President Trump at the 100th Annual Farm Bureau Convention CSPAN January 14, 2019 1:40pm-2:48pm EST
individuals at the higher ed level. they may be attending part-time programs and they don't always have the same access to pell grants and other funding that four-year students do. i think the point he made in the beginning about allowing him to pay for courses later, it sounds to become a radiology technician, is a terrific point. we have lots of students that will earn money as they are going through high school and post-secondary that they can then spend for additional post-secondary education and it's because of the training and the education they received in their career tech courses. host: about ten minutes left with steve dewitt of the association for career and technical education. >> good morning, farm bureau family. i hear y'all had a good convention this morning. i've been out at the airport.
i have been able to escort in our guest this morning. i'm so excited that we got a full room today and i know that you're going to give him all a big old farm bureau welcome. thank you for being here. i'm looking so forward to the rest of the program here today. the first guest that we have with us is such a good friend of mine. he's been fraa friend of mine fa long, long time. he's served as governor of my state. he's been a farmer. he still is a farmer at heart. he's been a veterinarian. he's run agricultural businesses and now he is the secretary of agriculture for the united states of america. this man has a heart of gold but when you start talking about hearts, i remember in the bible, the lord holds leaders or kings'
hearts in their hands and their hearts are like water and he guides them the way to go. this leader allows the lord to lead his heart. his heart has been led to serve the american farmer and rancher in the rural parts of our country, and i am so proud to call him my friend. please, farm bureau family, give the secretary of agriculture of the united states of america, sonny perdue, a warm farm bureau welcome. [ applause ] >> hello, american farm bureau. it's so great to be with you all here. marn farm american farm bureau federation and your good friend, zippy duvall. we do go back as a couple of georgia boys and i know he's doing a great job for you all. he loves this job and works hard for you. i know today, you are expecting to hear from a different president, though, right?
president donald j. trump is absolutely a friend to the american farmer. it brings to mind a speech that you may have heard by paul harvey, so god made a farmer. paul harvey in that speech captured the essence of farmers with those remarks. in there he said god -- he said i need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day, milk cows again, then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board. paul harvey knew the spirit of american farmers even though he wasn't a farmer himself, and that's the way i think it is with president trump is the very same way, although he's not a farmer, he knows that our farmers are the best of america embodying that great american spirit, working before the sun is up, long after it's down, taking a risk every time you put your hands in the soil to plant a new crop, hoping for a good harvest but figuring out what to do if it's a bad one.
president trump knows this, he values this and he honors you for this and he's not the kind of guy who makes a promise and forgets about it. he's promised to support farmers and he's done just that. his first direction to me was to chair the task force on agriculture and rural prosperity. you remember at this convention last year i presented our report to him. he promised to put americans back to work again and we have got the lowest unemployment we have seen in generations, the lowest since 1969. and you will also remember when he came to your convention in nashville last year, he said he would come back again and he's kept that promise as well. ladies and gentlemen, your president, my president, our president, a friend of the american farmer, the president of the united states, donald j. trump.
♪ >> such a great song. we should just let it play, right? had a little luck with that song. he's terrific. good supporter. we appreciate it. we really appreciate this, too. i know you have a record crowd, that's nice. it's always nice to set records. i want to thank sonny and he's setting records, we are setting records together for farmers and for agriculture. we have had so many good weeks
and good days and it's only going to get better because we are doing trade deals that are going to get you so much business, you're not even going to believe it. you will probably be what do we do, we need more acreage immediately. we've got a plant but i will say we are doing some things with trade that are going to have a tremendous impact. you will be doing business with canada, you will be doing business with places where it was very, very difficult to do business. it was very unfair. and a lot of great things are going to happen. so i want to really thank everybody here and i want to congratulate a very very good and exciting football team that i watched yesterday, the new orleans saints. i can see this little group over here. i know who i'm talking to. the rest of the room is going like i don't want to talk about that. but you have to say drew brees, he's one hell of a quarterback and it was a tremendous game. so congratulations to the folks from this area and from this
great state. it's a great state. i'm thrilled to be here in a state that i've had a lot of luck with and i love a lot of people in this state. i know a lot of people for really a truly historic occasion. this is the 100th annual convention of the american farm bureau federation. 100 exactly. if it was 99 or if i was here for 99, too, i have to be honest, right? i like the farmers. what can i do? i like farmers. thank you. thank you. thank you very much. for 100 years, this organization has faithfully represented the men and women who are the backbone of our country, truly. let us all show our appreciation for a very dear friend and a leader, a great leader, zippy, where's zippy? zippy. where is zippy? what a job he does.
