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>> the u.s. armed services hold a farewell ceremony for president obama. that will be held with live coverage today. on c-span three. c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. morning, thes efforts on the house judiciary committee to move the independent office of congressional ethics. she will also talk about the theing today between congress. join us today for the discussion. the congressional black caucus held a ceremonial swearing-in.
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richmondative cedric succeeds for chair of the caucus. he wanted 15th caucus has the largest in history. with 49 members.
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what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming and the rocket's red glare the bombs bursting in air
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gave proof through the night that our flag was still there oh, say does that star spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave ♪ [applause]
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>> forward march! hut, hut, hut. ♪
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>> ♪ lift every voice and sing till earth and heaven ring raised with a heart holy up lift let our rejoiceing rise high as the lifting skies
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let it resound loud as the rolling sea sing a song full of faith sing our song full of the hope that the present can't honor facing the rising sun
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of a new day begun let us march on till it is won ♪ [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please
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welcome our emcee, louis state senator troycarter, sr. the first african-american senator of new orleans. for more than 25 years, his outstanding contribution for encouraging community empowerment and efforts to eradicate urban blight as distinguished him as trailblazer in local and state government. state senator troy a. carter, sr. [applause] >> good morning. thank you to the armed forces and the armed color guard for the presentation of the colors. give them a big round of applause. [applause] and thank you to stephanie jordan for those beautiful renditions of the national anthem and "lift every voice and sing," did you feel it?
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that is good native new orleans theme. good soulful voices, give them a big, big round of applause. stephanie jordan. [applause] distinguished guests, friends and members of the congressional black caucus i am honored to serve as your emcee of the ceremonial swearing-in of the congressional black caucus of the 115th congress. i am also honored to be here to celebrate my dear friend, and fellow louisianaian congressman richmond to the new chair of the congressional black caucus. congressman rich monday is -- [applause] if you know him, you know that he's real. he loves our people. he's committed to our community. he's a tireless worker. he doesn't have any put-ons or
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put-offs. he is as real as you can get. he is a sincere and powerful and respected leader as one could ever ask for. you're blessed as we are blessed in louisiana to have him as our congressman and you are likewise blessed and this nation is likewise blessed to have him as new incoming chairman of the congressional black caucus. another big round of applause for my friend, your friend, .ongressman cedric richmond [applause] for more than 40 years the cbcc has remained the voice for african-americans in congress. over that same period the cbc has increasingly become a dominant force focused on social, political, economic issues impacting african-americans worldwide. members of the cbc, your leadership on behalf of the african-american community, is to be commended and we're
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honored to pay tribute to you today. america thanks you and the world thanks you for your outstanding leadership, not just when the lights are on, not just when the cameras are rolling, not just what it's easy but in the most difficult times, the congressional black caucus and its leadership has stood for americans, african-americans, and all americans throughout this country and beyond. give them a big, big, big round of applause. [applause] we especially want to acknowledge the only founding member who continues to serve, congressman conyers of michigan. give him a big round of applause, congressman conyers. [applause] i'd like to also at this time recognize any founding or former
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members of the cbc in the audience. any former members or founding members? give them a big round ever applause. [applause] thank you for your leadership, thank you for your service. now without further adieu it is my honor to introduce the members of the congressional black caucus of the 115th congress. in interest of time we ask you to please hold your applause until the introductions are made. representative gk butterfield, first district of north carolina and outgoing chairman of the congressional black caucus. [applause] representative cedric l. richmond, incoming chairman, congressional black caucus. [applause] knock it off. now in order of senority. representative john conyers,
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jr., 13th of district of michigan, founding member. representative john lewis, fifth district of georgia. delegate eleanor holmes norton, district of columbia. representative maxine waters, 43rd district of california. representative sanford bishop, jr., second district of georgia. representative james e. clyburn, sixth district of south carolina, assistant democratic leader. representative alcee hastings, 23rd district of florida. representative eddie bernice johnson, 30th district of texas. representative bobby l. rush, first district of illinois. representative robert c. scott, third district of virginia.
