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collusion. >> there's till witnesses to be called and there's still a final report to be written. >> michael cohen is going to go to prison. >> he cannot escape his testimony. >> he's already wasted any good will that he might have had with the committee. >> good morning and welcome to your new day. new this morning, two source who's talked to the president tell cnn that he will sign the bipartisan deal to prevent the shutdown, but a white house aide does warn nothing is final because this is president trump. he has made clear he's not thrilled with the deal, it gives him only a fraction of the $5.7 billi $5.7 billion he demanded for the border wall. listen to this. >> i have to study it. i'm not happy about it. it's not doing the trick. but i'm adding things to it. it's very simple, we're building a wall. >> i should note after he said that outloud he did study it and he talked to the chairman of the appropriations committee richard shelby. he has two days to stein before a shutdown. one sign that it's inevitable he
will sign it, sean hannity indicated he would not wield his veto power. >> there you go. as the president struggles to get his funding, he is looking for other options. he's saying executive action is not off the table. as that plays out, there's a rare public break between the two leaders of the senate intel committee, mark warner who's the top democrat on the panel rejected the gop chairman richard burr's recent staple that the committee has found no evidence of collusion between the trump campaign and russia. joining us now to talk about this we have seana thomas, washington bureau chief for vice news tonight on hbo, frank bernie and dana bash, cnn chief political correspondent. dana, let's start with you. share your reporting with us on where president trump's head is and whether or not he's going to sthi sign this bipartisan deal. >> i can tell you i spoke to two people who spoke to the
president yesterday who said that he made clear to them he is going to sign this deal in if and when it gets to his desk. and he was pretty fatalistic about it, making clear to both of these individuals that he gave the congress, the negotiators three weeks to try to figure out a deal that he is certainly, as he made very clear publicly, he did so in private that he is not happy with it. but that he is going to keep the government open, that he understands that is a very important thing to do right now, and that he is going to keep the fight going. rhetorically and probably he understands in the courts when he does intend to use his executive -- his executive authority in some way, shape, or form, maybe even in multiple ways to try to keep the building of the wall going above and beyond the money that congress
is going to give him. >> you know, again, it is interesting hannity said last time in i'm not as upset as some conservatives are. >> like himself the night before. >> hannity is now on board with this going forward which, to me, indicates along with dana's reporting this say done deal, he's going to sign it. also, i think we should look at this thing he's been sending rhetorically. look at the picture from el paso monday night when he did the rally there. there's a banner hanging behind the president that says finish the wall. and james cordon, comics note this also. and seana, the president is changing the rhetoric. despite the fact that not a single mile of wall has been built, he's just trying to declare victory here. >> but i think there have been a lot of pundits and people who have said the way -- if the president could just take the 55 miles, say that he has some kind of victory and keep on going, that that's what he was going to do. and finish the wall is just as good as build the wall for his
base. and it allows him to continue to have someone to fight against, right? so if it's finish the wall, i have -- i'm actually able to build some of this, i've given that to my base, but i also get to say the democrats are stopping me from finishing the wall so that gives them something to run on in 2020. >> exactly. >> and it also gives democrats something to fight against in 2020. if he moves money around or use his national emergency power, either the california attorney general or the house of representatives is going to sue him over that. and while that isn't the best way for people to govern, that is something that creates conflict, intention, and that's the kind of thing you use in campaigns on both sides. >> frank, i find this so confusion. president tweeted yesterday the wall is already being built, exclamation point. now, here are the facts. 40 miles of replacement barriers so that already existed, have been built or at least started. those were approved last year. they're not the wall that he talked about, but they're a replacement of shotty or whatever, failing work.
