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[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.] the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. to amend the communications act of 1934 to ensure the integrity of voice communications and to prevent unjust or unreasonable discrimination among areas of the united states in the delivery of such communications -- the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., november 16, 2016. i hereby appoint the honorable john j. duncan jr. to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 5, 2016, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip , but in o five minutes no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from illinois, mr.
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quigley, for five minutes. mr. quigley: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, it has been 32 years since we have experienced a single month with a temperature below the 20th century average. we are now all but certain that 2016 will be the single hottest year on record, replacing 2015 and 2014, which both held that title before it. as we stand here today, representatives from 195 nations, including our own, our meeting in morocco to discuss how the world will move forward to implement the historic paris agreement forged last december. yet, in that same one-year span, the president-elect used his campaign for our country's highest office to promote policy ideas that will not only pollute the planet but expos millions of americans -- expose millions of americans to loss of life, livelihood and
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property. if these dangerous ideas are put into action, they will imperil the unique and fragile ecosystems that make the united states a wonder of the world. and saddle our economy with potentially trillions of dollars in increased health care, all while preventing american businesses and consumers from realizing the economic opportunities of a low carbon economy. we've heard from the next commander in chief that climate change is a hoax, concocted by the chinese. beyond absurdity. climate change is real. it is happening and it is man made. the science -- the scientists are in strong steadfast agreement. just take a look at the last month here in the united states. in october more than 5,600 all-time high temperature records were set. only 350 all-time cold records happened in the same time span.
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in a stable climate, these numbers will be about even. we do not have a stable climate. our next president has also claimed that climate change action is costing our country money when in fact the opposite is true. independent analysis has demonstrated that president obama's clean power plan could save the united states more than $20 billion a year in decreased costs related to climate impacts and will put more than $80 a year back into the pockets of everyday americans in decreased energy costs by 2030. not to mention the economic activity that will be spurred by the creation of thousands of new clean energy jobs. the federal government has also found that damage to human health, agriculture losses, decreased biodiversity and the physical impacts of sea level rise, drought, wildfires and other climate impacts will cost more than $150 billion a year in the united states alone. we've heard talk about bringing back coal and creating new coal
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jobs like it is flipping a switch. the fact is, though, that the economic decline in coal and in the coal communities is driven by market forces, not government policy. while coal is still our dirtiest form of fuel, it is no longer our cheapest. natural gas has now overtaken coal and in some cases even renewables like wind and solar have become the cost competitive. coal is in decline because increasingly consumers no longer want it, and thanks to technological advances in the industry, it takes fewer people to mine more coal. coal jobs in west virginia have been declining since the 1950's, long before any existing climate policy. at the same time, extracted industries continue to slash jobs and profits, solar industry alone has more than doubled its domestic work force in the last five years and now employs more people than coal. jobs in renewable energy exists. they're increasingly available,
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they pay well and they cannot be outsourced. finally, there's been talk about canceling the historic paris agreement and reneging on our international pledges to join the world and acting -- in acting on climate change. it would allow our international rivals like china to set the terms of a new global economy to benefit them at the expense of our people and our businesses. the fact is our climate is changing and will only continue to do so. we cannot afford inaction. we cannot afford to undo the progress we've already made. i call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stand up for coastal communities, farmers, vulnerable people all over the world and future generations to not fall victim to the self-serving propaganda from those who seek to profit by polluting the world. to defend the work we've done, we must meet the challenge of a global call to act on climate. regardless of who sits in the oval office, we must continue to fight for commonsense action
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in congress that will address the pressing environmental threats of today in order to create a more sustainable future for tomorrow. no partisan rhetoric or repudiations of fact can stand in the way of our important work to fight and win this battle. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from west virginia, mr. jenkins, for five minutes. mr. jenkins: thank you, mr. speaker. time is running out to do right by our retired coal miners and their widows. when they went down into the mines, they were made a promise. when you retire, you'll have good pensions and health care benefits. they literally put their lives on the line, to put food on their table and power our nation, but now that promise is in jeopardy. at the end of the year, the health care benefits for many
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miners and their widows will dry up, and their pensions could end soon as well. these families are worried about making ends meet, and they are going in the holidays with great uncertainty about what the new year will bring. but we have a solution. it's called the coal health care and pension miners protection act, legislation i am a proud co-sponsor of. it's a bipartisan bill, and a similar bill is actually pending in the senate. congress needs to act to fulfill this promise. our miners have done so much for our country. they mine the coal that made the steel that built the won world wars. these miners and their families deserve no less than what they worked their entire lives to earn, the peace of mind that comes with won world wars. a pe
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i urge my colleagues to keep the promise and support this important legislation. time is running out to stand up for our miners and their families. mr. speaker, in just 64 days, a new president will be sworn in. that's 64 days for the current president, president obama, to jam through new regulations, new regulations that will hurt our families, kill our jobs and continue damaging our economies. we saw that just this morning when his administration realized and released the final environmental study for the stream buffer zone rule. this rule continues the administration's war on coal and will take even further down the road of killing jobs in
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west virginia. congress and the states have all issued opposition to this rule, but this administration didn't listen. it's full steam ahead for this radical agenda and overregulation from the obama administration. that is why i am a proud -- i am proud to support what is known as the midnight rules relief act. we're voting on it this week, and this bill is simple. it gives congress the authority to review and reject rules that this president, president obama, and any president issued during the final months of their term. american families and businesses have suffered long enough under this administration's, this president's regulatory onslaught and they have spoken loud and clear at the polls that they do not want more business as usual from washington. this administration cannot be allowed to force its
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job-killing regulations on the american people after their policies have been so soundly rejected. i urge my colleagues to join me midnight g up against rules and midnight rules and bringing transparency and accountability back to our federal agencies. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. vargas, for five minutes. mr. vargas: mr. speaker, thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to sanchez, n "chunky" an exceptional musician activist for the community of san diego. chunky sanchez passed away a few days before his sanchez, an 65th birthday. chunky sanchez was born in 1951 in blyth, california, to
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mexican immigrant parents. he was a talented musician who was taught traditional mexican music by his mother and his uncles. chunky sanchez learned how to sing, play 10 different instruments and compose his own music. in 1969, he attended san diego state university on the scholarship and began performing with a noted musical group composed of students and professors. later, chunky sanchez became a vocalist for the folk lohr group, the -- folklore group. they recorded their first album in 1977. through his music, he would tell the story of the chicano movement and of the mexican american bicultural experience. chunky sanchez was so well received that cesar chavez often invited him to play at
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his union rallies. chunky sanchez was an incredibly active member of the san diego community. in his song "rising souls," he sang that he needed and we needed to educate, not incarcerate, so that humanity will shine. during his lifetime, he embodied these lyrics as he worked with local youth as a coach, an educator, a youth center director and a gang intervention counselor. his passion and care for the community garnered numerous awards and honors from organizations across california and throughout the city of san diego. chunky sanchez's best known for is song "chi kango park samba" which narrated the struggle for chicano park in san diego, a city historic landmark, chicano americans' hicano
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work. ramon "chunky" sanchez will be missed by his family, his wife, his five children, many grandchildren and the san diego community. mr. speaker, i ask for unanimous consent to enter the lyrics of "the chicano park samba" into the congressional record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. vargas: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, for five minutes. mr. speaker, the american people have given our 45th president and the 115th congress a clear mandate to revaive our economy, secure our -- revive our economy, secure our borders, restore our nation's sovereignty, reinstate our bill of rights and uphold the rule of law. moreover, they have given us majorities in both houses of congress to do so. there's no excuse for failure.
