tv Washington Journal Freshman Members of the 116th Congress Part 2 CSPAN April 1, 2019 4:40pm-6:31pm EDT
. join us on twitter or facebook. we are introducing you to some of the lesser-known freshman, c-span has spoken to many of them. take a look at the lawmakers that are being put together to give you an idea of their diverse background. i am raw and real and authentic. i'm not going to be your polished politician. >> they are called detention orders in their system. 13 of those were for the death penalty. >> i used to write my diary in code and would send myself on secret missions which meant snooping in my parents things.
i had such a fascination with this idea of finding the answers to questions nobody else could find. a i remember being 10-year-old and asking my parents for a subscription to newsweek. they looked at me like i was crazy. they were not people that talked about politics that much. >> a creationist is a person who believes the earth was created by some external force. some people and i am personally one of those who believe that god spoke the earth into existence. is a lifelong republican who has never voted districtocrat >> the -- never voted democrat until me. >> the district is primarily caucasian. to decide they would put their confidence in me to represent them in congress and be the first african-american to represent the state is a tremendous honor. >> i was in the national -- i'm in the national guard for 22
years and jumped out of a perfectly good airplane a few years ago. i is still serving which i think is a great thing. on anas born on raised indian reservation. my family came there to grow food for the calvary. >> i grew up in texas. when i was growing up in houston the mayor of houston was a woman. i had a sense that women could be and do anything. of the freshmen lawmakers of the 116th congress. we are getting your reaction this morning. here are some tweets from new members. passed same-sex fairness act. women and men same job same page. this new congress is working for the people one bill at a time." debbie hollinger is on of the
first to native american women tweeting " no one should be in fear of attending a concert, going to school or dancing at a nightclub. i will advocate for gun violence legislation. join me today." katie hill a democrat saying, " i am proud to cosponsor the protecting pre-existing conditions and making health care affordable act. we are lowering health-care costs for communities and ensure people with pre-existing conditions have access to care they need." max rose, democrat from new york, " the opioid epidemic is the biggest public health crisis pushingand the family oxycontin new how dangerous and addicting their drug could be. @tishjam leading the fight to bring justice." are these the issues you want freshmen lawmakers focusing on? let's hear -- let's hear from larry in sierra vista, arizona.
republican, good morning. caller: good morning. host: go ahead. caller: hello, can you hear me? host: we can. caller: i am a republican and i live 30 miles from the border. there are checkpoints between me and tucson. manned, the lightly dogs are probably gone. the things you roll right through. it is crazy. host: tie this to the freshmen lawmakers. what about them and border security? caller: we have two of them and the democrats i know have buyers remorse on both of them. host: who are you talking about? caller: christian cinema and gil patrick. they are nothing more than toadies for schumer and a low c. they both voted against the
wall, they know better than that with the constituents here. they are just following schumer and pelosi. it is crazy. there is talk about a recall. elected with a lot of money. commentsut derogatory about trump and the economy and everything. and what the democrats had already put in. they are both dangerous to the counties. we have an air force base, davis .ir force base, and army base we have large defense contractors. these folks are dangers to our economy when screwing around with the defense budget. me introduced folks to
ann kirkpatrick who you were just talking about. she is not new to congress although she was a freshmen. she represented arizona from two thousand 92 2011 and 2013 to 2017. she challenged senator john mccain and lost that bid. here's what she had to tell us about growing up on an apache reservation during her childhood. raised on theand fort apache indian reservation. my family came there at the beginning of the century to grow food for the calvary at fort apache. when i had a surplus they opened the general store. you lived and worked on the reservation? >> yes. apache was my first language. >> what was that like? >> it was great.
lots of freedom. got to spend a lot of time riding horseback. upbringing. i thought that's the way life was and i had no idea about washington, d.c. at that time. host: what did you learn? >> i learned respect for a different culture. i internalize the apache culture. when we moved off the reservation i had a really hard getting into the angle european western culture. eventually i did, i thought it for a wild. just realizing that there are different cultures to be able to work in multiple -- i really treasure that now. >> does that inspire your desire and motivation to learn chinese? >> it does. some missionaries
coming to the reservation when i was a child from china. they thought apache sounded a lot like chinese. when i had to take english in college at -- a language in college i thought i would sign up. i signed up for a mandarin immersion course of his summer and i loved it. apache is four tones and so is mandarin. it was natural. the simple structures are very similar. >> did it come easily? >> it came easily. host: larry, did you know that other congresswoman? caller: what a joke. she is from the indian nation. she should be the loudest wanting congress for the wall. the indian nation has quite a bit of the area along the border with illegals coming through there. now she is talking about that.
that doesn't mean a dang thing. we are spending $9,000 a second on illegals. over $60 billion so far this for of taxpayers paying illegals. indian nations have a real problem with drugs. she should be jumping up and down to protect the indian .ation what a fake. i was raised on a farm. i worked my but off. my wife is korean, she is naturalized. night studying the flag and the constitution for her to pass her tests. illegals come in that could care less. all they want is to be leeches. kirkpatrick came in and she got a lot of money. just what you talked about now she has turned it against us. host: larry from arizona,
republican. let me introduce you to michael waltz from florida who was a special forces officer in afghanistan. the first green beret are elected to congress. he described his role in searching for missing army private. a soldierivate was that walked off his face, he deserted his base in 2009 on june 30. that's the day i took command in that rotation. i was an army special forces in southeast afghanistan including the province where he was stationed. he stacked up his gear, left his weapon behind. he sent emails to his father denouncing what america was doing there. in my view he did not desert, he defected. he went to the enemy and was
working with the enemy until his circumstances changed. i have been vocal in the fact that he is not a hero. i was glad to see the army finally bring justice but he should not have been declared a hero by the obama administration. i think it showed how tone deaf they were about military service members think. host: that is congressman michael waltz. you can learn more about him on our website. sherman in oklahoma, independent. what you think of this group of lawmakers? should i think that they thinking that they know everything. they should come into a new position with open minds and open years and learn from the people that are already there.
if you come to a job and you just started and you have never , you don't want to listen to the people that have been there for years. you're not going to make it. i think that they should focus on the legislation that we need right now. host: what do you think that is? what we neednk right now is immigration. even though they may not agree with the president or like some of the decisions i think they should support them. him but ially like support him. i think he has done some good things.
i think the immigration should have been done a long time ago. orderly ametered and way to get people into the country. they can only handle at the port of entry 70 cases a day. not 4000. host: all right. n in washington dc, democrat. caller: good morning. i want to specifically address a caller from a few calls ago who was talking about ilhan omar not being born in this country and asserting because she wasn't born in this country she might have an agenda that is not american. that is racist. body of sos is a many people who represent their
districts. that american hope is in this big pot of ideas will stir into a consensus that represents the best of america. is one of the many diverse freshman legislators who represent their district and they also represent the way america looked. the republican party does not ofresent the full breadth how america looks in all of its colors and hues and its religions. say the freshman class and specifically the faith.ts, they represent they are running on aspirational goals.