he only called about 100 times to make sure i'm coming. thank you, zippy. great job. on this special anniversary, we gather to celebrate america's proud farming heritage. through your sweat, through all of your work, the strength of your hands and the faith in your hearts, the american farmer feeds and fuels and sustains our nation. so true. we are joined today by louisiana governor john bell edwards. thank you for being here. thank you. thank you. thank you. along with many members of congress who are true champions of american agriculture and incredibly talented man, a great doctor, he knows more about health care than anybody and he's somebody take he's really helped us out in so many
different ways and he's yours. senator bill cassidy. thank you very much. appreciate it. a woman who had a tremendous victory, she came in for a short period of time. she was appointed and it's always hard when you're appointed. if you look, i don't know about this, but you take a look, they don't do too well. you did very well. you won in an incredible state, mississippi. cindy hyde-smith. thank you. that was a great win. a brilliant guy, he's very deceiving. my wife said i love watching him on television and i said who? john kennedy. i said john kennedy, i don't know. but you know, i thought maybe she was talking about the other john kennedy. she was -- this is a man who is totally brilliant, you know, i don't know if you know what this means. oxford, right? went to oxford.
oxford's, i'm very much into the world of schools, oxford, you have to be very, splavery smart go to oxford and he's very smart. he also loves this state, he loves the people. we gave a rally the night before he won that was incredible. i looked and i looked at that crowd, we had 40,000 people or more at a hangar, airport hangar. i said you know what, john kennedy, you're going to win. he won and he won big and he's my friend. john kennedy. thank you, john. oxford. oxford john. great. congressman ralph abraham. thank you, congressman. where are you? great job you do. he does a great job. congressman garrett graves and you know garrett, thank you, garrett. good job. young, strong, smart. lost good politicians down here. and a legend from louisiana. a man who's got a lot of
courage. he was playing second base and it didn't work out so well for him that day, but i have never seen anybody with more strength and really, more courage than steve scalise. steve scalise. he got hit hard. he got hit hard. he never even thought about quitting. i was there the night in his hospital. they didn't think he was going to make it and i looked at him, he wasn't looking too good, i have to tell you. first time i'm telling you this. you weren't looking too sharp. his wife loves him because she was a mess. she had tears pouring down. a couple of these little facts, your family loves you, steve, but all of a sudden he started making a little progress, little more, worked so hard, and then a few months ago, he was in a baseball game and it was the republicans against the democrats. he's playing second base and he didn't have great mobility, to be honest. in other words, moving like a foot to his right, a foot to the
left, that was about it. and he gets the first pitch of the game, this is in a stadium, and a lot of people watching and it's on television, and they put him on second base for one play. and the first hit is a smash ground ball hit at steve, and i'm pretty good at this stuff, i look, i say this is going right to second base. it went right at him. he bent down, stopped that ball, threw it to first. the place went crazy. he then walked off the field in great triumph. who could have done that but my steve, right? that was incredible. that was incredible. he's a courageous guy. he's a great guy. he's also a really fine person. steve scalise, what you have been through is incredible. congratulations. incredible job. as you all know, there's currently a tremendous humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. it's tremendous. it's been there for years. it's been there for decades. but because of what we're doing
and because of how well our country is doing and please sit down, please. i'm just looking. then the media, the fake news, they'll say he got no standing ovations. you know why? because everybody stayed standing. it's true. oh, they'll do it. they'll figure something out. that's true. that's true. they can figure it out. they can take the best thing, i go home saying darling, i did such a great job, wait until you see the news tomorrow. north korea, china, we are doing great in trade, china, this, that. they can make anything you do look bad. but i was watching you standing and i said if you sit, it's probably better for me because every once in awhile they'll stand.
otherwise they'll say the crowd did not appreciate him. they didn't give him one standing ovation. anyway, thank you very much. women and children are being ruthlessly exploited at our southern border. by vicious coyotes. who would think of this? human traffickers. now, when you hear the words human traffickers, you think about a thousand years ago, 2,000 years ago. you wouldn't think -- it's worse today in the world, it's a world problem, than it's ever been. the reason it's worse is because of the internet. they target young women, they target young children, the internet. and they come in through our southern border into our country. they will have women taped, their mouths with duct tape, with electrical tape. they tape their face, their hair, their hands behind their back, their legs. they put them in the back seat of cars and vans, and they go -- they don't come in through your port of entry. because you would see them. you couldn't do that.