but if his base is okay -- hood winched, winked, i guess, by the fact he was talking about the wall, why was the government shut down for 35 days if that's all we need was this 40 miefls replacement barrier zblink it's sweet that you're dealing with facts. >> i'm a stickler. >> the president is finishing the wall the way i'm finishing dinner right now. but seriously his strategy here is very clear, his strategy is make believe. couple days ago, and you all talked about it, he stood on a stage in el paso and said crime went way down after a wall was construct and a barrier went up. that was not remotely true and he was told and then did it again anyway. he's going to begin telling you in defiance of all facts and anything we say here, he's going to say "x" number of miles have been constructed. no, they wouldn't have been if i wasn't here. this much more is coming, this has happened. >> and the base is fooled by that. they're fooled by that. >> he has spent four years conditioning his admirers to believe everything he says and
more to the point to disbelieve everything we say. there's a reason he's been saying fake news for four years. it's for moments like this so he can say don't believe what they're telling you, believe only what i say. >> and there are signs that he has bent the republican caucus in congress toward his will on this, particular whether i it comes to finding additional monies for it. dana, i'm not hearing as many republicans this week or the week before, i don't know if he declares an executive order or emergency action. but if he finds some money without taking it from disaster relief, i don't think republicans are going to object as all. mitch mcconnell basically told us he won't object. >> that's right. i think that there is a difference between finding some money in the department of homeland security and in the department of defense, the pentagon, difference between that and declaring a national emergency. that mitch mcconnell has said publicly and privately to the president that that is a bad way to govern because it is much
more broad and it sets a precedent that is tougher for congress to swallow. but, it is true that they, in congress, kind of understand that this is something the president is going to continue to fight on, although i would say that given what the deal is, the substance of this deal, the fact that republican leaders have kind of frankly put the president in a corner by agreeing to something that is lower than what -- never mind what the president wanted, but what the president could have gotten from them just more than a month ago tells you that they're actually over it when it comes to this issue. >> all right. let's switch topics and talk about how the president and vice president pence are criticizing congresswoman ilhan omar about her comments for which she was apologized where she made what many saw as anti-semitic statements about aipac and
jewish money controlling politicians. she apologized, she said she's learning. but the president has said that she should resign from congress and if we may remind the president of 2015 when he used something that sounded similar to what she is being criticized for. here is this moment from the campaign trail. >> you're not going to support me because i don't want your money. you want to control your own politician, that's fine. >> that is him saying that money controls politicians to a jewish group. seana. >> well, i think this is an example of representative omar. she's playing in the big leagues now, let's be honest, and a lot of these freshman members, part of the reason why they got into congress that they are outspoken and real and they are authentic and we want that from our leaders, i think. but, you also have to be careful. you are representing 700,000 people, some of those people who voted for you, some of them didn't, but you have to choose
your words carefully. and i think she has gotten caught in that trap. and you get slapped on the hand by the leader of the house, you get slapped on the hand by nancy pelosi if you go too far out of your lane. and she is learning how to navigate that. >> but it's interesting when the president criticizes omar for this for talking about jewish money, it's an example of the pot calling the kettle anti-semite. >> it's a double standard. you mentioned one, the president has retweeted people who come from anti-semitic organizations and in charlottesville, some of those marchers who according to the president included fine people on both sides were saying jews will not replace us. donald trump has a lot to answer for in this regard. he has consistently encourage people who engage in anti-semitism that. does not excuse what she tweet. she's apologized, she said she didn't understand how disturbing it was, i'm going to take her at her word. but i do think that the people pointed out that tweet said you need to answer for it, you need
to get better than that. but that's fair. no even handedness here, the president -- >> the president never apologized for charlottesville. >> he never apologizes for anything, why would he start there. >> he didn't apologize for making that joke about jewish money before that. >> he never apologizes for anything. >> it's hard to give him the moral high ground here and the idea that they're trying to take the moral high ground insulting. >> yeah, i mean, the president can't help himself but to engage on something that he believes hurts democrats, divides democrats. but the cleaner political strategy could have been to keep it on the hill. kevin mccarthy was very aggressive and is still aggressive about saying that the congresswoman should not be on the foreign relations committee and you could argue he has a leg to stand on because with all of the controversy about steve king, he did take action. they're not -- everything here is apples and oranges, nothing
