tv President Meets With Republican Appropriators CSPAN June 26, 2018 6:42pm-7:28pm EDT
penalties that were initially imposed on the company earlier this year by the trump administration would remain in place so we will see if that's going anywhere or not so that will be interesting to see what they end up doing is those amendments. >> host: their concerns with immigration and the cte deal. i think democrats will vote when the final vote comes up on defense spending? >> guest: likely with the budget agreement that has really given republicans and democrats a lot of what they have wanted in this year's appropriations process so as i mentioned it passed out of committee 48-4 so m sure there'll be some democratic by and as well as there'll be some no votes but i would expect this would pass with democratic support. >> host: patrick kelley covers defense issues for "cq roll call." follow his reporting on line zika.com and on twitter at
patrick m. kelly. thanks for the update. at the white house today president trump posted republican lawmakers who serve on the house and senate appropriations committees. the president kicked off the meeting we reading a statement to the pre about the supreme court opposing the administration's travel ban. he also discussed immigration spending levels in the opioid abuse crisis. [inaudible conversations] >> thank you very much everybody you have probably all seen otherwise you wouldn't be at the top of your game the fact that today's supreme court ruling is just coming out, a tremendous success for the american people and for our constitution. this is a great victory for our constitution. we have to be tough and we have to be safe then we have to be secure. at a minimum we have to make sure that we set people coming
into the country. we know who is coming in. we know where they are coming from. we just have to know who is coming here. the ruling shows that all of the attacks from the media and the democrats, the politicians are wrong and they turned out to be very wrong and what we are looking for is republicans that can tell you strong borders, no crying. with the democrats are looking for is open borders which will bring tremendous crime. it will bring ms-13 and lots of others that we don't want to have in our country. it will bring tremendous crime. i will always be defending the sovereignty of the safety the security of the american people. that's what we are discussing today. the funding of the wall which we very much need. we started the wall expending a lot of energy and a lot of time and started in san diego and other places. it's under construction now.
we have $1.6 million but we are going to ask for an increase in the wall spending so we can finish it quicker. stops the drugs come it stops people that we don't want to have and it gives us security and safety. with that i think we might just make a quick sit around the room and talk to a couple of the folks and maybe if you want to say a couple of words about why we are here and what we are doing. >> i think with the leadership of chairman freilinghuysen and chairman shelby we are trying to get these appropriations bills to the floor and get them on your desk and not in an omnibus. the last time we had a conference report on the senate floor this would be with the house passed bill. it was 2011 so we just passed the first three bills yesterday that the house of already passed and we are doing our best to try
to get back into business in a transparent way so people can see what their government is doing. >> we are in the first quarter of the appropriations process to use a football analogy. we are doing well right now working together. i think both sides democrats and republicans realize it's in their best interest and the interest of the american people to ask on time regular appropriations bills, ring it back to regular order to avoid crises to crises and the threat of shutdowns. we are early. we are making progress. we are hoping to stay the course but you have said it several times that you were not signing a big omnibus. think it resonates with all of us and it makes sense to the american people. >> we have gotten the military taking care of. we have 700 billion for the
military in the following year $716 billion. we had the habit and everyone knew it. no one of people love so did last time would love the fact that we have more for the military than anybody that was possible. we also got $6 billion when you look at the drug problem and all the problems we are having with drugs at every level. we have $6 billion for that. the opioid epidemic and other things so that was a good thing. then we had unfortunately to do some things we did want to do. this time we are very early but we had to get our military funded. it's not only funded it's never been funded that well so we are happy about that. do you have anything to say? >> mr. president first thank you for having us. on thepproprtions bills we have two parts to our budget. one part is going through the roof and that's the entitlement
part. the part we are working on is the rate of inflation and according to the congressional budget office it's all about the rate of inflation. these are for the most part things that you and have abdicated. another thing that is good secretary perry went to oak ridge last week. we are in competition with china to see who has the number one supercomputer. things to last two bills you signed we are now number one in supercomputing in this country which we need to be. we have moved ahead and senator blunt just reported for the fourth consecutive year record funding for the national institutes of health. we have great people over there working on curing cancer and other things that i would suggest in your america first agenda would be the items in appropriations for science technogy research and you have
signed to appropriations bills to do that. secretary perry -- that fits the first agenda so a lot of what we are doing is on your agenda and it's going up at the rate of inflation just a little bit more so we we are watching the budget as we do this. >> lamar you mentioned entitlements. we were all set to repeal and replace obamacare and then we were surprised by one gentleman who decided to vote it against it after campaigning for it for about 14 years or since its inception i guess, eight years but that would have saved about $1 trillion. that one vote would have saved $1 trillion. despite that we are cutting and you have scenes some of the association plans to come up with. >> secretary acosta -- that is a great step forward.