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president obama and secretary clinton set a positive taupe for this peaceful transition -- set a positive tone for this eaceful transition of power. . we have also heard reactionary elements of the democratic party make a vicious pledge to thwart this mandate and destroy this president. one need look no further than senator reid's disgraceful diatribe on friday to realize that these threats far exceed the lunatic fringe now violently rioting in our streets. they reach directly into the halls of congress. to fulfill the mandate of the american people, we will need to deliberate wisely and in good faith with all sides participating in the discussion and all voices heard. but ultimately those deliberations must result in laws to fulfill that mandate.
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the agenda is daunting and time is fleeting. the greatest single obstacle to this era of reform is the 60-vote threshold to invoke cloture in the senate. i urge the senate to reform it. given the record of abuse of this rule and the avowed intentions of many in that body, nothing will change legislatively unless the senate republican majority takes action when they organize in january. all the reforms that the american people called for and that the president will request and that the house will pass will be stopped dead in the senate. i don't argue to abandon this rule, but rather to restore it to its original purpose, cloture is rooted in a sound and ancient parliamentary principle that as long as 1/3 of the deliberative body wants to debate an issue, that debate should continue. after all, a minority exists to
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convince the majority to its way of thinking. this is the essence of deliberation. but this principle assumes it is an actual debate where members are talking to one another, and it requires that the debate be germane to the question at hand and that it's not dilatory. that's how cloture started. but over the 20th century it degenerated into a 60-vote administrative threshold just to consider legislation. ironically a procedure designed to protect debate has now morphed into a procedure that very effectively prevents debate. the two houses of congress are designed to disagree with each other. but once the had
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system breaks down. during the last several congresses the house has sent hundreds of bills, including the appropriation bills that fund this government, to the senate. but instead of amending their ideas into those bills or sending us bills of their own, they simply refuse to consider them by a minority denying cloture. some senators have said this mechanism is necessary to preserve collegial ate -- collegiality and encourage compromise. how can you have collegiality when one side simply refuses to talk to the other. how can you compromise when the matter to be compromised cannot be taken up and discussed? others have said that since most legislation grows the powers of government, it's an effective break on that tendency. well, it's true this rule effectively blocks bad legislation. it also very effectively blocks good legislation that's necessary to reverse this trend. the current cloture rule
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provides a ratcheting effect that locks in every expansion of government over the past century. some republicans have said, well, it's been most useful when they have been in the minority. i have to ask them, do you want to be a successful majority or a successful minority? you cannot be both as long as cloture exists in its current form. voters elected republican majorities in both houses of congress and they expect action. they'll get it from the president and from the house. but in order for the senate to rise to this occasion, it must reform its cloture rule when it organizes in january. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. minutes.ruiz, for five thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to celebrate the lives of
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alm springs officers jose gill vaguea and leslie and support the incredible law enforcement officers in my district. it is important to tell their story and forever record their heroism in our national record. officers vaguea and zoremni were shot and killed in the line of duty last month while responding to what seemed like a routine domestic disturbance in palm springs, california. officer vaguea lived by the mantra of, to serve and protect. he graduated from high school and joined the force in palm springs in 1982. he was always witty. quick to tell a joke and offer guidance to new officers. he was an inspiration to friends and family and countless of people who knew him. the day he died he was only two months away from retiring after 35 years of service.
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he volunteered to pick up a shift on that day and on his day off. he is survived by his wife, susanna, nine children, and many grandchildren. officer lesley zoremni was new to the force with a lifetime of service. she showed a passion for law enforcement and service her entire life, no doubt inherited from her father, a california highway patrol officer. hemitt, aised in california, as a young girl she always stood up to bullies to protect others and for justice. she was also known for her pranks and for her fun loving spirit. lesley was the more of a four-month-old daughter cora. she had just returned from maternity leave when she was killed. she is survived by her husband,
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zach, a riverside county sheriff department officer, and by baby cora. officer vaguea and officer zoremni were two of california's finest. their lives of service and spirit of community embody the values of law enforcement officers across our great nation. each day men and women like lesley and gill wake up, kiss their families goodbye, and go to work knowing full well the risks they take to keep us safe. spouses and children and parents wonder if they will ever return that day. law enforcement officers see danger and they don't run from it. they run towards it to protect others. we're safer because of them. they and their families deserve our utmost gratitude for their service. so on behalf of the people of california's 36th congressional district, my wife, monica, my family i want to thank officers
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vaguea and officer zoremni and their families for their ultimate sacrifice. our hearts are with you. and our hearts are with all law enforcement brothers and sisters during their time of mourning. we mourn with you and we continue to offer our deepest gratitude for your service. your dedication and the risks you take each and every day will never be forgotten. officer vaguea and officer zoremni, end of watch, october 8, 2016. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back the balance of his time. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from north carolina, mr. jones, for five minutes. mr. jones: mr. speaker, thank you very much. i would like to -- i have been on the floor so many times over the last year or so talking about the 16 years of war in afghanistan and the waste of money, more importantly the
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waste of life. the titles that i'm going to share with the house today have appeared in october, november in articles, national articles, about the failed policy in afghanistan. and i would like to share those very quickly. u.s. pledges another $800 million to afghanistan despite rampant corruption. four americans die in suicide blasts at u.s. base in afghanistan. 17 others wounded. these are headlines, mr. speaker. latest afghanistan attack raises perplexing questions on security. another title, the united states spends billions building roads in afghanistan now many of them are beyond repair. another title, inspector general, pentagon must explain afghan ghost soldiers problems. funding the afghan military being wasted on nonexisting
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soldiers. that 0 afghanistan ghosts taxpayer north of america has been paying for their services and they don't even exist. when i read that, i wrote a letter to the defense secretary, ash carter, and i said to the secretary, please explain how much money did we pay to the ghosts that don't even exist? how long have we been paying the ghosts that don't exist? we're talking about 200,000 afghan soldiers that don't even exist. mr. speaker, i do not understand why the house of representatives does not have a debate on our policy regarding afghanistan. how much longer can a nation hat is $19.8 trillion in debt, that's america, $19.8 trillion in debt, how many more billions of dollars can we keep putting
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into the black hole in afghanistan and keep losing our young men and women in a country that's never going to change? it goes back to alexander the great, it goes back to the british, it goes back to the russians. anyone that's ever gone in to that country known as afghanistan, they eventually left and they knew there was nothing they could change. not america, though. we have been there 16 years. we don't even debate it on the floor of the house. we'll be passing a d.o.d. funding bill pretty soon and there will be billions of dollars going to afghanistan, and very little debate on it. there are those in the democratic side and republican side, mr. speaker, who do care about our troops and who do care about the wasted money and do care about a policy that has no end to it. it's not fair to our men and women in uniform. they deserve better from this congress. it is our constitutional duty that we debate policy that sends
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our young men and women to die. yet we do not debate it. it just goes on and on. this poster i brought with me today, mr. speaker, before i close, i have signed over 11,000 letters to families and extended families who lost loved ones in afghanistan and iraq. and recently we have had seven americans killed in afghanistan. and i do not understand why we're so void of a debate. james madison would have been very disappointed, mr. speaker. it was madison who said, it is the legislative branch that will debate and vote on war, not the executive branch. but we have abdicated our responsibility to the president. and let the president decide what the foreign policy should be and how we should use our men and women in uniform. that is a sad day for america.
