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tv   Empowering Women Symposium Panel 3  CSPAN  January 16, 2018 11:48pm-12:34am EST

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>> thank you. and thank you for the women here on the stage. thank you for the work you are doing. relisted, president trump is committed to in terms of dealing with the opiate crisis. these wonderful women are working day in and day out to ensure we find the right solution for these families. >> will good break. will reconvene for the national security safety panel at 3:10 p.m. thank you. >> know it's a long afternoon. we want to get everything covered. i appreciate you hanging in there.
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irs panel will be on national security and public safety. as you might be aware secretary nielsen was on the hill testified she will be unable to join us today. but we do have sue gordon, principal directory of national intelligence. with that, i want to introduce jessica deputy communications director. she will moderate along with heather wilson. and sue gordon.
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[applause] [inaudible] >> good afternoon. thank you for being here for everyone tuning in on c-span. it's not every day you get to follow the president on stage. that is a lot of pressure for me. let's start by given applause surfers panel discussion. these incredible women are incredible. let's give a round of applause to the panel that we had.
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we have a diverse group of women from communities across the country and stage to discuss the initiative top concern for women in all americans. national security and public safety. it's important to have you here with us to engage in this important discussion today. welcome. it's my honor to introduce three more leaders of the trump administration to talk about the ways were addressing the public safety concerns of our nation. heather, secretary of the air force and sue gordon, thank you for being with us. secretary heather wilson of the air force leads 660 forces and
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families. she oversees annual budget of more than $132 billion. prior to joining the administration she was the first meet female military veteran elected to congress thank you for being here. we welcome your remarks. [applause] >> thank you. i want to start off by mentioning a few things. twenty-seven years ago today the united states air force kicked after research storm. after saddam hussein invaded kuwait. of the time i young staff member in the building right next to us here. the united states air force has been continuously involved in
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combat operations for 20s seven straight years. on the state 27 years ago we had a hundred 34 fighter squadrons in the air force and today we have 55. last year's with the budget submission the president budget submission turned the corner to start to restore the readiness of the force and our ability to meet future threats. we have a long way to go. to restore the capability to defend the country but we are committed to do so. >> i like to introduce rachel brown, associate attorney general of the department of justice. she serves as the third ranking officer and overseas the office of violence against women in
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service members initiative. welcome. >> thank you for being here. it's an honor for me to be here with secretary wilson and two were strong leaders in the effort to defend the homeland and national security. talk about protecting americans from violence and crime. public safety is essential to enjoy the rights and freedoms we have for the government to carry out every mission it has. were committed to bringing down violent crime in combating other forms of crime. i'll be happy to take questions about doj. in 2015 and 16 we saw a dramatic increase in homicide rates in cities run the country.
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when attorney general sessions came into office he expressed concern to bring those numbers down. the initial indications are that those violent crime rates have plateaued and might even go down. one of the ways we do that is to express that we stand with our state local officers. were gonna do everything we can to stand with them and bring cases against individual criminals and games and making sure they have the resources they need. another thing were doing is focusing on the worst of the worst violent offenders. few criminals commit the crimes. the attorney general ordered are
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94 u.s. attorneys offices to do just that, to look work with state local police a focus on the worst of the worst. part of that is a gang called the ms 13. the transnational gay they use is most brutal violent tactics to commit crimes. mary creates members by violence and force. teenagers don't want to be in the gang but they're forced to. we prosecuted 1200 gang members last year and brought more charges of violent crime in decades before so i will leave that issue there. the second issue ties into it the issue of human trafficking. the drug trafficking organization but it's starting to branch out including sex trafficking of girls. i spent a lot of time on sex
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trafficking. people are surprised to learn that it's a prevalent problem. we hear about it from u.s. attorneys all over the country. victims are at truck stops depressed rural areas there hotels in the midwest and on glitzy casinos in the strip. it's big business. you can sell a victim over and over. i view this as a silver rights crisis. other people call it modern-day slavery. another area where were throwing our resources at it. for prosecuting traffickers and part of it is public education. if everybody from your doctors to flight attendants and casino workers know about trafficking and how to spot the problem we
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can rescue more victims. we've been training industry and local law-enforcement witches had good results. there's an officer in georgia who noticed a grill in the backseat and realize she was the victim of trafficking. then we are funding victim service providers. it's the right thing to do. trafficking victim has a long and hard road of recovery if she's rescued. they need a lot of help. it also helps us carry out law-enforcement mission. if a victim can be stabilized enough to participate in the prosecution we can bring more traffickers to justice. under initiative to combat sexual harassment and housing. to the recapture what were
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talking about, it ranges from the landlord letting himself into a woman's apartment and assaulting her or giving the woman a choice between eviction and sexual favors. people are surprised at how prevalent this is but were seen it all over. we launched an initiative in october, we have a 1800 hotline and the website. nobody needs to make a choice between sexual abuse a roof over their head. we brought cases on behalf of 40 victims recovered over million dollars. we would love your help all of it at that. [applause] allow me to introduce our third speaker.
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we have the honorable sue gordon his the fifth principal deputy director of national intelligence. she spent her career serving our country in leading the intelligence committee in particular, she focuses on advancing intelligence across the icy and driving innovation across community. with nearly three decades of experience so served in leadership roles spanning numerous areas. server 27 years of the central intelligence agency when discussing national security and protecting, there's few who know more about the issue than sue. were grateful to have you here. [applause] thank you. i'm sorry secretary nielsen is not here.