>> it's a great plan and secretary azar is coming up with one in two weeks which will be a phenomenal plan. these are plans that won't cost the country anything and they are fantastic health care plans. i'm glad you got to see that lamar. these are really good plants and step by step we got rid of the individual mandate in obamacare but we could have saved the trillion dollars in entitlements with one more vote if we didn't get that vote so that's too bad. steve do you have something to say? >> mr. president i was at the air force base on friday. a third of our nation's icbms are there. we need to get our budget done in time no more crs and omar omnibus. they want certainty. they are grateful for the increase in defense spending. my favorite commander is scaring the out of america's enemies since 1962.
>> i will be their same. a great place. susan collins. >> mr. president i just want to emphasize how much progress we are making in the senate approved rations committee. by the end of this week we will have approved every single one of the 12 appropriations bills. 10 years since that happened and that's under the leadership of chairman sheldon. that is great progress that does allow us to avoid continuing resolutions buried you end up spending more. the omnibus bills which you rightly have vowed to never signed again and also the threat of the government shut down. i see it as tremendous progress. in the infrastructure area transferring the appropriations bill, working closely with your secretary of transportation we have plus got the money for
grants programs that are managed by state funds and the down payment under your infrastructure program. that came to the committee 31-0. >> we have done a lot of that the strokes that nobody knows about. we are doing it in little jobs as opposed to a big bill which is actually better. a better way of doing it. thank you very much. lindsay we were together in south carolina last night. those works sighted people. they were excited to see you. >> thank you for coming. the number one job of the federal government in my view is to defend the nation. we have taken a broken military and we are rebuilding it and we are on track to having the smallest army since 1940 the
smallest navy since 1950 and now we are in track to have an army consistent with -- every bill has been passed with bipartisan support. senator shelby has gotten every democrat virtually to vote for every bill. you want to keep this country song -- strong we have to get to trade-offs. i'm willing to work with the democrats. >> you have never change. have you ever changed? what do you think, has he changed? but he is right. >> mr. president the bipartisan work with chairman shelby in the past we have always worked together but now we have a strong working relationship. we did the house defense appropriations bill and we worked closely with the authorizer but we are going to do that and make sure we get
that passed with bipartisan support for defense needs in our intelligence needs. >> we are moving on anwr thanks to the good folks in the department of the interior working very hard. >> how is a beautiful little road doing in alaska? >> we are moving along incrementally as either you or i would like but we recognize the process and we are standing by the process. >> it was a road that i guess has been trying to be built for 30 years and we are going to get it done quickly. >> one lane gravel noncommercial >> many years but we are going to get it done i assume within the next couple of months it's going to be complete and they can go ahead and build then you will have a good safe road.
