tv House Majority Whip Steve Scalise CSPAN June 12, 2018 8:06am-8:53am EDT
>> whole book 700 about this but all just .3 things. so one is not very many members of congress, to washington with the hope to serve on the agriculture community. but there are some who really want is her on the agriculture community and the committee's tend to be stacked senators and representatives whose job it is to preserve the status quo. that's one challenge here a second challenge is that if you don't serve on the agriculture uny and you don't have a background in all of these agriculture policies or you have written a book about it like daren has, they can seem confusing and arcane and in some cases they are intentionally so. but our agricultural agricultue pretty simple. we spent about $87 $87 billiona year on food and agriculture, about 20 billion -- >> we believe this program to take you live to the headquarters of the d.c. bar association downtown washington warehouse majority whip steve
scalise will be sitting down with reporters, anna palmer and jake sherman talk about his parties policy prayers and legislative agenda. >> we are very excited for this conversation with house majority whip steve scalise. we are going to be talking about republican leadership, congressional agenda, the 2018 midterms and no shortage of news today with what's happening in north korea. >> before we get started with the program i'd like to think the d.c. bar for hosting us today in the new building. very cool. and extend a special thank you to energy coalition sponsors who made this even possible. members of the coalition are featured on the screen. here just a few words on behalf of the coalition, the president and ceo of electric power supply association. [applause] >> good morning, everyone, thank you to come in for today's interview with house majority whip steve scalise. were delighted that you can join us
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thanks, john and thanks again to the energy coalition for making this conversation possible. before we start i'd like to remind everybody that you can tweet me at hashtag playbook interview. i will do my best with my limited technological capabilities or ability frankly to track them on stage. without further delay please join us in welcoming house majority whip steve scalise. [applause] >> are all right. thank you so much. appriate it. >> thank you, sir. it's no coincidence that those are purple, correct? purple to go with a little gold on the back. >> if you haven't seen behind the scenes, mr. scalise right after he came back from recovery was zipping around the capital in a louisiana state themed scooter which i i imagine was custom-made for you and us and i
could go get at -- >> it played i of the tiger if you pressed the horn. i gave that up. every time the scooter. i'm walking on crutches but will put that in the annals of the archives. >> that should go to a museum somewhere, luckily. let's obviously talk about, first of all i want to mention yesterday came up mrs. gleason is writing a book, back in in e game which comes out november 13, a week after election day, and it's 304 304 pages. we had the same book agent so we have not written 304 pages. >> you've got to catch up, jake. >> let's talk about breaking news which is north korea, the president in merge string beans with kim jong-un this morning, or this morning in d.c. and republican for years, almost a decade, you said the president should be coddling dictators and cutting unverifiable nuclear deals. what makes this different?
>> i think the fact that you have a negotiation and relationship with one of the nuclear countries in the world that we want to see denuclearized. clearly with north korea and iran, they are both countries that are think most of our allies around the world would prefer to see them get denuclearized but the united states never got engaged under the front. frankly on a rant went the wrong direction with the deal but now president trump is trying to reverse. but on north korea to finally start getting our a relationsho get an agreement, and look,, there's reports coming out that north korea agreed that they would actually stop doing some missile engine test. that would be a positive step but of north korean kim jong-un say he commits to denuclearized. that can afford stepper now let's go and follow through on it. >> what are your concerns? >> the concerns are they been able to build up this arsenal for years, running tests that threaten south korea, that threaten japan, threatening the
united states. so you saw that saber rattling go on for more than a decade and finally we see the chance to have that reversed. >> how important is it that congress has a a say in what happens with north korea? >> if there is a new agreement the president hasndicated he would likely come back to conversation cody and a port in step. one of the many criticisms of their radio was the president obama never brought it to the congress and that it wasn't a formal treaty. and so the president, president trump is able to reverse it. ent said if he will stop what called wargames on the korean peninsula and around the korean peninsula which means electric training exercises with the south koreans and things have been going on for many years. what are your feelings on that having been run house republicans and republic is on hill for a long time? seems like some people might be worried about, the complete stop of those activities?