they come in through our border where we don't have any barriers or walls. and they drive right in and they have no problems. and we will get that stopped. we are going to have a wall. we are going to have a barrier. we are going to have something that's going to be very strong. one of the most important things. i built a lot of walls. you saw it the other day. they kept saying you didn't build walls. i actually decided i better put a picture. you see. but we built a lot more than that. we renovated a lot of pretty good stuff that we made good again. it was in very bad shape. but we have done a lot. we want to finish it. you can't have openings, because if you have an opening, they go here and they just sort of go over this way, they find the open spot, they come in and we have to build, we have to build probably a total of 550 miles including the renovations, and we are doing a lot of work. people don't talk about it. i don't talk about it because
until we're finished, the big thing is we have to get it done. and we have had great support from john, your senator, bill, your senator, from everybody. we have had tremendous -- steve is working hard in the house. your congressmen are working really hard, really hard. because it's common sense, what we're talking about is common sense.
last month alone, 20,000 migrant children were illegally brought across our borders. 20,000. one in three women are sexually assaulted on the journey up from honduras or guatemala or el salvador. think of that. think of that. hard to believe. vast quantities of lethal narcotics are being smuggled across the border. most of the drugs coming into our country come in through the southern border and much of it comes through areas that are not your portals. including meth, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.
heroin alone, if you look at the heroin epidemic, it's an epidemic. heroin alone kills 300 americans a week and 90% of it at least crosses our southern border. comes in through our southern border. i spent a lot of time with secret service and with border patrol and i.c.e., incredible people, and they show me the methods that they use, how they hide it. they put it in hubcaps, they put it in engines, they put it in areas you wouldn't believe. they're brilliant in many ways. they're brilliant. you wouldn't even think of what they do to get things in. and we can stop it but we can't stop it if we're going to play politics and the numbers you're talking about are peanuts compared -- you'll make the money back numerous times a year. in 2017, drugs killed over
70,000 of our fellow citizens. think of that. that's like a football stadium loaded up. and imposed costs on our society in excess of $700 billion. in the last two years, i.c.e. officers arrested 266,000 illegal aliens. think of that. with criminal records, including 100,000 assaults, 30,000 sex crimes and 4,000 violent murders or killings. the crisis of illegal immigration impacts all americans threatening public safety, overwhelming public resources, straining our local schools and hospitals, undermining u.s. workers and claiming countless innocent lives. i will tell you, i want people to come into our country but
they have to come in legally. they have to come in through a process. thank you. as president, the defense of our nation is my highest and most important duty. this is the defense of our nation, just like we prepare for other nations that you think more traditionally is what that sentence refers to. when it comes to keeping the american people safe i will never, ever back down. i didn't need this fight. this is a rough fight. we are dealing against people who think if they can stop me from building the wall, again, we have already done a lot of work, they think that's a good thing for 2020 because they're not going to win. they think if they can stop me from building the wall, that's good. this is the reason why they don't want the wall built. because they all know it works. they all approved it numerous
times. chuck schumer had his hand up every time this would come up. the senators know this. they are only doing this because of the 2020 election. because i said i will build the wall and i'm going to build the wall and it's only one of many things that i promised. if you look -- [ applause ] got you the biggest tax cut beyond the ronald reagan tax cu cuts. getting rid of the individual mandate. the biggest cuts in regulations in the history of our country and we are going further. that might be the biggest reason that our country is doing so much better than other countries and why we are doing so well. but they view this as a political thing because this was one of the big things i said we are going to do tax cuts, we are going to do -- we are going to do and you know, we have done
most of what we said. that's a lot of news back there. one of the folks back there said that he's actually done more than he promised. it's true. i have actually done more than i promised. we have done a lot, even with the veterans. lot of veterans in louisiana. we got veterans choice. we got veterans choice approved which is pretty amazing. they have been trying to get that for years and years, decades and decades. we got accountability. v.a. accountability. when you had somebody treating our veterans horribly, you couldn't do anything. couldn't fire them. whether it's unions or whether it's civil service or whatever it may have been, but for decades and decades, somebody could do anything they wanted. they can steal, they could abuse our veterans, they can be sadists, they can do whatever you want, you couldn't fire them. i got accountability approved. everyone said you couldn't get that. too much power against it. we got it done and now we can
say jim, you're fired. get out of here. we don't want you taking care of our veterans. that's a big thing. lot of help from those people. so we got a lot done but they view the wall as being a big item that if i don't do it, it's a negative. it's a negative. i'm not doing it for that reason. i'm doing it because we have to do it. it's common sense. we have to do it. if you look at the caravans coming up, if you look at what's going on, you take a look, if we didn't have some of those walls, the military has been incredible. they came up and built some barriers, they kept thousands and thousands of people from overrunning various sections of our country. we have done a great job at the border but we need that extra -- we need that barrier because you can't do this. you can have all the people you want dressed in military, you can have i.c.e., you can have
