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title ix does not allow for this. >> the alleged evolution and change your really isn't that. think oftentimes we see that how we interpret something today may be something different than what we interpret it to be in the past but this is not an idea that has popped up in the department of justice and the department of education or even hour -- because we were probably out of those agencies in condemning the north carolina and other laws than we did this in april. but if you really look back there is a history of this issue being addressed not only by the eoc and i know commissioner kirsanow had raised a point that should be applied here but a number of cases settled by the
department on this basis. if you look back there's an excellent 1995 law review article from the university of pittsburgh law school entitled the central mistake of sex discrimination law is the disaggregation of sex from gender. they are clearly talks about the relationship between gender identity and sex and the appropriateness of having disaggregated it because they are in a related and they have the same, they should be treated the same for title ix purposes and that is what's happening today. this not a concept that has come up in the obama administration that they wanted to pursue. this is a very thoughtful, legal argument that has been here for almost 20 years, 21 years. >> it's a profound anti-democratic view. >> understand you have your argument. you will have an opportunity to reply if you would like it we have here is a situation which enforces and i'm not saying you have done this commissioner but a lot of the media discussion
and a lot of the public policy discussion around this is creating a sense of fear and our communities of our transgendered children and their transgender citizens and fellow residents of fear that is unfounded, through this somehow it's in danger to allow the transgender community to use the restrooms as being required a mandated hearing that is just not true. hearkens back unfortunately to the early days of anti-segregation efforts when we were trying to create situations where black children white children could use the same restroom and there was a fear that mixing the races was going to be a threat to white women. if that same kind of fear that i see being created in this instance which is not the case. i think it is very clearly based on thoughtful, legal analysis. i think the fourth circuit case is very reasonable and the discussion of what an agency can do when it's regulations are ambiguous and it tries to clarify those regulations. it has the right to legal
deference and that is all we are saying here. this is what the department is saying and that is why we are moving forward to make her a clear that this commission combinations civil rights will support the protection of these transgender children. commissioner narasaki and the commission of hair at. >> thank you mr. chair. i had the opportunity to know and work with congressman -- before she passed in as many of you know she was one of the leading oysters that help reduce title ix protected tell you without a shred of doubt in my
mind that she would in fact he very pleased with the interpretation of title ix. one of the challenges for transgender kids is the kind of discrimination they face of schools. 82% of transgender youth report they feel unsafe at school. 44%, almost half have been pushed or shoved or otherwise physically abused. two-thirds have been bullied on line. two-thirds have had their property stolen or destroyed. there is a suicide. of transgender youth which is 10 times the national average. over 5% of the u.s. population has self-reported a suicide. that. jumps 10 to 20% for bisexual respondents. 41% of transgender nonconforming
people surveyed have considered suicide. there's increased violence as the chairs noted. 72% of the hate violence homicide victims were transgendered women in 2013. transgendered women were on the sport times more likely to experience police violence. transgendered women are twice as likely to experience sexual violence. we heard extensive testimony at a hearing on the employment nondiscrimination act last year. about the extensiveness of unemployment discrimination. i believe the department of education was well within its interpretation of the law and i very much welcome it and i think it's an important step forward to make sure that we are protecting our transgendered kids. >> commissioner herat he said he had something else you want to pay tonight i can want this is the same point, point, if you want to from policy on this issue going to congress to get that different policy is perfectly permissible but for an executive agency to take the
statute is clear a space occur first two sacks. there is no doubt whatsoever that in 1972 when that statute passed congress meant sex not in the side -- sense of gender and that the term gender was adopted precisely because it means something different from sex. we use the word sex to refer to the biological anatomical side of this issue and we use gender to talk about the cultural side of it. so someone who is anatomically male made nevertheless say hey identify with the fm aside in that regard my gender is female but my sex is male. that term is used in a very different way and meant to be a distinct category from sex and for decades we went on with that notion that gender is something different from sex. now suddenly surprised we are
told it is the same that statutes derive there at the ready because they are passed by a legislature. they have to be interpreted according to the understanding in a democratic sense. now here do we have even any belief that most americans take the position that the department of education has taken? i don't think so. ' there is any indication it tends to run in the opposite direction and that is for example the target department store announcing he was going to change its bathroom policy. over a million people signed a petition saying they objected to it. i will stand behind targets right to divide their bathrooms anyway they want and i also stand behind the right of shoppers to say well then i would use that restroom or i won't patronize the store.
