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this morning on washington journal we look at president biden's first year in office. later georgia republican representative buddy carter talks about the biden administration's handling of the economy and covid-19 pandemic. ♪ host: good morning, everyone, on this friday morning. president biden yesterday had to reassure ukraine any incursion into its country by russia would garner a u.s. response. he also marked his first year in office yesterday and voting rights legislation failed in the senate this week. that's just some of the top stories from washington this week. we want to know what your top story is, democrats 202-784-8000, republicans 202 hype 748-8001, and independents,
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202-784-8002. text to us with your first name, city and state. join the conversation on your top stories will begin with russia on the front page of "the washington post" this morning. biden's ukraine comments prompted uproar at home and abroad. from tyler page and paul stone's reporting, president biden faced a furor thursday including a highly unusual rebuke from ukraine's president and sharp criticism from republican members of congress after appearing to downplay a hypothetical minor incursion by russia into its neighbor's territory. the ukraine president in a tweet said this, we want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions in small nations just as there are no minor casualties from the loss of loved ones.
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i say this as the president of a great power. president biden trying to clean up his comments from his news conference yesterday. president biden: i've been absolutely clear with president putin, he has no misunderstanding if any, any assembled russian units move across the ukrainian border that is an invasion. 6 and it will be met with severe and coordinated economic response that i've discussed in detail with our allies as well as laid out very clearly for president putin. but there's no doubt, let there be no doubt at all if putin makes this choice, russia will pay a heavy price. it's also not the only scenario we need to be prepare for. russia has a long history of using measures other than military action to carry out aggression and paramilitary tactics, so-called gray zone attacks and actions by russian soldiers not wearing russian
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uniforms, remember the little green men were russian sympathizers and russia saying nobody is in there. that includes little green men in uniforms as well as cyberattack. we have to be ready to respond to these as well in a decisive, united way with tools at our disposal. the ukrainian president said he is confident in our resolve and he has a right to be. host: president biden from the white house yesterday at the top of a cabinet meeting clarifying his comments from the news conference. joe in dayton, ohio, we'll go to you first, the top news story of this week. joe: the top news story is president biden marked his one year in office and has been a total disaster, our economy, the open borders with people coming in with covid. i've been saying that now for over a year. the crime on the streets, you
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know. joe biden has lied, said he created six million new jobs. that is a lie. there are no six million new jobs. these are people that have gone back to work. people have now quit looking for jobs. inflation outpacing wage growth and also there's no way in the world you'll stop russia. i don't care what sanctions you'll put on them. joe biden is weak and putin knows it and the world leaders know it. host: joe in dayton, ohio. joe mentioned inflation, the border, those are all issues republicans brought up yesterday as they marked the president's first year in office. house republicans, senate republicans holding news conferences to mark the one-year anniversary. here's our senate republican chair john barr aso in wyoming.
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[video] >> joe biden said he'd come in and unite the country but it's divided and he's left behind all the major issues the american people care about. of course, number one is inflation. what happened, on day number one he killed the keystone exxon pipeline and attacked, oil q gas and coal and made us more reliable on foreign industry and people are paying more a gallon of gasoline than it was the day joe biden became president of the united states. they then did a covid relief bill, $2 trillion added to spending and added to the debt which brought about inflation. we said it would happen and they said it would be transitory and for eight months in a row it would be transitory, it's not been transitory. we're at a 40-year high of inflation in the united states. people are paying more for gas, for goods, for groceries and a result they've had to change the
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way they shop and eat and the way they drive. it's impacted people. and the other part this so-called covid relief bill that was supposed to go for covid relief for testing and treatments and things like that, this administration was woefully unprepared when the omicron variant arrived. a scavenger hunt for testing. long lines, empty shelves. that's what the administration brought. one of the things that didn't come up in the press conference yesterday was crime in the cities. we have murder rates skyrocketing across the country at the same time the democrats continue to call to defund the police. no one yesterday at the press conference asked the president about going to the southern border, with so many executive orders just opened the southern border to the point two million illegal immigrants have come into this country since he's been president and we're talking about criminals, drug dealers, gang members. they never addressed the issue
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fentanyl is now the number one killer in the united states of people between the ages of 18-45. that should have come up yesterday, another area which the president has failed. and then there is afghanistan. for which the president did not apologize. one day in august we had the greatest loss of military lives in combat in the last decade. the president failed to protect our troops and failed to protect the americans that were left behind after all of the troops left. host: senator barrasso on capitol hill marking the president's first year in office. sydney from louisiana, independent, we'll go to you next. caller: yes, ma'am. i wanted to tell you that i have twice called y'all when y'all had guests discussing the ukraine, they did not want to
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answer the question, and my problem is that the victorian newland tapes told how much money we spent to overthrow the government in the ukraine and install our puppet. he also told us if we don't like what we're doing, you can go blank yourself. i have asked the people that you've had on your station to comment on it, and they do not want to comment on it because they exist but they don't want anybody to see anything. all they want to do is give us propaganda. are you still there? host: we're listening, we heard you. tom in brandon in florida. democratic caller. tom?
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caller: anyway, the g.o.p.'s and recent confederate party, trump insurrectionist is a perfect good example, don't take my word for it, the whole world saw it. and also the g.o.p. is the new k.k.k. jim crow suppression agenda, biden is handling covid-19 better than trump. that's why trump lost. trump is corrupt. host: that's what the vice president mentioned in her tweet yesterday talking about the one year anniversary saying over 200 million americans fully vaccinated, 6.4 million jobs added, passed the american rescue plan, passed the bipartisanship us from law, we've accomplished a lot in the last year, let's continue this progress together. al in fort lauderdale.
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hi, al, good morning. caller: good morning. what is it going to take for the left to wake up from the fantasy. ronald reagan is rolling over in his grave after the statement of mr. biden of come on in, mr. biden, mr. putin. we've gone from tear down this wall, mr. gorbachev to what we heard from our president the other day. the bottom line is the left does not believe that america should be a beacon to the world. we can see it with carter in iran, kennedy in kuba, truman in north korea, vietnam with l.b.j., the fall of afghanistan. and the left continues for its fantasy utopia believing that america is the problem when we
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are the answer. that is the problem with the left. they continue with their hollywood packaged fantasy. with the left wing brass following in tune. host: al, what do you think is going to happen in the end? caller: did you just hear what the president of the united states said about ukraine? when is the message we are sending to china? host: what do you think happens because of what president biden said? caller: our president once said elections have consequences, words have consequences. our enemies are listening. china is watching that america resolve in afghanistan sent a message around the world.
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host: you and others might be interested in the headline, a.p. news, this from earlier this week, russia moves more troops westward amid ukraine tensions. russia sending an unspecified number of troops far east to belarus for major war games. officials said tuesday deployment that will further beef up presence near ukraine amid midwestern fierce of a invasion. this was earlier this week. there's the map of russia and ukraine on your screen, one of the top stories in this week. walton from new york, what's your top story? caller: yes. president biden has done more in one year in his office than trump did in four years. all trump did is give the rich folk a tax break. biden has done everything with the disease and russia and
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everything. that's all i have to say. he's doing a great job. host: all right. we'll go to cheryl then in dumphries, virginia. your turn. caller: good morning. thanks for taking my call. my top story is the so-called voting rights act which it really should be called the right to cheat act because everybody in this country knows that he's soup ned pretending black people can't vote calling it jim crow 2.0 that they want the rights to cheat and using the backs of black people and black democrats are dumb enough to allow them to use it and pretend they can't vote, why not have an exemption for having an i.d. to get the covid shot and covid test? it's all a farce. the left is a stinking, lying, cheating, dirty rotten -- host: let's talk about voting
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rights legislation and show you what the majority leader chuck schumer to say after it failed his efforts failed in the senate to approve a voting rights bill and change the filibuster rules. here he is on the floor. >> last night was a reminder of a difficult but important reality of our great democracy, the march to freedom through thick and thin is never over. and we have to keep marching. while last night's vote was disappointing, it will not deter senate democrats from continuing our fight against voter suppression, dark money, partisan gerrymandering. democrats are proud of the fight we held last night. the strength, eloquence, enthusiasm and overwhelming participation of my democratic colleagues during debate was exhilarating and shows the passion we feel about this issue. facing an uphill battle from the
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start we lost the vote but to have not voted would have been a far greater loss, a loss for our democratic party, which for generations has food for voting rights, loss for the civil rights advocates who have sacrifice sod much on this issue, and a loss for the american people. and what this country stands for. an issue this important, not doing everything we could would have been unacceptable. now the bromides of the class hold should not have held a vote on the rights if the outcome was not certain. they are wrong. imagine telling dr. king not to march from selma to montgomery because he could not be sure what obstacles awaited him and his fellow freedom fighters. imagine telling john lewis he never should have crossed the pettous bridge because it was unclear what perils awaited him on the other side. every member of this body who
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ever invoked these great titans of freedom has an obligation to uphold their legacies, not just with words but with actions. senators were elected to vote. host: democratic leader shuck schumer in new york on the floor after the senate failed to pass voting rights legislation and change the filibuster rules. that's one of the top stories in the national papers and out of washington this week. what is your top story? james in georgia, democratic caller. good morning to you. caller: hey, good morning. you know, you got a great show. i watch you a lot. i just want to say that the republicans did not vote, they voted no, that means that will go down in history as a legacy that they voted against the right to vote. the representatives in all these states, they're changing the law so they can win the elections.
