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>> most always important on the house floor. there
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>> you need a simple majority of those members voting for a member by name. a couple of folks who we heard vote present would be overall total number of representative pelosi needs to be speaker. the have my math right, magic number is 214. we have 431 members who responded claiming they were independents, there were four who were in attendance but voted present or didn't vote.
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think 214 is the magic number. >> it seemed 20 or so other members, jim jordan, cheri bustos goblets. -- on the other side other than kevin mccarthy, they were similar on that. on the democratic side, it was a mix of some house freshmen who campaign- said on that trail they wouldn't support nancy pelosi for speaker. and other members who had pushed back against with how she has run it. >> let's come up to the vote, which should be coming up shortly.
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the clerk of the house: the tillers agree in their tally that the total number of votes cast is 430 of which the honorable nancy pelosi of the state of california has received 220.
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the clerk of the house: the -- rable
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the clerk of the house: the honorable kevin mccarthy of the state of california has received 192. the honorable jim jordan of the state of ohio has received five. the honorable cheri bustos has received four. the honorable tammy duckworth of the state of illinois has received two. the honorable stacy abrams of the state of georgia has received one. the honorable joseph biden of the state of delaware has received one. the honorable marcia fudge of the state of ohio has received one. the honorable joseph p. kennedy iii of the state of massachusetts has received one. the honorable john lewis of the state of georgia has received one. the honorable thomas massie of
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the state of kentucky has received one. the honorable stephanie murphy of the state of florida has received one. with three recorded as present, therefore, the honorable nancy pelosi of the state of california, having received a majority of the votes cast, is duly elected as speaker of the house of representatives for he 116th congress.
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the clerk appoints the following committee to escort the speaker-elect to the chair. the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, the gentleman from california, mr. mccarthy, the gentleman from south carolina, mr. clyburn, the gentleman from louisiana, mr. scalise, the gentleman from new mexico, mr. lujan, the gentlewoman from wyoming, ms. cheney, the gentleman from new york, mr. jeffries, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, the gentlewoman from massachusetts, ms. clark, the gentleman from alabama, mr. palmer, the gentleman from missouri, mr. smith, and the members of the california delegation, ms. waters, mr. calvert, ms. eshoo, ms. roybal-allard, ms. lofgren, r. sherman, ms. lee, ms. neap, mr. thompson, mrs. davis, mr. schiff, mr. nunes, ms. sanchez,
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mr. costa, ms. matsui, mr. mcnerney, ms. speier, mr. hunter, mr. mcclintock, ms. hu, mr. garamendi, ms. bass, mr. bera, ms. brownley, mr. cardenas, mr. cook, mr. huffman, mr. lamalfa, mr. lowenthal, mr. peters, mr. ruiz, mr. swalwell, mr. takano, . vargas, mr. aguilar, mr. desauliner, mr. lieu, ms. torres, ms. barragan, mr. carbajal, mr. correa, mr. khanna, mr. panetta, mr. gomez, mr. sneros, mr. cox,
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harder, ms. hill, ms. porter, mr. rouda. the committee will retire from the chamber to escort the speaker-elect to the chair. >> nancy pelosi getting 220
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votes to return as speaker of the house and speaker for the 1/16 congress. molly reynolds, senior fellow with the brookings institution. the will announce her presence momentarily with a big california delegation. what happens next, in terms of what we hear from speaker elect pelosi and legislatively? thing that happens is we will see the minority leader, kevin mccarthy, make some brief introductory remarks. we then we'll see don young of alaska, the longest serving member, swear in pelosi. -- pelosi wille make remarks to the house before
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by don young. she then will swear in the rest of the members. by don young. then we also expect to see the adoption of opening day for the new congress, things related to the budget, other things like changes to the discharge petition, a new consensus meant to open up the house to more power to rank-and-file members. we will see an end of term limits for committee chairs for that -- that republicans have in place. we are expecting votes on a couple of different measures aimed at reopening the government, ending the partial government shutdown going on since before christmas. majority leader mitch mcconnell has already said he does not
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plan on bringing those measures to the floor of the senate unless president trump indicates he will sign them. the house is getting to work today on important legislative matters. >> you supervised the production and maintenance of the brookings package statistics, the vital statistics on congress. a couple of you as the most important statistics about this new congress, particularly the house? thing,ably the biggest looking back at the 2018 election, is the record number of women who will serve in the new congress. a very powerful political force in the 2018 midterms. having a record number of women serving in congress is still far short of the representation based on their share of the population. that's the biggest demographic take away from me. >> we appreciate your guidance in this u.s. house of the 116th congress.
