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in this field. it's not enough for a country simply to pass a trafficking law or to announce they have a national plan of action. we then spend the next year looking to see whether they actually are using that traffic law. .. but of the 2983 that we were able to confirm as far as convictions are concerned, only 104 of them were for tracking in
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the labour sector. that is hard to score with the i ilo numbers were there were eleven million more people being held in bondage in what we would consider valid forms of labor. there were a few very positive countries that i would like to single out as we talk about this. those of you who saw the theater in the ben franklin room, when the secretary and i unveil the report, heard me talk about nigeria. i can't talk about nigeria enough. this is the country who within 5 years have gone from watch list, on the cost of tier 3, because of political will, because of some talented detectives, willingness to work with ngos, has seen an upward trend in prosecution and how they treat
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victims. as a result, a welcome addition to the list of speewun countries. one of the things we find very important that i can't stress enough is the fight against human trafficking is something that was established in the clinton administration, through the passage of the trafficking victims protection act, which is something they worked very hard on, it was a bipartisan lot, bipartisan affect. it was something the bush administration was very committed to working on once they came in. the same is true of the obama administration. today's press event upstairs, the cable that the secretary is sending to the diplomatic corps in the united states and abroad,
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is something that is a marker for not just a continuation of the bush did ministration's commitment to fighting in and trafficking and modern slavery but an intensification of the part of hillary clinton and the obama administration. that is something that those of us who worked in the field, whether in the state department, people like myself who have been federal prosecutors investigating the cases working with the ngos, that is something we have seen a lot of response to world wide. we will hopefully see an improvement in the coming year as far as the countertrafficking response. 2 things i would like to leave you with, one of which is the notion that because we are in a time of economic crisis, especially workers, foreign guest workers are particularly vulnerable, it is too often
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done, we see a problem in programs. a number of rankings are affected by countries having large guest worker program is who did not have any safeguards built into them. in the united states in territorial possession, which had its own guest worker, it has been overturned by congress last year ballooning it replicates itself in too many countries around the world which is the notion that the first step the boss has when dealing with labor unrest, when dealing with people who are asking for minimum amount of food or pay, the notion that they would withdraw their sponsorship, the person is deported, cut off any labor activism to try to get the
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workplace better. this is not something the government is implicit in. far too often they have been used in that manner, the united states passed a law, the trafficking reauthorization act, we address that situation. in the attorney-general's report, we do report on our guest worker programs. at the end of the day, it is not about administrative responses, a structural responses, it is a
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crime. >> the redesigned book -- >> -- slavery and involuntary servitude, pull their victims -- >> we're going to leave this program and take you live to an event with white house chief of staff rahm emanuel. he is expected to talk about education and health care as part of a conference hosted by the democratic. and council. he was a member of congress. live coverage from the press club in washington on c-span2. >> getting things done is what rahm emanuel lives to do. everyday from the time he hits the pool at 5:00 a.m. to his last round of phone calls, he is fighting for the ideas we care about. to create a new energy economy and give every american the skills they need to finish college. he keeps a copy of our book,
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when he gets another done, those who had a chance to work with rahm emanuel always do what he is capable of doing. it is wonderful to see his personality sweet the town off of its feet. it is a pleasure to introduce a man of ideas, and the greatest champions the cause has ever had, chief of staff to the president of the united states, rahm emanuel. >> nothing like getting through an introduction by bruce without some stories from the path that i prefer no one else knows. i appreciate that. speaking of being busy, i have to be back at the white house as
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we start our briefings on economics, they don't always go together all the time. that was a joke, you can laugh at 9:00 a.m. in the morning. i want to to one point of overview and talk about 2 subjects, which is both education and health care. both -- one topic is dominant the in the news and in people's loss, the other is not dominant in the news that there is a quiet revolution going on around the country on education reform. being led by the administration and arnie duncan. whatever you want would be great. exactly what a middle child like me would love to see happen.
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if you haven't seen the president's interviews he did with the wall street journal, nbc, besides killing the fly, his basic premise, when we came into office, was the economy over the last 20 years lived through a series of bubbles which is where we got our growth. we had to have a more sustainable economic growth strategy and package that were essential for steady, long-term growth. there were a number of game changers that prevent the bad economic growth. rattle them off in this field of energy, education/job-training, health-care, what i would call for research and development,
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that whole space. which is one of the notes i would make in the economic recovery act, dramatic increase in research and development, we have leapfrogged in certain areas like a car battery, the research that is going on, just in that area, the national institute of public health and dramatic increase that has not been seen since the 90s. basic fundamental research and innovation. i am going to talk about two of them because they're in the news. on health care for, the deal has been part of this, and other groups have, the competitive disagree -- disadvantage the united states faces because of our health care system, disadvantage for families, disadvantages for small business, for big business, disadvantages for taxpayers and disadvantage for the government, we are on an unsustainable path.
