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tv   Senator Schumer on Russia and Health Care  CSPAN  March 27, 2017 9:42pm-9:57pm EDT

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and the aftermath. >> what he is trying to present is the soviet union coming and, aligned with the national spirit undermining the british and taking control of the oil in the middle east.and we cared about the oil because it is 100 percent of european oil came from the middle east. so we want to commission it friendly arab regimes that were, if not aligned with the united states at least keep you soviet union out. that is the goal. >> and then at eight eastern on c-span q and a. >> on monday, senate minority leader chuck schumer question the credibility of the house investigation into potential ties between russia and the trump campaign. he also talked about the failed effort by republicans to repeal and replace the affordable care act. and the prospect of tax reform later this year. >> mr. president, this afternoon a few topics.
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first, on the investigation into the trump campaign potential ties to russia. this is a matter of such gravity. we need to get it right. there should be no doubt about the integrity and impartiality of the investigation. either in the executive branch for the department of justice are looking to export in congress. or the intelligence committee both chambers of conducting an investigation. unfortunately, the house intelligence committee has come under a cloud of suspicion and partisanship. a few months ago the chairman nunez spoke to reporters at the request of the white house. to talk about stories and violence between the trump campaign in russia. which is exactly what it's committee must now investigate. this past week, chairman nunez broke the committee process and tradition. to brief the president on information he learned that had not yet shared with the
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committee. now learn this morning that chairman nunez was at the white house the day before that event. doing what? we do not. mr. president, it could very well be the case. that chairman nunez is breathing members of the administration about an investigation of which they are the subject. chairman nunez is falling down on the job. and it seems to be more interested in protecting the president than in seeking the truth. you cannot have the person in charge of an impartial nation be partial to one side. it is an inherent decade of bipartisan cooperation on the intelligence committee. which handles such sensitive information paramount to national security.
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it undermines congress as a coat equal branch of government. and until the executive branch accountable for its actions. and it corrodes the american people's confidence in our government. mr. president, if speaker ryan wants the house to have a credible investigation, he needs to replace chairman nunez. congress was meant by the framers to be separate and equal. i sincerely worry that under his direction, mr. nunez is pushing the committee into a direction of obsequious nest. and not one that is asking the hard questions and getting the important answers. there is always been a grand tradition of bipartisanship. on the intelligence committees. when members go into the room where they get secure briefings, they check their partisanship out the door. chairman nunez is right on the
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edge of doing permanent damage to the grand tradition of bipartisanship. he seems to be more bipartisan for the president than an impartial actor. he has not been cooperating like someone who is interested in getting to the unvarnished truth. his actions look like those of someone who is interested in protecting the president and his party and that does not work. when the goal of the committee is to investigate russia and its connection to the president and his campaign. without further due, speaker ryan should replace chairman nunez. now mr. president, on another matter. the failure of trump care. this past friday was a good day for the american people. we can finally put to bed the disaster of a bill that was trump care.
