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under article 1 of the >> the house failed to overturn the president's first veto, leaving the declaration of a national emergency at the southwestern border intact. house speaker nancy pelosi recognized c-span's 40th anniversary. ction, the 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. 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 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. 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 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 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 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 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. >> 1979, a small network with an unusual name rolled out a big idea. let viewers decide on their own what was important to them. the doors to policymaking for all to see, bringing you unfiltered content from congress and beyond.
in the age of power to the people, this was true power. media.s no monolithic c-span's big idea is more relevant today than ever. no government money supports it. a by television and online, c-span is your unfiltered view of government, so you can make up your own mind. here is some of our live coverage wednesday. the house returns to legislative work at noon eastern to debate the paycheck fairness act that aims to close the salary gap for women and minorities. they are considering a nonbinding resolution opposing president trump's ban on transgender members in the service.
whether to begin debate on emergency disaster spending in the u.s. senate and on c-span three, hearing from military commanders on national security challenges in the indocin -- in the pacific region. aboutompeo testifies policy strategy and the 2020 budget proposal. the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. >> c-span's newest book, the presidents. ranking the best and worst chief executives, providing insight
into the american presidents. true stories with noted historians. explore the events that shaped our leaders, challenges they faced and legacies they have left behind. affairs, it public will be on shelves april 23, but you compete order your copy today. at c-span.org/the presidents. or wherever books are sold. announcer: former california governor arnold schwarzenegger and eric holder discuss gerrymandering. asking to -- to give a political party the advantage. the high court heard oral argument earlier in the day. this is an hour. [applause]