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they don't want us to have our right to vote. they've been doing this ever since we was legally able to vote and now it's 2022 and we still going through the same thing about the right to vote. this doesn't make any sense. we all are americans. host: james you said the republicans but there were two democrats that also did not go along. caller: and i'm going to say something about those two. where is virginia and phoenix. host: arizona. caller: i'm sorry, arizona. that don't make any sense. are you standing up for democrats or you just want to run on a democratic ticket because you're a republican hiding behind the republicans? we need to stop this, putting people on the ticket to run on the democratic ticket but they
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truly are republicans and that's the way it is. host: all right. margey in newark, delaware, democratic caller. hi, margey. caller: good morning, greta. you know, i'm so sick of this. i'm talking about the border situation. host: ok. caller: since ronald reagan, from him on to today, republicans when they've been in power have done nothing about the border. but the minute the democrats come in, all of a sudden the border, the border, the border. so who is the phony? thank you, greta. host: rick, savannah, georgia, republican. hi, rick? caller: hey, greta. you're so lovely. first thing is cheryl from virginia, you are so correct and my buddy that just called from georgia, we're right up the street. just find me one person that
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can't vote, bring them to me and i'm going to give you $10,000. i would like to really know how compromised our president is. miranda devine has a book called "flat top from hell" and everybody squashed it before the election and would really like for c-span to bring her on, i know you bring brian celter on with his stuff. i'd really like to get to the bottom of how compromised our president is with putin and with china. i know for a fact they've got millions of dollars and hunter got millions of dollars from the mayor of moscow. i want to know how compromised they are especially at these times. i know the family. i'm not saying joe himself but hunter and joe's brother got millions of dollars in contracts from the countries of russia and ukraine and china and i really
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want to know how compromised our president is in these times because it's your life, my life and our children's lives and that's very serious. if you could bring miranda devine on and please let her explain her book, i would really appreciate it and i think a lot of people would. greta, we love you. you're wonderful. host: thanks, rick, appreciate that. william in shelby, north carolina, independent. william, your top story of the week. caller: hello, greta, how are you? host: i'm fine, sir, thank you. caller: you need to smile more. but anyhow, on a lighter note, they were all wrong it. it goes back to the seven continents, the seven churches. each and every president has been wrong according to the word of god. and prussia, persia, russia is
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our ancient ally, and they understand the alliance we have with each other and the color -- the spirit of the word has no color, it just has what is to be, and the shepherd and the time has come that we make a new heaven, a new earth, a new israel, a new jerusalem and new zion. and we're called dionists because the law -- called zionists because the law comes from us but a house divided cannot stand. and i'm telling you that's quickly in a hurry, this plague is only the beginning.
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host: all right, william. let's go to ann in raleigh, north carolina. ann, your top new story from this week? caller: i'm just listening to all the comments. the thing that is happening is -- host: ann, listen through your phone and talk and mute the television. you'll have an easier time. caller: i have it on the speaker. i wanted to say they're missing the whole point. it's more about suppressing the vote. host: ok. and what about it? suppressing the vote how? caller: ok. what i'm saying is they're missing the whole point is that it's about suppressing the vote, not making lines long, making it available for people to go vote. when they say it's not that we
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can't vote, we can vote but you're making it harder for us to vote. you're moving polls, you're making it one, you're making long lines to this, that and the other. that's what the problem is. i think people are missing that. host: ok. got, ann. cory, harvey, illinois, republican. hi, cory. caller: yeah. i wanted to echo what the lady from virginia said. this idea that the voting rights, black people are too stupid. i'm a 46-year-old black man. i've had an i.d. since i was a teenager. this idea that black people are too stupid to figure out how to get to the polls and vote because that's how dumb we are. you need to play a video, there's a guy named omni horowitz who has put out a video in which he interviewed white liberals from berkeley, california, and asked them what they thought about voting i.d. laws and they all said it's
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racist because black people can't get to the d.m.v. to get to the i.d. black people can't figure out how to go on the internet, and then he goes to brooklyn, new york, and he asked black people what they thought about all this and they're looking like who are these people talking to? we have i.d.'s and know how to get to the d.m.v. we can do all this stuff. who are these people talking to? if you want to see racism in full force is what the left thinks of black americans. they think that we're so stupid that if you come up and say hey, you can't vote at the polling place b, black people can't figure out how, i can go to polling place e or mail in my ballot. we actually know how to lick a stamp, too. and it's sickening and maddening and you see this stuff all the time from what the left really feel about blacks. host: all right, cory. yesterday on capitol hill as we
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said republicans on the house and senate side held their own news conferences to mark president biden's first year in office. kevin mccarthy, the leader of the republicans in the house was asked about president biden's remarks during his news conference when he said what do republicans stand for. here's the republican leader. [. [video clip] >> today the president speaking on opposition from republicans asked what are republicans for? so your reaction to him saying republicans are refusing -- >> let's back up. where did i say we refuse to walk across the aisle? let me walk you through what has happened in the last year. the number of letters first when the border became a major crisis because the president changed the executive orders. a number of us went down to the border, i believe in february. as that instance as we were working with the border patrol and seeing what was happening, we uncovered there were people
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on the terrorist watch list being arrested. we said in a press conference the democrats challenged us that i was lying. we found out it was true. we sent a letter to the president since he's never been to the border in his 40-years in office drove by san antonio one day, said let us come down and meet with you. he didn't respond. in every single issue, not just the border, the mandate, the inflation, transportation and others, we said let's meet and work with you, mr. president. because we listened to his words one year ago today he said he would work with both sides, that he was going to be a president for all. no. everything he's done is to have one party rule, one side vote for it and deny. when he talks about build back better, has he ever met with us about it? no. host: kevin mccarthy, the republican leader yesterday. he's making news. cnn posted this story 15 minutes ago with the headline, kevin
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mccarthy's past speakership enters final but treacherous leg, that's if the republicans can win back the house in midterm elections. it's been reported kevin mccarthy was done being nice. the house republican leader cast off his typically sunny demeanor in a december 8 melling of the -- meeting of the g.o.p. conference to deliver a stern warning to the most raucous members, quit trying to hold the vote for speaker over my head and said, quote, if any of you come to me and tell me i'm not voting for you unless you do something, i'll do exactly the opposite even if i agree with you. that from representative tom cole of oklahoma who was there at the time. the second republican member told cnn mccarthy punctuated his statement with, i mean it. from flint michigan, democratic caller, david, good morning, your top news story of the week? caller: good morning, greta, my top news story is biden's speech.