border patrol. if you don't have that barrier there's not a thing you can do. they all say we like technology. i like technology, too. but we could have all the drones in the world flying around. we can have all the sensors in the world but if you don't have a strong steel or concrete barrier, there's no way you are going to stop these people from rushing. last week, we have no idea who they are, you got some i'm sure very good ones but you got some real bad ones, last week i traveled to mcallen, texas to tour the border and meet with the heroes of i.c.e. and border patrol. these great patriots made clear what they need from congress and to end this terrible crisis and we will end it. we will end it. you know, when we have proper security, people aren't going to come except for the people we want to come because we want to take people in to help our farmers, et cetera. very important. we are going to make that actually easier for them to help the farmers because you need
these people. you need these people to make it easier. i'm glad i told you that because you know, look, you're in that business and a lot of people don't understand this. you need people to help you with the farms. i'm not going to rule that out. i'm going to make that easier for them to come in and to work the farms. you've had some people for 20, 25 years, they are incredible. then they go home and they can't get back in. that's not going to happen. we are keeping the wrong ones out, okay? we don't want the wrong ones coming into our country. for that, it's going to be almost impossible to get in. for the people that work the farms that have been here, that have gone through this very short but good process that are going to help our country, it's going to be easier for them to get in than what they have to go through now so just remember that. i know a lot about the farming
world. if i don't, sonny teaches me. they explain that there is no substitute for a wall. these are the i.c.e. people and the border patrol people, or a physical barrier. there is
no substitute. where a barrier exists, illegal crossings plummet dramatically. in el paso, they had, it was one of the most dangerous cities in the country. a wall was put up. it went from being one of the most dangerous cities in the country to one of the safest cities in the country overnight. overnight. does that tell you something? i could give you many examples of that. they say it's medieval, a wall. it is medieval. so is a wheel. i always say a wheel. but every time i look out, they all have wheels. you know they may have gone electric and may have done lots of different things, but every car i have seen still has wheels. wheels work and walls work. there are some things you can't beat.
that's why we have asked congress to fund a steel barrier or whatever you want to call it. this barrier will stop illegal activity while directing lawful trade, travel and commerce to our ports of entry. these ports are america's doors. but doors only work when you have strength. we need strength right now. we have weakness. they are forming a new caravan in honduras. honduras is not helping us. they could stop it. we send them hundreds of millions of dollars a year, el salvador, honduras and other places. guatemala. hundreds of millions. but they don't help us like so many nations. we help them, they don't help us. we don't even get their votes often when we need their vote in the united nations.
they aren't there for us. why? because the wrong people are asking them. so those days are over. i said just before i came, we are looking at a whole plan. why are we sending them money if they are allowing caravans to form in the middle of their cities? lot of changes have been made in this country in less than two years, i'll tell you that. lot of changes and really good changes. changes that people like you with common sense and smarts fully understand. that's why we are liking where we are. the country's changing very rapidly for the better. as part of our overall border security plan, we have also asked congress to approve cutting edge technology to detect drugs. there's incredible technology today. when these cars do come in through the ports of entry, you have technology today that's so incredible, we don't use it. we don't have it because our leaders decided not to spend the money. well, you make it back every
month, probably more than that, because the drugs coming through the southern border are destroying the fabric of our country. it's so bad. it's so bad. we have to stop it. this technology is incredible. to fund more agents, we're putting that high on the list, officers, beds, believe it or not. we're one of the only countries, i say one because every time i say something else, they will say well, there was a country. somebody comes into
our country, they touch one foot on the ground and we have to catch them. it's called catch. we then take their names and we bring them to a court, can you believe this, and we release them. see with trying to do catch and hold. catch and not release. but you have to release. so we release and they go into our country, then you announce, these are the laws, then you say
come back in three years for your trial. tell me, what percentage of people come back. would you say 100%? you are a little off. how about 2%? those people you almost don't want, because they cannot be very smart. 2% come back. those 2% are not going to make america great again. crazy. so we have that. we have chain migration where somebody comes
in and then his mother comes in, his father comes in, his grandmother comes in, his uncle comes in, his cousins come in. we had a guy, a radical islamic terrorist in new york, area i know very well, driving down the west side highway, beautiful hudson river to his right. built this gorgeous park all along the river, it's gorgeous. people are running, they are in great shape.