>> i think the military presence in south korea is still going to be maintained. in fact, i was one of the thing speeding he says he wants to bring criminal. >> he says he wants to bring though but he will not bring home until he gets a true verifiable denuclearization. so as long as you've got the troops the think what they're talking about, these workings are actual attempts or training exercises to invade north korea. i don't think anybody is expecting innovation of north korea at the military presence remains. again these are all agreements based on north korea moving towardhe nucar rising. and if they don't the novice or these other things can continue. >> let's shift gears a little bit. one of the big issues on your plate is immigration reform. right now there's been a very dramatic effort to say the least over the last couple of weeks regarding daca, republicans have moved on immigration vote. so for two and 50 lawmakers signed a a petition to force a vote. you and your beliefs have been frantically undefined way to
stop that effort. what's the latest? >> first of all, i do want is a discharge petition and given work acty wit the rest of our leadership to stop it but we've also been having very productive meetings with a wide range of our members. if you look at our conference just a mantra focus and ask him immigration is probably been one of the most divisive issues, meaning that we have a lot of i think that the right approach to secure the border to fund the wall, to address of the loopholes and that to solve the daca problem but clarissa members money of the site at that issue especially relates to daca. we've been having kind of a cross-section of all of those numbers in because of the last few weeks in making a lot of headway. i think that what is been productive that we're trying to get to an agreement on a bill that we can bring forward they can get 218 votes. we are not there yet but think movg a lot closer. in exchange we would make sure there would be no discharge petition. >> your odds are that there's
not a discharge position? >> wasn't enough they get it, i don't think you'll get it discharge position. you just saw dennis ross come out saying he won't sign it discharge petition to i talked to his will of the members of our leadership team talked to denis about his concerns and to think it was important he and others that we've spoken to that were going to sign the ultimate didn't sign the discharge petition. >> you are confident that what happened tonight sounds like. >> i'm very hopeful that won't happen tonight. the more, the bigger issue is the very productive talks that are going on to try to get an agreemen amongst republicans on how to solve this problem. that was greeted by barack obama. remember barack obama is one of said to america illegal can bring your kids to america illegally. we will not try to solve the problem. we will just look the other with and that someone else fix it. now we tried to fix it. >> one of the discharge position which is way to go around leadership to circumvent what members my css in aion by the
leadership would basically allow a vote on the dream act. on the house floor. something that you guys have your leadership has publicly talked about wanting to avoid, wanted to stay away from. talk about that and talk about what you think the electoral impacts would be if a republican house, under republican house entry that got done. >> i think be devastating because number one it threatens national security. it doesn't secure the border. what we want to do is get a real agreement that secures the border. if you go back to 1986, a lot o people harken back to the last big immigration agreement there was a 1986 they give amnesty with the promise of border security and the poor security never came. would like to get the board screwed up front. there seem to be brought to agree what we should secure the border. the minor conduit? been address these other problems. a lot of the loopholes that are out there, that the wide
agreement on, a good example is homeland security secretary nielsen has talked about this. if someone comes to america illegally and commits a felony, in america, serves the time, when they get out of jail dipping on which country therefrom, if she wants to send it back to the country just to call and get an agreement that the country, hey, i have a fellow who just prison, we take them back was surprisingly the answer is usually know no so ho stay in the united states. that's a ridiculous policy. why do we fix that? where working on fixing those problems. >> one of the issues that's been caught up in this immigration debate has nothing to do with sense off you can move forward on that, what is your timing, have been working with mr. meadows and some of these other conservatives the block at the farm bill from passing? >> the farm bill itself wasn't what the problem was and clearview farm bill got pulled into the immigration debate. the farm bill is good policy and especily weut some new work
requirements in place, especially when you look at the way the economy is growing. more and more companies, "wall street journal" last week reported more job openings today and are people looking for jobs. that's a great remarkable success story but at the same time why are we paying people are able-bodied not to work when there are companies that are looking to hire? the work requirements in the farm bill are really important for the economy. president trump wants that. let's get the farm bill passed direct work through the immigration issues first thing we will get there soon. >> do you think before the election you will bring up the farm the. >> was yes. >> we are now, it's june 12 so we're just under five months from election to two countries as you see today knowing the political climate which is jobless rates that are almost at historical lows, economy is taking pretty well. stock market is up. what do you think congress need to do besides no harm between,, for republicans between now and
election day? what do you think helps your chances? >> continued to follow through on a policy that country. include the tax cuts and job act has worked even more effectively and? quickly and everybody w th benef aecng segment o society. african-american and apartment at its all-time low in the history of our country. hispanic unemployment at its all-time low. everybody is benefiting from this. i agree, let's not do any harm. we actually gone back and double down and do a tax cuts 2.0, make the temporary taxes permanent because of sene rules a number of individual tax cuts had to be temporary while some other texans were permanent. let's think all of them permanent, put more certainty in the marketplace. we will bring that build later on this year. >> when will we see that bill? >> before the election will bring the bill. chairman brady and his committee are working on it now and that something that i think will be another healthy steps to secure the economic growth were having.