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i think he done a great job. i would like to say mask guidance said about blacks being too dumb. i don't believe he was a black guy but that's his personal business. i don't think he was black but think he was a white guy. anyway, greta, i think that if the republicans would just stop looking at color and race. god made us all. he made the black people, he made those good white people, he made the good mexicans. stop worrying about the border. they're still people. if they can come in, we can all get along and make a better nation. forget about the color of somebody's skin. the republicans just can't get that race thing out of their mind. we're all americans. we all love our country. let's work together. and this voting thing, all republicans. i'm 68 years old. i got two years in college. a lot of these republicans are calling in, they know that the
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republican party is blocking voting rights in those 39 states that they control the state legislatures. they know. i know they're not that dumb that they can't understand they're making long lines in georgia that take a person six or seven hours, older people like me trying to stand in the line for seven hours. to vote. and don't act like they can't all know we're stopping the blacks from voting, we're not doing it, all they need is an i.d. all this i.d. crap, they know it's a lie. we need to be real. let's all be americans. i miss the old republican party of decent, very smart people that stood for america's justice. this party now after trump got in there, this party, i don't know what this is. host: anthony in maryland, republican. caller: good morning. thank for you this time you've
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given us, c-span. we really appreciate it. i'm not going to lay the failure of the voting rights at the foot of the president nor am i going to engage in any racial social engineering this morning. no. our problem was that the senate represents people from the wrong state, and we know that when they have this bipartisanship, which is not working, what we were not expecting or wish they learned to expect is that people who are elected as democrats turn out to be republicans when they went to the senate. so what does that tell the republicans and the members of the house and the senate about where the voting rights was going to go? the voting bill was not going to go anywhere.
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we need to do is pull ourselves together as a country and get ready for this impending war or rumors of war in europe, because that is where our minds need to be at. russia can see that we are not acting as one people because we are bickering about the ability to go to the polls and vote peacefully and correctly. issues that we can discuss and compromise on, and we are not getting there. thanks very much. best to you. host: we are getting your top news story of the week. caller: happy friday. the great james baldwin once said during an interview -- i believe it was on abc in the early 1980's -- he said, i don't know you personally, but i know you historically. this is something that has not
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changed in america in its history. the vast majority of filibusters have been in regards to civil rights. for those two previous callers, for herman cain's daughters and son in regina, they do not live across the united states, they live in their own individual state, their own individual world. in georgia, republicans removed black democrats from county elections, and this is a race issue, race meaning group not meeting marathon, track meet, or run. for them, these so-called people of color, they are not speaking on behalf of their people, something is clearly wrong with them. something has always been clearly wrong with america. me personally, i do not pick a side, because democrats pimp
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black people and republicans ignore black people. and till we start to form as a black group of people and demand just for ourselves, not as minorities, but as black people specifically, just for ourselves, like when they formed 18 party when barack obama -- when they formed a tea party with barack obama. black people need to stick together to fight. because you are in your small world of likeness does not mean people are not suffering. people of color are suffering because we continue to revisit this issue. host: janet in san diego, republican. it is your turn now. caller: good morning. i have a couple of comments, please. i listen to so many african-americans, and i am one. i am black. i am a woman. i am also visually impaired.
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and i have not ever had a problem with voting. yes, i am fortunate enough to live in the burbs, but i also know people who have not and do not live in the burbs. i have not heard a single african-american in san diego county or anywhere else that i know of, and i have family that live in the south, complain about their inability to get an identification to vote. and when i hear people like the gentleman who claims that the other young man could not have been black because we are not all bamboozled by the lies and the patronizing, the insulting, the just downright disrespect from the democrat party, playing
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the race card at every single turn. to me, i am completely insulted. i do not know why all of a sudden people are having such a problem with using an id to vote. and who screamed and hollered when we had to stand in line at walmart for hours to get groceries when the pandemic hit? and then you stand in line everywhere you go. who said you do not have to stand in line? you have to stand in line at the dmv to get an id. host: ok. on voting rights legislation, the headline from abc says the white house press secretary, along with the vice president, argue president biden was not saying the 2022 election results might not be legitimate in that news conference. here is a follow-up from the press secretary yesterday. [video clip] >> if i may follow up on a question about voting rights and
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the election. you said the president's was not casting doubt on the upcoming midterms. but he said, i'm not saying it is going to be legit, the increase of it being illegitimate is in direct proportion of us not being able to get these reforms passed. yes or no, does the president leave if all romance as it is right now that the elections this fall will be -- if all remains as it is right now that this will be legitimate in the fall? >> yes, the point he was making, as recently as 20 20, as we know, the former president was trying to work with former officials to overturn the vote count and not have ballots counted. we have to be clear i that that is the intention. >> to be cleared, the president is satisfied -- yesterday, voting rights hit a low in congress without the votes for the lavista rules to be changed -- voting rights hit a lull in
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congress without the votes for the filibuster rules to be changed. host: from yesterday's white house briefing. we are getting your top news story of the week on voting rights legislation. two democrats, senators joe manchin of west virginia and kyrsten sinema of arizona, joined republicans to deny democrats changing filibuster rules to pass voting rights legislation. it is reported that representative gallego is been approached up up -- about challenging kyrsten sinema in a primary. he says he might battle arizona senator kyrsten sinema in a primary. you can read those stories if you're interested from the hill and newsweek. glenn in madison, illinois, democratic caller. caller: good morning, greta.
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hey, i got a couple things. there was a fellow that got out of jail and he is loaded and he shouldn't have, ok -- and he voted and he shouldn't have, but he thought he could vote. he is doing five years in jail. there is another woman that voted, she actually voted twice, she is doing five years in jail. now we got a big orange guy running around here that needs an orange jumpsuit. and i think we ought to get him ready, but these guys have been playing games with all this. let's get him where he belongs, and leah jumpsuit, -- in a jumpsuit come and get him out of the way. thank you. host: philip in orlando, florida, independent. caller: good morning to the
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entire c-span family, including this show. i cannot believe the manipulation of the gop on americans to go along with their program. it is obvious that, like the gentleman before me, we have people going in for the most minor crimes and they will indict you, arrest you, put you away. at this guy in people into an insurrection in the united states of america, are you kidding me? and walking around parading money saying i'm going to be president again. but he is also going up against a person who basically does not believe in life over the dollar bill down in florida when it comes to the covid. but my biggest spin on what we need to be focused on is climate change. it is obvious that we have extreme weather events.
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have they forgotten about all of this crazy weather we're are having all over the globe, not just in the united states? but sometimes the united states believes the whole world evolves around us. i am just trying to make a point, please get over the manipulation of the republicans. they are terrific at spinning what they, in fact, do, then blame it on everybody else. that is the game. i will blame you and everybody will focus on you, but i'm actually doing the offense. that is my biggest thing. i think we need to come up with more and more technologies to try to offset these things that will be happening to us in our future because of climate change. and i just feel like americans need to really wake up to the truth of what is going on on this planet, and rather than
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being spent or manipulated by republicans. i thank you very much. host: a call from illinois, independent. caller: hi, greta. i would like to just say, that one guy calling in about immigration, the thing is, i have a lot of friends that are people that are illegal and have been here their whole lives and their children are born here and there like 20 years old or older. by opening up the border, i really hope -- you know, some pathway to citizenship for all those that have been here and never caused trouble, not doing nothing wrong. and now all of a sudden the border is flooded, and these new people do not deserve what people who have been here their whole lives working and struggling do. make something good of their selves. host: his top story immigration.