is completely comparable. but with regard to at least a little bit of consistency, i think you can argue that that is better left in the hands of the house republican leader as opposed to the president who, as you guys have very -- laid out very well, has a complicated history with this, to say the least. >> kevin mccarthy, i'll note, also has sent out tweets talking about money for michael bloomberg, george soros and tom steyer who all share one common trait, they have jewish heritage there. so kevin mccarthy has his own dalliance with this type of notion as well. very quickly on michael cohen here, i continue to be struck by the fact that michael cohen keeps skipping out on congressional testimony. he says he's not feeling well after shoulder surgery. this is after pictures emerged over the weekend eating at a restaurant and greeting diners in new york city. i have a hard time believing that there isn't some other reason he's skipping. i have no idea what it is. i don't know if he's scared to
testify under oath. i don't know if the mueller people are telling him not to do go, but it's getting beyond weird at this point. >> it's really strange. and, you know, center burr basically is mad at michael cohen. they want to get him to testify in these committees before he has to go to jail, which is understandable so that they can try to wrap up at least on the senate intelligence side their investigation. but this is not winning him any favors. and i have a hard time fwlaefg it's muell believing that it's mueller that's trying to stop him or i don't think senator burr would have the ghosn that mad. it's not like the offices can't talk to each other. i think michael cohen needs to be careful because sooner or later everyone's going to subpoena him and they're going to drag him in front and not let him be behind closed doors and some permanent going to try to slap him down in public. >> all right. shawna, dana, frank, thank you very much for being with us this morning. republicans urging president trump to take the deal, sign the deal, prevent the shutdown. will he do that?
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president trump says he's not happy about the border deal struck by congressional negotiators but two people who have spoken to the president tell cnn he will accept it, he will sign it to prevent a shutdown. joining me now is republican senator james lankford from oklahoma. thank you so much for being with us. the president has had a chance to learn what's part of this deal, you've had another day to digest it. do you anticipate voting yes on it and do you think the president should sign it? >> actually seen the text of it yet, we've heard some broad parameters. it's about a thousand pages of text with seven appropriation bills so we're all looking forward to the text actually being public and going through the text and trying to get through it. but the broad parameters of it, it is the seven appropriation bills which is what should have been done back in december which is the rest of the year of the
actual funding, not just a short-term continuing resolution. that's something we should have done months ago and we'll see if we can get the text out, get it done and accomplish it now. >> so yessish assuming what you know about the deal. >> yes. >> and the president yessish assuming he should sign if the text is what you believe it is? >> yes. i anticipate agreeing to it but i've got to get through the details to make surety pairp paperwork lines up with the rhetoric. >> you're welcome to use that in legislation any time you want moving forward. i do don't want ask you have been supportive the president finding additional money from somewhere but not, you say, declaring a national emergency, is that correct? >> that's correct. the best thing we can do is reprogram funds. that's fund allocated to certain law enforcement entities or to national defense entities and to be able to say those funds can also be used for border security, including anything on a barrier. that stays within the parameters of the law, we don't have to
deal with a court case. the administration can move forward with construction. you get into a court case and declaring a national emergency, moving from one fund to another is going to get caught up in the courts for years and it doesn't solve the problems. focuses solve the problem and there's a problem as the president laid out at the state of union address. there are lots of folks that say everyone's crossing just to be able to get work is not true. there are some entities that are -- and some individuals that are cross doing harm to us and we should pay attention to that. >> the white house and the president missed a deadline, which was friday, to respond to whether it believed that the crown prince of saudi arabia was responsible or involved with the murder of jamal khashoggi, which is something that the intelligence agencies and community has all suggested that, in fact, the crown prince was. is it acceptable, in your mind, that the white house skip this deadline which is mandated by law? >> so, no, it is not acceptable but the actual slaw not asking whether the crown prince was involved. it's just saying who was
involved. and so we don't want to jump to it, we want to be able to say where have you determined who was responsible for the execution of this journalist? and i think it's important to get to the facts. it's important that americans stand up for our basic values of free press, free speech, free faith, those are critical aspects that we should be able to stand up for and we expect the administration to be able to finish its investigation per the law. >> so you're saying it's not acceptable they didn't come back to you with the information that they are mandate dodd so? >> i would expect they would do that. we had the same things with the obama administration, bush administration other times when there would be something that's responsible to get there, now it starts the process we will do hearings and make sure there's pressure to actually get this done. >> i can read you something that just came to our attention over the last few hours. it comes from tom bearrick who say friend of the president of
