tv 116th Freshmen Profile - Reps. Joyce Schrier Fletcher Crow CSPAN February 14, 2019 1:47pm-2:19pm EST
later with the first house votes expected around 6:30 eastern. the senate earlier just a short while ago on another issue. approved the nomination of william barr to be the next attorney general. that vote 54-45. follow the house live here on c-span when they gavel in and the senate live now on c-span2. on the budget issue a short while ago president trump released this tweet saying reviewing the funding with my team at the white house. the president and congress have until tomorrow night, midnight, to work out a deal before funding runs out. representative greg pence of indiana sent out this video of his staff looking through various parts of the bill because house speaker nancy pelosi waved the 72-hour rule that would give them more time for more thorough assessment because the funding runs out tomorrow and threatens another shutdown so they're going through all 1,159 pages. we're getting our primetime schedule on the c-span networks this evening. starting at 10:00 p.m. eastern
here on c-span, the funeral service today for late congressman john dingell who died last week at the age of 92. on midnight on c-span2, climate change research. and on c-span3 at 8:00 eastern, the senate rules committee meets to vote on a resolution to change procedures for the consideration of presidential nominations. >> if beal street could talk had three nominations for original score, best supporting actress. sunday on "q&a" we'll discuss the movie based on the 1974 james baldwin novel with "the washington post" deputy local editor, monica norton. >> i thought the film "if beale street could talk" was beautiful and the thing that sticks with you is just how loving and lovely the film is. i think his writing really does
deal with love. whether it's universal love, loving one's self, love between people and society. i really think that that is sort the overarching theme. i think a lot of people see him because he was so passionate in fighting for the rights of african-americans that sometimes i think that people mistake that for anger and i don't think -- i think he was not angry but forceful in his denounceation of racism. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span's "q&a." >> the 116th congress has over 100 new members. c-span recently spoke with a number of the house fresh plan. congressman john joyce, a republican of pennsylvania, representing the 13th district, decided to enter politics after running a dermatology practice with his wife for more than 25 years.
>> when and how did you decide you would get into politics? mr. joyce: it's a new thing for me. i have been a professional -- physician all my professional life and last year the opportunity became available with an open seat. many of my patients came to me asking me to address their issue regarding health care. increasing prescription costs, co-pays, deductibles, i've often had a concern how patients will be able to afford this. they asked me to step up with consideration and with prayer. i took the next step and after some serious deliberation, we entered into the race to represent what is the new pennsylvania 13th district. >> why prayer? mr. joyce: my background is faith-based. i don't do nothing without prayer. i pray on a daily basis for my family, for my patients. and for our country. this was a big step. i practiced medicine, i graduated from medical school
in 1983. and i practiced in many different fields. officially i was in academic medicine at johns hopkins hospital. i worked for the u.s. navy as a civilian physician during desert storm and desert shield. i also worked in the private sector with an incredible partner, my wife, for over the last 25 years. >> prayer is your background. explain. mr. joyce: i need god in my life to make decisions. i know it's important that i have a guidance. and i look to god for that important decisionmaking process. >> where does that come from? mr. joyce: comes from my family background. i was raised in a very traditional religious family. i look for that as my own personal strength. i've been given incredible opportunities throughout my life. and yet i don't make those decisions without asking god
for his influence and guidance. >> where did you grow up, how did you grow up? mr. joyce: i grew up in central pennsylvania. i was one of five children. my father a civil engineer, my mom a homemaker and we come from a tight, close family. i became a physician -- i lost a younger brother after open heart surgery as a child. and i knew that i wanted to have impact in medicine. and so i made that my career goal. i was blessed to have great opportunities and to study at incredible institutions. and using prayer as the milepost for me, as always being able to reach back and ask how i can serve the people, whether it's in medicine or whether it's in government. so this is a transition for me to the next step. >> who have been your mentors in life and why? mr. joyce: my parents will be my mentors in life. they would always encourage us to strive to do our best, to do it with the guidance of our faith, and i also have a very interesting mentor, is my wife.
