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policy issues in his state as part of c-span's 50 capitals to her. later, a look at federal disaster spending with chris currie from the government accountability office. ♪ host: good morning. it is tuesday -- monday, september 10, 2018. you are looking at a shot of the c-span bus in des moines. we will be taking viewers their later in today's show, as we continue the 50 capital t our. we begin with questions about government shutdown. the federal government will shut them at the end of the month unless they pass a spending bill, and even if they do the president has threatened one unless he gets money for a border wall. we want your thoughts on whether or not shutdowns are a good political strategy.
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give us a call. democrats at (202) 748-8000, republicans at (202) 748-8001, independence at (202) 748-8002. you can also catch up with us on social media, twitter, and facebook. a very good monday morning. tell us your thoughts on government shutdowns as a political strategy. the phone lines are open, as we show you the headlines from today's papers on this issue of a potential shutdown at the end of the month, this from "the washington times." negotiators see risk of shutdown to "the wall street journal," their shutdown on congress aiming to avoid it, noting that congressional negotiators are expected to secure a deal today on a package of three spending bills for the coming fiscal year, setting in motion plans to avoid a partial government shutdown at the end of the month.
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the effort to keep the government-funded comes amid uncertainty about whether trump is willing to fight over border wall funding while most gop lawmakers believe that president trump will be willing to avoid a showdown right before the midterms. the president has kept them guessing, agreeing to differ the fight saying that he sees political advantage in the shutdown. the president was quoted in an interview aboard air force one. this is what he said when asked about a potential shutdown. "i would do it because i think it is a great political issue. there are some people i have a lot of respect for, rush limbaugh says it is the greatest thing you can do. there are a lot of politicians that i like and respect and are with me all the way that would rather not do it. they are doing well, they are up, the way they look at it, might be good, might be bad." that was the president on friday.
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here he is on wednesday during a meeting with congressional leaders, when asked again about a government shutdown. >> >> without border security i'm not willing to do anything. we have to protect our borders. we have to protect our borders, our country will not be a country. if it is about border security i'm willing to do it. host: so let's talk shutdowns this morning on "washington journal." are they a good political strategy? is there an issue you would shut the government down over? democrats it is (202) 748-8000, republicans (202) 748-8001, independents (202) 748-8002. a poll on c-span's facebook page, about 800 have responded so far. 81% say it is not a good political strategy, 19% saying yes. here are a few comments from those who have joined in. linda writes, "congressman need to do their jobs, and if they can't, send them home without pay until they do."
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jesus says, "forget political strategies, remember the government is for the people." doug says "our failures of function a good strategy? not really, but they happen, and most systems will have them. " "it showsrom christy, us how many federal employees we can do without, and that the basic government would operate just fine." just a few of the comments on facebook. join us there, on twitter, or give us a call like william did, from marlborough, new york. democrat. good morning. caller: good morning, good morning. host: go ahead, william. that shutting down the government without a vote of the majority of the doing a political strategy to make a point and it
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needs to be approved upon by a consensus, not just one president making the decision to shut down the government without it going through a vote. host: we have seen to government shutdowns so far this year. the first one happened back in january for three days over the issue of the daca program, the dreamers. was that a good time for a government shutdown? caller: no. host: who do you think won that fight, if there are winners and losers? well, i'm not sure the them to is what caused make a ruling on putting the families back together immediately, returning the children to all the parents that were separated, the illegal immigrants.
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i believe something needs to be done, but the way things are being handled by our president, playing games back and forth on who will pay for the wall and not being honest with the american people, he is playing to the people who follow him. i is just political games and think it needs to go to a vote. host: that shutdown back in january, january 20-23, was about the daca program, the so-called dreamers and what will happen with them. that occurred well before the fight over the summer on the family separations issue. harry is in brandywine, maryland, also a democrat. good morning. caller:. good morning. basically, i would like to say a shutdown is something that is going to be devastating for the country, and any time you shut it down, it sends everything
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backwards. people cannot pay their bills, government cannot move forward, the contractors lose money and business and it is a bad decision. we were told when he was running for president that mexico was going to pay for it. his statement was clear to everybody in the world, mexico was going to pay for it, nothing to do with shutdown. that's all i've got to say. host: elizabeth in northport, new york. republican. go ahead. caller: ok. as far as the shutdown goes, we have to do what we have to do. the congregation of people outside -- across the street from the capital on saturday, and the stories that these mothers -- a woman was raped 16 or 17 times by a group
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of illegal aliens -- it has to stop. we have to have a wall and whatever we have to do to do that we have to do. we come first. never mind this nonsense like i don't like the shutdown either, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do. host: elizabeth, is the wall the reason you voted for president trump, if you voted for him? him, i i saw strengthen saw no nonsense. i don't like some of the things -- i don'ty this agree with some of his private life, however nobody is the virgin mary. strengthor him for his and his business experience. he knows what has to be done and he takes it and runs with it. host: thank you. new york city, independent.
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good morning. are you with us? georgia,o to rosa in democrat. go ahead. caller: yes, good morning. thank you for taking my call. i do not believe that a shutdown is a good idea. it costs the country too much money. i believe that if president trump wants to build a wall, you should pay for it out of his own pocket. he promised he was going to build a wall, and he should go ahead and build it out of his own pocket. we could name it after him. it would even show him in a different light, it would show that he is a generous humanitarian. that's my thought. thank you. host: phone numbers again, if you want to join this conversation about shutdowns as a political strategy and what you would shut the government down over. democrats can call (202) 748-8000, republicans (202) 748-8001, independents (202)
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748-8002. we will get to more of your called in just a second. here is where we are on the federal spending plan and what happens at the end of the month. the government will shut down at midnight on september 30 if a new spending plan isn't in place . here is where congress is on its the 12 spending deals that come through each year. congressional negotiators are expecting this deal for three of and theending bills, one they are expected to work on this week includes funding for the departments of energy and veterans affairs, the legislative branch of government is also included. "the washington times" in their wrap up of what's happening this week notes that the house majority leader, kevin mccarthy,
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says congress will pass nine of its 12 annual funding bills by the end of this month, and they have already named their negotiators to finalize the bills. this story goes on to note that lawmakers won't have enough time to pass the final three bills by the end of this month, which covers spending for the department of homeland security, justice, commerce, and state, which would push those beyond the november election. the plan is to pass stopgap funding measures for those three funding bills so a shutdown with and happen at the end of the month, then work on those issues after the midterm elections. that is the spending plan right now. we want to get your thoughts. president trump has gone back and forth on whether he would shut down the government, whether he would do that before the midterm elections. is that a good idea? gail is in redding, connecticut,
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a republican. go ahead. caller: hi, good morning. i favor to shut down the government, if that is what it is going to take. it makes me very nervous to say that because i know our government positions are important, but as long as the military is not affected, i think we have to put the country's security first. host: gail, in terms of the wall funding and this issue becoming such a big issue in the spending fight, what are your thoughts on that? caller: well, i never believed mexico is going to pay for the wall. deal,eve that the trade the trade agreements with mexico will in fact pay for the wall. isn't aboutlly mexico and the united states, this is about all of the southern countries, the security
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of the united states happens to be on mexico's border but it is a much bigger deal than just the united states and mexico. host: you said you didn't believe mexico ever pay for the wall. do you think the president ever believed mexico is going to pay for the wall? that the believe president believes mexico will pay for the wall through the trade agreement, so yes, i do. i think he always thought that, he just didn't think they would hand the money straight over. but i believe we will get the money for the wall, certainly. host: mike is in woodstock, virginia. democrat. good morning. caller: good morning, thanks for taking my call. thanks for c-span being there. my comment is twofold. the nice lady from new york that just called spoke about, as long as our military is not affected. i work through both of the government shutdowns under the
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clinton administration as essential personnel for the dod, and that's just what happens with military and homeland security. essential personnel are who works. arevast majority of folks not necessarily working. ships are more, flames don't fly. that, to think that the trade negotiations and what may come out of trade with mexico, we have to look at, i think, the jobs and our fellow citizens and their jobs that are already affected, whether it is with the canadian trade or the mexican trade -- i'm not saying nafta was the best thing since sliced bread but at the same time the impact on our fellow
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citizens -- you had an earlier caller talking about the protest and do we think that crime against our fellow citizens, no matter who our fellow citizens are or who is committing the crimes, are horrible? yes, we all do. but there is so much crime that that our fellow citizens are against one another. i'm not in any way disregarding the horrible ask. says that some of our fellow citizens have had committed by those who were in the country illegally, but if we look at the overall impact, there's just so much here to unwrap. thank you so much for taking my call. i think it is important that our fellow citizens understand the exact impact. you talked about bills being passed. the legislature is certainly
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going to pass their own paycheck, aren't they? host: before you go, when you were essential to the workforce during that shutdown, did you eventually get paid for that work? caller: i was a contractor, and i did eventually get paid. but coming a while, from a career family of service, my father was naval intelligence, my father was navy core, now a college professor as is his wife, i was a contractor, andeven during the snows whatever shutdowns, essential personnel are going to stand there post. it is not a question of getting paid or not. that ourny functions fellow citizens may not see upfront, that are effective, if
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you look at -- port security will be there, essential military missions will stand, cyber security, essential personnel will stand. some of us work double shifts and did whatever was necessary during those periods. how hasom line here is congress done its job, whether you talk about how many times have there been stopgap budgets passed, how many times have there been sites instead of compromise and consensus. article one, sections seven and eight puts the money right in the seat of the people's house. that is how it is phrased. host: thanks for the call. you are talking about potential employees. the bloomberg story from earlier this year before the january shutdown takes some questions
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about what happened during government shutdowns, like you were saying, national security is considered an essential function. the military services continue to work, safety and order is considered essential, air-traffic control, law enforcement, medical care, veterans hospitals. those as well as the u.s. postal service, which continues under its own funding stream, continue during a government shutdown. in terms of how many federal employees stay at home, back in 2013 the number of executive branch employees who were 850,000, oreaked at 40% of the workforce. twitter as weon have been having this conversation, "a shutdown means nobody is doing their jobs, fire them all." "republicans are in charge of all three branches of government.
