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colleagues who have made this an amazing year. teams andate the thank you for a year to remember and thank you senator klobuchar for a great conversation. merry christmas, happy holidays. sen. klobuchar: thank you. >> until 2019, on axios.com. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. >> after the senate vote to pass the first step back, several sponsors talked about criminal justice reform at a capitol hill news conference. it begins with judiciary committee chair chuck grassley. this is 35 minutes.
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>> i am going to open, and probably one person will be appear, but he is just returning to washington, senator graham. i want to say that none of us , but we and 87-12 vote , so thect 75 to 80 overwhelming passage of this legislation, i think, speaks to a lot of things, but most importantly, the combination that we have appear, ,ipartisanship -- have up here bipartisanship, and i have to point out that senator durbin and senator lee were two or three years ahead of me, because they introduced legislation that
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i do not -- did not think ought to pass, but they caused me to look very definitely at problems we have in sentencing and the value of prison reform. in 2015, i went to these two gentlemen and said, could we sit down and talk about maybe putting together a bill that we could all support? it took a long time, but eventually it got put together. the lastt go through congress, but we did not really think at the beginning of this congress maybe there was much of a chance, but we committed to continue our work, and that continuation of our work is produced by the vote that we had it justt night, and proves that when people trust each other, you can sit down and get legislation that is good for the country, so you have an
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-- we had to work with the president, of course, and that was done. we had to preconference with the house at this late stage, so it did not have to go to conference. we had to satisfy so many members that we eventually did anisfy, as you can see by 87-12 vote, because about three weeks ago or four weeks ago, in the republican caucus, we had to listen to a lot of people that had questions about the bill, probably because at that point they had not read the legislation, but one by one, we were able to pick up sponsors 36, i believe, 18 republicans, 18 democrats. we were gradually able to overcome the main obstacle to the bill, which was the reluctance of the leader to bring it up, but we accomplished
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that goal by more than meeting his expectations that it would take at least 60 votes for him to either consider -- even consider bringing it up, and we could show we had many more votes than that. finally, i will sum it up this way. an overwhelming majority of the united states senate, when you can preconference with the house and revisit it with the house leaders on this .2 or three weeks ago and they feel that do this this year through their short-term process of getting a bill through by a two thirds margin, and having the president on board. he will sign it, and plus, you don't want to forget the broad support that we had from outside
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interest groups, all the way from people that you consider very liberal, and i do not aclu whether the considers themselves liberal, but they are on that end of the spectrum. over here, you have people like the american conservative union and everything in between. me --people appear with these people up here with me helped bring that together. what i want to say to senator durbin and senator lee, thank you for awakening me to the necessity of this legislation that you were pioneers in bringing forth. to senator booker and senator kim scott, thank you for joining thes well in making this success that it is. senator durbin, why don't you proceed? >> senator grassley, thank you so much.
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let me preface my remarks by telling you about the worst vote that i ever cast as a member of congress. do you know how many senators stand up and say, let me tell you about my worst boat? it was in the house of representatives in 1986, and because we were scared to death of crack cocaine, which is now showing up all over america, he created a 100-1 -- we created a 100-1 disparity between crack cocaine in powder cocaine. but this backfired. it turned out we have more drugs on the street, we had a lower price for the drugs that were out there because of the burgeoning supply, and we started filling up our jails with people who were arrested for drug offenses, a 700% increase in our jail population because of this new level of our war on drugs. for it. a lot of democrats did.
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we were scared, frightened. university of maryland basketball player, destined for the nba, died over the same period of time and we thought we had to do this. it didn't work. 10 years ago, i tried to change it from one to one, from 100 to one. the fair sentencing act brought it down 18 to one, but we still had this mandatory minute and -- mandatory minimum sentencing. some of the sentencing guidelines created incredibly impossible to explain situations where people were put away for years if not for their lives. enlistedd in -- an unlikely ally, mike lee, who was considered the most conservative member of the senate. the two of us came together and put in a bill that looked pretty good, except we had one serious problem -- we did not have the support of chuck roughly. the senate judiciary committee
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chairman. we knew we needed him on our side if we were going anywhere. let me tell you about dick durbin and chuck grassley -- i have to be careful with what i say, but i came to the senate judiciary committee and was put lawhe administrative committee -- the administration of justice subcommittee with chuck grassley as my chairman. i thought to myself so, let me get this straight -- i have an iowa corn farmer as chairman of this senate judiciary subcommittee, and i'm a big shot illinois lawyer? no contest. i soon realized that he picked my pocket, cleaned my clock, and he left me in the dust of his john deere tractor before i took him seriously on issues in the senate judiciary committee. so likely, i enlisted him as my partner in this effort. after a year of general persuasion, he came around.
