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10 years later. sunday at 11:00 a.m. military historian patrick o'donnell and his work "the unknowns: the untold story of unknown soldiers and the decorated heros who brought him home." an thened a 4:30 p.m. eastern on reel america, four films about alaska. the 1936 film "alaska's silver millions." the 1949 film "eskimo hunters in northwest alaska." the 1967 film "alaska centennial." and the 1944 film "alaska highway." watch this weekend on c span 3. >> up next house minority leader nancy pelosi talking about a proposal from democrats to boost voting rights. we also hear from three other democratic members of congress, john sarbanes of maryland, terri sewell of alabama, and paramilla jayapal of washington
state, on election fairness. this program is just over an hour and a half. >> good morning, everyone. i'm president and c.e.o. of the center for american progress action fund and i'm thrilled to welcome all of you to this important, important event. over the past year it has been unmistakably clear that even in the most divisive of times, the american people agree on at least one thing. that they are fed up with the status quo here in washington.
this status quo is maintain bird a system in which many special interests have placed a stranglehold on our legislators. day after day, we hear about how this republican congress and the trump administration are cutting special deals were their donors over the needs of the american people. donald trump didn't drain the swamp. his swamp is now drowning our government. the american people understand that the corrupting influence of big money in our government leads to policies which shortchange the interest of hardworking families, whether it comes to health care, tax laws, or our base excivil rights. in fact a recent poll conducted by cap found that a strong majority of voters from across the political spectrum want lawmakers to reduce the role of m money in politics. it's time for our leaders to fundamentally rewrite the rules that govern our democracy. that's why we are proud to
support a series of ground breaking steps congressional democrats have recently proposed to ensure our political system works on behalf of the people once again. in may, democrats in both chambers of congress came together to announce a bold set of proposals called a better deal for our demock same few weeks ago, democrats in the house introduced the by the people resolution which would transform these reform into concrete, legislative action. the better deal for our democracy is captured in their new resolution centers around three categories of strong and clear solutions for creating a more responsive and accountable government. first, it would repair our broken campaign finance system and stop wealthy donors and special interests from spending unlimited amounts of money in our elections. second it would enact tough ethics laws including measures to limit the power of lobbyists and close the revolving door between capitol hill and k
street. third, it would launch a sweeping plan for edge powering merican voters from ending partisan jerry mandtoring expanding voting rights across the nation. we believe this is critical to renewing the strength of our democracy. that's why we're thrilled to have this event today. i will have a conversation with leader pelosi and my colleague will have a conversation with a few members of congress who have been leading this fight. we're all familiar with the many accomplishments of leader pelosi and all she has achieved in her remarkable career. she's the first woman in history to serve as speaker of the house and she is in many ways the person in congress most responsible for passing the affordable care act. and defending it now. [applause]
she has also fought tirelessly to curb the influence of many in politics and bring greater accountability to our government. i will say i have witnessed her firsthand taking bold and courageous steps, step she is knew would be difficult and step she is knew would be unpopular with special interests because it was important for the american people. so i am thrilled to welcome eader pelosi to the stage. [applause] ms. tanden: thank you so much for being here and for your leadership on this and so many her important -- [inaudible]
i would like to start on some of the news that's happening, the sly last friday -- department of justice issued a series of indictments around the -- what happened in election tampering. as we think through voter integrity we have a situation now in which the president is eeting with -- no problem. the president of the united russian meeting with leader vladimir putin, russia just was -- several russian officials were just indicted and yet it seems the president did not mention this. as people worry about our election integrity, do you have any comments or reactions to the so-called summit happening right now. ms. pelosi: thank you very much
for the invitation to be here. it gives me an opportunity to once again as i say over and c.a.p. for hank being the tremendous resource you are about what has happened and suggestions and initiatives for the future. so thank you, c.a.p. thank you so much for your eadership. the connection between the president sitting there and speaking with vladimir putin practically tolerating what he had to say, or maybe not, was i think very inticktive. the president in my view was afraid to mention the subject at hand. 12 indictments against people connected to the intelligence community in russia trying to disrupt our election. so from the standpoint of that conversation, i think the president was afraid to bring it up. we know he wasn't being diplomatic, that's not his
modus operandi. it begs the question, what does vladimir putin what do the russians have on donald trump personally, politically and financially that he should behave in such a manner? his n doing so barreling way through undermining -- through europe undermining our allies and with the statements he's made, tweets he's make, blame america first. we just don't like that policy. while i completely support leaders meeting, getting a measure of each other, finding common ground, that's always a good thing. but i just don't think it's legitimate if you're not going to face realities that are there. and the reality is that the russian government was a party to the disruption, those associated with the russian government were party to the disruption of our government,
our democracy, and our commitment is about people understanding that they vote and that -- everyone who is eligible to vote will vote. that their vote will be counted as cast. and that there should be no suppression of the vote by other kinds of -- we know they're suppressing it enough on the republican side but no suppression of the vote through attacks by a foreign government. ms. tanden: thank you. thank you so much. i want to turn back to the better deal for our democracy and just ask you broadly why, why you think this series of policies is important. ms. pelosi: we all know it's important because it's about our democracy and our democracy is about everybody believing that his or her vote counts. i'm very proud of the work of john sarbanes and his task force that he's put together and you'll hear more from him on that in the panel. and the work that terri sewell
has been doing to fight the voter suppression which is again, i said to my colleagues, if and when you leave this earth and if and when you go to heaven and see our founders, are you going to say to them, i did everything i could to suppress the vote? because that's what they're doing, right, teri? nd then people hear from congresswoman jy mall about the policy implications of all -- -- jayapal n jaapal about the implications of that. big money comes in, suffocates the airwaves with misrepresentations, nothing to do with fact, data, truth, or anything. in the about a policy they want to advocate but a mischaracterization that they want to present.
