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that reality. so i'm i think he'll get the ufo briefing and trade briefing. >> i wish i could get that ufo briefing. [laughter] >> this is another one where it's a matter of which advisors around trump wind up having the most influence. there are the zero sum trade game people like wilbur who believe when other countries win , we lose. and there are free traders like kudlow and steve moore and others who say, you know, generally speaking more global trade is better for the world and ultimately better for us. i think t.p.p. is history. i think it's an unfortunate fact that that's the case because we could have withstood to benefit greatly from that. i don't know who's going to ultimately win the argument. i think he'll look for individual instances where he can say he kept x u.s. jobs
making some small move that does that. like massive tariffs on mexico and china, it would be insane and so i don't think he'll do it -- think he will do it. >> he moves on china to import tariff, something like that. china decides that it's next big order for planes, it goes to -- >> airbus. >> airbus, right? >> that is why he cannot do it. >> boeing knocks on the door and says mr. trump, mr. president, look what happened? and then he'll answers uns the dynamic which -- i remember when i was overseas. you could -- for better or worse, and we can argue about this, u.s. foreign policy was boeing foreign policy. or it was bank opening up foreign policy. that's were the things u.s. put on its list. that's what foreign policy was all about. >> i don't think he will start trade wars because the results will be politically disastrous
but who knows? he could be so temperamental he gets irritated by something china's done and he does start one. i think the ramifications would be such and he'll have enough people around him to say, dude, you can't do this. just don't. [laughter] >> all right. i think on that note we have reached our allotted time. i want to thank you aaron and ben and steve and ben and thank you for joining the panel. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] ♪ >> c-span's washington journal live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up tuesday morning, north carolina republican congressman, walter jones, is joined by congressman ted lieu to discuss their bipartisan efforts to reverse the court of appeals decision over contributions to political committees. both argue the ruling allows super pac's to accept unlimited
donations. then a look at foreign efforts to spread fake news during the election cycle. from the foreign policy institute. be sure to watch c-span's washington journal live beginning at 7:00 a.m. eastern. join the discussion. , former utah governor, jon huntsman and former connecticut senator joe lieberman on the first 100 days of the next administration. then remarks by tony blair on the impact of the uk's exit vote. that is followed by lawmakers on how cities plan to work with the incoming trump administration. >> coming up tuesday, a hearing on allegations -- on the u.s. geological survey. the deputy director tested -- testifies before the house resources committee, live at
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>> we are excited to have dr. carson as our intended nominee for housing and urban development. we are looking forward to another productive week in the transition that is setting a historic pace. i was spending some time in new york here at the trump tower. i think the american people are rightfully encouraged and impressed at the speed and decisiveness that our president-elect is bringing. it is going to make america great again. >> [indiscernible]
>> the bulk of the time was with donald trump. i found it extremely interesting conversation. to be continued. i am going to leave it at that. thank you. >> who asked for the meeting? >> what can you tell us about today's events? kellyanne: we have a decision-making announcement. >> any positions to be announced? kellyanne: that is up to the president-elect. during president-elect obama's term, he did not make any announcements. kellyanne: a very small group of people in this country who have been president or vice president.
conversation of those who breathe the verified air. [indiscernible] i will keep that confidential unless vice president gore -- he has a number of meetings. [indiscernible] which is really terrific. he's got a brilliant mind. -- was veryfocus focus -- [indiscernible] kellyanne: i am not sure that general mattis will be there in fayetteville tomorrow. time, it is a great way to get out. [indiscernible] getting oxygen and directly talking to people. the desku going on
going to the meeting today -- going to the meeting today echo >> it is a matter of availability. tomorrow will continue with the meetings. >> donald trump holds a victory rally tuesday and speaks to supporters in fayetteville, north carolina. see it live starting at 7:00 p.m. eastern on c-span two. >> follow the transition of government on c-span as donald trump selects his cabinet and the republicans and democrats prepare for the next congress, we will take you to key events. watch live on c-span. watch on-demand at c-span.org or listen on our free c-span radio app. now former -- on promoting
centrist candidates in the wake of the 2016 elections. labelschair the group no . their remarks are followed by members of congress on the first 100 days of the incoming trump administration. this is 50 minutes. national eskimo association and lisa border. ♪ everybody.fternoon are we in our seats. not.ad my -- no we are good afternoon everybody. thank you. it is a privilege to be with all of you. i think we are all getting to our seats. while we are doing that, have we not had a terrific morning?