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we put our team together and started moving forward. we were stopped on the floor of mcconnell,by mitch either by memories of willie horton or his caucus was split on the issue, he would not touch it. we were stuck. and then came a breakthrough i would never expect -- the election of donald trump as president. he brought his son in law to town, and his son has a passion for prison reform because of a family experience. he wasted no time getting involved and engaged in the effort. throughoutith him this whole endeavor. the net result of it last night is nothing short of a historic vote that really changes our outlook on our system of justice for the first time in decades. and it is a dramatic change. i think it reflects the fact that we realized that just getting muscular and tough in the war on drugs is not enough. we have to use our brains in terms of getting those who would supply drugs to our country,
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convincing those who would try this not to do it, and working in an honest, good faith way ddicts to turn their lives around. many of them languished in decades -- in prison for decades for an offense that did not involve violence or firearms. these are people who need a second chance if they are willing to work for it. we put those concepts together -- a brand-new approach to dealing with narcotics in this country and to dealing with prisoners in our country. it is a breakthrough. the fact that we had 87 votes and if you would have been here, 80 eight votes -- lindsey graham would have made 88 votes nass worth-- last night -- is noticing. i believe the house will take the subnets, and -- take this up next, and when they do, i think it will have a good chance of passage. i want to thank cory booker for being by my side, and tim scott, thank you for joining us on the republican side. and we are not finished. this is titled the first step.
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what is the second step? to learn from this experience and to find a way to reduce incarceration while still reducing the crime rate in america. states are proving to us this can happen. now it is time for us of the federal level to do just the same. >> i remember when we were watching him play in the university of maryland, thinking at the time, this is something we will see playing basketball for many years. he had a promising career ahead of him in the nba, and i remember when his life was taken tragically. i thought about all the basketball games i would not get to see him play in for many years to come. congress reacted to that and other incidents, and it did so understandably. but over the course of time, we this was taking people's lives away in a different way, sometimes warehousing human beings for decades at a time. taking them away from their
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families, their faith communities, their neighborhoods, their places of employment and opportunities for growth, experience, and development. little by little, we have seen that as the u.s. bureau of consume whatome to is now approaching one third of all of the department of justice revenue, all of their funds going to that department, we rely on to make the american people safe. that is not only coming at a great economic cost and diverting costs away from other things that could help make the american people safer, there is a much greater cost, the human cost, that comes as people's sons, fathers, brothers, daughters, nephews, uncles, are taken away sometimes for years, sometimes for decades at a time. i have told the story many times of when i was a prosecutor, a federal prosecutor. i became aware of a young man in utah who was sentenced for selling three dime bag the
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marijuana to what turned out to be a confidential informant. fathermid-20's and the of two young children at the time, he had a gun on his person but did not realize he was selling to a confidential informant. he was charged in federal district court and received sentence enhancements based on the fact that he was selling pot while carrying a firearm, even though he did not brandish it or discharge it in connection to the offense. foreceived an enhancement five years for that first conviction. for the second conviction, count two of a single indictment, he received another enhancement for 25 years to run consecutively to the first five-year enhancement. for the third count of the same indictment, he received another 25-year enhancement, making for a minimum mandatory sentence of 55 years in prison. the federal district judge who sentenced him, himself a former federal prosecutor, took the unusual, almost unheard-of step
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of issuing an opinion, disagreeing with the sentence he was about to impose. there are rapists, he said, there are murderers, hijackers, terrorists who do not get as much time, and i have no choice but to send this man away for 55 years. this, he said, is wrong. he said there is nothing i can do about it. only congress can fix this problem. me everrds have haunted since, especially since i was elected to the united states senate in 2010 and arrived in 2011. after being assigned to the judiciary committee, i decided that i needed to do something about this. only congress could fix this problem. i started looking for allies and found one in dick durbin. we knew that this would be an uphill climb and it would be difficult, and we could count on a lot of resistance, especially including my own party. we were joined over time by a few others and took interest. lindsey graham came on board and win tim scott came to the
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senate in early 2015, he said he was a fan. i remember when i had met cory booker. i felt like i had known him for years. i imagined this sinks like character who had the answer to all the questions, and he does. i felt like this was the first time i had met him. he introduced himself to me, as though he needed in the introduction, and said, i am cory booker from new jersey, and i would like to work with you on criminal justice reform. not forget the many hours that we got to spend in senator durbin's office with chairman , and getting into the granular details of this legislation, of the need for criminal justice reform. c,ms like safety valve, 924 851 became common usage in our little group. this was a discussion that probably would have bored most americans and most lawmakers to tears, but we got into the nitty-gritty details.
