tv U.S. House of Representatives Legislative Business CSPAN November 14, 2016 6:00pm-7:01pm EST
that. people will still be looking to the united states. our example will still carry great weight. and it continues to be my strong belief that the way we are going to make sure that everybody feels a part of this global economy is not by shutting ourselves from each other but by working together more effectively than we have in the past. reporter: some of the harsh words you had about mr. trump alling him to be unfit to be ment. does anything concern you about a trump presidency? president obama: well, we had a
very cordial conversation and that didn't surprise me to some agree, because i think he is think y a person who i have ao mix it up and to vigorous debate. nd what's clear is that he was able to tap into the anchingseyits and the enthusiasm was s voters in a way that impressive. and i said so to him, because i think that to the extent that there were a lot of folks who missed the trump phenomenon, i
think that connection that he was able to make with his supporters, that was impervious to events that might have surning another candidate, that's powerful stuff. i think he is coming to this hard and h fewer set, fast prescriptions that other presidents might be running with. i don't think he is ideological. he is pragmatic in that way. and that can serve him well. as long as he has got good people around him and a clear sense of direction. do i have concerns? absolutely. i have some concerns. he and i differ on a whole bunch
of issues. the federal government and our democracy is not a speedboat but a ocean liner. it took a lot of hard work to make significant policy changes even in our first two years when we had larger majorities than mr. trump will enjoy when he comes into office. one of the things i vizzed him to make sure is before he commits to certain courses of action, he has thought through how various issues play themselves out. i'll use an obvious example, where we have a difference, but it will be interesting to see what happens in the coming year
and that is the affordable care act. obviously, this has been the holy grail for republicans over the last six, seven years is we have to kill obamacare. ow that has been taken as an article of faith. this is terrible and doesn't work and we have to undo it. and now that republicans are in charge they have to say, let's see. they have 20 million who have health insurance who didn't have it before. health care costs generally have gone up at a significantly slower rate since obamacare was passed than they did before which saved the treasury hundreds of billions of dollars. people who have health insurance are benefiting in all sorts of
ways, everything from having no lifetime limits on the claims they can make to seniors getting drug discounts under medicare, to free mammograms. now it's one thing to say this thing isn't working. suddenly, you are in charge and going to repeal it. what happens to those 20 million people who have health insurance. are you going to kick them off and suddenly, they don't have health insurance and what ways are their lives better? are you going to repeal the provision that insures that if you do have health insurance on your job or change jobs or lose jobs and start a small business and not going to have health
insurance because you have a pre-existing. are you going to change the policy that kids can stay on their parents' health insurance plans until they are 26. how are you going to approach these issues. my view is if they can come up with something better that actually works and a year or two after they have replaced the affordable care act with their own plan that 25 million have health insurance and it's cheaper and better and running smoothly, i'll be the first one to say, that's great. congratulations. if, on the other hand, whatever the proposal results in millions of people losing coverage and results in people who already have health insurance losing
protections that were contained in the legislation, then we are going to have a problem. and i don't think that's not going to be unique to me. i think the american people will respond that way. so i think on a lot of issues, what you are going to see is now comes the hard part. now comes governance. we are going to be able to present to the incoming administration, a country that is stronger, a federal government that is working better and more efficiently, a national security apparatus that is both more effective and truer to our values, energy polls -- policies that are resulting in not just less pollution, but so more jobs and and i think
the president-elect, rightly, expect that he is judged on whether we improve from that baseline and on those metrics or things get worse. and if things get worse, then the american people will figure that out pretty quick. if things get better, more power to him. reporter: you talked about his temperment. do you have any concerns about his temperment? >> as i said, whatever you bring o this office, this office has a habit of magnifying and pointing out and hopefully correct for. this may seem like a silly
example, i can't keep track of paper. i'm not well organized in that way. and so, pretty quickly, after i'm getting stacks of briefing books coming in every night, i say to myself, i have to figure out a system, because i have bad filing, sorting and organizing habits and i have to find some people who can help me keep track of this stuff. that seems trivial but that ends up being a big business. the president-elect, there are certain elements of his temperment that will not serve him well unless he recognizes them and corrects them, because when you are a candidate and you say something that is inaccurate or controversial, it has less
inaudible] many people criticize the administration for this. inaudible] president obama: iran is a good example of the gap, i think, between some of the rhetoric in this town. not unique to the president-elect and the reality. i think there was a really robust debate about the merits of the iran deal before it was completed. and i actually was pretty proud of how our democracy was. there was a serious debate.