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what is yours this morning? several of you have mentioned tensions between the u.s. and russia. talks were happening this morning, cnn reporting though that talks have broken up after 90 minutes. there is this headline out of that, the secretary of state tells the foreign minister of russia the u.s. is committed to swift response to further aggression against ukraine. zeke miller tweeting out from the associated press out of geneva that russian foreign minister says u.s. to provide written responses to russian demands on ukraine and nato next week. so that is were talks are right now. brenda in houston, texas, democratic caller. caller: good morning, greta, and thank you so much for taking my call. i have a quick question before i respond to your question this morning. do you guys plan on -- there will be some trials coming up pretty soon on the former
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grifter, twice impeached president we had. there are going to be trials coming up to january 6. i want to know if c-span is going to cover these trials, and will we be able to discuss the trials each morning afterwards on "washington journal"? host: i do not know exactly what the plans are for coverage. i appreciate the suggestion though. why is that important to you? tell us why we should discuss it each day after the trial proceedings. caller: because i think the american people should know what was going on in that white house and what has been going on around the different states within trying to change the vote. i think we need to know how close our leaders were to death on january 6. i think it is very, very, very
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important to know that. in answer to your morning question, greta, it just took the breath out of me to hear that cheryl owl of cash out of -- cheryl, somewhere from the south, because she always calls in and makes the same point. can you get another tune, cheryl? also, it was a guy of illinois that called. you know, it is a shame that those two black people do not understand that whole voting thing. it is not about the id's. get a grip. also, greta, real quick, on the ukraine situation that we are in, it is because of the twice impeached leader that was in the office before. he groveled at putin's feet, so now putin things he can do
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whatever he wants. biden is going to handle him, you will see. thanks so much for taking my call. host: headline from this week, the supreme court breaks with former president trump on january 6. reporting on wednesday, the supreme court rejected former president donald trump's attempts to undermine an investigation into the january 6 attack on the u.s. capitol. in is single paragraph order, the court ensured that the u.s. committee investigating the capitol right will obtain documents that will reveal the extent of trump's role. a departure from the conservative court's approach to trump while he was president when it effectively thwarted trump's financial records being obtained while in office. we're looking at the papers, and this says the january 6 committee also wants to talk to
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the president's daughter ivanka trump. your top news story of the week -- rob in new york, democratic caller. caller: a, good morning. thank you for taking my call. it has been a year since biden took office, and i still do not understand how this democratic callers can call and say he is doing a wonderful job. he left americans behind in afghanistan with the telegram. -- with the taliban. he left our best weapons, and he gave it to the taliban. these democrats say, oh, joe biden has done a great job. there is this woman who used to work for is really intelligence, this jen psaki woman. and the caller from before, you need to get that author on your show. host: you called on the democratic line. are you a democrat? caller: no, i called on the independent line, 8002.
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host: read in washington, republican. caller: i will be brief, i wanted to make two points. first, the caller from illinois, to paraphrase what he said about the orange haired guy running around should be in an orange jumpsuit, that dovetails into what i wanted to say. in the news that is not being reported, four days ago, rest mutant, which is like the gold standard for polling, reported that when asked the question about the pandemic, 51% of democrats said that republicans are anybody who does not get vaccinated should be put in prison, that is so profound. so that really aligns with that caller that wants to see trump in it jumpsuit because he does not politically agree with him. second point, what about davos? davos is meeting this week. they have been on this campaign
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for a decade to try to change this world into a one world order system. their narrative, they have a website called the great reset and have a book written about it, and this is an organization that consists of all of the big corporations in the world, and their theme, it is right on their website, you will own nothing and be happy. right now the real estate crisis in the country is because these large corporations are allowed to buy up tens of thousands of homes, pushing us out of the market. and god bless the people that are selling their homes to them because they're getting 70,000 through $100,000 over asking price. but we will end in a world where it will be as they want, one world order, you will own nothing and be happy. host: you are talking about the world economic forum, right? caller: that is what i meant if i did not say that, yes. what i wanted to say is our government could start,
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democrats, republicans, i do not care who comes up with it, by correcting this, say they create legislation that says in two years, corporations -- and there are a lot of foreign corporations from china doing this, as well -- cannot buy homes from the united states of america and you will not be able to sell your home to a corporation, only an individual. that will give these investment groups two years to liquidate their inventory, and let's get back to america as we know it where individuals buy homes, not corporations. host: a related headline to homebuying, front page of the wall street journal home cells hit 15-year high in 2021 -- home sales hit a 15-year high and 2021, and mortgage rates rise. time to raise interest rates, and the first rate increase could come as early as march, according to the fed. and about the world economic
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forum, we have some speeches that we brought in from the world economic forum of leaders around the world, the indian prime minister, the german chancellor, the israeli prime minister, etc., you can find those on eric in columbus, georgia, republican. caller: thanks for taking my call. first let me say this, my man reid, my man reid, i would vote for you. you are right. hey, all black people, everyone out here here's the tone of your voice, they know you are black. we are being used, and we're always being used by both parties when it is convenient for them to be in charge. they try to make us fight each other. they see as as a monolith, but if we become an actual monolith, it terrifies them.
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it terrifies them, because we can think for ourselves, we can do for ourselves. i think it is a crying shame, basically calling someone stupid to say that voting in the south is some kind of way hampered, that no one can vote in the south. i am going to speak the truth, the gods honest truth, and other black people are going to call -- whites can't say this, many blacks will not vote. they will not go down there and vote. my own sons will not go vote. they know what is going on in the world, but they do not go vote. and you know what? it is not because they do not trust the process, they just don't go vote. host: why? what is the reason? caller: i can't tell you. i can't tell you.
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i don't know why. when i was growing up, i was 18 and i would not have done it. my mother took me down there and made me vote. so i got that in me, and then i joined the army. but i asked people, why would you vote? get no answer. oh, it makes no difference, duh, duh, duh. host: i have a moment from capitol hill this week that deals with build back better and lyrical observers say the president may try and pare down his agenda. the speaker of the house yesterday was talked about -- asked about some of the provisions of build back better and if they could get a vote in the future since a larger bill has been stopped. [video clip] >> now let's talk about health care, so important and the legislation is that millions more people will have access to health care at a very low cost because of what is in the bill
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in terms of expanding the affordable care act. let's now talk about childcare. childcare, talking about the child tax credit or talking about childcare or talking about home health care that will not include a child or an older sibling or a parent or talking about universal pre-k, all of this lowers costs, lowers costs for care and is transformative in the lives, especially of women in the workforce. so we have to have -- of our economy is going to succeed, as you know, we say if women succeed, america succeeds. if we are going to have the full benefit of women and newcomers and people of color in some of these traditional jobs, to expand what that means, we have to have care at home, whether it is the children or older siblings or parents.
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there are big chunks of the bill that have to be contained. remember this, that this is a reconciliation bill. so when people say let's divide it up, they do not understand the process. what can we agree upon, and i am sure we can agree upon something significant, call it a chunk if you want, but whatever you call it, we want it to be able to make a difference in transforming the workplace by honoring work, by respecting the fact that there are families that have to make decisions between home and work. and again, protecting the planet. i am optimistic. host: speaker of the house yesterday on the prospect of president biden's build back better agenda. top news story of the week, roberta is next from georgia, democratic caller. caller: i wanted to speak on joe
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biden's first year. i know it is going to take longer than a year to get everything that you want for the american people. in regards to voting rights, when i hear someone call in and say, you know, tell me someone who is not allowed to vote and i would give them $10,000, it is not about being able to vote, it is what republicans around this country are doing to make it harder to vote. when you go to one particular county where it is eight polling places and you narrow it down to just one polling place or you say, ok, no drop boxes at all. or you say, ok, if you have
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voting times, they may narrow it down to just 9:00 to 5:00. so they are making it harder to vote. prior to the voting rights bill, it was, yeah, you can go vote, but you have got to be able to tell me how many red jellybeans are in this jar or who the wife was of the 12th president, give me that name, then you can vote. so yeah, people could vote and we can vote, but there are republicans making it harder to vote. and in regards to the republican party, like biden posed the question, what are you for? what are you doing? we are trying to have the child tax credit, affordable medical care, affordable medications for
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the elderly. but republicans -- i don't hear them saying, ok, this is what we propose when it comes to child tax credit, this is what we propose when it comes to college debt, this is what we propose when it comes to workers rights, this is what we propose -- i don't hear that. host: i am going to get in robert's in baltimore, independent. caller: hello, can you hear me? thank you for allowing me to speak. the letty prior, i need -- the lady prior to may, i disagree. i respect the lady, but here is the deal, if voting rights were truly important to democrats, they would have taken care of that during barack obama's presidency. democrats at the white house, the senate, and the house of representatives.
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obviously, they prioritized the medical act, ama, whatever you want to call it. host: affordable care act. caller: exactly. democrats really are probably -- when i say democrats, talking about the politicians. they are the most racist people towards blocks, more so than republicans. democrats have made racism a cottage industry. they try to pit blacks against whites, number one. number two, they know the poorer you keep the people, the more -- when you are poor, you want government assistance. when you are rich, you become republicans and want to keep taxes low. so democrats want to keep black people divided and poor. and the pandering that most democratic politicians implore against blacks is a show.