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although it was a difficult negotiation session. what we came out with in the end was a good bill, and in many ways it was made better by the fact that we had reached out to someone who initially did not share our view at all. i amis a bill that extremely proud to have been a part of. this may be my proudest moment in 18 years of the united states senate. never in a million dreamers -- never in a million years that i have dreamed or hope -- although or expected to pass this in the united states senate. the staff and many groups across the political spectrum. i'm grateful to president trump for his "honest, aggressive advocacy for this. the jared kushner and all of those who have helped us put this together. senator booker? want to start with my deep sense of gratitude as well, first the chuck lasley.
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this would not have happened if it was not for the willingness of chuck grassley to listen, learn, and work with us. he is the chairman of the judiciary committee and is the person, in my opinion, -- to vista being possible. >> i forced him to hug me last night. it i promise i will not make you suffer that much more. lee also want to thank mike . i came to the united states senate, and one of the driving purposes of my life was to make a difference in criminal justice reform. i still member on a subway car, i did not even know my way around the capital, i saw him and knew about his bill with senator durbin, and asked to work with him. from that time all the way until last night, he has been an honorable, decent, a person of
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integrity. when he gives you his word he follows through on it, and dick durbin said in the last hours, he was the fullback on that span, pushing this thing through and really navigating. i want to thank lindsey graham, because you know, i have had some of my funniest moments where he assured me that this would get done, it took a little longer, and he assured me, but the moment i want to thank him for, i am not sure he members this, but we were on the phone with jared kushner, and i was trying to force him into one last provision. this was right after the kavanaugh hearings. lindsey graham was literally putting his foot down, standing up for me and the provision and fighting to get it in that bill. it would not be in that bill if it was not for lindsay. i want to thank him for that. i want to thank tim scott, who has been ever present through criminal justice reform efforts and been my partner and a lot of meaningful things that will help people.
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finally, i want to say thank you not only to the activists, the outside groups, but i want to take a special moment to tell you what dick durbin means to me. he is a remarkable human being. see him in a lot of very personal moments where no cameras are around and watch how he stands up for the most vulnerable in this country. whether it is dreamers or people in prison that most people have forgotten about, he has been a tireless champion. when i got to the united states than it, i will never forget his willingness to embrace me and allow me to be his sidekick of sorts through this whole time, elevating me, giving me opportunities as a junior, freshman senator that he probably should not have. champion and but for him, we would not be celebrating this day. i want to thank him for the opportunities he has given me to my most meaningful experience as a united states senator.
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thank you. >> i want to give one example of why this bill is important, say one more thing and get off the microphone. there is a provision in this bill described called the fair sentencing act, making it retroactive. this is a colossal injustice, but it is an exhibit to the many injustices that the spill works to address, but i want to drill down on it for a moment, because the absurdity of someone on the second of october, 2010, getting one sentence that is 100-1 and hisrally, someone sentenced the next day got a sentence dramatically less, if that is the america we live in until this bill becomes a law. this kind ofg that injustice goes on in our country, people have watched folks go in and out of prison for doing the same thing or worse than they did. it is outrageous. thishe reason why i pulled
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out to drill down on is just to make a point. our criminal justice system preys upon the most all mobile in this country -- the poor, the mentally ill, and disproportionately black and brown people. so when you correct on injustice in general, and this bill addresses people from all backgrounds, all races, but when you correct and injustice in a biased system, it are medically those marginalized people. 96% of the people helped by that are black and latino. this is something that was done that had a racial impact that was unacceptable. andthat provision that dick others fought to get in this bill will help over 2000 americans have pathways to liberation that deserve it. i want to finish saying thank you to everybody, but the title of this bill is very, very important to me. it is called the first step. in a very long journey.
