes people talk about even when he was a judge, he made
international headlines. i had a guy come before me for stealing a car. i was a felony judge for the state legislature had just made that a mandatory probation. -- she'sat this guys got this long rap sheet with all of these convictions. i would not have given them produce and but that was mandated. nott to set the -- i would have given them probation but that was mandated. his lawyer said his my client has aids and we want to make toe that if you send him substance abuse treatment that he gets this medication that keeps him alive. i said i understand the state will take care of that but one of my job is to make sure with the conditions of probation that i protect the public safety. that whenurred to me you go for surgery, dr. has to come up i law, give you all the
risks of which they are aware involving the surgery. then once you have been in for data informed of all the risk, you have to signed a statement and you wish to go ahead with the surgery. otherwise the doctor is liable to you. i thought about this and i said i don't know where you got the hiv virus and for our purposes, it does not matter. but i'd that when you became hiv positive, you wish the person that gave it to you had told you about the risk inherent to having sexual relations. here's one of your conditions of probation. you'll not have sexual relations with anyone unless you first advise them in writing that you have aids and they could get it and they could die. doesn't that sound fair? he nodded that seemed fair. everybody thought that seemed fair. then we had all of