any statements? >> i wanted to follow the acknowledged by the process. the process i not a very interesting thing to talk about but it is so necessary within the legislative process to have some semblance of what we call regular order. that doesn't mean a lot for people on the outside other than a true regular order process. there's a level of transparency that comes so you can see what you are signing so that others can see what we have been working towards but that process is only successful if we are able to work with our colleagues on the other side. i want to highlight what was noted. it is exceptional that we been able to move these bills through. it's absolute exceptional and it doesn't come without hard work and doesn't come without standing down of significant priorities and believe me some
alaskans are saying i thought you supported this. i do but i can't see an appropriations. we have got to work with our colleagues on the other side. it means those who are authorizing the area need to be working to advance these priorities taking care o our public lands but we have got to be able to work with our colleagues on the other side times hd as tt is so thank you for encouraging us. i think that makes a difference. >> we have a very terrific group of people to work with i have to say that. we are not finished but it's been a great group of people. >> mr. president just very briefly adding to what senator collins talked about i think the american people and frankly a lot of our congress don't understand what the
appropriations process is all about. one of your priorities as the upper structure while we look at what we have done through this process the appropriations process and infrastructure it is a huge down payment. a priority the american people a priority of yours and a priority of the people so again it's important to have regular order. i feel optimistic. we are led by our chairman and frankly very aggressive about getting bills done and getting them done on time and to let our colleagues know that the appropriations process is the way to get a lot of our priorities done and done quickly every single year. we are getting the job done and we thank you for your help. >> appreciate it. >> thank you for your time and thank you for having us here.
appreciate it. i think we are moving along and i appreciate the senate and of course my chairman and the appropriations and how we are moving along. as want to caution we need to make sure, can't leave the room without stating that we can't have government shutdowns. you've done great work mr. president negotiating with our folks in this room to make sure we have the funds we needed for the training for the men and women that are out there today but these continuing resolutions are absolute devastating. we are wanted to make sure that we don't do that to them again. >> let me just say your statement months ago about -- that went a longay and that's a message to her democratic colleagues that we have got to move forward to get a bill done and not waste taxpayer money. your statement is saying no more
and i think that goes a long way. >> and we are sticking around in august so a lot of work is going to be done in august. we have made a lot of progress. we have to get some appointments done. >> mr. president first thank you for your leadership. i think probably all of us around think defense is the number one priority in the number one bill. i think i am sitting next to the key to getting defense. as republicans defense is number one and quite honestly the democrats health and human services and education are number one. the whole job of the senate is duly moved them some out together and that by the way is two-thirds discretionary spending in the united states.
i think that so we should do. >> we can work better with the democrats if they can work with us and we will see we can do. the whole campaign is based aroundhe wor resist and ours is based around getting things done. the reason i am so happy is if you look at omnibus we all hated in one way but really and another way was a miracle. after years have been hearing about her military. when will we need a stronger military then now? ..
>> and we pay for the doctor for our great veterans. it is less expensive. people standing in line so long that literally they have a minor problem, it ends up being terminal because they can't get to see a doctor. those days are over. nobody thought we were going to get va accountability. nobody thought we were going to get va choice. that's been talked about for many years, 35 years, and it never happened, and now we have it. so it's all good stuff. go ahead. >> yes, i just echo what everybody else said. i think the senator shelby said we're in the first quarter. we're driving. we're making good headway.
the idea that you get into march and fiscal year started in october, and you still don't know what your budget is makes no sense at all. it doesn't matter if you are talking to any of the cabinet agencies, again, they all say the same thing, the continuing resolutions make no sense. they cost money. and so i think the good news is we're all working very very hard to get this thing done. >> there's been a lot of team work. there's been great team work. not perfect agreement, but pretty good. i'd say pretty good. we're going to ask for some additional money for the wall and border security. and i think it's probably deserved. but we need border security. we have to have it. and we're going to run on border security. they are going to run on open borders and nobody wts open borders. please? >> mr. president, i want to especially thank you for your push on opioid abuse. we're losing 64,000 people a
year to opioid overdoses. we've some progress on reducing the pill part of the problem, but unfortunately, in the meantime, the heroin pickup has more than taken the place of the reduction in pills. and all of that is coming from mexico, all this fentanyl, and with heroin laced with fentanyl, the user has no idea of the dosage. and consequently we have so many deaths, overdose deaths. so thank you for your work on opioid on the problem. especially on closing that border. and we hope that that takes place, and we want to be of help in that regard. >> even the fentanyl is coming -- it used to come directly here but now it is coming from mexico too. so we're going to close up that border. we're going to do what we have