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representative benny g. thompson, second district of mississippi. representative sheila jackson lee, 18th district of texas. representative elijah e. cummings, second district of maryland. representative danny k. davis, second district of illinois. representative gregory w. meeks, fifth district of new york. representative barbara lee, 13th district of california. representative lacy clay, first district of missouri. representative david scott, 13th district of georgia. representative emanuel cleaver ii, fifth district, missouri. representative al green, ninth district of texas.
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representative gwynn moore, fourth district of wisconsin. representative yvette d. clarke, ninth district of new york. representative keith ellison, fifth district of minnesota. representative hank johnson, fourth district of georgia. representative andre carson, 7th district of indiana, first vice chair of the congressional black caucus. representative marcia l. fudge, 11th district of ohio. representative karen bass, 37th district of california, second vice-chair, congressional black caucus. representative terry a. sewell, seventh district of alabama. representative fredricka wilson, 24th district of florida. representative donald m. payne, jr., 10th district of new jersey.
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the representative joyce beatty, third district of ohio. representative hakeem jeffries, 8th district of new york. representative mark vesy, 33rd district of texas. representative robin kelly, second district of illinois. senator cory booker of new jersey. representative alma adams, 12th district of north carolina. representative brenda lawrence, fourth district of michigan, secretary, congressional black caucus. representative mia love, fourth district of utah. delegate stacy placekin, virgin islands. representative bonnie watson coleman, 12th district of new jersey. representative dwight evans, second district of pennsylvania.
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senator kamala harris, of california. representative lisa blount rochester, at large, district of delaware. representative anthony brown, fourth district of maryland. representative val demings, 10th district of florida. representative al lawson, fifth district of florida. representative donald mceachin, fourth district of virginia. ladies and gentlemen, the congressional black caucus of the 115th congress. give them a resounding round of applause. [applause] give them a resounding round of applause. [applause] give them yet still, another round of applause. [applause] when you understand what these people stand for, when you understand what these people do
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for us, when you understand how they fight for us, tirelessly, day in day out, you will give them another round of applause. [applause] as the cbc of the 115th congress embarks, on its critical work on behalf of the american people, they do so in faith. they do so with strength. they do so with amazing perseverance. they do so with amazing humility. they do it because they truly believe it is the right thing to do. give them another round of applause. [applause] it is my privilege to present to man,n outstanding young
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reverend stephen a green. he will now lead us in prayer theowed by selection from incomparable soloist, stephanie jordan. >> let us pray. we are gathered today from across the grass of the united states of america to say thank you for the congressional black caucus of the 115th congress. thank you for the commitment of every member of this, our beloved caucus, the conscious of congress. under the leadership of our herculean chairman, cedric richmond, would ask you keep your hands on them as they guide our nation at the unbeknownst days ahead. the days ahead seem dark and
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may cloudy but we are comforted in the rays of hope of our god of our weary ears and the god of our silent tears. for we know that it is this hope that brought us to childless through slavery, reconstruction, jim crow, the civil rights movement and the election of president barack obama. therefore, we are confident in this hope that despite any goals of a twitter finger president-elect and his cabinet disease, youre servant leaders, other congressional black caucus strength to stand. strength to stand in the face of adversity, on behalf of the poor , for those who need affordable health care, for those who need criminal justice reform, for those who need access to education and a living wage and quality housing. and now, lord, let us go forth and stand up for democracy that unites rather than divides. let us go forth knowing that love, liberty, justice and equality for all is the only order of the day.