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we want to remind our viewers and listeners that they can atlow your coverage brookings. molly e reynolds on twitter. thank you for being with us. this is live coverage of the u.s. house. we expect to hear from the speaker elect, nancy pelosi, very shortly.
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>> madam clerk, the speaker-elect, nancy pelosi of the state of california.
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mr. mccarthy:. embers, take your seats. mr. mccarthy: the house will be in order. colleagues, friends and fellow
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americans, it is an honor to serve with you and to welcome you to the first day of the 116th united states house of representatives. we are here in this chamber because the faith of your neighbors and support of your family. we are here today to represent the voice and the vote of 325 million americans. now i would like everyone to pause. i want you to reflect on this fact. in the last 230 years dating back to the founding of our republic, fewer than 11,000 americans had the privilege to stand here as a member of the house, just as you do. chosen by their fellow citizens to represent them in washington. what an amazing, invigorating,
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and yes, frustrating experiment that is, representative democracy. the ink was barely dry on the constitution when ben franklin wondered out loud, whether this new nation was capable of keeping its government and its freedom that has been granted to us generation to generation. centuries later, people still harbor similar concerns. they wonder if congress truly represents them. is it still capable of solving big problems. well, there is no guarantee. it is up to us, all of us in this room to make congress work. to create and debate, just like our founding fathers did many years ago, with courage, with ommitment and resolve.
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we are a small group with a very large responsibility. the burden on us 435 members is to represent 325 million americans faithfully, to work together so that tomorrow is better than today. as ronald reagan advised us, america's too great for small dreams. when we work together, we succeed together as one nation. we are now entering a period of divided government, but that is no excuse for gridlock or inaction. we are at our best when we focus not on retribution but on building a more perfect union. but while we seek cooperation,
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there is one core principle upon which we will not compromise, republicans will always choose personal freedom over government control. now this very floor has hosted some of the toughest debates in our nation's history, but it is also the most noble achievements. this house has triumphed in times of crisis. it still stands not on sand but on the solid rock of constitutional preliminary. today this is in pursuit of a perfect union. the country knows nancy pelosi with an experienced leader with three decades of service and
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fighter for her causes and true trailblazer. even when we disagree with one another completely, it is important to remember that we are bounded together in a common cause, our love for america. as fellow citizens and friends, let us lead together to show the people that we are truly their voice and their vote. in that spirit, in the spirit of a more perfect union and in the unshakeable belief that america was, is and always will be the greatest nation on the face of the earth. and in that spirit, i extend my hand of friendship to every
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member of this body. and to the speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, i extend to you his gavel. ms. pelosi: thank you very much, leader mccarthy. i look forward working with you in a bipartisan way. for the good of our country respecting our constituents, every one of you, i respect you d the constituents sent each and every one of us here. they expect for us to find our
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common ground and we must try to stand our ground where we can, but always extend the hand of friendship. thank you, kevin mccarthy, for your leadership. i look forward to working with you. congratulations on being the leader of the party. and congratulations to each and every one of you. new members of congress, newly re-elected memberships of congress, thank you for your courage to run for office and to serve in this distinguished body. every two years we gather in this chamber for a sacred ritual under the dome of this temple of democracy, the capital of the united states, we renew the great american experiment. i'm particularly proud to be women speaker of the house of this congress, which marks the
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100th year of women having the right to vote. and we all have the ability and the privilege to serve with over 100 women members of congress, he largest number in history. as leader mccarthy said, each of us comes to this chamber strengthened by the trust of our constituents and the love of our families. let us congratulate and welcome all of the families who are
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here today. thank you to our families. let me take the privilege of thanking my dear husband, paul, and our five children. our five children. nancy, paul, jacqueline, alexandra. and our grandchildren. thomas and paul. bella and octavio. we're so proud of all of our grandchildren. and we're proud of everyone's grandchildren and children who are here today. we'll see more of them. i'm also proud of my
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d'alesandro family that's here from baltimore for us, too. in the spirit -- in that spirit, my mother and father, my brother, tommy, was also mayor of baltimore, taught us through their example that public service is a noble calling. that we should serve with our heart full of love and that america's heart is full of love. seeing that to us last night in my comrade -- italian american with all that pride, i want to acknowledge tony bennett, who is here with us today as well. thank you, tony. he helped -- he helped -- he helped free the concentration camps during the time of world war ii. he marched with martin luther king. he is a true american patriot. thank you, tony.
