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talk about articles of impeachment and a republican congressman -- will be us to talk about the rising military tensions with north korea over the nuclear weapons program. and where live in tallahassee, florida for the next stop on the 50 capital store with the florida house speaker. we will discuss sexual misconduct and update on the impact of hurricane irma. this is live seven eastern on wednesday morning. join the discussion. tonight on c-span2. senate leaders discuss the congressional agenda for the rest of the year. then, politico hosts a women's leadership conference. later, senate debate over tax reform. following party meetings at the capital, senate leaders talk about their agenda for the next
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few weeks. including federal spending, tax reform and negotiations over the daca program. if he is with senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. >> good afternoon everyone. this week on the florida senate will be going through the process of going to conference on tax reform. as you already know, nancy pelosi and chuck schumer, ron and i have a president on the way forward on the spending issue. what we anticipate is a two week cr and december 22 which should give us room to talk
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about a larger understanding about how we are going to come over the b and other provisions that will be part of the year and spending measure. that is the agenda for us for the weekend with that i will go to senator cornyn. >> i know our democratic colleagues have been talking about their desire to find a solution for the recipients of daca. deferred action for childhood arrivals. we have indicated to them led by the judiciary committee this simply does not advance the interest of these daca recipients to try and force this into a shotgun narrative. and jeopardize the national security and other governmental functions in order to help these young adults. we are certainly willing to get into these good-faith negotiations. but they do not belong in the
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end of the year spending appropriations debate. and i hope our colleagues on the other side of the aisle will take our word for it as demonstrated by our good faith in making an offer to them. we do want to resolve this but it is not going to be before the end of this year. there is no negative action that occurs for any daca recipients. we can work this out if they're willing to meet us halfway and willing to have good faith. >> the leaders said that we are hoping to get tax reform across the finish line soon. and working with the house colleagues to make that happen. the thing that is really neat about this issue is that you think about america is always a place of opportunity. it has always been a place where people come to build a better life. many of us had ancestors that came here for that reason. unfortunately, in recent years,
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getting ahead in america has been replaced by just getting by. we have seen sluggish growth and anemic economy, jobs, good paying jobs have not been created in the economy. as a result losing wages that have been flat for long periods of time. we believe that our tax reform bill starts towards a path of changing that. we doubled the standard deduction who we doubled the child tax credit. the lower rates. deliver meaningful tax relief to middle income families in the country. you have heard is use this a lot on the floor last week but if you are in average family, a family of four with a combined annual income of that $73,000 you get a $2200 tax credit which represents 50 percent savings over current law for that family. with the investment we are making in changing the tax code with respect to businesses, businesses will be able to invest and expand their operations. what that means is that you will get higher paying jobs and
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higher wages for people in this country. we have seen a lot of analysis done on that that suggest anywhere from 3500 to $4000 a year annually. for people, a household in terms of additional wages. that is what this is really about. making our businesses more competitive so they can get out and compete in the global economy. create better paying jobs, create higher wages for american workers and to deliver much-needed tax relief for middle income families in this country. we are looking forward to getting across the finish line and put it on the presidents desk. it will be a real victory for the american people. >> last wednesday we had a media event with several small business people. people involved in bigger businesses like the guy who was there he runs a home depot or the person that runs the families salvage business and somebody made the observation there. one of those people representing their family and
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their business. if you had a less complicated tax code, for one, he could spend more time doing business and less time figuring out what the tax code things his business should be about. but then he said it means i can spend more time with my daughters, more time volunteering at church, the government can needlessly get in the way of so many things. he said it the very first, what we want to do in this tax bill is see that working families have more take-home pay and had that immediately. people in early next year are going to see the checks increase. that is when they will know for sure that what we have been saying is what is going to happen. and we also set on the other end of the tax code, wanted to be more competitive people have better jobs in the future. there is an open letter out there from 137 economists who say this tax code, both the senate model that we like it because it is the senate model but both of these tax codes according to the economist drive the economy in an
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extraordinary positive way. more opportunity, better competitors, less spending time trying to comply with technical tax code and more believing that everybody is being treated the same way in a country that admires and rewards work and opportunity. but also appreciates family and responsibility. [inaudible question] >> there has been no change of heart. i had hoped earlier that he would withdraw as a candidate. that obviously is not going to happen. if we were to be elected he would immediately have an ethics committee case. in the committee would take a look at this and give us advice. [inaudible question]
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>> the date had not been set yet. that is what we are talking about. my preference would be a two week on december 22. >> came to december 30? >> i do not think that is the best way to go forward. [inaudible question] >> yeah, look, i've made my position perfectly clear. let me say it again. i had hoped that judge roy moore would resign. in other words, withdraw from the race. that obviously is not going to happen. if he were to be elected, i think he would immediately have an issue with the ethics committee which they would take up. [inaudible question] >> you will have to talk to senator gardner. but my expectation is that they
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will not get involved. [inaudible question] >> my understanding is based on a 1969 supreme court decision, we would have no option but to swear him in. because apparently, the supreme court held that the only criteria are, deeming the constitutional standards? as a member of the senate, have already predicted what would immediately begin to unfold and we will see what happens if that happens. [inaudible question] >> i think i've pretty well covered the subject. [inaudible question] >> yeah, no. i think it's great should reflect 20 percent. we think it is important. to make sure we are competitive in the global economy. thank you.
