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next stop on the c-span bust the capital's poor. arkansas governor asa hutchinson will be our guest on the boston washington journal starting at 9:00 a.m. eastern. senate minority leader chuck schumer spoke this morning at the university of louisville o'connell center touching on democratic priorities in congress as well as the prospects for further bipartisan action. he was introduced by his republican counterpart, mitch mcconnell. this is about 45 minutes. [applause] >> thank you very much, greg. i want to express my gratitude on behalf of of all of us
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affiliated with this college for your service. as acting president here and you have done, in my view, a seamless job of plugging the gap in this. we've had here presidents. i also want to single out gary greg. when this program started in the early '90s i had no idea it could develop into what it has become. you are the reason for that. gary came here in 2000 and took it to a whole new level. i hope you will join me in thanking gary greg for his wonderful job. [applause] we have had a lot of interesting speakers over the years and in my view on more than interesting than our guest this morning. [laughter]
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chuck schumer, of course, is from brooklyn, born and raised. his dad owned an exterminator business and one of chuck's siblings remembered that we always associated the smell of triple x broker spray with love. [laughter] it was his hard work day in and day out that took this kid from brooklyn the world's greatest deliberative body the united states and. it is also my last year time magazine named him one to its distinguished list of 100 most influential people. after graduated from harvard law school he was elected to the new york state assembly at the age of 23. about the same age of the graduates of this program. in his memoir chuck remembered
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his parents didn't want him to run. they thought the life of corporate lawyer would be respectful. [laughter] and more comfortable. chuck, i have to say my life would've been easier if you had listened to your parents. [laughter] is that first electoral victory he's kept the perfect batting average never losing a single election. came to congress in 1981 and served in both the house in the senate earning a reputation for tireless effort on behalf of the people of new york. a lot of people talk about working hard but chuck has taken it to a whole new level.
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i mean there is nobody that works harder than the sky. "the washington post" once wrote work has always been schumer's ace in the hole. he members of congress have said they supported schumer's pet bills in part because he wouldn't quit pestering them. when the senate convenes for the 115th congress the beginning of last year it became the first new yorker to serve as senate democratic leader. chuck lives in brooklyn with his wife, the very calmest woman in her own right, i might add. no matter how much time he spends in washington he never lets anybody forget where he is from. in our jobs in our leadership roles i get to work closely with him every single day. we look at the schedule and nominations policy matters
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present. as minority and majority leaders were on the office of and defensive coordinators and i've been in both roles. office of coordinator is better. [laughter] washington may look like a pretty divided place and in fact i think they teach in journalism school that only conflict is news but the senate is a pretty collegiate place. we don't just like each other, we have to work together and we have a long history of robust debate over the country. i have to remind students time to time that anything you may have heard pales in comparison to what adams and jefferson said about each other. we have not been a single instance where a congressman. elana came over and beat to
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death a senator from massachusetts with a cane. robust debate is not unusual and it's been going on for very long time and in every critical moment in this country you come together to do what needed to be done and to move the ball down the field. a lot of people probably look at chuck and me and include something very different but, in fact, there's a great tradition of senate leaders working to and in 1990 george mitchell and bob over to work together to pass the american with disabilities act. one of the most visible ways that chuck and i are staying together is everyday from the
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senate floor opens for business and after the prayer and pledge of allegiance each of us has the opportunity to offer opening remarks detailing our views of the business of the day. traditionally i speak first followed by the democratic leader but now that we have this show on the road i am the warm-up act and i am thrilled to have my good friend the democratic leader of the senate, join me in welcoming, chuck schumer. [applause] >> thank you. thank you everybody. [applause] it is so great to be here with
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you. what a wonderful room and thank you mitch for that kind and generous introduction. we really do get along despite what you read in the press. as mitch will tell you i like to always start off with a little story or a little joke. my colleagues sometimes say no unless harder at my jokes than i do. so this is a story dedicated to my parents. i am blessed and my dad is 94, my mom is 89. praise god. my dad as mitch mentioned struggled his whole life. he had this little exterminating business that wasn't very successful. but at age 70 he retired and my brother who is a corporate lawyer in the financially successful schumer bought them a little house in florida. so every winter they drive in their car down to florida and
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they had a great time. my dad ever had never played golf before and he has taken up golf they see their friends were down there and they have a good time but as they got older things changed a little bit. my dad couldn't golf anymore and many of their friends passed on so they needed something to do. florida atlantic university offers any senior citizen is allowed to take a course for free so my parents enrolled in the course called humor. what was that? every thursday at 4:00 p.m. they would roll up to florida atlantic university, go to the course called humor and what was it? some erstwhile comedian who never made it in the catskills would get up and tell jokes for 45 minutes, a different one each week. my dad never went to college and he said college is pretty easy and i should have gone. [laughter] in any case, they called each week with their favorite joke so this is one of them.