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let us go forth to understand that the universe silencing of humanity far supersedes democratic or republican partisanship. let us go forward lowered, that we must toil and stride together for a more perfect union for black lives matter. let us go forth knowing that there is a higher, more power working in the universe that will roll justice down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. let us go forth and sing a song full of the faith of the dark past, sing a song full of hope that the president has brought us facing the rising sun of our new day begun. let us go forth until victory is won. amen. [applause] this song was made famous by the one and only louis
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armstrong. ♪ i see trees of green, red roses too you them bloom for me and and i think to myself world i seerful
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skies of blue and clouds of white the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night and i think to myself oh, what a wonderful world the colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky are also on the faces of people passing by i see friends shaking hands do?"g "how do you
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they are really saying "i love you" i hear babies crying, i watch them grow they'll learn much more than i'll never know and i think to myself oh, what a wonderful world ♪
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♪ the colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky are also on the faces of people passing by i see friends shaking hands
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saying "how do you do? " they are really saying "i love you" i hear babies crying, i watch them grow they'll learn much more than i'll never know and i think to myself world ♪ a wonderful [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the congressional black caucus foundation president and ceo. [applause] >> good morning. on behalf of the congressional black caucus foundation, it is my pleasure to welcome you distinguished guests, colleagues, friends and members of congress to today's ceremonial swearing-in for the members of the congressional black caucus and the 115th congress. i would like to recognize and thank the cbc board of directors and corporate advisory council members for the ongoing engagement and avoid work. if i could ask all numbers of our board of directors and corporate advisory council to please stand and be recognized at this time. [applause]
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>> thank you to outgoing cbc chairman, representative g.k. butterfield, thank you for your leadership, partnership and long-standing commitment to champion issues critical to the black community, and to all america. [applause] >> to the new cbc chairman, representative cedric richmond, congratulations on the high honor of leading the congressional black caucus and the 115th congress. we look forward to your leadership and strengthen our partnership to address the critical issues facing our nation's african-american and underserved community. the 115th congress will have the largest cbc in history with 49 members. [applause] and this means that the people making decisions for all americans will better reflect the diversity of our nation from its inception to its present
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day, the cbc has used its considerable political power to elevate and expand the public policy debate on several issues impacting the black community. today's ceremony also embodies the cbc core mission, values and institutional initiative to advance the global black community by developing leaders and forming policy and educating the public. while the cbc grows in numbers, there remains a lack of diversity and inclusion when it comes to senior staff placement in the senate and congressional offices. and cbc is committed to doing its part to change the landscape of the capitol hill and we are doing so with one of our newest initiatives, emerge 535. launched -- [applause] thank you. launched in 2013 and continuing over the next several years, the cbc f will expand opportunities for emerging african-american leaders by providing 535 internships and fellowship
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placement and capitol hill offices and on committees. however, we will only be successful in moving this forward if we are united. the cbc remains an integral partner in the foundation's leadership development program. we know your commitment to our progress over the years not when not been possible without your courage, sacrifice and desire to help us build a platform for rising leaders and public servants. in closing, i would like to extend a special thank you to our event partners for today's ceremony and especially our platinum sponsors fedex and bristol-myers squibb. [applause] >> my thanks also to honda, general motors and at&t. your collective generosity and support has made this morning possible. thank you as well to the cbc staff, our distinguished program
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participants, my staff at cbcf and our incredible volunteers. we appreciate your commitment, enthusiasm and continued support and know that we could not do what we do without you. the congressional black caucus foundation is proud to host the ceremonial swearing in of the congressional black caucus. this time-honored tradition recognizes our nation's african-american members of congress, who demonstrate every day their dedication and commitment to our communities and to our nation. thank you so much for your presence here this morning, and once again, congratulations to the members of the congressional black caucus and the 115th congress. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, it is now my pleasure and honor to welcome democratic leader nancy pelosi to give remarks in celebration of the swearing-in of the cbc.
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after nancy pelosi, steny hoyer will be greetings followed by assistant democratic leader representative james clyburn. ladies and gentlemen, leader pelosi. [applause] leader pelosi: good morning, everyone. it is my honor and all of you along with our distinguished steny hoyer, james clyburn, a great force in the congress of the united states. as we gather here today to celebrate the swearing in of the congressional black caucus, and welcome five new members, isn't that exciting? some of them representing districts that have never been represented an african-american member before. thereby increasing numbers. and to be here with our
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distinguished ranking member of so many committees in the congress. my message today to you is a little different from before because something different happened this year. this year when many of us were present, when we were dedicated to the african-american museum. wasn't that a spectacular occasion? [applause] it is a museum about truth, and truth is something that this congressional black caucus has always been about. you have heard it said over and over again that the congressional black caucus is the conscience of the congress. and, indeed, of the country. under leadership of mr. butterfield, great progress has been made. now we welcome a new chairman, cedric richmond. congratulations to you, good luck to you for your leadership.