my wife has given me so much insight into myself. we've known each other since we were 12 years old. we go back quite a distance. we didn't fall in love until medical schools. two different schools in philadelphia. my wife went to drexel medical school and i went to temple. we went to undergraduate at penn state and she is truly the guiding force in my life. i can always bounce something by her and know she's going to make me think about a critically and make the right decision. >> what was her reaction to you deciding to run? mr. joyce: amazingly supportive because as i said, we practiced medicine together for over 25 years. and so now my wife is continuing that. she continues to work in pennsylvania as a physician. and i am in washington and trying to get home to the district every weekend. so for the first time, professionally, for the first time personally, we're not together during the week. fortunately for cell phones and
facetime we're able to overcome that to a huge degree. >> and when you won what was her reaction? mr. joyce: amazing enthusiasm. she knew our district wanted a fresh face. they wanted someone from outside of government. they wanted someone who could address health care as a big concern. they wanted someone who would look face on into the opioid crisis. someone who understood what impact that had on families. what responsibility physicians shouldered for the opioid crisis. we had many discussions about that. again, she has been the guiding force to let me address those issues and encourage me to take this next step. >> many of the new democratic members pointed to the 2016 presidential election as the reason why they decided to run for public office. one of them is kim schrier, who is a pediatrician and the only female doctor in the congress. scheyer scheyer i am a pediatrician -- ms. schrier: i am a pediatrician through and through.
i have been doing that for the past 17 years so this was a big leap to leave the practice i office. un for >> why did you? ms. schrier: well, the 2016 election was a huge turning point for me. there were a lot of things in the country that changed then, including attacks on women's reproductive rights and health care, our environment, and lots of things that really matter to children and to people with chronic illnesses. i also have type 1 diabetes. so it gives me more -- kind of an insight into what my patients and people all over my district were feeling when there were all of these efforts to appeal the affordable care act. and so i did what a lot of citizens did. i rallied and i called my congressman and went and met with his office and explained how harmful it would be for my patients, for people like me with pre-existing conditions
all over the district if we repealed the affordable care act. and days later he voted for that first trumpcare bill in committee and i decided, you know, who better than a pediatrician with a pre-existing condition to go to bat for the people of my community? >> how did you decide you would go into medicine? ms. schrier: well, i think it probably came from being diagnosised with a chronic condition at age 16. was blessed to have a phenomenal pediatric endocronologist. i will give a shoutout. here she was a woman, sweet, smart, and she was a complete role model for me and so as i pursued my studies, it was always in the back of my mind. and so she was my inspiration. >> what about that experience? your own personal health but also being a doctor for the past almost two decades, what about that do you bring to washington, d.c.? ms. schrier: well, i think i provide this critical missing
voice. i mean, everybody's talking about health care and some people understand from the perspective of a family member getting sick or somebody in their district but there's nobody that really understands it the way that a woman doctor with a pre-existing condition gets it. i see it from the standpoint of a patient and as a doctor. and so when we talk about numbers like 26 million people who have coverage who couldn't -- who simply could not get it or afford it before, in my mind, those are 26 million people just like my patients, just like me and so there's this understanding of compassion that comes with being a doctor that's worked in the field. >> where did you grow up? ms. schrier: i grew up in los angeles and i moved to washington state. quickly after my training. >> and why washington state? ms. schrier: well, my husband got a job in washington state. i followed him. and we just fell in love not
just with each other but with the state of washington and i have been there ever since. >> and your husband's reaction to you running for congress? ms. schrier: you know, it's a family investment. it's a family affair. when one person runs for office, really the whole family is involved. we also have a 10-year-old son who is very much invested and feels all of the good, the bad, and the ugly of running for office and being in office. and so we're all adjusts but, you know, this -- we made this decision as a family and we decided there are some very real problems in our country that need to be fixed and that when something's wrong in the world, you step in and you do something about it. and that's really a message for my son. >> have you had any mentors in life? what sort of influence have they had on you? ms. schrier: oh, gosh. i had lots of mentors in life. we can start with my family and parents and my grandparents, my husband in many ways is a guide for me. and, of course, fran kauffman.