we ought to have some of the guys in the front row with me, we could run. some of my friends over there. sonny, maybe sonny and i will go take a jog. but you know what, i'll tell you, these are people that are great people and they're running and they keep -- and this horrible person going down 60 miles an hour down a highway decides oh, that's' nice, we'll make a right turn, hits a whole group of people purposely screaming all sorts of things that they scream, and eight people died, 12 or 13 were injured. nobody talks about the injured. you know, some of the injured lost arms. they say 12 are injured, you think like a hockeeadache. no, no. they lost arms. one lost a leg. some lost two legs. 12 were horribly injured and he's allowed to have his family come here so they check and they
say chain migration, so a whole group of people come in. we don't want that. we have another one, the lottery. the lottery. we take people from countries through the lottery. this is common sense. you think the country is giving us their finest? no, they're not. no, they're not. they are giving us the opposite of their finest. we have a lottery system, let's pick him out, wonderful. doesn't work out too well, this lottery system. but this is the law. this was passed by democrats and i guess republicans, but maybe they voted, who knows. but these are laws that have to be changed. these are sick, demented laws we have to change. we can't allow this to keep happening. the people that are sent to our country are not the people that we want. they come in through the lottery. they come in through chain migration. think of it. this man that killed eight people and so badly injured 12, they say he's got about 22
relatives coming in, that are here. take a look at how well his relatives are doing. not a good picture. we have to change the laws. it's very hard because the democrats don't want to change them. i hope that common sense, that people like this can persuade them because it's gotten to a point where you have to. we really have no choice. we are fighting hard. we are fighting very hard for you. we are making a lot of progress, i can tell you that. here with us today is jim chilton from arizona. jim's ranch runs along the u.s./mexico border. the deadly, very deadly sinaloa cartel, one of the most vicious cartels anywhere in the world, runs a major drug trafficking route right through jim's ranch. many of these routes used to run through san diego until the wall was built by us, by me.
sorry about that, jim. i think jim just got angry at me. just heard that. sorry, jim. now what they did, they went to jim's ranch and that cost him a lot of money. maybe he won't stand up after all. but it's a very sad situation. the last two years, the cameras on jim's ranch have captured roughly 1,000 pictures of major drug packers, they call them. for years, these criminals have damaged jim's property, injured his livestock and started dozens of fires which jim estimates cost more than $2 million in 2017 alone. last june, border patrol agent was checking sensors on the clintons' and chiltons' ranch when he was shot multiple times by these sinister drug traffickers. multiple times. they don't even think about it.
by the way, it's not like oh, gee, i committed a terrible -- they don't even think about it. they don't even think. they wake up the next morning, they couldn't care less. as jim said, every time i leave the ranch, my wife doesn't know whether i'll ever return. i would like to ask jim to come up and say a few words. jim, please come up. thank you. >> mr. president, we need a wall.
i would say we need a wall all around all the length of the border. we've got to stop the drug packers bringing drugs in to poison our people and i would say to speaker pelosi, walls are not immoral. in fact, i have traveled around the world. the biggest wall i've ever seen is around the vatican. now, you can't tell me that the wonderful priests and officials of the roman catholic church, including the pope, are immoral.
they have a wall. why can't we? >> thank you, jim. thank you, jim. i'm sorry for your problems. but we'll get it straightened out. the government remains shut down for one reason and one reason only. the democrats will not fund border security. our skaafety, our national security. people come from many countries. when i was at the wall the other day, border patrol said they have 150 people, they caught that day, who weren't from mexico. said that's a strange statement. said no, these are the people that weren't from mexico. i was surprised. three were from pakistan, four
were from another mideast, two mideast countries, and many were from other countries, including china, countries all over the world. 150 of the people, as he said, were not from mexico. they caught many, many more but that's 150 people coming from companies, really, countries that you wouldn't believe. they will not approve the measures we need to keep america safe, the democrats. we can't do that. can't do that. because this is of paramount importance to our country and again, i could take it nice and easy. i could enjoy myself. i could relax. i have been in the white house because i think it's very important to be there, and other people went on a nice wonderful vacation over the weekend. they had a great time. i would have loved to have been with them. i didn't like the look of it. i would have loved to have been with them. but we have a very big problem.
this should have been done by other presidents. just like the moving of the embassy to jerusalem should have been done. it was promised by many other presidents. just like we're doing the job with north korea, just like we're doing the job with china. we are getting it done. we are getting it done. we are getting it all done. it would have been nice if other administrations were able to do it. but we have to do the border. in the meantime, the usda is doing everything in its power to help farmers deal with the ongoing shutdown. we thank you for your support and patriotism and we fight to defend our nation. we are fighting very hard to defend our nation. and many people that aren't getting payment, that aren't being paid, have let us know in the strongest of terms, a big amount, they said sir, what
you're doing is of paramount importance. do the job right and we are with you 100%. you would be surprised at how many people have said that. and it's not easy for them but it's a lot of people. so i'm asking all of our citizens to call your democrat law makers and ask them to pass a bill that secures or border, protects our country and now reopens our government, because as soon as they do that, we reopen our government. ... we are fixing broken trade deals that are horrible and so what was going on in canada, the way you were tweeted, horrible and they tweeted their farmers great. we changed it. with the new trade deal we made with mexico and canada.