the united states. he says about saudi arabia, whatever happened in saudi arabia, the atrocities in america are equal or worse. the west is confused. it doesn't understand the rule of law in the kingdom. it doesn't understand what succession in the kingdom is sounding like somehow he's justifying the murder of jamal khashoggi. is that type of language acceptable? >> it is not. i always try to say to people don't try to justify what is not justifiable. there's never a time that you can go murder a journalist in a foreign country, dismember them and carry their body off and say that's justible. it never ever is justifiable and it doesn't equate to anything we stand for in the united states where we stand up for the press. >> you are trying to move some of the nominations that the president makes through the senate more quickly. why is this important to you? >> so i'm actually not just trying move through the senate the nominations more quickly of this president, i'm trying to move through the senate the nominations of any president in the future. the senate for the last two years has had a bog down on
nominations. and what the senate does for a couple years it will continue to do from there on out. it set new precedent and that is in the past two years there have been 128 nominations that have slowed down dramatically. that's requiring what is called an intervening day plus an additional 30 hours after that intervening day. so it's really three days to be able to move one person. any future president requires about 1,000 people to be able to go through the nomination process that are just on the executive calendar. you can literally have any party at any time be able to shut down the senate and the senate doesn't work. these are not for good nominees. many of these nominees were nominees that passed overwhelmingly, 80, 90 votes once they got to the floor. very to fix this process. it's coming through the rules committee so say let's resolve this now. if we don't get resolved now, it won't be resolved in 2021. >> you do acknowledge that both parties have played games on
slowing down nominations. the minute you talk about them not coming to the floor, they're going to say merit garland. but there are both parties that played this, yes? >> three presidents, the first two years had they're putting their government together, there have been a total of eight, eight nominations that were slowed down on average of each one of those. four in one president, 12 in another, eight in another. the last two years we've had 128. so this is dramatically different. you is can say there were eight done to president obama, but you assistant say there's 128 done or for the next president there won't be 128 done for them. >> i do want to ask you, you spoke at the faith conference last week. senator omar has appsed for her anti-semitic statement. there are things the president has said in some cases in the past about jewish money. let me play you something he said on the campaign trail in 2015. >> you're not going to support me because i don't want your
money. you want to control your own politician, that's fine. >> two questions, do you accept representative omar's apology on her retweet and do you think the president should be apologizing for some of the things that he has said in the past along those line? >> no, i don't think the president apologize for that. he's talking about what's happening in new york city and money and i don't know the context of those two quotes there, but i've heard other contexts like that. i do accept representative omar's apology and i think it's entirely appropriate. she's a brand-new freshman representative. sometimes you get out there and say things and you try to correct it. for any of us on television like right now, you get questions or make responses and put ow a tweet trying to be funny or press a point and sometimes you go over the line on that. i would accept that from her. >> i would expect you would accept it given your background. whalt president was talking to, who he was talking to was a jewish group. he was talking to this jewish group and saying you may not support me because i don't need your money. that's the context there. you still think that doesn't necessarily require an apology?
>> actually i don't. there's a lot of groups that anyone would speak to to be able to say that same type of thing. so say that it's in that strict context it's about a jewish group about finances, i have no idea what the context is, but as i look at that time, no, i wouldn't say that. >> senator lankford, thanks for being with us. >> you bet. >> alisyn. john, as you just mention dollars, president trump is calling for the democratic congresswoman to resign for her anti-israel tweets but what about her apology? >> we're going to ask the head of the democratic campaign committee what should happen next. costa rica paraíso. first, we go to san marcos, costa rica. and meet sergio. that's his daughter, maria. sergio's coffee tastes spectacular. because costa rica's land is spectacular. so we support farmers like sergio. who use natural compost. made from coffee pulp. it helps keeps the soil healthy. and the coffee delicious. for the future of his community. that's sergio's neighbor, leo. sergio wants grandkids. which is making this very interesting. all for a smoother tasting cup. green mountain coffee roasters.