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mr. speaker, i want to thank the house for this time. i close by asking god to please bless our men and women in uniform. to please bless the families of our men and women in uniform. and hold in his loving arms those young americans who have given their life for this country. god bless america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from oregon, ms. bonamici, for five minutes. ms. bonamici: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor the memory of a dedicated teacher, mentor, and public servant, mr. james barlow. many of us in public service can name a person who inspired us or clearly remember an experience that ignited our interest in the important issues that are shaped flue threw politics and government. for thousands of oregonians, that spark was mr. bar low. born in portland, oregon, in 1929, he earned his bachelors and masters degrees from oregon state university. he taught social studies in the beaverton school district in oregon's first congressional
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district from 1962 until 2005. he always made his classrooms laboratories of curiousity. but some of his best lessons didn't take place in a classroom at all, they took place on the floor of the model presidential nominating conventions. started in mr. bar low in the mid 1960's. every four years for four decades, thousands of high school students from all over the state would gather, usually in portland, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., they would step into the role of state delegations, cast ballots for the nomination, and broker and negotiate with other delegations. they got ready for this by studying their assigned states' demography, history, politics, and economy. mr. barlow and his colleagues prepared the students for months. leading class discussions on candidates and the primaries, the american political landscape, and the intricacies of delegate math. the student participants had to
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be sharp and organized and now this first hand because my son participated in the 2004 model convention and took preparatory evening classes at portland state university with mr. barlow. these model conventions were no simple class simulations. major presidential candidates came by and spoke to the crowd of student delegates. robert ken dirks nelson rockefeller, george mcgovern, hubert humry, jimmy carter, ronald reagan, george h.w. bush, michael dukakis, and bill clinton all stopped by at a model convention as they campaigned ahead of oregon's presidential primaries. . but former students know that his -- he also connected with and motivated his students in smaller, quieter ways as well. his psychology, philosophy and current affairs courses were legendary at the high school where he spent most of his
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career. he challenged them to think critically. he encouraged them to consider new perspectives on information they consume. and as a teacher he saw potential in every student. with his dry wit, his deep knowledge and genuine enthusiasm for his subject matter, mr. bar low created a learning -- mr. barlow created a learning atmosphere where everyone felt and everyone was welcomed and valuable. there was mg that helped with the welcoming -- there was something that helped with the welcoming, doughnuts. long before doughnuts were a craze in portland, mr. barlow students in to his the starlight room. there was no starlight room but the relaxed lounge space. now, the portland area is typically rainy. his words and his treats were always a welcome pick me up. the day after mr. barlow's death, scores of his former students and colleagues
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observed coffee and doughnut day. going out for sugary bite and a cup of coffee and posting pictures on social media. it was touching to all who knew him. the life and work of mr. james barlow matter also to those who never knew him and that's because he taught thousands of oregonians to be active, engaged and sharp-thinking participants in our democracy. whether they went on to work in public service or not and no matter what their party affiliation, the students of mr. barlow became better citizens because of his contributions. mr. speaker, i hope we can all be inspired by jim barlow's example as we serve in this remarkable house of representatives. i offer my sincere condolences to his family, especially to his wife of 47 years, susan, his former colleagues and to the generations of students who mourn his loss. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the chair now recognizes the
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gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson, for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize two friends, two members of the pennsylvania delegation here in the house, representative joe pitts and representative mike fitzpatrick, on their upcoming retirements and foyer their service to this nation and to their constituents. it has been an honor to serve with both of these gentlemen over the past eight years. representative pitts' retirement caps a long career to this nation. his career started as an educator teaching science, math, physical education along with coaching basketball. he also served 5 1/2 years in the united states air force with three tours in vietnam. after being commissioned as a second lieutenant, he was promoted to the rank of captain by the time he left the service. after settling in pennsylvania, representative pitts continued to teach until he felt the call of public service, launching a
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24-year career as a pennsylvania state representative, serving as chairman of the committee on labor relations and later of the appropriations committee. joe was sworn into the united states -- as a united states representative in january of 1997, the beginning of a 20-year career here in washington, d.c., and in serving the residents of the pennsylvania 16th congressional district. his 10 terms here in the house of representatives have included time spent chairing multiple subcommittees, including the health subcommittee for his last two terms here in congress. now, i have greatly enjoyed time spent with joe during our weekly bible studies and i wish him and his wife, jenny, the best of luck in retirement. also want to recognize the retirement of my friend and colleague, representative mike fitzpatrick of the pennsylvania eighth congressional district. like representative pitts, mike has dedicated much of his life to public service and was first elected in 1995 as a bucks county commissioner, a position
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he served for -- in for 10 years. during that time, he showed a commitment to bringing job to bucks county, pennsylvania, creating the county's first enterprise zone which eventually created thousands of local jobs. mike arrived in washington, d.c., as a representative of the commonwealth's eighth congressional district in january, 2005, and later worked to bring the national veterans cemetery to bucks county. more recently, he served as the chairman of the task force to investigate terrorism financing. personally, i bonded with mike over our shared ties to the boy scouts of america. we're both longtime boy scouts nd eagle scouts, scoutmaster and president. he was president of the bucks county council of the boy scouts of america. i wish mike fitzpatrick a happy retirement along with his wife and their children.
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congratulations, joe and mike. it's been an honor serving with you. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. wagner, for five minutes. mrs. wagner: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of the midnight rules relief act which would halt president obama's ability to rush through politically motivated regulations during the remainder of his term. it is clear that this administration will do everything possible to stop president-elect trump by jamming through as many back door regulations as possible before the clock runs out. last week, the american people spoke. they made it clear they want to get our economy moving again. president-elect trump must have the opportunity to enact policies without regulatory hindrance from the previous administration. mr. speaker, since taking office, the president has ignored article 1 of the
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constitution and the will of the american people. for the past eight years, the president has used his pen and phone to create a fourth branch of government, imposing executive orders and federal rules and regulations to benefit his own radical political agenda. in 2015 alone, the federal vernment implemented 3,400 regulations on americans that st us $1.89 trillion in lost productivity and growth. a cost that averages nearly $15,000 per american household. these regulations from unelected, unaccountable government bureaucrats are unfair and unjust. mr. speaker, my constituents in missouri are desperate for greater security and economic opportunity. this comes with with elevating, not undermining, the spirit of
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self-governance for which our nation was founded. as a member of the u.s. house of representatives, the people's house, we must pass the midnight rules relief act to ensure that we are protecting the american people from reckless regulations that will continue to cripple our economy and target the pocketbooks of all americans. transparency is critical when we pass important legislation that will directly affect our constituents. if the president has the ability to impose major regulations without the necessary time for congressional scrutiny and oversight, we are not doing our jobs to represent and protect our constituents. mr. speaker, i have spent my time in congress fighting for our families, fighting to repeal regulations that are hindering business growth and fighting to provide a voice for the voiceless.
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it is our duty to pass this legislation and continue to fight against the president's irresponsible agenda and give our new president, donald trump, the support that he has earned. thank you and i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess
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>> we live coverage of the house when members return on c-span. the senate on our companion network, c-span2. live picture from capitol hill now as senate leadership elections are taking place. this is a picture of an area in the capitol where members are coming out to brief reporters on the results of their leadership elections this morning. a short time ago senate democrats came out to announce that senator chuck schumer of new york will be the new leader and the chair of the democrats. also minority whip, dick durbin, and senator patty murray, will be the assistant democratic leader. we also expect to hear from senate republican leaders as they are holding their leadership elections. those announcements will be made and they'll be made to reporters here on capitol hill. hillary clinton will be honored tonight for her contributions to child advocacy by the children's defense fund.