everybody's got that right in that region but with the freedom that we don't have its executive agencies do not have the right to command schools to do something that is not contained in the statute. >> commissioner. >> i would like to note commissioner herat that if congress decides that the eeoc has misinterpreted title ix they are in fact free to make that clear through legislation. as you know we are talking about policy. i cannot recall at the level of popular opinion as a measurement of what we should be doing as a nation. my concern is this. we are in fact created to protect the rights of minorities. in a democracy, those loadable minorities are unable to protect themselves. i would say this is very much a case of this. popularhat in fact opinion may catch up.
there was once a time when popular opinion was against -- interracial marriage was for the interment of my parents, even though they were citizens. popular opinion does not always serve the world. >> any other commissioners with comments? madame advice chair and then the vice chair in the new commissioner. >> yes mr. chair, simply want to add to the discussion, the fact that the action that we are considering taking is appropriate and consistent with our role as a watchdog. again, it is appropriate for us to be having this conversation. >> commissioner cruz. >> thank you mr. chair. i concur with what the commissioner had to say and specifically with respect to the actions of ocr b&o wholesale with the powers of congress. also, i would note that the ocr guidance actually is discrimination.
if you think about, the issue of gender identity determines which bathroom you use. this is incoherent when you think of title ix and title vii discrimination. for example, the boy identifies as female he has a right of title ix to use the girls restrooms, showers, and that would be discrimination on the basis of gender identity to then bar of boy who identifies as a male who also using their male who also using their facility. it's all based on gender identity. that would that would mean then, that this guidance promotes a discrimination unless all boys were allowed to use any bathroom they wanted, regardless of their gender identity and all girls
could use any bathroom or any other facility, shower facility they wanted, regardless of gender identity. otherwise you're discriminating on the basis of gender identity. and on a final note, i would say that i would caution that we be careful when we ignore the rule of law. because it is ben ortiz were most vulnerable when the government ignores the rule of law. one other and no, i'm sorry, respectfully i would also caution inflating racial discrimination of washrooms, it is in fact discrimination. i think history shows that there
are two significantly different concepts, both in theory and in practice. >> at the end of the day, what this commission over the last five and half years has attempted to do in many of the projects we have taken on is to examine the rights and provide statements and recommendations as to how to improve the protections for children. the first report we did under my chairmanship was bullying. based on all the protected classes included for the first time ever, ltd lgbt status.
will elect at the issue of immigration last year, we looked at the issue of transgender individuals who are overwhelmingly the largest police force that holds those individuals in custody is immigration customs enforcement. we will continue to protect the rights for children, we will continue to protect the rights of our most vulnerable will also include members of our transgender community. the action the two departments have taken, contrary to my conservative colleagues have indicated are thoughtful, reasoned, reasoned, legally grounded interpretations of the regulations. as the commissioner said, if congress wants to change it, they are up in session right now on capitol hill. they can do that. until such day as congress takes actions, this commission will join the departments of education and the department of justice, in making clear that if you are school district and you discriminate against transgender children in this manner, there will be consequences. i hope that today, the majority of my commissioners join us in making that statement.
>> could i just add one more sentence? rule of law, you're going to miss it when it's gone. >> the rule of law something that conservative colleagues often raise to try to block the rights of others, whether it is in the area of immigration reform, where the rule of law's is raised to keep 11,000,000 undocumented in the shadows, now you want to keep transgender kids in the shadows as well? were not going to allow that, not under my watch. >> i respectfully take umbrage at your characterization of the conservative colleagues and that we want to keep people in the shadows. merely because we respect a lot to uphold the rule of law doesn't mean that we favor any form of discrimination or second-class status. i think that's really an insult to those of us who have an honest and bona fide concern about all of these issues, but also recognizing that it adheres to the rule of law and what separates america from all the
other countries of the world. i will say again, you ignore the rule of law, you imperil the very folks you seek to protect. >> thank you commissioner. let me say i do not intend to personally in. impugn you. i respect both you and commissioner harriet and i am pleased that we work together on a number of issues. it was not meant to be a personal in pew meant -- impugment. commissioner. >> mr. chairman, i would only point out that this is not a trivial matter. the notion of one needing to claim gender identity that differs from one's anatomical set is well-recognized in medical and psychological standards.