so what happens? it's confusing a pox on both your houses. that's what we have. a pox on both our houses. we think it's important to take this to a different place, to show the difference between democrats and republicans, but hopefully to bring the republicans along, overturn citizens united, empower small donors. john sarbanes will go into more detail about all that. there's a cynicism that springs from the role of money in politics that is undermining our democracy. that's being exploited by the republican -- excuse me. by the republicans with their voter suppression but by foreign intervention. perhaps we can go more into that if you wish. but again, this is important because that money in politics comes at the expense of the air our children breathe, the water they drink, the fairness in the
workplace, rights for workers, be it collect i bargaining, safety, etc., pension, it comes at the expense of a fairness, again, raising the minimum wage. comes at the expense of climate. the whole idea, the fossil fuel industry controlling for decades what is happening, the biggest generational challenge to our generation which is to preserve the planet, pass it on in a responsible way. any subject you can name is affected. need i say guns? that the republican congress are totally in the pockets of the national rifle association and other gun lobbyists. so whether it's safety, fairness in our economy, whether it's the air and water our children breath, you name the subject, if you want me to go into the tax bill and the budget and the rest of that. >> i was going to ask about the tax bill. i think the tax intill a good
example. it's the last, you know, the last major piece of legislation that went through both houses. and i think what was interesting about the tax bill is that it was like so out in the open. there was so much reporting about how essentially there were provisions passed in the bill, provisions most people didn't really know about, particularly people who voted in favor of the bill, that were put in at the request of one donor or another donor to -- the house ways and means committee staff or the senate finance, not staff, members. so i think, if you could, i think that's a quintessential example of the issue that we're talking about, which is at the heart of this, people feel like the congress doesn't represent their voices. it represent theirs doe neers voices. and if you have a sense of how the -- what happened with the tax bill and how this
legislation would ensure, or these series of legislations would ensure that people's voices trump donors voices. >> thank you for that because nothing is -- -- ms. pelosi: thank you for that because nothing provides clarity like how we relate to the budget, how we attract funds and spend funds. let me go back to your kind introduction where you gave me a lot of credit for the passing the affordable care act. i accept that on behalf of my colleagues, democratic colleagues, had the courage to take the vote. the intellect to help write the bill. but in addition to that, the reason we were able to win was because of outside mobilization. outside mobilization. and on the features of the republican budgets, or their attempts to overturn, repeel the aed forable care act and end the tax bill are all assaults on the affordable care act. and to defeat the repeal, there
were 10,000 meetings held by groups, lobbyists, you name any group. labor unions, patient groups, people with pre-existing conditions. 10,000 meetings, press conferences, sit-ins, marches, you name it. one form or another. so i want us in this discussion to be very, very hopeful that we can change this situation about money in politics. and the groups that we work with say the argument against the tax bill that resonates in the people that they get to call in and the rest is what it does to the budget. it's grossly unfair. 83% of it going to the top 1%. let me just reference what you said. chris collins said my donors are basically saying get it done or don't ever call me again. lindsay graham said the
financial contributions will op at the tax bill -- if the tax bill doesn't -- tax scam fail he didn't say tax scam, i'm saying tax scam, fails. mulvaney said if you're a lobbyist who never gave us money, i don't talk to you. if you're a lobbyist who gave us money, i may talk to you. he said that in a speech at the american bankers association conference. i want to read it so you knew i was exactly quoting them. but what the grass roots groups said that really resonates with them and it's what we know to be so is how it impacts the budget. so the president's budget comes out, the republican budget comes out, cutting over $1 trillion in medicaid, half a trillion dollars in medicare, social security, disability benefits. food stamps. nutrition programs. education. but especially if you're a
senior, seniors seem to be, have voted a certain way, they're going after your medicare. they have said that it should wither on the vine. now they have a perfect excuse. oh my gosh, we have over $2 trillion deficit generated by the tax bill, how are we going to reduce the national -- how are we going to mitigate for that? we're going to cut medicare, medicaid and that. so again these are issues that strike to the financial security of america's working families. and that is what we're here to ensure that we work for that. and that is the unifying force in our democratic party. so right now, right now, in the interest of the financial stability of america's working families, we want to raise the minimum wage, of course money and politics weighs in against that. we want to ensure people with pre-existing medical conditions still retain that benefit, of
course money in politics and it's in their tax bill, the elimination of that. hat's in the courts now. again if there were one thing this election could remedy, it would be to -- not to get political, but to win the house for the democrats, and the senate and the governors and state legislatures. because what is at stake with the financeability -- financial stability of america's families. cost of prescription drugs, obscene. cuts in medicaid. and medicare. medicaid is -- pays a lot of long-term health care for our seniors. an assault on medicare. and elimination of the benefit of pre-existing condition not being a barrier to getting health care. so money weighs in on all of those things. and so take any subject. the reform of dodd-frank. now they go after that every day. every day they go after the
degradation of the environment. pruitt, he was in disgrace. with his ethical behavior. but it's a bigger disgrace for what he was doing to the air our children breathe and the water they drink. it was blatant. he was good at it. he was very effective at being a violator of the obligation we have to our children. so lincoln, our great president, he said, and despite what -- never mind, i won't go into that. lincoln, he said public sentiment is everything. with it you can accomplish almost anything, without it, practically nothing. in effect. so for public sentiment to weigh in, people have to know. and people seem to know very clearly that there's a problem. they have to know very clearly
that there's a solution here. ands that tipping point. this is a time with positive agenda, that john sarbanes will present, with the description of what is happening as violating our civil rights and vetting rights and the rest. and how it impacts who we are, our humanity. i'll say one thing. the sermon yesterday in church was interesting to me. maybe i'll say two things. that was the priest said, he that. about fairness and and he said, he quoted the founder of the jesuits. st. ignatius loy owe lasm he said ignatius loyola cautioned people if you get money, then you get prideful. and then you get more prideful and then you want more money. and that's what the thrust is. and so there is a path that is
about getting money and pride and that is success. and he said some of those same people, he used this word which i hesitate to use in our arena but he used this word, for enemies of our humanity. enemies of our humanity. are ked about people who trying to raise their families, live their lives, and all the rest of that. and have a sense of humility about what their possibilities are. toynbee.nded me of toynbee, when he wrote about civilizations, he said there are two things that can happen. you can have a governing elite, he called it the minority governing minority, create a -- creative minority of the governing people who would be the creative, for the flowering of the society. that people would succeed.