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mrs. walters, is proper for the judge and the judge rolled his eyes. mrs. walters, you are back. yes, your honor, i am back. what did you steal this time? your honor, i stole a can of peaches from the supermarket down the road. the judge is clearly exasperated says look, mrs. walters, i know you're a kleptomaniac and i know it's an illness and i know you can't help yourself and you could easily afford a can of peaches but for the lord said, this is wrong. you've interrupted 79 for shoplifting already and i have no choice but to sentence you to time in jail. how many pages were in the can? your honor, there were four pages in the can. then i have no choice and i will sentence you to four nights in jail, one for each page. he's about to bang the gavel implants sentence the judgment in the gentleman gets up excited and agitated as your honor, maybe the court i'm her husband. she also stole a can of peas.
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[laughter] when you students get old enough to retire and move to florida you can roll at florida atlantic university and call your children and regale them with jokes. it is great to be here. i want to recognize at the beginning this incredible group of young scholars. you will have a positive and lasting impact on your state, on your country and give yourself a round of applause. you are our future. [applause] in fact, mitch, the scholars are so good with them. one of the wonderful mcconnell scholars, jasper noble, will be an intern in my dc office this summer. jasper, stand up. are you here?
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[applause] credit also goes, first, to the great director of the mcconnell center, gary greg, who has done an outstanding job at the helm for almost two decades. finally, i'd like to thank my friend and that's what he truly is this make mitch mcconnell for this gracious invitation. i respect and appreciate what mitch and his wife, elaine, have encompassed here at the mcconnell center. they nurture the next generation of bright kentucky leaders. in new york, particularly upstate new york, i worked hard to support our network of world-class public universities and tried to attract companies to keep the young student in new york once they graduate. that is, indeed, just as the mcconnell center does for kentucky and you should be very, very proud. now, much of the coverage about mitch mcconnell and me, as he mentioned, focuses on the differences between us and the two states we represent.
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the truth is there are plenty of things that link mitch's hometown of louisville with my hometown of brooklyn. take basketball, for instance. i know mitch is a huge fan of his alma mater and every monday i would come back and say how is louisville doing and where are they in the rankings and i don't ask this year as much affect but i didn't want to miss this opportunity that two of the three louisville festival teams ever to win the national championship were led by new yorkers. in 1980 it was the mccrae brothers, ronnie and scooter. from mount vernon in westchester county and in 2013 it was kevin ware and russ smit from the bronx in brooklyn. this year's team forward jordan is from the great city of
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buffalo, so you never know. here's another thing you might not realize have in common. bourbon. it turns out that brooklyn where i was born, raised and still probably live produces some of the best bourbon in the world. i know that is a contentious thing to say in these parts but i think it is true. this particular bourbon [inaudible] is distilled right around the apartment right around the corner from the apartment where i have lived, my wife iris and i have lived for more than 30 years. it's filtered to the same limestone that was used to build some of new york's iconic structures from the brooklyn bridge to the statue of liberty. it is a thank you for his imitation i'd like to give this bottle [inaudible]
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[applause] [inaudible] mitch and i do not agree on a lot of things, as you desert, i'm sure will never you agree that new york bourbon count is bourbon but when we need to come together to solve our country's problems and most precious issues we can and do it successfully worked together. as the longest-serving leader as the senate talk as he understands the pressure that every leader fixes including me. i am new at the job. entire best to do and never asked things that are possible of the other and to be honest and respectful and work in good faith and try to meet the middle wherever possible. that is how we get things done in the senate and sometimes it doesn't happen and it is no
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secret that i didn't agree with the way healthcare and tax was considered but sometimes it does happen. late last week in the late hours of friday morning the senate passed a two-year budget deal that provides significant investment in our military and our middle-class including funding to fight the opioid epidemic and proof veterans healthcare and relieve the student debt burden that so many people carry with them. it's a significant achievement and a genuine bipartisan breakthrough and it shows that even in very divisive climates the senate could be the place of the nation that gets it done. last april mitch and i caught her first budget deal and we then passed a packet of sanctions against president for his interference in our 2016 election and now we have this
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two-year budget agreement which hopefully mitch is an appropriate or they never let me on the upper patient committee that we can do a probation bills throughout this year and the next word genuine bipartisan practice happens every day. we have proven the senate can function when both parties work in a bipartisan way and endeavor to forgo compromises. this week the senate will have an opportunity to build on that progress. the senate is poised to take up one of the most contentious issues, immigration. leader mcconnell to his credit has promised an open process that is fair to both sides and democrats and republicans are laboring to find a bill that will protect the dreamers and provide border security and garner 60 votes. it will not be easy but we are all going to try because of the gravity of the issues at stake.
