tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN September 18, 2016 6:00am-7:01am EDT
granted. i am working every single day to earn your support. i need your help over the next 52 days to bring our campaign across the finish line together. [applause] barbara jordan famously said that a government is invigorated when each of us is willing to participate in shaping the future of this nation. tonight, please keep doing what you are doing but also help to register voters, tell others about the clear choice in this election. in some states, early voting is nearly here. we need to keep the pressure on. send a loud and clear message, once and for all, we are stronger together. and no matter what, remember trumps hate.
i love you also. i want to thank the cbc foundation, chairman butterfield , members of the congressional black caucus, the whole cbc family. good to be with the conscious of congress. i also want to congratulate tonight's honorees beginning , a founding wrangle member of the cbc, and outstanding public servant who as we just talked about will -- we will be riding off into the sunset together. fudge.ntative marcia robert smith. family, andmmanuel your trailblazer award recipient, my friend, a champion
for change, secretary hillary clinton. there is an extra spring in my step tonight. guys,ot know about you but i am so relieved that the whole birther thing is over. mean, i still, north korea -- isil, north korea, climate things-- none of those weighed on my mind like the validity of my birth certificate. and to think, that with just 124 days to go, under the wire, we got that result. that is a boost for me in the home stretch. other breaking news, the
world is round, not flat. [laughter] -- this is of course my last dinner president. i show up, i will have to buy a ticket. -- the next time i show up, i will have to buy a ticket. don't get me wrong though, we have so much work to do and we are sprinting through the tape of the days are winding down. that whenever michelle or i travel around the country, folks, and say -- we are so sad to see you go. and i really appreciate that. and michelle says -- that is right. a bunch of young people were chanting -- four more years.
and she said -- nope, nope, nope. she is ready. but we do want to take this opportunity just to say thank you for your support over the years, to say thank you for your friendship, to say thank you for your prayers. as i just look across this auditorium, there is so many people here who lifted us up and adied us when ste things got tough. when we begin this journey coming on 10 years now, we said, this was not about us. it wasn't about me, michelle, it wasn't just to be a black president or the president of black america.
we understood the power of the symbol. we know what it means for a generation of children to see folks like us in the white house. and as michelle says, we have tried to be role models for all children because we know they watch everything we do as adults. they look to us as an example. so, we have taken the responsibility seriously. i have been blessed to have a wife and partner on this journey who makes it look so easy. and is so strong and honest and beautiful and smart. but we are all just thankful because you guys have lifted us up every step of the way. we know, however, that what
matters most for our community is not just the simple, not just an african-american president. it is having a president who is going to do his or her darndest to make the right decisions, and to fight the right fights. think about the fights we have waged together in the last eight years. together, we fought our way back from the worst recession in 80 years, turned an economy that was in a freefall, helped our businesses create more than 15 million jobs. we declared that health care is not a privilege for a few but a right for everybody. secured coverage for another 20 million americans including another 3 million african-americans. our high school graduation rate is at an all-time high including african-american students.
more african-americans are graduating from college than ever before. together we have begun to work , on reforming our criminal justice system, reducing the federal prison population, and and ending the use of solitary confinement for juveniles, then it the box for federal employers, reinvigorating the civil rights division, pushing to make sure that communities and police are working together to make sure our streets are safe and that our laws are applied equally. we are giving opportunities for kids that they do not get in the criminal justice system in the first place and i would like to thank all of you who helped us reach communities across the country.