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thank you, mr. butterfield, for your leadership as well. but the truth is that in the , i don'tle of years want to be partisan here, but there has been an attempt on the part of some in the congress to block this president from appointing a justice of the supreme court. something that has never happened before. that was wrong. that was wrong. the constitution says the president shall nominate, the senate shall review that, to confirm. what has also happened is that they have ignored our call to pass the voting rights act directions after the supreme court.
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we cannot let this stand. we cannot let this stand. and the strength that we have for not just an african-american president to make an appointment or not just for voting rights to be important to the individuals are deprived of them, but for the greatness of america. this is not just an insult as it was intended to be. it is an insult to america. so the truth is that at this great museum where we have memory, where we recognize the ability of our country to change, where we recognize that talent, the vision that our country now benefits from , that wee have changed cannot let people show up in say, and come home and
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that's all you're going to get in terms of voting rights. [applause] we can't do that. so again, we welcome -- we consider everything an opportunity. right here before our very eyes we see the intellect, the integrity, the imagination to have an impact on this congress and on this country that is for the good -- it's not about democrats. it's not about republicans. it's about america. the greatness of america is they rejected how the ability of our president to appoint a justice. by how they have rejected our calls for correcting the injustice of the supreme court decision.
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it's all about justice. st. augustine, 17th century, he said that any government that is informed, is in power and does not promote justice is just a bunch of thieves. that's what he said, 17 centuries ago. so how do we define justice? justice in the courts, social, economic, environmental justice. justice in every way. that has been the work of the congressional black caucus. so it is indeed a cause for celebration when we come together to have this ceremonial swearing in. thank you for bringing us all together and for your leadership at the foundation. thank you all for your support of the congressional black caucus and the congressional black caucus foundation. and you're helping and your contributions in that regard.
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political, financial, and every way. you are making america a great er place. congratulations, my colleagues. i look forward to working with you. thank you all for the opportunity to share some thoughts with you this week. god bless you all. god bless america. god bless this black caucus. [applause] >> and now i yield to the distinguished gentleman from maryland, the distinguished democratic whip of the house , steny hoyer. [applause] >> good morning. i am so honored to be included in this program. shuanise, i want to thank you for your leadership of this congressional black caucus foundation. it does extraordinary work. i've had some of your interns in my office.
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what an extraordinary touching of the future the foundation makes. thank you very much. [applause] >> chairman butterfield, congratulations for your leadership and for your strong voice, reflecting the strong voice of the congressional black caucus. [applause] cedric richmond, we welcome you as the new chair of the congressional black caucus. the heavy responsibility, and you are up to the task. your colleagues have said that. but we want you to keep your pitching arm in shape as well. [laughter] >> vice chair, second vice chair karen bass, secretary brenda lawrence, gwen moore, that's a tough whip, ladies and gentlemen.