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and, again, i want to thank my constituents from san francisco who have entrusted me to represent them in congress in the spirit of st. francis, the patron saint of san francisco and his song of st. francis is our anthem. make me a channel of thy peace. we heard that in church this morning, but it is our mission. and let me thank our men and women in uniform, our veterans, and our military families and caregivers. whose service reminds us of our mission to make the future worthy of their sacrifice. to our men and women in uniform. we enter this new congress with a sense of great hope and
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competence for the future and deep humility and prayerfulness in the face of challenges ahead. our nation is at a historic moment. two months ago the american people spoke and demanded a new dawn. they called upon the beauty of our constitution that our system of checks and balances that protects our democracy, remembering that the legislative branch is article 1, the first branch of government, co-equal to the presidency and to the judiciary. they wanted congress that delivers results for the people, opening up opportunity and lifting up their lives. we're hearing the voice of the future there. how beautiful. when our new members take the oath, our congress will be refreshed and our democracy
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will be strengthened by their optimism, idealism and patriotism. f this transformative freshmen class. congratulations to all of you in the freshman class. working together, we will redeem the promise of the american dream for every family, advancing progress for every community. we must be pioneers of the future. this congress must accelerate a future that advances america's preeminence in the world and opens up opportunities for all. building an economy that gives all americans the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century -- public education, workforce development, good-paying jobs, and secured pensions. we have heard from too many families who wonder in this time of innovation and globalization if they have a place in the economy of the
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future. we must remove all doubt that they do and say to them individually, we will have an conomy that works for you. let us declare we will call upon bold thinking to address the disparity of income in america which is at the root of the crisis of confidence felt by so many americans. as justice brandeis said, we may have democracy or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of the few. but we cannot have both. we must end that injustice and restore the public faith in a better future for themselves and their children. we must be champions of the middle class and all those who aspire to it, because the middle class is the backbone of our democracy. has been since the birth -- it has been since the birth of
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our democracy. aristotle said it is manifest that the best political community is sworn by citizens of the middle class in which the middle class is large and stronger than any of the other classes. we must fight for the middle class, it is fair and fiscally sound, protecting medicare, medicaid, and social security. we must also thank the existential threat of our time -- climate crisis, a crisis manifested in epic proportions. the american people understand the urgency. the people are ahead of the congress. the congress must join them. and that is why we have created a select committee on climate crisis, the entire congress must work to put an end to the inaction and denial of science that threaten the planet and the future.
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this is a -- this is a decision -- a public health decision about clean air, clean water for our children's health. it's a decision for america's global preeminence in the green technologies. it's a decision, a security to be n to keep us all good stewards of god's creation. we have no illusions that our work will be easy and that all of us in this chamber will always agree. but let us give a pledge that when we disagree we respect each other and we respect the truth.
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we will debate and advance good ideas no matter where they come from, and in that spirit, democrats will be offering the senate republican appropriations legislation to reopen government later today. we will do so -- we will do so to meet the needs of the american people, to protect our borders and to respect our workers. and i pledge that this congress will be transparent, bipartisan, and unifying, that we will seek to reach across the aisle in this chamber and across divisions across our nation. in the past two years, the american people have spoken. tens of thousands of public events were held. hundredses of thousands of people turned out. millions of calls were made.