to do. everybody understands it. martha? >> thank you, mr. president, for having us and alabama seems to be well represented in this room today. [laughter] >> i just want to say just to add to everything that's already been said, members of the house have never seen regular order when it comes to an appropriations process, so we spent a lot of time back in our districts talking to our constituents about the importance of having this open transparent process so it doesn't end up with four people in a room negotiating how to fund our government, that the voices of the people that we represent are heard in the bills that we pass, by having a process going through committee and then to the full. i'm grateful that you have us here today to discuss this. and i too am very encouraged on how much action has taken place, in the house and in the senate and look forward to getting these bills across the finish
line. >> thank you, martha. i would like to hear what you have to say? >> mr. president, thank you for having us here today. your level of engagement on the appropriations process, it's a better work product. we have a responsibility to be tough on spending, to have strong oversight, to make sure we're not spending more than what is required because these are ultimately taxpayers who are working to fund this government and what they are counting on us to do our job to make sure we're not wasting money. the oversight of the administration along with the appropriators is making a difference. you're seeing the investments you heard today about defense, about veterans, about medical research. i mean some of this is historic, the work that the appropriators did on medical research, got to take a lot of credit for it, you are seeing almost 25% increase in research in cancer and alzheimer's in the last 2 1/2 years under just this administration. that's staggering.
i don't think the american people really know what work we are doing in that regard, and i think you ought to take credit in being a unique leader in that regard. when you get to homeland security and securing our borders, that's something people in both parties in this country want. when you see 64 billion dollars worth of drugs coming across our borders, both across our ports of entry, both across illegally and coming through across our ports of entry without being checked. we need to do a better job on that. your budget speaks to that, stopping mexican cartels from trafficking drugs and humans into this country and abusing them and really leading to abuse of the american people. and so we're committed to that. but that requires all of us around our table to get our jobs done and thanks for getting us here today. >> thank you very much. one of the things that's very important that we have these incredible drugs that won't be approved for two, three, four
years, and people would have to leave the country, if they had the money, most of them didn't have the money, so they had no hope, they had no hope at all, and now you have the right to try where we can take some of these experimental drugs, people that are terminally ill and we're able to use them. incredible program, took 30 years, 35 years, incredible. i would have said that would have been an easy one to get done. a person who is terminally ill and they didn't want to give them a drug or some kind of a cure, potential cure because maybe it will hurt the person, but the person is terminally ill. the complication was insurance companies and the pharmaceutical companies and they all wanted all the records and the whole thing. anyway, we got it approved. congress and the senate, they did incredible jobs. everybody worked very hard on that. that was very important. in west virginia, we've made a lot of progress with opioid. that's been a big problem for west virginia, special people, and i hear we've really made a big dent. >> i did want to add to what hal
had said about the opioid crisis. you've been great and melania has been very active on this issue, very much appreciative. but through all of our bills, most of our bills, there's some portion of each one of these bills almost that has some sort of opioid response to it, whether it's health, whether it's homeland security, whether it's defense, we're trying to fight it on all fronts and that's extremely important. the three of us met in your office with senator shelby last week, and as i chair as kevin does on the house side, i chair homeland security, i want you to know that your message is loud and clear on funding our homeland security, but that message that you carry is a message really that we all share and we had our bill went out -- it didn't go out unanimously like susan's did, but it did go out with a very robust democratic support out of our
committee, and so we understand in order to reflect that priority and to reflect the truss -- reflect the frustration we see in and around our states, strong coast guard, strong secret service, it is all really important to the american people. >> i think it is important to the republicans. i'm not sure it is very important to the democrats. hopefully it will become more important. and we'll be able to do something. tom? >> mr. president -- [inaudible] -- are inacceptable, it is something mick and i in his previous life we together fought against. it lacks transparency. negotiations are not included, not including the members, the american people or the niration. so we will work through that. thank you for that. there's a different frustration that we recognize and that's the fiscal condition of our country. the american people are really upset with 21 trillion dollars
in debt and the trillion dollars deficit. you should know the subcommittee i chair, we took a different direction and we decided that just because you can spend money doesn't mean you should spend money. we have saved 585 million dollars and put it in a fund called the fund for america's kids and grand kids that cannot be spent unless we're deficit neutral to show that we're serious about this. i want to thank mick for his assistance, omb and your team has been great to work with. there's a group in the house that's ready to cut spending. >> you know, i would like you to take a look at the penny plan, because as small as it sounds, it's a very effective plan over a five-year period. if you can cut one penny out of a dollar, and then the next year, another penny out of a dollar, and i can't imagine the great secretaries that we have can't cut a little bit, but i would like you toook at that, if that's possible, and maybe mick, you can take a look at it. >> yes. >> anything to say? >> we need border security.