people of goodwill were on both sides of the issue. ultimately, we were able to persuade members of congress and the public, at least enough of them to support it. at the time the main argument against it was iran wouldn't abide by the deal. that they would cheat. we now have over a year of evidence that they have abided by the agreement. that's not just my opinion and not just people in my administration, but the opinion of israeli and military officers who are part of the government that opposed the deal. so my suspicion is when the president-elect comes in and he's consulting with his republican colleagues on the hill, that they will look at the
facts because to unravel a deal that is working and preventing iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon would be hard to explain particularly if they were freed from any obligations and pursue any weapon. keep in mind, this isn't just an agreement between us and the iran but our closest allies. pull out would then require us to sart sanking those other countries in europe, china or russia, that were still abiding by the deal because from their perspective, iran has done what it supposed to do. becomes more difficult to undo something that's working
than to undo something that isn't working. and when you're not responsible for it, i think you can call it a terrible deal. when you are responsible for the deal preventing iran from getting a nuclear weapon, you are more likely to look at the facts. that is going to be true in other circumstances. for example, the paris agreement. there has been a lot of talk about the possibility of undoing this international combreement. there are 200 countries that signed up for this thing. and the good news is that what we have been able to show over eight years , six, is that it's possible to grow the economy really fast and
possible to bring down carbon emissions as well. it's not just a bunch of rules we have set up, you've got utilities that are putting in solar panels and creating jobs. you got the big three auto makers who have seen record sales and overachieving on the fuel efficiency standards that we set. turns out that people like not having to fill up as often and save money at the pump even if it's good for the environment. you have states like california, that has been moving forward on a clean energy agenda, separate and apart from any federal regulations that have been put forward. 40% of the country already lives under -- in states that are actively pursuing what's
embodied in the paris agreement and clean power plan. and in states like texas that politically tend to oppose me, you have seen huge increases in wind power and solar power and you have some of the country's biggest companies like google and wal-mart pursuing energy efficiency because it has been good for their bottom line. we have embedded a lot of these practices into our economy works and helped the bottom line of folks. what the paris agreement now says that china and indian yeah and other countries potentially polluting, come on board. come on board so you guys do the same thing. and the biggest threat when it comes to climate change and
pollution isn't going to come from us, it's going to come from china with over a billion people and india and if they are pursuing the same kind of strategies that we did, our kids will be choked off. and so again, do i think that new administration will make some changes, absolutely. but these international agreements, the tradition has been that you carry them forward across administrations, particularly if once you actually examine them, it turns out they are going to do good for us in the behavior that will help us. last question.
president obama: the goal of preventing benghazi from being slaughtered fairly quickly. it's no secret, and you know this region that sir cra is a much more messy situation with proxies coming from every direction. so i wish that i could bring this to a halt immediately. we have made every effort to try bring about a political resolution to this challenge. john kerry has spent an infin knit amount of time trying to
negotiate with russians and other parties to end the killing there. but what you're asking is do we have the capacity to carry out the same military action in syria than libya. the situation is different. we don't have that option easily available to us. so we have to continue to pursue as best we can, a political solution and in the interim, put as much pressure as we can to arrive at humanitarian safe spaces to alleviate the suffering that's on the ground. i recognize that that has not worked. d it is something that i continue to think about every day and we continue to try to
find some formula, that would allow us to see that suffering end. surprising it's not to you, because you studied this eply, that if you have a syrian military that is ommitted to killing its people indiscriminately as necessary and it is supported by russia, that now has substantial military assets on the ground and are actively supporting that recommending emand iran actively supporting that regime and we are supporting what has to be our number one national security priority which is going after isil in raqqa. that the situation is not the
same as it was in libya and there are some those who uestion the steps we took in libya. i indicated before in the aftermath of that campaign, i think the war of communities did not support the security structures there and now is a structures that we have to get back into a better place. i have given you -- ok. last question. eporter: [indevice earn i believe estion jfment -- [indiscernible question]
ong and hard before they are dangering the status of what ral -- for all practical purposes, they have done nothing wrong, they have gone to school and pledged allegiance to the flag and some of them joined the military and enrolled in school. if they are part of this program, they are solid wonderful, young people of good character. nd it is my strong belief that the majority of the american people would not want to see suddenly those kids have to start hiding again. and that's something that i will
encourage the president-elect to look at. with respect to guantanamo guantanamo, it is true that i have have not been able to close the darn thing because of the congressional restrictions put on us. what is also true, we have greatly reduced the population. you now have significantly less .han 100 people there there are some additional transfers that may be taking place over the next two months. there is a group of very dangerous people that we have strong evidence of having been guilty of committing terrorist ookts against the united states
but because of the nature of the evidence and in some cases that evidence being compromised, it's difficult to put them before an article 3 court. and that group has always been the biggest challenge for us. my strong belief and preference we would be better off closing gitmo and moving them to a different facility that was clearly governed by u.s. jurisdiction and do it a lot cheaper and just as safely. congress disagrees with me and i gather the president-elect does as well. we will continue to explore options for doing that. but keep in mind, it's not a matter of what i'm willing to do. one thing being president is that there are norms and laws
and you have to pay attention to them. and the people who work for you are also subject to those rules and norms. and that's the piece of advice incoming e to the president. i am very proud of the fact that we will knock on wood, leave this administration without significant scandal. we made mistakes and been screw-ups, but i will put the ethics of this administration and our track record in terms of ust abiding by the rules and norms and keeping the trust of the american people, i would put this administration against any administration in history. and the reason is because we listened to the lawyers, we had
a strong ethics and counsel's office and people in every agency whose job it was to remind people this is how you are supposed to do things. doesn't mean that everybody did things the way they are supposed to. we have two million people working in the federal government, we had to institutionalized. and one of my suggestions to the incoming president is that he take that part of the job seriously as well. again, you wouldn't know this if you were listening to some news outlets or members of oversight committees in congress. but it works. and this is just one example of the ways in which the federal
government is much better than the way it was. you look at v.a. people remember that legitimate problems that were publicized nell phoenix. what happened.us a ave brought in well over million people who were getting benefits that weren't getting them before. zribblet backlog for way down and made the agency work better, not work better. and the moderates have said better is good. perfect is attainable, better is possible. we will try to share the lessons
that we have learned with the incoming president and my hope is he makes things better and if he does, we will benefit from it. some of you who are traveling will have a chance to ask more questions. [indiscernible] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] u.s. ve look at the capitol. the house returned today. the senate is back tomorrow. the house gaveling for a couple votes dealing with concrete and masonry industry and preventing phone scams.
