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the country wanted to know why did it start? why would any president in the future have to do-g through this? i want to know the answer to the origin of that. i want to make sure it never happens to anybody. what i'm concerned now is the speaker of the house change the course of that office for the history of this country. that a body that brings legislation, a body that represents the rule of law would change the course of what it actually means. to claim that a president had violated the law with no information, based on a whistleblower she does not know, that wasn't even on a phone call, to blame that the president did a quid pro quo and mentioned biden's name eight times. but when this transcript comes out -- reporter: it's out. reporter: we have allred t mr. mcyarte: tend of the day the speaker owes an apology to this nation. [captions copyright national
cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> house republican leaders from this morning. the house returns at noon. they'll begin initial debate on house resolution h.res. 576 dealing with the director of national intelligence whistleblower report, the complaint -- resolution calls for that complaint to be sent to the intelligence committees on capitol hill. the house and senate intelligence committees t would call for heatletting the whistleblower talk to those committees and comply with committee subpoenas, preserving all documents and related information, and call on the president to cease discrediting the whistleblower. the white house has issued the memorandum, the transcripts and notes of that phone call between resident trump and ukrainian president zelensky of mid august. you can read it online at c span.orgers short transcript. five pages. you'll find the lidge there.
the president has had additional things to say about that report and about the impeachment inquiry on capitol hill. here's president trump from just
a short while ago. president trump: thank you very much. reporter: talk about how good the u.s. has been to ukraine. you asked president zelensky for a favor and asked him to talk to the attorney general of the united states and rudy giuliani about joe biden? sir, how does that the pressure -- president trump: no pressure whatsoever. if you take a look at the democrats, they went down to see the president of ukraine and they asked him for all sorts of things and don't go with the republicans and stay with us. like it's a political war. they shouldn't have done that. that should be an impeachable event, i guess, based on what you're saying. the democrats just came out, they went down there a. group of people, some of whom i was dealing with on the gun issue, and twhent down, put tremendous pressure on ukraine. the president himself just came out with a statement saying there was absolutely no pressure put on him. there wasn't. what i do want to see is i want
to see other countries helping ukraine l. not just us. as usual the united states helps so nobody else is there. i want to see other countries help. just so you understand, it's the single greatest witch-hunt in american history, probably in history, but in american history. it's a gays dis graceful thing. the letter was great letter, meaning the letter revealing the call. that was done at the insist tans of myself and -- insistence of myself and other people that read t it was a friendly letter. the way you had that built up, that caller was going to be the call from hell t turned out to be a nothing call other than a lot of people said i never knew you could be so nice. part of the problem you have is you have the fake news, a lot of corrupt reporting, you have some very fine reporters and journalists, but you have a lot of reporters, a lot of corrupt journalists. i would rate you right in there by the way. excuse me. excuse me. excuse me.
so we are having, if you noticed the stock market went up when they saw the nonsense all of a sudden stock market went down very substantially yesterday when they saw the charge. after they read the charge, the stock market went up very substantially. we have created the greatest economy in the history of our country. the greatest economy in the world. had my opponent won, china would right now be the number one economy. by far. and right now china is way behind us and they'll never catches us if we have smart leadership, way behind. we have picked up trillions of dollars and they have lost trillions of dollars. and they want to make a deal very badly. could happen. it could happen. sooner than you think. our military's rebuilt. our military has never been stronger. when i came in it was depleted. our vets are happy. so many great things are happening. and the democrats feel they are going to lose, we have the
highest poll number, rasmussen, 53, but they say you can add 10 to it. a lot of people say you could add more than 10 because a loft people don't want to talk about it but want to vote for trump. i just say this, we have the strongest country we have ever had. we have the best economy we ever had. the best unemployment numbers we ever had. we have the best employment numbers we have ever had. we have now almost 160 million people working. that's far more than we ever had working in our country before. thank you very much, everybody. thank u -- you. thank you very much. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is
responsible for its caption content and accuracy. isit ncicap.org] >> president trump one of several meetings at the u.n. general assembly going on this week. more to come later today. the director of national intelligence, the acting director of national intelligence will be on capitol
hill tomorrow to testify on that whistleblower report. joseph mcguire testifying 9:00 eastern. the house intelligence committee. our coverage of that at 9:00 eastern on c-span3. c-span.org, and on the free c-span radio app. the house today will consider that resolution that will call on the acting d.n.i. to release the whistleblower complaint to the house intelligence committee. the senate passed a similar resolution yesterday. the house is in at noon, initial debate on that in the rule and several other measures coming up then. and votes later on this afternoon. of course live coverage here on c-span. the senate is in session and the issue of the president's transcripts and impeachment inquiry were at the top of the list for the senate leaders this morning. >> yesterday evening speaker pelosi announced the house of representatives will begin what she called an official impeachment inquiry.