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cnn has learned that president trump will accept the bipartisan border deal that gives him only a fraction of the money that he wanted for his border wall. if he does not take the deal, then the u.s. government could shut down again on friday night. but who would be to blame and what is the new narrative? well, joining us now is democratic congressman shecheri bustos. >> our reporting is that the president will sthien bipartisan
deal, though strangely is he tweeting something that is -- that is confusing. he says last night regardless of wall money, it is being built as we speak. what do you think of this new narrative that he's claiming that his wall is already being built? >> well, i think cnn ought to send a crew down and fient ond where this is happening. it was baffling. as you started out your question to say he tweeted something that was confusing. well, you know, i mean, it's kind of the state of affairs these days. but i think if you look at that big picture, it was a huge, huge mistake to close down the government, to shut it down for 35 days, to have 800,000 federal workers not getting a paycheck. just heard a report about how many of these workers had to dip into their retirement, how many are late on their house payments. just the terrible financial toll and the emotional toll that this took on so many people. and, again, if you look at that
from a broader perspective, we are going to have policy differences with the president of the united states. democrats and republicans are going to have policy differences. this does happen. but that is what the legislative process is all about. we work through these and -- but we don't have our federal workers not get paid as a result of us working out our policy differences. >> but, i mean, i think that this is more than just one of the president's confounding tweets. i think that this one is really jaw dropping because it sounds like he's referring to the 40 miles of replacement barrier that is being shored up. and if that's the case, the 40 miles of replacement barrier, it already cyste already existed it's not a wall by a barrier, if he's talking about the improvements that are being done, if he's satisfied with that and can he tweet to his followers that the wall's being built, then why was the government shut down for 35 days? >> it was a total waste, as i said. it was unnecessary.
the president, all he had to go doh was s do was say he was willing to take a look at a compromised proposal and that is what is coming out of the talks between the senate and the house republicans and democrats. i know they are still working out the fine details, but this is how legislation is supposed to happen. what i find interesting about this latest proposal, and we don't have all the fine details by the way, but that we have people kind of on all sides or kind of more of the outside of the spectrum saying they are unhappy with it. and i come from a district that donald trump won. i'm a democrat and so i understand the importance of negotiating, of compromise, and i would say if you've got this side a little upset there are side a little upset, then we probably at least have something that's workable. >> i also want to say that nancy pelosi had said not a dollar, not a single dollar for his wall. and it turns out that democrats are going to be giving
$1.3 billion for a barrier. i mean, i do don't know if you make the distinction between a wall and barrier. but they're giving money after nancy pelosi had sworn that off. >> there's the report i'm being given and that you're reading as well is $1.37 billion for a barrier. it's slats, it's fencing, that sort of thing. this has really gotten down to the semantics of the wall. the president, as candidate trump, spent about two years on the campaign trail saying that, you know, build the wall, it was every place he went to his cheering, adoring fans. and so, to him, it's got to be a wall. to democrats, we know that we believe in border security. we want to make sure that our citizens are safe and our country is safe. it is just what we -- what it is being called and that has become kind of a sticking point on all
sides. but the deal as we stand here is 1.37 billion for fencing, it's no new design of any sort. so if the president is saying that this is some giant big, long, concrete wall, that is not the case. and so hopefully because of what we are agreeing to and what the republicans in this deal are agreeing to that we can all say, okay, we're getting something that hopefully we can all live with. >> yeah. >> i want to ask you about another thing that is on president trump's mind and he's tweeted about and that is that he thinks that congresswoman ilhan omar should resign from congress after she has apologized for what many saw as anti-semitic statements. or he thinks she should at least be stripped of her committee assignments. your response? >> well, i guess we hold our own, so to speak, accountable. you know, within a matter of hours we had asked congresswoman
ilhan omar to apologize for her tweet. probably within less than an hour congressman max rose, a fellow freshman with congresswoman omar called her out and said that he highly -- was, you know, wanted to make sure that she corrected this. and then it was within probably hours of our calling her out that she apologized. you know, if you want to compare what's going on here, it took what? 16 years of steve king's horrible comments and behavior for the republicans to officially call him out. so, i mean, i think we're pretty good as democrats of when we have one of our own saying something, doing something that is offensive, that we want to make that right. >> so as far as you're concerned, it's over? >> well, my hope is that congresswoman omar doesn't tweet anymore comments like this one. she did apologize. i will take her at her word that she was sorry that she did this