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yourselves and bring others along with you. it is -- is my us option correct? are you sure? are you going to bring another person to this movement? you are going to listen and lead by example? ok, i am going to make you stop eating to make you listen to me [laughter] . >> without further do, we are delighted to have you here. have an opportunity to listen to some exceptional colleagues to hear what they have to say to internalize what you have to say. and then bring that back to our own communities and spheres of influence. without further do, i would like to bring my teammates, andy burstein to start our program. give a warm welcome if you would. [applause] ♪
>> good afternoon. it is great to be here. it is exciting to see the progress that no labels has made over the last five years. evidence of that is your presence. centered to our efforts is to create a durable center core of bipartisan action that can work through compromise to affect positive legislation. that supports the no labels national strategic agenda. i want to talk briefly about the two sharpest tools in our toolkit. the problem solver and our super pac. the problem solvers caucus has a meeting for several years. up until now, it has been an opportunity for our congressional leaders to build trust, to get to know each other
and to lay a course for forward progress. what is most exciting is they are ready and we are ready to see them take on the tougher challenges of the big issues and to create a durable block that can be an enabler of positive legislation in the upcoming congress. which, if they told you have read your wall street journal this morning, was announced the $50 million super pac that will provide the kind enablecover that will our congressional leaders to make the tough decisions and to take out those who don't. we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to nelson peltz who has provided guidance, leadership and great commitment to this effort. nelson is an icon of american business. they -- a preeminent financier
and business leader. do, nelsonther peltz. [applause] >> thank you, andy. thank you for being with us. i know i am really excited. when i first nancy jacobson years ago, i met with her out of restriction because i like all of you did not like the way things were going. ings were going. here we are. point inor turning america. we have a new president, new labels hasnd new really come together -- no labels has really come together. this super pac has really put
some white behind our bark -- bite behind our bark. there is a lot of capital on the left a lot of capital on the right, and we will be the capital in the middle and bring everyone together. everyone who of all had a very important hand here. without further it do, i want to introduce are two cochairs, joe lieberman and jon huntsman. jon huntsman is a two-term governor of utah. very important going forward. joe served the state of connecticut for 26 years in the senate. i like to think of him as a real independent. he was no labels before we ever thought of this place. without further do, let a bring both of them out. ♪ [applause]
>> that is such an auspicious song. that is assigned i have iran for governor in 2004. we are to one that election. following those two, what a special moment. take thise like that effort seriously, you know we are doing is a serious purpose. you do not waste your time, you want to be part of something in aseful that is going direction toward destiny that will be good for this country. i'm delighted to be here with joe lieberman, my cochair, my rabbi, my friends, my big brother.
let me just remind you of a couple things that is so significant about why we are here today. one, there is a new center of gravity emerging in american politics. that is by virtue of how things have played out not over one administration but over many. it has brought us to where we are today. it is called unclaimed real estate, and it is said to right, it is centerleft, it is where the deals get done. i could die at the state level of governor, that is where we got all our work done. we're here to plant our flag in that real estate. are no stake about what we doing when you walk out. this is where we are. it is a claim to this real estate. number two, no labels is leading the effort. i do not know of another organization undertaking quite like what nancy and her team have put together. organized,red, it is
it has the energy to make things happen with respect to this new political real estate. number three, this new political real estate is represented by an emerging problem solvers caucus who has now had a couple years exercise.l some of them are here. they have been working together, burnishing up their ability to do things cross boundary. they have the resolve to build and to really play a significant problem solvers caucus on capitol hill, the go to group that could change the balance of power on these important of our -- on the balance of that on these important issues. we could not be doing any of this without defensive mechanisms in place. make no mistake about it. this is where we have not adequately built the right systems.
that is protecting the center lane in primaries with an uncredited -- unprecedented new super pac. we talked about it and talked about it. beef -- we have thrown some numbers out there. the media is starting to report of those numbers. if we can bring all of this together, claiming center-right, centerleft, this new real estate right down the center lane where deals are done and problems are theed, if we can keep problem solvers caucus on capitol hill a live well, organized and focused on the mission, and if we can build these defensive mechanism, folks, we will be an organization to be reckoned with. the amount of good we can do for the american people, i think it will be very consequential an important longer-term. thank you for being here. is a great average -- it is a great privilege and i cannot
begin to thank you enough for what you are doing here. i like to turn this microphone over to the great joe lieberman. [applause] >> thank you john. great honor really to be cochair of no labels. it's even better to be his friend. my text for my brief remarks this noon from a holiday card that i got from my former colleague in the senate, tom carper of delaware. on the card, he quoted this african proverb -- if you want to go fast, go alone. if you want to go far, go together. i think that proverb really sums aboutt no labels has been , and what we are doing here
today. there has to be a new center in american politics where people with good intentions -- even if they have different ideas -- can work together to get things done for our country. if we don't have a center in american politics, we do not really have a functioning democracy. we just have a never ending battle of factions trying to impose their narrow views on one another. that too often in recent years is exactly what it has felt like in america. it feels like we are coming apart when we should be coming together to solve our problems. fact beneathopeful all of the partisan slashing back and forth.