and that would be what their vision was for their society. and then there was the exploiting minority. and if they had governance, they were about power, special interests, and money. and when those two existed in the same society it caused a skizz. of the political soul -- a skiss. of the political soul -- a schism of the political soul of the country. does that sound familiar to you? st. ignatius loyola, toynbee. and one more, st. awe gus tun. 17 t. augustin who said centuries ago, any government that does not exist to promote justice is just a bunch of thiefs. benedict put that in his first
encyclical. he said sometimes it's hard for everybody to agree on defining justice but in doing so you must be aware of the dazzling blindness of money, special interest and power. so here we are at this pivotal place about our humanity. something democrats and republicans -- it's not democrats and republicans or anything like that. it's about fairness and justice and what our founders sacrificed everything for. so i do -- i'm so optimistic that as we go forward into the elections, of course to win so we can pass bills that do what is being suggested. but also to change the whole dynamic in the country so that republicans are on notice that they have to support this too. [applause] ms. tanden: thank you. we have some questions from social media i'll get to. i want to ask one question on the topic today. you talked about being -- about
public sentiment and optimism about how people are engaged, engaged in health care, in defending the affordable care act. engaged in the fights we're having day to day. c.a.p. today issued a report, pro voter systems that increase voter participation in our leches. theoretically our elections are about ensuring voters vote. i know some people have a different view of that. but this is ensuring people have access to the franchise. the critical element of this series of proposal in the better deal. i want you to touch on perhaps that issue which, as i travel the country, i do find people worried about voter suppression. nd we have found that with tactics like, that would actually expand the franchise, millions more people would be
participating. how central is the issue of access to the vote and -- in your sense of this important series of bills that will improve people's conference. ms. pelosi: access to the vote is central to a demongcy. i know that teri will be talking about some of this in terms of voting rights, voter suppression and the rest of that. but i do want to say that the, again, reducing the role of money is really important in all of this. but there's -- there are also some legislation that we can, imagine after all these years, they still have not passed the voting rights act that would correct some of what the supreme court did. they still haven't done that. i want to get back to that point at the end, after the other point. what we have done which i'm very have proud of. we have our effort to win the
house. the role of just supporting the candidates. is something that is changing the -- support the candidates, support the committee. and that's so we -- the point of the spear so we can make this happen. but in addition to that, one of our initiatives is the national democratic redistricting committee headed by eric holder. d that is a committee that terry mcauliffe and i and president obama put together. this is about litigation in the courts. it's about initiatives on the ballot. t's about ending suppression in many different ways by taking inventory and having solutions and it's about doing so in a way that has attracted so many people to help. certainly financial but that's not the point. the point is many lawyers from
around the country and others around the country to be there, knowing their region specifically, to fight in this fight. it's very important because as you said, all over the country, i talk about our vision, better jobs, better future. they'll say what about the machines? what about the machines? and that is -- that is a fear that people have. well we have to address that and that's one of the things that i'm disappointed that the republicans did not join us sufficiently when we wanted to send the letter to -- after we realized that this was all happening, with the russians and the rest, i knew early because they had done the d.c.c.c. we knew like in june. i said that at the democratic national convention. i know this, i'm not telling you anything i know from classified information, this is from our experience. the russians are disrupting our election.
when it became further brought to the attention of the leadership of the congress by the director of national intelligence, the director of e c.i.a., secretary of homeland security, etc., and others, that this was happening, this is, say, late summer, we -- harry reid and i proposed a letter to the -- those who run the voting -- frequently secretaries of state, sometimes a different entity in the state, saying these are the resources, intellectual, political, financial, available to you to help protect. but we wanted to also add that we wanted to declare the electoral system critical infrastructure. this is very important. not only would the republicans not go along with that, they made -- in order to send the letter, because we thought we had to alert the entities in
the states, in order to send the letter they made us say in the letter, this is not to be interpreted as declaring the electoral system critical infrastructure. it was very, very important. type we really care about that a lot. ms. pelosi: very, very important. because they had resisted. republicans in congress resisted the very inoculation against hat the -- what they were doing. not to mention the other day i think they had their first meeting which was insufficient but the first hearing on this subject in the year and a half since it was officially declared as the consensus of that telligence community this has happened. this you see the d.n.i. statement, coats' statement, they were very, very strong about what the russians had done and are doing in our
election. ms. tanden: thank you. we have time for one question from social media. on facebook, kathy shimmerhorn stresses the importance of appealing to millenials. we know many younger americans feel they're powerless to change the culture of corruption and their voices aren't heard. we're also seeing powerful movements being led by young people like the march for our lives. what are some ways we should talk about democracy reform issues with young americans, specially linking democracy to reform policy issues they care about. ms. pelosi: the question is how we talk to them, but how we have dealt with this is how we are listening to them. we have our future forum led by eric swalwell and many of our millenials. we have millenials in congress, happily. we'll get many more in this election. they've - they're --
gone to 50, more than 50, maybe 60 venues around the country, to college campus, to rural areas, wherever young people are, to listen to what their concerns are. you know what some of them might be, the cost of college are they going to get a job, climate change, wall street money, money in politics. they r it from them and see clearly and we share with them the thought that there is a direct connection of money in politics to the policies that come forth in the congress. and so if we have to make -- so we have to make it clear to them that we're on a different page. they say paint us all with the same brush but we're in a different place. but the future belongs to young people. and they all have a responsibility, i say that as a mother and grandmother.
a responsibility to take charge of it. and the -- everything is a conversation. unless it is tied to the vote. so while we never are satisfied, i was an advocate before i was in congress, chay of the california democratic party, we were always dissatisfied, persistent, relentless, nothing congress could do would be good enough for us. because we were the v.i.p.'s, the volunteers in politics, the most important people but the fact is is that you have to win in order to make the difference. and i think in this election, like no other, the mobilization is something so powerful. so driven from the outside. and i'd say the same thing about the women who marched they marched, now they're running. young people marching for their live, now they're registering voters. people are translating it into political solution. and that's about vote.