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and because you know this week be a test of whether the senate can steer the ship of state through the storm east of waters. i believe it can and we have shown the senate can lead for and it must do so again. the house is fractured and the president is the president. it is the senate the senate that has the potential to act as a beacon of stable leadership and progress in a political culture plagued by gridlock, division and rancor. we have a special obligation to this country. the senate where each individual senators and power with the rights of the minority are not always respected but cherished where the rules make bipartisanship not just a goal but practically a necessity. we all know what the president of washington called the senate, a grueling saucer for the hot
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tea of politics that can lead the senate through difficult times. if there was ever a time when our politics needed a cooling saucer it is now. that is what our history teaches us. we began this week on immigration but i'm sure it won't be the last issue which lead leadership in the senate is required. i am hopeful that the same spirit that led mitch and i to a budget deal in that spirit of bipartisanship and compromise our putting country before party will lead us through immigration and the many challenges to come. as you know, abe lincoln said the best thing for politicians to do is tell stories and i like to do that. we around as long as i do i have a lot of them. i thought i would tell you young folks how i got into politics
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which is the most question i get asked. mitch just came out to the book that documents his journey into politics so it is only fair. unlike many of you and unlike mitch as a high school senior i had no idea that politics would end up being my life. i went to a working-class high school in brooklyn and james madison high school, as i mentioned, my father was an exterminator and i didn't go to college. but from that working-class high school in 1967 i got into harvard. that didn't happen. i got in for two reasons. i was a decent, not great, basketball player. at madison weren't that good, mitch. our teams modest maddow is we may be small but we are slow. [laughter] second, i had to get a job when i was 14 to help my family and there was a madison high school teacher advertising for someone to run a machine and how many of you have heard of that?
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neither had my daughters there was a day before xerox machine and you would type a stencil and put it on a cookie machine with rollers and sure enough respect i got the job. what was the new business that this business teacher was starting? he had this billion idea. he would prepare students for the sats. what was his name? kaplan. thirty years later in the great american success story sold the business to "the washington post" for tens of millions of dollars. i went and worked there and nights, weekends, holidays i would the machine in the second year the business took off and we got an electric machine and machine went around and around and i read the preparatory work materials over and over and i took five tests and got 48 hundreds. so, the guidance counselor said you should apply to harvard.
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i did and i got in that i was scared because no one likes me went to harvard in those days. it was 80% private and i went to the one guy from high school who had gone to harvard for me and i said he was the best ballplayer and i said i will i make it at this place. he said try out freshman basketball team. they are terrible so you will make it. and he said in those who fear friends who you hang out with. those who were wearing these little numbers and tryouts and the coach calls me out and says number 27 and you went to madison, yes sir, how is coach so-and-so? he's fine. then he looks at me quizzically and said you put forward and i said yes, sir. he said how tall are you? i said i'm 6-foot 1'" and he says can you dribble and i said
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that's not my strong suit, sir. he said go home. he didn't watch be touch of all. i was distraught, wrote my mama note that i should've gone to college and i'm coming home on monday. that night someone knocked on my door and how would you like to join the harvard young democrats where we are working for a man named eugene mccarthy who is running in the new hampshire primary against lyndon johnson on the basis of the vietnam war was a mistake. i didn't have a political bone in my body and my father was a republican and my mother was democrat that was against the war so i said okay. the next morning i got on a bus and went to new hampshire and i loved it. it was like sports. the divide up neighborhoods and write our own leaflets and knock on the doors and we had a great time so good that i was given a title in the mccarthy campaign and the nashua new hampshire in office because they had two machines in a new how to run
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them. it was a ramshackle campaign but if you remember your history and your member your history mccarthy didn't quite win the primary, came within three or four points but lyndon johnson, the man who i admire in an act, a rare act of humility saw the handwriting on the wall inside the country is against me in week later said i will not run. and i said to myself wow, a group of students and other assorted nobodies with a ramshackle campaign and we toppled the most powerful man in the world. what a system we have in this is what i wanted to dedicate my life to. the rest of my days i was interested in politics and was elected officials 1123. my dad would pace the floor in his little exterminating store and he hated going to work monday morning. to this day i wake up monday
