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tv   Interview with Representative-elect Jason Lewis R-MN  CSPAN  December 24, 2016 6:20pm-6:31pm EST

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washington bureau chief on her recent article "how donald trump is already remaking the presidency." hugh -- she will discuss his relationship with the new congress. author of "shall we wake the president" will speak on how to disastersspond and why he thinks americans should be prepared to handle disasters on their own instead of expecting the federal to save the day. washington journal begins live at 7:00 p.m. eastern sunday morning. in the weekly address, first lady michelle obama joins president obama to deliver a christmas message. representative tim murphy of pennsylvania has republican response giving tribute to the sandy hook shooting victims. president obama: merry christmas everybody!
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one of the best parts of the holiday season is spending time with the special people in your life. and for me, that means getting some help from my best friend for our annual christmas weekly address. mrs. obama: given how our first christmas weekly address went, i realized that barack needed all the help he could get. [pause] >> this is our first christmas in the white house. [laughter] you have got to pull it together. [laughter] mrs. obama: celebrating the holidays in the white house over these past eight years has been a true privilege. we've been able to welcome over half a million guests. our outstanding pastry chefs have baked 200,000 holiday cookies. and barack has treated the american people to countless dad jokes. president obama: although a few got a -- frosty reception.
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mrs. obama: this year's white house holiday theme is "the gift of the holidays," and our decorations reflect some of our greatest gifts as a nation: from our incredible military families, to the life-changing impact of a great education. president obama: and the greatest gift that michelle and i have received over the last eight years has been the honor of serving as your president and first lady. together, we fought our way back from the worst recession in 80 years, and got unemployment to a nine-year low. we secured health insurance for another twenty million americans, and new protections for folks who already had insurance. we made america more respected around the world, took on the mantle of leadership in the fight to protect this planet for our kids, and much, much more. by so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we first got here. and i'm hopeful we'll build on the progress we've made in the years to come. tomorrow, for the final time as the first family, we will join
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our fellow christians around the world to rejoice in the birth of our savior. and as we retell his story from that holy night, we'll also remember his eternal message, one of boundless love, compassion and hope. mrs. obama: the idea that we are our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper. that we should treat others as we would want to be treated. and that we care for the sick, feed the hungry, and welcome the stranger -- no matter where they come from, or how they practice their faith. president obama: those are values that help guide not just my family's christian faith, but that of jewish americans, and muslim americans; nonbelievers and americans of all backgrounds. and no one better embodies that spirit of service than the men and women who wear our country's uniform and their families. mrs. obama: as always, many of our troops are far from home this time of year, and their families are serving and sacrificing right along with them. their courage and dedication
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allow the rest of us to enjoy this season. that's why we've tried to serve them as well as they've served this country. go to joiningforces.gov to see how you can honor and support the service members, veterans and military families in your community - not just during the holidays, but all year round. president obama: so as we look forward to the new year, let's resolve to recommit ourselves to the values we share. and on behalf of the all the obamas michelle, malia, sasha, bo, and that troublemaker sunny - merry christmas, everybody. mrs. obama: and we wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2017. thanks, and god bless. representative murphy: this picture means so much to me. i keep it on my desk in my congressional office. it was given to me by a proud parent. this is daniel. daniel - just seven years old - was at sandy hook elementary school on december 14, 2012, when a troubled young man took his life and those of 25 others,
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and ultimately his own. you know, if there's one thing we cherish at christmas, it is the comfort and joy of being surrounded by the people we love. but every day, 959 lives are takendirectly or indirectlyby mental illness. last year alone, 350,000 lives were lost because our broken mental health system continues to fail american families. rather than getting those who need help most into treatment, we leave them out on the streets or throw them in jail. this is heartbreakingand it's unacceptable. as a practicing psychologist, i have seen firsthand how difficult it is for families to navigate our broken mental health system. outdated laws prevent the families and caregivers from being a part of the treatment teamtoo often this has fatal consequences. we need treatment before tragedy, and care before crisis.
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after sandy hook, we launched an investigation into our nation's broken mental health system. courageous families stepped forward to tell their stories. and we started to understand the real problems - over 110 federal programs and a $130 billion investment that did little but stand by and watch rising rates of suicide, incarceration, and homelessness. but we needed to do more than just talk about this problem. we needed to start solving this problem. by the start of 2016, we had pushed mental health reform towards the top of washington's to-do list. and last week, one day before the sandy hook anniversary, president obama signed into law the most significant mental health reform in 50 years. with this new law, we are finally breaking down the wall between physical health and mental health. now federal agencies will be moving from vague feel-good programs to ones that emphasize
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evidence-based care for those at the highest risk. for the first time, there will be an assistant secretary for mental health and substance use who will lead the way, evaluating and improving the system. we'll be investing in services for the most difficult-to-treat cases and ensuring that family members are a part of the care delivery team. we'll be training people to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness, including law enforcement officers for how to best respond to a potentially violent situation. we'll be providing real resources to combat substance abuse, and specifically for the opioid crisis. we'll be addressing, head on, the number 10 killer in our nationsuicide, which disproportionately affects our veterans; and for the first time ever, congress is stepping in to help those with an eating disorder get access to real medical care. and we'll be expanding our mental health workforce, because today, half the counties in america do not have a single psychologist or psychiatrist.
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one bill won't solve everything, but these desperately needed reforms will bring help. and where there is help, there is hope. to the sandy hook families and all those who made this possible, who gave their time and took a stand, thank you. to anyone out there struggling, looking for answers, know that you are not alone. we are with you. we are fighting for you. although many doubted we would make it this far, here we are. and in a new year, with a new administration, we will keep working to get real treatment to those who need it. this is what christmas is all about: peace, goodwill, and above all, love. so god bless our caregivers, our doctors, our nurses. and god bless our troops, their families, and the nation they serve. and god bless the united states of america. newsmakers,end on
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our guest is lee saunders who has the american federation of municipal employees. he talks about president-elect donald trump's choice for labor secretary and other issues like minimum wage, overtime pay, and the influence of unions. watch the interview on sunday at 10:00 a young and 6:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. here on c-span, the communicators is next with fcc commissioner minion clyburn. we show you the interview we have with retiring congressman jim mcdermott. interview with mitch mcconnell about the 2016 election and what to expect in january with the new congress. and a look at this year's white house christmas decorations and the lighting of the christmas tree. c-span, where history unfolds daily.
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in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by a america's cable television companies. it is brought to you today by your cable or satellite provider. >> fcc commissioner mean young clyburn. .-mignon clyburn as you move from the minority into the majority of the commission, what are your biggest concerns? mignon clyburn it is great to be here today. people have been talking about this a lot in the last couple of weeks. a position i am unfamiliar with. as you know, i spent 11 years on my state public utility commission in south carolina. if you know anything about south carolina, it is a state that does not have the political balance on its commission. i was either one of one or one of s o

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