we've got to get going. a lot of bad things are happening, and i think we're doing it in incredibly well. we have bad laws. we have the worst immigration laws in the history of the world. it's a joke. people can't believe it. other countries look at us and they say how is that possible? somebody touches our land, we now take them to a court, to a judge, they want us to choose 5,000 judges. how do you choose 5,000 judges? can you imagine the corruption just from a normal standpoint? just common sense, can you imagine the corruption? go to the barbershop, grab somebody, make them a judge, everybody's being made a judge. they want 5,000 jobs. more. it's crazy. other countries it is called i'm sorry you can't come in. you have to leave. this one we have judges. they step on our land. we have judges. it's insane. so we're going to have to change our whole immigration policy, and i was saying last night in
south carolina, when i came in, i inherited some things. we inherited north korea. that's going really well. we inherited horrible trade deals, that's going really well. nobody knows what's happening behind the scenes, but these countries that have been really -- they can't even -- i don't blame them. i blame our people, but they have just been ripping us for years. they want to negotiate so badly you have no idea. and we inherited a lot of different things, but of all of them, immigration is -- makes the least sense. it is a hodgepodge of laws that have been put together over years, and we have to change it. it's so simple. it is called i'm sorry you can't come in. you have to go in through a legal process. you don't have to see a judge, where the judge is going to take the years before you can come back. in the meantime, you wl nev come back because you are already in the country. you're someplace in the country. and that would be bad, but it's really bad when it's a criminal. and we have plenty of them
coming into the country this way. and they use the children. they use these young children for their own benefit. so we have to change the whole immigration picture. we will be able to do it. we need the border wall. we need the border. we need border security. and we need modern equipment. and we'll get it done. i have no doubt. anybody else would like to say something? anybody? are we okay? we will let these guys go out and have lunch. >> on trade, there are some people who are saying that your tariff threats threaten to plunge the economy into a recession. harley davidson announced it is move a plant to thailand. >> they announced it earlier this year. harley davidson is using that as an excuse, and i don't like that because i've been very good to harley davidson and they used it as an excuse. i think the people that ride harleys are not happy with harley davidson. i wouldn't be either.
mostly companies are coming back to our country. i was the one that explained to harley about 100% tax in india where they had a tariff of 100%, and i got it down to a much lower number. i think it is 50% which is far too much, but they were paying 100% tariff. now the prime minister brought it way down, but it's still way too high. no, i will say this, john, other countries are negotiating. and without tariffs, you could never do that. if they don't want to negotiate, then we will do the tariffs. just remember, we're the bank. we're the bank that everybody wants to steal from and plunder. and can't be that way anymore. we lost 500 billion dollars last year with china. we lost 151 billion dollars with the european union, which puts up trade barriers so that our farmers can't trade. we can't spend farm products in for the most part. it is very hard to send cars in.