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which would have resulted in starting your coverage, 24 million fewer americans with health coverage, higher cost, premiums and deductibles for middle-class, the working poor and older americans. also finance close to $600 billion in tax breaks for wealthy americans. americans should breathe a sigh of relief that trump care will not become the law. we are happy that it is gone. we can finally move on. and as i said many times, we democrats provided our republican colleagues drop in place and stop undermining the aca. we are willing to work with our republican friends to improve the existing law. no one ever said the affordable care act was perfect. we have ideas to improve it. hopefully our colleagues on the republican side do as well. i went to, the aca is no longer
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undermined by the administration.we can sit down and talk that. but unfortunately, the administration has already several things. that undermine the law and hurt the people. during the final weeks of open enrollment, the trump administration discontinued the public advertising campaigns that encourage people to sign up for insurance. the administration is working behind the scenes to give insurers ability. to offer americans less coverage through the health care that they need. and that the president. directing agencies to facilitate the repeal and replacement of aca.and destabilize the marketplace. now that that is off the table the president should resend the executive order. today, i am hurting the president and his entire
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administration to immediately cease all efforts to undermine the aca. people's lives are at stake. the president should not hope that the healthcare system for tens of millions explodes. he should not want premiums to go off on his watch. he should not hope that the americans lose treatment. for opioid addiction on his watch. this is wrong and in two ways. first and foremost is wrong because it hurts people. the president must be a leader. it is not leadership for the press to hurt people. and work for mine our nation's healthcare system simply because he's angry. that he did not get his way on repealing the aca. that is not presidential. that is petulance. and secondly, this approach will not work politically. donald trump is no longer an he is president. the american people are looking to him to help solve their
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problems. if he does not, it will hurt him and his party. pointing the finger of blame is not going to solve anyone's problems. that strategy is not only bad for the american people and beneath the presidency, it will backfire politically. he is in charge. people want him to make their lives better.not make them worse because of some political anger organ data. now i know many of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle do care about fixing the nation's healthcare problems. we are ready with bipartisan way. with first repeal must be taken off of the table and the president must stop hurting citizens by undermining the affordable healthcare act. and now that the jig is up in
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healthcare, our republican friends have signaled that they will turn to taxes. i hope they have learned the lessons of trump care. one of the reasons that trump care felt so spectacularly was because republicans try to rush and ram it through via a reconciliation process. even though it was deeply unpopular with the public. the lester holt showed only 70 percent of americans supported trump care. it means a large number of top supporters were even opposed. why was it so unpopular? probably because trump care would've given the wealthiest among us in monster tax cut while hammering older americans and the middle class with higher costs for less care. so i would say to my friends on the other side of the aisle, if you try to pass a republican tax plan, using the same reconciliation method in order to get a huge tax break for the
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wealthy, and already profitable corporations, it will fail. the american people are not crying out for tax rates on the wealthiest americans. god bless the wealthy. they are doing just fine without the tax breaks. but thus far, it seems our republican policies are headed in that direction. even though the president campaigned to the populace, his administration has been all hard right pro-corporate, pro-special interest. totally against the working people. the president and republicans in congress continue in that direction, proposing policies that shift burdens off the wealthy and powerful, and not aim to help the middle class and working families, their efforts will continue to fail. and it will return tax reform into a partisan issue. the white house says tax reform
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is not partisan. but it surely will be if they only propose massive tax cuts for the wealthy. and my prediction, if republicans go down that road, the republican tax scheme will meet the same fate as the trump care. i hope they will not go down that road. i hope they will not.thank you mr. president. i yield the floor. note the absence of a quorum. >> c-span's washington journal live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up tuesday morning, economist -- will frame the upcoming congressional debate on tax reform and examine democratic republican and bipartisan proposals. then north carolina republican congressman walter jones. and california democratic congressman john -- will join us to discuss the bill that
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cosponsored phone for complete withdrawal of us troops from afghanistan. they sure to see spans washington journal live at 7:00 a.m. eastern tuesday morning. join the discussion. >> see spans voices from the road. we recently visited 17 historically black colleges and universities. asking students what issue would you like congress or the administration to address in the first 100 days? >> hello, my name is my and i'm a student here north carolina university. in the first hundred days in office i would like for the president to grasp understanding and that although we did not vote for him we are under him and i would also like you to work on building and maintaining their relationship with other countries that we developed over the years as our commander-in-chief.thank you. >> i'm a senior here. i would like to see the president and administration to
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take care of us, education. i would also like to see in the first 100 days better medicare and -- [inaudible] >> i'm a senior and a graphic design major. in the first 100 days of the presidency of bethlehem in congress to address the issues with federal funding towards women services. because that affects people of myself and other middle-class people. >> hi, my name is michael. i am a junior here. for the first 100 days, i believe that donald trump should improve the immigration policy.i mean for one, the muslim band is, i do not agree with the muslim band. because for one i have a friend who is muslim and plus not a
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terrorist. and as far as the wall, i do think that will work either. i think illegal immigration is an issue but building a wall will not help. >> my name is -- i am a communications major. i message is to the president. i know a lot of president or a lot of candidates make a lot of promises when running for president. but i would actually like into lower the rate -- >> voices from the road on c-span. >> next, the confirmation hearing for the nominee for securities and exchange commission chair. mr. clayton is a well-suited connie who has recent -- he is question on his wall street experience and his use

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