i have many mentors here in congress. and everybody is excited and willing to help and wants to make sure we do the best job possible for all the people in our districts. >> what did your parents do when you were growing up? ms. schrier: my mom was a public school teacher. my dad was essential in aerospace engineering. and my dad tical -- influenced know go into medicine and my doctor. >> were your parents involved in the democratic party? ms. schrier: we are life-long democrats. again, always politically interested. t never politically involved and certainly in this kind of way. this is a first for my entire family. >> lizzie fletcher, democrat of texas, is representing the seventh district in houston. she was born and raised there and was practicing law before winning her seat to the u.s. house. she's the first democrat to
represent the district. mrs. fletcher: the seventh congressional district is full of dynamic change. i grew up, i was born in the 1970's, grew up in houston in the 1980's. of course we were really experiencing some tough times in the early 1980's and i really saw the city recover and rebound and really expand and diversify our economy.
this is a different spin on being a lawyer, becoming a lawmaker, but it really is true i have such exposure to so many different people, industries, and issues in my community by being a lawyer and having the privilege of representing people of representing people in individual cases and now i have the privilege of representing them as a group here in congress. >> what kind of lawyer were you? mrs. fletcher: business
litigation and i worked on cases of all types, from small mom and pop shops with some real estate hallenges, various issues, all the way up to national corporations and litigation all over the country. it was a great education, especially with our community working with different segments of industry, working with people in the energy industry, which houston is the energy capital of the world. getting exposure to the kinds of things that people do and the challenges they face has been a great experience for me. >> why did you make this leap to washington, d.c. and become a lawmaker? mrs. fletcher: well, for me, it really was a direct result of the 2016 election. i felt after that election that things were not on track, and what i saw especially in congress as well as from the executive branch was that there were a lot of people who were
not getting things done and not working together. and that's not how we do things in houston, and i felt like we needed to get some people in the room who were going to be the responsible adults in the room. i didn't feel like we saw a lot of that as we watched the transition with the trump administration, and i really think that what we want to see is our government working efficiently and working for all of us, and i looked round and thought, well, you know, where are all the grownups, and then i realized, that's me. i'm one of them and that it was time. i had incredible training and incredible opportunity to get to know people across my community and to represent them and i was ready to take this leap and represent them here and really try to bring the spirit of our community to washington and try to make this place work a little bit more like houston. >> you are a part of a record number of women who have joined this 116th congress.
why do you think that's an important voice? mrs. fletcher: well, it's a huge part of why i ran because i felt like my voice wasn't being heard and voices of women and you see it in all sorts of policy issues that came up time and again in the last couple of years. but throughout our history. there have been issues where we would really benefit from having people at the table. i think there is a benefit to have a diversity of voices, women, men, people from different backgrounds, the congress is designed that way, to have representation across the 50 states because the idea -- obviously it wasn't 50 at the time -- but the idea is people come with different perspectives and i think it's really important to have different different points of view and to hear them and to listen and i do think that the women i have met in this congress tend to be very collegial and collaborative. that's my experience working and i'm optimistic having so many women in congress we will find this congress is collaborative and that we are able to get work done.