we have countries where as an example, india, they charge as much as 100% tariff. we want the tariffs removed. what i would like to do and what i offered at the g-7, you remember, i said let's drop all tariffs and all barriers. is everybody okay with that? and nobody said yes. i said wait a minute, folks, you are complaining, no tariffs and no barriers. you're on your own. let's do it. and it was like they couldn't leave the room fast enough. >> -- you could tip the economy into recession, and what do you plan to do later this week -- >> we're so high up. we've picked -- if you look at the kind of numbers we have picked up, it's up almost 40%, the market. the real market is the overall. the overall is not much more than. but we've picked up about 8 trillion dollars in value doing what we're doing. now, we've got a little bit of
uncertainty because of trade. to me, there's no uncertainty. and to other people that happen to be smart there's no uncertainty. but we can't allow the european union to take out 151 billion dollarsut of the united states we can't allow mexico to have a nafta deal that gives them over 100 billion dollars. and i call it profit. you know, you can divide that up any way you want to do it. i call it profit. we can't allow mexico to take 100 billion dollars. we can't give china anywhere from 375 to 100 -- to 500. it is 375, some people depending on your formula, 5 billion dollars, it could be 504 billion dollars, it's a tremendous amount of money being taken out of our economy. we have to straighten it out. now, what's happening, we've put steel tariffs on. our steel industry is going through the roof. u.s. steel just announced they
are expanding or building six new facilities. last night in south carolina, right? georgetown steel, the factory's been closed the plant's been closed how long, lindsey? >> about three years. what's interesting is it is a british company. a steel manufacturer in britain bought georgetown steel to make steel here. >> right. solar panels. we put tariffs on solar panels, 30%. they were all being made in china. we had 32 different factories. now they are starting to open new plants because solar is pretty new technology. we had 32. we had two that were open. everyone else was closed because of what happened and what came in from other places, in particular china. and now we have seven that are opening and many more are considered. the two that were dying, they were going to close, they're thringight now. washing machines, they were being dumped all over the country, not good ones by the way, ones that dnts work really
well -- ones that didn't work really well. and now they are opening up washing machines. we put a 30% tariff on. tariffs could be a positive thing. in the old days when we had tariffs, we didn't have income tax. when people wanted to come in, you look at the days of mckinley and some others, when people wanted to come in, they had to pay a price. when they want to come in and raid our treasury, they had to pay a price. we didn't have income tax. you didn't need income tax. we didn't have debt. so we're doing this i will say in every instance, any country that you can mention has been extremely nice, even less than the media probably, but extremely nice they want to negotiate a deal. so -- and we're open to that. we're open to that. but it's going to be very strong. we are putting on tariffs on certain industries. we can't lose our steel industry. our steel industry was ready to g out of business. -- go out of business. it was at the bottom.
our aluminium industry was ready to go out of business. now the steel industry is thriving. think of it, united states steel, first time in 35 years, they are actually expanding, it is going up. they are building new places, georgetown steel, closed for three or four years. they announced yesterday they were opening up their plant. it's been closed for four years i think they said in south carolina. no, we're doing the right thing, 100%. and you know, you have them on both sides. some people agree. some people don't agree. the bottom line is countries are coming back now to negotiate, including european union wants to negotiate because if they don't, we're going to tax their cars. they send mercedes in. they send bmw's in. they pay almost no tax. when we send cars to the eu, they charge us a tremendous tax. five times greater than what we charge them. but more importantly, they don't want our cars. they have a barrier.
