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my example. i was frustrated by politics and decided to run for office and i'm trying to fix it. if you are frustrated by politics, do the exact same thing, run for office, get involved knock on doors and make , your voice be heard. that is the in your opinion of town halls. one of the 17 we are doing is making sure citizens have a political voice and voice matters, that we are listening even if we don't see eye to eye, , i want to hear what you have to say, and i want to continue to work i'll close by saying, we for you. i'll close by saying, we are not going to fix every one of these problems overnight. a lot of these challenges are real. but i can promise you a couple of things. i'm going to promise to continue to tell you the truth, i'm going to continue to show up in front of our community again and again, and i'm going to continue to work hard for the values we share. there is a lot more that we share then divide us and we will , get closer to achieving those. thank you so much for showing up.
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editor-in-chief of the hill, the impeachment inquiry ramped up with trump administration officials. who is set to testify in the coming week? bob: we are going to have a number of people. is one.ll she used to be a diplomat for the trump administration. , shes going to testify knows what is going on in europe. inovich testified today, the state department tried to block her, she was a career state department employee, she was subpoenaed, the house democrats said the
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subpoena forced her to testify, but she was clearly eager to testify. is anotherlence, he one whose texts were released recently, he is a trump donor and the state department did block his testimony, but it looks like he will testify next week. host: are we getting any timeline from democratic leaders on an impeachment vote? bob: no, and that is something our members are asking about. certainly i think you will see something this year, but the question is not only timing, but, is it going to be about ukraine and obstruction of justice? will it be larger, will it deal with financial issues? how broad will impeachment be? i think it will be before thanksgiving, but speaker pelosi has not given a timely -- a timeline. but covering her for a number of years, i don't think she wants
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to drag this into 2020, the election year. remember democrats want 2018 not on impeachment, they won on issues, health care. but i think she wants to get this done sometime in 2019. during the two-week break, the president announcing the withdrawal of troops from northern syria and in turkey invading northern syria, and strong reaction on capitol hill including proposals for sanctions, one by liz cheney. why is this a big issue on capitol hill? bob: it's a big issue. it's one of the rare issues that has 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 two above her, steve scalise from louisiana and kevin mccarthy are backing the sanctions bill.
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so it is going to divide republicans who are torn between supporting their president, and they just didn't like this move of leaving syria and abandoning the kurds. so 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, no doubt about it. seems the president seems the withdrawal -- sees the withdrawal as a political winner for him. bob: that's right. he has made the case that the entry is very war weary. at his rally last night, he repeatedly mentioned we have to stop the endless wars. that triggered some applause. it's interesting because some republicans will support him here, and i think some democrats will also support him if they are post -- if they are forced to vote on it. but a vast majority of democrats and republicans don't support this move. and i think the white house has been a little surprised about
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how much republican pushback they have gotten, especially from leaders. that is just so unusual in this congress. host: back to potential floor action, last month speaker pelosi introduced her prescription drug plan. what is the stat of that? when we might see floor debate and vote on that? bob: this is a big issue for house democrats. it is what they campaigned on when they won the house in 2018. as you mentioned speaker pelosi , unveiled her bill. not surprisingly, the prescription drug industry is not pleased with this. and they have come out against it. you will see a lot of tv ads, 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 far as how many drugs can be negotiated and to bring
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down drug prices at the same time. 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 jurisdiction in the house, energy and commerce as well. so i think you are going to 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. bob kusac -- will the house and senate take up the u.s.-mexico-canada trade agreement before the end of the year? bob: it is on a knife's edge. 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 yes, 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.
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the hill,or and of bob cusack, thanks. >> congress returns tuesday. the house plans to debate a bill that would require companies to disclose where their workers are country, and lowering prescription drug costs. follow the house live on c-span. the senate also returns tuesday, when lawmakers 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. listen live on the go using the free c-span radio app. eastern, at 9:00 obama administration national security advisor susan
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rice talks about her life, career, and foreign diplomacy. she is interviewed by robin wright of the new yorker. >> were you worried about russian intervention in the 2020 election? >>she is it hasn't stopped. this is constant. they were actively involved in 2016, as we saw through hacking and stealing emails from the dnc and others on the clinton campaign. they tried to install trade -- they tried to infiltrate our electoral system. they put out false information and were very active on social media, trying to pit americans against each other over domestic issues of contention, race, immigration, guns, what have you. the whole thing is to discredit our democracy and because people in this country to hate one another and turn against one another, and to try to weaken us from within. >> watch afterwards, sunday night at 9:00 eastern on book tv
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on c-span2. this columbus day weekend on american history tv, sunday at 2:00 p.m. eastern, and artist shares his vision for the upcoming national native american veterans memorial on the national mall. a 12-foot,iddle is stainless steel circle, and at the base of that is a fire. so you can use that fire to light your sweetgrass and sage and things that you use, and you can touch the water, use the and we call that the drum. day atmonday columbus noon, supreme court justices ruth bader ginsburg and sonya sotomayor discuss the impact of the first woman on the u.s. supreme impact -- u.s. supreme court, sandra day o'connor. >> sandra, when you read between
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the lines, which he is saying is, if you want to improve the status of women in the nursing profession, the best way to do it is to get men to want to do the job because the pay will and evitable he go up. [laughter] >> explore our nation's passed on american history tv, every weekend on c-span3. now, president trump speaks at the value voters summit, which has been holding their annual conference in washington dc. this is about one hour 25 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen to introduce the president of the united states, please welcome tony perkins. tony: good evening, everyone. what an exciting evening

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