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morning just about every monday morning and i love going to work. thank you very much for the opportunity. [applause] >> thank you, senator schumer. senator schumer has agreed to take questions. i know from your audience that you turned in cards and mary kate, lindsay and will take turns asking questions. mary kate. >> good morning, senator. thank you for being here. >> i don't see where you are, mary kate? >> i'm here. first question from the audience, there has been talk of a blue wave of democrats
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[inaudible] and if this is to happen what are the biggest obstacles democrats must overcome before that time? >> i think our goal and i have said this publicly and i said in 2016 we didn't do enough of this people will make their own decisions about donald trump and we do know that in off year elections it's been a referendum on the president with his popularity levels are particularly low in states and districts where there are contested races. our mistake i thank you cannot just run against donald trump. it is the job of we democrats to put together a strong piece of economic group of proposals aimed at the middle class together. there is discontent in america and people don't have faith in the future.
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in other words, even at the height and i read the summer even at the height of the great depression where people median income what lower than it did in the last ten years when media was down people have more hope for the future. that is our job as the democrats. we been the party of economic advancement and i think we may have lost sight of that. we propose a whole bunch of proposals and three of which are partially in the budget agreement that mitch and i came to in the senate and house voted and wanted to help reduce the cost of student loans that so many of you will carry on your back. two, rural broadband and bring in roosevelt said in the 30s that every rural home to get electricity was a necessity and he set up the rea. we democrats believe that every rural home should have broadband and we are endeavoring to do that and there's an initial amount of money to start doing
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that in the country. third, childcare these days with so many families for so many families are single-parent families is very hard to work and what you do with the kids -- you want good childcare for your children and we've more than doubled the amount with the bipartisan charter act that was parsed by lamar alexander and one of my good friends by patty murray that is what we have to focus on like a laser on. for the country as well as the back the seats in the house and senate. >> thank you, senator. thank you for your time this morning. this person like to know do you feel there is a lack of servant leadership in politics today and would you please define what you think a servant leader is? >> i don't know what a servant
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leader is and i guess that's in a book somewhere, right? the question what is a servant leader? >> [inaudible] >> well, yes, i think that all too often in our politics today talk is replaced and talk replaces action. that's not a good thing. people who just the people i think the senate is an interesting place. it's only a hundred people and i like to tell my colleagues you look into the souls of people and you get to see who they are in very hard in the body that works so closely with so few members to hide who you are and i think the senators that have the most respect are the people who get things done not the people who make the most flamboyant or even find speeches. i think that role has always
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been important in these days with so much press magnification of small and trivial things and it's the parents of the public but the ultimate value being a servant leader is important and i think we have a bunch of them in the senate. if you ask me, every one of my colleagues. >> thank you. automation is a challenge and the changing economy. as automation increases into the 21st century we may see of your jobs and what you believe is the answer to this? >> that is a great question that many of us with all political spectrums struggle with. it's a very, very difficult issue. it's not certain that efficiency and automation will produce jobs. some have argued that some economists say it will increase jobs in the plastic they give is amazon knocked out small stores
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but then hires low the people in their warehouses and people to work there. i think it is a real worry not just of leadership but of the average american how my kids get a good paying job and this is a very difficult issue that i haven't heard good answers to. i do think and i don't know how to get there i was thinking about this that certain jobs and i will take a minute on this. in an idea economy wealth tends to conglomerate to the top. not through political reasons but just plain economics. i like to tell my constituents that the two bookends of the 20th century were henry ford and bill gates. each mass-produced a major product that was very much needed by the country, cars and
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computer problems. each became multibillionaire because of it, as they should. americans believe and it is a good thing about a country that when you create a great new idea he become very wealthy and that inspires others to struggle to find great new ideas. here is the difference between ford and gates. ford created, so to speak these are just numbers for example, they may not be exactly accurate before created a million jobs were people for the first time made $10000 a year. he made something. you needed people to make the cars and fix the cars and service the cars and transport cars. bill gates addition to society, mass-producing a computer platform was equally important but because it was fundamentally an idea, i know you put that box called windows in there but it was an idea so he created 10000 people so to speak figuratively speaking who made a million dollars a year for the first time. how do we deal with that issue?