the regulation point we were close with president trump to reverse a lot of the radical regulations that had nothing to do with health and safety of people. it was just try to carry out an agenda that was coming jobs in america. we are bringing those jobs back. let's keep locking that in. we passed 16 different ghost reverse obama in a regulations and reverse them permanently in law. those are the kinds of things will continue working on, getting a farmil that puts work for from the place. that would be important. wi continued to pass bills on the ogaden crisis. one of the big crises working across our country, every commute has been touched by the opioid cris. we have a number of bills, we'll continue to pass on the house floor and hopefully all the way to the president's desk to address that crisis. >> speaking of do no harm us talk about the president and terrace and the children relationship would sing with some of her closest alice. a lot of people in the midwest, a lot of republican members on how slow and there's concern
that if this is not fixed it would be a major problem for 2018. what you see happening? are you trying to do any back channeling on tariffs? >> i strongly believe in free trade, include a book is on with is fair trade. we see that, china is a classic example of countries that go around rules that dump products and it creates of the problems that the workplace in the world. some of her allies and the world, the president is trying to renegotiate, nafta comforts at least talking with mexico and canada. with canada, look, but il estimate candid got a really good deal out of the last agreement and, frankly, there are a lot of barriers to entry into canada. united states and candid have had a close relationship be yet they still have a lot of barriers to entry. derry is a classic example of an industry that is hurt between the united states and canada agreed president trump want to get a better deal for america. of think that's a bad thing.
negotiations sometimes people talk a little heated but at the end of the day if what results, what the result is a better deal for america and that's a good thing. >> what was your reaction when you saw some of his imagesnd those stories from the g7 with the president talking tough to kind of the core base american allies in western europe and north america? >> there was some back and forth. both sides had said speedy burning down the widest thing that candidate. >> there might be some residual but in the end i don't think there's going to be any kind of invasion of any of our allies. when you talk to her allies, they are more receptive than happy that the united states stand up for our allies against some of her and fisheries. you didn't see that in the last eight years. these talks when you are in negotiations going on, everybody is trying to get leverage some people get a little heated. what the end result is should be our main concern at a think that this all ends with better deals
for america, that's a better deal for our allies because if canada got a much better to in the last agreement is created animosity in industries like agriculture and dairy industry and it shouldn't be that resentment. let's go in fixed that. >> you expressed some skepticism about what the president is on russia and rejoining the g7, you were not sure they should be read admitted. what is your take on the trunk russian policy? >> first of all i think he's been at least willing to stand up for america when it comes to the aggressive nature of russia trying to m into eastern europe. energy policy gets a lot less credit than it should for helping our allies. geopolitically were able to use energy now to our friends around the world. with liquefied natural gas, a lot of you think switching to become energy dominant. ryan zinke uses that term. president trump is made that possible with good solid energy policies.