you hear about climate change and paid sick leave. all of these issues we are not used to hearing. they are running on an agenda of faith while republicans continue to a spouse beer. fear of immigrants. -- fear of soy many don't -- fear of democrats. fear of the other. my final point is that it is important to understand that democrats are running on context. they bring context to the conversation. the united states is a land that was taken from american indians. it is very interesting. i have traveled through this country and i have been to certain places like denver, places aroundo the country that are named after
indian territories. honestly i feel within this country something is wrong. there is some type of atonement that has not happened that has not been addressed. of deatheel the amount that has happened when this country was taken by anglo-saxon european people. host: i'm going to have to leave it there. as you are making your point that these lawmakers who are hereens who were not born are citizens and now they're representing their districts and reflecting as you were saying on their district. i was trying to find the exact numbers. representative of omar is somali-american and many somalians have migrated to the minneapolis minnesota area. i was kind to find the numbers on that. point she has a very diverse district as well.
not just dominated by somali americans. she has a diverse district. if you are interested this is certainly something you can look up and find yourself. melissa in arizona, republican. caller: what i would like for the new members is for them to consider freedom of the american people. it is so extremely important at this time. where a familya just a couple of weeks ago who had a child with a fever that broke after leaving the doctor's office. had 20 members of the swat team smashed down their door with the and pointed at the family seized their children. the little boy had a fever during the day.
the parents took him to the doctor. and the fever dropped to 100 degrees. in police department came and sees the children and the department of -- the parents have been in custody. the parents went to the court and have explained what the situation is and the children are still in the custody of the department of child safety. the kids were seized and they have not been returned. that is a frightening scenario we live with. because children are seized without warrants and without cause and without due process. was the reason for seizing the children? supposedly child had
105 degree temperature at the doctor's office. , take him toaid the emergency room. asked to look at the thermometer. and when she got out of the doctor's office they went immediately and got a new for robert are -- thermometer. he was laughing and playing with his sisters in the backseat. what doe question is, you want these freshmen lawmakers to address? i want them to address the fourth amendment and protect people who are being attacked by cps. countrywide. by child protective services. -- therth amendment says law says you should not sees a child unless there is imminent
danger of bodily harm or death in the time it would take to obtain a warrant. a parent never had the opportunity to speak to a judge. host: heard your point. that is what she is hoping the freshman lawmakers focus on. congress andn in she is one of the only female doctors as well. to represent the eighth district in washington state. the aca gaveut " millions of americans who were not insured access to affordable care. now donald trump and the doj are trying to take that relief away. i am proud to lead the fight to stabilize health and protective coverage for pre-existing conditions." she talked about health care and how it inspired her to run for congress. >> i am a pediatrician and i've been taking care -- i've been doing that for the past 17 years.
this is a big leap to leave the practice i love to run for office. the 2016 election was a huge turning point for me. there were a lot of things in our country that changed then including reproductive rights, health care, our environment, and lots of things that matter to children and people with chronic illnesses. i also had type 1 diabetes so that gives me even more of an insight into what my patients and people all over my district were feeling when there were all of these efforts to repeal the affordable care act. a lot of citizens did. i rallied and called my congressman and went and met with his office. i explained how harmful it would be for my patients and people like me with pre-existing conditions all over the district
if we appeal to the affordable care act. i decided who better than a pediatrician with a pre-existing condition to go to bat for the people who can't. host: kim schrier explaining that is why she ran for office. is that why some of you voted for these new faces? we want to hear from you this morning. if you have a freshmen in your (202) 748-8003. republicans (202) 748-8001. democrats (202) 748-8000. .ndependents (202) 748-8002 use theirthey should leverage in congress and some said they have not been there long enough and should learn from others and stay quiet.
representative alexander ocasio-capo has gained 17.3 million followers. oc has gained 17.3 million followers. dan crenshaw i republican from texas over 300,000, close to 400,000. arianna pressley a democrat from massachusetts has over 250,000. compare that to the leadership in congress. pelosi has 2.3 9 million followers. kevin mccarthy the minority leader in the house 255,000. chuck schumer of new york, democrat, 1.7 4 million. compare that to majority leader mitch mcconnell, over 840,000. charlie from new york, independent. what are your thoughts on this class? caller: the one thing that is
positive in relation to the new class is it is a diverse group that probably have professions outside of the main profession of most lawmakers, i would love to know what the number is which is lawyers. there is no rational reason why we shouldn't have more representatives who like the last person you had on who was a doctor. i feel that there are educated people who are blue-collar workers as well as white-collar workers who should be representations of who represents the population. in light of the fact that somebody said we should listen to existing members. the problem is that in this country still as capitalism has gotten so out of control and i believe in capitalism as it exists. -- on the democrats and
republicans a significant amount -- there are exceptions but they are the minority. the new class our young people and they are diverse people. is itst important thing is a diverse group of -- youuals who represent have an idea that they -- that a lawyer which is the most occupation of the congress, with respect to that profession at time goes on over the years and ages it is less of the atticus finches in representing in the congress then there are generally speaking. things, ist important
think it would be nice if c-span did this one thing. call in whereng a only people -- i am an old guy i should not call in. only people 35 and under call in. we don't leave this planet to them. the two most important things in all mine -- in my mind is nuclear proliferation and the planet. as it relates to air and climate and whatever. and the fact that those things are not predominant in most everybody -- don't misconstrue. health care is important. gun control is important. many issues are important. disparaging in terms of wages what the bottom line is. ,hose two things are important people of my age should realize that we will be gone and the planet will be left to young
people. host: he is saying colors under 35 only. we encourage callers to call in and let them -- let us know what you think of the freshman class. many of these freshmen are in the 30's that we have spoken to and 40's. what do you think about the impact they are making or what do you what them to focus on. charlie was talking about having backgrounds that are different than previous years. not as many attorneys. there are two nfl football players, one professional hockey player and one mixed martial arts fighter. medicale five professionals, three doctors, one dentist and wonders. five have worked in education or were teachers. they come from all walks of life. i played professional hockey.