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it's her first public appearance since the elections. c-span2 will have live coverage of that starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern. and president obama continues on the road. he is still in the midst of his last overseas trip as president. today he's in athens greece giving a speech on u.s. foreignpolicy. the hill has this article and picture regarding the trip. president obama warned europeans against rising tide of nationalist politics. it appears to be sweeping the western world. this impulse to pull gabbing from a globalized world is understandable. if people feel they are losing control of their future, they'll push back. we have seen it here in greece, in the vote in britain to leave the e.u., and in the united states. you can read the rest of that article in the hill dot-com today. here's a look at the president's speech this morning. [cheers and applause] prom: thank you so much.
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-- president obama: thank you so much. thank you. thank you very much. thank you, please. thank you. chicago area. hello, greece. thank you. [speaking a foreign language] to the government and people of greece including prime minister tspris and along with so many young people, the future of greece, i want to thank you for your warm and generous welcome. as many of you know, this is my final trip overseas as president of the united states. and i was determined on my last
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trip to come to greece. partly because i have heard about the legendary hospitality of the greek people. [applause] president obama: partly because i had to see the acrop police and parthenon. but also because i came here with gratitude for all that greece, this small great world, has given to humanity through the ages. our hearts have been moved by the tragedies of euripides. our minds have been opened by herotimides. of our understanding of the world and place in it has been
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expanded by socrates and aristotle. in the united states we're especially grateful for the friendship of so many proud greek americans. in my hometown of chicago -- [applause] president obama: you can find hem in greektown with their -- together we celebrated greek independence day at the white house. spanakopia.some greek americans have worn the uniform to keep our country free. greek americans have marched with dr. martin luther king jr. to make us more just. greek or american, we're all cheering for -- [speaking
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foreign language] [applause] president obama: who seems to be getting better each year. and if any seeks an example of our shared spirit, our resilience, they need to look no further than new york city near ground zero where the greek orthodox church of st. nichlas -- st. nick loss, once in ruins, is rising again. most of all we're indebted to grease for the most precious of gifts, the truth, the understanding that as individuals of free will we have the right and the capacity to govern ourselves. [applause] for it was here 25 centrist ago in the rocky hills of this city that a new idea emerged.
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democratia -- [applause] president obama: the power, the ight to rule, comes from themos, the people. the notion that we're citizens, not servants, but stewards of our society. the concept of citizenship that we have both rights and responsibilities. the belief in equality before the law. not just for a few but for the many. not just for the majority, but also the minority. these are all concepts that grew out of this rocky soil. of course, the earliest forms of democracy here in athens were far from perfect. just as the early forms of
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democracy in the united states were far from perfect. the rights of athens were not extended to women or slaves. but pericles explained our constitution favors the many instead of the few. this is why it is called a democracy. athenians also knew however noble ideas alone were not enough. to have meaning, principles must be enshrined in laws and protected by institutions and advanced through civic participation. so they gathered in great assembly to debate and decide affairs of state. each citizen with the right to speak, casting their vote with a show of hands or choosing a pebble white for yes, black for no. laws were etched in stone for all to see and abide by. courts with citizen jurors upheld that rule of law.
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politicians weren't always happy because sometimes the stones ould be used to ostracize, banish those who did not behave themselves. but across the millennia that followed, different views of power and governance have often prevailed. throughout human history there have been those who argue that people cannot handle democracy. that they cannot handle self-determination. they need to be told what to do. a ruler has to maintain order. through violence or coercion or an iron fist. there's been a different concept mike rnment that says makes right. or that unchecked power can be passed through blood lines.
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there's been the belief that some are superior by virtue of race or faith. or ethnicity. and those beliefs so often have been used to justify conquests and exploitation. and war. but through all this history, the flame first lit here in athens never died. it was ultimately nurtured by great enlightenment. it was fanned by america's founders who declared that we, the people, shall rule. that all men are created equal. and endowed by our creator with ertain unalienable rights. any, at times even today -- now,
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at times even today those ideals are challenged. we have been told that these are western ideals. we have been told that some cultures are not equipped for democratic governance. and actually prefer authoritarian rule. and i will say that after eight years of being president of the united states, having traveled around the globe, it is absolutely true that every country travels its own path. every country has its own traditions. but what i also believe after eight years is that the basic longing to live with dignity, the fundamental desire to have control of our lives and our future and to want to be a part of determining the course of our
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communities and our nations, these yeernings are universal -- ernings are universal. they burn in every human heart. it's why a greek bishop raised the flag of independence. it's why peoples from the americas to africa to asia through off the yolk of colonialism. it's why people behind an iron curtain marched in solidarity and tore down that wall and joined you in a great union of democracies. it's why today we support the right of ukranians to choose their own destiny. why we partner with two nearbyans and the people of myanmar as they make important transitions to democracy. this has been my foreign policy uring my presidency.
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by necessity we work with all countries. and many of them are nom democracies. some -- are not democracies. some are democracies in the sense they have elections but not democracies in the sense of actually permitting participation and dissent. but our trajectory as a country has been to support the efforts of those who believe in self-governance. who believe in those ideas that began here. so many years ago. and it is not simply a matter of us being true to our values. it's not just a matter of idealism. i believe it is practical for the united states to support democracies. [applause]
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resident obama: because -- plause history shows us that countries with democratic governance tend to be more just and more stable and more uccessful, open democratic societies can deliver more prosperity because when people are free to think for themselves and share ideas and discover and create, the young people who are here, what they are able to do through the internet and technology, that's when innovation is unleashed, when economies truly flourish. that's when new products and new services and new ideas wash through an economy. in contrast to regimes that rule by coercion, democracies are rooted in consent of the
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governed. citizens know there is a path for peaceful change, including the moral force of nonviolence. and that brings a stability that so often can facilitate economic growth. the history of the past two centuries indicates that democracies are less likely to fight wars wrong themselves. so more democracy is good for the people of the world, but it's also good for our national security. which is why america's closest friends are democracies, like greece. it's why we stand together in nato, an alliance of democracies. in recent years we have made historic investments in nato, increased america's presence in europe, and today's nato, the world's greatest alliance, is as strong and ready as it's ever been, and i am confident that just as america's commitment to the transatlantic alliance has
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endured for seven decades whether it's been under a democratic or republican administration, that commitment will continue. including our pledge and our treaty obligation to defend every ally. our democracy showed that we're stronger than terrorists and fundamentalists and absolutists who can't tolerate dinchings, can't tolerate ideas -- difference. can't kohl trait ideas -- tolerate ideas that vary from their own. who try to change people's way of life through violence. betray or ake us shrink from our values. democracy is stronger than organizations like isil. because our democracies are inclusive, we're able to welcome ople and refugees in need to
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our countries. and nowhere have we seen that compassion more evident than here in greece. [applause] president obama: the greek people's again rossity towards refugees arriving on your shores has inspired the world. that doesn't mean that you should be left on your own. [applause] only a obama: and -- truly collective response by europe and the world can ensure that these desperate people receive the support that they need. greece cannot be expected to bear the bulk of the burden alone, but the fact that you are a democracy opens your heart to people in need in a way that might not otherwise be the case. just as democracies are premised on the peaceful resolution of
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disagreements within our societies, we also believe that cooperation and dialogue is the best way to address challenges between nations. so it is my belief that democracies are more likely to try to resolve conflicts between that does not result in war. that's how with diplomacy we're able to shut down iran's nuclear weapon program. without firing a shot. with diplomacy the united states opened relations with cuba. with diplomacy we joined greece -- [applause] president obama: with diplomacy we joined greece and nearly 200 nations in the most ambitious agreement ever to save our planet from climate change. [applause] president obama: and speaking of climate change, i would point
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out that there is a connection between democracy and science. the premise of science is that we observe and we test our hypothesis sees and identify -- hypothesis and ideas, we base our decisions on facts, not superstition, not what our ideology tells us but rather what we can observe. nd at a time when the globe is shrinking and more and more we're going to have to take collective action to deal with problems like climate change, the presence of a democratic to e allows the science flourish and to shape our collective responses. now, democracy, like all human institutions, is imperfect. it can be slow. it can be frustrating.