let's continue to our friends and stand up to russia, stand up to a random stand up to north korea and these agreements that you are seeing i think are helping advance that. >> but should russia be readmitted to the g7? >> let them on the way back in but at the same time what it think what he thinks he might've doing is trying to help get a little bit more leverage in these other negotiations. >> talk about how energy policy pertains to you guys in the house, gas prices are on the rise across the country. i'm wondering, democrats are blasting you for this, going into summer driving season. people going on vacations. what do you think the political impact of that is? >> i guess the same democrats will vote for energy policy that allows us to -- more stabilizede prices you will see when that vote comes. counting those. >> i would that either. >> at the end of the day speediest good reporting on your side. in his prices are cyclical
special until he got gas prices in the summer. people are driving, going on vacation. by the way because of the health economy people are able to go on vacation that there were not able to take over the last ten years. so that's a good thing the people are able to get a rep and travel and spend more time with their families. but you see gas prices go up and down again through cyclical times like summer. and eventually they will settle back down but what's important is this is going to increase more energy exploration. and production in america. so we will not have to be buying as much gas from our enemies around the world. let's produce our own and the excess because were we lifted n on oil exports, we will be able to send more of that around the world. that creates more american jobs and like us to geopolitically it helps her allies around the world. >> does that mean we get a vacation? >> i'm ready. >> talk to politico. >> exactly. >> you think a today the election is not today but it were today you guys would keep the majority? >> i think we will keep the
majority. it's for a lot of reasons but the economy is one of the biggest if the fact that nancy pelosi is out there number one saying she would run for speaker but saying what she would you as speaker. the first thing she said she would do is raise your taxes. >> at a political ent. >> like this. let me make breaking news by saying we will not let her become speakernd raise your taxes. we'll keep taxes low. we want to make these tax cuts permanent because he been so effective at helping our economy and helping rebuild our middle class that had evaporated over the last two years. >> i want to shift gears a little bit. this is your first public event will be said we would talk about the shooting. it was about a year ago speedy a year ago almost to the day. >> what's change in your daily life since then? >> you know, look, it's but a lot more focus to be on the things that are important in my life, and first is my family. myily was always important to me, but just being able to
spin that quality time and appreciate that quality time with my family has been really important, and they've been with mevery step of the way. jennifer came to the hospital with the kids the day the shooting. but then to beble to get back into the job i love that i really did love doing my job serving southeastern louisia in congress. serving as majority whip and leadership and to be able to have the ability to come back. there were days when i wasn't sure especially those first few days in and out of surgeries and fighting f my life, did know what i would be able to do, did know if i be able to walk again let alone get back to work. and i'm able to do both and thank god. >> did you ever think maybe it's time to hang up the lac congress aoething different. >> was people think if they don't get the job. >> when i see my colleagues that announced the retirement they seem to some more and more every day. i don't want to see you, you're making other people think about it. obviously there's life after congress but for whatever brief moment in time we get to do these jobs.
it's an honor to be able to represent people throughout the country and called us to a co,000 people. there are there are few members of congress in history of our country than are people who played in the nfl or played a major league baseball. it's hard to get these jobs. we fight for these jobs and ultimately we won't have these jobs at some point. the time you have, make every minute counts. workers aren't you can tell, the thing that you came to to do. i don't ever wake up and wondered about that. i look at the capital every night and leaving, and it's a moment where you still pinch yourself if you don't have the feeling come you don't feel those goosebumps when you look at the light, the dome lit up, you should leave. i love doing this job and would be a day when i don't get to do it so while i'm here i want to make every minute counts. >> i often say about you and some other people he shared an affliction about loving congress which is a tough -- >> i i love the country and the opportunity that you keeping a
member of congress to change the directn of the country. for a lot of them off in the wrong direction. we still have a lot of big things to fix a just what we've been able to do working with this president we've achieved some really big things and you're seein the result of it by saying an economy take off again. for ages witless and 2% % econoc growth. every single quarter for eight years. people came to expect that was the norm. that was as good as we could do thatever believed that. .. >> republicans were pretty well in the dumps. you guys had pretty-- you were a big minority and the hoe which only deepened later that year to the presidency,
politics are wild swings of the pendulum. >> i've seen the swings. pendulum, it was as low as it could get especially after barack obama was sworn in as president. i'd just got on the energy committee. henry waxman was the chairman and obamacare, i was there for the debates. >> cap and trade. >> and cap and trade. and i did get five minutes to question him and that goes by quickly, but you get to confront a lot of those differences, but at the same time they were moving their agenda through very rapidly a i think it helped wreck the economy, but you could see the damage that it was going to do. i still have my original version of obamacare in my district office back in new orleans and little notes that i would flag, this is going to hurt this part of the economy, this is going to make health care worse and more expensive and all of those things happened. we have a chance to reverse a lot of that. >> can i ask you back to the
