tv House Speaker Calls Democratic Proposal to Link Debt Hike to Harvey Aid... CSPAN September 6, 2017 1:44pm-2:01pm EDT
secretary mattis and others about north korea and the administration south asia's rat achieve. live coverage of the senate when they returned at about 2:15 eastern here on c-span2. >> house speaker paul graham says lawmakers will remain in washington until emergency funding for hurricane harvey pitt ends is approved. the house passed its version this morning that will be
sending it to the senate this afternoon. speaker wright spoke today to reporters for about 15 minutes. this >> as we returned to continue our work on the issues affect and people all across this country at the top of the list is the devastation that was experienced in texas and louisiana with hurricane harvey and that is what we will be considering first ring this morning, the disaster aid package is really a focus on ensuring that we are there to help with recovery, hop restoring communities. it is hard for a lot of us to imagine what people are going through, but there's so many stories of courage and sacrifice that remind us at the end of the day we are all americans and it's great to see people pulled together to help one another during this time. i wanted to highlight some of the volunteers. a big thank you to the first responders. i was just so heartwarming to
hear about the stories like after marjorie murray who heard on a makeshift walkie-talkie that there were people who needed help and got out in his boat and rescued hundreds in the texas and louisiana portion. my roommate was from texas. by college russian roommate was from houston. i reached out to her and she was fine, but her sister lost her home. everyone has stories. that is why we must all step up. i'm pleased to have representative john culberson with us this morning. his district has been impact did. one of the hardest hit. he's also on the appropriations subcommittee in leading the charge on the eight package. we'll be hearing more from the entire texas delegation later today in a bipartisan support of the legislation that's going to pass what is needed in taxes than we are moving forward to fulfill president trump's request at this time is and are
partners in the senate to get the aid that is needed right away. representative culberson. >> thank you, kathy. help is on the way to be discovered in texas and louisiana induce a thank you to all the first responders, to save thank you to our president who personally donated $1 million of his own money to help the people of texas and louisiana, just a thank you or leadership, thank you for bringing this bill to the floor so quickly. we spent time together over the flood ravaged area and we are so grateful, all of us in texas and louisiana were the immediate response to the congress can immediate response for the american people. we are today going to pass legislation in the house that will provide an immediate cash infusion to help the big guns recover, to help them with hotel expenses and all the other things they did not anticipate two, three weeks ago. lasser transformed and at a
moment the scale of flooding is unimaginable. my family has lost everything. my brother lost his home. they've been utterly destroyed. the entire city -- 70% of houston was underwater. orange importer if there was underwater at some point. the rain just wouldn't stop. i spent all last week in neighborhoods helping rescue people, votes, trucks and leaders to pull people out of homes and scale of the tragedy is unimaginable, but in the midst of all of this suffering, it really reflects the american or how people from all over the country stepped up to help houstonians recover from this. neighborhoods on saturday met a team of four guys from florida who simply got in their car and drove the boat to houston to help pull people out. a guy from michigan was out in the neighborhood. we had during the mid-to the storm on the second day when it was just catastrophic flooding,
i got a phone call from louisiana who said that you should maybe wants to come help you stand. i didn't know there was such a thing. 110 trucks spontaneously got together pull in 100 votes with thousands of meals of jambalaya, red reads and writes, diapers, radios. help is on the way. help is on the way, america. congress knows it's an emergency. there are no democrats. there were no republicans. there are no party divisions. we are all americans today to make sure the people who suffer the most get the help the quickest and we are deeply, deeply grateful to all of the people of america who stepped up to help us in thankful for the leadership in congress working together arm in arm regardless of party to help us recover from this disaster storm. thank you very much. >> i first want to start by saying our thoughts and prayers
are with his family for those who are lost in a storm. congressman cole person has done a lot of work as an appropriator to bring this bill package forward. but on a personal level i watched him as i traveled the last few days in southeast texas, constantly personally working to save people from being on the bow, coordinating with the mayor, coordinating with the coast guard, saving people, but also saving animals. as they've gone through the first stage, we now move into the second stage. those three days that i went through a path. i watched small town water tower, the four big steel beams that held it out. this is where the windows first came in, tristan x load. community without water. i go to the command center to find out the others would get
flooded and have to leak and have to leak. the mayor having been on the job for a year, had business is down. his home as her, but he hasn't left the job. in belmont, one of our last stop was senator courted and here we are this water system for the whole city shut down with a small business building these pumps to ship them and say no use if they are and they had to actually be able to save it. and i think in belmont, the mayor said ask. as the downpour began, the out pouring of kindness started and overtook everything else. we know texas will be able to come back. we have subbed for him the way hitting florida. we need to do our jobs or this is the time for leadership needs to rise up with everybody in the house and senate. we will move the bill today in a