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[applause] >> kamala harris, anthony brown, val dennings, al lawson, john kitchen, lisa blunt rochester, and that senior member of the freshman class, or maybe the junior member of the sophomore class, i'm not sure how dwight looks at his status, but i'm sure he is loading his seniority over all of you. when the congressional black caucus was founded, ladies and gentlemen, they would've only been a partial first row. not the second, not the third, not the fourth, and not a full first row. we have come a long way. i want to thank outgoing chairman butterfield for his
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extraordinary service, particularly his commitment to advancing the cbc mission of economic justice. we heard in this election a lot of people who are hurting and have reached out for change. i congratulate incoming chairman richmond on being chosen to lead the cbc at this critical and challenging juncture. today the cbc celebrates its largest caucus in history, 49 strong. not quite the percentage, but very close. 49 members of congress. more than 10% of the congress. and about 25% of the democratic caucus. this congress, six members will serve as ranking members of
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key committees. strong, able, grounded voices . since the founding 1971 the cbc has become, as nancy pointed out and as we all referenced, the conscience of the congress. and the congress and the country need a conscience, need a strong voice for principled execution of the laws and adoption. as our friends, ranking member john conyers remembers, he was among the 13 original members at a time when some in congress wanted to close the book on the civil rights movement after passage of landmark legislation of the 1960s. but he can also attest that the work of civil rights and
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economic justice was far from completed, and today remains so . if i were in my church today i would say, do i hear an amen. and the creation of the cbc was a powerful reminder to the congress and to the country that the civil rights movement and efforts to secure justice and equal opportunity for all would continue to this day. very frankly, some of us believe we have been at high point in the achievement and the proximity of that goal. and then we have been at low points, when that goal has been at risk. draw your conclusions as to where we are today. today we face a renewed challenge. now, in the 21st century, the cbc remains at the forefront of economic issues, justice issues and civil and human rights both at home and around the world.
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its members also lead when it comes to the critical work of ensuring that young people, young people of color, do not have to fear for their lives when they walk down the street or have an encounter with law enforcement. the congressional black caucus is testament to the fact that black lives matter. [applause] and more importantly now than ever, if they are working hard to defend the value of mutual respect. that every american to be seen as equal. ,ot only in the eyes of the law but in the eyes of one's fellow american. i have been proud to work closely with the cbc over the forward to look continuing our work together in
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the 115th congress. congratulations to our new members who joined an extraordinary group of americans. we know that we don't all share the same color. martin luther king taught us, however, it was the content of our character, not the superficial color of our skin, that mattered. so as john lewis calls us all brothers and sisters, brothers and sisters committed to the character of a great country, to the principles of a great declaration, and the constitution which we will swear to defend this afternoon. stephanie jordan sang a song.
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i'm not sure if louis armstrong were singing that song today, not necessarily as beautiful as ng it, but with great passionate feeling, because he would've been as confident today as he was then that this is a beautiful world. our citizens have sent us here to make sure that their world is as beautiful as we can make it. god bless you. godspeed. thank you for your service. [applause] >> chair washington and members of the board of the foundation,
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mr. butterfield, other committee members and members of the 115th congress, to chairman cedric richmond and the executive committee members, and my colleagues in the 115th congress, to all of our former members who are here, former staffers, to all from other walks of life, that we interact with, as we try to carry out the business of a congress of our duties and responsibilities to our colleagues. to my homeboy, jesse jackson, sr., and others from the civil
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rights community, it is with great honor and significant anxiety that i welcome all of you to this occasion. george santayana, someone who i quote often, once wrote, "if we fail to learn the lessons of our history, we are bound to repeat them." we are here today in the hopes that all of us have learned the lessons of our history. we are here today to install new officers for the congressional black caucus that sit before you today in historic numbers.
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all of us, irrespective of what may be our current pursuit or adherence, all of us got our beginnings, our foundations in the black church. and one of the underpinnings of that foundation is found in the book of matthew, the 25th verse, the 45th verse where we are taught that we are expected to two do for the least of these. but few of us ever pay close attention to what is going on with a masters teachings prior to the 45th verse and that expression.
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-- where wearable are taught by the master, that all of us are given talents. some more than others. but we are taught that even if you fail to use that one talent that you may have, you lose it. each and every one of the people who sit before you bring to the 115th congress a different set of experiences. as i often say to my children and grandchildren, two of whom are here with me today, we can be no more, nor will we ever be
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any less, of what our experiences allow us to be. the experiences that these men and women have hopefully will be used to build a foundation for our children and grandchildren. one in which they look upon history for lessons, and hopefully not a future. [applause] >> state senator troy carter senior. >> the swearing in of the congressional members is a long-standing tradition that celebrates and signifies the start of the new congress.