mr. mcconnell: really, mr. president, we now house democrats have been indulging their impeachment obsession for nearly three years now. a never-ending impeachment parade in search of a rationale, the very day that president trump was inaugurated, "the washington post" ran a news story with this headline, the campaign to impeach president trump has begun. day of his inauguration. later that year, there were articles of impeachment introduced over the president's language. so clearly this has been an ongoing project for house democrats since practically the moment that secretary clinton lost the election. for months, democrats insisted that special counsel mueller's investigation or the work of the senate intelligence committee would prove their theories about a conspiracy between the trump campaign and russia. it didn't happen. the facts disappointed them. but the impeachment parade kept
marching along. yesterday, even though bipartisan committee investigation into the new whistleblower allegations are under way, and just hours after the president offered to publicize the details of his phone call with the president of ukraine, the dam finally broke. speaker pelosi couldn't hold back the far left any longer. before any of us even had the facts in hand, she caved to the left and announced an impeachment inquiry. if this all sounds familiar that's because of the time literally one week ago, the same democrats were shouting about impeaching justice kavanaugh. that rush to judgment was on the basis of a sketchy story in a major newspaper that promptly had to publish an enormous correction. one week later here they go again. threatening impeachment without the facts in hand.
so look, mr. president, senate republicans support the established proper procedures for considering this whistleblower report. and in the meantime, while our friends across the capitol rush to judgment, and dive deep near their nearly 3-year-old impeachment addiction, we'll stay focused on the american people's business. on another matter, earlier this year president trump led the federal government to recognize our insecure southern border for what it is, a national emergency. a humanitarian and security crisis. congress had heard plea after plea for more border security funding. we heard from senior leaders and career border patrol officers. we heard about all the surging illegal crossings, unprecedented numbers of family units, and the strain on our facilities. washington democrats decided giving this very real crisis the
resource it is required night anger the far left, which wants o -- so the president tapped into long-standing presidential authorities and reprogrammed narrow sets of funds to address the urgent crisis. now i never been shy about my commitment to the institution of congress and its unique authorities, not least being appropriation of taxpayer dollars, but we are talking about 40-plus-year-old presidential authorities in current law unlike president obama who vaguely shrugged off the federal code when he established his daca policy, president trump's decision was squarely within existing law. nevertheless, our democratic colleagues made the senate vote to undo the president's declaration back in march. the resolution fell far short of earning a veto-proof majority. now still unwilling to work with the president and republicans on a long bipartisan solution for
border security, senate democrats are making us repeat the same shell vote again. they want to tell the american people we can either have border security or these other important projects. but for some reason we can't have both. there are two problems to that argument. problem number one is that it's a false choice of democrats' own invention. the only reason there could be any tradeoff between border security and these other priorities is their refusal to support commonsense border security. the overwhelm treen reason there is any tradeoff is democrats have refused to work with the president. and problem number two of their argument is that congress has
full power to ensure all the military construction projects are fully funded. work is ongoing on o appropriations and the ndaa. it would be easy to ensure that these projects get all the money they need. so, mr. president, later today the senate will vote on exactly that. we'll vote on several motions to instruct our ndaa conferees. and one of those motions will be a republican proposal that we insist on fully funding these projects for our own service members. for the kentuckians i represent this is pretty simple. kentuckians want our nation to have a secure southern border. kentuckians want full funding for the middle school at fort campbell. funding they have been waiting on for years. funding i proudly secured in the first place. and kentuckians know perfectly well with everything the united states of america spends money on, there is no earthly reason the democrats should force us to have one or the other. they don't want to be used as
pawns in democrats' political games. even my democratic colleagues who don't support the administration's border security agenda should not take out their frustration on our armed forces. every single member of this body should be able to support the measure to fully fund military construction. so i would urge all of my colleagues to vote yes on that motion later today. >> the senate today in session follow it over on c-span2. they will be debating a joint disapproval resolution of the president's emergency declaration on the southern border declared on february 15. this is a bit of deja vu because the senate first passed a similar resolution back in march. it passed 59-41. the president vetoed that and congress was unable to override the president's veto. so they are trying again in the u.s. senate. they did yesterday by unanimous consent also take up a measure similar to what the house is