>> mcdonald's franchisee for 22 years. >> i won the lottery in 2010. >> state senator for florida. >> the cia. >> running a restauran.' >> running a technology business. >> i was president of the university of miami. >> i am a small-town lawyer from lexington. captain of the national guard and served in afghanistan. >> mayor of phoenix for almost seven years. position for my physician.ion -- o of these new members have worked for the cia or been in
the military. what do you think of the job they have done so far. frank from delaware, republican. welcome to the conversation. caller: i am just calling in reference to these people that were elected to congress. i think about 40 of them are the biggest liars in the world. host: why do you say that? caller: you can see their politics. all they want to do is fight donald trump. i have watched everybody since 1960, all the presidents. he is the best thing that ever came down the road for the american people. they don't like him because of that. because they are trying to change this country. they want this country to not to be about what it was but going forward they want to be something they perceive it to be. democrats,ge head they are communist which is what i call them, they will be in a lot of trouble. host: frank's opinion in
delaware. bob in pennsylvania, democrat, what you think? caller: i can't say much after that. i am a democrat. i am a union man. a machinist, retired. astopped voting for democrats few years back. they just talk out of both sides of their mouth. one thing we can say for sure with this new crop of congresspeople is that they all look about within 10 years of each other and they are all products of our public school fairlyand probably recent graduates of college. i think that is why most of them don't know anything about civics the political comings and goings and how to put bills out there.
they don't know anything about the law. we are going to see in a short amount of time that the suggestions and bills don't have merits to stand on. hopefully it gets people more involved with the school system. and the school board and take back what our teachers are teaching the youngsters. most people don't even know what socialism is. is going to show very quickly here that we have a bunch of rubberstamps in congress. josh carter is a new freshman democrat and he tweeted out this. " i will say it once again pre-existing conditions must be covered. every person in our community has a right to health care. i'm ready to fight any attempt at repealing the aca along with you all."
the new york times notes of that nine of the republican freshmen's or endorsed by the hard-line conservative house freedom fund. 25 of the democrats are progressive's including four who will represent districts president trump one in 2016. 19 others also one in districts the president won. face isfreshmen congresswoman lucy mcbath who is a democrat from georgia, 30 year employee of delta airlines and her son died of gun violence in 2012. here she is at a recent hearing talking about the impact of that on her life. >> gun violence is an issue that is deeply personal for me. 2012 my son was shot and killed by a man who opened fire on a car of unarmed teenagers at a gas station in jacksonville, florida. jordan was 17 years old.
weekuld be turning 24 this on february 16. after his death i dedicated my life to advocating for commonsense gun safety solutions. was the shooting at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida that year that finally motivated me to run for congress. two membersbrought to the state of the union as my guest. they experience a tragedy no parent should ever have to endorse or their daughter was killed when a man entered a yoga studio in tallahassee, florida and shot six people killing two before taking his own life. she had a bright future ahead of her and was eager to do good work in the world. her dreams were cut short by hateful man with a firearm. she was only 21. there are too many families experiencing tragedies like ours every single day.
the pain of losing a child to gun violence never ends. it is in that pain that drives me to do this work to prevent gun violence. host: lucy mcbath representing georgia's six the district. one of the 100 or so new faces of this congress. tall, you have a freshmen in your district in new york. you are an independent. good morning, paul. who represents you? caller: i live in rockville center but my representative is aoc. -- i mean i aman a conservative but i tend to vote republican. i feel bad for aoc. i think she is sort of the sacrificial lamb for the democrats. she is garnering a lot of attention and i think that attention is ultimately going to do her in. i think isen deal beyond preposterous.
i think she is well-meaning but i didn't -- don't think she knows what she is and four. i would love to hear comments from this freshman class after their first term. when reality will sink in and how they will deal with one another. the leadership of both parties has been grossly ineffective the last couple of years. i like what trump is doing with regard to calling out the leadership and getting people to think more clearly about what they are there for. host: what do you think of the job she did and her line of questioning -- i don't know if you have seen the hearings where she sits on oversight and government reform she received accolades for her questioning of the president's former lawyer michael cohen. did you see that? caller: i didn't. stay iny i tend to touch.
i did not see that line of questioning. i think cohen has his own problems. host: let's not go down that road. let me show you another what folks were reacting to. >> on october 2018 the new york times revealed that quote " president trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990's including instances of outright fraud that greatly increase the fortunes he received from his parents. he alsoer stated " helped formulate a strategy to undervalue his parents real estate holdings by hundreds of millions of dollars on tax returns sharply reducing his tax bill when those properties were transferred to him and his siblings. mr. cohen, do you know whether that specific report is accurate? >> i don't. i wasn't there. >> who would know the answer to those questions? >> alan weisenburger. >> what help for the committee
to obtain federal and state tax returns from his company to address that? >> i believe so. host: the congresswoman from new york representing the 14th district. the youngest member of congress. that was her line of questioning at the hearing with michael cohen with the house intelligence committee. others say they will follow up on the name that she gave and looking into the president's tax returns. mickey in milwaukee, wisconsin, independent. caller: good morning, thank you for taking my call. i recently moved to wisconsin from minnesota. i live in a suburb of minneapolis. where all ilhan omar is a representative. i am originally iranian. my name is mohammed and i had to change it to ricky.
bass/--s been a lot of backlash against republicans -- muslims. people like representative omar who carry religion on their sleeve are working against the cause of anti-muslim and islamophobia. for the most part people are mistaken. they think of muslims as terrorists. i don't want to go into that. in the line of questioning of ilhan omar of elliott adams -- elliott abrams she called adams in the hearing. even though i don't agree with everything abrams represents, i think ilhan omar's questioning will soon go to him. highly educated person. she took everything straight out of wikipedia about elliott abrams. they are going to fasten my opinion.
a lot of people have called in this morning saying it is too soon to say. i don't think it is too soon to say. these people ran for over 12 months prior to being elected. they have social media profiles. you have seen them in hearings. i think it is very obvious what everyone's objectives are. people have called about socialism. there are some in a different varieties of socialism. the 81-year-old lady who called this morning complaining about socialism. if she is on medicare that is a form of socialism. and lenin marx thousands of books have been written on socialism. the union gentlemen that called, if you are in a union that is socialism. i moved here from minnesota to wisconsin with my legal name being mohammed. it was very difficult. muslim name and
you go somewhere to rent a truck it is very hard. these are my comments. people should travel to washington, d.c.. i was there recently. they should visit the capital. it is really moving. they should walk up and down the national mall. they will have a different feeling about how things are run in the united states. host: i want to show our viewers the moment you were talking about. minnesota democrat ilhan omar who sits on the foreign affairs committee. here is her questioning of the special envoy to venezuela. >> in 1991 you pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from congress. inarding your involvement the iran-contra affair for which you are later pardoned by president george h. w. bush. why membersderstand of this committee or the american people should find any
testimony that you give today to be truthful. >> if i can respond to that. >> it wasn't a question. that was not a question. i reserve the right to my time. >> it is not right. members of this committee cannot attack a witness that was not permitted to reply. >> thank you for your participation. in herresswoman omar questioning. she represents the fifth district in minnesota. she became a u.s. citizen in 2000. her background as nutrition, education and elected to the minnesota house of representatives in 2016. lester from newark, new jersey. publican. your thoughts on the freshman class? crap about this
[indiscernible] host: raleigh, north carolina. dorothy, democrat. i just wanted to say that the freshman class is wonderful as far as i am concerned because they do have ideas. it is notabout it is ideas of hate and division, thank goodness. i am a christian as well. people talk about -- they are not talking forcefully enough or getting the message out about what climate change would do. i remember it was missouri are -- the understand that when landslide like that here in the u.s. you can't live on it or grow food on it. it contaminates the water. those people that live there have to migrate somewhere. the republicans keep talking about a wall. the way the climate is going we
may have to go over the wall into mexico. give climate continues like it is. they are not thinking. host: dorothy in raleigh, north carolina. the freshman be more forceful on the issue of climate change. one headline about the freshman this morning. aoc and other house freshmen resist new incumbent favoring the triple c role. a new incumbent favored policy of house democrats campaign are by arching her supporters to donate directly to individual candidates instead of the parties. that one democrats their own seat after fighting a democratic incumbent. caucuses are harmful for the deidra placita uninvolved policy -- challenging sitting democrats. the reaction from aoc.