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if they keep shutting down the government, why?" be a good strategy, but not when your party owns all the power and there's no plausible narrative for blaming the opposition." "we had to shutdowns, i don't remember either of them. i think this is what we call it nothing burger. the two shutdowns that happened about the" we talked deferred action for childhood arrivals program, the fate of the dreamers. 9e second one was february for just a few hours, holding off on signing the funding bill that essentially included an increase in the borrowing limit, disaster relief for texas and florida and puerto rico. if the government were to shut down it would be the third government shut down this year. baldwinsville, massachusetts. what you think? caller: good morning, how are
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you today? host: doing well. caller: i don't think the shutdown is a big deal. we had barack obama for eight years and he did nothing. audacity tohas the the propellant of our government and the way the economy is going now, he was not. his gdp was always 2% or less. that is really ridiculous for the man to say stuff like that. all he did was over governed us, over regulate us. fbiurned the doj and the and the irs and to weapons against all of the republicans, and he stands on that stage and says he's responsible for the last two years that donald trump has turned this country around, that's insane. but everybody takes at the with a want, and i think a government shutdown would help us. don'tmocrats
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care about our borders, they need illegal immigrants to vote for them. discussing president obama's comments last week, continuing in today's paper is from the op-ed pages of "the new york times." "obama's back" is the headline, loosening trumps stranglehold on the news. words,ly appreciate his there is only so much time in a newsday, only so many column inches, only so much prominent real estate on a website. up till this point trump had overwhelmed the news and no one had a way to challenge it. obama has the weight. just by speaking, he is altering the diet of the news people consume." if you want to read more from him, "the new york times." a call from new york city. caller: good morning. i am calling because of the shutdown. those peoplek you,
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calling on behalf of trump, the liar in chief. first of all, why can they ask -- he said mexico would pay for it. let to mexico pay for it, if they are smart enough they will ask donald trump to pay for it. i call him liar in chief. i think that man has a real disease, somebody better check him. host: let's stick to government shutdown. caller: i would call the republican bluff. i bet donald trump would not shut the government down because if he did he would lose almost 50 seeds, i'm calling his bluff. i would bet my bottom dollar on it, this government will not be shut down. they would lose the senate, lose the house of representatives, lose in 2022. but a made nothing
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why iser, and he said -- he asking americans to pay for this? host: got your point. louise is in fredericksburg, virginia. republican. go ahead. caller: good morning. it necessarily means bad news if the government has to be shut down in order to bring spending and all the things the democrats want to do to a stop. say, this has been 50 years in the making. they started out with closing down the local schools and consolidating them into bigger schools and they killed the communities. then we had rails to trails that took out the railroads and all the little towns. for the past 50 years it has been bad. happened,at what has
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why people are so angry at donald trump is because he finally smartened up the chumps. we have been chumps for so long, and now think we -- now i think we are finally smartened up, and we see a picture of what's going on, and i hope you keeps on keeping on it goes for it, you know? host: thanks for the call. bill king writes on twitter, "i don't know why it's called a government sat down, some services may be curtailed, but it is never shut down. maybe it should be." some reaction on capitol hill to this idea of a shutdown, this from "the wall street journal" story quoting mike simpson, republican from idaho, a member of the appropriations committee, who has been involved in these negotiations. he says in his quote, "show me the last time there has been a government shutdown that republicans haven't been blamed for.
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i've never seen it work. i've never seen it give you an advantage." marcy kaptur, democratic congresswoman from ohio, tweeting last week amid all this discussion about a potential shutdown, "the public is sick of the chaos. americans need predictability. shutdown antics don't tell the people." maria in fairfax, virginia. democrat. what you think? caller: i think we should shut down because this is an emergency. years lived in america 32 and i've never seen anything like this. embarrassing, it is the cruelest, most ignorant person that we have in america. what i seeergency, every day, the ku klux klan meets near my home.
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how can i tell my students that? it is insane, what we see every day. host: how does shutting the government down fix that? think we have to because people have to wake up. people have to shut down, reorganize. this is crazy. what is going on? my power tolike -- be an american is being taken away. it is embarrassing to read the and explainedl, to the children what goes on in america. , myku klux klan marching nephew -- he couldn't believe that. it is a wake-up call for the whole country and the whole world.
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i've never seen a president like that. host: maria in fairfax, virginia. the phone lines to join this conversation about shutdowns, and what you would shut the government down over, democrats (202) 748-8000, republicans (202) 748-8001, independents (202) 748-8002. we are having this conversation in the first hour of "washington journal." i want to show you some other headlines. the lead story in several major newspapers today, leslie moonves s, the powerful longtime chairman and chief executive of cbs, will resign his position in the wake of sexual assault allegations concluding a whirlwind six weeks in which he fell from the purge of one of the country's most respected media tightens. he was bulletproof as of just six weeks ago, and is regarded as one of the most early executives as a six weeks ago
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but sexual misconduct allegations by six women in "the new yorker" in july led to the board hiring outside lawyers to investigate him, for activists calling for his removal. additional six women alleged behavior including sexual misconduct, harassment, and retaliation. he is still expected to collect millions as part of a settlement with the board, but the company said it will withhold any decision about payment until the investigation is complete." one other note on that story from "the washington post," they will donate $20 million to one or more organizations that support the me too movement and equality for women in the workplace. the donation will be made immediately, has been deducted from any severance benefits that may be due him following the independent investigation. one other story to let you know about on the international front
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, in "the new york times," goose-stepping soldiers and artillery vehicles rolled through the main plaza in pyongyang, the capital of north celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding with a large military parade, notable with one conspicuous absence -- the long-range ballistic missiles. it noted that for weeks, outside analysts had been scrutinizing imagery of north korea's preparations for the festivities. if the north decided to not showcase icbms, it could be counted as a sign that north korea was serious about negotiations with the west. president trump priest the absence of them in a twitter post, saying "north korea has aged a parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of its founding without the customary display of nuclear missiles." "there is nothing like the dialogue of two people that like each other." calls, as we
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approach 7:30. richard is waiting in massachusetts, independent. go ahead. caller: good morning. the government really don't shut down. it shows you the waste. the funny part about it, in washington alone they have 40,000 federal workers. put on 16,000 new irs agents. it is so bloated. wall, it would never be protected the way it should be. that is how i look at it. if you are going to build a wall , have it built real good and make sure you got military on it to back up.
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that is how i look at it, john. brandywine, maryland. caller: this is my second call through. i want to state, when he said mexico was going to pay for it, who did he think he was fooling? hit: i'm sorry, did you get already today? caller: yeah. host: we have a lot of folks we want to get to. our rule we try to abide by is one called every 30 days. florida, anale, independent. go ahead. caller: thank you for taking my call. i don't think there is a problem with the government shutdown, most of the jobs is not worthwhile jobs. they should eliminate some of these jobs completely.
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epa of them would be in the , the department of agriculture. cancel all those jobs and take that money into -- and put it into the private sector. host: edward is in texas. a democrat. .aller: good morning i don't think it would be a good idea to shutdown the government over this wall. no one has even spoke up on tv yet saying why don't we have some type of rallies and charitable events where people can start putting sections of the wall up in certain places. get something going where the people are directly involved, but i wanted to put that out there. host: you are talking volunteer labor programs to build the wall? caller: correct. i know there are a lot of people out there that would volunteer.
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just if theyutting are serious about putting a wallop, mexico is not going to pay for it. up, --tting a wall putting a wall up, mexico is not going to pay for it. why not get the people together and see what they can come up with? maybe it will catch on and more people will catch on and keep going. maybe the government will loosen up its law and say let's start putting pieces of it together. it is going to take a long time. host: would you volunteer? caller: i surely would. host: talk about the issue of immigration in liverpool, texas. town,: it is a one horse we don't even have a store. i like it that way because we are away from everybody. -- area, mostly what we had
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have as far as illegal immigration, a lot of long care people that don't speak -- a lot l people. they are here to work hardawncare. -- a lot of lawn-care people. they are here to work hard. they have no idea how much they stand out. they are looking for work but you cannot say anybody who wants to go to work come over here. you don't need to check in with anybody. it is getting out of hand. putting a wallop would be more of his debts putting a wall up -- putting a wall of would be more of a symbol. there are a lot of ways to get into this country. the wall would only slow down
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15% to 20% of it. host: here is where we are on wall funding. the house and senate approving two different amounts it comes to wall funding. the house included $5 billion for the wall and border security. , its version of the homeland security bill included $1.6 billion in line with current year funding. the president looking for the higher of those numbers. he has threatened to shut down the government if he doesn't get the funding for the border wall. we want to hear your thoughts. our shutdowns a good political strategies? -- -- are shutdowns a good political strategy? caller: what other people don't realize, they say a shutdown for
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the government, the senators, congressmen and the president, they are paid. they don't lose a paycheck. different people have asked, if like thehe wall, there isid before, many other ways to get into the country. military and now he is civil service. he handles all their land, including where the plains come government planes, the missiles. there are certain people, a shutdown is not going to help. already. years in if there is a shutdown and the
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government wants it, the senators, congressmen, including trump, there shouldn't be any pay. then there would be enough money to go around. in washington, go ahead. caller: i want to second what the caller just said. if the federal government new receive --uld not knew that they would not receive any pay, -- last time there was a government shutdown, you were on and you read enumerated through the federal government, all the good jobs are going to be affected. -- of the federal reserve had 17,000 workers just a
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licensing mine. -- license wine. the last comment i want to make is the cost of the wall, i wish our president and federal government would realize there's laws on the books. prosecute the employers. you don't need a wall. how about all the people who are breaking the laws, we put them on the border and make them work on the wall for five years? my summary is we don't need to spend all this money doing all of this. we just need to enforce the laws on the books. host: the stat that you brought up, i don't remember that stat but i can tell you that 850 federal employees were furloughed back in 2013 during that shutdown. it was about 40% of the federal workforce. before the shutdown this year,
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there were 12 shutdowns since 1981 ranging in duration from a single day to 21 days. the 21 day one in december of 1995 and january of 1996 was a famous shutdown that pitted president clinton against newt gingrich. noteserg, their story that shutdowns over budget --agreements are shutdown budget disagreements over shutdowns are different. . bloomberg with their story from january leading into that january shutdown has several stats. that is the one we have been talking about this morning. joseph has been waiting in new york. a democrat. caller: good morning, john. , talked of callers ago
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about volunteering. back tocorrect, related the statue of liberty, there was not enough funding and the paid forople actually some of the reconstruction of it. onh all the confusion going with who is to pay for it and affecting government employees and disrupting the normal way america does business, it might not be a bad idea. salute to the fellow from texas for the thought of the volunteering. if i was down there, i might also. i'm not fully against the wall. it is something we could use. the question always is, who is paying for it? it is going to be the people's choice to build it and to take
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the effort. why not? deedee on twitter writes in, shutdowns all -- are always worthwhile if it is something. david writes in -- kevin is in new york city. a democrat. caller: good morning. we do not need a government shutdown. we do not need a wall. we have laws on the books as one of the caller stated. all we need to do is utilize those laws. we elect these men and women in congress to sit there, pass laws that will benefit this country. immigration has been going on for decades. they will not sit down and pass a proper immigration bill.