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hillary clinton being in front of a black church or biden saying if you don't vote for me, you are not black. that is bigotry. biden is one of the biggest proponents of the crime bill document in 1990's. there is another important issue that is under the radar. robert f kennedy, jr., is coming to washington, d.c. come and this brilliant man who wrote the book called "the real dr. anthony fauci," it is a bestseller that you cannot find it in barnes & noble's. amazon is playing games. this man has exposed our new joseph mangler 2.0, and our media is saying he is presenting misinformation. if it was misinformation, the man would be sued for what he said, slandered. but you will not hear that
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because everything he has said in the book is authenticated, which means it is true. host: after the break, we have two members of congress joining us. first is pennsylvania democratic congresswoman susan wild, to assess president biden's first year in and then representative eddie carter, a member of the representative of budget and commerce committee has president biden handling the economy, covid-19 and other news. we will be back. ♪
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>> is c-span's online store. browse through our latest collection of products, books, home the court and accessories. there is something for everything -- for every c-span fan and every purchase help support our nonprofit in -- nonprofit. >> "washington journal" continues. host: joining us from capitol hill, congresswoman susan wild who represents the seventh district. let us begin with the one year of president biden in office, what do you think that he has accomplished, and where have there been mistakes? guest: good morning, nice to be with you. i think we really have to take the long view over the last year and recognize that a year ago we
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were right on the eve of passing the american rescue plan which was enormously helpful to american families and to people all over the country. we have done an awful lot in terms of dispensing covid vaccinations, which are at an unprecedented rate. there is nobody in this country who cannot get vaccinated should they choose to, which is an enviable position. any people around the world would love to have that opportunity. and, we have made significant progress on other areas that i think really matter at the kitchen tables of everyday americans. have there been setbacks? yes. largely due to too much focus on process, too much focus on how we are going about getting things done, and i think that is actually unfortunate because it is distracting from the work that has been done.
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remember, president biden has assured i -- ushered in a child tax credit enormously helpful working families. 3500 families were actually impacted by the receipt of the tax credit. we have made tremendous progress in terms of negotiating parts of the build back better deal which have not yet passed, obviously, and it will have to be significantly pared down. at the same time it has let us us to a place where we will be in a position in the administration will be in a position to offer real common sense economic issues delivery to the american people over the next couple of months. host: "the new york times" headline saying that the president is echoing what you are saying, that he will pursue a scaled-back agenda as he defends his first year in office. you mentioned the child tax
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credit. what is a scaled-back agenda look like and how do you get it through the senate? guest: let me just say in answer, by the way to your first question, i think that the proposal all started a little too big, and i was in favor of that and i am in favor now of pushing for priorities that we know we can get support for in the senate. and so i think it is incredibly important that we focused on not just what senator manchin is saying, but what all of the senators are saying about their priorities and what they are willing to vote for. and our colleagues across the aisle in the house. let me start with prescription drugs, probably the number one issue that i have worked on since i have been in congress, we must cap insulin prices at $35 per month. that had overwhelming popularity among the american people and i would frankly defy anybody to vote against that. let us move that forward.
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let us move forward with negotiation of other prescription drugs so that we can bring down americans' costs at the pharmacy counter. let us move forward with things like child care assistance to families, to working families which would not only benefit those families, but would benefit employers who are so anxious to get people back to work. and then let us move forward with some of the climate change provisions that we know senator manchin and others are in favor of. renewable energy tax credits, making sure that we can get some of these great clean energy green jobs to all of our districts and, at the same time, go a long way towards helping with the climate crisis. host: there it is on the table for viewers to react to. congresswoman susan wild laying out what she would like to see congress do going forward, focus on prescription drug prices, child care assistance, and climate change.
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democrats dial in at 202-748-8000. republicans at 202-748-8001. an independents, 202-748-8002. text us with your first name, city, and state at 202-748-8003. what is the timeline and how does it get done? guest: the timeline is as soon as possible. i have been saying that i think we need a plan b and c with plan a being the build back better act which will not pass. we need to be convening at every possible moment, and let me tell you that i have been assured by leadership that we are having ongoing discussions and negotiations but it should not just be leadership. there are a number of us from districts like mine where the kitchen table issues are really what govern, and we have got to get representatives like me, and other representatives in these competitive districts to the
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table so that we can negotiate from a point of view of an average american, who has to deal with costs that are frankly too high, and that people are struggling with. we have to figure out what we can do, first and foremost, to help people reduce their costs. host: the question is can you get republicans to the table. i want you to react to kevin mccarthy yesterday when he was asked about working with the president this past year? [video clip] >> the president speaking on opposition from republicans asked what are republicans for? your reaction for him saying republicans are refusing to work across the aisle. >> let us back up, where do i say i refuse to walk you across the aisle caused -- two walk across the aisle? the number of -- the border became a major crisis because this president change the
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executive orders. a number of us went down to the border, i believe in february. as we were working with the border patrol and seeing what was happening, we uncovered that there were people on the terror rest watchlist -- terrorists watchlist gang arrested. the democrats challenged us. we sent a letter to the president because he has never been into the order -- down to the border and said let us come down and meet with you, did not respond. in every single issue, not just the border, the mandates, inflation, transportation and others, let us -- we said let us meet and work with you because we listen to his words when he said that he would work with both sides and would be a president for all. no. everything that he has done is to have one party rule, one side vote for it and then deny it. we talked about build back better, has he ever met with us about it? no.
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[end video clip] host: how do you respond? guest: my response is that mr. mccarthy has deflected on the question. i have seen firsthand the refusal of my gop colleagues to work across the aisle including on something as enormously popular at -- among both sides as the bipartisan infrastructure bill. a scant few of the gop members of congress voted in favor of an infrastructure bill. infrastructure that we have been lacking and meeting for decades now. that former president wanted to get done. and yet, by directive i assume of leader mccarthy, the majority of macabre looking -- of republican members of congress voted against it. there is no willingness to vote or to work with the other side of the aisle on these issues that really matter to americans.
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instead, there is a constant deflection to other hot button issues for the gop without a real effort at working. host: let us see what our viewers have to say. david in orange park, florida. caller: good morning, ladies. my question for the congresswoman is your party has opened the border up, and we have dangerous drugs, and dangerous people pouring into this country. as a matter of fact the only product that dropped in price since biden took office as the price offense and all, heroin, -- of fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine. none of the board -- none of the reporters asked about the border but they were fixated with the ukrainian border which has nothing to do with us. what would you say to parents who have lost kids to send 10 l -- fentanyl and overdoses?
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president trump pretty much had the problem solved. he had the border situation solved. host: let us give the congresswoman a chance to respond. guest: thank you for the question. i have to say first and foremost that the opioid crisis is absolutely real and that is an issue that we should be working across the aisle to fix. i am a member of a bipartisan opioid task force that is working hard. in answer to your question about the border, i do not believe that the border is -- first of all it is very important that we have safe and secure borders and we need in many cases to expand the resources that border patrol has including the coast guard, and making sure that we have got the right to technologies in place to detect anybody trying to come across the border whether it be in a tractor-trailer full of goods trying to bring illegal drugs or
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something like that. but to suggest that this is because of people who are trying to get across the border because they are coming from dangerous parts of the northern triangle is stretching the truth a bit. i am not sure where the -- where the statistics come from. not me say that i am fully and -- let me say that i am fully in favor and safe and secure borders and making sure that we expand resources to make sure that we are keeping out illegal drugs, because the opioid crisis does not need any help in getting worse. it did not entirely come from across our borders, there was also a big role that was played by pharmacy early on in terms of starting the opioid crisis. it is a tragic situation and should not be politicized and we should dealing with it -- we should deal with it head on. host: new jersey.
