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charges of the indictment he had absolutely nothing to do with the president. >> we expect in a few moments the government will announce theweare just about to have this delegation here. are you taking some sort of care with china what is the strategy? >> they are not linked, they are a totally separate process. at the negotiations on the trade front will continue to be ongoing, and i believe on the other question and the thing that you mentioned may be coming i believe they are waiting on me to finish so they can do that. >> senator marco rubio of florida came to the senate floor to talk about the political situation in venezuela. he also addressed the middle east policy bill that includes security assistance for israel. this is about 10 minutes.
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suspended. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. rubio: mr. president, i come up to talk to the bill before us, senate bill 1. we've had multiple attempts to get on to this bill, and i'm hopeful that today will be that day. i wanted to briefly for just a moment divert to a different topic on venezuela, which has been in the news. just about an hour and a half ago, the administration announced additional measures. and it's been covered in the press largely as sanctions on the regime of president maduro, head of the criminal syndicate that controls security agency in that country. while it most certainly going to hurt him, i think it is important to say that venezuela sends about 5@billion barrels of crude -- 500 billion barrels of crude oil to the use per day. that belongs to the venezuelan people. u.s. refineries pay for t it is about three-quarters of the cash
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generated by the state-run oil company. and then maduro and his cronies steal that money, not to build roads or feed people, they use it to keep people loyal to him. if you are a high-ranking general in venezuela with a fancy uniform and stars and bars in those pictures that you see, why are they loyal to mazur row -- maduro? because he keeps providing them access to corruption. and one of those is pilfering and just completely taking out of the state-run oil company all of that cash. and that ends today. whoas going to be done today -- chose going to be done today, -- what's going to be done today, is the payments will be set aside in an account to be used by the legitimate government of that country. if you are one of these corrupt
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officials who has been loyal to maduro, perhaps you should reevaluate your loyalty. on the topic before us today is senate bill 1. this is the bill that is a response to decisions that were made recently on the u.s.' presence in syria. i believe that the decision to draw down is a mistake. i communicated that to the president and he envited us to the -- he invited us to the white house a couple weeks ago to have this discussion. there's going to be by-product of that decision. there's going to be consequences of it. one ever those consequences, several of those consequences are going to directly impact ourilize in the region. let me begin by saying it is going to directly impact the united states. we already see that isis in syria was on the path to morphing into an insurgency. an insurgency is different than what they used to be. what they used to be is they took over big pieces of land,
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isis did and they through their black flag and had buildings. in some ways that's terrifying because they control land and have people under their command. in a lot ways it is easier to target them. you can see it. they are out in the open. an insurgency is different. an insurgency is when you blend into the population. so by day you might be a baker or the debate that runs a cafe. by night you are an isis killer. they sort of come in an out of the population. they don't control large swaths of territory. they embed themselves. this insurgence is the threat we faced and the challenge we had in iraq that led to the surge to have to come back in and rectify it. in the case of isis, they were already on the path to doing that. this is going to make it easier for them. it is a lot harder to target an insurgency than it is to target a caliphate. i am deeply concerned that the u.s. withdrawal is going to provide greater operational safety, in essence, more space
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in which they can plot a tack the united states -- attack the united states and our interests around the world and even here in the homeland. there is real reason to be concerned about that. 9/11 doesn't happen if al qaeda doesn't have safe haven in afghanistan. i fear what isis might be able to do if they are able in portions of syria to establish a safe haven, try to inspire terrorist attacks abroad and even direct this. but one of the other by-products is the impact it has in regards to israel. envision for a moment, a small country only nine or ten miles wide. it faces a threat to its north in syria. in syria already in addition to isis and all these other criminal and terrorist elements there are a, you have a growing iranian presence. that growing iranian presence begins with iran itself. if current trends continue, iran is going to a base within syria,
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surface-to-air missiles designed to shoot down airplanes. they're going to base ballistic missiles, even closer out of syria. -- israel. they don't have to launch them from iran. they can launch them just off the israeli border. they can have armed u.a.v.'s. the houthis have stop operationalize those. all of to sponsored by iran operating out of yemen. they have also in addition to an air route that they have established, one of the mortal enemies is hezbollah, headquartered primarily in lebanon. so for a long time now they have been getting their armaments and their weaponry from iran, but it had to be flown, especially in the middle of this conflict. but imagine now iran's ability to arm and equip hezbollah with all of these things, not just from the air but through a ground route where they can actually ship things to and from the ground. that's why they so desperately care about what's happening in
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syria. it gives them operational space. not to mention that hezbollah is in syria. there is a wing of hezbollah that's inside of syria. so imagine now if you're israel. you already face the threat of hezbollah. hezbollah has already developed rockets they're making. they are now building these rockets. they are developing these rockets in lebanese territory. and they're not the rockets from the last time they had a war with israel. these are precision-guided. they can aim hit to him certain areas and avoid hitting others. and they have a lot more than they used to have. by volume, they could overwhelm israeli forces potentially. you already have that problem in lebanon. imagine that exact same problem not just from lebanon but to the north of you coming from syria just across the golan heights. so you're israel. you have your mortal enemy, iran, your mortal enemy had a assad, and your mortal enemy