at the level of the american people, we are not as divided as a lot of people would suggest. , theu look at the polling majority of people in america are in the center-right to centerleft. they are not at the extremes. in washington, it does not feel that way. it feels like that majority has been squeezed out by the extremes worried what i'm saying is we need to have the numbers. what we need is the will and the organization to put those numbers and the common sense that comes with them back into our government. that really is what no labels has been about, and why this day is such a moment of great opportunity. it is a different day. it is a beautiful day, and it is
a different day. why? because we have leaders in congress and no labels supporters across the country stepping up like never before. we have got the problem solvers caucus working together. we have the political action committee ready to help those who are problem solvers and fight those who are extremists and who are not. i can tell you having been there that at the moment when it member of congress faces a big decision about a vote, and he or she feels that what is in the best interest of their constituents in our country is what they want to vote for, but the party leadership or interest groups are telling them to vote the other way, too often that is what they do. at that moment, we want them to know that the problem solvers
caucus is with them, and in a very real and tangible way, the super pac that we are forming will be with them at their backs the next time they run for office. there was another reason why this is a moment of real opportunity for no labels. election, whether you supported hillary clinton as i did, or donald trump, the election of donald trump is a disruptive event for a political system that has needed to be disrupted. it opens the door to enormous change, and if president trump wants to really carry that change forward, he can't listen to the people in the republican party who say let's just shove it down their throats. he won't benefit and won't be up to get anything done if the democratic party
are calling for resistance, obstruction at all costs. he needs a group in congress from both parties to come him tor to work with take america forward. i would say that today marks a new and exciting chapter in the history of no labels. we have a loss to build on, but we have a lot of great things we can do for the country. to go back to the african far,rb, we can and must go but we can only do it if we go together. thank you very much. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome from the great state of texas, former senator kay bailey hutchison. ♪
>> thank you everyone. welcome. a very exciting opportunity for our country to , and as joe lieberman just said, it has been disrupted. now let's go forward in a positive way. is ank this panel today example of the diversity, geographically, in our country, and the party diversity as well. whatask is to talk about
to expect in the first 100 days. raise your hand if you would like to predict what will happen in the next hundred days after watching this campaign of the last year and a half? kind of hard to predict right now. that is what this group of experts who are sitting in congress today can enlighten us on what can the president-elect .ctually do without congress what can he do maybe with the consultation of congress? and what can he not do at all without a congressional way forward? with that, let me introduce this panel. first my left is my friend and former colleague roy blunt, the senator who is as been reelected from misery. -- missouri.
[applause] from --ors see gains steve baines -- roy blunt is a republican. the senator from montana is also a republican. are expecting senator joe manchin from west virginia. he is running a little late. if he gets here, he will be on a chair at the end. a democrat congressman from california. [applause] schrader, akurt democrat from oregon. and come been peter welch, a democrat from vermont. today bying moderated ryan clancy, who was one of the
chief strategists for no labels. i think you will start us off and let everybody kind of say what they think the lay of the land is. be ready to ask the questions you would like answered. >> thank you were much. i want to start with sen. blunt: deigns -- senator blunt. you have this is what is on the docket? >> tax reform, infrastructure, other things. i think what is it just is not only was going to get done, or how. is the republican party going to see an opening to get something done together? we would love to hear your perspective about what you think you can work on and the first 100 days. >> i want to say first i thought
sarah lieberman's observation -- senator lieberman's observation about the disruption event. disruption is not a bad thing. i have a friend who has an investment group he calls the disruptors. it is important thing in an economy to keep it viable. i think there is a synergy available here that would not be available under other circumstances. i think the new president makes us think about different ways to look at things, because he is going to look at things in different ways. i would think of the senate side, a lot of the first 100 days will be the personnel business that we are involved in that the house is not involved in. moved forward with appropriate speed to get a government in place, very possibly we will have a supreme court nomination to deal with
and that 100 days. we will probably pass two different budgets. we have an opportunity to pass a budget in january that frankly gives us a vehicle to do something to move forward with health care. for we will pass the budget the budget year that begins next .eptember, or next october 1 that is not only will be able to get done in the first 100 days. think about the inclusiveness of that, that is going to be a pretty big moment. what you think steve? .> i come from a state if you think about no labels, we a ticketse that is budding state. we elect democrats, we elect republicans. i was the first republican elected to this u.s. senate seat in 101 years. we are a little bit of john denver, a little bit of merle hager.
