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tv   Bob Cusack  CSPAN  October 11, 2019 5:58pm-6:06pm EDT

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you use, and you can touch the , and wed use the fire call that the drum. atand monday, columbus day noon, supreme court justices ruth bader ginsburg and sonya sotomayor discussed the judicial impact of the first woman on the u.s. supreme court, sandra day o'connor. >> sandra, if you read between the lines, which she is saying is, if you want to improve the status of women in the nursing profession, the best way is to job,en to want to do the because the pay will then immediately go up. [laughter] nation's passed on american history tv, every weekend on c-span3.
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host who is going to testify in the coming week? bob: fiona hale is one. she was a diplomat in the trump administration. she will testify. that is a concern because she knows what was going on in europe and that follows on the ovich of marie yovan testifying today. the trump administration tried to block her. she is a current state department employee. she was subpoenaed and clearly wanted to testify and now house democrats say the subpoena forced her to testify, but it seemed clearly she wanted to testify. so the testimony going forward another oneund, whose texts were released
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recently, he was a trump donor and the state department blocked his testimony, but it looks like he will testify next week. host are we getting a timeline from house democratic leadership on an impeachment vote? no, great question, something our reporters have been asking about. i think you will see something this year. and it is not only timing, but it is going to be about ukraine, obstruction, will it be larger, financial issues? how broad will impeachment be? in all you will see it likelihood before thanksgiving, but speaker pelosi has not given any timeline. but covering her for many years, i don't think she wants this to drag on, certainly not into the 2020 election year. remember democrats won the house not talking about impeachment, but talking about issues, health care, so i think she wants to
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get this vote done sometime in 2019. and -- week entering the two break, the president announcing the withdrawal of troops from syria, then turkey invading syria, and some strong proposals on capitol hill, one demanding sanctions, one by liz cheney, the conference chair for republicans. what else will we see on capitol hill? bob: it is a really big issue because it is a rare issue that has a split republican leaders from the president. mitch mcconnell has been very critical of this move. you mentioned liz cheney, member of the house republican leadership, and the other top scalisee her, steve from louisiana and kevin mccarthy are backing the sanctions bill. so it is going to divide republicans torn between supporting their president and they just didn't like this move of leaving syria and abandoning
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the kurds. you are potentially going to see votes next weekend beyond that would admonish the white house for making this move. and that is going to be a tough vote for some republicans. it seems the president seems the withdrawal is a political winner for him. bob: that is right. he made the case at his rally last night that the country is very war weary. at his rally he mentioned we need to stop the endless wars. it triggered some applause. some republicans will support him and i think some democrats also will support him, if they are forced to vote on it. but a vast majority of republicans and democrats don't support this move, and i think the white house has been a little surprised about how much republican pushback they have gotten, especially from leaders. that is just so unusual in this congress. host: back to potential florida
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action, last month speaker pelosi introduced her prescription drug plan. what is the status of that? when we might see floor debate and votes? bob: this is a big issue for house democrats. it is what they campaigned on when they won the house in 2018. speaker pelosi unveiled her bill. not surprisingly, the prescription drug industry is not pleased with this. they have come out against it. ads,ill see a lot of tv recently going after the pelosi bill and supporting what the trump administration has done on administrative policy. mitch mcconnell is not a fan of this nancy pelosi bill. nancy pelosi had to strengthen the bill to get progressives on board as to how many drugs can be negotiated and to bring down drug prices. it is unclear when it will go to the floor. there is going to be a hearing in the ways and means committee, and a number of committees have
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jurisdiction in the house, energy and commerce as well. so you will have the hearings, which are going to be very partisan. and then i would think you will have markups, moving through committee, then going to the floor sometime in 2019. host: a quick yes-no question. will the house and senate take up the u.s.-mexico-canada trade agreement before the end of the year? knife's edge.a the short answer if i had to pick would be yes. but impeachment creates a problem because of the politics of it. but nancy pelosi wants to get to yes,and republicans want so there is a little over a 50% chance this is going to pass congress this year. but don't bet a lot of money on that. at "theitor in chief hell," : --
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j.b.: -- bob cusack, thanks. congress returns tuesday. the houseplants to debate a bill that would require companies to disclose where their workers are by country. lowering prescription drug costs, follow the house live on c-span. the senate also returns tuesday, to return --s plan to debate the nomination of the next airport secretary. the chamber also plans a debate on district court nominations. see the senate live on c-span2. earlier today, defense secretary mark esper and joint chiefs of staff chairman mark milley held a news conference at the pentagon. the updated reporters on turkey's military operations in syria and


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