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>> i am proud to be joined -- we just going over the various names of different people that they have called sherrod. my favorite was that which called him sherwood, and elitist. [inaudible] >> you look so much alike! thank you everybody. we hope that you enjoy the -- is not the right word? [laughter] thank you for joining us everybody. as we said yesterday, we were pleased to accept the presidents invitation to meet at the white house on thursday to discuss year end agenda. we hope that this time, unlike last week, the president will
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come to the meeting with an open mind. and be willing to work in a bipartisan way to tackle the many issues we are confronting before the end of the year. we have a lot of things to do. we need to raise the budget caps to prevent harmful cuts that would be devastating to the economy and to our military. we need to pass with the appropriations bill. part of the community health centers. ship and disaster aid. bipartisan agreement. the dream act with smart border security measures. unfortunately, just three days away from shotgun it does not seem like republicans in the house have their act together. we do not seem to have a feasible path forward. we hope that speaker ryan and leader mcconnell will be led around by the caucus good is a formula for disaster. putting funding of the federal government in the hands of the freedom caucus can only lead to
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no good, gridlock and hurt. for tens of millions of americans. we hope instead, leader mcconnell, speaker ryan will work with democrats in a bipartisan way. to keep the government open, tackle a lump to do list ahead of us. one of the most important things that we need to do in the next couple of weeks to fund the government for the remainder of the. we democrats are doing what we have done before. that is pushing for clarity between funding the military and key domestic programs that middle-class families rely on. we believe that we need both. we believe will have a very strong claim on the budget. along with raising the cap for the military. we want to raise this on domestic investments so we can fully fund efforts to combat the opioid crisis. so that we can invest in rural infrastructure around the
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country. 25 percent of rural homes do not have broadband. so we can prevent pensions of tens of millions of americans paid into month after month so they would have a good retirement and they are not sure they're going to be there. we have to prevent pension benefits from drying up for millions of americans. middle-class americans need and deserve a budget that funds the programs they rely on. we asked our republican colleagues, do our republican colleagues want to cut veterans funding for next year? do they want to cut scientific research? they want to cut funding the opioid crisis? we hope for the sake of our country that they do not. and as these negotiations move forward, we democrats hope to work with the republican colleagues in a bipartisan way to strike a fair deal. to keep the government open, fund the military, protect the middle class. senator brown. >> thank you leader schumer. right now, more than a million
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workers across this country teamsters, mine workers, ironworkers, carpenters, and many others are on the verge of facing massive cuts to their pensions. wall street squandered their pension money over the last decade. now this body, this senate, house of representatives have a responsibility to keep the promise to protect the pensions that those workers earned and to do it this year before it is too late. last week the senate had the time to pass a massive tax giveaway. it will give you more centers or companies to shut down and move overseas, get a tax break, sell products, manufacture, sell products back to the united states. they did nothing for hard-working americans that worked their whole lives to earn retirement. time is running short. saving these pensions must have been before the end of this year. this has been a partisan issue and it affects communities. my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have voiced support
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and a desire to work together to fix the pension issue. and to keep his promise. now we need to get it done. last month i stood in this building down the hall with rita lewis, the widow of butch lewis that works 40 years as a teamster. if he was here today which would tell you he did not want the 40 years to get a 40 percent cut in his pension. butch could not be here, he could not be there or be here today because he passed away far too soon after fighting for the retirement that he and his workers earned. it was my honor to name the pension bill, the butch lewis act after him. keeping our promise to tens of thousands of ohio workers and wisconsin workers and workers all over the country. hundreds of thousands across the country ought to be our number one priority before the end of the year. this is about whose side you are on. are you going to side with wall