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and can no longer sustain that path where we are just putting more money into a system that fundamentally has the wrong incentives. i call what we are doing the three cs, control costs, provide choice, expand coverage. costs, choice, coverage. that is the basic principles. the president has done a good job over the last couple months on health care. the entire debate in the past, truman, johnson, nixon, carter, and president clinton, every one of the talked-about how to expand coverage and the fundamental difference that the administration has sponsored in this perspective is to do healthcare reform, you must change the incentives in the
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system, the way you control costs, that if you don't do that and putting more money into a broken system that has the incentives all upside down, not only will the political system not expand coverage, you will not get anywhere farther ahead. we have a number of ideas you will be seeing through the process, the president pointed to them and his radio address, of the main goals from a message standpoint, from a policy standpoint, the president's basic point is unless we have this, you cannot call that bill health-care reform. he has made controlling costs and reducing costs so that the average family can see it in their premium payments, cost control had become a coequal objective with expanding coverage. we have a couple ways, what peter or that likes to call game
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changers, ways we think to accomplish that goal, make sure that the system has the change and incentives so we are not just paying for more servicess and getting less results or any fundamental changes, whether that is how doctors feel, the brother of a doctor, my father was a doctor, my mother was a nurse, my sister-in-law is a doctor, i have an hmo in my health and i don't like any of them anyway. you should see what it takes to get an insurance premium filed at the house. the fact is unless we change the incentives in the system we are going to be paying more and getting less. we pay $700 billion, $2 trillion for the health-care system and have worse outcome than other countries who spend much less but have longer life expectations and better health care. now we also have to change not just the system but ourselves.
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dealing with the 5 chronic illnesss that represent the lion's share of dollars we spend. when i say ourselves the system has to reflect and have an incentive built into it so that when you deal with the five chronic illnesses, hard, diabetes, etc. how one takes care of themselves, we need an incentive systems of individuals do the right things and build into the system. on education, a lot has been written. buy call what we are doing education the quiet revolution. in this sense, in the next couple weeks, you will see a major announcement by the president's. community colleges and job-training and the rewriting of the legislation related to
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job training in the country. most importantly in the area of community colleges, bruce and i have been talking about this, he has been very helpful on this topic of a community colleges. but because we are going from subsidies in higher education to direct lending of the federal government, there are more resources. a lot of that is being put into pell grants the there are a lot of resources and we will be talking in the next couple weeks, you'll be hearing from the president and i don't want to preempt him, about changes on what we can to for community colleges to achieve the goal of getting five million more children or workers through the community college system and are expected over the next 10 years. lot of people when i talk about education talk about the universities, what has been forgotten is how important a community college system is to our economy, our ability to compete in a global economy, it
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is the conveyor belt to allow people to upgrade their skills when they're going from x job to y profession. as a former member of congress who had a former community college, 2 of them, in his district, i cannot tell you how important this is. it has not gotten the attention of the 4 year institutions but it is a competitive advantage for the united states, the community college system is essential and we are going to be outlining a series of things we are going to do to fund the growth of the community colleges that are busting around. i talked to a number of state senators, community colleges to not get the resources of 4 year institutions, but nearly 50% of all people who go to post high school education go to 2 year institutions. we do what we are supposed to do at the public universities and state universities. this has not gotten the
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attention in a community college system, there will be major resource infusion but also reforms and goals driven. as part of an overall economic strategy and upgrading of american workers and employees skills if they choose from this profession to that profession, we have an educational infrastructure to do that. in addition to that, it will be another announcement by the president on early learning and fulfillment of his campaign pledge, the research data coming out of the minnesota fed if you haven't seen it as it relates to what they have done on early learning and the investment of dollars, dramatic, and going from the day care to early learning, away from babysitting, towards learning and preparation, for doctors. that will be part of the president's announcement. as everybody has noted but i want to emphasize, what barney
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is doing in promoting the standards, taking the caps off of charter schools, a for performance as relating to teachers and the entire reform that is going on in and setting out the principles, the recovery act that was $5 billion for the race to the top and making sure states compete, who are best at reform. the resources will be used for those who are ready to adopt the reforms that are necessary. we know what is necessary as it relates to quality teachers, we know what is necessary as it relates to competition in the public-school system, and we know what is necessary as it relates to adopting common standards so you are raising the capacity of our children and our schools and our teachers. it doesn't get the attention that an energy bill does or a health care piece of legislation the president is announcing,
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regular 44 -- regulatory reform, in the sense of the federal regulatory system to make sure the financial regulatory system is competitive and consumers are protected but what is happening in the area of education from early childhood all the way through lifetime learning through community colleges and vocational schools, is very important and is a quiet revolution that is going on and there's another proposal by the president, funding to make that happen. in the past, because we wrote about this in our book, i haven't done this, i said in my own community college and my old congressional district, in the past, our job training system and vocational ed, has been a program problem. we have not had a comprehensive view of it. what i mean by a program, if you were a veteran you have a program for it. if you were a displaced worker