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it can be hard. it can be messy. politicians tend to be unpopular in democracies. regardless of party. because by definition democracies require that you don't get 100% of what you want. it requires compromise. winston churchill famously said that democracy is the worst form of government it except for all the others. and in a multiethnic, multiracial, multicultural society like the united states, democracy can be especially complicated. elieve me, i know. but it is better than the alternatives because it allows us to peacefully work through our differences.
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and move closer to our ideals. it allows us to test new ideas. and it allows us to correct for mistakes. any action by a president or any result of an election or proven slation that has flawed can be corrected through the process of democracy. and throughout our history, it's how we have come to see that all people are created equal, even though when we were founded that was not the case. we could work to expand the rights that were established in our founding to african-americans and to women, to americans with disabilities, to native americans.
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while all americans have the freedom to marry the person they love. [applause] president obama: it's why we welcomed people of all races and all religions and all backgrounds and immigrants who strive to have a better life and who make our country stronger. and so here where democracy was born we affirm once more the rights and the ideals and the institutions upon which our way of life endures. freedom of speech and assembly because true legitimacy can only come from the people who must never be silenced. a free press to expose injustice and corruption and old leaders accountable. freedom of religion because we are all equal in the eyes of god.
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independent judiciaries to uphold rule of law and human rights. separation of powers to limit the reach of any one branch of government. free and fair elections because citizens must be able to choose their own leaders. even if your candidate doesn't always win. [laughter] we compete hard in campaigns in america and here in greece, but after the election, democracy depends on a peaceful transition of power, especially when you don't get the results you want. [applause] as you may have noticed, the next american and i could not be more different. [applause] we have very different points of view but american democracy
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is bigger than any one person and that's why we have -- [applause] that's why we have the tradition of the outgoing president welcoming in the new one, as i did last week, and why in the coming weeks my administration will do everything we can to support the smoothest transition possible because that's how democracy has to work. and that's why -- [applause] that's why as hard as it can be sometimes it's important for young people in particular who are just now becoming involved in the lives of their countries to understand that progress follows a winding path. sometimes forward, sometimes long as we retain our faith in democracy, as long as we retain our faith in the people, as long as we don't waver from those central
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rinciples that ensure a lively en debate, then our future will be ok. because it remains the most effective form of government ever devised by man. it is true, of course, over the last several years that we've with emocracies faced serious challenges, and i want to mention two that have an impact here in greece, have an impact in the united states and are having an impact around the world. the first involves the paradox . a modern global economy the same forces of globalization and technology
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and integration that have delivered so much progress, have created so much wealth have also revealed deep fault lines. around the world integration and greater trade and commerce and then internet all have improved the lives of billions of people, lifted families from extreme poverty, cured diseases, help people live longer, gave them more access to education and opportunity than at any time in human history. i often said to young people in the united states, if you had to choose a moment in history to be born and you did not know ahead of time who you would be, you didn't know whether you were going to be into a wealthy family, poor family, what country you were going to be born, if you didn't know if you were going to man or woman, if you had to choose what time you would choose now because the
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rld has never collectively wealthier, healthier, less violent than it is today. that's hard to imagine given what we see in the news but it's true. and a lot of that has to do with the development of an integrated global economy. but trends under way for decades have meant that in many countries and in many communities there have been enormous disruptions. technology and automation means that goods can be produced with fewer workers. it means jobs and manufacturing can move across borders where wages are lower or rights are less protected, and that means that workers and unions oftentimes have less leverage bargain for better wages,
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better benefits, have more difficulty competing in the global marketplace. hardworking families worry their kids may not be better off than they were because of this global competition. what we've also seen is that this global integration is increasing the tendencies towards inequality, both between nations and within nations, at an accelerated pace. d when we see people, global elites, wealthy corporations seemingly living by a different , t of rules, avoiding taxes manipulating loopholes when the rich and powerful appear to game the system and accumulate
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vast wealth while middle and working class families struggle to make ends meet, this feeds a profound sense of injustice and a feeling our economies are increasingly unfair. and this inequality now constitutes one of the greatest challenges to our economies and to our democracies. an inequality that was once tolerated because people didn't know how unequal things were now won't be tolerated because everybody has a cell phone and can see how unequal things are. the awareness people have in the smallest african village, they can see how people in london or new york are living. he poorest child in any of our countries now has a sense of what other people have that
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they don't. so not only is there increasing inequality but there's also greater knowledge of inequality and that's a volatile mix for our democracies and that's why addressing inequality has been one of the key areas of focus for my economic policy. in our countries, in america and in most advanced market economies, we want people to be rewarded for their achievements. we think that people should be rewarded if they come up with a new product or a new service that is popular and helps a lot of people. but when a c.e.o. of a company now makes more money in a single day than a typical worker does the entire year, when it's harder for workers to climb their way up the economic adder, when they see a factory close that used to support an
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entire city or town, that fuels the feeling that globalization only benefits those at the top. and the reaction can drag down a country's growth and make recessions more likely. it can also lead to politics unhealthy an competition between countries ather than a win-win situation , people perceive i'm winning, you're losing and barriers come p and walls come up. and in advanced economies, there are at times movements from both left and the right to put a stop to integration and to push back against technology and try to bring back jobs and industries that have been disappearing for decades. o this impulse to back back -- pull back from globalized world
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is understandable. if people feel they are losing control of their future they will push back. we've seen it here in greece. we've seen it across europe. we saw it in the united states. we saw it in the vote for britain to leave the e.u. but given the nature of technology, it is my assertion that it's not possible to cut ourselves off from one another. we now are living in a global supply chain. our growth comes through innovation and ideas that are crossing borders all the time. the jobs of tomorrow will inevitably be different from the jobs of the past, so we can't look backwards for answers. we have to look forward. we cannot sevener the connections that have en-- sever the connections that have enabled so much progress and so much wealth for when there is a zero sum we put ourselves on
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the path to conflict, both with countries and in between countries. i hope the best human broe agrees will be open markets combined with human rights but i have argued that the current path of globalization demands a course correction. in the years and decades ahead, our countries have to make sure that the benefits of an integrated global economy are more broadly shared by more people and that the negative impacts are squarely addressed. and we know -- [applause] and we actually know the path of building a more inclusive economy. we often don't have the political will or desire to get it done. we know we need bold policies that support growth and support jobs. we know we need to give workers more leverage and better wages
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and in fact if you give workers better wages, businesses do better, too because their customers now have money to spend. we know we have to invest more in our people, the education of our young people, the skills and training to compete in the global economy. we have to make sure that it is easy for young people who are eager to learn and eager to work to get the education that they need, the training that they need without taking on huge amounts of debt. we know that we have to encourage entrepreneurship so that it's easier to start a usiness and do business. we know that -- [applause] we know that we have to strengthen the social compact so that the safety net that's available for people, including quality health care and retirement benefits, are there even if people aren't working in the same job for 30 years or 40 years or 50 years.