opening up new markets to expo export, many new markets are being opened we've eliminated a record number of job killing regulations. the farmers got hit probably as hard as anybody in reversing horrible federal intrusion and to keep family farms into the family we have virtually eliminated the estate tax also known as the death tax. [cheering and applause] thank you. thank you. small business owners and corporations and others, small business, is a terrible thing that was happening. you parent, you love your parents and they are farmers and everyone loves the farm and the kids want to grow up on the farm and run the farm someday and they cannot because they had large estate taxes so they go
out to borrow money and then it turned bad and all of a sudden they would lose the farm because of the estate tax. we got rid of it, folks. if you love your children, you will like me. you don't love your children and you work were not to leave the farm to them it probably doesn't matter too much, okay? does anyone here not love their children? wow. that's a lot of people. not one, that's okay. it's like a lot of the people went to the polls. they voted for trump. he said we don't want to talk about it and then we won we won two years ago in november and we want and everybody are still trying to figure out what happened and we don't have to talk about it and we know what we're doing. we are ensuring that it remains a vital part of america's energy future with the 15 we are making it available year-round all throughout the month, a big difference for the farmers.
chuck grassley, joni ernst, your senators and a lot of great people were very strong on that. it also creates additional because if you notice i think we saw 1.75% sense for gasoline today coming in and i like to do that. i'm writing it as incredible car and i'm driving and looking at gas stations to see how much is the gas. how many other -- do you think hillary clinton would have done it? i don't think so. [laughter] i am and the beast. the worst worlds most excellent cigar like being in an army tank that goes 50 miles an hour. i'm in the beast and looking at gas stations and said fellow, slow. i can't see. 175. that did not happen by accident. people think it does but it doesn't. very few, very little happened by accident. nobody else would have done what
we did for the farmers with the estate taxes and so many other things. in the two years before my election agriculture exports dropped by nearly $23 billion. remember that before i got here it was heading south. a lot of people say g, how are we doing but it was going bad. if you go back 15 years to soybeans were more expensive 15 years ago then when i got into office and they were less. now they are up nearly $40 billion and in december just a few days before christmas i was out to sign the farm bill and we got it done. that was not easy, either. [cheering and applause] that was not easy. senators, harassment, thinking. that group did it.
that was not an easy one, john and bill. but we got it done. first to be passed on time in over 30 years. got it done. i've authorized secretary purdue to be strong on work rules for the food stamp program through regulations allowed by the bill so i know you have a great secretary and he will do what is right. farm bill delivers for our farmers on a wide range of key priority. uncritical farm programs such as crop insurance for you will have the support you need to plan for the future. it increases the amount of farmers can borrow so you can expand and improve your busine business. it also secures the 600 billion dollars commitment we made to build a modern, effective world broadband across america's heartland. you are not well serviced. [applause]
that is something that the great, great little part of our country has been complaining about for a long time but were not properly serviced and you will be now. that bill is a great bill for the farmer. last year when i spoke to you we had just passed our historic tax cuts. here with us today is -- from stockton, missouri. she is a rancher and also an accountant for local farmers. under our new tax plan which lowers rates for small businesses and doubles the textile credit so important, that child tax credit. and who fought for that? the young woman named ivanka trump that's all she wanted, dad, we have to get that passed, dad. i said ivanka, okay. it turned out to be so popular. she is seen that many families
will save upwards of $4000 in taxes this year alone. i want to thank you and all of those incredible people that represent and keep up the great work. where is she? she's around here somewhere. hello. thank you very much. thank you very much. [applause] we are also leading the most sweeping regulatory reform at any time in our history. the us department of agriculture rollback almost 400 million dollars in regulatory cost last year alone and this year they are protected to do more than double those savings. we are saving farmers and ranchers from one of the most ridiculous regulations ever imposed on anybody in our nation and the waters of the united states. [cheering and applause]
disaster. other than the title and that is a beautiful title. it was a total kill when farmers and builders and on everybody. total kill. in fact, i looked at john kennedy when i sign that and said john, i will get killed for this one. because what we did was take something, the waters of the united states and how beautiful is that yet everything inside was a total kill on you. and other businesses, by the w way. [applause] we do not get killed, did me, john? they love it. so the people that come -- when i signed the bill i had ranchers, farmers and homebuilders behind me. these are tough people. strong, tough, men and women, half of them were crying.