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because of competition, we have a program. what we really need to think, not as a program problem but a comprehensive view of what you want out of job training, what is it supposed to accomplish, and setting up a system that does that rather than a program problem that you face in the economy, and the nexus of this will be around a community college system and the country. the community college system, you can see i have that, the community college system was set up as part of the gi bill and what we had there. this will be the next stage as we go forward in the economy and making sure that this economic system when we come out of the recession, we have a different health care system that makes us more competitive, is not a drain on businesses or taxpayers, and the incentives and cost controls are built into the system so we are not rewarding a bad system
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that is structured around the inefficiencies, 2, that we have an energy policy for this country that doesn't leave another sector out, meaning it is not just alternative, it is not just one choice, it is literally a driver towards a more competitive economy so we are not exporting $700 billion of our wealth every year. third is that our education system is producing the type of workers and students that we need for an economy to compete because the education system and the workers who make up our most competitive asset, and forth, as the president outlined in his speech 2 months ago and we have done for their recovery act and the budget, that we return our research and development dollars to the level as when we took the sputnik challenge. the basic goal as a percentage
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of the gp, that is where the research is, that is ready innovation will come, we are having a very healthy discussion in the white house, i had dinner the other night with a series of businessmen, do and apollo project, and let the r&d spinoff from there, and others say the research triangle, more clustered. you will be hearing more and more about that. but setting the goal of research as the percentage of the overall budget equal to what we did when we took the sputnik challenge. those will be the 4 principles. i apologize for rushing out, i will take more questions but i will have to get back to the white house. and want to close for a second, i cannot tell you how important the dlc is to what we do in the white house. if nothing else, the work that is being done allows groups to have an answer available, i need help on some progress -- project. is fundamental to what is going
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on in the democratic party, thinking through these issues, helping come up with creative solutions to naughty, important policy choices, making sure that you remember what the goals are and become creative about the means to achieve those goals. the dlc is an important policy think tank for what we do at the white house. thank you for being involved in an import organization. if nothing else, making sure bruce has an answer when i scream at him at 11:00 at night. thank you. [applause] >> thank you so much, i know you have a country to run. thank you for fighting the good fight and thank you, on behalf of democrats everywhere, thank you for making our government work again. [applause]
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we wanted to kick off this forum with a panel on education reform because, as rahm emanuel said, many of us are convinced that progress from education will be the quiet revolution, the sleeper issue of the obama administration. >> july 4th weekend on book tv, discover and unfamiliar side of the nation's first president as we are live from washington--george washington's not vernon estate with author john ferling. join our 3 our conversation live on in depth on c-span2's book tv. >> the u.s. senate in 5 minutes -- five minutes, getting back to legislative business. we have live coverage on c-span2 once they get underway.
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nevada senator john ensign held a news conference regarding a personal matter we are going to show you from yesterday afternoon in washington. >> i am going to read a brief statement. i came back home to nv to come forward and explain to the citizens of our state something that i was involved in a year ago. last year, i had an affair. i violated the vows of my marriage. it is absolutely the worst thing i have ever done in my life. if there was ever anything that i could take back in my life, this would be it. i take full responsibility for my actions. i know that i have deeply hurt
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and disappointed my wife, darlene, my children, my family, friends are mustaf, and all of those who believed in me. to all of them, especially my wife, i am truly sorry. i am truly blessed to have a wife like darlene, who has found it in her heart to forgive me. last year we sought counseling, and through the strength of family and friends, we have rebuilt our marriage to where it is stronger than ever. i will not mention any names, but the woman i was involved with and her husband were both close friends, and they both worked for me.
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our families were very close. that closeness put me in a situation during a very difficult time in my marriage, which led to my inappropriate behavior. we caused deep pain to both families. for that i am truly sorry. i am committed to my service in the united states senate, and my work on behalf of the people of nevada. i will not be taking any questions, thank you. >> july 4th weekend on book tv, discover and unfamiliar side of our nation's first president as we are live from george washington's not vernon estate with a story and an author, john ferling on the ascent of george washington, july 5th live on in depth on c-span2's book tv. right now on line, look for
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bill promoting tourism to foreigners and possible work on the $106 billion war spending conference report which the house cleared last night. most of that legislation is to fund the wars in iraq and afghanistan for the rest of the fiscal year. the tourism bill would degrade a non-profit corporation to attract foreign visitors or foreign tourists, providing information about and requirements and documentation for the u.s.. we could see votes in the senate on that measure this afternoon and a final passage vote before the end of the week. the u.s. house, they're coming in in half an hour and they will continue work and hopefully finish work on the commerce, justice and science spending bill for fiscal year 2010. now to the senate on c-span2. run


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