so get -- so vote, win, and then engage in the discussion about what the priorities are. but you cannot -- we have a saying, in fact we have it printed on our shiferts and everything else. we don't agonize, we organize. organize around that money in politics issue is a very powerful issue. it must happen. it will happen. but young people will be dispositive of how the election turns out. seenors will vote. in every poll we see. young people will make the difference in all of this. and you know what, because they see what it means to their future. so again it's not about telling them things. it's about listening to them, sharing how they think we can reach out for the vote. and that goes for them in many
manifestations, whether it's women, millenials of color, people are concerned about climate, whatever their passion is. my thrill of it all is the candidates are so great. many millenial and many not. but listening to millenials. they know their purpose. they know their why. they know why they are running. they know their subjects. whether it's climate, voting rights, whatever it is. they -- whatever their purpose is, they know about it. they know how to get something done in terms of attracting people. to their point of view. but most importantry, they know that they must listen to their constituents. it's about their economic security. if they have that confidence, candidate is in sync
with that authentically, this is what i believe, this is why i'm running, this is why i think i deserve your vote, tell me how you see things, listen, listen, listen. but this is a pivotal moment in our country and it has really less to do with democrats and republicans than to do with our honoring the vows of our founders. what they fought for. honoring the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. what they fight for. and honoring the aspirations of our young people, what they aspire to and what apprehensions they have. ur founders, our founders, going into this month of july we revisit their sacrifice and vision and the rest. but they gave us one set of guidance that's very simple. e plure bus ewe numb. from -- e pluribus unum. they couldn't imagine how many
we would be or how different but they knew we had to be one. as we go forward with this, we need to be unified in our country. if there's one thing that would unify our country it would be to reduce the role of money in politics and let's have the debate on the subject without that leverage weighing in but instead increase the leverage for america's working families an the confidence they have in the system so that they will speak out and they will vote. [applause] ms. tanden: i can't think of a better end to our session and a better introduction to the next. leader pelosi, thank you so very much. thank you. and here's my colleague. >> i want to start off by thanking leader pelosi, thank you for all you do for so many. my name winnie staffberg and i'm vice president of
ex-personal affairs here at the american -- center for american progress action fund. i'm pleased to moderate with three distinguished members of congress who are playing key roles in this powerful democracy reform movement. representative john sarbanes represents maryland's third district. he's chairman of the house democrats democracy reform task force. congressman sarbanes played a big part in formulating the better deal for our democracy which we'll talk a little bit about in a moment. he's theals lead sponsor of the house resolution that bring this is reform package to legislative life. since being elected in 2006, representative sarbanes has fought for democracy solutions such as small donor financing which is a central pillar of the better deal package and he's also working on another piece of legislation that c.a.p. supports a ban on lobbyist fundraising. thank you, congressman sarbanes or being here today.
respect jy sewell is a leading voice on the importance of protecting voting rights. in fact the better deal reform package includes a major piece of legislation from representative sewell. we heard about it, the voting rights advancement act which would take the critical step toward fully restoring the voting rights act. congresswoman sewell said that if we want to build a stronger democracy we have to engage and empower all american voters. thank you for being here. and i'm thrilled to somewhere introduced representative jayapal who serves as vice
chair of the democracy reform fask force. tissue task force. while she's sill in -- still in her freshman term she's made her paren presence known in a big way. she's been an outspeaken leader against president trump's inhumane practice of separating immigrant children from their parents. as a member of washington state senate she was a champion of automatic voter registration and i'm proud to say that c.a.p. is working with the congresswoman on legislation to ban members of congress from receiving campaign donations from organizations that their the ttees overseefment cookwoman and i are proud classmates and hoyas. please join me in welcoming these three wonderful members to the stage. i'm going to start with you. grab your seat, mr. sarbanes.
thank you so much for being here. you have been a leader for many, many years on democracy reform generally. and spearheading much of the work that leader pelosi talked about on a better deal for our democracy you lead the task force and promoted these issues. with your colleagues. i'd love for you to talk a little bit about what's in the package and as prntly what the conversations with your colleagues have been around democracy reform issues, and do you think sort of the time is right for finally taking the step to move some of these important policies forward? mr. sarbanes: thank you. is my mike on? can you hear me back there? o. how about now. how is that.
i want to thank c.a.p. first of all for hosting this but more importantly for the sustained support for the broad package of democracy reforms we're here to talk about today and i think that leader pelosi really punctuated all the reasons why we need this and all the ways in which we can achieve it. i do think as i think the leader alluded to that this is a moment. we have the opportunity, we have believe, and many of us in the house democratic caucus believe, that if we can get the gavel back -- gavel back, we can put forward a broad set of democracy reforms and maybe >> if we can get the gavel back brought setorward a of democracy reforms and maybe achieve reforms the likes of we haven't seen in terms f how robust they are and
meaningful since right after watergate. that's the kind of moment we're and it because the public is so angry, so so llusioned, they are convinced that their voice is in heard, in washington, and canning, understand government, some set esperate for of solution that is will restore people feeland when powerless they can sometimes reach for pretty disruptive solutions to their anger. saw that in 2016, what democrats want to do is put orward an affirmative constructive set of reforms that can channel that anger towards something meaningful and and restorative of the democracy. so what we've put together which better ve represents a deal, is a broad comprehensive framework of democracy reforms. to.'s been alluded it falls into three baskets and ou can google it, because that's where it exists now, and
we introduced ate couple of 162 original within did democratic caucus, it's a very powerful declaration of what we into o see but it falls three very clear baskets of reform. one has to do with voter making sure the people feel like they are respected as voters. that's where you get redistricting reform, strengthening the voting rights automatic voter registration. it the things that can make not harder to vote. pleased to be here with two of my colleagues. they both come from backgrounds where they have been fighting on for a long time and immediately upon arriving in took a leadership
role. they represent what our colleagues are doing, not just heir own ideas that they made p, but ideas that they formulated based on listening their refully to constituents. i think democrats are listening. i think we get it this package reforms shows that we get it n represents our efforts to achieve something meaningful. so voter empowerment, lifting up american voter. twae secretary -- protecting the lawmakers getwhen to washington they will behave.
