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god bless your families. and may god bless the united states of america. to i. -- thank you. applause]d announcer: after president trump left the capital, tension turn to statuary hall where members of congress and administration officials react it to the speech. >> good evening. this is continued live coverage of c-span2, president trump's first state of the union address. you might recognize the place where we are now. camped out with many other media outlets. this is national statuary hall.
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it has become a tradition for members of congress to come out to talk to reporters after the presidential speech. we will do this for roughly one hours so as we start to line up members of both sides of the. let's get to it. our first member is congressman chris collins, republican of western new york, buffalo area. be with you. what a great speech. i'm glad to have been the first member of congress to endorse donald trump for president. certainly active in the campaign. when you're into his presidency, he gave a fact-based speech about our economy, how it is bowman. jobs, themarket, the investment, and the great work wielded on the tax reform. but it was also an inspirational speech, a call for america to be better. to be great. as he talked about the things we have yet to achieve, for some of
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those in our country still struggling, living in poverty, we need to find them. get them skills. find them jobs. i thought this was great speech and my only disappointment was to see the partisan divide on the floor where time after time, standing over nations my our republicans and i think with the response would -- with the exception of joe manchin of virginia who stood with us, the rest of the democrats that on their hands. it was, i will just use the word disappointing. the president did say we should all come together, set aside differences, find common ground. sort of to the theme you're talking about here. >> how is that possible at this point? >> it is possible. i think it is possible on infrastructure, immigration, certainly it should always be possible when we find our military. we did see the democrats standing up on that as well to and the sequester on our defense spending.
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so there were those moments. we need to build on those moments. it will come down to the conversation on daca. those young children brought here that all of us have compassion for. if we could just get that over the finish line. and ending chain migration and the visa lottery which i think most americans support perhaps that can be the start. president trump did reach out across the aisle and we did see a few possible agreements. >> as we wrap up, paint a picture of the buffalo area that has seen its share of difficult times economically and what does the future look like? >> the highest taxed least business regulated we continue to lose another congressional seat in the next.
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with those goes to jobs, the the future with the children and it's been devastating for the te state committee for state and western new york and factories have been shut down. congressmen chris collins republican of new york. as we continue on in statuary hall this one from brooklyn new york. good evening. >> i'm proud to be from new york where i think the governor along with my former colleagues are doing a tremendous job and i am proud to be from brooklyn to represent a district filled with one misrepresentation after another. it's a reality as it relates to the economy and job creation, barack obama created 14 million plus private-sector jobs and the
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notion that this economic turnaround has begun in the last year is fiction. >> h >> he called it a new american moment. what does that mean to you? >> we have seen one divisive moment after another. he hasn't brought people together, he's tearing us apart. it seems like he wants to turn back the clock and that is unfortunate. it isn't clear to me that he really means it and so the proof is in the pudding as my grandmother would say and we will see what happens over the next few weeks and months. what do you make of the pillars that he spoke about tonight? >> it was riddled with misinformation in particular when he talked about the so-called chain migration invented on the right to try to demonize people under a program which is called family reunification consistent with
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the american dream and the statue of liberty and the notion that we welcome folks from all over the country to pursue the american dream, to work hard and make it in this great country he seems to not understand that dynamic though he's from mississippi in new york. >> the president said there is going to be a lot of work to do in the weeks ahead. what do you see happening in the immigration area? >> mitch mcconnell has promised there would be a vote on the dreamers. we have seen no such promise so it isn't clear that there will be any movement in the house of representatives if donald trump is interested in seeing progre progress. they would seize the vote on the house floor and if that happens, we know that it will pass.
