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tv   Weekly Democratic Address- Rep. Dean Phillips  CSPAN  August 24, 2019 6:24pm-6:31pm EDT

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it this way is congress has not gone about a legislative fix. you have heard lawmakers and the white house saying congress needs to deal with this legislatively, we don't want to get our hands on it. they have the authority to put this regulation out there, because the judge did order it in 2015. the timeline is still blurry. it is one of those things we are not totally sure of yet. certainly it is going to start having a very quick effect. it looks like it is going to be rolled out very soon. host: anna giaritelli, who reports for the washington examiner. she covers homeland security. telling us about this proposal from the trump administration. thanks for your time this morning. announcer: the white house did not release a weekly address. congressman dean phillips of minnesota gave the democratic address, highlighting the u.s. senate's in action on house i've
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been passed a decision -- on house-past legislation. you phillips: i am joining from minnesota, where i have spent the past month visiting with members of my community about what they want fixed in washington. i ran for congress because i was tired of the erosion of political discourse around the country and a government that places special interest before our common interest. whether it is protecting the community from climate change or protecting love lines from gun violence, special interest seem to get in the way of sensible action. is what i have heard in minnesota is any indication, most americans feel the same way. we believe campaign contributions should not be the ticket to representation, not in a democracy that works for everyone. last fall, you sent a message to washington by electing a historic freshman class of reform minded democrats. i am proud to help lead the mission to clean up the culture
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of corruption in washington and return power to the people, where it belongs. we got to work right away, passing hr one, a historic package of reforms that reduced the influence of big money in politics, protects voters rights , secures selections from foreign interference, and increases ethical standards for congress. that day walking up the capitol steps to vote on hr 1 was one of the most important moments of my whole life and the beginning of a more transparent and effective democracy. like almost every one of the almost 500 bills we passed in the house this year, the for the people act ran into a familiar roadblock in the senate. his name, mitch mcconnell. went democrats and republicans came together to pass universal background checks, mitch mcconnell refused to bring it up for a vote. when we passed the climate action now act to rejoin the paris accord and take further
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action, mitch mcconnell wouldn't bring it up for about. when we passed the for the people act to loosen the grip of special interest, mitch mcconnell once again refused to act, almost certainly because he knows what keeps them in power, special interests and the unjust laws that disenfranchise american voters. it doesn't have to be that way. we have the chance to reject mitch mcconnell's brand of politics, putting a political party ahead of our country and campaign checks before constituents. he can try to stonewall our legislation, but not your voice. we are here to work for the people to lower health care ants and prediction -- prescription drug prices, to build infrastructure, and cleanup corruption to make washington work for you. that's why we need your help. you can make a difference by sharing your story or inviting people in your community to have a conversation together, especially those who think
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differently than you do. only by listening, learning, and respecting one another can we fix the most challenging problems our nation uses, our own divisions. join us in the spirit of hopefulness and i remind you that optimism is just as contagious as fear. thank you, keep the faith, and god bless america. announcer: members of congress tweeting about activities during this recess. senator lisa murkowski posting, a valuable visit to see station wine and hear plans on how ces is working to serve alaska communities. thanks to everyone at ces for your service to communities on the kenai peninsula. and this -- thank you to all who joined me at my beach cleanup. the preservation of our beautiful california beaches is so important and i appreciate all new volunteered their time today to keep our beaches pollution free.
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of theer: in the wake recent shootings in el paso and dayton, the house judiciary committee will return early from the summer recess to markup three gun violence prevention bills, which include banning high-capacity ammunition magazines, restricting firearms from those deemed by the court to be a risk to themselves, and preventing individuals convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from purchasing a gun. live coverage begins wednesday, september 24 on c-span. if you are on the go, listen to live coverage using the free c-span radio app. announcer: for 40 years, c-span has been providing america unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events from washington, d.c. and around the country, so you can make up
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