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democratic caller. caller: i am a registered democrat and you had better wise up because you democrats are going to fail. i agree with you about the breaking up of the bill that never should have been so big. the reason you are not getting republican support is you put too much crab in it that is hidden -- crap in it that is hidden for the public and so the republicans will not support it. just go with the basics. and, by the way as far as lowering prescription drugs, trump was working on that. trump started that. he wanted to lower the drugs. he did not lower the diabetes medicine, so you know what, work with the republicans and get this stuff done. they will work with you. trump started that. host: congresswoman. guest: i beg to differ on the insulin issue. unfortunately insulin is a
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drought that has not changed its formula in many decades. the original patent was sold for one dollar and for some reason we have never managed to get the price down. i hear from people every single day who are struggling to afford insulin and are rationing it including under the former president and right up until today. that is why it is my number one issue to make sure that we take care of that. with regard to breaking up the bill, i agree with you. i have long been a fan of the idea of presenting and bringing forward individual bills where everybody knows exactly what is in them and we have a straight up or down vote so everyone knows how their representative voted on any given issue. host: mike, north carolina. republican, you are next. go ahead. caller: yes, how are you all doing? i have to have a little pushback
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on the border comments that you made. nobody on the democrat house side will stand up and say that we need to secure our border. you can monitor all day long everything what is going across and people, that is 2 million people. and the biden administration day one stopped construction on the wall, stopped the remain in mexico policy, but nobody in the house on the democrat side tells the people how much taxpayer money a year it costs to house illegal immigrants. medical care, school care, and the people that you all on the part public inside said that everyone -- on the republican side that said everyone is in lockstep with trump. there is a lot of good of moderate house members, -- host: let's stick to the border
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question. guest: so, in answer to mike i have to tell you i served with a number of democratic colleagues who serve in districts right on the border. i talk with them on a regular basis and they pushback very much on the idea of making sure that we have border security. they are very concerned for their own districts and i am as well. as i said before, they've and secure borders are essential. building a wall is not how you get a safe and secure border. the way you get a safe and secure border is making sure that border control and the coast guard and that other means of coming into this country illegally are addressed. host: congresswoman you probably have heard your republican colleague say that every state now in the united states is a border state. do you agree or disagree? guest: you know, no, i do not agree with that statement.
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however, i have long thought that we should deal with this issue on a national basis. we should not just leave it to the border states to deal with the issue, all of us as representatives for this country need to be aware of and working on a solution. host: marianne in michigan. independence. we will go to you next. caller: i want to comment on the border. we let all of the illegals and and they do not get the covid shot and they are dumped here in michigan in kalamazoo and nation -- mason. they are funding the churches to do this. i think they should not be done and we all have to get a covid shot but they don't and they do not care. the democrats do not care. guest: that actually is not true. people who come into this country are only coming in if
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they have a sponsor, and that is mostly minors who are unaccompanied, and by the way if they are age-appropriate they are absolutely getting covid shots. i have had a direct conversation which -- with hhs about this because i wanted to know the answer myself and i was told that directly by several people at hhs who are very much involved in resettlement. remember, the vast majority of people who are coming through and attempting to come through our southern border are turned back and not permitted. because of the -- host: because of the pandemic. guest: not entirely, but also because they do not have authorization to come into the country. they do not have a basis to come into the country. we do not have room for everybody, and the laws are being applied to those people trying to come through that way. host: let us talk about your
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legislative agenda, what do you want to focus on in the new year? guest: first and foremost prescription drugs and anything that will reduce costs for americans. i want to focus on things that will help people get through, and do better, and get back to work. i want to make sure that employers are absolutely supported in their need for additional workforce, it is one of the things i have been working on very hard in my own district. we have got to make sure that we are also benefiting our children. there has been some indication on the senate side that universal pre-k might be something that senator manchin and others can vote for. let us work on that, let us meet in the middle and find out what is a yes, and let us work towards it, especially if it -- if it is something that makes a difference to these kitchen table americans. now, the other thing is that there are broader issues that need to be worked on. first and foremost, of course is
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the climate issue. but, i believe that there are issues that we can take care of that we can actually come to agreement on that would go along way towards mitigating the climate crisis, specifically renewable energy and getting people in green jobs. so, those of the issues that i want to work on. host: south carolina, randy. democratic caller, you are next. caller: for instance, where biden is concerned, i felt like he has been doing a good job. as far as trump is concerned, i feel like people who give him credit for showing all of the crooked people that are in the politics that took up all these matters and everything like that so we can see who they are. and as far as the border is concerned, i feel like it is an ongoing process.
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and you all are doing a wonderful job, take your time and keep doing those things. thank you. host: joe in arizona. republican. caller: thank you very much. ma'am, do not pee on my leg and tell me it is raining. let us talk about the border. people are coming here because i do not want to make $10 a day where they live. bacon, p and make $10 an hour. -- they can make $10 an hour and undercut the poor people that you want to help so much. do not tell me climate change when china is opening up 500 coal mines. we can have zero emissions here, and it is still going to be going up. host: ok. guest: there is no question that the climate crisis is something that is caused globally, and
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sirree mentioned china. i am concerned about the fact that -- quite honestly we have the opposite problem. we need more people in our workforce. in my district i hear from -- i heard not too long ago from a landscaper who does office parks and that kind of thing who used to participate in a legal visa program for people from mexico to come work for his business. he sponsored them and made sure that they had housing and food and medical care. in turn, they worked for a period every year and would go back to mexico and this worked very well. unfortunately, president from stop the program and he cannot get the workers that he needs to fulfill the contracts that he has. you know, we really and truly
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need to work in a depoliticize to on immigration issues so that we make sure that the right people are coming to america, that they are doing so legally and are going through the process, and that we are able to take advantage in a very positive way of the benefits that some immigrants bring as this country has seen for generations. host: we are talking with congresswoman susan wild, she represents the seventh district. she serves on the education and labor committee. you talked about child care assistance at the top. this morning, what does child care assistance look like in build back better and should that be what you push forward in the coming months? guest: i think we should only be pushing forward things that have a reasonable chance of getting through the senate. first, we need to take the temperature and find out where they are on child care. the build back better act
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included a provision that would cap childcare costs for americans at 7% of their income. i do not know whether that is something that the senate can go with, but i do believe that there is an appetite in the senate to make sure that we get some degree of childcare protection, childcare supplements to americans. as i said before, it not only helps working families, it helps employers and consumers because one of the problems we have is that employers who cannot meet the demand for goods. or, for services. by getting more people back in the workforce we absolutely would go along way towards improving the problem. host: what is the prospects of the credit? guest: my understanding is that senator manchin regrettably has put the kabbalah -- kebosh on that. i am a pragmatist, i do not
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believe to continue to be -- to beat your head against the wall and try to win something you cannot win. if someday within my caucus has a plan for working directly on that issue, i certainly think it is something that brought a lot children out of poverty. it really helped americans, middle-class americans, with the cost of food, rent, diapers, and formula. i think it was a laudable program that benefited many people and those people by the way are now suffering because the child tax credit has expired and we are hearing from them with their concerns that this has expired. so, if somebody has a plan for getting it to be agreed upon in the senate, i think that would be great. right now, i do not see that pass forward. host: you are saying move on? guest: i am not suggesting that everyone gives up, but as a governing body let us move
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forward on the things that we know we can get done. that is the most important thing we can do this year. host: jackie, trenton, missouri. independence. caller: i think first and foremost that all parties need to listen to the people and child tax credit is fine, i am for lifting children -- children out of poverty. but nobody is listening to the senior citizens or the disabled in this country. we are living on a fixed income, and sure, we got the raise on social security, but our bills are paid every month and, they are going up. so, no matter what they give us, it is still going out of our pocket just as fast. host: senior citizens and those on disability saw the cost-of-living adjustment go up that inflation has gone up more. guest: i understand that.