taking up today calling for the whistleblower's report to be released to the intelligence committees on capitol hill. that passed yesterday. like we said by unanimous consent in the senate. it will get a floor vote in the house today. the house coming in at noon eastern. live here on c-span. here's what democratic senator, leader, chuck shume her to say as the day opened in the u.s. senate. mr. schumer: it is carefully considered judgment it is now in the best interest of our country and our constitution to proceed with an impeachment inquiry. i strongly support speaker pelosi's decision. if we don't reckon with
president trump's persistent transgressions, the very foundation of this great republic is at risk. the president kept pushing and pushing and pushing the constitutional envelope. finally the president's conduct made an impeachment inquiry unavoidable. the events of recent days have brought sharply into focus the question of whether president trump abused the powers of his office and betrayed the public trust for personal, political gain. in open defiance of the law, his administration has thus far sought to block the transmission of an official whistleblower complaint to congress. the nature of that whistleblower complaint has been deemed both credible and urgent by one of president trump's only senior level appointees. the inspector general of the
intelligence community. according to public reports, this complaint may detail how the president of the united states conducted america's foreign policy by pressuring the leader of the foreign nation to damage a leading political rival . an offense the president may have committed whether there was an explicit quid pro quo or not. the president went on to admit on live television that he spoke to the president of ukraine about his political rival, and about military aid to the country. the timeline of events that led to the whistleblower complaint must be scrutinized. the nature of president trump's communications with president putin, as well as ukrainian president zelensky, should be requested and provided with special focus on the phone call that took place with mr. putin a few days after the zelensky call
on july 25. the timing of the departures of the united states ambassador ukraine and the former director of national intelligence and his principle deputy must be investigated. as well as the movements of president trump's personal attorney, rudy giuliani. the cordance between him and the white house -- correspond between him anti-white house and interactions between foreign governments. we must learn what actions president trump or his aides took to withhold congressionally directed security aid to ukraine and why. and more besides. the answers to these questions and others can be pursued by the house committees involvement in the impoochment inquiry and that is precisely what the inquiry is for. the release of the transcript of one of president trump's calls with president zelensky which
just came out will not assuage our concerns or the public's concerns. based on early reports it may heighten them. we must remember the president was reported to have several calls with president zelensky over the summer. and his administration has a well earned reputation for dishonesty, altered facts, and incomplete disclosure in public releases. we need to see the complete unredacted whistleblower complaint without further delay. the whistleblower must be allowed to testify without fear of intimidation. and then we must pursue the many relevant avenues of inquiry. of that i just described. yesterday afternoon the entire senate, all 47 democrats and 53 republicans, agreed to my resolution calling for the whistleblower complaint to be transmitted immediately to
congress. a reflection of the seriousness these events are viewed on both sides of the aisle. this was unexpected. in the past when we have asked to look into president trump our republicans colleagues have stonewalled. but to their credit they realized the seriousness of this situation and unanimously agreed to support our resolution. i hope, i pray it is a harbinger of things to come where we can look at the facts not the politics and come to conclusions. because without doubt the white house and the president's congressional allies will rush to call this effort a partisan witch-hunt, no matter how serious the allegations or how evenhanded the inquiry. i remind everyone that just yesterday every senate republican agreed that the white
house's decision to block the whistleblower complaint from congress was wrong. there was unanimous bipartisan agreement in the senate on that point, not a single senator objected. but let me be clear, nonetheless. because i know accusations of partisanship are already being written. this inquiry was not taken up for partisan reasons. and it does not prejudge. an outcome. our framers, in their wisdom, assigned to one chamber of congress the right to accuse. and to the other the right to judge. the house of representatives will investigate and determine whether sufficient evidence exists to accuse the president of an impeachable offense or impeachable offenses. if it comes to that, the senate will be the scene of the trial, the senators the jurors. we must take our responsibility
with the utmost gravity. our framers, not trusting our liberty to one branch of government alone, afraid of the ever present danger of tirny of an overreaching executive -- tyranny of an overreaching executive, provided a remedy to congress should the executive attempt to subvert or violate the constitution of the united states. we are not yet at the stage where any judgments can be made one way or the other, but i remind my colleagues today that if the day should come when we are called upon to carry out our constitutional duty, history will judge whether we did so faithfully or not. history will judge if each of us acted as a solemn juror of democracy who placed fidelity to the constitution and our system of government above the narrow considerations of partisan politics.
