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tv   Erik Wasson  CSPAN  September 4, 2018 6:49am-7:01am EDT

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changed for simple not -- majority, it seems likely there will be no big surprise that he will get confirmed even though it's tighter. how peopleentioned get their news from the supreme court. sacred this network has been an advocate for cameras in the court. how does the american public feel about that? guest: they absolutely agree there should be cameras in the court. 624% say they support cameras in the court for televising all arguments. it's a very serious issue. think theecause they public has a right to know or people feel it's not cool. it's actually hurting the institution because they are looking elitist. do isre saying what they too complex for us to cm and people don't like being told that. rosenblatt is a
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senior strategist and conducted this survey for c-span. wasson joins us. how are things shaping up on capitol hill one-month away from another government funding deadline? card the government shutdown situation is president donald trump. she has repeatedly called for a good government shutdown to get his border wall funded. at this point, congressional leaders are not sure if he will try to provoke that. talking to associates about the possibility, thinking it's a good political move. over immigration before the midterm election. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and house speaker paul ryan are intent on avoiding that at all costs. they have set up a strategy were they will try to pass serious packages of appropriations bills.
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most of the government on a full year funding and leaving homeland security, the state department, the justice department and,'s department on a stopgap through the election and that's the planet to september but it could run it to some turbulent times toward the end if donald trump insists on redoing some of these bills. he is showing some willingness to assign the first of these packages funding the government like veterans affairs and that would at least reduce the impact of any shutdown, more of a partial shutdown. >> the house has been out for summer recess and there are a couple of breaks here or there. you mentioned some of the spending bill packages but could you give us an overview of the packages that have been passed and what their status is, the senate passing nine of 12 and a house passing sex? >> -- passing six? there are three parts, the legislative affairs bill which funds congress itself, the
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military construction and veterans affairs will which funds the v.a., it has energy and water title which funds the army corps of engineers and the department of energy. the biggest problem with that bill has been veterans health funding. there is a the choice act, a bill signed into law by president trump with fanfare that would increase services for veterans as far as accessing medical health care. that filter not have any direct funding and harris -- and there has been a fight whether to provide funding and is bill through other programs or raise the extra accommodate spending or declare it emergency spending not subject to the cap. and has been a big battle richard shelby, the head of the appropriations committee, would rather call it emergency spending. it pits them against mitch mcconnell which -- who prefers to make the cuts and things we should alter the caps.
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in opposingshelby the white house attempted to resend spending. rescind spending. that will be the big issue and they will see how they square that. declarel probably emergency spending on a small level for the first year and that will be the biggest issue of out year funding and push into next year. mini omnibusrst package. there's also the defense department and waiver hhs, health and human services. this is tricky because the house has passed a defense bill that is not pass the controversial labor health and human services bill. it involves issues like planned parenthood and abortion and funding to administer obamacare. it's a difficult thing for the house to pass typically because it really divides the body. the senate has combined them and successfully passed that as a
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second package. it looks like paul ryan is willing to go to conference with the senate on the laborh package even though the house has not passed its version and this could cause pushback from conservatives. the final one involves the old .esk all the other bills that could probably be packaged with a stopgap measure getting us through the election. >> you mention president trump and he and his white house budget director have said they do not want another omnibus, another huge, all packaged together spending bill. how are they planning on dealing with the border wall and other controversial issues? the idea would be to have trump sign the first minibus package with veterans affairs that would take effect in the second week of september and at least you gotten it down to a
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nine bill on the this and you can get a second package done and get down to sex and then keep checking off some of the departments. say to the president we are meeting you half way. i thanks that's where we are headed. the bigger issue for trump is not the omnibus, it's the border wall not being funded. the white house budget office has worked with the house to provide $5 billion this year for the border wall. the senate has said $1.6 billion. the republican from west ofginia told us at the end august that she had gone to the border and was more comfortable with providing more funding but what do you cut to provide that? do you cut transportation funds, health care? there was a reluctance in the senate to make those cuts for what many believe is perhaps a waste of money, a border wall that can be defeated by a nine
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foot ladder. is a sense it's not exactly is popular among republicans as it is with donald trump and his court base of voters. the supremek at court nominee, brett kavanaugh. the senate judiciary committee will meet and they will take up his nomination, his confirmation hearing. what are a couple of democrats you will keep your eye on during the questioning and what issues are they really going to be hammering with judge kavanagh questio? >> the cookie question is if there will be any republican defectors. democrats are boxed out of that. they have a razor thin majority that's susan collins and lisa under pressurere for being pro-choice republicans
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and whether they would vote for someone who many believe could vote to overturn roe versus wade. indicated an has openness to brett kavanaugh. lisa murkowski is more circumspect of those will be the dramatic decisions and rand paul the bestg to disrupt laid plans of mitch mcconnell but maybe not in this case. as far as the questioning, it's interesting to see how brett kavanaugh responds to questions about executive power and privilege. he has made comments that have raised eyebrows. he has raised questions whether the president can be charged with crimes which is relevant to the mueller investigation. said brett cap and i should expect a lot of questions on that very question. >> the senate has been dealing with executive nominations and
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judicial nominations. there is also district court in circuits -- and circuit courts. >> because the filibuster is no longer with us, the democrats are not as an empowered as they have been in the past. the decision was made back when harry reid was the majority leader to do away with the filibuster. unless republican stay united and there is a few cases of nominees that were blocked but overall, they can really rim them through an democrats have not -- have done all they can. we are saying major judicial confirmations and it should happen by the first week of september in the senate and there are many other headlights
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in september. we have the farm bill which is a big issue in rural america which will expire at the end of the month. the violence against women act, the federal aviation administration authority and a desire to get something done on opioids. the plate is full for congress in the coming weeks. >> we will continue to follow you on twitter. we will fall yuri putting on and thank you for all your insights. >> a look at our schedule, coming up next, "washington journal." at 9:30 a.m. eastern, senate judiciary committee will start confirmation hearings for judge brett kavanaugh to be the next associate justice on the supreme court. later today at 2:00 p.m., the u.s. house is that it's august recess to consider several bills with a vote set for 6:30 p.m. eastern. on today's "washington journal ,"
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jason dick bove rollcall. they will discuss the week ahead and author david cap looks at his new book. "washington journal about the supreme court. now,." assault on the constitution. now "washington journal." ♪ good morning, it is tuesday, september 4, 2018. the houses in at 2:00 p.m. in the senate will reconvene at 3:00 p.m. today all routes -- eyes will be on route 216 -- gearing up for day one of brett kavanaugh's hearings. they will gavel in at 9:30 and we will take you there live on c-span and we will begin the "washington journal," getting your thoughts on judge kavanaugh and what you are expecting as president trump's nominee goes before senator


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