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a passing the baton of sorts, a beginning of a new era, and others. and speaking of passing the baton, the ceremonial oath of office will be administered by the honorable cleo fields. fields is a former member of the united states congress from 1993-1997 from the fourth congressional district of louisiana. congressman fields has been an incredible leader in louisiana and in our nation. it is befitting that someone of his caliber and of his strength and that his character and leadership would be here today to administer the oath of office. ladies and gentlemen, give a round of applause for the honorable cleo fields. [applause] >> thank you, senator.
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would see chairman elect, the honorable cedric richmond from the second international district of louisiana, please stand? along with all officers and members of the congressional black caucus for the 115th congress? all officers and members of the congressional black caucus. [laughter] >> gentle ladies and gentlemen, please raise your right hand and repeat after me. i, state your name, do affirm that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states, against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that i will bear true faith and
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allegiance to the same, that i take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. and that i will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which i am about to enter. so help me god. congratulations, godspeed, and continue to be the conscience of the congress. [applause] >> now at this time i would like
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to introduce, represent, rather, cbc chairman g.k. butterfield of the 114th congress. representative butterfield is in his seventh term serving north carolina's first congressional district. his hard work and commitment to improving the quality of life of his constituents, african-americans and all americans has earned congressman butterfield the confidence and respect of his peers. under his leadership, the cbc has strengthened educational opportunities for african-american students, and hbcus, and advocated to restore section five of the voting rights act, the cbc continues to also help alleviate persistent poverty and other disparities that plague communities across the nation. although these accomplishments are significant, representative butterfield knows the work to advance the african-american
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community is far from finished. his determination and dedication to stand up for others has made him one of the most recognizable and effective leaders in congress. ladies and gentlemen, give a big round of applause to the outgoing chairman of the congressional black caucus, representative butterfield. [applause]
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rep. butterfield: thank you. thank you so very much. we can say that for cedric. this is his day. thank you so very much, senator carter, for the for the very kind and generous words of introduction. to the other program participants, including my good friend cleo fields, and to the musicians and the young pastors who participated earlier today. . to the members who served past and present to all of you, to
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all of you who have come from far and near to support us on this day, ladies and gentlemen. let me begin by thanking cbc colleagues for entrusting the gafl, this thing here, the ga vel to me for the past two years. i twan to share these thought with you but we ran out of time but i want to say then and i want to say to you now, you gave me one of the highest honors of my life and i have had a lot of honors in my life but this has been one of the highest of my lifetime and i thank you so very much. though it has been a huge challenge as you can imagine to lead 46 talented politicians. it has been an honor. it has been most rewarding and i
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thank you, so much. anyone who serves in congress knows so well that we cannot do that work without the support of our families. to the families who are here and those who may be watching elect technology thank you for your support in our work. i especially want to recognize the dozens, the dozens of congressional staff who support our work. those staffers who work in washington and those in the district, we cannot do this work without your dedicated service. you are a appreciated. you are appreciated not only by your individual members but you
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are appreciated by all of us collectively. the four cbc staff the supporting interns including 30-year-old jonathan reilly who left his death became ill and passed away. i want to thank you, the staff, the interns for your tireless work every day to lift up the c cdc to let us pursue our agenda. we thank you so very much. 2016 is now in our rare view mirror. what a year. we find ourselves facing a difficult political and
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legislative environment unlike any we have seen before. but i promise you the cbc sh will rise to the occasion and we will meet these new challenges. the consequences are too enormous for us to be indesighive and allow ultraconservative force and the forces of theality right to defend our nation. we will be strategic and unified in oir our work in the next congress which begins noon today. there's no question that cedric levon richmond, that's what his momma named him, don't blame me, but there's no question that