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apparent case of friendly fire. police say officers were responding to a robbery call at a cell phone store in queens and they opened fire on an unidentified 27-year-old suspect last night. brian simonson, a 19-year veteran of the new york police department was shot in the chest and killed. another officer was wounded and you can hear him on police scanners informing dispatch that he has been hit. >> shots fired. shots fired! >> be advised i'm shot. possible location, please send -- >> police say the suspect was carrying a fake weapon. he was shot multiple times and he remains hospitalized. member of a federal labor union are demanding an apology from congressman drew fierceson. they discovered a 19th century confederate book in his office that they find offensive.
lauren has the latest on this. what's going on here? >> reporter: well, this week there was an interesting observation when members of afsmy weaf afsme was sitting in the congressman's office and one of them noticed a book in the glass case and it was titled general robert e. lee soldier, citizen, and christian patriot if the was a 19th century book and it was opened to an offensive page, according to the members who were in that office. the page said the blacks are enme enmesh mercially better off near than in africa morally, socially and physically. the pain they are undergoing is necessary for their instruction as a race and i hope will prepare and lead them to better things. now a member of the federal employees union octavius miller said the he was shocked when he saw this page that was open in the congressman's office and a leader from afsme called the congressman's office later to ask what was going on?
we need you to issue an apology, we need you to remove this book from the office. the chief of staff actually called octavius miller the next day and apologized, but they want a more formal apology and they -- the office has said that they've removed the book from this office. but you know my colleague who spoke with miller said that miller was deeply, deeply disturbed by this book and the fact that the page was open in the congressman's office. >> yeah, lauren, i mean, reading that excerpt is also stunning. thank you very much for the reporting on this. for the first time in history two women are leading the powerful house appropriations committee. they're bond and willingness to work together played a key role in the spending deal that could get president trump's approval to avoid another government shutdown and dana bash is live in washington with their story. dana? >> reporter: well, you know that old saying, if you want to get something done you ask a busy women. how about two busy women on
opposite sides of the aisle determined to, in their words, show 'em how it's done. >> what an honor it is to serve as the chairwoman of this committee. >> reporter: a moment for the history books. democrat nita lowey, the first woman to chair the powerful house appropriations committee. >> i look forward to continuing our very productive relationship. >> reporter: and with kay granger, the top republican, this is the first female duo to lead the house since 1977, and that was a house beauty shop. >> too bad it was disbanded. i never knew there was a house beauty shop. >> reporter: you're in charge of the committee that performs the most important task constitutionally of congress, the power of the purse. translation, they write bills.
and they came up with a key security deal to overt another government shutdown. they said, quote, it could be quicker if they were left alone to hash it out. >> give us an hour, 30 minutes. >> they worked with each other for 30 years across partylines. >> nita said we're going to be friends, we're going to show how well two women can get this done. we're going to disagree but not be disagreement e greebl and work things out, do it on time, do. right way. >> reporter: but don't let their conje c congeniality fool you. >> there would be times that you would misunderstand that beautiful smile. i'd watch and say he's in for such a surprise because she's a very -- she's a very tough lady. >> reporter: a male colleague gave lowey an ice pick as a gag gift. >> he said watch out for that smile. she has a silver pick in her hand. >> reporter: granger, the first female mayor of fort worth, texas, is no different. you probably have steel-toed
cowboy boots. >> one member of leadership said if you're going to have a knife fight, make sure kay's on your team. >> lowey and granger marvel at the influx of young women in congress. do you feel a sense of responsibility to men tort young women? >> absolutely. i interact with the young women, the middle-aged women, and reach out and try and be as helpful as i can. >> reporter: you're one of 13 republican women, that's all in the house. and that's total of 102 women, which is pretty remarkable, only 13 are republicans. >> reporter: very disappointing. we have a lot of work do. >> reporter: a big part of their job, traveling to see first hand how taxpayer dollars appropriators met. like granger's recent trip to the southern border. >> talking about in a room in washington is one thing. when she see it for themselves, it's a game changer. >> man, man, man, man, man.