>> don't violate ethical norms, on't ignore the pre-accepts of office of government ethics, which is there to make sure you act properly. basket is a whole and behind sals, there are se things meaningful pieces of legislation. these are the proposals that say behave, be ethical, be transparent and be accountable, of hat's the second basket democracy reforms that's contained, and the third, my favorite, is the campaign finance reform basket. where, this is tough. because this is where the cynicism is so deep and so car out there in the public, that you have to lean into it in a real way. you're to show that going to do something real. if you're democratic, and you et the gavel and you go to do something and you don't make it
real, then the public may say party that'sin one bought and sold for another party that's bought and sold. they want to see that we're a difference. so this is disclosure where the secret money comes from so know what kind of money is pouring into their democracy. it's strengthening the federal elections committee so it can do its job and enforce the rules. these are all things that matter to people out there. it's a constitutional amendment tragedy address that of the citizens unitet case, and creating a y, it's new way of financing campaigns in america that's based on small donors and matching funds. and before i sort of close these say, as, i just want to there is ece, i think nothing that will do more to sense of ople's
powerlessness, that puts the average person everyday citizens the center of the solution. we can have all the rules in the orld about the players and the lobbyists, and we should but if we're going to get peach out of of their democracy nd on to the field, where they feel like they have power and they matter we have to give them a way of saying, we'll and write these campaigns you work for us. so you don't have to go hat in lobbyist.e so you don't have to go to the corporations. roll back your campaigns, and bargain is, you go to washington and you represent our interest, not the special interest. so voter empowerment, ethics and accountability, campaign finance reform, by the people where we makeat's our declaration of principles on this, this will be our north gavel and can get the
a first order of business. to get a meaningful set of reforms on the house floor. >> it's probably no surprise bucket is the voter empowerment. you've been a leader on these while in congress and before, i want you to talk a little bit more about that sort set of issues, just to say that last week, the senate for american progress released a new advanced a pro voter increase voter participation and making voting more convenient. not the e problems, only one but one of them to voter empowerment. an you talk about why protecting and expanding the ight to vote is so critical to ensuring and strengthening democracy. >> absolutely. first, i want to thank -- i
represent alabama's seventh istrict which includes my hometown of selma, alabama. you can't grow up in my district not understand the power of the vote. nd more importantly, the sacrifices that were made for to vote. 11 n't understand how just the ago, we reauthorized oting act act for 25 years in 2006. 12 years ago and overwhelmingly it passed both houses of congress. should be ts nonpartisan. we shouldn't be in an elected office. think it's befitting that selma gave us, selma, alabama,
gave us the voting rights act of 1965 and shelby county, alabama, gave us a court decision that enforce abilities away. but it's important to note that it's still constitutional. supreme members of the court said is that congress must come up with a modern day actually at we were discriminating against states like alabama for what they did s, k in the 1950s and 1960 urely things have changed, and so with the voting rights, it's of the voter empowerment arm, and what it does, is it the teeth back into section modern ing a formula, a day formula. we're not going to look at what happened in the past. going to look at 1990 going forward and if there are four or more statewide of voter
discrimination, then you would be considered a discovered jurisdiction and any changes to be ng laws would have to pre-cleared by the justice 1990 ment, if you look at oing forward, 13 states, 13 states have had statewide violations, states like alabama and mississippi and louisiana, states like arizona and the ork, so it's not just a problem but we have even today of voter discrimination and suppression harder for folks to vote. no longer do we have to count how many jellybeans are in the jar or how many are in the state can vote. that so people somehow think we've won a big victory and we have ut the reality is, there are of suppression that are just as bad.
think about the fact that photo thinks that ne photo i.d.ss are innocuous. you have to have a photo i.d. in to get a passport. okay. a lot of people in my district a plane.r been on after i lot of people in my district who were born at home alabama and s of don't have a birth certificate. here are folks who literally find it harder to go to the polling stations because they they are senior citizens, and we should be and not ting easier harder. the reality is while ppression is not as overt as the past they are no less suppresssive and no less discriminatory. i think about my father who recently passed but for 14 years had a massive stroke and wheelchair dependent.
y dad did not have a validly issued driver's license because he was wheelchair bound but he was determined to go and vote. not surprising that 33 states after the shelby versus holder decision came about, and enforce ability, started having those voting laws. they held on to it, in it.3, they implemented 2014 was the first time in alabama you had to have a photo to go to vote and if you didn't have a drivers license a special d to get photo i.d., and my father, obviously, highly motivated to ote for his daughter in the 2014 elections, wanted to make it. he got i think about how arduous it was for my parents, my parents who motivated, my mom,
town, little selma, town, it no mous have a ramp. it was grandfathered in, a old courthouse, been around for a long time. up 't have a ramp to get there. so here's my mom and dad, thank god we had home help. money to have one of those vans, to make transporting of folks don't kinds of same amenities, and those are the folks being left behind, voices being included. it's unfortunate and we've got to do something to put teeth back into it. like oregon, mailing in ballots. why can't we mail in ballots? primary we have a a.m. f tomorrow, it's am to am p.m. and god forbid if the
50 a.m. are broken at that happens. we found that the voting rights active was effective. effective as ginsberg likes to say in her descent in the shoal by decision but the reality is. shelby 've had the decision, we've seen long lines county.s like maricopa why was that? prior to the voting rights about any changes in polling stations had to be pre-cleared. you couldn't just willy-nilly polling station without giving notice, without giving approval, and what polling is, 800 stations in 2012, 800 in aricopa county, now they are down to something like 70. in 2016. know where to go to vote. if that happens, if any one person is denied an opportunity vote, it after fects the
election of our system. and we should be outraged by that. young pokes should understand how your of the vote is affect public policy. they know that because we satisfy activism on a grassroots evel which goes back to what pelosi was saying. is that the same optimism that prompted a young ohn lewis and the student nonviolent coordinating committee to organize and to get voter fired up about equality is the same thing i young folks to want to care about modern voter we can do and what seatke sure everyone has a at the table. campaign finance reform is the affect money in politics. but if you don't have access to ballot box, a state like
alabama could impose voter i.d. 31 offices.se down what's the most popular form of voter i.d. a driver's license. closures were mostly in my district. unfair, it's not right. and it goes to the heart of democracy. be upset about it, enraged and motivated to make ure that access to the ballot is a first priority. [applause] . i'll want he things to hear from each of you is conversations you've had with your constituents with people in your district with people in the states, that you've traveled and with your colleagues. both on the democratic and of the aisle.e love ental issues that i
to hear more about. you've been for a long time a speaking out against inhumane policy of separating immigrant children and their families. at a protest, ed i believe, in the center. this morning, we released a paper on republicans detention llogical policies. it really talks a lot and goes was talking about earlier with campaign cash and on the result republican side of the aisle. the two prison companies give amounts of campaign cash heavily favoring republicans and lobbying.lifically on cap supports, and you all do as help several of these, to dynamic.is kind of