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countless families, even sick little children, our little lobbyists, our little lobbyists bravely came forward to tell their stories, and they made a big difference. now the floor of this house must be america's town hall where people will see our debates and where their voices ll be heard and effect our decisions. transparency will be the order f the day. and as mr. jeffries, our distinguished chairman, said, we will follow our mandate for the people. and i thank you for your kind nomination and accept those kind remarks on behalf of the entire house democratic caucus who made all of those victories possible. some of them in a bipartisan way.
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empower our mandate for the people, to lower health care costs and prescription drug prices and protect people with pre-existing medical onditions. increase paychecks -- to increase paychecks by rebuilding america with green and modern infrastructure from sea to shining sea. we look forward to working with the president on that. to pass h.r. 1, to restore integrity to government so that people can have confidence that government -- in a government that works for the people, not the special interest. .r. 1. this house will take overdue legislation that has bipartisan
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support, bipartisan support in the congress and across the country. we will make our communities safer and keep our sacred promise to the victims, survivors and families of gun violence by passing bipartisan ackground check legislation. we will make america fairer by passing the equality act, to end discrimination against the lgbtq community. and we will make america more american by passing -- by , otecting our patriotic courageous dreamers. all three -- all three of those
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legislative initiatives have bipartisan support in this body. when we're talking about the dreamers, let us remember what president reagan said in his last speech as president of the united states. i urge you all to read it. it's a beautiful speech. he said, if we ever close the door to new americans, our leadership role in the world will soon be lost. ronald reagan. our common cause -- applaud for ronald reagan. our common cause is to find and forge a way forward for our country. let us stand for the people, to promote liberty and justice for all as we pledge every day. and always, always keep our
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nation safe from threats old and new, from terrorism and cyber warfare, overseas and here at home, to protect and defend. that's the oath we all take to serve in this body. that is the oath we take, to protect and defend. i close by remembering a cherished former member of this body who rose to become a beloved president of the united states and who last month returned to the capitol once more and he came this time to lie in state. that week we honored president george herbert walker bush with eulogies, tributes and tears. today, i single out one of his great achievements, working with both democrats and republicans to write the americans with disabilities act into the laws of our land. thank you, steny hoyer, for being an important part of hat.
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in 2010, we marked the 20th anniversary of the act by making it possible for our colleagues with disabilities to preside over the house. by changing the mechanics of this podium. and that spirit of equality and justice, let me announce that this afternoon, the first speaker pro tempore, whom i will yield to, of the 116th congress, will be congressman as we fake the oath of land. office today, we accept responsibility as daunting and
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demanding than any previous generations of leadership have faced. guided by the vision and values of our founders, the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform and the aspirations that we have for our children, let us meet that responsibilities with wisdom, with courage and with grace. together, we will let it be known that this house will truly be the people's house. and let us pray that god may bless our work and crown our god with brotherhood and sisterhood from sea to shining sea. god bless you all. and god bless the united states f america.
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the parliamentarian instructs me to say the following. imnow ready to take the oath of office, i ask the dean of the house of representatives, the honorable don young to administer the oath of office. before you do, mr. dean, and i thank you for your great leadership in the congress, i would like to call my grandchildren up here to be up here and any other children who want to join them. come on, kids.
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mr. young: everybody be quiet. if the gentlewoman from california please raise your right hand. do you solemnly swear that you will swort and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and you take this without any mental reservation and purpose of
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evasion and you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office which you are ?bout to enter, so help you god the speaker: i do. let us thank dean young. thank you dean young, dean of he house of representatives. i now call the house to order on behalf of all of america's hildren. m going to administer to the
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members-elect -- do the children want to go back -- or if they want to be on tv, it's up to them. stay or join their parents and grandparents. katie hill wants her children -- katie porter, whose birthday it is today wants her children to join them. you can stay, if you want.
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the speaker: the members-elect will all rise. will you please raise your right hand. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same that you take this obligation without mental reservation or purpose of evasion and you will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which you are about to enter, so help you god. >> i do. he speaker: congratulations.