this is not a trivial issue. it is not something to laugh about were take lightly. these children who are experiencing this do need our protection. i am pleased that the federal government's, in the form of the experiencing this do need our department of education has enforced by the department of justice is exercising its lawful authority to intervene in this kind of situation. the fourth circuit did not believe this to be an ultra virus exercise of the legitimate authority of the department.
so to suggest that one interpretation upholds the rule of law as compared to another, i make no suggestion, we have a different opinion of what the law requires. but the view that is the invalidated by adoption of the chairman's resolution is a different interpretation of what the law requires but it is not extralegal it is not an application of the rule of law. in that assertion is one that i
do resent. not as a matter of personal insult but i accord to your interpretation of law i be interested to enjoy. thank you mr. chairman. >> unless there is another commissioner who has not yet spoken who wants to say something i will call to question. ok i'll call to question. commissioner, how do you vote? >> no.
>> commissioner? >> i vote no, title ix authorizes local school districts to prove deploy a variety of efforts here and they cannot be enforced to apply only one method by the department of justice. >> how do you vote? >> i vote yes and i applaud the administration for moving forward. >> commissioner clad how do you vote? >> yes. >> commissioner? >> yes. >> commissioner? >> yes. >> i vote yes. the motion passes. >> today, a hearing on the progress of first net. the senate commerce subcommittee meets live at night: 30 eastern. you can see live on c-span three. later, the philadelphia mayor and jim canning talk about the
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>> every minute of the republican and democratic national conventions on c-span, c-span radio, and c-span.org. >> the justice department released the full transcript of 911 calls made by the orlando n.ooter, omar mattee in a conversation recorded with c-span on monday, paul ryan called on the administration to release the transcripts. he also talked about the agenda and the 2016 campaign. host: we want to begin with some news on this monday. q issued a statement saying the selective editing of the orlando shooters transcript with 911 is
preposterous. how so? guest: i think we have to be clear about the threat that we face. i think we have to understand the threat that is facing our country, if we are going to fully appreciate it and deal with it. i do not think, unless it is unique to the investigation, which i do not think is the reason here, we should whitewash things. host: the attorney general said she did not want to give any more credence to why he was doing this. we have ton, i think see this for what it is and not sweep it under the rug. we have to be very clear about the threat we face. i think americans need to be treated with respect when what exactly this is. host: to think the administration will release the full transcript? guest: that, i don't know. i can get with wrong decision in the first place. host: you are launching what do call, "a better way."
let me focus on the first party, poverty and the economy. how would your approach moves the needle? guest: i think it will move the needle because it is so different from the approach we happen taking which has not been moving the needle. we still have 45 million people in poverty in america. i would argue that there are some things that have been done well, but many things that more or less backfired. if you stack of the welfare programs on top of one another, they into creating a poverty trap. they discourage work. welfare and something of work for placement program when it needs to be a work encouragement program. we need to change the ways that these programs work so that we measure success based on results, outcomes, not input or effort. that is in for chili what i think i welfare system has become, which is we measure
success based on how much money we are spending and how may people are on the programs rather than truly measuring it based on our we actually getting people out of poverty? are we breaking the cycle of poverty? are we getting poverty and its root causes? those of the questions we need to ask and that need to dictate reforms. host: let me remind you of what quote from 1989. jack kemp think you can be at theative, idealistic same time. guest: he was a critical mentor to me. his brand of conservatism is inclusive, optimistic, and making sure that each person has to chance to reach their potential.
it is the beautiful idea that the committee -- condition of your birth is not the determining factor of the quality of your life. and learned from him and he is someone, more than anyone else, who inspired me to public service. host: another plague is making plank isnt more -- making government more accountable. how do you change that? guest: it is not just present obama, but administration -- republican and democrat -- i've taken over the law writing function from the legislator. we proposed a very competent list of solutions. go to better.gop.