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shouldld celebrate, we have gratitude to everyone, including the white house, and we know this would not have even been possible without the white house. but i want to let you know that we still live in a country where these outrageous injustices are still going on, and i have had these conversations from the beginning -- this is not a partisan issue. republicans and democrats both agree you should not go to prison based on how much money you have. there are people in prison right -- not because they are innocent or not, but because they are poor and they do not have the resources to fight. that is wrong. we should not have the largest health care -- mental health care facilities in this country be our jails, where these inmates are compounded and aggregated, and left on the streets worse off than before, and perhaps even more dangerous. you should not have a system that grinds in people with addiction, and this is something that it works to address, but does not treat those addictions.
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there are lots of injustices we need to address. this is the first step in a long journey with the bipartisan commitment, including the white house, who said they are committing to continue to work. the work must continue. i want to bring forward my dear friend, tim scott. >> good morning to everyone and certainly, i am as appreciative as the other colleagues about the significant progress we have made through this first step. each and thank you, everyone, but specifically the farmer who came the judiciary chairman for your hard work and dedication on this issue, and certainly, dick durbin and lindsay and corey have spent a lot of time on this issue, but i am the newbie at the table. i come from --, this issue from a very different perspective. without president donald trump,
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this would not be happening. there is no question about that. the only way to get the republicans to the table and start the conversation is because of the successful and effective approach that president trump took. that is without question. conversation because i wanted to make sure , that theommunities return citizen is going to, are going to be a safer place. for me, this was not simply criminal justice reform, this was a community justice reform bill. as a kid growing up in a single-parent household mired in poverty, i recalled the day i came home from school, when my house was broken into. from my perspective, what i hope to a college with this legislation is to curb -- hope to accomplish with this legislation is curb the number , commit aho go out crime, and do so again when they are out of jail.
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in a five-year period of time, if that person gets out and comes back to jail, they have gone home and committed a crime. if we can do it south carolina has done, which is to take a number from 76%, significantly lower, which has led to seven state prisons being closed and community safety going up, it has occurred because we have discovered the secret recipe of reducing recidivism, which falls into three basic trenches. one is around workforce development, having the skills necessary to be employable when you go home. number two, recognizing and dealing with the emotional and mental issues and conditions that are pervasive throughout our criminal justice system. the final piece is the importance of education. i have spent some time visiting state prisons in south carolina, and the lever of functional
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illiteracy in jail must be %.ound 60% to 70 if we can focus on the bandages for the community, this bill will be worth it. the next word is from the senior senator. >> oh, don't you worry. he is getting a little deep so i will lighten it up a bit. are great, but they are wrong about most things -- but not this. i just got back from afghanistan. the senate is slow, except when i need it to slow down a little bit. i'm sorry i could not get back for the vote. we may have a breakthrough in afghanistan about reconciliation. they are watching what is possible, all of us saying great things about each of us in different parties. i would have been 88, gladly.
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the bottom line, the cause is just, and that means you have a 50-50 chance of getting anything done. jared kushner was mentioned the couple of times. without jared's tenacity and his team putting together a coalition i have never seen from conservative and liberal, this would not have happened. i hope he is enjoying the moment, because he certainly earned it. getting president trump onboard was a game changer. he came out openly for it and it broke the dam in the senate. you have tond dick, be very pleased. you started this journey a very long time ago and it is an unusual political coalition. you are not going to get anything through the judiciary committee throughout the iairman, and senator grassley think listened intently and his leadership made it possible and the committee got a good vote, but mitch is the majority leader.
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he's got to make decisions about competing interests. i want to thank him for making this happen. came outpresident for it gave him cover. mitch was on the fence as to whether or not to support the bill, and he came our way. so i am just really please. and corey, the biggest contribution is to make sure that perfect is not the enemy of the good. there were a lot of people on the left who wanted to take this down because you could get a better deal next year. you would not have gotten a better deal next year. this would not have happened. and i think he helped dick mightily to keep the coalition together, because we had to do some giving to get the president and others on board. and to critics of the bill, you say that somebody under this bill will get out and do something bad.