we don't want your cars, but if you do get it in, you are going to pay a tax on it. with china, with china, if we send a car to china, they charge us a 25% tax. so we make a car. we send it to china. we want to compete. that's not free trade. that's stupid trade. so we send 25% tax. when they make a car in china, and they send it here, we charge them 2 1/2%. okay, so we get 2 1/2%. china gets 25%. that's not fair. that's not free. that's just stupid. >> mr. president -- [inaudible] -- in terms of chinese investment restrictions. i think you have an announcement -- >> it is not just chinese. we don't want people coming in -- hey, look, we are a very smart country. we have the most incredible people in silicon valley. we don't want china and other countries, it's not necessarily or particular ly -- they had a
leaker that doesn't exist or a leaker that didn't know his business very well, they gave it to bloomberg and they gave it to i believe the "wall street journal," it was either a bad leak by somebody that didn't know, but probably they just made up the story, there was no leak, i'm not sure if my political friends would agree, but i think a lot of leaks aren't leaks, they are made up by the writers, they don't exist. this was a leak that was off. we want to have our jewels, those are our great jewels, that's like united states 70 years ago, these companies, we have to protect these companies. we can't let people steal that technology. we have the greatest technology in the world. people copy it and they steal it. but we have the great scientists. we have the great brains, and we have to protect that. and we're going to protect it. and that's what we were doing. that can be done through -- we have a lot of things we can do it through. we are working that out. but the bottom line is we have charged a very substantial tax
to some people. they are coming back to negotiate. and frankly, if they don't negotiate, i'm okay with that because i'd rather get the tax. okay. any other questions? >> [inaudible] >> the supreme court ruling was a tremendous victory for this count train for the constitution -- country and for the constitution. the supreme court ruling was a tremendous victory for this country. >> will you go ahead with it? >> of course. what do you think? i wouldn't go ahead with it? >> the idea of deporting people without due process as well -- >> we have to find a system where you don't need thousands of judges sitting at a border. other countries look at us and think they we're crazy. they have countries where they have no problem with people pouring in. and you have countries where people do want to go in. and if you look at the european union, they're meeting right now to toughen up their immigration policies because they have been overrun. they have been overrun, and
frankly a lot of those countries are not the same places anymore. and i'm sad to say, and i said that at the g-7, they are not the same places. but we had a tremendous victory today, and we greatly appreciate it. we needed it as a country. that was a big victory for -- and i can tell you every one at this table is very happy about it, but that was a big victory for our country. okay? >> final word, sir? >> well, i think it is pretty much a final word. it is the supreme court, know. we went up. we just waited for the supreme court. yeah, that's the final word, the supreme court. now do i want to go in with a different one or maybe a different variety? i don't think there's any reason. very strong victory. >> in terms of wall funding, you said you wanted an increase, do you have a figure? >> we're spending 1.6 billion now. there's a plan for another 1.6 billion, but i'd like to ask this room if we could increase it. i think in light of what's happened with the drugs, with the human smuggling, with all of the problems, we have to have
the wall. we have to have the wall. you know, in the walls you have ports of entry. you have ports of entry. that's where people come through. and they can come through legally. and by the way, i want people to come into our country because our country is doing so well, and we have companies moving in to our country, like at numbers that nobody has seen in a long time. we need workers. so i want people to come in. they have to come in through the merit system, though. they have to come in so that they can help our country and these companies. in wisconsin, you have one of the great companies of the world, they make the laptop for apple, and iphones and a lot -- they are building a tremendous plant right now in wisconsin. they need workers. i have to let people come in. but they have to come in through merit. they have to be people that can love our country and help our country. okay? thank you all very much.
[inaudible conversations] >> we will see. thank you all very much. thank you. this past week with the help of our cable partners gci the c-span bus traveled to alaska. it is part of our 50 capitals tour. the bus continues a trip across alaska to our next stop in fairbanks. >> c-span programming is valuable for alaskans. for most of u.s. it is the only way for -- for most of us, it is the only way we get to see our government hard at work. from lessons plans and handouts to timely teachable videos and educator conferences, the c-span classroom program offers so many resources to teachers and adds a great deal of value to today's classrooms. >> thank you for being part of it, bringing your awesome bus to
fair banks, the tour of that was just incredible. i heard stories of driving up from the folks who brought the bus up here, and the things they saw on the way coming to alaska was a nice trip from what i heard. and i understand, i've driven it a few times myself. and it is an awesome trip. we're so glad that your bus came here and using it as a tool to bring fairbanks nationwide. >> what i appreciate about c-span it's 40 years old, much older than me. that's a joke, by the way. [laughter] >> you can laugh. what i appreciate about c-span is it is not partisan. you watch the sparring that takes place. you watch your delegations talk back and forth. it's extremely informative and very educational. one of the best things on the bus, and i'm a tech geek, so i hope they take me with them on their tour, because i would spend hours on that bus, but if you go in and you look at the, you know, the video screens, they are interactive, people can
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