this week we learned that last , year across every race and age group in america, income rose and poverty fell compared physical household incomes grew at the fastest growth rate on record, lifted 3.5 million people out of poverty including one million children, the largest drop in 50 years. by so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was eight years ago. none of it has been quick or easy. none of it has come without a fight. so much of our work remains unfinished. we knew that we would not solve our challenges in one turn or
even one presidency, not even in one lifetime compared we understand better than anybody that this is the story of america, that the project of america is never finished good it is constantly a work in progress and what has always made us unique is our capacity to change. our conviction that change does not come from a ruler button comes from the bottom up from us whether it is women seeking the right to vote or john lewis leading a march in selma we do our part to slowly steadily make our reunion a little bit more perfect. we know that. that is what we have done for eight years. and now that is what we have to keep on doing. you may have heard hillary's opponent in the election say that there is even a worse time
to be a black person. [laughter] pres. obama: he missed that whole civics lesson about slavery and jim crow. [laughter] pres. obama: but we got a museum for him to visit, so he can turn in. [cheers and applause] pres. obama: we will educate him. [cheers] pres. obama: he says, we've got nothing left to lose so we might as well support somebody who hasn't fought against civil rights and fought against equality and who has shown no regard for working people for most of his life. we do have challenges, but we are not stupid. [cheers and applause]
pres. obama: we know the progress we have made despite the forces of opposition, despite the forces of discrimination, despite the politics of backlash. and we intend to keep fighting against those forces. when governors refused to expand medicaid, it hits the folks most in need. we will fight. when folks block and increase the minimum wage or refuse to expand paid family leave or will not guarantee equal pay, hurting the pockets of every family, we will fight. when we are not investing in the schools that our kids deserve, when one group americans is treated differently under the
law, when there are those who somehow think it is wrong to make sure that folks have access to affordable housing lawyer on willing to do what it takes to make sure our veterans the benefits that they have earned or aren't helping to sign folks up for health insurance, we will not stop our march for justice. we will not stop pushing for the security and prosperity of all people. that doesn't stop with my presidency. we are just getting started. [applause] pres. obama: and when people -- when, across this country in 2016, there are those who were still trying to deny people the right to vote. we have got to push back twice as hard.
right now in multiple states , republicans are actively and openly trying to prevent people from voting, adding barriers to registration, cutting early voting, closing polling places in predominately minority communities, refusing to send absentee ballots, kicking people off of the roles incorrectly. this should be a national scandal. we were supposed to have already won that fight. we're the only advanced democracy that has actively discouraged people from voting. it is a shame. and then they try to justify it by telling us that voter fraud is rampant. between 2000-2012 there were 10 cases of voter impersonation nationwide. 10. people do not get up and say, i'm going to impersonate somebody and go vote. they don't do that.
meanwhile, some of the same folks who were trying to keep you from voting turn a blind eye to thousands of people who were killed by guns, imposing the voter identification restriction so that a gun license can get you on the ballot but a student id can't. we are more afraid of a ballot then a bullet. our work is not done. if we are going to advance the cause of justice and equality and prosperity and freedom, then we also have to acknowledge that even if we eliminated every
restriction on voting, we would still have one of the lowest voting rates among free people and that is not good. that is on us. i am reminded of all of the folks who had to count bubbles in a bar of soap. it beats tried to register voters in mississippi, risked everything so that they can pull that lever. so, if i hear anybody say that their vote doesn't matter, then it doesn't matter who we elect. read up on your history. it matters. we have got to get people to vote. [applause] pres. obama: in fact, if you want to give michele and me a sendoff, do not just watch us walking into the sunset, get
people registered to vote. if you care about our legacy, realize everything we stand for is at stake, all the progress we have made is at stake in this election. my name may of the on the ballot that our progress is on the ballot. tolerance is on the ballot. democracy is on the ballot. justice is on the ballot. [cheers and applause] pres. obama: schools are on the ballot. ending mass incarceration -- that is on the ballot right now. there is one candidate who will advance those things and there is another candidate whose defining principle, the central theme of his candidacy is opposition to all that we have done.
there is no such
thing as a vote that doesn't matter. it all matters. after we have achieved historic turnout in 2008 and 2012 in the african-american community, i would consider it an insult to my legacy if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election. you want to give me a good sendoff? go vote. i going to be working as hard as i can the next seven weeks to make sure that folks do. [applause] pres. obama: hope is on the ballot and fear is on the ballot, too.
hope is on the ballot and fear is on the ballot, too. a few days ago, michelle and my mother-in-law and the girls and i, we got an early look at the new smithsonian national museum of african american history and culture. [applause] we looked at the shackles that were used to bring folks over. we saw the shacks slaves have been trying to make a way out of no way.