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jackie, i feel your pain. it is one that we have to be cognizant of the fact that our seniors and people living with disabilities are living on a fixed income and when prices go up it affects them. now, let us just say that one of the things that we really focused on and a priority i did not mention before is the need to make sure that we have homecare for people who want to age at home, for people who want to -- one the dignity of living in their own homes but might need assistance. unfortunately the homecare industry is underwater, not enough people working in it, and, largely, that is because of low wages. one of the things that was a priority of mine of ill back better had to do with the growth or supplementing the homecare industry, and i think that is something that is very cognizant of the struggles that seniors and people with disabilities
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face. one of the things i did the last congress and president trump signed this, was to make sure that senior citizens were able to take advantage of telehealth. and that the -- what is now a common practice of visiting your doctor on a computer. and having a full visit and discussing your issues with your doctor was permitted for medicare recipients. that actually was signed into law by president trump. and i am proud of that because that is something that does matter. it happened in the time of covid when seniors were afraid to leave their homes for fear of contracting covid and completely understandably so. those are the kind of things that we need to look at. we need to absolutely make sure that we are paying attention and respecting the needs of our
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elderly population. host: is it bring your dog to workday up on capitol hill? guest: it sounds like it, doesn't it? host: real quickly on voting rights legislation, do you think it is time to move on from that issue? guest: look, we should not ever give up on voting rights. i had the incredible honor of serving with the late john lewis, and i learned a lot from him in the two years that i served with him, and i will never disrespect his memory or what he and others went through in the civil rights movement, and at the edmund pettus bridge by giving up on making sure that every single american has the right to vote and is not surpassed -- suppressed and that they are encouraged to, and we make sure that we provide a means for every single american
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to vote. that is absolutely essential. that is not something to give up on. i do think that it probably should have been addressed earlier in 2021, and it is kind of unfortunate, the timing of it i thought was not well done, but i think you will continue to see great efforts made in our caucus to make sure that we get things done in the name of mr. lewis and others in the civil rights movement. host: congresswoman susan roth -- susan wild, we appreciate the conversation. we will take a short break and when we come back we will be joined by georgia republican congressman buddy carter, a mentor -- a member of the budget and energy commerce communities and we will talk about the handling of the economy in covid-19. ♪
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>> "washington journal" continues. host: buddy carter here with us, republican of georgia representing the first district. let us start with president biden's first year in office. what do republicans stand for, what do you make of the moment? guest: there is no question on what republican stand for and you can sum it up in one word, freedom, freedom from all of these mandates that this president has implemented. the vaccine mandate, the authoritarian government that he has tried to establish. we stand for safe borders and secure borders. we stand for a strong economy where we have inflation under control. we stand for all of the things that the biden administration so far has failed at delivering. if you look at our economy and
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our foreign relations, i think we have the worst foreign relations we have had in years. the situation just now in ukraine and with russia, what happened in afghanistan, which i think was the worst foreign elation's debacle in the history of this country. all of those things, this is what republican stand for mostly what we stand for is freedom. host: kamala harris on twitter marking the anniversary said " over 200 million americans fully vaccinated. 6.4 million jobs added. past the american rescue plan, passed bipartisan infrastructure law, we have accomplished a lot in the last year." guest: what they have accomplished is seven inch that -- 7% inflation rate the highest what we've had in decades. what they accomplished was to allow 2 million -- illegal immigrants to come across the border, the southern border, a very porous border that people are flowing across.
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perhaps even more important than the illegal immigrants coming across is the illegal drugs coming across. fentanyl. the only thing that has gone down in price in the last year is the price of fentanyl because so much is coming across the border. there is enough in this country now to kill every american seven times over. and, it is infesting our communities. i was speaking to one of my local sheriffs and he was telling me about gang problems that we are having and the crime problems that we are having in our community. and i ask where these gangs coming from? he said they are outside the community and infesting our community. this is exactly what is happening, so, for kamala harris in the vice president to insinuate or refer to the victories we have had over the last year, i would have to take offense to that. i would have to say that we have
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had anything but victories over the past year. by the way, a year ago, i want -- i think it is important to note, i acknowledge that joe biden was president and that he was elected president and i committed to try and work with him to try and find common ground, to move this country forward. everything that this president and administration have done is in a partisan fashion and we have not had the opportunity to work together. host: let me get your reaction to the speaker because yesterday she laid out the idea that democrats could move forward with a scaled-back agenda and i am wondering if you could work with that. here's what she had to say. [video clip] >> let us talk about health, so important that the legislation that millions of more people will have access to health care at a very low cost because of what is in the bill in terms of expanding the affordable care act. let us talk about childcare. childcare and whether you are
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talking about the child tax credit or childcare, or talking about home health care that might include a child or an older sibling, or a parents, or you are talking about universal pre-k. all of this lowers costs, lowers costs for care and, is transformative in the lives of women in the worse for -- in the workforce. we have to have, if our economy is going to succeed, when women succeeds america succeeds. if we will have the full benefit of women and newcomers, people of color who have not been in some of these traditional jobs to expand what that means, we have to have care at home. whether it is for children or again, older siblings or parents. so, there are big chunks of the bill that have to be contained, but remember this.
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this is a reconciliation bill. someone people say let us divided up -- divide it up, they do not understand the process, what can we agree upon, and i am sure that we can agree upon something significant, call it a chunk if you want. whatever you call it we want to be able to make a difference and -- in transforming the workplace by honoring work, by respecting the fact that there are families that have to make decisions between home and work, and again protecting the planet. so, i am optimistic. [end video clip] host: you heard from the speaker that she talked about some specific provision proposals. could you get behind any of them? guest: i am certainly willing to look at them. this is the approach that we should be taking in congress is to look at these individual situations and look at these individual policies and to study
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them instead of having omnibus bills that include everything and we can never get anything done, yes, i want to look at a child tax credit. i want to look at home health care. i remember walking into the energy and commerce committee when we had our part of the build back better bill or build back broke, whatever you want to call it. i had just suffered the loss of my dad in july and someone asked me how do you feel about home health care after what you been through? obviously that was very important to me and families in america. i want to look at it. if you look at it within the 1.5 or as it was at that time, a $3.5 trillion bill with everything else that is in it and that is difficult to do. i am used to that, i served in the georgia state legislator and i know what appropriations bills look like and there is a lot in
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there that there are things that you do not like and things that you do. if we can break it up and look at it individually and understand how it will fit into the entire picture, then perhaps we could find common ground on that. democrats thus far have not done that. i will take her at her word if the speaker is sincere that she wants to look at these things on an individual basis, let us do it like that and let us look at it. host: we are talking with congressman buddy carter about this week here in washington. we want to take your calls, comments and questions. democrats at 202-748-8000. republicans at 202-748-8001. independents, 202-748-8002. you can also text us first name, city, and state at 202-748-8003. congressman, what has president biden done right in first year? guest: it is hard to think what he has done right to be quite
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honest. and you know, there have been so many missteps and things that we have to .2 and that we are suffering through right now with inflation, economy and the energy crisis. the first thing he did when he got into office was to stop keystone xl pipeline and ever since then it has been a war on fossil fuel. i serve on the select committee for climate change and i believe in climate change and we need to address a. i am a member of the conservative on the climate caucus and have gotten numerous awards for my work in conservation, but at the same time, you have to look at this from a perspective of what is best for the economy, and what is best for our environment. and this war on fossil fuels you have to stop. it is costing people, and it is costing people and costing lives. there are people who are suffering now through high
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energy bills that they cannot afford to pay. this is ridiculous, all these things they are going through. it is hard for me to quite honestly point out something right that this president has done in this administration has done so far. i am open-minded, i want to work as i said before, i committed to finding common ground but thus far it has been difficult to find that common ground. host: connecticut, democratic party -- caller, you are up. caller: when you said what are republicans for, you said for freedom. guess what, democrats are too. growing up you needed vaccines. did you lose your freedom? biden wants to save lives. instead of complaining, what a republicans' plans for covid and saving fellow american lives?
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please be specific. thank you. guest: you are right. we had mandatory vaccines when we were growing up, and certainly that was important. i am pro-vaccine. i was in the clinical trials myself and i wanted to set an example as a health care professional and i did just that. i am pro-vaccine. i am anti-mandate. i get it and understand that people have reservations about what they inject into their body is, especially one that has been -- that was formulated and approved in such a short period of time, although i do feel like it is safe and effective and i encourage people to get it, i do not think it should be mandated. i think it is perfectly fine to be pro-vaccine and anti-mandate. i encourage everyone to get a vaccine because i believe it is
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safe and effective but it ought to be an individual decision and a decision that you make between you and your physician and you and your pharmacist, you and your family. not to be mandated by the government. joe biden said that the federal government cannot control the pandemic, they cannot control the virus. if you cannot control it, why are you mandating the vaccine. we look at the scotus ruling we see that finally private companies were given the right to not have to impose the mandates, and i applaud them for that. people were saying health care workers. health care workers six and nine months ago were our heroes. they are the one who have been at the frontline. if you get vaccinated you will be fired, that is ludicrous and outrageous that that is happening. yes, i am all for the vaccine. i do believe that we are reaching a point very quickly where we have to look and see
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what we are doing and in therapeutics, we have not put enough emphasis on therapeutics. we need to concentrate on that. i am not sure we are asking the right question. at pharmacy school they taught us to ask the right questions. we have been asking are you vaccinated when we should be asking do you have antibodies do you have immunity. that is what we should be asking. host: mike in crescent city, florida. independent. caller: i would like you to answer a question. on the build back better plan the first things out of your mouth, how will you pay for it? the last eight -- eight years we pumped almost $2 billion into ukrainian million -- military aid and $2 billion in afghanistan. where is that money coming from? and how is that being paid for? guest: look, we have to have a serious talk in this country, and we have to make some hard
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decisions about what we are going to do. i am blessed with six grandchildren and i am concerned about the $30 trillion in debt that we have that we are leaving our grandchildren and their grandchildren. we have to address that and as a member of the budget committee i take it seriously. as a member of congress i take it seriously. we have got to address that. you can point to waste, fraud, and abuse and in all of the categories and departments of our budget. it is important to look at those. when you talk about build back better and remember the ceo -- the cdo of the congressional budget office says if you start the programs like this like they are proposing this will cost $5.5 trillion. that is something we cannot afford in our country and i am glad that build back better is dead. we are going to look at it in chunks.