short hour, send it over. the technology helps save a lot of lives. clover scent will show you he has an you he hasn't got the neighbors were you connect with each other next-door or you are able to save each other. snapchat with your friends to see if they are hurt or not. technology has helped us provide more resources. the iphone has only been around for 10 years in 2005, so we are seeing the need to help sooner because the resources can get out faster. that is why it's important we move as fast as we do and i am hopeful in the senate he will do it as well. i told
the members in the conference today that we will stay until we get this job done. >> you know, i want to thank our colleagues in texas and the delegation, republicans and democrats for their leadership. it's been something to watch, really impressive. when this all started to evolve, they were reaching out to
express the situation. 52 inches of rain is something we've never seen before. and so they made it clear to us just how vast this problem once. as soon as they finished here, the house will take action on a storm. we will not leave until this is done. nothing can really capture how big and wide the devastation is. you hear a lot of numbers. tens of thousands of people in shelters. hundreds of thousands of homes damaged. nothing can really capture this. when we look -- when you turn on the tv in america today, you look at all the pictures all, the bitterness, rioting and all the rest of it. you begin to wonder whether or not our civil society is holding together. this hurricane shows that it is. this is very, very civil.
the various churches and schools and we want to fill up one semi trailer in houston texas. when we have collected stuff that her kids schools, we didn't fill one semi trailer. we filled mine. that's just in wisconsin. getting a down to houston. in this country, citizens when they see other citizens in need, they step up and answer the call. it is something we should take stock and encouragement from. we, the government have a responsibility as well. technology is a good thing in helping us but what is also doing is moving.
we will make sure the responses they are. we've got another hurricane right now, hurricane irma headed to our shores and its critical react immediately. we need to team up with our first responders. we have really encouraged and heartened by the people grabbing the boats in rescuing their citizens. people all around america sending aid in with one more hurricane, all 185-mile per hour winds, those people are in our thoughts and prayers. it is really important we take stock of the fact that civil society as well and how light on display helping each other and respond to the needs of the people who faces unprecedented that is a shame. any questions?
[inaudible] >> first, let me say president obama was montagu in the first place because he overstepped his constitutional bounds. we, the president and congress support and defend the constitution. president trump is right in its constitution. he gave us time to work out a consensus, find a compromise because these kids for the most part don't know any other home in the united states. they give us the time they need to find a compromise. that is what was then the next months figuring out where the compromise is. i think it is totally reasonable and appropriate that when you take a look at the daca dilemma, this is in large part tends from
the fact that it is a symptom of a larger problem in the larger problem is that we do not have control of our borders. and so, it is only reasonable and fitting that we also address the root cause of the problem, which is borders that are not sufficiently controlled while we address this very real and human problem right in front of us. it's perfectly reasonable that the second part of your question. we would not have the support of president trump because we are going to work with the president on how to do this legislation and if we have legislation coming through here that his work with and supported by the president, i'm very confident our members will support that. suzanne. [inaudible] >> i think that's a ridiculous idea. i hope they don't mean not. we've got all this devastation in texas.
another unprecedented hurricane hitting florida and they want to play politics. that will strain the aid that have occurred or about to occur and they also want to threaten to fall on our debt. it's a ridiculous and disgraceful that they want to play at this moment with some of the citizens in need to respond to hurricanes so we do not strain them. [inaudible] with the leaders you just described proposed is unworkable and could put in jeopardy the kind of hurricane risk once we need to have. many of us got the calls from the administration at omb who said fema is moving so fast we are running out of money. so we've got to make sure that we have the legal authority to go out and put money back into famous or we can respond to these hurricanes. not to mention the fact we have to start repositioning the fact
will need to find for that compromise is. as i mentioned in my opening remarks, this is a home that people know and they don't know any other country as a whole. i think there is a serious humane issue here that needs to be dealt with but it is only fitting and reasonable that we also deal with the root cause of this problem. we don't want to happen is another problem in ten years now. we need to fix the problem for these kids and these and address the problem is we don't have this in ten years. that is totally proper. i believe there is a compromise to be had here and i do believe that congress -- and will work with our members to find out where that compromise is so that we can bring resolution to this very legitimate problem. thank you.