and then, with each successive level, we saw unimaginable courage and struggles and the sacrifice and the humor and the innovation and the hope that led to such extraordinary progress even in our lifetimes. and it made us proud, not because we had arrived but because, what a road we have had to travel. what a miracle that despite such hardship, we have been able to do so much. and i know everybody in this room understands that progress is not inevitable.
its sustainment depends on us. it is not just a matter of having a black president or first lady, it is a matter of engaging all of our citizens in the work of our democracy. it was that slave who said, you know what? despite the risk of the lash, i am going to learn how to read. it is harriet tubman saying, despite the risk to my life, i am going to free my people. it's sammy lou hamer saying despite the ostracism, the blowback, i am going to sit down here in this convention hall and i'm going to tell people what it
is like to live the life i am living. i'm going to testify to why change needs to come. it's a young john lewis saying, i am going to march despite those horses i see in front of me. all of those ordinary people, all of those folks whose names aren't in history books, they never got a video providing a tribute to them. that is why we are here. that is how progress is sustained. and then it is a matter of electing people to office who understand that story, who feel it in their hearts, in their guts, and understand that government cannot solve all of our problems but it can be a force for good. to experience this incredible
museum is to be reminded, we are just a small part of a long journey. generation after generation, striving against the odds. what an inspiration they are. and what an inspiration all of you are, especially the young people who are here. that is why i am still fired up. that is why i am still ready to go. and if you are to, if you are ready to continue this journey that we started, then join me. register folks to vote, get them to the polls, the marching, keep fighting, keep organizing. if we understand it, this isn't the end, this is the beginning, we are just getting going, then i have never been more optimistic that our best days are still ahead.
campaign 20 16, season continues on the road to the white house. back tol want to get making america strong and great again. i am running for everyone working hard to support their families. everyone that has been knocked down but gets back up. ahead, live coverage of the presidential and vice presidential debates on c-span, the c-span radio app and c-span.org. monday, september 26 is the first presidential debate live from hofstra university. by presidential candidates governor mike pence and senator tim kaine will debate at longboard university. on sunday, october nights, washington university posts the second presidential debate.
leading up to the third and final presidential debate. taking place at the university on octoberas vegas 19. live coverage of the presidential and vice presidential debates on c-span. listen live on the free c-span radio app or watch live or anytime on-demand on c-span.org. now, republican presidential nominee donald trump speaks to families whose loved ones have been killed by a legal immigrants. he gave those comments at a remembrance project event in houston. it is an hour. >> good afternoon. thank you for attending our first annual remembrance luncheon where we honor and remember americans who have been
killed by illegal aliens, individuals who should not have been in the country in the first place. on june 16 2015, most americans probably do not remember that day but our families do. we remember that day because that is the day that donald trump announced his run for president of the united states. [applause] there is only one candidate who spoke the truth, there is only one candidate who reached out to our families. our stolen lives of families. america's most forgotten families. there is only one candidate who embraced and took in his arm the mothers whose children were
killed, innocent victims. for over 15 months, mr. trump has traveled across the united states and met with our families. and listened to their stories. he is the only candidate who will support the national program that our families have put forth. this amazing man is mr. donald trump and i would like for you all to put your hands together and give a warm welcome that we are so honored for mr. trump to be here with our families. [applause]
♪ mr. trump: great people, thank you. thank you for the introduction. thank you for the work that you and your organization do to honor these stolen american lives and to advocate for justice on behalf of all american victims. thank you, folks. what you have to go through is unbelievable. [applause] i'm honored to be here today and to shine a national spotlight on a group of victims who have been forced -- i mean truly forced into the shadows.