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in an idea economy particularly where ideas can be transmitted at no cost because of the internet wealth will continue unabated to conglomerate to the top and it's one of the reasons and differences mitch and i part of my skepticism was because what i am telling you. one thing we may be exploring and there are certain jobs that will be more and more important in society that add human dignity and grace and health and we should think about how we should transform them so they garner more pay and respect. one for me would be a teacher but another which people haven't thought of is people who keep take content care of the elderly. will have more elderly people at work longer given the diminution of a report. who will take care of these people maybe it shouldn't be a job for you get paid the lowest possible wage because it adds so much and those are hardly
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complete answers but it's a place where i'm beginning to think about. >> thank you. next? how do you feel about the possibility of instituting congressional term limits? >> i am against them. i'm better at this job today than it was five years ago. you wouldn't have term limits for other jobs the demand certain skills and you wouldn't say surgeon at the top of his or her game to stop doing surgery or a ballplayer should keep playing as long as they are really good. i rather it be by the merit and that the public make the judgment then install term limits. there are other things i do to make incumbency less successful about campaign finance form but i don't think term limits should be one. >> thank you. the constitution did not originally foresee the role of party leadership would play in congress and how have you personally interpreted your responsibilities and adapted
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your leadership style to define your role both in your party and in the senate? >> the two or sort of the same and i think mitch would agree with this. the number one district we are very diverse parties and he has a susan collins and ted cruz. we won't say rand paul because -- [laughter] i have bernie sanders and joe mansion and i think what makes us most successful and helps us represent broadly all of america is to create unity in our caucus. i really endeavor and each of us it's a very interesting moment and it's one of the highlights of being senator that every tuesday we have caucus and within our own party but there are open discussions less frequently than you would think what happens in these discussions leaped out so people
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are quite candid and i make an effort to tell my caucus that we have to understand each other. we may not agree with each other on every issue but if he could get together and work together on a unified way and that's in the democratic party and between the democrat republican party we do better. the role of party as a unifier in a certain sense in a divided infectious country where things are more itemized than ever can be a unifier not a separator and i see that is one of the very most important roles i have as party leader to try to get my entire caucus to work together. this year we had good success doing that. >> thank you. in light of decreased funding for the epa how do you plan to protect our air and water quality given catastrophes like
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flint, michigan? >> i agree with you that the idea of removing so many people from the epa doesn't make sense. most americans believe in clean water and clean air and we have seen what happens when we don't have it in terms of life expectancy and the fact that our air is cleaner and the water is cleaner insult life expectancy is considerably higher. god's most precious gift to us is life itself and so i think that it is important that these regulations which help enforce clean air and clean water makes sense. there are things called externality and you do something that makes the air dirtier makes the water dirtier and it doesn't hurt you necessarily but it hurts thousands and tens of thousands or millions of people and economists have always searched for a way that we can capture externality and in a
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broad sense clean air and clean water are supposed to capture some of those externalities. i think they are a good thing and we democrats have endeavored in the budget of 2017 which past and in this budget of 2018 will be debating the omnibus which is the details we came to to make sure there aren't cost to the number of employers obviously mitch and i would disagree with this but i don't think pruitt is doing the country a disservice by eliminating too many or many of these regulations. >> thank you. should individuals who enlist in the military be guaranteed a certain accelerated pass to citizenship? >> well, the broad issue of immigration reform in one of the moments i was promised of in the senate was when john mccain who is a great man we pay for his health and i led the so-called gang of eight, four democrats and four republicans, broad
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range abuse and ideology at my put together a comprehensive immigration reform and that was a very, very fine bill that did most of the things you hear 80% of the people talking about. we wanted to path to citizenship for our people and we wanted secure borders and we want to admit some of the people from abroad come here and study in science and want to let them stay here because they can create new jobs and we need to have agricultural workers because we don't have enough of them were from america originally. it was in that bill and it was a very good bill and in that bill wouldn't debate and we provided a path to citizenship for the 11 million, not just the dreamers we are now, but some
