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confirmation hearing continues as the senate and public works committee was for the nomination of oklahoma attorney general scott pruitt to become the next administrator of the environmental protection agency. watch live at 10:15 a.m. eastern time. president donald trump will take part in the 65th annual prayer breakfast in washington, d.c. -- we will have live coverage on c-span2 and online at c-span.org . pick to head the state department, rex tillerson, was sworn in. let's watch.
>> welcome to the white house. ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. >> thank you. we have just returned from an amazing visit with a great family. very sad, veryg beautiful. a great man. tillerson, i want to congratulate you, brenda and your entire family on this incredible honor. you brings the unique skills and deep insight into foreign diplomacy that our nation needs.
world that is trapped. trapped in violence and war. the job ofand that our diplomats and the mission of the state department is to serve the interest in the united states of american. to make us safer. to make us more prosperous. and our people much more secure. understand the importance of strengthening our alliances and forming new alliances to enhance our strategic interest and the safety of our people. your whole life has prepared you for this. a tremendoushad life. i can say this is a man that is
respected all over the world. he is now beginning his most important journey. tos is where you were meant be, right here, today, at this crossroads in history. it is time to bring a clear eyed focus to foreign affairs. to take a look at the world around us and to seek new --utions grounded in patient in patient truths. that nations have a right to protect their interests. that people have the right to fully pursue their own destiny. and that all of us are better off when we act in concert and not conflict. and there has really been a conflict. very sad. i am excited for you. i'm excited for your family.
importantly, it am excited for our great country. challenges an arm's in the mid and around the world, i do believe we can achieve in these stability troubled times. may god bless you in this journey and may god bless our very special and great country. thank you, very much. mike, you can do the honors. thank you. [indiscernible] brazier right hand and repeat after me. --olemnly swear
>> first, i want to express my profound thanks to trump for giving me this opportunity to serve my country. presidentthank vice mike pence of giving me the honor of swearing man today. i have a few folks in the room that have helped me get to this point in confirmation and they represent a march larger group of people who of worked in normal sleep long hours, tirelessly, helping to guide me through this process. to them i will always be
eternally grateful for their sacrifice and effort. so manylso received messages and letters and phone calls of the best wishes and encouragement. prayers from families and friends and colleagues who know me well. anave also received anonymous outpouring of wonderful messages from people i dover the country who not know. words of encouragement. and it is their messages that really stand as a steadfast enter theo me as they responsibilities of the secretary of state. because i serve their interest and i will represent the interest of all of the american people at all times. and again, thank you for this extraordinary opportunity. [applause]
>> c-span, where history unfolds daily. in 1970 nine, c-span was created as a public service by american cable television companies and is brought to you today by your cable or satellite provider. >> next, washington journal is live. in the house returns for the morning hours. at noon a work on a criminal background check bill. the senior counsel to the effective fund for religious liberty will discuss the supreme court nominee record on first amendment cases before the court. then, democratic congressman steve cohen from tennessee will discuss his proposed legislation to overturn trumps executive order which restricts travel by
immigrants from seven muslim majority countries. he will also talk about the legality of the president's order. host: good morning, everyone, on this thursday, february 2. senate democrats are ratcheting up opposition to president trump and republicans, from his cabinet picks to the supreme court nominee. on capitol hill yesterday, democrats boycotted for a second day a committee vote on the president's choice for the top post at treasury and health and human services. republicans respond by pushing through those nominations, as well as senator jeff sessions to become the attorney general. democrats are now deciding how far they'd go with their opposition, led by senate minority chuck schumer from new york. do thebl