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we don't need a wall. we don't need to waste money on a wall. we need to get these people to sit down and do their job that we pay them for. as a previous caller said, if there is a shutdown, they should cancel their pay. host: go back to january and that shutdown that took place. this issue of immigration reform , the deferred action program, that was the main issue around that shutdown. did that solve anything? caller: it did not because our congress people refused to sit in the room and do a bill. they want to do everything piecemeal. .hey want to do an omnibus bill i don't live like that. i have to watch my money very carefully and spend it very wisely. they need to do that.
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why do they want to build the wall but they refuse to penalize these employers firing -- for hiring illegal immigrants? let's get into these employers and a lot of this. . stop.ot of this needs to we don't need a wall. they do not need to shut down the government. they are still not going to get into a room and sit down and pass a law. they are going to keep doing everything piecemeal and fighting each other and having citizens fighting each other. host: thanks for the call this morning. a word on some of the words you will be hearing this week when it comes to government funding. the minibus is what you are going to be hearing. that is one of the packages of spending bills being put together.
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it includes funding for the departments of energy, as well as veterans affairs and the legislative branch of government . that is one minibus package being put together for a full year of funding for fiscal 2019. the other term is a stopgap funding bill. that would be something just to keep the government from shutting down, funding for some departments, perhaps including homeland security for several days or weeks until a larger agreement can be reached. those are two of the terms you might be hearing as congress moves towards that september 30 deadline. there will be seven days from here to the end of the month when the house and senate are in together. there's a lot of concern about whether they can finish the work on the spending bills and whatever stopgap measures they need to come up with before we hit -- hit that deadline.
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massachusetts, a republican. go ahead. caller: i have a comment. i am saying, what about a gofundme page? for people that want the wall and people who don't want the wall, they don't have to contribute. host: would you contribute? caller: absolutely. host: how much would you give? caller: about $2000. where do you want to see that funding used? what is the best way to use -- do you have a preference for where? do you trust that president trump has an idea on how to use that money? host: i trust president trump. after all, he doesn't get paid for what he is doing. he doesn't take the payment boat all the other presidents did. host: that is rhonda in massachusetts.
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betty, good morning. are you with us? caller: yes. thank you for taking my call. i can say this week, i would pay the gofundme to support the wall getting done. host: how much would you give? caller: identity apart in. -- i beg your pardon. host: how much would you give? caller: i was thinking about putting it on the front page of the irs form where it says to contribute money. $100 on mytribute irs payment when i pay my taxes for the year. or i would pay more than that if someone did start a gofundme fund. host: you had another comment? caller: just except that i
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support president trump -- accept that i support president trump fully. host: from new hampshire this morning. a democrat from orlando. good morning. caller: yes, i want to make a comment about -- i watch tv all the time. i watched the campaign of donald trump. -- my dadr told me always told me, to get by in this world, you put god first. donald trump [indiscernible] who is going to build a wall? he said mexico. if they said they are not going to build it, who was -- build
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it, we will build it to the entire. -- build it two feet higher. [indiscernible] lady whoump, the called a few minutes ago, she said he doesn't get paid like the other presidents. this man is making more money in one day than his salary would be for two or three years. he is making it from his businesses. they are thinking that little bit of money -- all that is is to help them get away desk help them get ahead a lot -- help them get ahead a while. host: good morning. caller: the caller prior to myself, i wonder if he has any thoughts on how much money president obama makes and clinton on the speeches during and after their presidency.
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as far as the wall, that lady with the gofundme idea, i think that was great. host: what would you give? caller: i would give $100. specifically to the question about that strategy, i think the question should be directed at the media, because it is going to be how they spin it. essential. who is the essential people keep the government running. nonessential people get all back pay when they are on government -- when they are on vacation. one less point. what with the -- one last point, what with the democratic say just what would the democrats say if the government let them come in the cannot vote for 20 years? host: jonathan, springfield, missouri. caller: hi. my school forum this political
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thing and we were talking about this same topic. we brought up a gofundme, but the problem is the reason why it would not be a good idea is because we don't know where the money is going to go. we don't know if this money would be put in place. i would not donate because it wouldn't work. a lot of people will not donate. what was the question the last person asked? host: she was talking about for democrats, if republicans said all immigrants can come into this country but they cannot vote for 20 years, would democratic be ok? caller: the way that democrats look at it now, i don't think that is going to happen. if both democratic and republican party come together and work something out, maybe five to 10 year that could possibly work out with the
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democrats. it can be a good idea to a certain extent. up-to-date onyou what is happening on capitol hill in reaction to the potential government shutdown at the end of this month. here's a story from rollcall about paul ryan. he counted the issue of shops earlier fiscal 2018 omnibus veto threat i sang it alternately never materialized, even against trump's constant rhetoric and apparent willingness to provoke a shutdown. he agrees the public threats is healthy president operates.
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story,want to read that it is in last week's taper -- paper after that thursday press conference of paul ryan. joe was in woodbridge. -- joe is in woodbridge. kudos to the lady on the idea of a gofundme page. i would gladly give at least $100. i am a blue-collar worker. i think it would be better if it was an option on our income tax form. as far as the wall and the government shutdown, i do not believe president trump should shut the government down specifically on only the wall. i am in favor of a government shutdown to force congress and the senate to pass a more comprehensive border security plan. i believe the things that should be included besides the wall is
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the elimination of the visa lottery. the illumination of the 14th amendment -- the elimination of the 14th amendment, the anchor babies. ladyone lady -- the young who comes here from china and has a baby in a hotel and becomes an american citizen. 10,000 it should include field agents whose main job visa be to locate overstays because most americans don't realize that over half of the illegal aliens in the country that are undocumented are not mexicans or central americans who cross the border. they are people from europe, africa, people from middle east and asia who come here on vacation or on school visas and then overstay their visas. i hope president trump is
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listening. i do want him to shut the government down to get a border security plan that eliminates those thing. be verified should be enacted for every single company. socialdon't have a valid security number, you don't get a job. amendment was passed by congress, june 13, 1866 ratified 1868 p section one, all persons born or naturalized in the united states subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the united states. no state shall make or enforce any law that celebrates the immunities of citizens or shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law, nor deny to any person the equal protection. randallstown, maryland.
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good morning. caller: this morning in the "washington post" one of the people who lives on the border, , he says thees wall is not a good idea. he says it doesn't matter. the people would put a ladder on his land which it be on the opposite side of the wall and wouldould in fact call -- crawl under it or come over it. the people are coming here for whatever the reason. it is about demand. people in this country are taking the drugs. maybe if they stop taking the drugs, there would not be a demand. he called the border control people and they never came. by the time he looked around, the people will already in the united states. the border control people are
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not doing their job. the gofundme page is a idea. desk is an excellent idea. -- the gofundme page is an excellent idea. restrictionsare and anchor babies, you need to look at your resident who -- your president who is paying the russians. he has abused the 14th amendment himself. storythe washington post --t she was referred to sylvia is in virginia. republican. caller: yes, i don't agree with the government shutdown. if we are going to keep wanting to do these star wars and go to mars, i think we can take that money and use it for a wall. we do need a wall because if i were to go over to mexico and
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sneak over and vote, i don't think they would be so kind to me. our forrester's -- i live with our trees and forests. they need to be paid. host: do you know folks that are in the forcing industry. -- the forcing industry. our shenandoah park is shutdown and my husband has a store and there is no more tourism. it hurts our business. host: what is your business? caller: it is not me. he has a grocery -- it is mainly like a 7-eleven. people that come down off the mountain, they get things to eat. it is a deli. they feed the tourists and the local people. it is mainly tourism where i live at shenandoah park. they clam up old rag mountain --
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.hey climb up old red mountain when they close of the park, it hurts my husband's this is. host: is that what happened in the 2013 shutdown? caller: yes, it was hard on the tourists because we had to direct them someone else. some of them did not even know the forest has shut down. it was hard for the people enjoying our forest. host: do you know how much your husband's business lost? caller: i am not sure the number but it really hurt his business. it was hard. people love our beautiful forest. they love to hike and it is a shame. the government shutdown -- we know the forrester's that take care of the part, they need pay. they have homes, they need to
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.ake care of their families -- we have been complaining about the border for years. -- got gotten not done nothing done from democrats, republicans. we pay soldiers to go to other countries and protect their borders and we want to build a wall, build a wall. the soldiers from other countries and put them on the wall to protect our country. i think that would be great if the president will look at something like that. host: to mark in ohio. your thought on shutdowns? caller: on your question, it is a yes and no. no, because it is not good for the country.
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yes, because it would be great politically for democrats. now, this other stuff is funny. i am a military veteran. all you european americans, if you like what is going on, go back to where you came from. you cannot stop people from coming into the country. this is what we are built for. if you don't like where we are coming, you do not own america. butt back to where you've come from. we mentioned a poll earlier. as a government shutdown a good political strategy. 800 votes at the beginning of this segment. the numbers were 81% no and 19% yes. almost 23 hundred votes and
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the stats are the same. 81% say no and 19% say yes. we want to hear your thoughts. why and what issue you would shut down the government over. from tucson. go ahead. caller: these people are talking about the wall. it is falling apart and the wall is keeping people out but it also keeps people in. say.is all i have to host: talk to me more about keeping people in?