>> you can continue to watch senate coverage over on our companion network c-span2. the u.s. house gavels in at noon eastern. we'll have live coverage here on c-span. they'll take up that resolution dealing with the release of the whistleblower report on president trump's interaction with the president of ukraine. the white house has released the memorandum of the transcript of the conversation between president trump and president zelensky. it's said to be a half-hour phone call. the five-page memorandum is available on our website at c span.org. some of what that
transcript shows, president trump saying, well, it's very nice of you to say. i will say that we do a lot for ukraine. we spend a lot of effort and a lot of time. much more than the european countries are doing. and they should be helping you more than they are. germany does almost nothing for you. also all they do is talk and i think it's something you should really ask them about. when i was speaking to angela merkel, she talks ukraine but
doesn't do anything. a loft european countries are the same way. i think it's something you want to look at. but the united states has been very, very good to ukraine. i wouldn't say that it's reciprocal necessarily because things are happening that are not good, but the united states has been very good to ukraine. the president also asked later in the conversation, i would like you to do us a favor, though, because our country has been through a lot and ukraine knows a lot about it. i would like you to find out about what happened with the whole situation with ukraine. they say crowd strike, i guess you have one of your wealthy people.
they say ukraine has it -- again, you can read all of it. it's just five pages. we have linked to it at c span.org. president trump within the last 10 minutes or so tweeting this about the report. and the words of brett bear from fox, you don't see a direct quid pro quo in this. pete king, the congressman from new york, saying nothing remotely impeachable in the transcript. ukrainian president brought up
juliany before president trump mentioned biden. no quid pro quo. pursuing impeachment is indefensible. from the democratic caucus chair, just read the transcript. trump has committed a crime. he pressured a foreign government to target american citizen, that abuse of power undermines our national security and the integrity of our elections. no one is above the law. and he highlights in the report, in the memorandum, the other thing the president says in this memorandum, there's a lot of talk about biden's son. that biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that. so whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great. the report came out just as the u.s. house was coming into session for their morning speeches today. here's matt gates, a presidential supporter. matt gates, republican of floridaers here's what we had to say.
. gaetz: let me give you the high points. there is no quid pro quo between president trump and president zelensky for anything. much less military aid. there is no eight times of reference to joe biden. i think the "wall street journal" will have a good deal of retracting to do today. and in fact, president zelensky himself identifies the rooting out of corruption as the reason for his election. early on in the conversation between president trump and president zelensky, president zelensky says we here in the ukraine are trying to drain the swamp much in the way you are working to drain the swamp in the united states of america. this wasn't a call about leverage.