shooting for a second? we've heard a lot about your recovery and seen footage on 60 minutes. could you talk about the days after the shooting where you weren't sure, i'm sorry, if there's a spoiler a lert for the book, but talk about the days that are touch and go. >> the first three days i was unconscious, in and out of major surgeries, especially the first two days. my doctors weren't sure that i was going to make. you could take a bear with that bullet. i was amazed i was alive. of ked my trauma surgeon a fully recovered and focused on the recovery which kept me in the hospital another two months and i said, how bad was it. he said steve, the first day there were two different times, we didn't think you were going
to make it and he told me why and it was that kind of unsure and uncertainty whether i was going to make it through. and my wife was going through that as well. and those were dark days, look, a lot of prayers went around the country and i is it ill thank people for the prayers because it helped us get through the dark days. >> give us an update on your health and you recently had a pretty good surgery. how are you feeling? do you have more surgeries in the steps of recovery? >> i've had the last of my planned surgeries. >> how many surgeries has that been? >> i've had nine different surgeries from the beginning of this and the last surgery was very successful and, again, i give great praise for my surgeons. >> they've put me through the wringer and i put them through the wringers. and people wonder about military injuries. and some of the advancements in
science is men and women in afghanistan, and traumatic accidents that would have taken the lives of soldiers in previous wars, in vietnam, today they're able to live and science has advanced and those advancements help everybody in every hospital in this country. i've been blessed to benefit from the advancements of science. i came to the hospital with a sear he 0 blood pressure. anybody will tell you you don't make ithrou t and somehow i did, and so, you know, all of these surgeries have helped get thee through all of of those different challenges and now i can just focus on recovery. >> what was it like that first time walking back onto the house floor? >> oh, my gosh, nothing like it. one of the few moments in my life,bth of my kids and my marriage, things you'll always remember. there were days, i wasn't sure
i would be able to do that. to walk on the house floor with my crutches, a limited amount of time, space i could walk, but able to get back on the floo >> that day-- >> i was able to make it to the podium and share with my colleagues a lot of the things that i had been through and how they and others helped me get through it. so it was an incredibly special moment to feel that support and welcomed back like that. >> i remember, there was so much bipartisanship and demoats and republicans coming up to you and feeling maybe this would be the turning point in washington. people coming together. that kind of quickly eroded. >> we should ha known better. >> there were fleeting moments and we'll get some of those back. you know, look, there are some real big partisan divides in this country and you can look at the election and see we're a divided country and the house even more than the senate is a true reflection. divisions within our country so it shouldn't be any surprise condition within the house there are divisions on big
issues like on taxes, on health care, like on some other issues where we disagree, but the lion's share are bipartisan. but they don't get much attention, they're not as sexy. and like on opioids, major the law that was bipartisan, but it gets no attention. there are food fights and people like to focus on the food fights. and the congressional baseball game, and republicans a going to win this year, but-- . [laughter] >> i don't know if it's-- we lost last year when i didn't play and i told senator bridgeman that and i'm cominba if they need me to run the bases, they're in trouble. >> and one of the issues there hasn't been agreement on gun
control legislation. i think that some people are surprised your position hasn't changed much. talk about where you stand on guns, you've been impacted the way most of us haven't. >> i was a strong supporter of the second amendment before the shooting and frankly as ardent as ever in part because i was saved by people who had guns. david bailey and crystal greiner did an unbelievable job, a heroic job carrying out their duties the way they were trained to do and they not only saved my life, but others, there were a dozen members of congress and staffers that would have been shot, but they were saved my law enforcement. you shouldn't take the rights of law abiding citizens because somebody breaks the law is not
the answer. >> guest: betsy devos, her study with school violence should not study guns, it was criticized on the right and left and what do you think about that? >> i think there have been attempts to study on control. that's not something that we should do, something congress debates, but at the end of the day it's a purview of congress. and that debate happens and we've been able to maintain a strong second amendment. and it's strongly under attack and people who bring various goals on gun control, a lot have said they want to go further. universal gun registration and confiscating of weapons, that's not where our country should go. >> some people believe that the mood of the nation is shifting and shifted drastically in the last five years, which is the spate of shootings. you don't feel that way. you don't feel like the nation,
like the view on gun controls is shifting across the country because an unusually violent last few years? >> look, whenever there is a tragedy, the first thing i do is pray and we should pray for the victims and again, the prayers in the first few days, helped me and my family get through those times where the prayers matter. but you always see this rush by the left to go and automatically call for gun control before they find out and iz, if it's a shotgun they're quiet because they're not going to bring a bill to ban shotguns. if some other weapon, you've got to do this or that, but the next shooting is going to be something else. i wish it would never happen again, but decades ago we had lots of guns readily available and you didn't have these mass shootings. there's something going on in our culture that we need to focus on.