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caller: it is getting worse and wanting toow he is call people out. all the news about what he wants assassinate these people and these people that did the open op-ed, he wants to drag them back into the government. they are already there. and with all of this attention and people in place, we are rough times.me host: have you ever thought about leaving the republican party? a vote for them but i will never do it again. it is a lie.
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msnbc showing the last night. secret lives and secret wars. there are a lot of things. people want to be independent then i think we should have a lot of those come out and say, mr. president, i'm sorry but you are wrong. i watched him singing the national anthem and he didn't even know the words to it. that was on tv. it was in the news. all the new stations. up one ofy brought the headlines from the statement on cnn, state of the union yesterday. the nebraska senator said he considered leaving the republican party daily. answer.been sass'
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everyhink about it morning. why do i fly away from nebraska to washington? will we get things done? neither of these parties are for very much rather than being and we should be focused on the long-term. i would love to see the party of lincoln and rated get back to the root's. -- the president has done some good things. to do thewe got supreme court confirmation hearing for brett kavanaugh. he is a really strong nominee. wouldnd of person that have been nominated for decades. i applaud the president for that pic. but it is obvious when you are engaging the white house -- as i do many times a week -- that
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there is a lot of chaos and reality tv circus. it is different than the long-term view. yesterday, in the football stadium when nebraskans talk to me about politics, a distant second to talking about football, what they want is a washington that does a small number of things with a lot of urgency and not a lot of drama. and now we do a lot of things with a frenzied circus. some of the drama at the end of the month could be a potential third government shutdown of 2018. we want to get your thoughts. is the government shutdown good political strategy? is there an issue you which of the government down over? democrats, (202) 748-8000. republicans, (202) 748-8001. independent voters, (202) 748-8002. waiting in fairfax,
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virginia. caller: i am uphold. when is ago this morning was watching what was happening -- i was three miles from the pentagon. i drove to the pentagon. thinking i could help but when i got to the top of the overpass and could look down and see everything. there was no plane. there was no debris. nobodies everywhere. i went home and i called my friends in canada and said, there was no plane. host: so you think 9/11 was a conspiracy? will hold off on the conspiracy theories because we are talking about a government
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shutdown. whether it is a good little strategy. talky of time tomorrow to about september 11 on the actual anniversary. kevin is in woodbridge, virginia. go ahead. caller: good morning, how are you? let's get to this. it is it the question, a good or bad strategy? strategies are acts. to get to a goal. so if the goal is the wall then yes. to get to a goal. but this is a bad strategy.
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public opinion is cyclical. you build a ball. you shutdown down the government to build this. it may be good for six months or a year but then people see the downside and nine have a bad problem. shutting down the government affects only people. not just government people. but there are second and third and fourth side effects to this. host: what is something that is a good enough issue that would be a good enough strategy? a good end result to advocate taking this step for? caller: ok. i'll mention a couple. clearlyomething that negatively impacts the life of innocence or the majority. but not exactly.
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separating kids from the family. if there was a situation where legislatively we could impact that? that is something that would be a strategy. because it isn't something that people gain out of. that is a humanitarian issue. or, something that negatively impacts the majority for a few. the tax cuts. the tax cuts right now look great but let's see what happens in two years. somebody should have said, ok. do you want to do this? we will fall on our sword for that one. -495% of the country and great for 5%. host: the editorial board of the washington times rings that up today as they talk about the approaching midterm elections. around 60 days away.
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in theirthat cash pockets may push satisfied voters to lean to the right in the midterms. they say the theme of midterm election 2018 is trump versus anti-trump. if americans carry economic optimism into the voting booth will beatlue wave against the shore, as it always does. is really the host: if you want to read that, today's washington times. laura is in silver spring, maryland. governmenthink a shutdown is a horrible idea. there are no winners there. that, i keep hearing about the gofundme idea for the wall? i don't know if people realize that the wall is supposed to
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cost -- at the low-end, 21.6 really in dollars and $150 million a year to maintain. host: $1.5 billion-$5 billion is what congress has put together so far. caller: how many people would actually have to give? it would be an incredible amount. there's no way gofundme page is ever going to fund the kind of wall that trump has advertised. some people need to do some math. and realize that it's going to take mortgages. to fund the wall. anyway, that is all i had to say. host: is there an issue that you would shut the government down
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over? it would have to be something pretty huge. some moral problem. as far as what they are talking about now? know, it's a hard decision. and person who lives in a multicultural area, i be't want to see immigration something that my neighbors have to live in fear of. the people will and knock on their doors and send them back after they have been here for 20 plus years. so it really depends on how this goes down. i am totally against shutting down the federal government but
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i don't want to see children and elderly folks who are here suffer. that is how i feel. host: 327 million americans in the country. if they all gave $61, it comes billion or the approximate cost of the wall. what do you think about that? see everyjust don't single person giving something to the wall. republicansnough multiply that? possibly they could get it done? don't see that happening because the majority of people and not for the wall. host: vivian in alabama. go ahead.
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caller: in one aspect, the border wall will pay for it because we keep those people on the other side of the border. wind up paying for. housing and food and all of that. and i think the poor people in the united states talking about cut services would be really upset that the illegals are getting more than our poor people. bringird thing i want to up -- i'm not picking on paul ryan but i want to know what the expense account is with all of the government officials. they all fly oversees all the time and it is costly. paul ryan will receive $85,000 a year when he retires at age 50. if he lives to 70 years old, we $1,700,000aid him and that is just one government
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official. can you imagine what it will cost us just to pay for the retirement of the government officials? i think this is highway robbery. i would be more than willing to contribute to building the wall and i make $1500 a month. we shouldn'tthink have pensions for the members of congress? caller: they should get some kind of pension but when you talk about 20 years and $1,700,000, how many government officials would retire -- what is that expense? they are talking about cutting social security and medicare when these people make $1,700,000 in 20 years. the social security for old and poor people?
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it is ridiculous. and like i said, he is just one of the people retiring. also, when you make $174,000 a official,government what is your expense account? how much is that? it has to be huge as you fly to these different countries. constantly. that's one expense we don't even think about. host: the story and believe you are referencing is the cnbc story that came out earlier this year. paul ryan's pension. that story -- if you want to go back and read that story. tony in florida. thank you for waiting. caller: that lady hit it right on the head. trump campaigned for the wall. 63 million vote. he is the president. senateublican house and
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leader. they spent $1.3 trillion on a pathetic budget for pbs, planned parenthood. so if we can't find $20 billion for a wall in this country when we spent $10 billion last year in the state of california on emergency medical services for illegal aliens, it is pretty pathetic. was trump, i would challenge paul ryan and mcconnell to put it on them. give me the wall. on the president. i won. you hamstrung the republican party with your bad budget. going along with the democrats on everything. it is time mcconnell goes. awful leader. host: here is where we are on capitol hill and washington journal today. there will be a session in the house taking place scheduled at
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3:30 today. the house and senate won't formally convene in session until wednesday this week. anniversary of september 11 tomorrow. journal.ashington 15 minutes left to have this discussion about a government couplen because we are of weeks away from a potential government shutdown if the house and senate don't come up with funding bills that the president can sign by midnight on september 30. 15 more minutes to take your call. let's talk about that and then we go to iowa. as the c-span 50 capitals tour continues. we are joined on the bus by charles schneider, the iowa senate resident. there is a shot of the bus on the grounds of the state capital they are in des moines. later today in the 9:00 hour, it is our your money segment.
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focusing on the cost of 2017 disasters. the three major hurricanes and california wildfires that took place. government accountability office is out with a new report on the cost of those disasters and lessons learned. a good time to talk about lessons learned as hurricane season is now underway in 2018. here's the headline on hurricane florence. all eyes turn east out to the atlantic as we watch the approach of hurricane florence which has become a hurricane. the storm is expected to strengthen before the u.s. arrival. hurricanestory on preparation. the lead story in usa today. host: the story talks about
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various preparations amid a season of disasters. the first half of this year included six natural disasters. each cost at least $1 billion .orth of damage 36 people killed in those disasters that have taken place so far. story,want to read that that is in the usa today. back to your calls on the government shutdown and whether you think they are a good call. caller: how are you doing? i have generalities i want to speak on. not specifics. congress. one, first job, job number fund the government. a budget. they have to fund the government. that should be the first job before they can but any legislative policy into play. and they get a year to do this. there's no reason it should ever take two weeks before it's going to shut down.
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they should have had it done last year. second thing. host: so you propose congress has to pass a budget before it can confirm judges. before it can pass any other legislation and until that happens, a red light on any legislation? cocoa correct. there have to be emergency situations but other than that, that is job number one. so yes, i believe they have to have it passed. that they have to do it to get on with legislative business. as far as the wall goes, walls are humane. you have options in doing this. you could have a wall or you could have a line at the dmz like north korea. alligators.th those are not humane.
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but what is wrong with the wall? host: mitchell on the line for democrats, go ahead. caller: a couple of callers stole my thunder. the majority of the house controls the purse. you have the senate and the president of the united states. and now the supreme court. luck. if you want to build the wall, build the wall. but let's not talk about shutting down the government. you control it. why would you shut it down? republicans don't get it. i don't think they get it. another thing about the wall. we have the ego small you could imagine. a wall is made to keep your enemies out. are these people our enemies? no. i'll tell you why. we have the greatest military force in the world. nobody's coming between canada
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and venezuela. what kind of walden we need? host: the idea of a gofundme page for the wall is getting attention from our callers and folks on twitter. -- writing in saying that it doesn't make sense. building a wall, right next to it you see a gofundme for a 50 foot ladder. caller: a couple of comments. trump ran on the agenda to build a border wall. he got the approval from voters. they accepted that. it was a big heart of the agenda. second of all, no one takes into consideration about the amount of money that is being spent on illegal immigration in this country. all theto pay for
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border security. relieve allity to the illegal immigration coming in along the border. they don't take into account all of the medical money. these people coming over and having diseases and coming into the country and they don't have an inoculation and bring in diseases. our bordersto spend with the states of have to spend money on hospitalization that they can't afford. i don't understand what the problem is. democrats were in total approval of a border the when obama was in administration but now that trump is in the administration, they don't like him personally. and they don't want a border wall anymore?