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>> thank you for joining us tonight. let's go right through another democratic membeto anotherdemoc, representative sheila jackson lee from the houston texas area. let me ask about your district first because this area in general following the storms from last year how are things picking up plaque >> we are resilient and strong and have a team of local officials but that is one of the reasons i was deeply disappointed tonight. there was a fleeting moment of accolades for the rescuers and first responders and coast guard of which i stand united on that applause but there was nothing about the president's commitment to help us. the amount of money that we need to rebuild and fix our infrastructure is more than
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$81 billion that is now in place and when i say in the face, for everyone, puerto rico, virgin te virgin islands, and of course texas. texas was devastated and was the most catastrophic storm on the continental united states and our friends in california. nothing was said to fix the pain and help the elderly and disabled and i thought that was a great disappointment. i don't think the president understands the role of government and commitment. >> the president laid out the four pillars of the current thoughts on immigration and where the issue is going to go if anywhere. >> i hope the president would heal the nation tonight and one with the talk iof the top in a t immigration reform. one of my guests tonight was a
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dreamer and i don't think that these pillars he'll donation or platform. there are discussions going on, but he has misinterpreted immigration family reunificati reunification. it's not changed immigration. it doesn't in any way suggest the countries with people of color and thi less of a chance n the united states and that's how we help them and then to think about the wall rather than personality and technology and then to agitate the family by talking about more liberation and to attack north korea that we know was a bad actor when north korea has been somewhat if you will quiet during this period of time and why doesn't the president mentioned that he didn't issue the sanction against the adversary, one of
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our greatest adversaries russia that it sanctions on them but wants to attack other world entities tonight which doesn't create any manner of unity or world peace. our members of the judiciary and homeland security committees wanted to ask you in a general sense after a year in office where do you give the president credit? >> i certainly think he gave himself credit and that is after he told the story of the economy. i'm always excited when they do well and i might add having been in congress for a while when we spend $800 billion in the program that let me tell you what's important that he didn't speak to for the rule of law and the constitution, the respect for the federal law enforcement, the fbi i think this attack on the most known in law
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enforcement agencies i work with in the united states should have not gone withou without mention, meaning should indicate we all worworked together and respect e hard working men and women of the law enforcement and rule of law in th and the constitution i look forward to helping americans appreciate the constitution and benefit. >> thank you for coming back to talk to us. it's a pleasure to meet with you. as we continue talking with members of congress from here in statuary hall is representative mark sanford republican of north carolina. he wants $1.5 trillion of infrastructure activity generated by all sorts of folks working together. how do you see that coming about?
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>> i think there's going to be a strong solution for the significant infrastructure. the new number over the past couple of the because the difficult question is how do you pay for it we just have to pay for it in the steins. >> what did you hear into speech tonight that caught your attention? the >> it was sort of in open-ended question. i think that it was what it was with regards to the executive branch powers so that was sort of ominous and i would say what you heard on immigration is predictable based on what had been laid out.
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in a little bit of kudos to. so we heard a lot of issues and i think that he was impressed with the different numbers i don't think i ever heard a speech with as many personal stories. as we stand here tonight, we are coming off of a brief government shutdown, eight or nine days away now from potentially another one. what do you make of the way of the governmenthegovernment is ds right now? >> the idea of funding the government to the short-term is a disaster in the standpoint of planning they plan much longer as does every other agency so i think it hurts the agencies that are well-run and it hurts the taxpayers and it leads to a lot
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of unnecessary as people coming to the different theories because each of them represents a point of leverage. >> republican of south carolina thank you for joining us. we moveon bac move on back to te democratic side of the aisle, longtime member of the ways and means committee of course. what do you hear? >> he talked about the jobs coming back here, but the key to that negotiation is to end the outsource and so far the administration has not made clear that it's going to stand firm and make sure that mexico changes restructure the words
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the industry as is true of the auto parts industry and other industries so in that sense it was hollow. where are you right now with the bill that was just approved in terms of its prospects for presidents out of it--the president got it quite a bit tonight. >> is the increase in the gross domestic product with less than it was before. we will see. they say that it will bring about economic growth. the deficits are likely to work in the opposite direction. i wanted to ask as well about infrastructure, 1.5 trillion put out the infrastructure related activity. what do you think of that number
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and where do you think congress can go on this issue and can they go next year? >> like so much else at this ths kind of taken out of the air and there was no concrete proposal on how we would ever really attack the infrastructure. in that sense it was also holl hollow. at times i felt i was in a campaign speech. somehow so much of it on immigration i thought i was in a campaign speech a year and a half ago when he talked about immigration it reminded me of the way that he talked about the immigrants of mexico and essentially he talked about the games.
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her husband is in jail, she is an iraqi christian, he was taken out of the blue with children who are american citizens, he's committed a crime and a very violent fund 30 years ago. they pick him up and put him in jail so when we talk about immigration in terms of games i thought that it was such a dangerous approach. >> thank you for joining us tonight, appreciate it. as we continue on getting reaction from the members of congress to the president's speech tonight, we are joined now by the congresswoman democrat of new jersey thank you for being here. michigan, sorry. from michigan what did you hear tonight from the president lacks >> it was a long speech.
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he said some of the right things but they were in conflict. i talked to a trainer today. and you minimize -. with so many of the areas in all these things.
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they are going to try to-- that's where i want the dialogue and the president is trying to flood the formula. that isn't going to work but i think that we do have opportunities for private investment went to get to the table to start getting the word is.