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that is probably true. you will realize that most people who get out under this bill a bit early are going to contribute mightily. we are going to lower the cost of our prison system, we are going to give people second chances. to those who say, you should never let them out, that is not working. category, you are qualified for good time. if you behave yourself in jail, no matter the offense, you can get out early. in most cases, just to keep the jail from blowing up. they just created another way to get out early if you are a nonviolent offender and low risk. you have to invest in a skill set to stay out. waiting for ancs example of somebody getting out whatoes something bad, have you seen in the rid of his
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in the rate tim described? nothing. people will be less likely to go back, because they get out early if they work hard and invest in a skill set to stay out. this only affect 10% of the american prison population at the federal level. i hope states and governors are watching and use this as a level . finally, as to what mike said, i am pretty hard on most criminal justice things, but we have a system that has just gotten to be bureaucratic. there is no reason for the gentleman i described to go to jail for 55 years. that does not make anybody an american citizen, so we are giving judges a chance to avoid was so painfully asked to do, give a sentence not consistent with a crime in front of him. that is all we are doing. and nonviolent offenses at the federal level, we will give
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judges a chance not to put somebody in jail for 50 or 60 years that does not need to go. we are going to make sure that if you get out of jail under this bill, you will have a better chance of not going back, and that is a huge, schmidt for the country. -- that is a huge compliment for the country. moment, when this we all feel good about each other, that is a sign that 2019 might be ok. thank you. we have bothered you for a half hour, i hope there are not very many questions. we will take a few, go ahead. by the way, i said the reason does the reason i said we will take a few the we have a vote at 11:30. >> you talk about a lot of the high points getting to this point. when did you think it would not get here? when was your low point? i think we thought it was
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, i think to a lot of our surprises that it was put on the agenda by the leader. that was a key point. ? -- next question? >> were you hoping that the leader would be more superlative earlier -- supportive early on? >> you have heard my colleagues. i think he wants to avoid as much breaking up of the caucus and i think -- i don't know for a fact, but as we got well over 30 people that said they would vote for the bill, that is more than half of the caucus. i think that probably impacted him. i think the president's tweets and phone calls that the president made made a difference. maybe there was some other factor i don't know about, but what i know about is it has to be some of those things.
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>> senator gardner's marijuana amendment [inaudible] of thousands of people are in prison for nonviolent marijuana related offenses. any plans to work on that next, especially you, mr. booker? >> we won't have time to work on it with me as chairman of the committee, and i do not know if lindsey graham wants to address that, but -- let me just say this. if i am chairman, and i'm asking for your vote -- thank you for the nice letter. it is first step. let's look at everything. let's look at fentanyl. i have a completely different view of fentanyl. i do -- i want to make things so difficult with totanyl that you don't want do anything with it because you are killing people. that is different than marijuana. >> and i plan on sending brownies to his office to celebrate. [laughter]
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senator graham, can i get your reaction to -- >> let's save that question until we get the question on the bill. i assume that the questions are over. i do not see any hands up, so thank you all. graham, you said you had to give in order to get this through. can you talk a little bit about the provisions that you had to address in order to get this bill passed? >> i do not think that is what we want to focus on right now, because there was a lot of massaging and horsetrading back and forth. i think you can look at the bills that have already been bipartisan cosponsored to the people appear. there are a lot of things we worked together on. the bill in the house was dead for senator durbin because it did not have sentencing on it. and a lot of us were just like -- and then it opened it up to allow a lot of the work we had
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done in the previous congress to be included in this bill. were, but aisions lot of things got through. i am happy we were working as a team. the summit meeting we had with jared kushner towards the end, we agreed we were all in the same team. a little bit of massaging -- not a lot of things were jettisoned, but they had to be massaged to get this through. >> i have spoken the paul ryan and hopefully he will have the procedural opportunity to get this done tomorrow, or even today. we are looking forward to a positive outcome in the house. question,onse to your there were probably 1000 deaths. this bill died 1000 deaths just in the last month alone. even though the ultimate vote was overwhelming and supportive, there were 1000 times when we had to rescue it from the fire. that is what makes it though gratifying. >> thank you.
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senate majority leader mitch mcconnell, and senate minority leader chuck schumer on government lending. -- government funding. >> the other night, as you know, we had a vote on border security. the house of representatives voted to 70-185, approving strong border security and money necessary -- voted 270-185, approving strong border security and money necessary to build the wall. and was a tremendous evening for the republicans, to be honest with you, because the level of happiness, level of a lot of people came out and said they had never seen -- he said i have never seen spirit or in dizzy as an like this. a couple of them came from other parts outside, so i say all
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parts of the world, in order to vote. they came and voted and it was an incredible vote. we were told we would never get the house to vote, but we were able to get the house to vote. not that we did it, they did it. they were incredible. now, the senate is looking at it. we just had a meeting with some of our great senators, tremendous and some enthusiasm for border security, and i can speak for them very strongly when i say they want to see something happen on border security. safety.t security of they want safety for our country . [inaudible] we have done an incredible job considering we have no barriers. human trafficking is that the all-time worst in history because of the internet.