to reform and be claimed the principle of government by consent, self-determination. right now, we have this fourth branch of government, nonelected bureaucrats writing legislation. with more more living under laws written by people that we never voted for, this takes away from the principle of that the laws are written by us. if you want to have a government that is accountable and efficient accountable to us as people, then we need to reclaim these law writing powers. we have put out a very competent to plan to show just how you can do that. host: we should point out that your speeches so far have been our website, c-span.org. i want to go back to 2004, the republican curmudgeon in new york city. here's what you said. [video clip] >> we rear from our party's commitment to freedom and opportunity for all. these are the economic foundations of the american dream. i ask all americans who share
the stream, regardless of party, to join us, to make the task code permanent and simpler and fair so every worker in america has more control over their economic future. host: you were talking about the bush tax cuts in 2004. is that at the heart of your agenda? guest: tax reform is. i want to go beyond just that, .eyond just trimming the code later this week, we will be offering a very comprehensive overhaul of the entire tax system. the tax code has gone out of control. irs is far too intrusive in lives, and more importantly, we're losing our edge as a country. we will be imposing tax reform that is good for families, small businesses, keeping jobs in america. that is one of the crown jewels
growtheconomic package. yes, we will be offering something very competent said by the end of the week. of repealingissue and replacing the afford will care act, what you want to do? guest: that will come before. we will offer that even earlier, this week, the fifth and six sixthllment -- installment. everyone knows the republicans are get obamacare. what we need them to know is ideas toave good replace it with that gives people more choices, the to not create entitlements that bankrupt the country, and give us a patient centered system. we will be offering a company has a plan to replace the affordable care act, which has become unaffordable. we will also offer our own blueprint for tax reform, which
we think is critical to getting jobs and growth in the income. host: let me turn to the politics in all of this. will congressional republicans be running on these planks? guest: that is the whole purpose of this. these are not those that we will pass in 2016 with a president who disagrees with us. these are reforms that we will be offering in 2016 so that we can earn the right and mandate from the country to put these in place in 2017. these of the reforms that we think are necessary to get our country back on track. we will campaign on them all year so we can earn from the country this choice, this mandate. we want an affirming election so we can say, here is the solution to get our country back on track , in a better direction. if we win the election, we are in the right and the mandate to put these reforms in place in 2017. host: is this your version of contract with america? guest: you could call it that.
we call it a better way. it is a similar kind of objective it is a similar kind of objective. i have this spent many times meeting with our nominee. i'm sure we will disagree with this or that detail. that is to be expected. congress always negotiates the final details when it comes to putting legislation together. but on the critical aspects of this agenda, on the base principles, we are in agreement on these things, and that is why we are moving forward to offer the country. host: how did you come up with these six agenda items? -- wer ryan through discussed what are the agenda items that we want to take to the country. this does not solve every problem in america. it is not meant to.
what it does is it unites all republicans that improves people's lives. this is not only a unifying agenda but it is a clarifying agenda. we think of this as something that solves the big pressing problems that are in urgent need of solutions so we can go forward and offer it to the country. host: do you think the senate republicans will be in the majority next year? and that the republicans will be in control of the house next year? speaker ryan: that is our intent. i do think we will, but i also believe we will be a stronger majority in both house and senate if we are reelected based on an agenda to get things done. that is what we are looking for. host: do you feel you have settled into the job of speakership? speaker ryan: i do. i had to redesign it to fit my own strengths and style. because i have been able to do that, i do feel that i have grown onto it very well. i have been able to basically make it work for me.
i am a younger guy with a younger family. that brings different challenges. i have been able to redesign the job to fit my personal issues. i also prefer being more of a policy maker than typically speakers are. i have been able to maintain that. host: have family issues been the biggest challenge? speaker ryan: i have always been hypervigilant about managing our schedule. our managers knew it was a non-negotiable condition. most speakers are empty nestor's whose kids are gone, so they had no problem traveling every weekend. i cannot do that, and our members understood that. my other challenge was that we came together and reached an agenda, built an agenda together in a bottom-up, listening toy by our constituents, and then offer those to the country. those are the two critical things that i want to focus on as part of my speakership, and i am pleased that we are here where we are.