>> reporter: back in washington, walking through the capital's statue wary hall, it's not not to notice that the stat tures are men. >> these men probably never imagined that women would be in charge. >> yeah. >> reporter: and you are. >> yeah. >> reporter: a female oasis of bipartisan. >> this is what i gave her when she became chair and when i was elected by the steering committee she's the first one that called and congratulated me. so we have that sort of relationship. >> reporter: do you actually use that at the hearings? >> it's ceremonial. >> i use it for lots of things. >> reporter: and lowey and granger each have three children and they have 11 grandchildren between them. i asked if they bond as grandmother's. alisyn, they paused, looked at each other, they're looked back at me almost surprised to realize their answer is, no, they don't. it's not that they're not doting grandmother's, they realized at that moment they're too busy working and lowey said to granger, isn't that something?
we don't talk about your grandchildren. >> i totally get it. they're focused when they're at work. i understand. i just interviewed nita lowey yesterday. i'm now afraid of that siller ice pick. >> you should be. >> i'm going to try to still be a tough interview but i'm a little nervous about it. >> what is she hitting with the gavel? i feel like that just hung out there. >> reporter: just use your imagination, john berman. >> now i'm really scared. it will be one year ago tomorrow that the high school in parkland, florida, became the site of a deadly mass shooting. so the survivors of the attack demanded action almost immediately. up next, we have the parkland survivors and they're going to tell us what they want today. george has heart failure. and a busy day ahead. george has entresto, a heart failure pill that helped keep people alive and out of the hospital. don't take entresto if pregnant; it can cause harm or death to an unborn baby. don't take entresto with an ace inhibitor or aliskiren, or if you've had angioedema with an ace or arb.
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find your place, today, with silver sneakers... included with many medicare plans. call the number on the screen now or visit getsilversneakers.com tomorrow marks one year since a gunman murdered 17 teachers and state of the unions at stoneman douglas high school in florida. the morning after the attack i flew to parkland and met david
hogg who had an immediate call to action though he had just survived the shooting. >> please, this is the 18th one this year. that's unacceptable. we are children. you guys are the adults. you need to take some action and play a role. work together, get over your politics and get something done. >> joining us now david hogg and ryan diech, cofounders of the gun violence prevention program march for our lives. it is great to see you again. before we get to all you have accomplished in the past year and all you still want to do, david if i could go back to the morning we first met. it was just really a few hours after the horror that you had endured inside your high schoo. so many people have been struck by how composed you already were
and how you had already switched into action mode and how that was possible. i want to get your thoughts after a year of how you were already trying to tackle this back then. >> i think really it's because of two classes that i had taken throughout my high school career, speech and debate where we had to debate things like universal background checks and digitalzation of atf records and my experience as the school's tv news anchor co-host and the news director at the school. >> that's remarkable. i remember you telling me that that day, david, that that was part of your composure and you were comfortable public speaking in a way that not everybody is. in terms of emotional ly, what has the year been like for you. >> it's been a roller coaster. essentially from that day on the
reason i spoke early on was for the first time in my life up to that point i had felt emotions. i felt empathy for my sister. at school that day she lost four friends. i didn't want anybody else to have to go through that pain. i didn't want anybody else to hear the suffering my sister went through that day. i wanted to make sure i was able to speak for those who couldn't at the time like my sister or manuel, oliver and the others who lost siblings or children that day so it wouldn't just be another mass shooting in the history of america. >> so, ryan, what's changed over the past year since that horrible day? >> i mean, you can just see it in the laws that have been passed and the lives that have been saved in the country. through our activism, speaking out, working with politicians on
the federal and local level we have seen over 67 state laws be passed since the tragedy at our high school. we see more and more federal bills being introduced and more and more likely they are looking like they can pass. we need them to pass because we know that with these laws and with the change that we need to see happen these tragedies can be prevented. we don't want another tragedy, another school shooting the same as we don't want another shooting on our streets. >> let me put up a graphic we put together of the things you were able to get passed in florida. you marched to the state capi l capitol. i was there reporting on it the week after the tragedy. you got the minimum age raised from 18 to 21 to buy a firearm. banning the sale and possession of bump stocks.