haggard. i backpack with my wife we go back home. environment, and we need responsible natural resource to moment. i also a chemical engineer. engineering, i think this last election both jon huntsman alluded to come it was less about ideology. i would argue president-elect trump's message was quite pragmatic, staying focused on american jobs, about energy security, about the need to secure and save social security and medicare, and the need to responsibly manage the fiscal policy here in washington at achieving a balanced budget. i hope we can stay focused on these bigger picture issues. this town suffers from attention
deficit disorder. i think the question about the first 100 days is important. the presidential appointees will consume a lot of our time at least in the senate. we have to think beyond 100 days. the issues we face are going to take longer than 100 days to solve. think more five-year and 10 year horizons. congressmanfor the -- there are certainly element of the democratic party who do not want to see democrats work under any circumstances with the new president. where do you see the opportunity where you can work with the new president and with your colleagues in the senate? >> i will start. the first thing is that the where, it is the whether. the republicans have a major decision to make. there is a tendency when one party gets power to overreach.
my hope is that the republicans won't do that. paul ryan is going to have his work cut out for him, even though he continues to have a majority. wing and a party that could push it too far. if he makes a decision that to get some bipartisan progress, he will work with democrats willing to work with him, that is going to be a huge advantage for us to get practical things done. second, the challenge for the democrats is do we fight for failure, or do we put out an alternative agenda that we are advocating on all of these topics that we know need to be addressed? that remains to be the democratie turmoil now. party.now a bicoastal we got hammered with a group of americans that democrats like to think we represent -- working-class americans, white,
hispanic, and african-american. we have some internal soul-searching to do. i think that tells us we do not have the answers that are credible to a lot of the people we think we represent. the bottom line is a big decision by mr. ryan. will he worked to get things done and be willing to get help from democrats to accomplish that? that something john boehner did at the high point of west congress. will democrats be smart enough to know we do not need to be criticizing trump? well or not.ing that will be on the basis of what he does, not on the basis of what we accuse him of having failed on. are we going to have a constructive agenda going forward? >> congressman, any ideas on where that space can be constructed? we on the democratic side are going to express what the republicans experienced in 2008, or posts 2008. we're going to get a radical tea
party equivalent that is going to really clamor for just say opposition. speaker ryan is going to have a lot of say in whether he wants to invite democrats to the solution. president-elect donald trump is also going to have some say based on what he chooses to focus on. i think we all know that the affordable care act, politically, they're going to have to do some thing with that. beyond that, if the president-elect's focus is on of thetion and some social issues, i think it will be difficult for democrats to come to the table. on the flip side, if the president sets of agenda on if a structure, tax reform, etc., and a speaker on our side allows us to be part of that conversation, i actually think it sets a different tone. are willing --t
that think is better for us to be sitting at the table and have these conversations as opposed to just yelling at the door, we are going to feel some peace, as much as republicans did eight years ago. >> there are some things the president will have to do without. a lot of the executive orders the current president has put into play, you will see them rescinded or modified. whether it is overtime rules, what have you. we will have little to say over that. you may have a you say over that. actually, your input might be interesting because you made a lot of business decisions based on what you thought was going to happen. this could change radically. on the actual party side, this was mentioned that there will be a reconciliation bill. it only takes 51 votes in the senate.
will probably be primarily dealing with health care. that is the only appropriation will allow this year. vote will take 60 votes. to my colleagues point on the house side, there are at least 40 freedom caucus members that are not interested in governing. they are interested in ideology. is what all was in no labels are all about. that will require speaker ryan to work hopefully with some of the no labels democrats that are willing to cross the aisle -- at some peril to themselves. the name of the game is leadership is also -- often reward lockstep behavior and punish people who will step out for the greater good of the country. it is a problem. it is a discussion i know this group has had. at the super pac announcement earlier, that will hopefully be a sign that some of us are willing to step up the good of the country are not going to be left behind.