rule to blacklist and boycott anyone who does business with primary challengers is extremely divisive and harmful to the party. my recommendation, if you are a small dollar donor path your and give yourccc money to swing candidates instead. some great ones and then she goes on to list. / " i believe in our party but we cannot lay claim to prioritizing diversity and inclusion when institutions likely dccc amp limit policies to silence new voices and historically marginalized communities. let's go to charles in new jersey, independent. what do you think of these lawmakers? caller: i am glad to see fresh young people in the congress. i am an old guy, i am 70. i was a democrat. i have always been independent. will vote for the person not the
party. as far as these young people in ,ongress, young and middle-aged they have fresh ideas. i think that's what this country needs. as far as climate change, something is happening. they can call it what they want. the polar caps are melting. we are having more floods and storms and something going on. as far as what a person is or where they come from, i am a christian also and it is not for us to judge, leave it up to god. green is a new republican congressman in tennessee representing the seventh district. a former nominee for u.s. army secretary, served in the u.s. army and former health care executive and former state senator.
he is also the freshman president for the republicans of is 116th congress here he talking about how he met and interviewed saddam hussein. the position of the task force that was hunting saddam i planned the medical portion of all the missions. if we were going to go new omission i would know where the nearest surgeon was and how any operating room's they had. when we took casualties where we had to redirect sue. on that mission it was like hey we think we got him. we follow the helicopters. then we caught him. that night i got to interview him for about 5.5 hours. >> you interviewed him? >> i interviewed saddam. i don't think it was attended to interview. they said what you spend the first night with them? and he was just talking to me so i spoke for about 5.5 hours. >> what topics did you cover? >> it is fascinating some of the
stuff we talked about. it was mostly historical. --e why did you and invade kuwait or start the iran-iraq war. some of it is not in any other history book. answerddam gave me his on why he and rated iran and started that war i think that is the first time it was ever heard. sure the story later. >> he shared that story in a book. his time with the former iraqi leader. bernard in ohio, republican. caller: hello, how are you. host: what do you think of these lawmakers? caller: unfortunately we have only heard from three of them and those are all aspirational claims that are tough to do on a financial basis. i am an immigrant. nine and myat age
parents had to wait for six years from brussels and we had to have three things. , myad to have a sponsor father had to have a job and we could not become a burden on the state. no welfare and nothing. we need a national id card that allows us people who are --citizens not able to have voting rights, not able to have emergency room care. every other country in the world we just give away a lot of stuff that we can afford to pay for anymore. with all these immigrants coming from the south it is almost impossible to have the border patrol control who is coming into this country and know who is coming into this country. as far as the other thing they need to do is have laws that are changed so that immigrants cannot claim they are being tortured in other countries and
that makes them able to come having opposed to financial reasons to come here. as far as medicine goes i'm a retired physician. obamacare for most people do not understand what it turned out to be. it turned out to be a glorified welfare program. in 2008 and nine had insurance because i dealt with it all day long. it had insurance that was good. -- $750 and up double deductible. the could not afford to see opposition. the deductibles went to seven or $12,000. that was the deductible. there was a co-pay on top of that for each visit. it became so impossible that people could not afford it. they had no health care. do is goeally need to back and have the insurance companies reinstitute the
insurance policies that were in effect in 2008 and 2009. go back to the $500 deductible. host: bernhard with his comments about health care. several of you have mentioned that as well as climate change very it -- climate change. the first african-american representative from colorado was honoredthis " to join nancy pelosi and fellow members of the select committee on the climate crisis to introduce house resolution nine to keep america in the paris agreement and take real action to curb carbon emissions." that is an issue he is working on. -- georgia'snd legislature recently passed an extreme ban on abortion before many women even know they are pregnant. georgia women and women everywhere does our political leadership that will defend their right to reproductive health care, not undermining
their access. porterswoman katie tweeting out " as a member of the equality caucus i am committed to ensuring equal rights for trans gender individuals. i was proud to display this flag outside of our office this week in support of trans and gnc members of our community." " pay equity is not a partisan issue, it is a moral imperative." these are the issues these freshmen lawmakers are focusing on. do you agree or disagree? what do you want them to talk about. nicholas, pennsylvania, democrat, good morning. caller: hello. i want to comment on the senator from new york aoc. i think she is doing a good job. i think her idea that people
should donate to the individual and not to the party is how it should be. i think the problem in the past has been with the two-party system. i also want to comment on the socialism issue. our country is based on three different parameters, socialism, this social-- security is socialism. our fire department and police department are all social programs. the people coming on to your show and saying that socialism is bad, capitalism can be bad also. if you don't have any rules on the road that people can do whatever they want. that is why you have these rules put in place. one last thing is that what has not been mentioned with these new party -- new young people coming into the office is that the majority of them are in the democratic party not the republican party. the republican party is still
older white men. thank you for your time. host: nikolas in pennsylvania. let's go to steve in texas, democrat. steve, good morning, go ahead. say that just want to i think the freshmen members are doing a good job. i think it is great we have all that diversity. the only negative i would have would be that maybe they are a little naive about some things. they will figure it out as they go along. one more thing. donald trump is not the best thing he is the worst thing. i think the security part is these people not only do they not care what he does, that is the scariest part they don't care. host: steve in texas, democrat. as we showed you earlier these freshmen lawmakers, some of them are immigrants themselves and children's of immigrants.