>> do you have a female role model? mrs. fletcher: there are so many. i grew up in texas. ann richards was our governor. and growing up in houston, the mayor was a woman, kathy whit meyer. -- whitemeyer. i had a sense that people could see and do anything. ann richards was an inspiration. sassy and fun and smart as a whip. that's so important. there are so many women that have been personally involved in my life and have been mentors and probably the person i admire the most is my own mother who is a phenomenal person, who manages to take care of everyone else and at the same time really contribute to our community and i just feel like i have been so lucky to know and learn from so many, so many great women. and especially in this class. i look around at my classmates, the women in congress, and i'm excited to get to work with
them and learn from them. >> any advice your mom gave you over the years or when you won this seat that you remember and carry with you? mrs. fletcher: well, she gave me a lot of advice. the advice that my dad gave me that i mentioned is really good for going to -- going off to law school. my mom just really shaped me and guided my world view what our priorities should be and we should put other people first and we should do what we can to be helpful and we odd shulls be able to put ourselves in people's shoes and appreciate where they come from. i think it's an important skill. it's something you learn to do as a lawyer, put yourself in somebody's shoes and represent them and be their voice. and now i'm able to do that for my entire community. it's really important to put that forward. there's so much advice she's given me over time that has really i think shaped who i am and why i'm here. >> there are 95 veterans serving in the u.s. congress. jason crow, a democrat from colorado, is among them. he is a former army ranger who
served in iraq and afghanistan. after serving his country, congressman crow went to law school and worked as an attorney attorney in colorado and worked as an advocate for veterans. mr. crow: well, i enlisted in the national guard shortly after high school to help pay for college. i come from a working-class background and i didn't have the ability to pay for college myself. so between work and financial aid and working in construction and serving as a member of the enlisted -- in the national guard, i was able to make it work. >> and then after the national guard? mr. crow: well, i was moved not only by the national guard but after 9/11, i knew we were a country at war, and i couldn't ask other people to do my fighting for me. i decided to go active duty and joined rotc and asked for an active duty commission and graduated towards the top of my class and ended up choosing infantry as my branch and
airborne training and ranger training and next thing i was leading paratroopers in the invasion of iraq in 2003. >> how were you involved in that invasion? explain your experiences on the ground. mr. crow: i was an infantry officer leading paratroopers of the 82nd airborne, i went to airborne school and ranger skoom. -- school. took over my first platoon at fort bragg in north carolina in 2003 and next thing we're in the deserts of saudi arabia, hat march the invasion launched and my battalion dealt with some of the republican guards that were bypassed. we found ourselves very quickly in combat operations and fought in the battle of osama, which was a several long-day battle. that's where i earned my bronze star. ended up invading north and
helped capture baghdad. >> how did you earn the bronze star? mr. crow: in late march, my platoon was one of the lead platoons to capture the highway 8 bridge over the euphrates. so we had been fighting for several days. there were elements in the special republican guard, i was the most junior platoon leader at the time. >> how old? mr. crow: i was 24 at the time. i had just turned 24, actually, a couple weeks before. i was the most junior platoon leader because i had just arrived a couple months earlier so my platoon was kept in the reserve so the other platoon leaders were more senior, the more lead. they were pinned down by a counter attack and my platoon was called up to then lead the push to the bridge and that's how i earned my bronze star. . it was a very solemn responsibility. leading u.s. soldiers.
young men and women. people's daughters and sons and brothers and sisters and parents in combat. it was very humbling for me. i have taken that lesson on into politics and my campaign. building a team that makes you stronger. building a diverse team and just always remembering every single day who it is you work for and who it is you are serving. >> how many tours were you in iraq? mr. crow: one tour in iraq. i went over to the 75th ranger regiment after i left the 82nd airborne division and did two more tours through afghanistan as part of the special operations task force. >> why did you decide to reup? to continue your service? mr. crow: we were a country at war still. you develop a very strong bond with the people that you serve with. got to know them well. i don't think i had a greater honor in my life? than serving this country in
uniform fighting alongside men and women, fighting for a democracy. it's something that i wake up and think about every day, still. it was actually hard to leave the service. i think most veterans will tell you that it was a tough experience but it was also one that was hard for me to leave personally. that's one of the big reasons why i ended up being involved veteran advocacy. >> where does this motivation to serve come from? mr. crow: good question. i grew up as we talked about earlier in veteran advocacy. a family. worked in construction. and worked in fast food in high school. and i think just recognizing that although we didn't always have a lot of money, have a lot of opportunity. in this country. i could work hard, get ahead, have a job and pay my way through colleague. you just recognizing that
opportunity and how special it is is i think been a main driver to fight for that. and the fight to make sure that future generations have that same opportunity. i was a father gives me additional incentive because i view the world through the eyes of my children. every day anderson and josephine, my young children, never cease to amaze me. every decision that i i do and wife does, we always think how it impacts our children and future generations. >> where did you grow up? mr. crow: i group in wisconsin. >> what was your childhood like? mr. crow: the first nine years we were in a small town. this is in the 1980's. wake up and jump on the bike and just have free rain -- reign around the -- rein around the town. hunting crayfish and stuff. we moved and grew up in the madison area. i had a great childhood.