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you think democrats were in favor of a wall across the u.s.-mexico border under the obama administration? kolko certainly. if you listen to chuck schumer's comments -- he said we should to keeporder wall immigration focused on what it should be used for. those are his words. that i don'tng is understand why we have a gofundme page. our taxes are being paid to secure the country. so that money should be going towards what we need at four. caller: you need to stop complaining. they got the bill that the senate passed in 2013. and the me explain this to all of you.
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trump should be in jail. because he has illegal people working for him since 1980. obama pass a bill in the senate. they got the bill. it got through the floor and passed it. all 45 people from texas -- trump doesn't have a backup. everybody have a good morning. host: frederick, california. go ahead. caller: i am calling regarding paul ryan and i do not like mitch mcconnell. or paul ryan. i think both of them are in for the money. and i think they should both be out. they are not standing up. did anybody watch the hearings
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this week? any of america working together? i agree with the gofundme page. i would actually give to the gofundme page as well. guessing that it won't go to the right places is a naysayer. much -- you know what? allowed charity 600 $800 a year? at least. i would participate in all of that. i am from california and i see the reality going on. i see what is happening over here. i see low wages. i work for a national insurance company and i have seen them
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make profits while they ripoff everybody else. and this is what obama did. i've worked with them for over 25 years. get pay raises. we do not get pay raises. it their stock is triple and has never given us back. there is a problem in america. there is a problem with standing up for americans. that is where we are not doing it. if you have to shut down the government to get congress, chuck, everyone -- schumer, nancy pelosi, paul ryan. all the people who are in there for thousands of years, cuomo. why does nobody talk about cuomo anymore? what is going on? host: you brought up the afford it will care act.
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the story was from today's washington times's. obama care premiums appear to be after years of rate increases. an average rise of just three point 3% in 2018. some will even see decreases. that analysis is done by the associated press. .howing a shift in this year exchanges were soft with an average of 30% against. host: time for one or two more calls. thank you for waiting. caller: we see the in addition of people coming through each and every day.
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this is devastating to most border towns and it has gone all over the country. we need a wall. we need to stop the flow to protect u.s. citizens first. they commit a crime and america. they run across the border. they laugh at the judicial system. it is a joke. whatever it would take to put the wall in -- 600-800 dollars per person. fine. we waste that on health care. traffic accidents where people are maimed and injured. it is horrible. the democratic party wanted the wall that anything that our wonderful president does, they go against him on anything. he is trying to protect citizens of the united states and i applaud our president for that. god bless america. host: kevin, go ahead.
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caller: yes. the country has bigger problems with russia their own -- where's the wall about that? the republicans are hoping trump let russia get away with the country. we are not all working together. we also wake up and see what is going on with the country. and that is all i have to say. trump protects his base, like always. now, theove on and mueller investigation. he is useless now, trump. host: with the shutdown be a good thing or bad thing? caller: bad thing. it is all that politics. it is about being reelected. it isn't about the country anymore.
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it is all about who can get reelected. that is all it is. the controversy with the politicians. you know? enough is enough. i would like to thank c-span. that's it. d is waiting. good morning. go ahead. we shoulds, i think not contribute to the wall. trump started out saying that he would have mexico pay for the wall. should keep trump on that road. if he feels like he can get mexico pay for the wall then he should. to put theing him cost on us as opposed to what he originally said? we could take a 25 billion
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dollars and to do something else with it for the people of the country. all right? he has a lot of friends with plenty of money. if he wants his wall that bad, don't put it on the people. get it from your buddies. i right? i think that is very important, that we don't pay for the wall. i don't even see why we are considering this? also any chance you are nice" on twitter? because on twitter they sent in a tweet on this discussion racist, xenas phobic generation would bulldoze a southern generation border wall seen as a symbol of hate and paranoia. building it in the first place would be a waste of money.
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joseph in new jersey, ever public and. go ahead. caller: the reason why the situation about the wall has gotten this desperate and this bad is because the democrats over time are ramping up their resistance against the president. trying to stop them at every single corner. this is why the government shutdown comes into play. even though the republicans have the majority, you do see outliers. john mccain voted against the health care bill. this point, the president, if he really wants to have a better chance of getting the wall through and wants to fulfill his campaign promise, he needs to talk to the people more. the more transparent about what senators are causing a problem. and i think it is a result of people not being politically involved. very few young people turn out to vote. very few people have political awareness.
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as a result, we have representatives in our congress who don't represent beliefs. they don't represent what we think. and it gets the point where people think the only part of government is the president. only the president could do anything. it is something that will change over time. change doesn't start with government programs. it starts with every person. currently, as a result, the best course of action is for trump to go in front of congress and address democrats and spank their ass. give them a good spanking. occasionally,this the callers also tend to like the individual members of congress. think about your delegation? your senators in new jersey? your congressman who represent you?
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caller: i think this is a piece of work. the thing about new jersey down the road -- cory booker. the thing about my state is that you can drive down the highway. if you want on the turnpike or state highway, you go down a local drive and you see an you seepoverty and then houses. income inequality is really bad. school funding is really bad. it stacks up and up. senator cory booker is a democrat and like i said earlier, trump needs to spank their ass. host: checking in on the twitter poll. responses so far at this point. it hasn't budged. the question is, is a government shutdown political good policy?
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20% say yes but 80% say no. saying that all politicians should be knocked pay however long the shutdown last. benefits rosen also. one more from larry saying it is only if ittegy affects the democrats and if it is permanent. charles is waiting. good morning. caller: we need the wall built like a hole in the the wall will not to any anything at all except spending money. i would give anything if someone would make a card tag and put it thevery car in the usa that usa needs to "dump trump."
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this country has gone to hell. host: how to begin a bat? the crapet rid of like trump out of the white .ouse host: who would you get behind in an election? i think we lost him. he was the last caller in this phone segment of "washington journal." bus is that stop number 40. we are in des moines where senate president charles schneider joins us to talk about the hawkeye state in a few minutes. we will be right back.
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"thenight on communicators," a roundtable discussion. with a public knowledge senior vice president harold feld. >> we can have a debate about iat twitter should do but want to emphasize it doesn't a political question. it is a policy or what the government's role should be. we could have an ethical debate about that. just like how we have debates about how we behave towards each other. a balance conversation. twitter and facebook have been reluctant, especially twitter, to take down users. down ity take people has been extreme examples like alex jones. he is allowed to continue to use the platform post-truth how much twitter has
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aired on the side of allowing people to use the platform in spite of what the terms of service strictly say to abuse other users, we are not heading towards a world in which people are regularly taken down. >> what are the ground rules? how do people know how to behave and what are their rights of appeal if it turns out they feel they have been banned by mistake or they haven't to girly important -- even controversial point of view that ought to be heard? communicators" tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span 2. every fourth january, c-span camps out in iowa for presidential politics. we are pleased to be back in des moines during a warm season. this is part of the 50 capitals tour and joining us on the c-span bus is the iowa state
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senate president charles schneider. thank you for being with us. how is trump doing from your vantage point in iowa? well, i would say, a couple of things. the economy is doing well. and that is due in large part to what is going on with the tax program. that trump and congress have passed. it also has something to do with what we have enabled to a, which at the state level. that being said, there is anger about the future of trade. our farmers have been patient with trump so far and looks like they will continue to do so. is,the fact of the matter we produce a lot of corn and soybeans and we need trade partners for the commodities and products. and we want to see more free-trade, as soon as we can. host: have iowa farmers been hurt by tariffs put on china and the retaliation?
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guest: a lot of the crop in the ground this year has already been sold so there hasn't and a lot of pain yet. we do know there is a federal program that will be providing assistance to corn and soybean growers in iowa which should help offset any big losses they may see as they try to sell next year's crop. but a lot of that does remain to be seen. and uncertainty is not the friend of a farmer. like certainty. as much as they can get. and knowing what the level of trade will be with our trading partners in the us to come would help offset any kind of instability they feel right now. has the nafta negotiations affected iowa? how does nafta affect iowa in general? guest: i don't know how much of the after relates.
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course, canada and mexico are both big trading partners for our state. and we would like to make sure that we are able to at least maintain the levels of trade we have had with those two partners. porkorn and soybean and and cal, beef. host: you talk about the things you do on the state level for the economy area what are those things? the guest: we have tried you a lot to create a better business climate. one of the things we have done werepeal regulations that not helpful to growing a business in iowa. probably the biggest thing we have done and the most consequential will be the reform bill we passed earlier this year. the last time iowa touched income tax at all was 20 years ago. at least. thenhat we have seen some
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is that iowa's income taxes become higher and higher relative to other states which makes us less and less competitive. and what we have done this aside to lower rates across the board in one. that artificially inflates the income tax rate. and what they are trying to do is make sure we have income tax rate that are as low as wii's can make them. to attract businesses here to keep people here and to grow jobs. this is the iowa senate president. the stateguest on capitol tour is. if you want to participate in our conversation, (202) 748-8000 , iowa residents. (202) 748-8001, everyone else. the budget for the state,
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is a littleeider, over $22 billion. where does the money go? you use a $22f billion figure that you are also including federal money. the we have control at state level in $7.5 billion. half of that does go towards k-12 education and institutional education. and another significant portion goes towards medicaid. those are the two biggest drivers of spending for the budget. ist: we see the iowa budget $22.7 billion but you only have control of one third of that. guest: $7.5 billion is the general fund budget just what we, as the legislature, pass and legislate.