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street and corporate ceos? or are we going to fight for workers and people who have dedicated their lives to their country as middle-class, hard-working, blue-collar workers and others and fight for the pensions. >> thank you. i am here because i believe we need to support the men and women in the military. but we also need to support the domestic side of this budget. one of the areas where we have been devastated in my state of new hampshire and across the country is in terms of the opioid epidemic. new hampshire had the second-highest number of overdose deaths in the country. percentage. and it is costing our state and the economy of the country billions and billions of dollars. if we are going to address this, we need to give states and communities the resources they need. we need to make sure that we fund the domestic side of our budgets and our negotiations. i hope our colleagues on both sides of the aisle will support
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that. support to adjust the resources we need for the opioid epidemic has been bipartisan in the past. hopefully will continue to be bipartisan and we can get a deal done that will help the people of this country. >> thank you. senator baldwin. >> those in the majority in washington need to stop the obsession with the wealthiest one percent and the big powerful corporations as they have in their test plans. and focused sharply on the challenges the people across this country face. whether it is combating the opioid crisis or keeping the promise to people who have earned their pensions. or ensuring that rural americans are not left behind. america's small town face
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serious challenges. they need support and partnership from washington. if we don't maintain the rural roads, you cannot get your goods to market. your kids to school or get to the dr. when you need to. if you do not have access to high-speed internet you cannot market or sell your product online. or use an electronic health record. you are basically left in the dust of everything that the digital age has to offer. in the budget control act, as it currently stands, rural america is being shortchanged by arbitrary funding caps that will threaten rural access to basic things like clean drinking water. high-speed internet and the opportunity to own a home. today i am proud to stand with senate democrats to call for stronger infrastructure investment in rural america.
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instead of unnecessary funding cuts that will leave rural americans behind, we want to strengthen investments in rural communities to make them vibrant and fully able to participate in today's economy. that includes rebuilding rural water infrastructure. communities can all have clean drinking water. home loans so that thousands of low income rural residents will have the chance to own a home. and enhanced access to high-speed broadband service. these are not luxuries. these are priorities. for us and for rural america. let's start working together now and get the job done. we will not leave our nations rural communities behind. doctor senator schumer. >> will take a couple because they waiting to take the class picture. [laughter] we do not think we
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will get to that. there are good negotiations occurring between democrats and republicans to come up with a good daca program as well as good border security. we think we are moving in the right direction there. [inaudible question] >> you have to ask the president. [inaudible question] >> well, we do not know what the house is going to do. but if the short-term cr gives us a little more time to do the things we are talking about now. plain and simple. last one. [inaudible question] >> absolutely. we showed the president, no games.this is every stuff. we think he learned and he invited us back this week. thank you everybody! >> c spans washington journal, live every day with news and
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issues that affect you. coming up wednesday morning, texas democratic congressman, al green will be with us to discuss his plan to bring articles of impeachment against president trump on the house floor wednesday. let a republican congressman will be with us to talk about rising military tensions with north korea over the nuclear weapons program. we are live in tallahassee, florida for the next stop on our 50 capitals to work with the florida house speaker. we will discuss sexual misconduct allegations and the florida legislature. also an update on the impact of hurricane irma on the state finances. be sure to watch c-span washington journal live at seven eastern sunday morning. join the discussion. >> by the time i came back to the district or shortly thereafter, both of my uncles were sent to prison. there were convicted of -- when a sexual assault and the other -- for a part of my childhood that i can remember, it was my mother, her two sisters, my
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grandmother and my cousins. in the house on 13th street. >> sunday night on c-span q&a, tiffany wright, senior associate at the law office of -- talking about growing up in d.c. and her time as a clerk for supreme court justice sotomayor. >> what you are looking at, if you are a viable candidate and went to a great school, he had pretty impressive people willing to speak up for you in the form of recommendation letters. you clerk for one of a small number of judges that routinely bring clerks to the court. and as a person of color particularly african-american or latino to get into that, there are so many obstacles. it is, it becomes a real problem. and i think it hurts because the perspective of a law clerk is so important.

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