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we have to modernize our infrastructure which will put people back to work. we have to commit to the science and research and development that sparks new industries. in our trading relationships, we have to make sure that trade works for us and not against us and that means insisting or high standards in all countries to support jobs, strong protections for workers, strong protections for the environment so that even as we freely trade people and workers in all countries see the benefits of trade in their own lives, not just benefits for the bottom line of large multinational corporations. these are the kinds of policies, the work that i pursued throughout my time as president. keep in mind i took office in the midst of the worse crisis since the great depression and we pursued a covery that has been shared now by the vast
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majority of americans. we put people back to work building bridges and roads. we passed tax cuts for the middle class. [applause] we ask the wealthiest americans to pay a little more taxes, their fair share. [applause] we intervened to save our auto industry but insisted that the auto industry become more energy efficient, produce better cars that reduce pollution. we put in place policies to help students with loans and protect consumers from fraud. we passed the strongest wall street reforms in history so that the accesses and abuses that triggered the global financial crisis never happen again or at least don't start on wall street. and today our businesses have created more than 15 million new jobs. incomes last year in america rose faster than any time since 1968. poverty fell at the fastest
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rate since 1968. inequality is being narrowed, and we've also begun to close the pay gap between men and women. we declared that health care in america is a privilege not for the few but a right for everybody. today our uninsured rate is at the lowest levels on record and we have done this while doubling clean energy, reducing carbon pollution faster than any nation so we proved you can improve the economy and reduce carbon pollution that causes climate change at the same time. now -- [applause] i say all this not because we solved every problem. our work is far from complete. there's still too many people in america who are worried about their futures, still too many people who are working at wages that don't get them above
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the poverty line, still too many young people who don't see opportunity. but the policies i described point the direction for where we need to go in building inclusive economies, and that's how democracies can deliver the prosperity and hope that our people need. and when people have opportunity and they feel confidence in the future, they are less likely to turn on each other and they're less likely to appeal to some of the darker forces that exists in all our societies, those that can tear us apart. here in greece, you're undergoing similar transformations. the first step has been to build a foundation that allows you to return to robust economic growth, and we don't need to recount all the causes of the economic crisis here in
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greece. if we're honest we can acknowledge that it was a mix of both internal and external forces. the greek economy and the levels of debt had become unsustainable and in this global economy, investment in jobs flow to countries where governments are more efficient, not bloated, where the rules are clear. to stay competitive, to create jobs, greece had to start a reform process. of course, the world, i don't think, fully appreciates the extraordinary pain these reforms have involved or the tremendous sacrifices that you the greek people have made. i've been aware of it, and i've been proud of all that my administration has done to try to support greece in these efforts. [applause] and part of the purpose of my visit is to highlight for the
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world the important steps that have been taken here in greece. today the budget is back in surplus, parliament passed reforms to make the economy more competitive. yes, there is still much more work to do. prime to commend minister tsipras to put the economy on a firmer footing. as greece works to track more those ent and to prevent balances from re-emerging, you'll continue to have the full support of the united states. and at the same time, i will continue to urge creditors to take the steps needed to put greece on a path towards sustained economic recovery. -- [applause] as greece continues to
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implement reforms, the i.m.f. has said debt relief will be crucial to get greece back to growth. they are right. it is important because if reforms here are going to be sustained, people need to see hope and they need to see progress and the young people who are in attendance here today and all across the country need to know there's a future. there's an education and jobs that are worthy of your incredible potential. you don't have to travel overseas. you can put roots right here in your home in greece and succeed. [applause] and i'm confident if you stay the course, as hard as it has been, greece will see brighter days because in this magnificent hall and center, the symbol of the greek culture and resilience, we're reminded that just as your strength and resolve have allowed you to overcome great odds throughout your history, nothing can break
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the spirit of the greek people. you will overcome this period of challenge, just as you have other challenges in the past. so economics is something that will be central to preserving our democracies. when economies don't work, our democracies become distorted and in some cases break down. but this brings me to another pressing commal that our democracies face. how do we ensure that our diverse multicultural, multiracial, multireligious diverse nations uphold both the rights of individuals and a fundamental civic adherence to a common creed that binds us together? democracy is simplest where everybody thinks alike, looks alike, eats the same food, woreships the same god. democracy becomes more there are people
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coming from a variety of backgrounds and trying to live together. in our globalized world, with the migration of people and the rapid movement of ideas and see res and traditions, we increasingly this blend of forces mixing together in ways that often enrich our societies but also cause tensions. in the information age, the unprecedented exchange of information can also accentuate differences or seem to threaten cherished ways of life. it used to be that you might not know how people in another part of your country or in the cities versus the countryside we're living. now everybody knows how they're
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living and everybody can feel threatened sometimes if people don't do things exactly the way they do things and they start asking themselves questions about their own identity and it can create a volatile politics. faced with this new reality where cultures clash, it's inevitable that some will seek comfort in nationalism or . ibe or ethnicity or sect in countries that are held together by borders that were drawn by colonial powers, including many countries in the middle east and in africa, it can be tempting to fall back on the perceived safety of enclaves and tribal divisions. in a world of widening inequality, there's a growing suspicion or even disdain for
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elites and institutions that seem remote from the daily ives of ordinary people. what an irony it is at a time when we can reach out to people in the most remote corners of the planet so many citizens feel so disconnected from their own governments. so just as we have to have an inclusive economic strategy, we have to have an inclusive political and cultural strategy. in all of our capitals we have to keep making government more open, more efficient, more effective in responding to the daily needs of citizens. governing institutions, whether in athens, brussels, london, washington, have to be responsive to the concerned citizens. people have to know they are being heard. in european with today's challenges, i believe that by virtue of the process, the stability it's provided, the
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security that's reinforced that european integration and the european union remains one of the great political and economic achievements of human history and today -- [applause] today more than ever a world needs a europe more pros press d democratic but i think all institutions in europe have to ask themselves how can we make sure that people within individual countries feel as if their voices are still being heard, that their identities e being affirmed, that the decisions that are being made that will have a critical mpact on their lives are not so remote that they have no ability to impact them?
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we have to make clear that governments exist to serve the interest of citizens and not the other way around. and so this is why as president of the united states i pursued initiatives like the open government partnership that promotes transparency and accountability so ordinary people know more about the decision that affect their lives. that's why -- decisions that affect their lives. that's why at home and around the world we have taken steps to fight corruption that can rot a society from within. as authoritarian governments work to close space that citizens depend upon to organize and have their voices heard, we've begun the work of empowering civil society to defend democratic values and promote solutions to the problems within our communities. and as so many people around the world, sometimes are tempted by cynicism and not being involved because they
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think that politicians and government don't care about them, we've created networks for young leaders and invested in young entrepreneurs because we believe that the hope and renewal of our societies begins with the voices of youth. [applause] in closing, our globalized world is passing through a time of profound change. yes, there is uncertainty and there is unease, and none of us can know the future. history does not move in a straight line. civil rights in america did not move in a straight line. democracy in greece did not move in a straight line. the evolution of a unified europe certainly has not moved in a straight line.