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host: 22% goes towards medicaid but iowa has done some innovative things when it comes to health care. guest: oh, we have started to do -- we have started to use management companies, medicare management companies like every the united in states. to manage the medicaid spending. and that is one of the things we have done. we also passed an historic mental health care bill last year which helps people on haveaid or evil who people on medicaid or people who have private medical as well. where the best place to send them will be. unfortunately, in the past, it happens too often is that if somebody has a mental health crisis, it would be taken by law
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enforcement to jail where they may sit for a defined amount of time. they may not even get help and then there turned back into the community. and we have realized that this is an issue we need to address. we decided to take that on this year with the governor's leadership. reformed a mental health bill which sets up triage centers around the state to lift a cap that has been in place on care beds. providing more access to care for people who need it. and i think it will be and is benefit people in the state to rely on public support for mental health benefits. schneider -- is trade this issue in iowa? guest: a big issue. -- from our state.
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and it is a big problem. places like des moines -- large metro areas -- are doing well. they attract people. unless those people come from the rural communities who feel they don't have opportunities in their hometown that they once did. so we see an inflow of people into metropolitan areas. issues inill create the rural parts of the state that we need to address. there are a lot of jobs in the world parts of the state that aren't going to be filled. as people retire and move out of the workforce. so a challenge for us is to try or keep people in rural iowa fulfilling job so they don't feel the need to come to large metropolitan issues. the unemployed it right iowa is one of the lowest in the region. diane calls and from dallas,
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iowa. where is that? caller: by knoxville. knoxville.of near the hall of fame. anyway. you, mr.ver heard of schneider but i do appreciate you being on c-span. my question is, i am dealing with my granddaughter. department of human services, children's and families of iowa. inave been to the committee that can't get box open to answer my calls. you were talking about the mental issue say. do you think there is mental issue with the caseworkers in these department.
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host: so somebody is having trouble. diane, i would be happy to help you out in your particular situation. i'm sorry you haven't been able to get the help you need. me wouldway to reach be through my office at the caps off. at the capitol. i don't know freaking talk off-line or how i can best get that number to you. -- i don't know if we could talk off-line or how i can best get that number to you? email -- my gmail address is charles. schneider @legis.iowa.gov and i would be
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happy to help you out. to make sure you get your questions answered. from let's take a call ohio. causing strokes, cancer, alzheimer's. murdering state in the union. senator grassley pass --islation reclassifying they die of heat or thirst or frozen in winter. iowa for animals shows they be chicks being sent allied into a crusher. host: think we got the point of what she was talking about. when it comes to farming practices? well, the farmers i know
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treat their livestock humanely because it is in their best interest. if there are abuses going on i think a would want authorities to know about that occurs because they don't want anyone giving a black eye to the rest of the agricultural community who are using inhumane conditions. i'm not familiar with the particular case she is referring to. but i did just give my email address out if you would like to emailed the as well. that i willing certainly look into. host: are there regulations on the state level when it comes to farming practices? on howi'm not an expert our regulations compared to other states. there are regulations on the books. and if someone has a complaint or see something about the mistreatment of animals then there is a place they can go. to make that report. and it will be investigated.
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as far as how our laws and regulations stack up to the rest of the country? not in my area of expertise. host: senator charles schneider. the house and government is controlled by republicans. i'm sure you could list the benefits but what are some of the downsides of being completely in control. i haven't thought about it that way. i look for to the opportunity of having control in both chambers have had split control for some time and we haven't addressed some critical issues that we have needed to address in order to grow our state. example, the income tax reform bill that i mentioned hadn't been addressed. school reform hasn't been addressed. regulatory reform had been and we had seen a trend of spending that was disturbing to us in the minority of the iowa senate that hadn't
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been addressed and those issues have now been addressed since we got full control of both chambers and the governor's office. so i've been focusing on the do with my time in the senate. i don't plan to be there forever. i have a few things i want to get done and then go back into the private sector life. and enjoy the benefits of an amenity again. although i guess i am still pretty anonymous as diana alluded to earlier. host: in your private life, you worked for an insurance company? guest: correct. host: why is insurance such a big industry in iowa? guest: the insurance industry has favorable taxation, for one.
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and there is also used a large presence in the state dating the early days of insurance companies. we have people who still needed jobs in those areas. host: marion. go ahead. republican soe a theare ok with trump's tax reduction of the taxes. that we are going to -- you are in favor of reducing taxes for people in the state? me you are also in favor of giving you money to help with the policy because the farmers
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now need extra money so we have to give billions of dollars. do you have any problem -- how do you rationalize that? you reduce taxes in your state and then say, hey. becausemoney over here trump decided with the tariffs that you need money now. i don't understand how you rationalize that. host: we get the point. some schneider? guest: thank you. i did used to live in richmond, virginia. this isn't something that i said. you are putting words in my mouth, i think. personally i would prefer trade over aid. the life sea trade expand with current partners and we would like to see more trade with other partners around the country.
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so far, farmers have been patient and we are waiting to see what happens with a renegotiation with some of trade contracts. goes go has ever been a study of how important the caucuses are to iowa? guest: don't know about economic studies that there are a lot of anecdotal studies. and we know it is something that we value as iowans. we take it seriously. that is one reason why we continue to be the first in the nation when it comes to the iowa caucus. we have a very educated electorate. sorry, go ahead. in fact, several democrats have been to the state. senator booker. etc.ference in california,
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guest l that's right. we have seen quite a few of them. and we continue to see them now through 2020. host: let's hear from larry. go ahead. caller: i am referencing -- m concerned that it is supposed to make it more efficient but in fact, it is my understanding that the quality of care has declined. a situation that hasn't worked well. else -- a good thing. because it puts us on a fair comparison with other states. i think the legislature actually reduce the amount of money the state is receiving. it is disingenuous to do that
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that we don'tain have enough money for education. thank you. after the first question about the quality of health care -- i don't think anyone is arguing about the quality of the health-care been provided. the implementation of the introduction of ncos has been rocky. and governor reynolds has admitted that. and we and the legislature want to see that turned around as well. i think we have taken good steps in that process. new headle there is a of social services and a new medicaid director who has previous private management from other states. and a new actuary has been hired and we have now renegotiated
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manageds with current organizations and we are looking to add a third next year. we are able to i have talked to a lot of providers in my own senate district who had issues with getting paid by mco's initially. it they are telling me it's getting better. i think we will continue to see that system get better as time goes on. our commitment in the senate republican caucus is to make sure that gets them as quickly as possible. it that is what the governor once as well. as far as getting rid of federal deductibility, we didn't do anything to jeopardize matching funds from the federal government when we got rid of federal deductibility in our tax bill this year.
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took theid was we the state tax revenue we were going to get, that was more money they were going to have to pay in state tax, and we decided to give that back through an across-the-board income tax cut and we phase of -- the elimination of deductibility over the next few years. it we didn't do anything that jeopardizes federal matching funds. islands are onof the national stage. how is senator grassley doing in your opinion? guest: i think he's doing a fantastic job. i think we will see a new supreme court justice before the election this year.
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i thinks that's what his timeline is. it i think he is doing a i think he is doing a fantastic job. full disclosure, i worked on his reelection campaign. the governor is now an ambassador. it you stay in touch with him? not as much as i used to. my brother got to tour the embassy in shanghai. i think the governor is doing a great job. it's a big challenge he has in front of him. i know his personal relationship is apresident xi tremendous advantage for him and us as a nation as we try to come up with a resolution to making
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trade more fair with china going forward. host: we look forward to seeing you in january 2020 for the iowa caucuses. statethe president of the senate. thank you for being our guest. thank you to our cable partner in des moines it. .u we take a look at how your money is at work in a different federal program. as another hurricane approaches the mainland, we are joined by chris currie from the government accountability office. we will talk about the hurricanes and wildflowers. $120overnment has provided billion in response to maria, andirma,
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harvey, along with the california wildfires. ofre does 2017 rank in terms disaster spending? guest: great question. 2017, thee to hurricanes were the largest we've ever seen in this country. 265 billion dollars in damage. -- $265 billion in damage. katrina was the prior disaster people remember. host: what are these going to cost the most when all is said and done? guest: it takes so long to understand all of the damage and what it is going to cost. according to fema, hurricane harvey in texas is going to be the most expensive. $130 billion in infrastructure repairs.
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host: costs are more than dollar figures, the death toll in particular from hurricane maria, did you look into the death toll caused by that hurricane? that has been in dispute and of interest. guest: we have ongoing work where we are assessing that issue as well. the government of puerto rico has commissioned its own study. the results came out couple of weeks ago. the deathto that, count was almost 3000 people. host: what went wrong? what could have done better in your view? guest: a number of things together seamlessly caused the challenge of hurricane maria. fema and the territory of puerto rico understood the challenges they were going to have before maria.
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they had done studies that showed long-term power outages and lack of communication was going to be a big problem one of the stories is the sequential nature of the disasters. so many resources had been given to harvey and irma. one of the interesting things we found was many of the resources that were brought to bear in the virgin islands were sent from puerto rico like generators and tarps and water to respond to hurricane irma. a couple of days later, hurricane maria came and the supplies were already depleted. getting equipment and supplies 1000 miles from florida was difficult when ports and airports were not open. host: what about the workers who were responding? can you talk about the nature
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of these disasters, how the dod and the fema workforce was spread out over these disasters? scale,just to give you a these are fema employees of the department of defense, 31,000 employees were deployed to these disasters combined. that is just unprecedented. there has never been a deployment like that. one of the challenges fema encountered was they were overwhelmed in terms of the workforce. they did not happen of people. tople were already deployed texas, florida, and the virgin islands. they had to supplant their staff. they had to call in dod to provide more support than they normally provided these disasters. one thing that stuck out
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october 2017, 54% of an arear working in where they were not qualified. guest: they have a qualification system to determine for its programs who has expertise and who has experience. they use that information to deploy throughout the country to different disasters. open disaster declarations. they have to have expertise in all of the complicated response and recovery programs. a lot of the employees had not reached a level of proficiency that would deem them to be qualified. that has an impact downstream in the application of the federal program. that is something that fema recognized in its own report, it
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needs to do a better job to make sure it has qualified employees for certain jobs. host: chris currie works for the government accountability office. he is talking about the 2017 and them federal response. we are taking your calls online's divided by region. if you are in the east, (202) 748-8000. if you are in the mountain region (202) 784-8001. startn go ahead and calling in. is this something they do every year after the hurricane season? was this a special report in response to the scope of the disasters? guest: fema is always responding to disasters. we are doing work assessing
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their programs. disasters like hurricane katrina or hurricane sandy in 2012, given the amount of money the government provides of the level of support, our workload increases. there are many things for us to look at given how many dollars are being extended. host: what conclusions did you come to 40 workforce issue? for the workplace issue. guest: in the report, we identified this issue is sequentialo large disasters, it is something that has to be looked at and improved in the future. right now, we have hurricane
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florence in the atlantic and to tropical storms behind it. with sequential disasters popping up every year, how many people do we need at the same time to respond to these types of things during hurricane season? host: it looks like north carolina will be the landfall point for hurricane florence. what should they take in terms of lessons learned from florida, texas, and puerto rico? guest: if you look at texas and florida, they were pretty well prepared. challenges.uge at --ad deployed research resources and staged employees to be ready for the storm. in florida, you had people evacuated from the coast.