one of the policy solutions is to ban committee members from contributions under jurisdiction of their committee. that makes lots of sense but yet to be enacted. on you share your thoughts the ban specifically and how this car his goes to the heart of the issue. >> it's great to be back with my fellow hoya and thank to you cap we're just so fortunate to have leaders. on the chance to go civil rights program and terry orrell in alabama, is absolutely beloved because of deep commitment and deep work to these issues and we to dn't be more fortunate
have you on this. john has been a champion to make sure we take this on, in a erious way, in a way that distinguishes democrats from republicans and we put it at the top of the agenda. deal, theust a better only deal that works for our democracy. nd i'll just say i come from a mail-in ballot state. washington state is one of those states and i do think, actually there is work to be done we use that form of democracy across the country, it, are challenges with but it does allow us to get away from some of the other problems over the years in washington when we moved we had some initial problems but we're starting to get through a those. i think colorado has some of the to do, els around how you know, sort of a framework mail-in ows you to do
but also allows you to have a people can get support. i got into voting issues because advocate and as a resulted the largest association in washington state i felt like one was listening to us. the only two ways to do that was to either have money or votes. we ad no money, and so decided to go for votes. i led the largest voter registration drive in the state, 23,000 new american citizens that were registered to vote. as a result of that, washington has some of the best policies around immigration but around a whole host of other cringes. i have continued that work with registration voter wrote for i washington. it was complicated, we were one of the only three states that driver's licenses for everybody regardless of to work ip so we had
through some things. right after the democrats took over the senate. majority one of these days. voucher aunched a rogram in seattle that's been .ncredibly successful the issue i kept hearing is that to us.ians don't listen it's unfortunate that that's the perspective but it's there for very legitimate reasons. of the big connections that make in their mind is, why do you vote for something and you know bad it's bad and you see that with way votes can track money.
the family issue has shed a very wrong with the way in which we have started o treat immigrants over the a force ears, but now been used by donald trump. you see these two prison companies, which is in the cap i hope everybody reads it carefully. it was for an ever expanding mass incarceration system for immigrants. fooled by immigration detention. private for profit using prison es,
jails and other facilities. how they have used to be spent in incarcerating immigrants he bill we're working on and crafting together with cap, that we really are excited about, and exactly how ugh this works is, if you're on a committee of jurisdiction, don't you shouldn't take money from the people who are lobbying before you, it's of that simple, right? how do we determine whether contributions, if there is a financial -- if there is a inancial interest in those contributions that are directly tied to a policy result. because ultimately, the american just want to know this.
are you accountable to me or accountable to the people that give you money. do to s work that we can make people that give you money through democracy vouchers, part of what we're doing is everybody to have some money through public financing, and that's the way we fund elections but there is also the question until we that point, where we're fully publicly financed, how do sure that, if you're on a committee, you don't take money from those interests so that, and ed about rateful to cap for the work with us on that bill, but you can look at industry after industry, in sort of seeing the who getsection between money, and then what is that it that committee or side. >> we have a real opportunity if gavel, when we
take back the gavel to make this distinguishing factor because in the end all of these reforms we're talking about whether it's voting rights act or whether -- how does this money get funded for elections, this is bout people's belief in the integrity of our democracy. and that's really what we're talking about. to us, responsible back and so it's very exciting, and i think, i know we're going to run here so maybe i'll just quickly mention the in cracy voucher is peace case we don't get a chance for a here. round we instituted the program in seattle in 2017 that went into 2017, and basically, ou had to go out and everyone gets a $25 voucher, that you can candidate.s a and you have to collect a vouchers and of
that requires person-to-person conversation to get those vouchers. resultsfound out of the of that is that the top two vote getters in our city council race who were lly people funded through the democracy vouchers. utilized the democracy vouchers tend to be lower income, folks of colors, people, those are the people that finally felt like, wait, i have some skin in the game here. a voucher. you need my voucher. that means you have to talk to me and that means ultimately you that i financed your campaign, and so we're excited about continuing to expand it. we've made a few changes and tweaks based on how it worked and, one of ound, them, for example, is just later.g the vouchers out they were going out material. people weren't declaring their seats until later so we've moved timeline a little bit. work with o a lot of proficient english
people to make sure they knew them. use we want everyone to feel like they have skin in the game and bethere is money that has to put out for campaigns it's publicly financed and we all get have a piece of it. wanted to follow up on a couple of things. the voucher program in seattle and exciting.king as you pointed out the candidates want to come find they didn't hat really need before, when it came to the financing of their campaigns. across the country, just to punctuate the idea that we're ot chasing a uniform with this idea, small donor, matching systems and public financing states, cities, and counties, are implementing these systems. most recently montgomery county, maryland, just put a system in six to one match on small 20 candidates qualified for public financing. people who would never have been able to run before. critical , that is
piece of it, because there is a lot of terrific candidates who, had public financing campaigns, would step into that space and would be able to be competitive, but they can't do that if lobbyists and corporations and big money folks the only people that you can get money from because they those people, so it democratizes the base. on how o make a point committees operate and the money that flows to members of committees. 1982 there was a senator named john stennis. this is a story in a book called "too damn much money", and according to kaiser at that time, for the first time stennis was facing a pretty competitive election. he had never raised more than a thousand hundred
dollars before as a senator but he had this young upstart, running against him, somebody named haley barber, who y'all may remember. mississippi, and he had other roles within the republican party. and so some lobbyists and to him and they said, look, you're going to have here, and lot of money it's the only way you'll be able to beat back this challenge. what are you talking about? of million ouple dollars. change now, but stennis raised a of money. he looked at the guy and said, you know, how on earth am i to raise $2 million? and the consultant said, well, know, there is a lot of these industries, defense others, in thend defense industry that your over,ttee has jurisdiction you ought to talk to the people that represent them and see if to would be willing
contribute to your campaign. account, to the stannis, who was sitting behind is desk got sort of deflated, and he sat there for about 45 seconds. kind of deep in thought. and then he looked up to the said, would that be proper? we've gone on a 30-year tretch from the time where the culture was such that the proposition that you would do would be viewed as improper time where it's actually expected. it's part of the way the system works. articulating is what the average person says, that is no-brainer, how can you not act interest if ct of you're putting yourself and us, as the people that support you, of position?