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this brother cedric richmond, generation x is well suited and well prepared to lead us in c confronting these new challenges. i'm proud of you. these baby boomers, most of these, are proud of you and we're ready to get to work. we know that you will take this caucus to a new level to a different level of advocacy to protect our constituents from the harm that will be inflicted if we don't fight back. this is your time. i look forward to working with you and most importantly i look forward to following your leadership as you lead 49 members of this great caucus, the largest in our history. at this time, it is my pleasure,
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it is my honor, it is my joy to transfer the gavel, that's what marshal fudge told me last year, i know the feeling, it is my joy, it is my mon nor to transfer the gavel of the chair of the congressional black caucus for the 115th congress to our friend cedric richmond. [ applause ] thank you, our members are like a family and i bond is love and
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in a family you know everything about everybody. but the one thing we know in g.k. just exited is as he said this is my gacel we have get you another one, that g.k. is tight, let me first start over by thanking my family who believed in me when i was 25-year-old and said i want to run for office e fresh out of the law school spend all of my money, then i told my family after i spent it so they had to buy in also and my mother contributed dearly and my brother was silly enough to share a joint bank account with me so he contributed far more than he knew. to my wife, ro kel who allows me
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to get on the plane to come up mere and fight for my constituents and people in the country while she raises the little one on her own who has this headphones on because he doesn't want to hear what da da has to say. i want to ask my wife, mother and brother to stand and be recognized. [ applause ] >> let me thank my colleagues in the cbc who gave me this vote of confident and this awesome responsibility for the next two years. and their love and their support and their guidance and their mentor ship has meant the world
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to me over the last six years. thank you for your leadership, senator butterfield. the politician things about next election and the statesman think about the next generation. i want you to look at these 48, quintessential states woman when men who think about the next generation but do what is required of them and that is to love mercy and due justice, give these 48 members of the cbc a big round of awe plows and thank you to shanice and bcf and hard work that you do. but do it, you work tiredly and you get results.
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thank you, very much. we have assemble this morning to celebrate achievement. we stand 49 members strong, bipartisan, by cam ral, with two of our members serving in the united states senate. just to be clear, that's 49 members from 49 different districts, speaking with one voice. our members are in leadership and head committees on every major issues goed in congress. on the forefront to light america's path forward. our members represent 78 million americans, 24% of the population and 17 million african-american
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representing 41% of the african-american preponderance population. rural county. we continue to celebrate the past eight years successful with one of our own in the hospital. legendary people who remind us of the progress our country have made and our people have seen. revolutionary leaders like maxie water who remind us of the battle we have waged and won. justice warriors who show us importance of fighting for right
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and just. brilliant like bobby scott who help light the path to the proserous, andre carson, mash and the list goes on, you see the talent up here. however, we will miss a profound opportunity if we did not gather to celebrate. if we do not acknowledge the mood of people of color throughout nation. there are many americans especially black americans who cannot understand how ke got here today. coming off hope, pride, inspiration they are fearful of devision hate, and pettiness. many of our young people are
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frustrated with the fact they seem to be fighting the same causes that dr. king and ref rand jackson and many others galvanized country behind the civil rights. that's common humanity. in 1853, theodore parker, minister and quintessential thinker told us i do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the ark is long one and what were i see it bend towards justice. a century later, dr. martin luther king quoted his love during marchs and speeches reminding us of this point that
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we know is true today. how long, not long. he would finish in a flurry because the ark of the universe is long but it bends towards justice. members of the cbc know this too well. while others have throne up their hands, hung their heads, paraized by frustration, the cbc have remained focus. members like shirley chism naught to combat hunger and worked to expant opportunities for women in the labor force and children in the classroom. move communities of color closer to economic freedom. members like john connors dedicated his life to helping
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people of color find the justice in the criminal justice system. even though -- [ applause ] >> even though it doesn't look like it sometimes, including now, but ark is still bending. however, it does not bend on its own. it takes people of all ages and races to make it bend. the 49 members of the cbc are committed to do our part to provide the leadership and engage the people across this country and fight shoulder to shoulder to ensure that the ark continues to bend. we cannot do d alone. we need the fire, passion and talent of young people to use the tools and resources of today to chapture the nation and give life to the moment.