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labeled it amnesty and it was not amnesty. here's what you had to do to become a citizen. you had to pay back taxes and work and had to pledge loyalty to the united states and you had to pay a fine and admit wrongdoing. then you had to go to the back of the line so if someone crossed the border illegally in 2007 but someone else had waited at the embassy in 2006 patiently the 2006 person would get in for the 2007 person. when americans hear that you had to learn english to get a green card for the first time when americans said they are for it 80% of it but unfortunately some in the media world at the heart rate, labeled this amnesty and that stock but it is not amnesty at all. i would hope president trump is
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actually said to me a whole bunch of times and i don't know if you set it to you mitch but he said i like to do competence of immigration reform and maybe, maybe who knows if we get past this dreamers issue successfully and are able to help the dreamers we might be able to go back to that. i'm not at all certain but if the president would want to be on that in a bipartisan way we might be able to get something done and that's the best way to deal with the issue you brought up. >> thank you. can you elaborate on your plan to reduce the cost of higher education? >> there are couple of issues here. one which i mentioned earlier is the student debt burden and hear the federal government is making a profit on the backs of people who get out of college and graduate school because they are paid a much higher interest rate on their student loan then the interest rate you get for buying
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house for taking out a mortgage on the house. we aggressively feel to lower that rate and lower it significantly. i also believe in support for higher education. in upstate new york we've had a lot of the problems that the parts of america faced in terms of manufacturing the number of good paying jobs and not there is much as it used to be our universities both public and private are key so i believe in strong support of these institutions and i also believe in a program which a community college would train people for the job that are needed and are much more focused on what we call the skills gap where there are lots of unfilled jobs and lots of unemployed people with the unemployed people don't have the skills community colleges are the place to make those happen but i think our focus on higher education is more needed than ever, ever before because it is our future in terms of
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jobs and in terms of the question is asked earlier about how do people find new jobs in this new economy that automation is taking away the older jobs. >> thank you, senator. we appreciate you being here today so much. this will be our last question today. how do you respond to senator rand paul's comment that bipartisanship that increases spending both foreign into plastic is not the kind of bipartisanship need. >> well, look, i will be candid i think rand paul is a very, very fine man and i think his belief is genuine and sincere and he has a large amount of courage to go forward when no one else will but his idea railing against the deficit on this bipartisan deal after he supported a $1.5 trillion increase in the deficit for tax cuts, 80% of which by the
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calculations that i have seen are aimed at the top 1% bring very hollow. had rand paul voted against that tax bill because it would increase the deficit by such a large amount he would have every right and still has the right but he would have the benefit of the argument when he stood on the floor and railed against this bill which increased deficit may be by another $300 billion. you can't -- if you're a deficit hawk you got to be a deficit hawk all the way through you can't pick an issue and say i'm a deficit hawk on the military but not on domestic spending and vice versa. grandma deficit hawk on government spending but not on taxes. each guy has his rationale and those who are for tax cuts say the economy will create jobs and will not be a deficit in most economists and on the liberal side on the liberal side this
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increase for education infrastructure and i regrows we won't have a deficit and both of those arguments i believe more one than the other, obviously, both of those arguments will undercut and the ability to get the deficit down. to get the deficit down and for both sides get the deficit down inside can't pick a deficit hawk on one issue and it will get the deficit down thank you very much everybody. appreciate it. [applause] [applause] >> later, schumer, we can't thank you enough for your insightful and entertaining
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remarks at a time when many americans see politics in a polarized state. it is encouraging to hear leaders with divergent viewpoints on some issues have a willingness to work together for the good of the whole. this is a great message this morning. as a small token of our application i like to present you with a clock. it is red of course and has a university of louisville which is the token and a token for your presence here today and leadership in this country. >> thank you very much. [applause] story of my life, mitch gets the bourbon, i get the clock. [laughter] [applause] >> we will show all of this event later tonight over on
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c-span in prime time. here on the beauty we are taking the u.s. senate goes to gavilan to begin work on the immigration bill focusing on border security and the daca program. majority leader mcconnell will introduce a bill which will allow any amendments as long as they receive 60 votes and about to begin the formal debate for immigration will happen, we expect, at 5:30 eastern and if approved, the debate and both are expected to continue throughout the week. the house meanwhile not in session today. the gavilan tomorrow with several bills this week including recovery of personnel listed as missing in action. also sanctions against hamas and a number of financial bills to mortgage lending. all this for the house and senate ahead of the present state break. the house break presidents' day next week. the house will be live over on c-span in the senate live next on c-span2.


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