so it's why reining in the influence of money in all of different ways, bill we'll be introducing soon, it lobbyists can't even bundle up thousands of dollars anymore and come in and drop them on the ground in front if you're a member of congress and say, by the way, i need to talk to you about this provision, nd that want to talk? sure, yeah, they can't do that. based on to register one contact. we're going to have a maikel so you ophole in there can be offering strategic advice but if you're doing it on how to access the government and it, that has to cause you to be registered. so, again, the public, they are out head, and they are there saying if you can't do earth would hy on we trust that you have our interest at heart? this is a test of us. -- a set k we've got
of solution that is will say powerfully, we get it r. we accomplish everything overnight? no, but democrats have heard you. you're erstand why angry. and people are so cynical. back.we can't get them but we have to try, and i think if we deliver something real, chance of doing that. also think that we cannot llow the cynicism that exists to affect the voter participation in our democracy. to get a seat r affectedble, we're all by politics and government. be at the local, state or federal level. people need to understand what's at stake, and i think that, you could leave y'all with one thought. look, if we can elect a democrat state of alabama for state, in a red-red because we were able to
articulate what's at stake and and e actually went out voted in numbers, that made a difference, so your vote does count. your vote does matter. at the end of the day campaign a huge part of the lack of integrity. but the other part of that is, like their vote doesn't matter. nd we've got to figure out a way to address the fact that low ignore rnout doesn't better public policy. low voter turnout just means hat fewer people are deciding who gets to sit at the table. of directly related to all this is the fact that special interests, not only do they get table, they seem to get tall seats at table. interests so we'll have to figure out a way that eople can feel empowered, and that's what the voter empowerment section is about but it's more than just voting ights and breaking down
barriers. it's also the fact that we've one supreme court justice away from eroding so uch progress and the fact that decision, shelby including most recently the voter purging, since when is that you can lose? i mean, just because you go opt ed or protest in the streets or get arrested oesn't mean you don't have the fundamental right to protest government. that's a fundamental constitutional right. or because you miss church don't go to temple doesn't mean that you don't have the freedom of religion. vote st because you don't in every election, doesn't mean e should be able to take away someone's right to vote. [applause] to wake up to the fact that the baseline is voter participation. hat's what makes our democracy healthy and the reality is, some
losing 5% eagues are -- us that ions unheard of. fact thatnk about the -- cynical about electing a democratic senator, having credibility in communities already with a unning start for doug jones, but the reality is, for us to have african-american turnout at of obama in 2008 and surpassing african-american in the state of alabama, means a whole lot of eople went to the ballot box and it made a difference. >> i want to have each of you of a f provide kind
concluding comment here. that we at cap, the three of you could talk about for a long time, i want to here.you now for being i want to thank cap's democracy danielle and mike and and alex, for incredible work, and partnering with members of elected officials all around the country, the invasion that we see at the is eened municipal level incredible and we want to raise that up, so thanks to all of you for being here. as you provide a last comment to can you talk ere, a little bit about the cynicism talked a little bit about it, the distrust and lack of confidence in government, pro democracy and values reforms you're talking about, how those all intersect. should candidates be talking about healthcare and the economy, should they be talking voting, is racy and there a blend of everything, i mean, you seem to be connected in a way that is
incredible and i hope is not that , but it's something you can share with your colleagues as we look ahead to sort of, if just you can provide concluding comments about the issues and what's at stake for our democracy. sure. thanks for having us, and i'll leader back to what pelosi said. i don't have to go on too long about it. connections.e she made the point that it's not about health or talking democracy reforms. go the fact that they together. the reality is, the reason that pharmaceutical industry has so washington, e in reason we can't get medicare, to be able to negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical industry is because they have an army of lobby i haves, they contribute of millions of dollars, they fund super pacs and they ean on the policy making machinery and ensure that we can't get that result. he oil and gas industry stands
in the way of real progress on climate change, on the theyonment, because again, have got the lobbyists and the money to lean in and get the lawmakers in ways that the average person and about the care environment cannot do. on the economy, wall street bill, and it was exercise. delivery you look at who sent in and how much money they sent in to paul these other crafters f the bill, when that tax bill got delivered, i mean, talk cynicism.ing people's that was payment on delivery. leader pelosi red you the quotes, they feel comfortable open.g about it in the how can you blame the person sitting there in their kitchen watching this play out on their television, saying, you know
what? i'm walking away from this doesn't because it respect me. i have no voice. who i don't care about am. and they go up into the hills down.hey hunker and i'll close by saying this. we talk them, because to them, and a lot of them are come back into the political town square. we'll come back into the unrig it, if you you fix it. we'll come back. saying is, we need you to come back to help us fix it. partnership. we're going to put forward meaningful, l and but we need the public to stand up and say yes. we want.hat go get this done, democrats. hat's what the better deal for our democracy is. that's what the by the people resolution is. moment, i think we can
seize it, i think we can make this happen. [applause] well, you know, i think it's an exciting time for us. we have to deliver but it's an there is a lotnd of opportunity and when i ran in mine was the most expensive nonswing district race in the country. e have a top two primary system. it was added 7 million race, and i said at the very beginning i was not going to take corporate pac contributions, and 82,000 people across the country who supported the campaign and the average beatibution was $23, so we bernie sanders. exciting to t was me about that is it all boils down to trust. about, ng we're talking even the voter reforms that act, talk, voting rights is a core issue of trust between
who makes democracy real. we have to give people the access and the ability to vote. we can't say you have the right if you don't have the access or ability. people, we want you to trust us, and if you trust us, and we can be to you, and pardon of that is about the money and politics. understandingople what happens when they don't vote and there are good reasons for why they didn't vote. of it is access. some of it is deep cynicism for good reasons. ignore that fact. so what we're seeing now is people coming back into the streets, the marches, all of that, how do we translate that box, and die think we have this incredible opportunity, where people are seeing the small dollar starting with obama, then going on to bernie 60% ers, today, i saw that of our red to blue candidates on't accept corporate pac contributions.