these stories are not featured in the news. you have no demonstrators taking to the streets on your behalf. you have no special interests taking up your cause. and the politicians ignore your cries for help. but i never will. [applause] i've known many of you for a long time now. seems like a long time. i'm still here and you are still here, right? still fighting. i've met many incredible people during the course of this campaign, but nothing has moved me more deeply than the time i've spent with the families of the remembrance project. the folks at remembrance are doing such an incredible job. [applause]
the strength and courage that you shown in your very often lonely fight for justice will get there. you are the heroes. your actions will help us to save the next 1000 american citizens from losing their brothers and sisters and sons and daughters and parents. the most fundamental duty of government is to protect american lives. [applause] donald trump: anyone who fails to understand this is not fit to hold public office. [applause] donald trump: every day our
border remains open, americans are needlessly victimized and killed. every day, centuries of these are left in place commitments innocent americans are put in harms way. -- sanctuary cities are left in place, innocent americans are put in harms way. a day a loving parent is at risk of losing their child. it is happening every single day. all across this country, dining room tables have an mdc at the family table because our government abandoned its duty and failed to enforce its basic laws. there are a lot of numbers in the immigration debate. i've been talking about it for a long time. obviously, people agree with me because you see what's happening, you see the numbers, you see the polls, you see what's going on at the rallies. a lot of people agree with me. almost everyone agrees.
what's not to agree with? [applause] donald trump: what's not to agree? let me give you the most important number of all. most important number of all is the number of american lives that is acceptable to lose in the name of illegal immigration. let me tell you what that number is. zero. [applause] donald trump: our nation should not accept one lost american
life. what do you tell the mother who just buried her daughter because someone who was released at the border who should have been sent home or should have been in prison in another country? what you tell the young boy who will grow up without a dad because the criminal was deported five times but was allowed to keep coming back? -- grow up without a dad. what do you tell a wife who has lost her husband because a sanctuary city released an illegal immigrant from behind bars? this has to end, it will end if i become president. i promise you, it will. [applause] donald trump: thank you. [crowd chanting "trump"] [crowd chanting "trump"]
donald trump: thank you, everybody. thank you. i love you. i love everybody in this room. special people. not one more american life should be given up in the name of open borders. just look at what happened in the last few days the last week, it was reported that authorities detained an illegal immigrant in the austin area who is responsible for nearly a dozen sexual assaults and had been previously deported five times within a three-year period.
a sheriff's department master deputy was killed by an illegal immigrant. deputy collins was killed only hours after his daughter's fourth birthday. two correctional officers in california were quickly wounded after being shot by illegal immigrant who overstayed his visa. this individual had been convicted of child rape and was slated to be deported, but his home country refused to take them back. he was simply too bad, too tough, too evil. they said we refuse to take them back. one of the victims has six children, is an air force veteran and a high school football coach. the other victim is a mother and a grandmother. when hillary clinton with secretary of state, this country refusing to take back deported
citizen came before hillary clinton's desk but she failed to take forceful action and ignored the federal law requiring her to suspend visas to countries that don't take back their citizens. she did not want to get involved. politician. politicians. according to a report from "the boston globe," from 2008-2014, nearly 13,000 criminal aliens were released back into u.s. communities because their home countries would not take them back. they were too tough, too angry, too evil, they don't want them back. and we don't force them back. we want to be nice people and nice and politically correct.
and they are all roaming the streets. most of these 13,000 releases occurred on hillary clinton's watch. she had the power and duty to stop it and she didn't. now, my opponent will never be with you. no interest. you know that because you've been trying for years. they've been trying for years. she will never hear your stories, she will never share your pain. she will only meet with the donors and the special interests and the open border advocates. her plan calls for total amnesty in the first 100 days, which means obamacare, social security and medicare for illegal immigrants. her plan calls for catch and release of the border -- at the border.
sanctuary cities closing detention centers and a virtual end to immigration enforcement in the united states of america. hillary clinton has even announced that she plans to go around congress and implement amnesty by executive order. violating our constitution and putting the entire nation in grave peril. hillary clinton is the person, the first person to ever run for the presidency effectively proposing to abolish the borders around the country that she is supposed to be representing. but the media doesn't want you to know that. so, they will never ask her any questions about her plan.