host: house speaker paul ryan thank you for your time. , speaker ryan: thank you, steve. take care. >> following a series of votes aimed at legislative amendments aimed at reducing gun violence, the families of victims still in the hospital, and an orlando community trying to heal from a terror attack that the nra won again. he was joined by other senate democrats at a news conference after the vote. this is 20 minutes. sen. reed: senate republicans should be embarrassed, but they are not. they are not because the nra is happy.
americans support expanding background checks, not 90% of democrats, but 90% of americans. democrats, republicans, and independents. but the nra says no, so republicans do nothing. the junior senator from new hampshire has said she is going to vote yes on everything. she should make up her mind and not be a hypocrite. the junior senator from new hampshire says she is voting yes on everything. that is not logical, but that is what she is doing. republicans need to stop siding with gun extremists, as -- allowing these proposals to make americans safer. there has been a lot of talk about what they are going to do next. it is my understanding mcconnell
will move to a mcconnell-cornyn amendment, which is not anything to do with the work being done by collins and some others. trying to come up with something that is bipartisan. the point is this, i'm told the nra doesn't support even that. so i would hope the republicans would understand that -- i would they should produce a republican vote, and i would hope senator collins would drum up 20 votes or so to make it doable. so it is not just a gesture in futility. we are going to hear from senator feinstein next, who has been working on this and she became mayor as a result of the murder of mayor of san francisco. we will hear from bill nelson, chris murphy, from richard blumenthal cory booker, then i will take a few questions. senator feinstein: thank you,
leader. another massain, shooting, this time the largest in history. 49 dead, 53 injured. another chance for congress to take meaningful action, another missed opportunity. today, we could not even agree to prevent known and suspected terrorists from buying guns. the power of the gun lobby over certain members of the senate seems boundless. the alternative some are suggesting is to limit the no guns for terrorists legislation to cover just no-fly zone. is a seriousve, mistake. we use very narrow lists. if we do that, we are left with bill that hasth a no teeth. this is many individuals who shouldn't be able to purchase guns. after a few minutes of brief review, my staff came up with multiple examples of individuals charged with crimes related to terrorism who also flew on planes.
it is impossible to tell common people with ties to terrorism would not be covered by the collins amendment. if we only focus on the no-fly and selectee list, we ignore nearly 900,000 foreign nationals on the terrorist watch list who can legally purchase guns. for example, 20 million on the visa waiver program alone can calm from a european country with no visa into this country and be of a to buy guns. from a european country with no visa into this country and be able to buy guns. also -- determined by the fbi to be known or suspected terrorists. the legislation that was the
debated today included second amendment protections and the ability to appeal a in this appeal and deny guns administratively -- to appeal and deny guns administratively. most importantly, it would keep deadly firearms out of the hands of known and suspected terrorists. i'm hopeful we will be able to revisit this bill at some point in the future and cooler heads will prevail. i find it really inexcusable that any individual at all, a felon, a domestic abuser, someone mentally ill can buy a weapon online or at a gun show with no scrutiny at all. the murphy amendment was such a good amendment. it sealed all those loopholes and background checks. i'm hoping that one day the climate will change. my own personal view is we going are going into an election
season, and america, you have to stand up and you have to say i'm going to vote only for people who will do something to close the terror gap, to keep guns out of the hands of people who are mentally incompetent and who use them illegally. maybe this next election can produce something. nelson. >> nelson is not here. sen. feinstein: murphy? sen. murphy: thank you for your leadership. i am mortified by today's vote. but i'm not surprised by it. we learned in the months after sandy hook and the nra has a vice like grip on this place. even when 90% of the american public wants change. a new poll out today, 90% of americans believe in expanded background checks.