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so the human trafficking problem is a problem that has gone on through the ages, but it definitely is worse because of the internet all over the world. this is not just the united states, but all over the world. we need border security and the republicans in the senate, as you know, take it up today. it will be up to the democrats as to whether or not we have a shutdown, but it is possible we will have a shutdown. i would say the chances are probably very good, because i do not think democrats care so much about maybe this issue, but this is a very big issue. it is an issue of crime, it is an issue of safety, it is an -- we spent $285 billion a year on immigration. the wall will pay for itself on a monthly basis. literally every month it pays for itself. we are talking about small amounts of money -- think of it, we approved and we got democrats
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support, and with the military last year, $700 billion. recently $716 billion for the military. about 5 billion dollars. it is a tiny fraction, but unfortunately they have devoted their lives to making sure it it shouldppen, and happen, that was for political reasons. we will be working very hard to get something passed in the senate. there is a very good chance it won't get past. it is up to the democrats. it is really the democrat shutdown. we have done our thing. when nancy pelosi said, you will never get the votes in the house, we got them, and got them by a big margin, to have -- 217 to 185. now it is up to the democrats as to whether or not we have a shutdown tonight. i hope we don't, but we are totally prepared for a very long our only and this is
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chance that we will ever have, to get thison, through. ronald reagan tried many years ago, and many years ago tried to get a wall. he fought for a long time during his entire term. he was never able to get a wall. greatider him to be a president. he knew what he was doing. we are, one way or the other, we are going to get a wall, we are going to get anything you want to name. anything you want. but we cannot let what has been going on in this country over the past 10 years, we can't live with that. ask on this boat the -- >> on this vote the yeas are 47, the nays are 47. the vice president votes in the
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affirmative. the minute of the house to limit of the senate to the bill hr 695, entitled an act to amend the national child protection act and so forth in other purposes in amendment. >> majority leader? >> my colleagues, here is where we are. it is now clear there are enough votes to proceed to the pending legislation on government disaster relief, and border security. within the republican conference, there is a strong support for the president's reasonable request for more resources to tackle the urgent situation at our southern border. republicans support the house passed bill, which includes additional border security funding, and we are also, however eager, to complete the the remaining appropriation bills, which the senate has already passed. however, obviously, since any
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eventual solution requires 60 votes here in the senate, it has been clear from the beginning that two things are necessary. support from enough senate emma kratz to pass the proposal at 60, and the presidential signature. result, the senate has voted to proceed to legislation before us in order to preserve orimum flexibility productive conversation to continue between the white house and our democratic colleagues. i hope senate democrats will work with the white house on our agreement, that can pass both houses of congress. and receive the president's signature. so colleagues, win an agreement is reached, it will receive a vote here on the senate floor.
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moved to concur the house amendment to the senate amendment to the house amendment to the senate amendment to hr 695. [laughter] >> the motion is pending. [laughter] >> mr. president. >> the democratic leader? >> as we said the president trump will his walla week ago, does not have 60 votes in the senate, let alone 50 votes. that much is now clear. democrats have offered three proposals to keep the government open, including a proposal offered by leader mcconnell that passed the senate unanimously only a few days ago. we are willing to continue discussions on those proposals with the leader, the president, the speaker of the house, and the leader of the house. all five are necessary to get something done. i yield the floor. you can watch more of the latest debate from both the
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house and the senate on government funding and the shutdown at c-span.org, and follow continuing live coverage on the c-span networks. >> good morning from washington, a live view of the u.s. capital. it is approaching noon eastern time. both the house and senate will be gaveling in. the president a short while ago with the following tweet "i am in the white house, working hard. news reports concerning the shutdown in syria are mostly fake. we are negotiating with the democrats on desperately needed border security, gangs, drugs, human trafficking and more, but it could be a long stay. on syria, he said we would originally be there for three months, and that was seven years ago. we never left. when i became president, isis was going wild, but now isis is largely defeated. other local countries, including turkey, ou

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