this wasn't a call about threats. this was a mutually appreciative and mutually laudtory call between two leaders who are trying to clean up some of the garbage in their respective countries that has polluted politics. the president does ask for a favor from president zelensky, but the favor is on behalf of our nation. the favor we seek is cooperation between the zelensky government and attorney general bill barr as we work to determine what activities in the ukraine may have been in any way involved in the 2016, not 2020, but the 2016 efforts to interfere with the united states election. the president even references crowd strike, attempting to get to the bottom of these improper actions which, again, may have emanated in the ukraine and john solomon with the hill has a great deal of reporting on that very question. zelensky ran against corruption. that's only appropriate in a conversation about that election
victory they would discuss and reference what are obviously mutual goals between the united states and the ukraine to have the world safer for democratcy. the president also mentions mayor rudy giuliani. let me be clear about that. mayor giuliani has every trite to go to the ukraine and try to ascertain whether or not activities in that country were harming his client as a result of the corrupt connections which may have existed between the d.n.c. and some elements in ukraine. i feel like we have been here before. house democrats told us it was all about collusion. we had to wait for the mueller report. when the mueller report falls flat on collusion. it's all about obstruction of justice until robber mueller comes and testifies and that falls flat. then it's all about abuse of power until the democrats go to court and are unable to make the case in court there has been an abuse of power. lo and behold it's all about the ukraine. you know what? i saw this movie isn't related to russia. dipt like it very much and i
doubt i'm going to enjoy the cheap ukrainian knockoff. the speaker has embraced these concerns and i fear that her embrace of impeachment does great damage to the house of representatives cause because there may be a time whr we have to solemnly exercise our impeachment powers because there is true crime or corruption and the speaker's actions have embarrassed the united states congress and they harm our entire country. president zelensky in this call indicates that he will conduct an investigation into corruption. it's a promise not only he made to president trump but that he made to his own citizens. and in that promise president zelensky says any investigation will be both open and candid. open and candid investigations of corruption, of election meddling. i sure would like to see that level of candidness and openness in our house of representatives and certainly my greatest hope is that the attorney general's investigation into the corrupt
origins of the efforts to smear the president of the united states will be exposed and those responsible will go to jail. that is how we restore honor to this house. that is how we solve some of the great -- and heal some of the great wounds inflicted on this body by the speaker yesterday. maybe next time the radical left will wait for the facts before engaging in a reflexive fact-free impeachment. i yield back. >> congressman matt gaetz from this morning. the u.s. house back at noon eastern, about 10 minutes from now. later they'll begin debate on the resolution calling for release of that whistleblower report to the intelligence committee of the u.s. house and the senate. that specific resolution would call for the report to be released. also would let the whistleblower talk to the committees, the senate and house intelligence committees, and comply with their subpoenas, preserve documents, and related information. the house resolution also calls on the president to cease discrediting the whistleblower.
both these resolutions, the one passed by the senate yesterday and the one that the house will take up today are nonbinding resolutions. they are a sense of the senate yesterday and house resolution today. we'll have all of that for you, all of that debate this afternoon here on c-span. president trump will be meeting with ukrainian president zelensky at the united nations general assembly meetings. the meeting set for about 2:15, 2:30 eastern this afternoon, about the same time the house is taking up the resolution. we have cameras at the united nations and we'll get any news conference or comments from president trump and the ukrainian president if they are available. marcy kaptur, democrat from ohio, is the co-founder and the chair of the ukrainian caucus in the u.s. house. here's what she said this morning on the house floor. ms. kaptur: as co-chairs of the house ukrainian caucus i rise to provide some background on why the conversations between
president donald trump and newly elected president of ukraine, vladimir zelensky, are so vitally important to liberty and our nation's national security. there is no more important strategic alliance for liberty and with our military than america's membership with european allies in nato. our dependable transatlantic allies who stood at our side through so many battles for the values we share. the bloodlines of europe directly influence of very founding of our republic, our fundamental ideals of democracy, and nato today stands ready, every hour of every day to defend our liberty. ukraine today is the scrimmage line for liberty.
for its defense, and the european continent. thus, when a u.s. president lds back military assistance to ukraine through nato and other instrumentalities, congress must insist on transparentcy. on any conversations that relate to our cooperation with the nation of ukraine. please let me remind after the collapse of communist russia in 1991, officially known as the union of soviet socialist republicans, ukraine became a free nation. at least it had a chance to be. ukraine had been occupied for ll of modern history by russia and began its jagged path forward to the free world. a path that has been torturous,
fraught with danger and setbacks. it will be a permanent blot on american history that certain americans, including president trump's campaign manager, paul manafort, and several other trump operatives, were actually involved in supporting the corrupt pro-russian political opportunist in ukraine and doing it to earn money. millions and millions of dollars from kremlin allies. what an abomination. to liberty. since ukraine's revolution of dignity five years ago, the ukrainian people have bravely demonstrated their resolute commitment to their nation's democratic future. the latest example is the recent historic presidential and parliamentary elections in ukraine which international observers lauded as free and fair.