that's beseeching, and that of ects a little bit catching up to the voters. because john is right. the voters are way out front of us, because they want to know that this trust is real. so it goes to candidate authenticity, integrity, and how o we make sure that ultimately we're going to get a democracy where everybody does have a seat people that are the are listened to when we say we represent people, we don't corporations. we represent 750,000 individuals in our districts, and so i think incredible opportunity. i think we've seen the ball move dramatically along, thanks in part to colleagues in the house, ho have put together this package, but thanks to the american people, for making the what happenedween in 2016, what's happening today. he fact that we're one vote away from the supreme court in taking back so much progress on o many levels, and recognizing
that they are willing to do their part but we have to do ours. incredible he opportunity in front of us and it's an exciting one and i'm to put, first of all, to win in november, and to forward, as the first area that we need to be working on as a democratic party. [applause] think in order to get a better deal for our democracy, we have to take back the house. we have to be the people setting think in order toagenda, sett priorities. need at means that we people to go and vote. it's just that simple. believe in homework. so i've been telling folks, yes, t's important to expand the tent and to register more people thing you have o do is take people to the polls. we have to get folks to vote and
vote is d that their counted. and we don't have by mail in alabama. we don't have early voting, we on't have any of that, which means from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., how many can get to the how you vote, that's make a difference. our efforts are for naught if we're not setting the we're not the party sitting at the table making my advice, ties so my last comment, closing to remember the power that lies within all of us to vote and it's not enough that in presidential elections. opportunityon is an to make a difference. and ever election is important. asking my n
onstituents to see the relationship, they understand policy issues, it's hard sometimes, when you're working three and four jobs and trying to make sure your children -- to actually make that translate to every chance there is an to get out and vote. make that easier, figure out how to make that easier. i just want to say in closing motivates me each and ofry day is just the thought bludgeoned on a bridge for the right to vote. ordinary americans who saw an decided to work together, as john would say, in way, band together and achieve extraordinary social in ge and they did that not
the halls of congress, they did a bridge in selma. so don't tell me that we, today, a difference. bloom where you're planted. you don't have to be a member of congress to go out and fight for restoration of voting rights or make difference. you don't. collectively working together we an make a difference and i do believe collectively working together we can go to the ballot box and take back the house of representatives in november. that. try to do >> i'll just take one or two questions from our audience, we've just got a minute or two, right here uestion aisle. we'll start here. >> talking about democracy, meeting with s putin in a private meeting. russian officials in
may 2017 in a private meeting at the white house, with no u.s. involved. these are nice ideas, but i feel our a lot of americans like democracy is being sold out to and i would like to address your republican colleagues, who seem to be abetting by not oversight their responsibilities of the president. thanks. >> well, i'm on the judiciary and i tell you, it is every day, i am so every day, i am so saddened, i mean, i'm furious, a lot of things but at the core i'm deeply sad about what that to.mittee has devolved we've asked for hearings, done political theater but most of he judiciary committee is
political theater, and we had, what was it, eight or nine-hour, other day ring the sstrzok.er s t to undermine anything that comes out in robert mueller's investigation, hen we've asked over and over again, to address the very real concerns that the intelligence because ofas put out their findings, not just one or intelligence agencies that have said, that is real threat. interference, foreign government interference in our elections, and yet, we've been able to do nothing. session when is he was in front of the committee, he actually said, yes, this is a ritical issue that we need to work on and we'll start working on it but what they did was cut the money from the budget, the bit of money that was
there, bit way, it was not a lot of money. smaller significantly amount of money for election security work than we've given years.ny but even that was cut, and so it know what to don't tell you except to terry's point, taking back the house in is absolutely critical n every level because it isn't just trump. it is the complicity of my republican colleagues who might to each of t things us behind closed doors, but, you publicly, they don't say anything on this, and, in fact, them go along you know, hat in hand to strip everything that they possibly can that's about checks and balances and the integrity of our democracy so we've got a lot of hat in work to do. time for we'll have thatuestion back here, and
last.be our >> hi -- youth vote and empowering young voters and all lately there has been a lot of discussion of lowering the voting age to 16. you wondering what all of thought about that policy, like when the voting age has been 16 and when 17-year-olds have had huge turn adultsnd has driven more to vote as well? >> i mean, it's an intriguing proposal. studied it. i don't have the data that you fingertips. your i guess i circled back, in the to the notion that, young people of in that cohort who are of age under the current rules and are to vote is still very low compared to some of the ther cohorts within the broad electorate. at ven as we're looking
opportunities to maybe bring even younger voters into the up at e of who can show the polls, we still have a lot to mobilize the pool of young voters that are already in a position where they register and they can go out and vote, and hopefully, this proposals, in combination with others, will be something motivates young people. i mean, i get the part when -- i a lot of credit because within 24 hours they the to the vote as solution. it was amazing leadership on their part. connected it to showing up at the ballot box, and i think that effort is going to mobilize young people and there are other issues that can do it as well. maximize the to power we already have, in terms f the universe of young people that can step on to the field. voting the most powerful
bloc that exists in america it would step on to the field, and exercise that right to vote. lot of that power is being left on the table. you and others can make sure that that doesn't happen, in the get the and that we can gavel back and put the kind of oversight in that carmelo was talking about. >> we did that in get the gavel back washington state. we had pre-regs. we have tons of youth work that is as young as 12 years old knocking and houfl is that when a 12-year-old says, excuse me, i can't vote but voting for my future. so we found that young people ave been incredibly instrumental really in moving anotherrents and that's really important strategy as well as starting earlier with pre-regs, so people are ready when we get to 18 if we voting age as the
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to the russians, he would be me over to my death. mr. that note, thank you, broader. that's an ominous note to leave you so much for your time. >> thank you for this you goodty, and i wish rest of the conference, thank you. >> absolutely. thank you. [applause] brett eme court nominee kavanaugh continues to meet with senators on capitol hill. follow the confirmation process on announcer 2: c-span where history unfolds daily. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's public cable companies for we continue to bring you unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court and public policy events in washington, dc and around the
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