this is a group of first-generation freshmen lawmakers. tj cox of california, anthony gonzalez of ohio, chrissy houlahan from pennsylvania. powell from florida. rashida tlaib from michigan. the pew research group put together this graphic and this headline. , athundred 16th congress least 13 of the lawmakers are immigrants or children of immigrants. cox, democrat tj from california represents the 21st district. a businessman and mining engineer. we spoke to him as part of our profile series. this is what he had to say about this country. >> my dad came from china and my mom from the philippines. they met at montana state university back in the 50's. when my dad finished up his phd
he took his first job in california. does your parents migrate from china and the philippines respectively? >> a classic immigrant story. the land of opportunity. my mom used to sneak into all the american movies. my dad went from england to canada. a lot of ex-pats were kicked out of china after the revolution. >> what did your parents say about that journey? >> it came down to my mom was telling me when i was growing up. get to work. classic immigrant story. you come here and work hard and take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that america gives to all people.
if you want to learn more about him you can go to our find our interview with him along with more than 50 other freshmen republicans and democrats. the previous caller mentioned the look of the republican party. , gopis a headline representative disappointed by the number of republican women in congress. the only refreshment publican woman elected to the house in 2018. that will be representative carol miller, i republican from west virginia saying she is disappointed by the small number of gop women serving. frank is in new haven, connecticut, a republican. stephen who is in laurel, maryland, and independent. caller: i just wanted to say that i think this freshmen class is more reflective of the
country. many of them are in place due to reactions of gerrymandering that wereone where republicans separating out democrats and chopping up districts. we found that this groups represents more of a wider cross-section of america. we have a freshmen here in he is a and multimillionaire. he owns liquor stores all across maryland. he is also a democrat. he is not a communist. i don't think he is a socialist either. it is interesting to hear people things as socialism that clearly are not. thank you for that. host: we spoke with david trone about being the co-owner of
total wine. you can see that if you go to our website. let's go on to john in chantilly, virginia. a democrat. caller: thank you for taking my call. i just want to say that i think the freshmen congress needs to run something. the polling about the congress are very low. they need to run about something, what the republican did. did. i think they need to understand that they have the comedic a with the republican congressman. have an open door. do not close your line. listen and learn. that is the way. it is not only one party can do all the work. others,o not work with we do not need attack back and forth. we need things done. republicans and democrats work for us. the people who are struggling can stay two-- you
years, but they can replace you. i want to say one more thing. i am from somalia. i am proud because she opens doors for immigrants, like you just showed us. i can guarantee those who are attacking her, we will have more from different places for next time because we know how to get our seed and we will defend our values. we are part of america as they need to understand that just because she is a muslim woman does not mean that she does not have a right. >> john's thoughts and virginia. we are at the top of the hour here, continuing our conversation with getting your reaction to the freshman class. we have over 100 new house lawmakers and attendant new senator's kite what impacts you think they are having -- senators. .
what impacts do you think they are having? democrats, (202) 748-8000. republicans, (202) 748-8001 independents, (202) 748-8002. we want to hear from you this morning. interviewed over 50 of the house freshman. all of them so far have been house members. to give you an idea of their backgrounds, what they did before, we have put together a quick glimpse at more than 30 of them. take a look. [video clip] >> i was fortunate enough to play professional hockey. a 2010.n the lottery in >> i was state senator. >> i have been with the cia. >> i was running a restaurant business. clinton --esent
present clinton's chief -- >> i am a small town lawyer from lexington. >> i am a captain in the national guard. >> i worked for a congressman from minnesota. >> i was mayor of phoenix for almost seven years. a stateved six years as public utility's commissioner. >> i have been a physician. >> i am real, authentic. i am not going to be your polished politician. >> i had 92 convictions. they are called detention orders. my diary andwrite code and i would sometimes send myself on secret missions which meant snooping and my parents' things. i had such a fascination with this idea of finding the answers to questions that nobody else could find. >> i remember being a
10-year-old and asking my parents for a subscription to newsweek. they looked at me like i was crazy. they were not people that talked about politics that much. >> what is a creationist? that is a person who believes the earth was created by some external force. some people, and i am one of those, believe god spoke the earth into existence. >> my dad is a lifelong republican who has never voted for a democrat until you voted for me. >> the district is predominantly caucasian. it is 2% african-american, maybe less. for them to decide they will put their confidence in me to represent them in the united states congress and me the first african-american to represent the state is a tremendous honor. >> i am in the national guard, 22 years in now. just jumped out of a perfectly good airplane not too long ago. raised on an and
indian reservation. my family came there at the beginning of the century to grow food. >> i grew up in texas. dan richards was our governor. when i was growing up, and he has been the mayor of houston, watching them, i had a sense that women can be and do anything. >> a quick look at some of the new faces on capitol hill in the hundred 16th -- 116th congress. we are getting your reaction to this group of lawmakers and what you think their impacts have been and what you hope they will focus on during their tenure here in washington. politico put together this article recently. it is like high school is the quote. meet the house's freshman clique. democrats are forming alliances in a bid to gain friendships and influences. nine andthe gang of
the gang of nine, according to politico, these are freshman democrats quickly bonded over their shared military service and more moderate politics, each one in previously held by republicans. you also have the self named squat, most high-profile group of freshman democrats, younger women of colored. they are social media savvy and doing all they can to swing the party to the left. there is the squad. a casio cortez -- ok's you cortez -- representative ok's casio-cortez. -- look for them to rise in leadership. websitethe politico's this morning if you want to check out that story they wrote about the alliances being formed
among these freshman lawmakers. let's get to your calls. lakewood, new jersey, republican. >> good morning. caller: i am appalled at some of the callers. i'm 81 years old. my whole family and myself were democrats until just before obama became president. i was going to vote for him until i see his background. i am -- i love trump. he has done more in two years were our country, more for the blacks, for the hispanics, for everyone. he wants to protect americans from all these here invasions, from the drugs, from people who want to come and hurt us. what is wrong with that? as far as the young people in congress now, i find them very radical. why is the organization roaming
around the halls of congress? they are a radical group. i am not against all muslims. i am against the radical ones. that caller before that was a muslim, he sounded like a radical muslim because he is trying to protect himself. my doctor is a muslim. nothing -- they are trying to take over. some other freshman tweets this morning -- rick scott recently tweeted of all of the dem plans have one thing in common, they drive up the cost of health care. i grew up in a family without health care so i want to make sure american families can afford quality health care and their medications. the other native american woman elected to congress -- the
discriminatory transgender military ban demeans the service of thousands of brave trans service members and does not reflect our values. today, i voted to reject the shameful ban. after years of people it income growth under president obama, we are seeing a rise in wages. more proof that president trump's tax cuts passed by a republican congress are working for everyone. democrat in new jersey -- our military should not just reflect -- protect our values. it should flex them. it is why i voted to stand up to the military ban. great to join my friend in the effort to increase flexibility for workers while negotiating
salary, time off, and compensation. this empowers women and working parents. everyone should have the opportunity to achieve the american dream. those are some of the issues these freshman are focusing on. marlene in north carolina, independent. going to say something. my family has been here since 1684. we fought in the war kari we have done all this. i see changes that frighten me for my country. thatr as the young woman is a muslim, she would need -- would not even be here if george 67,000d not brought somalians in one swoop into this country and put them in the area she is from. citizen, i am appalled because every one of gets $1000 a month
from the american taxpayers as a refugee. host: where did you read that? caller: that was when it first happened back in 2000. he literally brought an entire group of somalis. remember one thing -- the somalis were the ones that drug our dead marines through the street. host: this is part of an effort for political asylum because the country was at war at the time. caller: why would you -- why would you bring them here and establish 67,000 people that in theready put somebody united states congress that was not even born in this country? host: you think if you are not born in this country you should not be able to represent a district that reflects -- caller: representing people that
george bush and the republicans brought here and put into an area so they could accomplish this. joe, oklahoma city, democrat. caller: good morning. wonderful show you are conducting. i did want to make a couple of comments. one is i am extremely excited about some of the democrats that made into office. a lot of times you'll hear the democratic conference claim that you have to be close to the senator -- center to get in but what they will not tell you is every bit of support and money to the neoliberal and a center democrats and trying to force out the progressives like aoc. they have got the right idea. most of them got those ideas see what bernie sanders has lived and voted on his entire life. 80% of the people would vote him
in. i want to make one comment to the trump supporters out there. it is very easy to waive your orange pom-poms for trump, but if you take a look at what he is really doing, if you look at the lobbyists that are now directly running agencies and departments, if you look at the aboutishment -- he ran draining the swamp and getting rid of establishment people. cavanaugh, bolton -- those are people right out of the bush white house. i think trump people need to stop and think. how is it that trump has more goldman sachs and wall street executives working in his administration than any administration? friends. hillary's he is not draining the swamp. he is the king of the swamp. host: frank in new haven, connecticut, republican. caller: good morning, everyone.