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but this omnibus bill that they were talking about this is ridiculous and something we could not incur. we cannot add more to what we are seeing already which is something i am not sure that we can ever get over in the way of our national debt. host: massachusetts, jerry in east hampton. republican. caller: i would like to thank mr. carter for his hard work and i would like to ask when the republicans get in charge they could ask democrats if they would like to blow up the filibuster and see the big difference like we did a few years ago. we need to get an investigation into hunter biden and all of his sterling -- dirty dealings. it is ridiculous that nobody wants to look into that and we hear about the trump family that has been investigated for years. what about the biden crime family. host: is that on the agenda if republicans win back the house?
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guest: right now we have a full agenda. when we do win back the house and i will -- and i am sure that we will. there are only two ways to run, we are going to be making sure that we take that majority because we have a big challenge. when you talk about the economy and energy and crime, when you talk about all these things that we have to address in this country, it is going to take up a lot of our time. i am not a vengeful person who thinks tit for tat. i think it was gandhi that says if we live by the rule of a knife or not we would be blind. -- of an eye for an eye we would be blind. i do resent what is going on with the trump family and everything they are trying to do to that family. there are times where i do get it. i understand how president trump can feel like you are coming after my family.
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i love my family and if they come after my family that i am certainly going to be upset just as he is and who can blame him? at the same time we have big problems and republicans will have our hands full. there should be investigations into some of the things that the caller mentioned and there will be, i am confident that the oversight committee will do their job and they will look into things that should be looked at. host: william in houston, democratic caller. caller: good morning, congressman. i have a question that i want to ask you. there are more -- no more than temporary jobs and those will not benefit the united states. everybody in houston knows that. i have a question and i want a straight answer. why are they closing facilities
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-- voting facilities in the northern neighborhoods of georgia? guest: why are they closing voting facilities in the minority neighborhoods of georgia? to my knowledge they are not closing voting facilities. look, i applaud the georgia state legislature for what they did with the election integrity act. what they did was to make voting easier and cheating harder. you know, the president and vice president were down in atlanta i guess a week ago and they are talking about how suppressive the voting rights in the state of georgia are, however if you look at the whole state -- the homestead -- home state of delaware and california, our voting rights in georgia are much better than they are in those two states. and they are in new york and other liberal hotbeds. we should be holding up the voting regulations from the
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state of georgia as a template for the way that the other states should be doing it. we are setting a great example. i applaud the state legislature and they think what they have done to restore faith into the voting system, keep in mind it was four years ago that stacey abrams was the one hollering that this election was stolen, this gubernatorial election was stolen. this election integrity act gives people confidence again and i applaud the state legislature for what they have done. i am proud of what we have done in the state of georgia. host: from florida, nelson. a republican. good morning. caller: mr. carter, i believe that i believe everything that you have stated. you have already answered a couple of the questions that i had before. but i have one that i have talked about in the past on
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c-span, and no one seems to have the courage to really confront this question, which is joe biden is clearly -- he clearly has cognitive problems and it is getting worse, and i am concerned about the leadership, and the security of this country , which is supposedly being led by this individual. as a congressman, how are you are -- you all going to confront this very real problem and this very real threat to the security of our country. thank you very much. guest: you bring up a great point in something that should be addressed. we talk about this at length in the doctor's caucus and we are
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very concerned about our president, i pray for our president. i would venture to say that all of our country should pray for our president, and for his physical well-being, however, if it reaches a point where he is not able to perform his function, i hope that he along with the people around him will acknowledge that, and will do something about it. it is exceptionally important that all of us and members of congress as well that we address that. when my colleagues in the doctors caucus ask for a cognitive test and thus far i do not think that that has happened, but certainly that is something that we are concerned with. make no mistake about it i pray for our president as do all members of congress. host: what are those discussions like between you and the other doctors in the caucus? guest: we are very concerned about his physical state and mental state, but at the same
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time, that is the role of those people around him, they have to accept. you know, we certainly can kaput pressure on him, and we try to in that respect, but at the same time, look, this is serious. these are big decisions. what is going on in ukraine right now? this could lead to world war iii, don't people realize that? do not think for one moment that beijing olympics are over with. china will not be in taiwan. we have got to be concerned about what is going on for the world. this man is per as weak and ineffective, and north korea and iran, all these countries are going to be taking advantage of this. we have got to be concerned about this. we cannot just turn a blind eye to this. we have to acknowledge and address this. host: helen, new york.
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independent. caller: hello? host: good morning. caller: i have a couple of things to say. first of all you tell me about joe biden did not want to get along with you guys, i remember mitch's mouth saying that he would never work with the democrats out of his own mouth. then also, you talk about the mexicans coming in. first of all we are all god's children. second of all, he is complaining about the mexicans coming in? what about how you guys are reacting? that is not wild and stuff? host: what is the reaction so the congressman can respond? caller: oh, they are coming in, they are bringing in drugs, they are already around every country there is drugs. new york has at people from
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every country, where do the drugs,? they are blaming it on the mexicans past -- the mexicans. guest: i do not know if the caller has had the opportunity to go to the southern border, i have, i went twice last year, once as a member of the doctors caucus to make sure that the kids are being taken care of and again when president trump was down there. it is important that you see the problem that we have right there and you see the risk that these people are taking by coming to the border. you know that the cartels control the border, they have wristbands in different colors in order to let cartel members know if they have paid or whether they still owe them money. let me tell you, if you are an illegal immigrant trying to come across the border and you have not paid the cartels, they will kill you. it is so dangerous for those people trying to come across here and yet the united states,
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this president, and this administration by their actions and policies are encouraging people to come to the border. that is inhumane and something that has to stop. we have a president of the united states who has never been to the border. we have a vice president that when she is supposed to be the border czar that went to el paso 800 miles away from the epicenter. we cannot continue to ignore this border. a country without borders is not a country at all. we are a country of law and order and we have to enforce the border. host: if republicans win in the midterms what do you about the border? caller: we start -- guest: we start building the wall and the stay in mexico policy. we welcome people into the country. there is a process by which you can come in and we need and want you to come in here, but we want you to do it the right way, that is what we want, and that is the way it should be.
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but now, what we got here with this border that we are experiencing is totally ridiculous. do you allow work visas? guest: we have and i represent south georgia, a big agriculture and for street community. we depend on these workers, we depend on them in our economy down with tourism and we need these workers to come here. we need to look at what we can improve on, we acknowledge that. host: congressman, what do you hope gets worked on? in the house. guest: well, certainly we have some deadlines coming up, we have the appropriate -- appropriations coming up, we have one coming up next month. we have a cr february 17, but nevertheless that has to be addressed. i hope we will see the 12
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different departments addressed and the different agencies that we need to have the appropriations four. i do not -- i hope we do not have another cr but if that is what it will be, that will be up to the democrats. and i do feel like there is room for some bipartisan legislation to get through, i believe that representative wilde mentioned about telehealth. i have a bill that deals with telehealth that will be part of the commerce committee. host: as you know the house is coming in for a pro forma session. i apologize for the abrupt ending. we thank you for your time. you go to the house now for this quick pro forma session and then we will be back.


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