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it was young men and women on the front light to fight for freedom nft 60s and there's no different today. we can stand on their shoulder so we can achieve greater heights. if we do not learn from our past, our future will be more of the same. as i close i want to tell you what to expect from the cbc. we will confront thoeps who seek to divide us. we will be clear about our deplands on behalf of black people across the country. we will ven chur outside of character ton regularly to engage our people in the places that they live, in the places they work and worship. we will heed the many lesson of the people who came before, tackle challenges of today. we will be deliberate in our
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thoughts and actions and engage on our own terms. we have the strength and courage of our ancestors who survived the middle passage, and in that spirit we won't give in, we won't give up, and we won't fall back. we will listen to bend the ark towards justice. to be clear, in fact to be crystal clear, we won't dance if we're not at a party, we're not going to laugh if nothing funny. we're never going to run because we're never scared and we never will be. may god bless you, and keep you and we look forward to the next two years. [ applause ]
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ladies and gentlemen i'm glad your standing, i want you to sing along with me. i was asked to choose a song and i chose this song and i want you to sing along with me. it's simple, we mean it from the bottom of our hearts to all of you and our new leader cedric richmond. it goes like this ♪ show yourself mighty ♪ show yourself strong ♪ show yourself awesome ♪ in the midst of the storm ♪ in the time of trouble ♪ he will give you a song ♪ show yourself strong
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♪ show yourself strong ♪ show yourself mighty ♪ show yourself awesome ♪ in the midst of the storm ♪ in the time of trouble ♪ he will give you a song ♪ ♪ show yourself mighty ♪ show yourself mighty ♪ show yourself strong ♪ show yourself awesome ♪ in the midst of the storm ♪ in the time of trouble ♪ he will give you a song ♪ show yourself mighty
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♪ show yourself strong ♪ one more time, show yourself mighty, show yourself strong ♪ ♪ show yourself awesome in the midst of the storm ♪ ♪ in the time of trouble he will give you a song, shots show yourself mighty show yourself mighty ♪ ♪ show yourself strong ♪ ♪ show yourself ♪ show yourself ♪ show yourself ♪ show yourself, show yourself ♪ show yourself ♪ snot show yourself mighty,
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show yourself strong ♪ ♪ show yourself strong thank you. >>. [ applause ] >> ladies and gentlemen, thank you to stephanie jordon, accompanied by mar lin and rachel jordon. senator martin will close the program. >> sew yourself mighty, show yourself strong, show yourself some love for the congressional black caucus. i would like to once again take
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time to personally congratulate the new chairman recall and ask you to join me in giving him a resounding aplows chairman of the congress black caucus 115th congress [ applause ] >> responsibility for indeed an awesome leader. i would like to personally thank my dear friend for this student to be with you today. but i have to tell you, i really got here as part of a golf bet. one that i did not win.
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he beat the pants off me so he decide to let me come do this. give him a round of applause. we thank congressional black caucus for four decades of services. as we begin 115th congress, we look forward to your stead fast leadership and commitment to ensuring equal rights for all americans. will the members of the cbc please stands. ladies and gentlemen, please join me in giving a round of applause in saluting the outstanding men and women for their outstanding service what they have done and what they will do in the 115th congress.
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give them a round of aalaapplau. we look forward to witnessing the that we invite the audience to great the members at reception outside of the theater following the cbc class photograph. thank you for sharing this event. this concludes our program. god bless you all and god bless america. cpc please remain on stage for photographs. god bless you all. ♪
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photographs and sponsors, so hold tight. a few moments and we'll let you go. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> are we all set? focus, the photographer is on top in the balcony, she is waiving her hand.
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all right we're all set. thank you, very much. congratulations to the new members of the cbc.
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rosemary: he had really looked at the veterans scandal he for. it was a big scandal. most people had heard about the oil scandal in the early 1920's in the harding administration, but at the time the veterans bureau scandal was equally important and yet this man had come down in history as a crock. it was never clear to me what he had actually done the i got intrigued by this. announcer: sunday night on c-span's q&a. >> congressman paul ryan was elected speaker of the house for the 115th congress. and those who ran against. tim ryan got to votes.

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