what progress. ukraine has managed to make critical reforms despite the immense pressure of russia's illegal invasion of ukraine in which 13,000 poorly equipped ukrainian troops have lost their lives, and many civilians that were in the pathway. 30,000 have been injured. and 1.5 million ukranians have been dispossessed of their properties. so tragically ukraine is at war and must fight a two front war. one against russia. and one against the enemy from within, the scourge of corruption, aided by kremlin allies every minute of every day. while ukraine has sought to shake off the vestiges of soviet repression, ueyain's oligarch class has subverted this progress to steal and plunder from the people of that nation advance their own sick, insatiable, and corrupt moneyed
interests t might surprise people to hear that in the state of ohio the ukrainian oligarch that owned the television station, that made the current , sident of ukraine famous that that ole lig arc is the largest commercial real estate wner in cleveland, ohio. with a net worth of over $1.2 of ion, kolomoysky is one the richest oligarches in the ue grain. he travels between ukraine, cyprus, israel, here. his own son was on a basketball team at cleveland state. but this oligarch ran the show "servant of the people" that propelled president zelensky to stardom. the question for history is, will president zelensky be his own man or will he be beholden to oligarches?
will he stand for liberty, and will the people of this country and this house who are the representatives stand for liberty against repression? i yield back. >> representative marcy kaptur from earlier today on the house floor. the house returns at noon eastern. they will take up initial debate on that resolution calling for the release of the whistleblower report. that whistleblower report to the inspector general on the conversation between president trump and the ukrainian president. look for a debate this afternoon. follow here on c-span. also want to let you know that the intelligence committee chair adam schiff is holding a briefing. will be holding a briefing very shortly. we'll have that live for you on c-span.org. president trump continuing his meetings at the united nations. it will include a one-on-one with the ukrainian president later this afternoon. pu but he responded this morning to reporter's questions in an earlier meeting. here's what he had to say. president trump: thank you very much. reporter: mr. president, talk
about how good the u.s. has been to ukraine. you asked president zelensky for favor and asked him to talk to the attorney general of the united states and rudy ghoulianpy and joe biden. how is not pressure -- president trump: if you take a look at the democrats, they went down to see the president of ukraine and they asked him for all sorts of things and don't go with the republicans and stay with us. like it's a political war. they shouldn't have done that. that should be an imimpeachmentable event based on what you're saying. the democrats just came out. went down there. group of people, some of whom i was dealing with them on the gun issue, they went down, put tremendous pressure on ukraine. the president himself just came out with a statement saying there was absolutely no pressure put on him. there wasn't. what i do want to see is i want to see other countries helping ukraine also, not just us. as usual the united states helps so nobody else is there. i want to see other countries help. just so you understand, it's the
single greatest witch-hunt in american history, probably in history, but american history. it's a disgraceful thing. the letter was a great letter. meaning the letter revealing the call that. was done at the insistence of myself and other people that read it. it was a presentedly letter. no pressure. the way you had that built up, that caller was going to be the call from hell. it turned out to be a nothing call other than a lot of people said i never knew you could be so nice. part of the problem you have is you have the fake news. you have a lot of corrupt reporting. you have some very fine reporters and journalists, but a lot of corrupt reporters, a loft corrupt journalists. i would rate you right in there, by the way. excuse me. excuse me. excuse me. so we are having -- if you noticed the stock market went up when they saw the nonsense all of a sudden the stock market went down very substantially yesterday when they saw the charge.
after they read the charge the stock market went up very substantially. we have created the greatest economy in the history of our country. the greatest economy in the world. had my opponent won, china would right now be the number one economy. by far. and right now china is way behind us and they'll never catch us if we have smart leadership. way behind. we have picked up trillions of dollars and they have lost trillions of dollars. and they want to make a deal very badly. could happen. could happen. it could happen. sooner than you think. our military's rebuilt. our military has never been stronger. when i came in it was depleted. our vets are happy. so many great things are happening. and the democrats feel they are going to lose. we have the highest poll number, rasmussen, 53. they say you could add 10 to it. a lot of people say you could add more than 10 to it because a loft people just don't want to talk about if but they want to vote for trump. i just say this, we have the
strongest country we have ever had. we have the best economy we have ever had. we have the best unemployment numbers we ever had. we have the best employment numbers we have ever had. we have now almost 160 million people working. that's far more than we have ever had working in our country before. thank you very much, everybody. thank you. >> live now to the house floor. legislative work gets under way. the chaplain: almighty father we ask your help in guiding the affairs of this great nation and we acknowledge you have appointed governments for the preservation of justice and protection of liberty. we recognize that the wisdom to accomplish these things comes only from you. may you grant that this body rule in a way that directs the men, women, and children of this country toward your business and enables them to respond in thankfulness to you, knowing each of us may give an account