mental health of of those of those things. we created an assistant secretary of health for mental and substance abuse, but let's get to the deeper root of the problem, that says hey if you ban this, it won't happen again. we have to recognize this is going on and it's not something that happened decades ago. let's look more at that. >> i think what you're referring to, when we travel the country, we're taught to go to a lot of red states. my question and i've asked a lot of people on the ground about this, is there a concern for republicans, they are he a going to lose an entire generation of voters when you look at students that have been impacted on this and calling for gun control. do you have any sense that next generati is not where republicans are on this issue? >> there are a lot that ultimately go into decisions, and the economy has always been the top issue for most people if you look at the last number
cycles and the fact that the economy is it doing well benefits us. the fact that people are seeing more money in their paychecks. nancy pelosi called it crumbs. that's an insult let's say the $50 a week you're getting in your paycheck or $50 a month in your paycheck she might have thought is a small amount is a big amount to a lot of families and that's a big factor when they vote when they know that pelosi wants to take the $50 away from them. when the average savings account in america is $400. that's 600 a month is a big deal. that might mean the difference between a family vacation or not and those factors also play into ultimately what happens for young people, too. and young people are benefitting the most from this economy because they were the segment hithe hardest by a weak economy. kids graduating from college and might have had $150,000 in student debt and they couldn't find a job and living in mom's basement. now people are out working and
making good money and they're seeing more in their paycheck because the tax cuts and they recognize that those are good policies that benefit me personally. >> let's go-- we only have a couple of minutes left and go to the most politico questions of them all. speaker paul ryan leaving, do you think he'll make it until november? >> i think he will, he said he wants to stay through and he's continuing to carry through on our agenda working with the president and of course on the political side raising the money it takes for the competitive districts and who has the majority. >> you said you won't challenge house minority lder kevin mccarthy. >> yes. >> do you stand by that? >> we always write stories about leadership and no one cares about reporters which we know to be demonstrably false by the members of congress that chatter about it. i wonder if you can tell us why
mccarthy would be a good speaker? >> first of all, he has a good relationship with president trump and you can see the bills he mov to e floor and i think a strong agenda through the house. and in the senate, that the biggest one house passed and the senate hasn't. to put the coalitions together to pass those forward. >> what's your relationship with the president like? he's said a lot of nice things about you publicly. could you take us behind the scene, wha it's like to work with the president? >> it's great to work with president trump and we built a strong relationship. i endorsed him in the primaries and frankly in the general election, worked very hard to try to bridge some gaps with r rublicans that weren't there yet that ultimately got on board to help us win the election because the contrast couldn't have been clearer between president trump and hillary clinton. if you faulk about working with president trump. first of all, one of the first people that come to the hospital when was there
fighting for my life the first night was president trump, and the first lady. and it was incredibly important to jennifer, my wife, who was there, not sure if her husband was going to make it through the night to have the president and first lady there to really give her some strength and support. and throughout the time in the hospital he would call me randomly. weird phobersneumn your phone, can you hold for president of the united states. he'd call and see how i was doing and checked on me and he cared about my recovery. we talk about politics and tax cuts and when i'm in meetings with the president, i've gotten to work with him a lot from moving our agenda on health care, tax cuts. he's wonderful to work with. you follow on twitter he's focused on getting our eco moving and helping our middle class and people don't see that side enough, but he's got a wa, genuine side that i've been fortunate to see and when people ask me, what is he like, that's the first thing i say because again, people don't see
that enough. >> and you talked about the people that reached out to you after the shooting. could you talk about that from the people you heard from after the-- >> yeah, it's everything inm prime minister bengal mjamin netanyahu to bono. >> bono's station in public life is interesting, but what was the conversation with him like? >> one of the first things i said because the following week after the shooting i was going to be taking my son to the u2 concert in washington d.c., and my son was going to be spending the week in washington with me and i was really looking forward to that, to asking him in washington with me. and u2. if you're healthy enough come see us in new orleans. they were playing at the silverdome. and my doctor would not get me out in time. i got out the next week. i was trying of escaping. and he is come back to d.c., but we talked a lot about.