republicans will gather for their leadership elections and gathering, the full house will vote on the speak areship when they return. the senate gavels in tomorrow and follow the senate over on c-span 2. votes coming up next. vote on the motion of the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess, to spruelings and pass h.r. 985 as amended on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill.
caller: a bill to enable ncrete masonry to establish -- the clerk: a bill to establish concrete masonry products. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. his is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
speaker, house of representatives, sir, i have the honor to transmit here with a facsimile copy of a letter nato ed from mr. scott t. , indicating the preliminary results the honorable coleen hanabusa was elected representative of congress. signed sincerely, karen l. haas, clerk. the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, i have the honor to transmit ere with a facsimile copy -- the speaker: members -- the house will come to order. members please take your conversations off the. the clerk may continue. the clerk: i have the honor to transmit here with a facsimile copy from ms. mary sue helm of the kentucky office of election
indicating that according to the preliminary results of the special lech held november 8, 2016, the honorable james comber was elected representative to congress for the first congressional district, commonwealth of kentucky, signed sincerely, karen l. haas, clerk. the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, i have the honor to transmit copy ith a fact simly from jonathan marks, bureau commissions, elections and legislation, commonwealth of pennsylvania, indicating that according to the results held of the special election held november 8, 2016, the honorable dwight evans was elected to congress for the commonwealth of pennsylvania. signed, sincerely, karen l. haase, clerk. the speaker: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from haye seek reck -- recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent that
representative-elect coleen hanabusa of the state of hawaii be able to take the oath of office at this time. the speaker: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky seek recognition? the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. >> i ask unanimous consent that jamie comer, representative-elect of the first district of kentucky be allow to be sworn into office. the speaker: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that representative-elect dwight evans from the commonwealth of pennsylvania be able to take the oath of office at this time. he speaker: without objection. ill will the representative he was elect present themselves in the well. all members will rise and the representatives elect will present thems in the well and please raise their right hand.
do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic? that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation treely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you god? congratulations, you are now members of the 114th congress.
the speaker: without objection, the gentleman from hawaii -- the gentlewoman from hawaii, ms. gabard is recognized for one minute. ms. gabbard: i would like to personally congratulate and welcome back to congress my colleague from hawaii, colleen hanabusaing as she's sworn in to the 114th congress today to fill the remaining term of our dear friend, mark takai. she has a decades-long history of service to the people of hawaii. the speaker: the gentlelady will suspend. the house is not in order. members and staff please take your conversations off the floor. the house is not in order.
the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. gabbard: as a respected labor lawyer, colleen was first elected to the hawaii state senate in 1998 where she served as chairwoman of the senate judiciary committee, majority leader and eventually became the first female senate president. she was elected to serve hawaii's first congressional district in 2010, serbing in beth the 112th and 113th congress. most recently corbling lean served the community in many different capacities, including as the board chairwoman for the honolulu authority for rapid transit, overseing the multibillion dollar rail project on the island of oahu. i had the pleasure of serving with her during my first term in congress where we worked together to ensure hawaii's voice was heard here in washington and i look forward to continuing that work to
address the many important issues that lie before us, to serve hawaii once again. congratulations, coleen and i now back. yield to the gentlelady from roy. ms. hanabusa: thank you, mr. speaker. madam, minority lead aer, and of course, my colleague from the congressional district two of the wonderful state of hawaii. being here today among all of me so ny of you welcomed swarmly -- warmly, is bittersweet. i'm here because our good colleague and friend, mark takai, unfortunately passed just too early. however, before he passed he asked that i seek the election of my old seat again, so that we