we basically -- our government stole the property and they cannot do anything. they cannot build or do anything. they were crying and i said what are you crying about? i don't think he cried in his life and i don't think he cried when he was a baby. he was crying. he said sir, you give me back my life and my property. they took away environmentally to get away. and you will do the right thing. in the audience today is val wagner from north dakota. val, that's a good place. [laughter] you have a great new senator, by the way. great new senator. really great. val and her husband would love to expand the farm were there for boys but under the waters of the united states they would have had to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines because of the prairie potholes
on their land. you all know what perry potholes are? yes, you do. i don't what it sounds bad. back to val and every farmer we are going to keep federal regulators out of your tanks, your stock tanks, your drainage ditches in your puddles and ponds. you know what i'm talking about. you can have a pond, a little pond that they consider it a lake. you are regulated as though it were a lake. you're going to get government off your back so you can earn a living and support your families doing what you love and i know what you love. farmers love what they are doi doing. [cheering and applause] we also passed legislation to rebuild our water structure including our nation's inland waterways which carry more than 50% of our agricultural products. we are replacing one-sided unfair trade deals and we have
so many nations with a one-sided deal. with china every year for many years we are losing 375 billion, not million, billion dollars were working on that. you see what is going on. we are doing well. we have the european union and they don't treat us right. they treat our farmers terribly. they have tariffs that are massive but with the farmer they don't want your product. we are working with them and they have been not treating us fairly. losing $151 billion a year with the european union. sound so nice to european union. and then the press is angry and say donald trump is not treating the european union fairly. well, they're not treating us fairly i want to be nice. in fact, this in my poll numbers are bad in europe and i said they should be. no, seriously. they said when he started off hit 87% and that means you can be the king of any country.
now they are treating me because i'm representing our country and not representing those countries. you know, one of those -- [cheering and applause] it's true. they said his poll numbers have tanked. i said dammit, what's going on. dammit. but then i said oh, it's europe. that's okay. now, we get along well with them and people are great leaders but i'm not blaming him. i blame china. china, 375 billion we loose and it's more than that but that's a conservative number. it's 504 but i'm giving you conservative because i don't want to be criticized for using the wrong numbers. i don't blame china and i was in china taking a speech president
xi, great guy but represent them and i represent us. he's sitting over here and i'm talking to this massacre of and i'm talking about how china is bad and i'm thinking this could be dangerous. i'm in beijing doing business. and i said i don't like this. but i looked at him and realized during a speech it's not his fault or their fault but it's our fault for allowing that to happen. it is our leaders fault. [applause] over the last 15 years we have seen a continual decline in the us share of agricultural trade all throughout the world. you know that. all going in the wrong direction and it's changing them. with you see what happens but we do the right to china in your talking -- they are already back ordering and i said you got to
start ordering. to get over. we are turning all of that around with fair trade deals that put american farmers, ranchers and put america first. that's what i am interested in. america first. we just opened argentina to american ports, exports, pork for the first time in a quarter of a century. they needed something nice that yet to open up to pork. and they said okay. i said why did you not do before and they said no when asked. a lot of it is that. no one ever asks. india and morocco have both open their markets to our poultry exports and we do so much for them and it is incredible. japan opened its markets to us exports of potatoes from idaho, and the lamb from the great state of texas. yes. they just opened up.
we asked them if they would open up and us beef has been shipped to brazil for the first time since 2003 and they will have a great new leader and they say he's the donald trump of south america. do you believe that? he is happy with that. if he was not, i would not lik like -- [inaudible] but i like it. the open china to american beef for the first time in many, many years. we've taken -- you know that. that was before the trade deals and don't even worry about this. compared to what were talking about. we've taken the toughest ever actions to convert china's unfair trade practices that hurt american farmers and ranchers and this includes china's theft of trade secrets from american agribusiness and i cannot believe how complicated this
business is with the seeds and the genetics farming. it is incredible. people don't know this. your secrets were being stolen by china and in all fairness, other countries. we want a fair deal for american farmers removing china's arbitrary bands on agriculture and important regarding our intellectual property and providing fair market access to all american producers. we have also made history by finalizing an agreement to replace the horrible, nafta with a brand-new us-mexico canada agreement called us mca. whole different world. [applause] nafta was one of the worst trade deals ever made by a country. killed our country. the sammartino will increase exports of wheat from montana,
derry from wisconsin, chicken from georgia, products from farmers and ranchers all across our country. as part of the us mca canada will give fair treatment to american wheat farmers and they will now great american wheat just like they grade their own wheat. [applause] to me, that does not mean much but to farmers it means a lot. that's what they tell me. i said what can we do? they said that would be a big thing. even the nfl, you know the nfl had a hard time for many years with canada having to do with the super bowl and i heard about it and i asked about it. it was a lot of money but it was tiny compared to the overall deal with canada and mexico. it was one of the things i said yes to treat the nfl fairly. it's a great american company and we had the dispute over the