i was a big u2 fan in college and talking about seeing u2 on the river boat in new orleans before the joshua tree album and he was laughing, he remembered, that was before the joshua tree album and you really are a fan. we talked an about a lot of things and he was warm and genuine and he went to my office the day after the concert to take pictures with my staff and sign a get well card and seeing people like that. benjamin netanyahu how his brother of course was lost in the raid in antaibi and, and it was more about me, but more about our country. because they reached out because a congress member was shot and these relationships
with our allies are so deep-rooted and important to maintain. >> talk about the election, 2018. you said trump in person is different than on twitter. how many of your colleagues will be out the stumping for him or touch and go in different spots? >> every district is different. because the president has been aggressively helping us raise the money it's going to take. each swing district is going to cost on both sides. the georgia election, when tom price's seat was held by handle. that district cost over $50 million, clearly every district won't be like that. we won, by the way, but remember, it shows you how expensive some of these battles can be. the fact that he's helping us raise the money is critically important and each member knows what's ahead of him. unlike 2010 when we took the house back, there were a lot of democrats who didn't think they had a race until maybe a week
before the election and then they lost. our members in those swing districts, even if you're beyond the swing district, they know that you better be ready to cycle for what's coming and we have the ability with our momentum and what's happened in the economy, to hold those seats and then there's some other way, some seats we don't hold and we think they're going to win back and flip. >> is there any chance you run for governor of louisiana. >> no. >> no no. >> are you going to run? >> i'm not a resident of louisiana, but i would consider it >> there might be time for you to move there, jake. the best food in the world is in new orleans. we lost grace, and pay tribute to her. >> 92, i think. >> the legacy of commander's all the great restaurants in new orleans many have a tie back-- >> emerald legasse. >> and the chefs that worked under him. >> we're out of time and we
have one more quick story. i went with mr. scalise to an oil rig off the shore of louisiana in 2014. >> you made it through. >> i made it thugh, b i hope at some point i looked around and i was on an oil rig, 250 miles in the middle of the gulf of mexico with michele bachmann and mark sanford and i survived that. and i could survive anything. i've got a party switch card if you want to join in. >>hat great-- >> well, thank you, mr. scalise. >> i appreciate it. thank you to the energy coalition making this possible and thank you all for watching the live stream and we will see you at our next event. thanks. [applause] [inaudible conversations]
amendments to a 716 billion dollars defense programs measure for 2019. live gavel to gavel coverage when they return here on c-span2. on c-span 3, health and human services secretary alex cesar testifies on president trump's prescription drug pricing plan before the health labor committee. at 10 a.m. eastern live on c-span 3. >> and an important issue to me in the state of utah is our use of water, being a desert state, we really need to focus on how we use our water and with some of the drier winters we've had, it's been really important to me to focus on conserving water and passing legislation that helps conserve water. i live in salt lake city, utah and one of the most important issue for us is an air quality. we live in a basin and what we need to do is more public
transportation so that we can reduce emissions. >> an important issue to me is wage equality. there's lots of jobs out there, but they're always part-time. i've actually been getting part-time jobs, but wage is low and they keep you at part-time. i was a manager for eight years, and they're always keeping wages low. i've been full-time, but i see that wages for the wealthier are continuing increasing, increasing, but most of us at the bottom are low and being a college graduate now in a week, i will n be going into the job market where there's not a lot of jobs for me and the congress just doesn't seem to care about that. >> i'm a library here at salt lake community college library and an important issue for the state of utah is
overpopulation. i feel like overpopulation is the root cause of many of our societal problems. i don't know that there are easy solutions to the problems, but i do feel like that is probably the most important issue facing our state, as well as our city on a global scale, all of that. >> voices from the states. part of c-span's 50 capitals tour and our stop in salt lake city, utah. >> following the g7 summit offer the weekend. prime minister theresa may addressed the house of commons and took questions from members many focusing on president trump's recent imposition of tariffs on aluminum and steel as well as his suggestion that russia be invited back to the nations after his 2014