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the speaker: the house will be in order. congratulations. you are all now members of the 116th congress.
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the speaker: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. jeffries. he house will be in order. mr. jeffries: as chairman of the democratic caucus i have been directed to report to the house that the democratic members have selected asthma the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. leader, the distinguished the gentleman from maryland, the honorable steny hoyer.
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the speaker: the chair recognizes the distinguished the gentlewoman from wyoming, chair cheney. ms. cheney: as chairman of the republican conference, i have been directed to report to the house that the republican members have selected as our leader, the gentleman from california, the honorable kevin ccarthy. the speaker: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. jeverries. jeverjever as chairman of the democratic caucus i have been directed to report to the house that the democratic members have selected asthma the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. whip the distinguished the gentleman from south carolina, he honorable james c. clyburn. and i have been directed to report that we have also
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selected as our assistant speaker, the distinguished the gentleman from new mexico, the honorable ben ray lujan. the speaker: the chair recognizes the distinguished the gentlewoman from wyoming, ms. cheney. ms. cheney: as chairman of the house republican conference i have been directed to report to the house that the republican members have selected as minority whip, the gentleman from louisiana, the honorable steve scalise. the speaker: the chair recognizes the gentleman from ew york, mr. jeffries.
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does the gentleman seek to offer a resolution? mr. jeffries: i offer a privileged resolution electing officers of the house of representatives. the speaker: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1, that karen l. haas be and is hereby chosen clerk of the house, paul d. irving is chosen sergeant at arms of the house of representatives, that phillip george kiko of the state of ohio is chosen chief administrative officer of the house of representatives and that father patrick j. conroy of the state of oregon be and is hereby chosen chaplain of the house of representatives. the speaker: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. jeffries: i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker: the gentleman seek to offer an amendment?
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does the gentleman wish to yield to the gentlelady for wyoming for addition of the question? mr. jeffries: i yield to the distinguished the gentlewoman from wyoming for the purpose of offering an amendment. ms. cheney: i have an amendment to the resolution, but before offering the amendment, i request division of the question on the resolution so we may have a separate vote on the chaplain. the speaker: the question is on agreeing to that portion of the resolution providing for the election of the chaplain. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. portion of the resolution is agreed to. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the gentlewoman from wyoming. ms. cheney: i offer an amendment to the resolution offered to the
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the gentleman from new york. the clerk: amendment offered by ms. cheney that barrett karr is chosen clerk of the house of representatives, that james minn of the state of california be chosen as sergeant of arms and bill hughes of the state of south dakota and hereby chosen chief addtive officer. the speaker: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from wyoming. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. . the nost have it and the amendment is not agreed to. the question is on the remainder of the resolution offered by the gentleman from new york. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the resolution is agreed to. and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the chair will now swear in the
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officers of the house. the chair will now swear in the officers of the house. aren haas, paul irving, george kiko, father conroy. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same that you take this obligation freely and without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion and you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office you are about to ensheer,
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so help you god? >> i do. he speaker: congratulations. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the house stand in recess subject to the call of the chair. the speaker: without objection, the house will stand in recess subject to the call of the chair. >> coming up, --
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>> after he had a battle for he saw beinger, seen together with women as a sign of his patella the. this was a sign he could tell the world, i am going to live forever. he would go to hollywood parties. it was very awkward. he is still the controlling shareholder of the companies. easterny night at eight on the c-span3. >> one of the first items on the
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agenda of the new congress is a spending package to end the government shutdown. we have the government funding bills. the american people entrusted democrats to run this body. it's finally a new day for this congress. in this -- and this rules package is our first opportunity to chart a new course. and a sign that we intend to run this place differently, these ideas were developed from the bottom had been up -- bottom-up. not the top-down. we asked all members for their ideas. democrats and republicans alike. we spoke to experts inside and outside this congress. from every house committee, from offices like the parliamentarian and the general council. from the progress -- -- general counsel. from the progressive caucus, the hispanic caucus, the blue dog caucus.

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