what do you think of the freshman class? muchr: i see it as pretty in competence i want to keep sis -- you know the k i s stuff? follow the law. stop the hate. we are blaming this, that, the other thing. look at the people that got caught already. please. love. host: ok, frank. california, tom, independent. just have the same advice is your last caller. all these people who got elected, they were elected by the people. this was not a job interview. this is something that people thought they had something good to bring.
they were not pandering for everybody else. remember the law. be a good citizen. crap.is other colorado'solks in six district sent to washington representative jason crow, former army ranger who served in iraq and afghanistan, attorney, and advocate for veterans. we spoke to him and this is what he had -- what he said about why 9/11 led him to stay -- sign up for active duty. [video clip] >> i was moved by my time in the national guard. we were a, i knew country at war and i could not ask other people to do my fighting for me. i decided to go active duty. i joined rotc and asked for an active-duty commission and graduated toward the top of my class and ended up choosing infantry as my branch and airborne training and ranger training at the next thing i knew i was leading a push -- a
platoon of paratroopers in the invasion of iraq in 2003. >> how are you involved in that invasion? >> i was an infantry officer leading a platoon of paratroopers, the 82nd airborne division. right after graduating college in may 2002, i went to infantry school and airborne school and ranger school and took over my fort braggon at north carolina the next thing you know we were in the desert of saudi arabia getting ready for the invasion. the invasion launched and my platoon, my battalion was tasked with helping deal with some of the units that had bypassed during the invasion. we found ourselves quickly in combat operations and fought in a several day long battle where i earned my bronze star and ended up invading and helping capture baghdad. congressman jason crow representing the sixth district
of colorado. andy, kentucky, democrat. what do you think of this freshman class? caller: thank you for what you do. congressional everything in washington right misleading are very and they are leading us down the wrong road. i am 56 years old. i would be 57 on may 17. the democratic party i have known, they used to stand for something. my grandfather and grandmother were alive and my dad and uncle were alive, the democratic party stood with -- for what was right. they were conservative. , theyemocrat party now field.y off in left the people were misled with a voted for them and we need to get back to the bible. we need to get back to being civilized. if we do, our country will
prosper. if we continue to go down the road we are with bernie sanders and all of them, we will be -- our country will be in trouble. i voted for trump and i think the world of mr. trump and we need to be praying for mr. trump and his administration because the left is trying to hurt him. nancy pelosi needs to wake up. chuck schumer needs to wake up and turn to the lord and start voting the bible. you voted for president trump in 2016. why did you vote for him? what were the issues? -- i didecause he was not agree with how the democratic party was voting because they support abortion and trump is pro-life and he is trying to help our country. host: in the 2018 election, did
you vote and who did you vote for? what party? caller: 2018, i voted for republicans. i voted republican on the state level because some of the democratic party is not steady for what is right. they are not standing for the bible. in kentucky, we will have a primary this coming year and i will talk to a democratic candidate. i like him tremendously. we talked quite often. rocky atkins. he is conservative. he is moderate. host: so you can vote for him. caller: yes, most definitely. i think a lot of rocky. party on thec local and state level will vote for the bible and stand for what is right and we can win again. host: a conservative democrat in kentucky.
in congress is congresswoman debbie holland from new mexico met one of the new -- few native american women elected to congress. she serves as the new mexico democratic party chair 2015 to 2017 and she is focusing on native american issues. i want to show you part of a hearing recently that was about missing and murdered indigenous women. [video clip] >> the silent crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women has been my top priority sense long before the ink sworn into congress and i am here today to hear your testimony to help find solutions to this long-overdue issue in indian country. i am wearing red today in honor of missing and murdered and i wanted to mention that. indigenous women deserve to be protected just like anyone else in this country. this is why i have been working
diligently with my colleagues on bills to basic protection for for publicupport safety, including the survive act, which increases resources for victims assistance through the crime victims fund, need of use, and tribal officer protection act to extend protections to children and law enforcement personnel involved in domestic violence incidents on tribal lands and savannas act to protect native american women by incre >> we're going to break aafrom this recorded program and take you live to the white house where president trump is about to take part in a prison reform sufment live coverage now here on c-span. ["hail to the chief" plays]
cheers and applause] president trump: thank you very much. we are honored to be joined by our incredible vice president, mike, please stand up, mike. today we are here to sell bait the truly bipartisan -- that's a very pleasant word, a pleasant word. [applause] achievement. of the first step act. very important. this landmark legislation will
give countless current and former prisoners a second chance at life and a new opportunity to contribute to their communities, their states, and their nations. that's what they're doing. many distinguished -- that's true. [applause] i want to just recognize a few of them. attorney general william barr. thank you. a man doing a great job. secretary alex acosta. [applause] ben carson. ben. setting records over at h.u.d. really good, ben, i'm proud of
you. secretary rick perry. former governor. and i have to say, rick really pioneered what we're here for today. he was an early advocate and has done a great job in a lot of ways but as governor of texas also, an early pioneer of what we're doing today. thank you, rick. and a very special thanks also to members of congress, we have with us senators chuck grassley where is chuck? [applause] thank you, chuck. glad i found him, i'd be in trouble if i didn't. bill cassidy. bill. thank you, bill. senator cassidy. mike lee. mike, thank you, mike. [applause]
rob portman. thank you, rob. cindy hyde smith. ran a great race. ran a a great race. good job. congratulations. great job. and a friend of mine, roger wicker. senator. thank you. and a lot of congress men and women are here. just introduce a few of them. congressman doug collins. thank you. thank you, dough. -- doug. josh gottheimer. thank you, josh. and tom reed. no labels. [applause] a lot of governors are here. some we're going to leave out. [laughter] because i don't like them. but that's ok. i'll get to like them. kentucky governor, man i do
ike, matt bevin. an incredible guy, friend of mine and all of us for a long time. he's going to be leaving the governorship one day soon, we're not going to be happy about that at all, phil bryant. fantastic governor. he's a fantastic governor. and he built the african american museum and it's one of the best jobs i've seen in a long time. a lot of money but underbudget and ahead of schedule. right, bill? proud of that don't see that often in government. north dakota governor doug burgham. doug. and mrs. burgham. thank you very much. and texas attorney general ken paxton. hank you, ken.