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from the groups north of you in that country. so israel is taking action. they are increasingly and openly acknowledging as they launch these attacks into syria to try to put thumb selves into that position. they cannot allow people and they cannot allow organizations whose very existence is justified by the destruction of the jewish state to openly operate and increase their capacity just north of their border. that's what's happening and that's why israel is increasingly striking. but thereon the words of -- but listen to the words from a broadcast is that hezbollah was on television, in a public -- open television interview, and he basically warned israel, he said, if israel continues to strike within syria in this way, it's going to lead to a war. and it's going to lead to a war because syria and its allies, including them, but also iran, are going to have to retaliate for these attacks. so if you walk through this with
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me, israel attacks out of self-defense because they have to, syria and hezbollah and iran and a gang of others respond against israel. israel then has to respond in kind potentially hitting hezbollah inside of lebanon. suddenly we have another israel-hezbollah war but much broader than the last one. it will be far deadlier because unlike the last time, they now have a lot more of these missiles and these missiles are precision-guided. this is the threat that israel faces. and it's very real. and events there could quickly spiral into that. and one of the things our bill does is it puts in law the memorandum of understanding between the united states and israel that says that in the case of conflict, the united states will be there to help israel rearm and reequip itself. all of these innovations that
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are happening there can also benefit us here or in he can prosecuting our presence around the world. and why is this bill important? first for the practical implications of it. we want the realize to be able to defend and protect themselves. it sets aside weapons that are held there for purposes of if israel ever needs them. for those who are worried about whether that would degrade our own capability, the law says, that it has to be done in a way that doesn't degrade our own capabilities to defend ourselves. it sets in place the assurance that if israel gets into one of these wars that escalates against multiple parties -- hezbollah, iran, potentially syria themselves -- and they start running out of weaponry, rockets to defend themselves, munitions and the like, we will be there to quickly rearm them. that's the practical implication of it. here is the other -- israel's adversaries would know this, too. they would know that if their goal is to overwhelm israel and
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deplete israel, it won't work because the united states is committed to them. and our army is twofold. one, to strengthen israel to able to withstand such an assault. but the other is to hopefully deter a war by making it very clear that israel will never run out of missiles, they will never run out of munitions to defend themselves because the united states will be there to support them every step of the way. and this bill, one of the things things it does is -- one of the fishes things it does is standpoint is that into law. this is not a threat that will go away in two or three years, maybe five. this threat is an ancient one that's grown more dangerous. that's why i hope today -- this bill was held up because my colleagues on the other side of the aisle said they didn't want to hear any bills until the shawn was over. i am hopeful that this bill, which i believe enjoys wide, bipartisan support, when we finally get to vote on it i think we'll have an extraordinary number of votes
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across the aisle and across this chamber that we'll finally be able to begin debate. there are other elements involving human rights violations that are occurred in syria, supporting jordan and the b.d.s. movement, which we'll talk more about tomorrow. at its core, the linchpin of it is helping >> c-span's "washington journal" live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up this morning, michigan democratic congressman and pennsylvania republican congressman, discussing their new task force on clean drinking water. then north korea democratic congressman joins us to talk about border security negotiations. and a discussion of the u.s. missile defense review. be sure to watch c-span's "washington journal" live at 7:00 eastern this morning. join the discussion.
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>> here's some of our live coverage tuesday. the u.s. house comes in to consider a handful of homeland security bills, including a measure to assess terrorists' use of virt wall currencies. members will also debate a resolution calling for financial institutions to work with customers facing damage to their credit as a result of the government shutdown. that's at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. in the morning on c-span2, michael bloomberg talks with students, his first stop on a tour of new hampshire while considering a 2020 presidential run. later, the senate gavels in for more work on a middle east security bill. the measure would fund security assistance to israel over 10 years and allow sanctions against syria. there's more live coverage on c-span3. at 9:30 a.m., the senate intelligence committee gets an update on global security threats from the heads of the f.b.i., c.i.a., and the
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director of national intelligence. later, congressional budget office director keith hall goes before the senate budget committee to talk about the u.s. economic outlook. >> here's a conversation with three governors, republican larry hogan of maryland, democrat tom wolf of pennsylvania, and republican chris sununu of new hampshire. they talked about reaching across the political aisle to achieve consensus. judy woodruff moderates the one, 20-minute event. half. good evening. i'm president of johns hopkins university and i'm delighted to welcome you here to the foundation theater for tonight for h p


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