national anthem and that seems to have worked out properly which is great and i give them credit for now. [applause] i said, listen, when you go to canada you ask for these things. they're not treating her company right. any company. that was the nfl and that was the great american company. we asked for in one minute we saw the problem they been working on for many years. total success. they called up and thanked me but something i want to do for american companies. it's easy, short and took a few minutes. and we got it. they were fighting for years. canada also agreed to end unfair trade practices that hurt american dairy exports. also here today are chris and gary peterson and their son ben and daughter in law, nikki. more than 140 years ago gary's great-grandmother began their
farm in a tremendous state, i love the state, remember when they say donald trump has won the state of wisconsin. that state has never been one by her public and in so long. bill, you don't remember when they are to you, right? long time ago even before your time, right, bill? and they said downtown, that was a great evening. donald trump has won the state of wisconsin. we love wisconsin. today the peterson's have more than 900 dairy cows and like so many of our great farmers the peterson's have faced a number of threats to their farm into their entire way of life. for years nafta made it difficult for dairy farmers like the peterson's to export milk, i.c.e. cream, cheese and many other dairy products. under the us mca the peterson family will finally have the level playing field that they should have had for many years
and they have it now. together we urge congress to support american agriculture. stand up for american workers and hopefully they will approve the us mca quickly. the one thing to worry about with no matter how good something is they may not want to prove it but this one i think will be tough for them not to. i hear it is in very good shape. it replaces something that has been bad to our country and a great deal. as we reverse the damage of decades of unfair trade we are also providing up $12 in relief to protect our farmers from unfair foreign retaliation. you saw that recently in purdue where we helped out during a very unfair. of time when people were trying to affect the election and no one brings it up but in this
case it was china. i'm not her too much about that. have you heard about that? but they were. we helped our farmers. no one understands better than our farmers that the tough choices we make today reap rewards for centuries to come. more than 200 years ago at this very city was at the center of america's negotiations during the legendary louisiana purcha purchase. no one knew how it would all turn out but president thomas jefferson acted decisively for the american people and after months of negotiations we got what no one ever imagined possible. not only did we gain new orleans but we doubled the size of the united states and we secured new ports and new parts of the map in globe we never thought and
new ports, very importantly, for american agriculture and we made our nation the greatest farm country on god's earth and it remains that and it is now for the first time in a long time getting better. [applause] our nation was founded, settled and built by farmers. from the fields of pennsylvania to the hills of tennessee from the plains of misery to the big sky of montana and from the marshes of florida to the fertile valley of california, farmers have always led the way. the american farmer embodies the
timeless values of america. you believe in hard work and self-reliance and you follow the rules, obey our laws respect our great american flag. you support our community, raise loving families, teach your children right from wrong and you are always loyal to this magnificent nation that we so love. now, you have a government that is loyal to you, finally in return. gmac. [cheering and applause] we know the government first duty is to our own citizens and we are fighting for the american farmer and we are fighting for the american dream and for the product made in ground with pride right here in the usa.
that is what we are fighting for. we are defending a cherished legacy and we are preserving a beautiful way of life passed down from mothers and fathers, sons and daughters and from generation to generation. you are the keepers of this noble tradition and you are the guardian's of this majestic heritage and we are standing up for the men and women who work in the field a month till the soil and harvest the land. we are protecting your rights, your freedoms and our glorious constitution. we are doing it all with love in our hearts, joy in our souls and trust in our god. [cheering and applause] thank you.
to all the farmers here today and across our country, the greatest harvest is yet to come. the future for america's farmers is bigger, better, bolder and brighter than ever before. i just want to thank you all for being here so honored to have this turnout and this record and i want to thank the american farmer bureau for the incredible job they do and i am proud to be a great friend of the farmer and of the rancher, of the people who nobly do what you do and god bless you all, god bless our farmers, god bless the united states of america. thank you very much, everybody. [cheering and applause]
shutdown. you can watch the senate live here on the fan too. tomorrow the senate judiciary committee begins the confirmation hearing for attorney general nominee william bartlett it starts at 930 live on c-span3. connect texas voters elected by new members of congress during the midterms, five were republicans. dan crenshaw is a former navy seal who lost an eye to an ied in afghanistan and was born in scotland and spent some of his childhood in south america where his father worked in the oil industry. voters in the fifth district elected lance whose served in the state legislator and was insurance broker for energy companies prior to his election.
>> jackie simon is at her desk on the day 24 of the ongoing government has done and serves as policy director of the american federation of government employees. largest federal employee union in the country and did you think this would go 24 days? >> guest: it was my worst fear. but yes, i'm surprised it has gone this long.