washington, d.c., attorney general, carl racine. carl, thank you. thank you, carl. and florida's former attorney general, pam bondi, respected by everybody. where is pam. thank you, pam. and they're joined by many faith and law enforcement leaders. we have tremendous numbers of people here today that are such strong believe nevers not only what we're doing but also faith, and faith is a good thing my book, it's a great thing. i also want to recognize someone that you'll all know well who worked tirelessly on this project and to achieve it, he went through a lot and i'll tell you what, he got there he got there with flying colors because he believes, and a lot of other people believe, both conservative and liberal and those in the middle, jared kushner. [applause]
cheers and applause] president trump: he did not want me to do that. this beautiful line, he tnt want it, other people did they insisted that i to it. jared had a very easy life. he was doing phenomenally in new york, everything he touched turned to gold and one tai he said, i want to come down, i want to have peace in the middle east and i want to do criminal justice reform and i want to do all these wonderful things and his life became extremely complex, and he wouldn't trade it, i don't think he'd trade it because what he's doing is incredible. he is doing great in the middle east, i think someday before we're finished i think you'll have something very important
signed. you're doing a great job. thank you. [applause] so many people said, in fact, i guess we could say almost all people said that criminal justice reform would never pass. but we came together as a group, we worked across party lines, an we got it done. and it's an incredible thing when you see some of the people here, so conservative, then some so liberal and we just have a lot of great people that came together. they knew it had to be done. as president i pledged to work with both parties for the goofed the whole nation and that's what it is. it's for the good of the whole nation and it's something that is so important to me in terms of this and lots of other things. and it's happening, slowly but surely it's all happening. the more i met and spoke with those involved in our criminal justice system, the more clear it became that unfair sentencing rules were kibting to the cycle of poverty and crime like really
nothing else before. it was time to fix this broken system and it's a system of the past and to improve the lives of so many people and you look at the safety and all of the things that are happening now as a result of the first step as an example, nonviolent prisoners will have opportunities to participate in vocational training, education, and drug treatment programs. when they get out of prison, they will be ready to get a job instead of turning back to a life of crime. [applause] and i'm thrilled to report that since i signed the first step act, more than 16,000 inmates have already enrolled in drug treatment programs. cheers and applause]
my administration intends to fully fund and implement this historic law, it's happen, it's happening fast and it's a lot for some people to understand and as soon as they understand it, they say, wow. why didn't we do this a long time ago? and some of the great govern quors that are here with us today have already implemented it and they were a step ahead, now they're going a step further. i want to congratulate them. these are states i won't name because i don't know if i should be naming them but these aren't states you -- these are states you wouldn't think necessarily would be at the forefront of criminal justice reform, you understand that. [applause] thank you. the first step act serves as a model for criminal justice reform as the state level and all over the state level, all over every aspect of what we do and throughout many states that
are following our lead and already moving similar legislation forward, many of them are, including arizona, florida, illinois, missouri, and mississippi. the first step act also ensures that those in prison are placed closer to their families and home communities so they can have that communication that they need. greatly easing their return to society. [applause] it's very important. and finally, the law rolls back provisions of the 1994 clinton crime law that was so devastating to so many and that this -- and that disproportionately impacted the african-american community. nobody believes how much and now they understand it. in less than four months, more than 500 people with unfair sentences have been released from prison and are free to
begin a new life. [cheers and applause] one of these newly freed americans is troy powell who is with us today. in 2004, troy was sentenced to 20 years for doing a drug offense. during his 15 years in prison he took courses and worked as an electrician and he got really good at being an electrician. really good. in fact, if you ever lose your job, come see me, i need an electrician, we could use one here in the white house, troy. in february, troy with us releesed -- released under the first step act. nine days later he was hired at boone lumber company in new york and now he's saving a lot of money because he's doing well. you know our economy is helping a little bit, troy, i tell you. [applause]
but he's saving money to buy a home and he's got one in home, one particular home in mind, he'll get it, i have no doubt about. troy, congratulations. thank you very much. thank you very much. [cheers and applause] he didn't know about it. cheers and applause] >> first of all i'd like to say thank you to everybody here on capitol hill for finally getting this bill pushed through. i know there was a lot of work involved in it, i would like to say thank you toll organizations that got me here like cut 50 and amy can do and them people, they've done so much for me it's unbelievable how much they've done for me, i never thought, i
never thought this bill would pass and coming home and finding places like boone lumber company that took a chance on me right out the door. no problem. come on to work. i can't thank everybody enough for that. more than thanking everybody for these things there's more that can be dobe. i left so many people behind in prison doing 40, 50 years in prison for nothing, absolutely nothing. should i have went to prison? absolutely, i committed a crime. but 20 yearers in small things i had done. i don't know what to say. i think there should be a second step. that's what i think. there should be a second step. cheers and applause]
president trump: could i have said it better than that? [laughter] the statement about so many people, that's true. so many people serving 40 and 50-year sentences for things that you wouldn't even believe sorge people wouldn't even be going to prison for today. i think that was incredible. that usually produces a much better speech. we're also proud to have five more americans on stage who have been part of the first step act, who have transformed their lives. that includes gregory allen, where is gregory? [applause] >> two months ago i was in a prison cell and i'm in the white house. that's -- that's continuing to make america great again.
