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override the veto of the president of the united states, restore the integrity of the congress of the united states, and the appropriations process under article 1 of the announcer: beto o'rourke kicks off his presidential bid live at 12:30 in number three c-span radio app. -- free c-span radio app. and keviny pelosi mccarthy spoke on the house floor about c-span's 40th anniversary. this is 10 minutes. speaker pelosi: madam speaker, our founders envisioned a people's house -- >> the house will be in order. order.
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-- speaker pelosi: 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 of it all? if that's not enough for you, today is my birthday. [laughs] [applause] speaker pelosi: no, no, no. no singing. no singing. [laughs] >> ♪ happy birthday to you speaker pelosi: thank you so much. and 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
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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-span is a pillar of our public discourse and a beacon of unbiased reporting, an institution so committed to objectivity and impartiality that its 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 service to our democracy. [applause]
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speaker pelosi: 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, american history tv, c-span radio, the video library, and interactive resources such as the c-span bus. let's hear it for the c-span bus. and renewing the promise and purpose of our american democracy, a government of, by, and for the people. in its first speech -- in 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 power. al gore said, the marriage of this medium and our open debate have potential to revitalize representative democracy,
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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 -- well, i did 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. [applause] madam speaker, i am pleased to yield to the distinguished leader mr. mccarthy. rep. mccarthy: madam speaker, i
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want to thank the speaker for yielding. i also want to wish her a very happy birthday. madam speaker, i rise to celebrate a milestone in the accessibility of federal government. now, many of us here and across the country were first introduced as a child to how government works through our saturday morning cartoons on "schoolhouse rock," "i am just a bill on capitol hill." by giving it life, 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
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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 had 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.
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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. [applause] >> once, tv was simply three giant networks and a government-supported service called pbs. then an unusual service with a
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small name decided to roll out in america. let viewers decide, all on their own, what was important to them. brings you unfiltered coverage from congress and beyond. this was true people power. in the 40 years since, the landscape has clearly changed. there is no monolithic media, broadcasting has given way to narrowcasting, youtube stars are a thing. but c-span's big idea is more relevant today than ever. no government money supports c-span. on television and online, c-span is your unfiltered view of government, so you can make up your own mind. announcer: former texas lawmaker beto o'rourke ticks off his presidential bid.
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live at 12:30 on c-span. online at and on the free c-span radio app. on tuesday, the senate rejected a nonbinding resolution supporting the green new deal. the final vote was 57-0. mitch mcconnell explains why he is against the deal. mastoats catherine cortez and ron wyden explained their support. this is 30 minutes. mcconnell: the senate is going to vote on the sub -- far left that many of our colleagues have rushed to in place -- embrace, the so-called green new deal. for a spice resolution, this proposal has traveled a fascinating path in congress. it originated with


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