87% of americans think that terrorists should not be able to buy guns. 87% of americans. pollf republicans in that think that terrorists should not be able to buy guns. i do not think that democracy allows for this congress to be so out of step for the american public for very long. i am mortified by today's vote. my spine is strengthened by the fact that we have 40 democrats on the floor demanding change. we have had millions of americans join our crusade to end this epidemic of gun violence. as republicans scramble as we speak to try to find some way out of this mess, as they try to find some way to show that -- we they understand that 90% of americans do not want terrorists to have guns, we are closer than ever before to breaking the
nra's grip on this place. let's be honest -- terrorists today are using assault weapons rather than ied's or airplanes. to attack americans. after september 11, we decided we weren't going to allow terrorists to get a hold of airplanes in order to kill americans. today, they have moved on. they specifically recruited lone wolf attackers to go to gun shows to buy assault weapons. we should take the same tact. so we are not giving up. the american people aren't giving up. we will watch how these negotiations play out over the next few days, but i will tell you this, they are simply evidence of the fact that republicans know they are on the wrong side of the electorate. democracy doesn't allow for this place to be this far out of step with 90% of americans for very long. with that, let me introduce my partner in all of this, senator blumenthal.
you. sen. blumenthal: thank you. first, let me thank senator murphy, i want to thank senator booker, part of the team that floor and all of our colleagues who joined us in a rare moment of history. that brought us here today. for the republicans to say that they have alternative proposals, there would be no debate let alone any amendments or proposals but for our forcing them to address this issue. my reaction to this vote today is exactly what i heard from the gallery three years ago when this body fail to adopt common sense measures. shame on you. that what was shouted from the
gallery that day. thatis what the american people are shouting at the senate of the united states today. diane expressed the hope that cooler heads may prevail. what we need is more courageous heads. those heads will come when our republican colleagues, now that we look at themselves in the mirror, we have to look at their constituents in the eye between now and november and afterwards. the political dynamic of this nation has changed. it is a sea change. the american people have turned a chapter because the terrorists have turned a chapter. this fight is no longer about the 30,000 individual people who are lost every year to gun
violence. it is now about making americans safe against our enemies like isis who would inspire and support extremists here. we need to take the fight isis but also pardon our defense at home. that means common sense sensible measures like keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists with really effective measures. i urge our republican colleagues not just to talk tough but to act tough. the corn and proposal -- the cornyn proposal is described as a wolf in sheep's clothing. i think it was a sheep in wolf's clothing. it lacked the toughness that we need in such a measure.
the republicans are now indeed scrambling. they cannot figure out how to stay on the good side of the nra and still be credible with the american people. i can say with absolute certainty that i am determined to see commonsense solutions that reflect common ground, but they need to be effective and stop the kind of terrorist extremism and every day gun violence on our streets. it takes 30,000 people every year. we are not giving up, we are not going away, we will not relent. in this effort. i would like to introduce a great partner from the state of new jersey. now that he has arrived, a great partner and friend from the
state of florida, bill nelson. nelson: what am i going to tell 49 grieving families? going to tell the families of those still in the hospital fighting for their lives? what am i going to tell the trauma surgeon whose bloodstained shoes have been showed on a picture on so many news programs? know insaid he did not the midst the screams and the cries if they were black or white or gay or straight as they brought in over 40 all at one time into that trauma operating room.