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there are positive lessons learned from hurricanes harvey and irma. i hope this doesn't happen with florence, but puerto rico was a lack of power and communication which caused huge problems. one key is being ready to restore power and communications as quickly as possible. in irma, we had 6 million people without power. power was restored pretty quickly informed. having the resources ready to go to respond to those challenges is what needs to be done. host: you can look at the report online. and2017 fires hurricanes. we are taking your calls.
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good morning. caller: good morning. about this all floodse world, we have and rain.des i would like to mention that japan had a typhoon and an earthquake at the same time. i listened to some of the news and they seemed really prepared. maybe we can learn something from them. thank you. host: are there lessons to be learned from other countries? guest: absolutely. we are aware of the earthquake. prepared and have the infrastructure. a key point here is having
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response resources ready to go when a hurricane or earthquake hits is important. investing over the long haul in building resilience in the infrastructure is critical. that helps to avoid damage down the road. more resilientes to disasters, making public infrastructure and our utility systems more resilient. one of the key points from this report is with so many billions of dollars being invested over the next decade in rebuild and recover, there is an opportunity to rebuild and a resilient way so the next time there is not as much damage. host: james is on twitter. is that possible? guest: james makes a great point.
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this is something theme and dead did during-- fema hurricane sandy. they deployed 4000 employees from other favorable -- federal agencies to help with the response. there were employees from nasa that deployed. this is a volunteer program. it worked pretty well. there were some problems as you might imagine. it was hard to match skills exactly into what was needed for response and recovery. this is something fema needs to look at in the future. you can't just maintain a ready force when there is no disaster and pay them. what does your reserve workforce looked like? -- look like? host: martha is in maine. good morning. caller: i have a question
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regarding -- i remember hearing during the puerto rico disaster there was a large hospital ship out in the harbor ready to help and that was delayed and delayed. a lot of people died from a lack of insulin or oxygen. why it like your take on took so long for those resources to be sent out or two taken patients? host: thanks for the call. guest: that's exactly right. it was in puerto rico after hurricane maria. we did not look at the health care aspect of this. the healthview of care aspect in puerto rico. additional number of resources brought to bear after
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hurricane maria. the comfort got a lot of coverage in the press. the department set up field medical hospitals like they do in war zones to help with health care. the were trying to prop up puerto rican health care system with generators to get their hospitals up and running. one of the other challenges in puerto rico was even if resources were available in certain places to handle medical needs, the damage to the roads and the infrastructure, people may not have been able to get to those places, especially people in the mountainous regions. that caused a lot of delays and potential issues for getting people to help they needed. host: dwight is in houston, texas. can you talk about the federal response you suck? where: i am not far from
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-- the westside where all of the things broke down. i wanted to ask, was there thegh money allocated for process? think puerto rico was just a disaster. why is it that they were not able to get to them? guest: good question. he asked about individual losses in texas. peopleng to fema, 80% of affected by hurricane harvey did not have flood insurance. programs are supposed to be a bridge to help people get back on their feet.
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and-term insurance coverage other resources are the things that are supposed to make people hold. whole. that is a huge problem. if yout's (202) 748-8000 are in the eastern or central time zones. it's (202) 784-8001 if you are in the north pacific time zones. the number in our dateline segment is $120 billion. that is federal funding for recovery efforts related to those for disasters. fourou explain that -- disasters. can you explain that? guest: yes. this is what the government has
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provided for the hurricanes in the california fires. that does not equate a total damage loss. it's common after disasters for congress to provide a down payment for relief and recovery. stated local governments come back later and ask for supplemental funding. the damage estimates for harvey, almost $300ria were billion. there is going to be consideration for additional funding to be provided. congress estimate that decision. the two biggest pots of money are for fema and the department of housing and urban development. recoveryge long-term programs for rebuilding homes and public infrastructure. host: breaking down that funding
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further, our viewers see a chart about that funding. $19 billion for the department of defense. $3 billion for the department of education. health and human services. how did the department of education and small business administration get involved? guest: that's a great question. when people think about the federal government, they think about fema. federal disaster spending ranges across 17 different departments. everybody plays a role. the small business administration, unless you've been affected by disaster you probably don't know, they provide loans to citizens and businesses to rebuild their homes or businesses at low rates. they have to be paid back.
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it's a very low interest rate. host: the department of education? there are multiple things that go into that. funding for schools or damage to you had in puerto rico huge amounts of damage to the school system. kids were out of school for over six months in that location. it is assistance to help schools and students get back on their feet. host: good morning. --ler: host: john is in oregon. caller: good morning. thank you for being on the program. is specifically about earthquakes and earthquake preparedness. about 35 years ago, we have a
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major fault off the oregon coast. easily a nine point o category earthquake. 9.0 category earthquake. i was wondering, what would you thek about a program where federal government could provide some assistance, encouraging state and local governments to whenme of this hardening we face this earthquake. we would be better able to survive.
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maybe you can talk about that. that is a number one disaster. host: thank you for the call. guest: it's a great question. the cascadia, and earthquake in the pacific northwest could cause a major synonymy. that is a huge area of concern for fema and federal agencies for number of reasons. earthquakes, it's and no notice of it. with a hurricane, you have warning it's going to happen. you can't marshal resources and events -- in advance. this is why you have to have preparedness action going on before hand. you were talking about federal funding, there are billions of dollars for federal funding used for that. they go to state and locals before the disaster to help them
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plan and prepare. after the disaster, more that money is spent. we have been encouraging the federal government to emphasize making sure the money after the disaster goes to rebuild infrastructure not the way it was before, but in a way that is going to be resilient to the risks we know will happen. host: we are in the florida keys where hurricane irma made landfall. go ahead. caller: you talk about funding for evacuation. i am in a wheelchair. hurricane shelter for my county, they were totally unprepared for the amount of people. one restroom for men and one for women for 130 people.
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then we were transferred to -- shelter. they were still unprepared for us. then you speak of the amount of hurricanes, what about andrew and the 1935 labor day hurricane? what is the amount? how many servicemen were down here in the keys in 1975? they were being evacuated by the flagler railroad and were caught in the hurricane. guest: thank you. i'm sorry to hear about your situation. it sounds frustrating. i want to talk about the
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sheltering issue. in the after action report by fema, sheltering particularly in florida was at a historic level of evacuation and sheltering. it was a massive challenge. were not ascials prepared as they could have been for the need to evacuate and shelter so many people for a long time. that is something that needs to be looked at. it will be interesting to see this is handled with hurricane florence this week. in places like north carolina and the outer banks, there will be need to evacuate those people. some people have the ability to stay in hotels or with friends and family. be a massive ability to shelter people in cases like this. host: what was the post-katrina emergency reform act?
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did it make a difference? guest: most of the viewers remember the stories after katrina and the challenges the federal government faced. post-katrina emergency management reform act was the sweeping legislation to fix those things. the law itself was enormous. it gave the federal government the ability to be much more proactive in terms of disaster preparedness and response. an example, instead of waiting canstates'requests, they request help beforehand. it is happening right now in north carolina. fema officials are already planted in the state. there are national guard resources.
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a lot of coordination is going on before hand. you are not trying to figure that out after the disaster. host: do you get a sense of the response? it is a 5050 share? the bigger the disaster, the more involvement of the federal government. the way this is designed to work, disasters should be handled at the lowest level possible in the government. level, ify and county they can't handle it, then it goes to the state. if the state can't handle the disaster and there is enough damage, they request federal assistance. in these large catastrophic disasters, the federal government has extensive involvement just because they are so large. one of the things that happened in puerto rico was because the
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-- the entire island was disaster survivors. are statesuch surrounding north carolina helping out by preparing ahead of the landfall this week? guest: there are multiple states that could be impacted. each state has to prepare. that is one of the great things about our system here in the continental u.s. we saw this with hurricane irma in florida. there were 6 million people without power. we restored power quickly because we had a record number of people coming in from all over the country to help restore power. there are compacts states have with one another where they will
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reimburse each other for those resources. it's a great system and it works really well in the continental u.s. in places like alaska and hawaii and puerto rico and the virgin islands, it's much more difficult because you cannot use the interstate system to get resources there. it works really well here in the continental u.s. host: we have just a couple of minutes left. if you're in the eastern or midwest time zones, (202) 748-8000. why do we not have a national program for disaster kits? guest: great question. fema does provide some guidance to help state and local governments tell people what they need to prepare. that's a great question.
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i'm not sure if fema is looking into that issue. website, theyhe do a good job of informing the public of what they need in terms of piecing those kits together. i suggest anyone who thinks they are going to be impacted by one of these hurricanes, check out the website and start preparing now. host: can you talk about the work you are doing at the emergency management office? guest: we have at this point on its into much more specific issues related to the 2017 disasters and the future. we are looking at the puerto rico recovery on its own. we are monitoring the virgin islands recovery. we are looking at power restoration. we are going to be looking at
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issues related to sheltering, particularly for vulnerable populations. we are going to do work that covers preparedness response and recovery for the next two years. host: nancy is in ohio. good morning. caller: i used to work in virginia. i worked for city. they sent some of the janitorial staff and maintenance people down to help. do they still do that? i think they spent a week down there in homestead, florida. that was my question. guest: good question. there are a number of ways people can volunteer and assist in disasters in other parts of the country. there are volunteer , they areons staff to gonagement
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to some of these locations and support the local staff in florida or puerto rico or texas. that's important because these people have the expertise in these programs and they can immediately start helping with response and recovery operations. point.a great , we dohris currie appreciate your time this morning. guest: thank you for having me. host: up next, we are going to end in open phones. you want toolicy talk about, the phone lines are open for you. the phone lines are on your screen. we will be right back. >> tonight on the communicators,
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a discussion on social media regulation and censorship. can have a debate about what twitter should do. it's not a political question. it's not about policy or what the government should do. ,e can have an ethical debate how we behave to each other. i would not be upset if that happened. i don't think that's going to happen. twitter and facebook have been reluctant to take down users. it's been an extreme examples like alex jones. platformdent uses the illustrates how much twitter has erred on the side of people using the platform despite what the terms of service say.