i just want to say i am so grateful. first i want to thank god because god got me through a lot in prison. yes, i went to prison, i did my time, i was good the whole timism worked, i stayed out of trouble, i programmed, i did what i needed to do. when y'all pass, i could have fell through the floor because i had been waiting for years and years to pass that mandatory minimum. that's a hard thing but i'm grateful, i think everybody -- i thank everybody who put their hands in it, all the hard work and i really thank you for signing that bill. [applause] [applause] president trump: april johnson. april. come up here. [applause] >> thank you for signing the
ill. i have a daughter and because of it i'll be able to spend time ith her. she was diagnosed with cancer in september, they gave her a great prognosis, because of the bill, i'll be able to spend time with her and i thank you. president trump: thank you. [applause] president trump: thank you very much. beautiful. katherine tony. katherine?
there she is. >> good evening, everyone. first of all i would like to thank god. then i would like to thank the president for signing the bill. [applause] i also would like to thank jared. i would like thank dan jones, jessica jackson, cut 50, amy polver and i would like to thank harry jackson, bishop harry jackson, he's been great. [applause] i would like to thank yeas and nays are requested for calling corporate at wal-mart and getting me my first job in 16 years. i would also like to thank becky which is here, becky, could you please stand up. becky settler. she has worked with me since
i've left the white house the first time getting me this job at wal-mart, i want to thank everybody, both parties, and what i have to say is, i feel like this is the first step act needs to be fully implemented and it needs to be fully funded in order to make this step work. there's so many people that we left behind that need the same opportunities that we on this stage have and if they had the full funding that this step needs, it would be -- there would be many of us on this stage. i want to thank everyone, god bless you all. president trump: and a man who has become more famous than me
or anyone else, his story is an incredible story. and it's been inspiring. i'd just like to introduce quickly matthew charles. [applause] >> thank you. i'm truly humbled. i'm truly humbled, i'm grateful, i'm thankful, jared, president, thank you for getting this bill passed and signed, when it stalled in the senate and you informed mitch mcconnell you wanted to do this before the next congress, i'll always remember that. 'm humbled, thankful, and i am still pleasantly overwhelmed. it's an experience i'll never forget. thank you. [applause] president trump: i want to thank you all. and a woman who i think is a terrific woman and spokesman and
i watched her and we helped her a little bit, she was in jail for a long time and she had a long time to go and i'd like to say, is alice here? where is alice? come up here, alice. alice johnson. alice johnson. come on. [applause] >> thank you so much. first of all, everyone knows me, i have to thank my lord and savior jesus christ first. [applause] nd i want to thank our incredible president, president donald john trump. [applause] i just told him i finally get a
chance to hug you and properly say thank you for believing in me. i'd like to thank all of the advocates who have fought so long for me, who have been working behind the scenes trying to magnify my case. i thank everyone in this room for your prayers, and i also want to thank the media for being so kind to me. because you have really, you have really helped magny fie my story. -- magnify my story. [applause] thank you. i'm an example of a woman who has been given a second chance in life. there are so many others who deserve the same second chance. and so i'm grateful for plat forms like this, for events like this today that magnify that need because somehow, when you see a face, when you see another
--' soot -- when you see another human being like me who has been separated from their family almost 22 years, that changes things, that changes hearts. god bless you and god bless america. [applause] president trump: thank you, alice. when you said -- alice said i want to also thank the media, i sort of bent over and said are you sure? and i do too. i think it's fantastic. hat's great. a couple of people -- van jones, please stand up. [applause]
he goes after me on occasion but he came together with us, we all agree, this is very strong, you worked very hard, along with ivanka, please stand up. ivanka. [applause] and charlie kirk stand up real schlapp, stanched up real fast. that's -- stand up real fast. that's an example of seriously conservative people. so to recognize the dignity and potential of every american i've designated april as the second chance month and we have a beautiful certificate. [applause]
president trump: as a result of our incredible economic turn around, we had a big stock market day today that makes it even better. a big day. there's never been a better time for those who need a second chance and to get a fresh start. it's so incredible to see people coming out of prison, they've done historically as you know very, very poorly. oftentimes having to go back. they come out, they can't get a job, nobody wants to hire them because they were in prison. because the economy is so strong, they're getting an incredible start as we say. and it's also, maybe even more incredible, to see what the people that are doing the hiring are saying. they are in love with what's happening. they're hiring people that are great. and they're letting everyone know it. everyone know it. so the good economy is really giving them a chance, a second chance, in some cases really a
third chance. and they're working out, i can't say everybody, put the word is that it's been terrific. it's been just terrific. employers all over the country are helping out and wal-mart has been a big factor, ivanka, i know that was through you and other of the major companies but also smaller companies. the results are incredible. they're just really good and we're very, very happy about that so congratulations to everybody in the room. since my election, we've created more than 5.3 million jobs, unemployment has reached the lowest rate in more than 50 years, last year a record 73% of new jobs went to people who were out of the labor force, totally out, totally out, and now they're come thaving sidelines and going back to work. [applause] and you see where i've said a lot because i'm very proud of it, i said what do you have to
lose? people say maybe you shouldn't say -- but i meant that. because it was tough. african-american unemployment is the lowest level in the history of our country. [applause] and that goes for hispanic american, asian american, women, are very close, women are at a 64-year low. it's up to 64. soon to be historic, i hope. it's been incredible. african-american income by the way and hispanic american income is the highest level it's ever been in the history of our country. that's a big factor. but to take advantage of everything, those with criminal records still face many barriers toward gainful employment. when katherine tony was released in february, she had difficulty finding work due to her past record. she applied to the local wal-mart in daphne, alabama, as
part of our pledge to america's workers, wal-mart is looking to change its hiring practice, has already started very strongly, and is hiring a lot of great people and some are getting a second chance and some are getting a little bit more than that. and i want to thank wal-mart. i really want to thank some of the big companies of our country, they're doing an incredible job. what they're doing is, i think even if you go back five year, 10 year you go back a short while ago, nobody would believe what's happening with respect to exactly what we're talking about today. very few people would believe it. so we're very, very proud. they interviewed katherine, they were really imprissed -- impressed by her resolve, her ability to speak beautifully, she'll probably end up running for office. and two weeks ago she began her first day on the job and i have no doubt she's going to be very successful, she'll do a terrific job. so katherine, we can't wait to
see you and all that you achieve over what will be a long, long life and we appreciate it very much. [applause] look forward to that. americans with criminal records are unemployed at rates -- >> we're going to break away from the president and get you live back to the floor of the house two. votes on the floor tonight. 1590 and h.r.. agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal if ordered. the first electronic vote will be taken as a 15-minute vote pursuant to clause 9, rule 20, remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion to the gentleman from mississippi, mr.