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and progress is never guaranteed. progress has to be earned by every generation, but i believe history gives us hope. 25 centuries after athens first pointed the way, 250 years after the beginning of the , my american journey faith and my confidence, my certainty in our democratic ideals and universal values remain undiminished. i believe more strongly than ever that dr. king was right when he said that the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice. [applause] it bends towards justice not
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because it is inevitable but cause we bend it towards justice, not because there are not going to be barriers to achieving justice, but because there will be people scombren ration after generation who have -- generation after generation who have the vision and the courage and the will to bend the arc of our lives in the direction of a better future. in the united states and in every place i visited these last eight years, i have met citizens, especially young people, who have chosen hope over fear, who believe that they can shape their own destiny, who refuse to accept the world as it is and are determined to remake it as it should be. they have inspired me. in every corner of the world i have met people who in their daily lives demonstrate that
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despite differences of race or religion or creed or color we have the capacity to see each other in ourselves. like the woman here in greece who said of the refugees arriving on these shores, we live under the same sun. we fall in love under the same moon. we are all human. we have to help these people. women like that give me hope. [applause] in all of our communities, in all of our countries i still believe there's more of what eeks call love and respect and kindness for family and community and country and a sense we are all in this together with obligations to
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ach other. filotimo. i see it every day and it gives me hope. [applause] because in the end it is up to us. it's not somebody else's job. it's not somebody else's opportunity. but it's the citizens of our country and the citizens of the world to bend that arc of history towards justice, and that's what democracy allows us to do. that's why the most important office in any country is not president or prime minister, the most important title is citizen. [applause] nd in all of our nations, it will always be our citizens who decide the kind of countries we will be, the ideals that we will reach for, the values that
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will define us. in this great imperfect but necessary world of self-government, power and progress will always come from the themos, from we the people. and i'm confident that as long as we are true to that system of self-government that our futures will be bright. thank you very much. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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>> president obama will be in germany form as he continues his final overseas trip. he's scheduled to meet with european leaders including his first with british prime minister theresa may. he then heads to an economic meeting in peru. well, senators this morning held party leadership positions. democrats elected new york senator chuck shumer to replace retiring senator harry reid. >> ok. good morning, everyone. and we had a great meeting. went very smoothly.
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and i am humbled, truly humbled and honored to receive the support of my colleagues to be the next leader of the senate democratic caucus. i am even prouder to introduce the team joining me up here today which i'll get into very soon. i came into this job fully aware of its challenges and what it means that my colleagues trust me to live up a high standard set by my friend, mentor, my foxhole buddy, harry reid. harry reid's like an older brother to me. his support and counsel are invaluable. and when i speak for the entire caucus when i say we're grateful for his leadership, his service, his friendship. now i want to say to the american people exactly what i just said to my caucus. i am going to wake up every single day focused on how
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senate democrats can effectively fight for america's middle class and those struggling to join it. last tuesday night was something none of us expected. i suspect that's true for many of you in the press as well. it certainly didn't go the way we democrats hoped. it was a tough night, no doubt about it. when you lose an election like this, you can't flinch. you can't ignore it. you need to look it right in the eye and ask why, analyze it and learn from it. one thing we know is that we heard the american people loud and clear. they felt that the government wasn't working for them. they felt that the economy was rigged against them in many places, and that the government was too beholden to big money and special interests. now, there's a debate going on about whether we should be the party of the diverse, obama
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coalition or the blue-collar american in the heartland. some think we need to make a choice and spend all of our energy focused on one group of americans or another. i believe that there does not have to be a division. in fact, there must not be a division. we need to be the party that speaks to and works on behalf of all americans and a bigger, bolder, sharper edge the economic message that talks about how people in the middle class and those struggling to make it there can do better but also deals directly with the unfairness in the american economic system. we'll unite our caucus and speak to the blue-collar worker in west virginia and michigan as well as the people who live along the coasts. under leader reid we had seven members in leadership.
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i've decided to expand the team and add three new members who are here today and i'm so proud of each of them. bernie sanders, joe manchin, tammy baldwin. adding bernie, tammy and joe to our team shows we can unite the factions of our party and our country. our whole leadership team is emblematic of that. our team is ideologically and geographically diverse. it mixes experience with the vigor of youth, at least in senate years. but from top to bottom, the common thread is that each of these senators have devoted their lives for fighting for the middle class and those struggling to get there. each of us, each of us believe we need a sharper, bolder economic message about returning the economic system which so many feel is rigged against them to one that works for the people. our leadership team stretches from bernie to joe.
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there will be some differences of opinion, of course, but on the core economic issues, our caucus is united. in fact, on this point we are far less divided than the republicans. indeed, a silver lining in the deep clouds of this election is that on many economic issues plekt trump and his campaign was closer to us than to republican leadership which always seems to wind up in the corner of the special interests. so as republicans return their majorities next year and get set to take over the white house, democrats are beginning to determine our way forward. we will take it issue by issue, case by case, but i can tell the american people this. we're ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with republicans working with soon-to-be president trump on issues where we agree, but we will go toe to toe against the president-elect
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whenever our values or the progress we've made is under assault. today i want to focus on our new leadership team. they are just a great team -- and i want to make sure i get -- and give out their phone numbers. well, anyway, we'll send you a list of the exact titles of each member of the team. i'm going to lean on this advice. i'm going to lean on this group for advice and counsel. we're going to move forward in the same direction as a team. we're a big party with great diversity of views but united as a caucus and united in purpose. the leadership team is a perfect example of that and they're the right group to lead the caucus and lead america forward in the 115th congress. thank you and with that i'll
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take your questions. reporter: senator schumer, you have a long relationship with the plekt, you're from the same -- what do you think your relationship will be like with him going forward? how will that old relationship help? senator schumer: well, i've spoken with him a cup cupple of times and i told him what i told you. when we can agree on issues then we're going to work with him. we are not going to as some have done here in the past said just because it's president trump's idea or thought we are going to oppose it, per se. where we can work together we will. but i always said to the plekts on issues where we disagree you can expect a strong and tough fight and some of those issued i named and that's how the relationship's going to be. reporter: is infrastructure going to -- senator schumer: i am not going into the specifics. reporter: some said, including
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senator stabenow [inaudible] is that a unineed message in the caucus? senator schumer: i put out my statement on banon and i think it was two days ago. the things he said are reprehensible and i just -- we're going to keep a careful eye only the president and on him if they do anything from this day forward. they've done so much awful from this day back and we're going to go after them in terms of bigotry. reporter: [inaudible] senator schumer: stay tuned. stay tuned. reporter: senator, what did you election from the election that is reflected in your choice? senator schumer: a much sharper, bolder, stronger economic message and we needed to let the american people understand what we all believe, that the system's not working for them and we're going to change it. reporter: supreme court, where
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are you willing -- where are you going to -- senator schumer: look, again, first we're deeply disappointed the way our colleagues retreated merrick garland and i'll underline that we did not change the rules for supreme court because we thought on something as important as this there should be some degree of bipartisan agreement. last question. reporter: you talk the merits of feinstein moving to judiciary. senator schumer: dianne to stein has --s is going be a supreme person making sure that every aspect of the president's nominee is explored and brought before the public. thank you, everybody.
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>> well, the hill says this about the senate democrats' elections and about senator bernie sanders being named to the leadership team for the new congress. "the hill" writing senator sanders was named chair as outreach during the closed door senate democratic caucus meeting. in the role he will be charged of reaching out to blue-collar voters who flocked to plekt donald trump this year. senator sanders is one of three new members to the senate democratic team. senator schumer has tapped senators joe manchin of west virginia and tammy balancedin of wisconsin to the leadership team which has 10 positions. the u.s. house is going to be coming in at noon today to work on bills dealing with aircraft sales to iran and barring late-term presidential regulations. off the floor, freshmen orientation continues. until the house gavels in we'll
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show you the republican party and plekt trump from this morning "washington journal." ess is at our desper desk. should this be read as a signal that you, your fellow conservatives, those in the -- is this a sign that you guys are fully behind this new leadership group? guest: the vast majority of americans want something to get done here in this city. they are tired of gridlock, they are tired of fighting. for me, it's all about trying to make sure that we return washington to its rightful owner , the american people. at what iss looking important to the american people, whether it is jobs, national security, fighting isis, immigration -- we are
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focused wholeheartedly on trying to make sure that we not only advanced that agenda but we are ready. we have a few weeks before we take a break. we have to hit the ground running. host: you are a member of the freedom caucus. do the priorities of the freedom caucus align with the priorities of the house republicans leadership? >> the priorities for the house freedom caucus have not changed. it's about giving a voice to millions of americans who feel like their elected official has forgotten them. that has not changed. in terms of policy differences, certainly there are policy differences, just like there are differences in constituency. my district in western north carolina may be very different than a district in michigan. have two different that it
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should not stop us from being able to find common ground. i serve in a committee with brenda and we've been able to look at those issues that are important to her people that she represents, some that are important to mine. those don't always align. ,ust like in a gop conference the priorities for my district may not align with leadership, but it is incumbent upon me to not only find a common ground, to influence the leadership know what is significant so we can work on those pieces of legislation. host: does the freedom caucus holds formal elections? guest: we do. those elections will be happening after thanksgiving. new boardminated members, we have four new board members that will be elected. . from there, a chairman will come out of that. -- wee created those coat have created two new positions.