a lot of opportunity. we moved around a lot. sometimes we struggled economically. we made ends meet. always had the opportunity to find good work. help support me. certainly as a big part of why i'm able to be here today. >> who is a mentor in your life or who has been a positive influence? why? mr. crow: i would just have to point to my wife as a great positive influrens the -- influence. i left the military. there is always some struggle with veterans who were in combat situations like we were. my wife is a very strong person. she's my best friend. she's somebody who we don't do anything without each other. without consulting each other. certainly everything i do begins and ends with my wife. >> have you struggled with posttraumatic stress after leaving the service? what has that been like for you? mr. crow: every veteran i think that experiences combat or war
deals with something in some way. that's not an experience that's natural for people to go through. so recognizing that and getting out of the service and having had mentors and other veterans that came before me take me under their wing and help me get on my feet. when i i was going to law school and making the transition from military to civilian life was impactful for me. i decided to do the same thing. i quickly got involved in veterans advocacy and started to mentor the veterans coming out of the service after me and got very involved in helping veterans find jobs and just figure out how to make that transition from mill to civilian life. >> when did you you decide and how did you decide you you would seek a seat in the u.s. house of representatives? mr. crow: two years ago, this was not on our radar to be honest. we have young kids. we were raising our family. we were involved in the community. after the election of president trump we started to think about what that meant for our country
and some of the challenges that our democracy would face in the years ahead. we actually went to the first women's march in 2017. i still remember my wife and i went there with our young kids and i hoisted my daughter on my shoulder, and we were holding my son's hand and marched through the streets of denver. there was over 100,000 people that showed up that day. we were really moved by that solidarity. we knew that although some challenges lay ahead, that if people got involved and decided to step up and serve the country and community again, we could come out of this stronger. we dedicated ourselves to doing something. to stand up and to fight back. and to help unify our country and community again. recognizing how divided we were. it became very clear that given my background and my involvement in the community that i could run a challenge to my opponent and flip the seat. >> new congress, new leaders.
follow it all on c-span. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] >> the senate today voted to confirm william barr as attorney general. in that role he'll oversee the special council investigation. the vote was 54-45. craig kaplan reports three democrats voted for him. doug jones of alabama, joe manchin of beft, and kristen sinema of alabama. senator rand paul was the only republican to vote against the nominee. intelligence committee chair byrd did not vote. he will be sworn in this afternoon according news reports as the 85th attorney general. 4:45 ceremony in the oval office with chief justice john roberts administering the oath. senators are waiting for the government funding board of security compromise to be brought up for debate. the measure introduced to members in the wee hours this morning. expected to be up for debate this afternoon in the senate. it provides nearly $1.4 billion
for 55 miles of new barriers in texas. and includes money for nine federal departments as well as nearly 2% pay raise for federal workers. the senate will vote first. if it passes there the house will take up the package with first house votes expected about 6:30 eastern. house coverage here on c-span. later, follow the senate over on c-span2. next up here on c-span, nasa officials say that after more than 15 years on the surface of mars, the rover opportunity's mission is finish the announcement came after it lost contact with the rover in june and made an attempt to re-establish a signal. the mission was originally expected to last 90 days. the briefing from the jet propulsion laboratory in pasadena is an hour. >> hello everyone. i'm j.e. hill. welcome to nasa's jet propulsion laboratory. i am standing in the historic