what am i going to tell the community of orlando that is trying to come together in the healing? sadly what i'm going to have to tell them is the nra won again. sen. booker: so, it is clear we are at war with terrorism. it is clear there are people that are plotting against us every day. it's clear that there are folks seeking to inspire and radicalize folks here and abroad to attack this country. and given what we have seen from and given what we have seen from san bernardino to orlando, a vote was taken to make us safer , you saw senator after senator leave us with these gaping vulnerabilities. we are in a country, we live in a nation right now where someone on a visa waiver, people like those who carried out the
attacks in belgium, a visa waiver country, can get on a plane and instead of doing their attack in belgium, they can come to the united states, walk into a gun show, buy a trunk full of weapons, and carry out the same attacks we saw overseas right here in america. we live in a nation right now, thanks to the vote we just saw, where some folks who are under fbi investigation, who are on the terrorist watch list, who are on the no-fly list -- can't get on a plane, but they can carry out unspeakable violence by going to a gun show, going on the internet, buying weapons, going to a school, a church, a mosque, a playground, and carry out unspeakable violence. we now still live in a nation thanks to the vote that was just
taken that someone can be a criminal and make terroristic threats, could have stalked their ex-girlfriend, been arrested for that and can still go to a gun show, can still go on the internet, get a weapon , and kill them. our job is to protect this nation, protect our citizens. what happened today is so troubling and disturbing and frustrating that when there are gaping holes -- when literally our enemy is telling people to exploit these holes, to kill us, we have left these loopholes open. so today, i am angry, i am frustrated, but i come alike my fellow senators standing with me now, will not let this finite
defeat undermine our infinite determination to close these gaping loopholes. we may have lost today, but we will not give up. in my appeal to the american people, because as was set already, we have the overwhelming majority of folks with us. it is time we begin to demonstrate the truth, that the power of the people is greater than the people in power. they cannot block sensible , commonsense legislation that from having this kind of grievous bloodshed again and again and again. if we do nothing, more people in our country will likely die. for all those folks who say time and time again, "we are at war
with terror," what we have been doing by not closing this loophole is to aid and abet those people who seek to get weapons to kill us. i will not stop fighting. i will stand with my colleagues here, and we will continue this effort. it is our hope that folks will start lifting their voice, that we will not wait until the next mass shooting that seems to happen every two months. there is enough blood and enough death, enough killing going on. we have all the evidence we need to do more. doing nothing is unacceptable. so the fight continues. reid: i want to extend my personal appreciation to senator durbin and senator
schumer who are here. where's patty? and of course the statements made by the senators who addressed you. we are going to take a few questions. i'm happy to do that. yes. >> you have two democrats voting against measures like you are talking about. how do you get everybody else on board? sen. reid: it is interesting you would directed to our democrats. there are 46 of us, more than 90% of us voted each time. i think you should not focus on the one or two that voted against what we feel is good legislation. i think you should keep your focus on republicans, we are doing our job. >> don't you need all of your people as well as a dozen of them? sen. reid: please, there is 46 of us.
i mentioned earlier, republicans are just about as phony as anyone can be. all they care about is taking care of the nra. you get somebody that is in a difficult situation like the senator from new hampshire, junior senator from new she is going to try to justify what she is doing. you can't explain what she is doing. the people of new hampshire are going to recognize that. whatn you tell us about you think the collins amendment is really going to do? do you see a serious effort to legislate, and do you think the democrats can vote for it? sen. reid: i think susan collins is a serious legislature. but you know what is interesting -- i don't know any of my colleagues have seen this. i have not seen it. it's been kind of secretive. i would hope we can see that soon. i'm told --rybody,
i left the floor a couple of , mcconnell is filing another piece of legislation on some completely different thing. nothing doing with collins, something else. keep in mind what we have to do around here. let's look at the big picture. let's look at the forest. he has found closure on something tonight, i'm sure they will divert our attention away from the votes. we are going to be will to get to that on wednesday. the claimant measure may get closure. that is 30 hours after that. now we are into thursday, and we haven't even done the bill of our own. don't forget about zika, more than 1000 women are certainly concerned about that. we have had births of children in the united states with small brains, skulls that are not right. and we are doing nothing on that. we have waited forever to do something about puerto rico.
where is that? comedefault on everything the first of the month. where is something on opioids? people are dying every day with opioids. and we are waiting for a conference to go forward on that. so, everybody, where is the responsibility of the majority here? >> i just want you to answer as well -- susan collins is a serious legislature. she has always voted with us. it's a good thing. the key question is not whether susan collins will try to offer a compromise, but if that is whether republicans will finally join her so we can get something done. that is the key question, not whether susan collins is willing to compromise. she always has been. but will for the first time with the world changing with
wolves, cannd lone 20 republicans finally stepping up to the plate and passing the most modest of measures, that will stop terrorists from getting guns? sen. reid: three times we have heard mention the fact that everybody likes susan, and we know if some is going to pass, to get republican votes, she is out there alone all the time. one more question. yes. why did the previous bill wayside, the only bipartisan background check bill? sen. reid: we offered senator mcconnell that he could do that today. he refused to do it. we would set aside one of ours and he said no. he is off doing something else. so that is the answer to that one. thanks, everybody.
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