i hope they'll become more bipartisan as a result of that. the committee has had a history of working bipartisan. we have a great new chairman. we have a great raking member. i think there will be some bipartisan opportunities. i think there is an opportunity with this relatively blank sheet of paper that we have out there, whether it is the president, the no labelssenate, for to step in with some common sense, broad appeal items that we could do quite little bit of work on. i think it is an exciting new time. >> they talked about the critical threshold in the senate. there are some things that can be moved to reconciliation with only 51 votes. there is limits on what can be moved. you cannot great new programs. most do require 60 votes. -- certainlyty mean you are looking at seven or eight democrats that need to come over for most things to get
done. your leadership team with senator schumer, one of the conversations you are having? i'm taking upip, one side of trying to bring it back to the middle. chuck asked me to do that, and i was pleased to be able to do that. i look at all of this. it is a big change. with every change comes opportunity. some of an opportunity and some don't. i'm pleased to be here with all of my colleagues, and i think of when here knows that i will do whatever i can to help my country. i think no labels is going to play a tremendous part and whether we will be successful in the next 2-4 years. very quickly ethic which way we're going to go. my 60 vote rule, that was predecessor. i didn't vote for the nuclear option.
i thought would destroy the function and purpose of the senate, and ithe was one of the few democrats that would not go along with that. i understand where my republican friends are right now. that makes sense. i understand that. with that being said, we have to be careful how we go down this road. we do use the nuclear option -- i'll give you a perfect example, if we have a supreme court nominee and one thing we were able to talk harry out of was doing the nuclear option on supreme court. let's say some of my democrat friends hunker down and say no, no, no very i can understand that they're going to say wait a minute, we have a good person here. iose of the types of things hope can avoid before getting into this function that we have been in. i can tell you speaking from the moderate, centrist democrat, some of us more conservative than other.
m&a we can't work with president-elect trump to make it successful, to make it work. if we disagree, we will disagree and a respectful way, but also have input. if we are thrown the aca from the beginning, i would hope that my colleagues would say fine, we are going to repair this with this. it would be much easier if you say we're going to do this and take a two or three-year period to work it out. years and six he votes to rebuild it, and you're not given any alternative. let's work together constructively. i think there is a pathway forward if we work together. if we don't, we're back into the stalemate. i would recommend to the president-elect to get your financial house in order.
as a previous governor, when i went to governorship, i went immediately to wall street to find out what they thought of the state of west virginia. , thethey laid it out to me challenges i had, i came back and took on financial reform. finances of the west virginia solid enough to do things i wanted to do. in public office, if people trust us with their money, they will trust us with anything. they will trust is to make the changes and good policy changes. trust a person taking care of your finances or their own finances, they will not give you the benefit of the doubt on some good policy changes you want to make. i would recommend to get his financial house in order and will make some good changes. i am looking for a lot of good things to happen. i really am. senator manchin was talking
about the affordable care act and the way that might get refashioned. what is your sense of how that is going to happen? do you think that will be repealed and replaced a couple years later, or will both be done at once? i think it is instructive for us to look to history as we step and think about the affordable care act. the common thing made for a bipartisan solution. you go back to the years of 2009 at 2010 weather democratic party had 60 votes in the senate. there were only 178 republicans in the house. not only were they dancing on the grave of the republican party, they were scattering the ashes at that point. whoever thought that we would sit here today with the current makeup of washington based on how the world looked into thousand nine and 2010 -- in
2009 and 2010? on forcefully, the aca move through with no bipartisan support in it was a very partisan legislation. as we think about the ,eplacement plan for obamacare i think repeal will likely come through some sort of reconciliation vehicle deal -- vehicle. it has to be bipartisan, or we will face perhaps at our own peril, a different political as it will blowback. first of all, we can't move through a fairly partisan replacement, because it takes 60 votes. we will need joe manchin and his colleagues to work with us on this to get consensus. if we do that, we will have a
replacement that i think could stand the test of time. >> i do the will be easier to get 60 votes on replacements. i'm going to get back to the plural on that. once there is an understanding that where we are now has got to change, everybody knows the system is not working. everyone has slightly different reasons why they think it did not work. probably the biggest reason was one side decided they wanted to take the entire structure on themselves, which would be a mistake for us to do. we do not need to do all that in one 5070 page republican bill that replaced the bill we are moving away from.
i see that coming a piece of a time. the majority of the house can support. i mission taking those things off the table starting almost immediately. there was a provision i sponsor he could stand your parents insurance until you're 26 years old. seems to be a universal sense that is one of the things you want to maintain going forward. no reason to wait three years to say you are going to do that if you can get 60 senators at a majority of house members. this is one of the pieces of building our health care system back. i do think you're going to see the elimination of the old system on will be close to a artisan vote. i hate that because it creates an ownership opportunity.
>> senator hutchinson: i think the points are practical and i think there is a way for word on what you keep now and how you see your way forward. i would say the biggest problem of this bill was the prescriptive notice of it. these insurance companies are bailing out because of the prescriptive notice of what was in the pages made you have to and if you did to do that you were going have to go into the government