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these buildings down will hear all of us soon. >> c-span's newest book the presidents, noted historians rank america's best and worst chief executive. provides insight into the lives of the 44 american presidents. through stories gathered in interviews with noted presidential historians. explore the live events that shaped our leaders, challenges they faced and the legacies they have left behind. published by public affair, c-span's "the presidents" will be on shells of april 23. but you can reporder your copy as a hard cover or ebook today at c-span.org/thepresidents or wherever books are sold. >> earlier today on the house floor, speaker pelosi and minority leader kevin mccarthy spoke about c-span's 40th anniversary and how cameras in the chamber changed the course of congressional history. here's a look. without objection, the
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gentlewoman is recognized. the speaker: madam speaker, our founders envisioned a people's use -- the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the speaker: thank you, mr. lewis. this is very important. we're going to observe the 40th anniversary of c-span. you ready for that? are you braced for the excitement? if that's not enough for you, oday is my birthday. no, no, no. no singing. o singing. thank you so much. i will convey those good wishes to c-span as well.
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madam speaker, our founders envisioned a people's house that would be transparent and accountable to the american people. the very first house sessions were made open to the public, the very first house sessions. so that the american people could see our debates and have their voices heard. i rise to honor an institution that powerfully honors that legacy, ensuring that our sessions can be a town hall for the nation. the cable satellite public affairs network, c-span. since its founding 40 years ago, c-span has offered tens of millions of americans a front row seat to democracy. training its unblinking eye on congress and the campaign trail, presidents and parliaments, and so much more. we all know c sman is a pill lar and beacon of unbiased
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reporting, an institution so committed to objectivity and impartiality that it's founder never once uttered his own name on the air throughout 33 years of interviews, round tables, and lectures. thank you, brian lamb, for your ervice to our democracy. c-span has not only exposed our public debate, it has enhanced our discourse and in doing so enriched our democracy. shining a light on government to keep our leaders honest and accountable, educating and informing the public to gavel to gavel coverage, book tv, heroin mystery tc, c-span radio, the video library, and interactive resources such as the c-span bus. let's hear it for the c-span bus. renewing the promise and purpose of our american democracy, a government of, by, and for the people.
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in its first speech -- if the first speech, this is the first speech ever televised by c-span, our former colleague, then representative al gore, spoke prescient words about its pouter. al gore said, the marriage of this medium and our open debate have potential to revitalize representatives' democracy. offering a solution for the lack of confidence in government. our country has been strengthened by c-span's progress to deliver on that promise. revitalizing our democracy that is people can have confidence that this institution works for the public interest. on behalf of the house of representatives --dy want to tell you some c-span stories about what children have said about what they have seen when they have watched congress in session, but i'll save that for another day. on behalf of the house of representatives, thank you to founder brian lamb, and the
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entire c-span family for your enduring contributions to the public debate and to our american democracy. congratulations on 40 years. i'm pleased to yield to the distinguished leader mr. mccarthy. mr. mccarthy: madam speaker, i want to thank the speaker for yielding. i also want to wish her a very happy birthday. . now, many of us here and across the country were first introduced as a child to how government works through our turday morning cartoons on "schoolhouse rock: i am just a bill on capitol hill." c-span has taken the education and turned it into experience. and over the last 40 years, c-span has ensured the country experienced some of the most consequential and memorable moments that transpired right
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here with this body. on the 50th anniversary of the civil -- selma civil rights march, john lewis reminded us of the quiet dignity of the 600 americans who put their lives on the line that this nation might live up to the promises made in its founding documents. as john lewis said, our country will never, ever be the same because of what happened on this bridge. c-span was there. at the height of the iraq war, sam johnson, a vietnam veteran, a p.o.w., gave a powerful salute to our soldiers and taught us an important lesson about patriotism and service before self. we are better as a country because of the example sam johnson set. c-span was there. throughout these 40 years of experiences that have changed the culture of history, from the contract with america to the election of the first woman
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speaker, it even captured the light-hearted moments of humor that can make their way into times of very serious debate. c-span captured it all. this is important because of the rise of the internet and the new media environment has only reinforced the need for c-span's unfiltered coverage and unbiased programming. now more than ever, people must be able to form their own opinions. they need objective coverage, access to balanced analysis and the opportunity to debate their views with others in good faith. c-span does just that. madam speaker, james madison believed that representative government did more than cater to individual interests. he said one of its key advantages was that it refined and enlarged the public view about the common good. for the last 40 years, c-span has been an irreplaceable tool
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for accomplishing madison's vision. i know i speak for the whole house in congratulating c-span for four decades of coverage. i yield back. >> no government money support c-span. its nonpartisan coverages
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sponsored by your cable or satellite provider. on television, online, c-span is your unfiltered view of government so you can make up your own mind. >> in a minute, we will watch house debate from today on overwriting president trump's veto. then, former california governor arnold schwarzenegger and former attorney general eric holder discuss their efforts to end political gerrymandering. then, law enforcement and mental health officials testify about proposed legislation that would allow a ban on certain people buying or owning guns. >> c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and policy issues that impact your. coming up wednesday morning, vermont democratic congressman peter welch discusses william barr's summary of special counsel robert mueller's final report.
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also, grace mary turner talks about health care and the future of the affordable care act. and todd ruger on why states and localities are spending $1 billion on federal safety funds to protect schools from mass shootings. watch washington journal live at 7:00 a.m. eastern wednesday morning. >> a green new deal which would zero out carbon emissions in 10 years failed to pass a procedural hurdle in the senate today. that vote was 0-57 with 43 democrats voting. mitch mcconnell block the vote in a political effort to get democrats on the record and highlight intraparty divisions over the proposal. and the democrats largely voted as a show of unity, denouncing the vote as a sham to provide elections -- republicans election season talking points. also on capitol hill, the