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we will know the votes of our members and where they are on particular items. becoming a little more focused and official. host: you've expressed interest about running the freedom caucus should the current chairman step down. guest: he is one of my best friends in congress. we met last night to discuss some things. if he decides to stay on, he will have 110% of my support and backing. the decisions have not been made. it's not even something we've taken to our freedom caucus members at this point. there's lots of speculation on, will he stay on, will i step up? it's about who can best serve as a voice for the rest of the caucus and bring us all together. our strategy may be has shifted a little bit to more of a policy driven focus.
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what we are going to before for, how we advance that and make sure that we work hand in glove with the new administration. lines are open if you want to talk with congressman mark meadows. democrats, 202-748-8000. republicans, 202-748-8001. independents, 202-748-8002. you talk about the new to the goals of the freedom caucus align with those you are hearing from the incoming trump administration? guest: some of them do. job security, border security, all of thoserity, things are important, helping our veterans and making sure that we have a robust veterans administration that actually fulfills the promises we made to
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our military men and women. all of those align very closely. there's been a lot that has been talked about -- really, when we start to get a robust economy, some of those decisions become much easier to address. istainly deficit spending not something murmurs of the freedom caucus would support. that members of the freedom caucus would support. it's like a mortgage you have on your home. if we know we have a plan to get that debt paid off, we are willing to make up decisions in the short run to make sure that on the back end of that, we are fiscally sound and we do what is right on behalf of our children and grandchildren. host: tough decisions like raising the debt ceiling? guest: there has not been in opposition to raising the debt ceiling -- if there is a plan.
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we continue to raise a debt like having a 30 year mortgage and saying now i have a 40 year mortgage, now i have a 50 your mortgage. you are never making the payments to pay it down. if we have a plan to pay it down, we understand the deficit -- the debt ceiling will increase in the short run to bring in better fiscal policy. host: and in florida. in florida. a republican. good morning. caller: there is so much, so many things going on lately. c-span is wonderful. i just can't get over how wonderful you guys are. first of all, i would like to say something in my opening year or thislast year before the election when the caucus that i'm forgetting
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which caucus shut down the house and had the private telephone with nancy pelosi -- was at the black caucus that the that? -- that did that? host: are you talking about this in an over gun issues? caller: yes. we watched it on c-span. can you address something like that ever happening again? that whole scenario seems very bizarre. since you are on the transportation, the situation regarding building the wall and all that -- i watched on c-span about the weeklong program they did on immigration issues. can't wait tax that huge incoming infrastructure down there a little bit more to pay for the wall? it is huge, the trucks daily that come through that area.
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are segmented we did in laredo to talk about the trade. -- our segment we did in laredo. guest: there is an unbelievable amount of trade that comes across our southern border. i've been addressing that from a visa and national security standpoint and i was surprised to see 82 million different transfers back and forth across the southern border on an annual basis. it is a significant amount. as we look at that come apart of what president-elect trump has talked about in his nap the renegotiation is looking at -- as we look at that, part of what president-elect trump has talked about in his nafta renegotiation is looking at that. to pretend to speak on behalf of the new
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administration coming in as they look at that. but i do know that he is committed to renegotiating nafta. it is not just with regards to the border security wall. as we look at those components, how do we paper that -- pay for lookingnumber of us are at appropriating money right away to start the construction. the american people want to see something happen. the second part of that was about the city and -- the sit in as it related to the democrats protesting the lack of initiatives on gun control in light of what happened in orlando. that was a violation of house --es as we start to see that there were fundraising off of that. see some real penalties and consequences that come as a
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result of those who were fundraising off of that. you could actually have a reprimand from the house ethics committee. there would also be other areas that could potentially be a violation -- we have rules that say we cannot use official duties to be able to raise money. even making a phone call come i cannot do that in my office if it is campaign related because and thetes the ethics federal election laws as we start to look at that. some of that will be addressed. we have additional rules that we will be passing here very shortly. i know that speaker ryan has worked with his colleagues on the other side of the aisle to strengthen those to make sure the decorum of the house is followed the way that it should be. host: we are getting further
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thatfrom the sit in happen. when you expect the penalties to come down? guest: you would think if you were going to address it -- some of the people will be leaving. anything that would have to be addressed would need to be addressed in this congress. any rules that go fourth would be for future congresses. and he consequences would have to be addressed in the coming days. north carolina, gutierrez is an independent. caller: i'm calling to let you this pasthat presidential election was stolen in places like michigan, arizona, north carolina, ohio. these were republican held states. due to suppression and the purging of the vote, the republicans were successful in winning the general election. we need to get rid of the electoral college.
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the last two elections have been stolen through corruption that's going on within these elections. like my vote -- my boat has been stolen twice out of the lasix seniors. that isn't right. has been stolen twice out of the last 16 years. that isn't right. people are out here protesting because they feel like their vote has been stolen. this election was stolen by the republicans. host: what do you say to that concern? guest: making sure that we have proper voting to be able to do that is key. of our voting
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system is key. having lost anse election with fraud. i was in selma, north carolina with president-elect tromp in your area seven or -- president each wrote in your ar seven or eight hours away from where i live. place ire cars and cannot imagine there were that many people that will show up. as we looked at that, all of us needed to standup whether we are democrat, unaffiliated or republican against voter fraud. what i found as many people do not exercise the privilege. for example,lina, 60% of people registered to vote voted. you have a good 32% of people who could have shown up at made a difference.
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it is more apathy than voter suppression of from. host: north of chicago, john is a democrat. good morning. caller: good morning, congressman meadows. if you have a pencil there so you can jot this down. i'm hoping to get your response to both of these. i've like to mention something about the last caller. itfirst comment/question of, i read it that president-elect trump was going to put his business interests is as you probably has more than any president would have had, puts it those interests and he has of his children. he feels that is a blind trust, which is bizarre. it sounds like he is asking for security clearance for his 2 eldest sons. you have to wonder, why. number 2, the people responsible
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for making profits in his companies are also going to have globalto situation about and national information. that is the first thing. i what is it that your feelings on the potential for scandal. term -- thise the is what the americans want. the americans clearly wanted this. to realize that many studies have looked at as shown in congress, which you are part of, there is no statistical correlation with weather 50% or more of americans want a piece of legislation or not. the currentple is state of marijuana. to the last caller, i do not think he was talking so much about fraud
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>> and we will leave this "washington journal" segment at this point. you can see the rest of it in the c-span library. legislative work about to get under way in the house. bills prohibiting u.s. financial institutions from participating in aircraft sales to iran. live coverage of the house here on c-span. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. thank you, o god, for giving us another day. bless the members of the people's house with focus and purpose as they gather these days before thanksgiving. may their efforts give true cause for americans to gather to give thanks. in our world, there are many places where peace is lacking and cause for thanksgiving rare.

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