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>> what are the ground rules? how do people know how to behave? what are their rights of appeal if it turns out they have been anned by mistake or they had point of view that needed to be heard. >> watch the communicators tonight on c-span two. 2. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by the cable television companies. we continue to bring you unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events in washington dc and around the country. yourn is brought to you by cable or satellite provider. >> washington journal continues. host: it is open phones for the
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last 25 minutes. any public policy you want to talk about, the phone lines are yours to do it. democrats, (202) 748-8000. , (202) 784-8001. , (202) 748-8002. the president has been tweeting quite a bit this morning. he is been tweeting about the bob woodward book. following that, he said the white house is a smooth running machine. we are making some of the most important deals in history with many more to come.
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that is just two of his many tweaks today. we want to get your thoughts on any topic on your mind. bob woodward will be on this program next monday morning, a week from today. he will be talking about his book and taking your calls. up first inn is florida. go ahead. caller: i was on your last segment, they were talking about the hurricanes. i have one question. i want to know why puerto rico was not prepared. what have they done in the past five years to combat a disaster? they were cut short. the infrastructure was a big problem.
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why didn't they have generators. why weren't they preparing for it? they didn't get the picture right. a lot of those questions that you asked are covered in that 150 page report that came out last week from the government accountability office. the title of the report you are hurricanes is 2017 and wildfires, initial observations on the federal response and recovery challenges. jill is in hollywood, florida. go ahead. there: puerto rico, i was 10 years ago. poor caribbean island. when you get outside the
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resorts, there is poverty. the power lines never came down with irma. there was no real damage. honestly, if that category 4 hits south carolina, they are done for. my advice for them is to get out. once left won't be worth much. they won't get power for a year. they have the same kind of dilapidated infrastructure is puerto rico. can't mr., why woodward announced nuclear. an interesting story in the news today, this is a
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newspaper serving parts of florida. irma made southwest florida stronger is the headline. it asked whether southwest florida is better prepared. in many ways yes, in some ways no. if you want to read that story in the news press out of florida. leslie is in tampa, florida. caller: i was listening about the government shutdown. the main reason we are shutting the government down is we can't agree to build a wall.
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two thirds of the u.s. population lives within 100 coastal border. the entirees population of connecticut, maine,e, florida, massachusetts, new jersey, new york, vermont. nine of the largest metropolitan areas fall in that category. putting a wall on the southern border of the u.s. doesn't protect our borders. our borders can be protected many other ways. -- if they make marijuana legal, we can take the coast guard and reinforce our borders. place to guard is in protect our borders.
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they are taking care of a lot of unnecessary things. host: without shutting down the government right now, do you think there will be a shutdown? do you think congress won't get its act together? ae president won't sign spending bill over the border wall? caller: i don't to speculate on anything these days. it doesn't do anybody any good. whatever happens happens if the government shuts down. the simple fact of the matter is i can walk out my front door here in florida, the majority of my community is immigrants. i am a minority here. i am ok with that. i love where i live. i have no problem with that. i could drive down the road
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tomorrow and be mistaken for an ofigrant and be the subject border control situations. focusing on the wall to stop immigration is not the right direction to go. host: thank you for the call from florida. this is where we are on the federal budget. there are bills they have to pass each year. they are expected to come up with a deal on a package of three of the spending bills for 2019. they are for energy, legislative branch, and veterans affairs. billsill get nine of the by the end of the month. stopgapld likely do a funding measure for a matter of not or weeks so they can
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shut the government down at the end of the month. that is the plan, to have nine of the 12 bills done. they would have a stopgap in place. president trump would need to sign off on any spending deal. , we could be in a government shutdown as of midnight on september 30. that's where we are, just a few weeks out. sydney is in virginia. good morning. caller: hello. yes, my point is that it would be a psychological hook on americans.
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after spending $30 billion on it thishave to get out of reality tv syndrome we are in. providing shows around the country. it's just crazy now. we've got to get out of this syndrome we are in or will we -- we will be completely divided. host: john, good morning. commenti just wanted to on the guest you had on earlier. he is my state senator. i really call them as i see
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them. what they have done in des moines with the labor reforms , it's beenon funding really incredible. they of increased education funding. seathave given taxpayers a back at the table. it means better birthdays and better christmases. i think we are going in the right direction. what is your biggest concern in iowa? elections,hink these if a guy like fred hubbell gets in there, i don't know.
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i think we should go further on the tax reform as well. host: that was john in i what this morning. tour,t of our 50 capitals we visited with the iowa senate president. if you missed it, you can see it at www.c-span.org. 40 ons stop was number the tour. go ahead. caller: good morning. looking at my credentials right now on the wall. i would just like to say a trumpme page, 60 million voters, two dollars each. we are up to $120 each and we've got $12 billion together.
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the wall should be paid for easily. democrats, lot of it's not just 60 million people that voted for president trump. million, $10 each, you are looking at $1 billion. , it'shave enough patriots a false multiplier. there is not one solution, there is not one thing this going to end it. from the tweet that said he'll lay 50 foot ladder, then go climb five stories up. that takes a lot of time. go watch border wars,
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we've got to put up bulkheads. -- take people the inner tubes. let's do like you would at a marina. then you're going to save a lot of lives. host: i've got your point. good morning. say thei just wanted to gofundme page for the trump wall , if you are a trump supporter and you want to support the wall, you should send your wall. -- money. a lot of us can spend money on a gofundme page for you to build a wall. it should be the responsibility of both countries. how do you get mexico to
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do that? what would be your suggestion? caner: haven't where they allocate funds. they have border control. since when has a lock ever kept anyone out? if they want to get here, nothing is going to keep them out of here. host: once on your mind? caller: the problem in our nation is not the immigrants. the problem is the wall street criminals. a progressiveate movement, not identity politics. that's what the american people need to take care of their problems. host: what would be the platform of that movement? caller: we have a lot of things in common here.
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care, wee need health need good living conditions, personal responsibility will play a role. i'm not saying all the problems are outside. we just need something genuine like we had in the 1930's and 1960's. host: we have about eight minutes left for open phones. (202) 748-8000 if you are a democrat. (202) 784-8001 if you are a republican. (202) 748-8002 if you are an independent. we want to hear once on your mind. we did focus on i want today on the capital tour. get $550rmers could million from the federal government to offset damages from the trade disputes. $479rs will receive
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harvestbased on the projections. this is being provided through the commodity credit corporation, an agency founded in 1933. good morning. caller: i am just calling in on behalf of the global food security reauthorization act. there is a bill in the house of , we are looking to downsize poverty. --is currently host: what does that filming for your project? caller: it would mean a lot for
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the project. the reauthorization of it would successfully encourage the united states to make foreign policy the number one priority of helping other countries come together and take care of the most impoverished nations. the united states has the ability to do it, we should do it. we should come together. host: who proposed the bill? it was bob casey in the senate last year. it passed the senate earlier this year. it has two cosponsors in the house. prospects are still open. we are hoping for it to go through. we have had a majority of votes for 50 years.
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it's been the law for 50 years. we need to continue to keep around. the prospects right now are hard to say. host: when was the last time it was reauthorized? caller: two years ago. it was reauthorized for a few more years. the bill right now without any amendments suggests they will renew it in 2023. host: thank you for talking about today. dorothy is in florida. good morning. caller: thank you for taking my call. i wanted to make a comment about how nice it was to see president obama on the stage. , doesn't dieessed his hair, has a larger vocabulary.
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to the one who dies his hair and goes to the tanning booth. he was the only one who could not but in his coat. he couldn't walk wherever they were walking. maybe he should try another sport and get in shape. host: francis is in florida. good morning. caller: i am calling about the wall. i believe it will be a waste of money. there are other ways to secure the border. we can satellites where take pictures in space. that withwe enforce technology. be building 50 foot long ladders to get over the wall.
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they are going to be going under the wall. they can use that technology to prevent people from crossing the border. why don't you put more guards on the wall. they could spend the money in her ways. host: mary is in naples, florida. good morning. caller: i am calling to comment on a suggestion that we have inadequate sheltering for hurricanes in our area. many of us live in gated communities. floorally have a lower for the golfing places. i don't understand why we can't come up with a solution to help the country clubs make ready and hurricane to take people in so we don't have to leave our community. host: can you talk about your
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experience last year? caller: last year i was here for the hurricane. i have lived here 38 years. it was the worst. i ended up going to a friend's home. we were safe because the windows go up to 140 miles per hour. we fared pretty well through that storm. -- if i have been hadn't had friends to go to, i would have been on a one floor floor plan. we would still have been in trouble. we were across the street from the beach. 41.ere off i just wanted to make that suggestion. for the people here in the
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summer, it would be a great place to go if the state helps to secure these country clubs so they could be hurricane shelters for beach communities. that's basically what i've seen over the years. get ont need people to the highway. we need to be prepared instead of everyone on their phone looking for a place. host: have your thought about leaving florida? caller: i thought about it last year. afraid of storms. yes, i have thought about it this year. host: thank you for the call from naples. one more call from florida. good morning. caller: is there any accountability for these billions spent rebuilding iraq. you hear they have no
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infrastructure. where did the money go all these host: that is a topic we have covered before. rebuilding efforts is a segment we have done occasionally over the years and will look to do again. thank you for all of our calls. that will do it for this monday's edition of "washington journal." we will be back tomorrow. have a great day. ♪ [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> coming up on c-span, white
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