won't be talked about at the debate. which is going to be a very interesting time. [laughter] [applause] donald trump: like how she will give lifetime welfare and entitlements to illegal immigrants and how many people will be victimized egos of the illegal immigrants that will be released from federal custody. right at the border. or inside of the border. she is not asked to explain what you will say to the american workers who will lose their jobs when she prints out millions of work permits for those here totally against the law, many of whom have very substantial problems. your cause in your stories are ignored by our political establishment because they are determined to keep our border
open at any cost. to them, your presence is just too inconvenient. it is an inconvenience. but help is coming. i will tell you that. [applause] on november 8, we are going to win the white house. [applause] and we are going to deliver justice for every american family and every single american victim. you know what that means. [applause] together, we will save american lives and prevent the next 1000 american parents from suffering
the same fate as the people in this room today. their loved ones will not have died in vain. believe me. [applause] they will not have died in vain. since 2013 alone, think of this, since 2013, the obama administration has allowed 300,000 criminal aliens to return back into the united states and its communities. these are individuals encountered or identified by ice but were not detained or processed for deportation. according to the federal government's own data, there were more than 2 million convicted criminal illegal immigrants inside of the united states right now.
we wonder why do we have such 2 million. crime, why do we have such violence? this is true violence. violence like most people have never even heard of before. however, this figure does not include the many individuals who have committed crimes but escape justice, fled the jurisdiction. or were otherwise never caught and many of the folks are in that position. you sometimes know who they are and yet, they are never caught we are going to catch them. [applause] donald trump: many crimes committed by people here illegally remain open cases. and yet, our government knows a lot about the people. but they don't go after them. they have killed people and they don't go after them. at the same time, hundreds of individuals who have been given
visas and refuge -- think of this, they've been given visas their refugee admissions into the country subsequently were charged with terrorism and nobody does anything about it. it's the most unbelievable thing i've seen -- that's why it's become a personal passion for me when i see these people and there's so many people cannot remember its project, there is -- this is a small group, compared what were talking about. the devastation is unbelievable. we are admitting people here with no idea of who they are and we don't know much about them. we don't know what they believe, we don't know if they have love in their heart for our country or they have hatred in their heart for our country. whether it's drugs, terrorism or
violent crime, our government is really feeling that utterly failing its core mission to defend and protect the people of this country. the border patrol agents, these are incredible people. they endorsed me. first time they've ever endorsed a presidential candidate. [applause] donald trump: thank you. they've warned that hillary clinton's plan will put the entire country in grave danger. i fully understand that. they called it radical, deeply dangerous and warned it would trigger an unprecedented national crisis. they know better than any consultant, they know better than anybody, the border patrol agents, let's just remember our goal, to prevent the next family from suffering the same terrible fate. [applause]
that is what is at stake in this election. i am now going to invite some of the bravest people i know and i mean that 100% to come up here and speak. we picked five families. if you could say a few words. how about we start over here? perfect. thank you. [applause] >> thank you so much for being here. my name is laura wilkerson. our son was killed in 2010. he was brutally beaten, tortured, strangled to death and his body was set on fire. we've sent out letters to every
presidential candidate and the only one we got back was from mr. donald trump. he has really given us a voice. [applause] >> our goal is to help people when this happens in their lives. our first goal is to stop it, but we know there will be more before it stopped. we want to help them with their expenses and legal counsel if need be and to tell them that we have rights. we should have more rights than the killer. [applause] >> i also just want to say that if we are all deplorables, we are doing something right. [applause] >> my name is brenda sparks, my son's name was eric.
he was raised by a legal immigrant only to be mowed down on the road by an illegal alien. that illegal alien did not one second in jail. he is out there on the road and mr. trump is the only one that has listened to us. he's the only one that has spoken directly to me. and i thank him for that. i will be voting for trump because he wants to protect you. [applause] >> my name is julie and my son, spencer, in the sanctuary city of houston, texas last year was driving home and was sitting at a red light when an illegal alien went on a shooting spree, drove by and shot him in the head. he died alone in his car. i want to thank mr. trump for bringing this issue to the national attention.