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my guest tonight was danielle mcguire. it's not what happened with michigan state where we had these incidences consulting all these women.
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with the african community this president is labeled. so many are defendants of it we are standing tall in solidarity. we are women standing together in this fight against sexual harassment, standing with my african community. we must not stop that. >> from michigan to get it right this time thank you for joining us. appreciate your time. continuing on al green from texas. let me ask you as well about the hurricane recovery efforts and how have things been going in these months? the
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>> you would think that he has been giving fine. when you go into the neighborhood they are in repair. i made a note because i wanted to make sure that i got most of it right. we will pull through this together but they didn't say anything about $81 billion the house passed tha it hasn't been signed into law and the money that is needed for the recovery. this is the part of what i'm talking about in my faith but also to the service of those that feed helps not only to houston but also all of the victims of harvey that include puerto rico and the virgin islands. >> let me take you to the issue of immigration.
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what is reasonable, practical not everybody can get everything they want. how did you see this playing out in the weeks and months ahead? if we don't require some people to recapitulate, it is not a negotiation. when the president says here it is, i assume that he understands we can get a counteroffer, but here is my concern when he says he wants to end the diversity visa it is difficult for people who believe in diversity and the president indicates he's going to and unification that is difficult for those that have family members and then for others this is something that has been a part of our traditi
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tradition. i really think that there is something more to this. i think that this is a way for him to try to get democrats to do whathe democratsto do what wy do. why are you pushing it and how much longer will you continue to push it on the floor? >> i love my country and i believe that my country should
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have the promises that have been made to it and that we have been keeping by the people, for the people. the republic if you will which is what franklin said now. and because we have a president that is very insightful, examples, that transgender person shouldn't be in the military, that was to take that policy example indicating that certain countries in africa i don't know why one would be better than the other. but at the point where they are having a dialogue on immigration they are creating this immigration policy so these are
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the kind of things because they are a harm to the american society. now you asked the first part of the question why was i doing it, because i love my country. the second part. how long will you continue to push this on the floor? >> president will be subject as long as he is president because of the firing of the fbi director. when he went and explained it was related to the russia thing, my friends at home, impeachment isn't judicial, it is political.
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he is subject to the call to impeachment based on the interferinupon theinterfering wn investigation to the campaign involvement. they've been trying to deal with the campaigns and we have a duty to investigate it and the president has not interfered in that investigation. we now have the congressman from illinois. what did you hear from the president tonight but spoke to you most. talking about rebuilding the military i wish he would have talked more about agriculture.
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if they did to my friend and others said they were able to highlight some of the need for bipartisanship. tell us why you are here tonight and what do you take from the experience? >> i'm happy to be here and appreciate the president's talking bipartisanship and what the congressional elite dead at the baseball game. look forward to the infrastructure and rebuilding the military. >> what was the moment for you, what was that whole episode like for you?
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all the members then come over and take care. until what did you get from it? >> the first thing time that i had done anything like this [inaudible] again at 1.5 trillion other figures being thrown out there by the president for lots of
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different types of folks to get together to create that kind of activity. you can't get much more bipartisan than infrastructure and let's put into perspective. even if they talk the $250 billion of infrastructure spending that is about five times as much in the stimulus bill that the road a trillion dollars off the backs of the next generation. it is just because they don't want to give president trump a
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victory. there are different habits than a lothena lot of us have, but io say the president gets so much critique by so many that sometimes they may never have expected him to do not get enough credit. we have historic tax cuts that get overrun by the 24 hour news cycle. >> republicans on the champaign area, thank you for joining us and to the guests that came as well. thank you for your
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announcer: our coverage of tonight's state of the union address will continue in just a moment. washington journal, live it every day with news and policy issues that impact you. this morning, your reaction to president trump's first state of the union address. thursday, we are live in montgomery, alabama, for the next stop on the c-span bus tour. with alabama senate president dell marsh. watch c-span's washington journal live every morning starting at 7:00 a.m. eastern. the morning, senators susan collins and steny hoyer along with representative adam schiff talking about priorities president trump laid out
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earlier. that is live at 8:00 a.m. eastern on c-span two. then we hear from democratic leadership at their weekly press conference. in the afternoon, a panel to break down the president's address. now let's take another look at the speech. president trump: mr. speaker, mr. vice president, members of congress, first lady of the united states and my fellow one year, less than has passed since i first stood at this podium in this majestic chamber to speak on behalf of the american people and to address their concerns, their their dreams. that night, our new administration had already taken very swift action. a new tide of optimism was already sweeping across our land. each day


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