funding for the mentally unfit which could have helped. providing additional funding for armed school resource officers. there was also the idea of whether or not to arm teachers. i want to ask you about that -- both of you, whoever wants to take it. every public school in florida is now required to have one armed security guard because of what happened at stoneman douglas. there is so much debate about whether it's dangerous or the right answer. how do you feel about it? >> i don't think arming teachers is a good idea. we have to work to stop shooters before they get on campus. by the time they get there it's already too late. we have to work together not as democrats or republicans but as americans attacking the source of evil and being able to stop and reduce harm and stop violence before it happens, reduce it as it's happening and
increase ambulance response time after a horrible incident like occurred at our school. >> just this week, ryan, something is haing in congress, not just florida. on a federal level there is a bipartisan bill from congressman mike thompson of california, democrat, and peter king, a republican of, no. it is a universal background check bill. they will be voting on it this week. do you draw a direct line from what happened a year ago to this? >> absolutely. i mean, just from the activism we have been able to inspire throughout the country and the work our many chapters have been doing on the ground and through other organizations like moms demand, we have seen this change has occurred directly because of that work. we have seen gun sense candidates like lucy mcbath in congress. we have seen people like our congressman ted deutsch speak out on the issues more and more
on the floor of the house and in the press. we have seen the introductions of the bills, we are working with them almost every single day. we have people lobbying in d.c., teenagers like us lobbying every day to speak out on issues like hr-8 and we want to make sure they pass because they can and will save lives. >> and we have to be properly funding violence prevention programs especially in city communities like life camp. in jamaica, queens, an amazing woman named erica forbes was able to go in 2001. there were 17 murders in one year in the community. through interrupting violence as it is haing and mentoring they were able to take it from 17 murders in one year to one murder in 17 years. we need federal funding for the programs. >> that's remarkable. guys, quickly, how has this changed your life trajectory? i know you are both approaching
college or maybe already in it, ryan, but what do you plan to do with your lives? >> i plan to make sure nobody else, no matter the zip code has to live in constant fear of gun violence and make sure our generation is the last generation that has to live with the constant scourge of gun violence no matter if it's 17 people killed at our high school or one person shot on the way to school. we have to end gun violence in every part of the united states. >> just frankly, me and david both took a gap year this year to work on this. even though we may be going to college in the fall we are going to continue this work. >> guys, we are thinking of you this week. we know the entire movement, the march for our lives is going dark tomorrow through the 17th to honor your friends and loved ones you lost. david, ryan, thank you very much. we'll be following you.
>> thank you. we have new reporting on what president trump will do the bipartisan spending bill. "new day" continues now. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to your "new day." it is wednesday, february 13, 8:00 in the east. we begin with breaking news. two sources who have spoken with president trump tell cnn he plans to accept the bipartisan deal to prevent another shutdown. however, a white house aide cautions nothing is guaranteed, as we learned in december when the president rejected the last bipartisan deal so many people thought he would sign. the president is not exactly embracing the current deal. it gives him only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he demanded for the border wall. we are now just two days away from the federal government running out of funding. the president is under, of course, pressure from prominent republicans to sign this agreement. sean hannity, maybe the most important voice in president trump's ear at times, indicates