the illegal that killed my son had been deported four times, was a known gang member, he had burglary, assault and attempted murder on his record. and he was still driving and presumably working and living fine in houston, texas. a sheriff's deputy came at the end of the shooting spree and put an end to the shooting spree and to the illegal alien so he could not continue on. [applause] >> thank you very much. [applause] >> my name is agnes. my family legally immigrated to the united states after trying three times. it took us 13 years. we came with a job contract. [applause] >> my father had a job contract,
we had to sign legal documents stating we would not for public assistance. the ironic thing about it is an illegal alien murdered my son, my only son, who had been previously deported. my biggest fear is that anyone who would have to go through the life sentence i lived with and other families live with because of what this guy did to our family, i would never have the chance of having my son tell me happy birthday. next month is my birthday and all i want for my birthday is a new president, donald trump. [applause] >> my name is juan pena and my daughter kristi had just turned 14 years old. they found her murdered in castroville.
she had been strangled, she had been stabbed, she had been raped, sodomized and they threw her body in the field in february in the rainy season. during this time, this person in had kidnapped two other 1987 14-year-old girls and had been caught and was still out on the streets. when he killed my daughter, he left to mexico, came back and tried to kidnap a 12-year-old girl. at 7:00 in the morning on her way to school. he got away again. now, they finally got him after 25 years in mexico. it is hard to get somebody extradited from mexico. they asked me what i thought about the relations with mexico and the states that the united states and i told them it's great.
if you are focused on bell peppers and tomatoes. other than that, it's nothing. i thank everybody for being here. thank god you're here. i come from a sanctuary city. thank you. [applause] donald trump: thank you very much. these are a few of the stories, there are thousands of these stories and we have to work very hard and we have to be very smart. these are truly wounded families. -- i said, does it get better with time? and they actually said it doesn't and sometimes it gets worse with time, which is something that is incredible. i want to thank all these great people. they are representing a lot of
other people. thousands and thousands of people were similar things have happened. i would like to ask maria to come back up and we are going to ask her to say a few words. thank you. [applause] maria: again, thank you all for being here. please stay involved with all the families here. we will make a presentation. >> in honor of the work you have done for these families and the families across the country and the work you are going to do as president of the united states of america -- [applause] >> i present this plaque, representing the loved ones of the families who have been killed by illegal aliens who are here with us today.
and with that, we say, from the remembrance project and the families who have lost their loved ones in those who have not yet but unfortunately will lose their loved ones to illegal aliens, we present this memorial to you. [applause] donald trump: thank you very much. [applause] donald trump: thank you very much, folks. i really appreciate it. to these unbelievably strong and brave people, we will fight and we will win and again, i say, your loved ones will not have died in vain. believe me. ok? thank you, everyone. thank you very much. [applause]
>> here is a look at our schedule. next, washington journal. at 10:00, it is newsmakers with california congressman adam schiff on reported russian hacking of u.s. computer systems and counterterrorism strategies of hillary clinton and donald trump. after that, a house meeting on proposed rules changes for members serving in the congress. >> adams was not a good president. if his career had ended at the end of his presidency, as his father's has ended, i would not have written a book about him. trumpight, on q&a, james talks about his book -- john quincy adams: militant spirit. the thing that strikes you,
he is a politician, he has held elected office. he did not form alliances. he did not do anything you would do in order to be able to persuade people who otherwise might not have gone along with your agenda to do so. and so, his four years in the white house were just pain. everything was hard. he achieved almost nothing. 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span's q&a. next, it is washington journal. eliana johnsonde of the national review on recent developments in campaign 20 16th including polling numbers and public opinion. and after that, author joe man ofn on his book -- the world: the further endeavors of bill clinton. he has known bill and hillary
clinton for several years. he will also discuss bill clinton's post-present -- post-presidency years. ♪ host: good morning. i live look at the u.s. capitol. the house and senate back in session this week. trying to work out a compromise on the spending bill. agreement, wicked city possibility of another government shutdown. both parties saying the expect to reach an agreement before the end of the month. president heading to new york for the start of the un's general assembly. in last before stepping down january. presidential