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i enjoy listening to her perspective and you would have us well. i'm delighted to be here. this is one of the most fundamental of all american disciplines. i think that is knowing the truth and seen beyond the horizon. allowing our leaders to act before events dictate. when you think of it you must often hear of it terms of counterterrorism or regional instability. maybe cyber threats. one thing you probably don't hear as much is our role in humanitarian and disaster relief. if i think of my career and where the changes have been in terms of how intelligence is participating with people
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bringing our history of awareness of what's going on in making it useful for some domestic issues. this is a massively interconnected world. our ability to take the body of knowledge we've acquired and make it available through the other departments of the administration to law-enforcement is one of the greatest advantages we've made. also national security increasing is the purview of the private sector. so how do we give them the insights they need let me leave you with a couple of things. there is nothing more important than have a conversation with
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the american people about what we do and why. transparency is important. it's not a national security air privacy comments national security and privacy. one thing we've had is a conversation over 702. look at what's going on overseas to make it available to keep america safe. as we talk about this i encourage you to think about what it provides in the manner in which it affects the day-to-day lives of americans. when i started in 1980 i was in the office of 780 scientists and engineers.
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if you would walk and now you would find the leadership is about 5050, the people who are making the great advances we think about a discipline predisposed for diversity of thought big purpose, it's the discipline we've seen some delighted to be here. thank you. [applause] >> now tar panelist on stage. we'll take questions. like each of you to pass on the microphone and introduce yourself to our guests.
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>> good afternoon. i'm leslie, arkansas attorney general. it's good to be here today. my name is carolyn, i'm the sheriff of chester county pennsylvania. to see another 73 units of one is named nottingham so if you've read nottingham i'm in the sheriff of nottingham. >> i'm kathy, state representative. >> it afternoon and thank you for having us here. it's a pleasure to discuss women's values and women's issues. my name is libby and i'm from
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colorado. i served in the state legislator for four years i'm county commissioner and jefferson county. the third largest county in colorado. >> i'm tresa from greensboro, north carolina. i'm a consultant for an education company. >> i'm from iowa and director of the our department of human rights. >> i'm linda, a set of park city utah and retired federal law enforcement. >> and michelle, representing las vegas, nevada. it's an honor to be here serving under a president who is making america great again. >> will turn try panelists for discussions.
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>> as our president campaign events make america great again he also vowed to increase military spending. it kind of touched on it. a two-part question that i have. where are we today with the readiness if something were to happen, and where we with funding in case of global threat? >> all of us are concerned about the long-term readiness of the force. if the nation called the air force tonight, we would be there the question on readiness for all of us is not whether we will
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go, it's how many will come back. that's what low levels of readiness mean. so our responsibility secretary mattis has been clear, our number one responsibility is to restore the readiness of the force, to in any fight anytime until our airmen to come home. the budget put forth for fiscal year 18 that we are four months into restores the readiness of the force. for the 90 out of ten we started with the continuing resolution. the department of defense is not going to sequester ourselves. we still live under the budget control act. if there is not agreement to get beyond the budget control act you go through sequester.
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if we have a year-long -- it's a sequester. the air force had to go through once before and it was devastated. right now it was fighter pilots and they know where to get the best pilots from. if we go through sequester don't figure out a way to get beyond this continuing resolution, we'll have no new starts for new programs i won't be able sign new contracts in the pilot shortage will get worse. if i'm under sequester about one third of the air force will sit on a ramp and not fly. unless are going to combat you are not flying. that's devastating. you cannot recover from that
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were salmon i can apply for four months it takes years to recover so the most important thing that we can do for the readiness of the force is take this off of cruise control and get back to budgeting in the normal way the president's budget will continue to restore the readiness of the force and to face the threat of the future. that will explicitly recognize that there are emerging threats from nationstates that we have to prepare for. we have to confront those head-on. was this briefly at that
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intelligence is always at war. it goes to the intelligence committee to make sure that we have to prepare our women and men only reduce the uncertainty what i find is that we must attend to the president. what we tend to see is our future in the investment making going forward. i'm excited about this going forward it is a challenge.
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i think with the president's meadow will help us but it is a challenge when we don't have budget certainty to prepare. >> thank you. that was the time he debate on the hill this weekend. thank you for laying that out. who is this? >> how does the policy of america first differ from this administration to that of previous administrations? >> we have a national security strategy now. in about an month or so will have a nuclear posture review which will guide our budget
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submission. one of the key elements is working closely with allies and partners. that america first is not mean america alone. we are stronger when we have allies and partners with whom we can operate. you have a coalition today that has been fighting isis in the middle east is exclusive intelligence supported by american ground forces into fantastic airpower. i much rather that we play away games than home games.
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>> we know that our president needs to end sanctuary cities. we are happy about that. we know that there's mayor across the nation and its created lack of safety across the states. especially in california they want to oppose the president and become their own sanctuary state. were concerned on how they will handle that not let that happen. >> we share your concern about sanctuary cities. snatches cities, states as well. it's baffling because main concern was illegal aliens have committed crimes.
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many of these restrictions prohibit from cooperating and so advice the department of homeland security wants to access the jail to remove someone who's committed a crime. the say no. would rather let that person go and cooperate with the department of homeland security. one thing that's already public is the attorney general has limited doj law-enforcement grants. forget to receive a grant a commission will be that you don't do that anymore. it's important to federal immigration authorities can
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access law-enforcement correctional facilities. >> want to say that within one month after president came into office he invited ten of the nation's sheriffs to speak. he brought us and not to talk to us but from hear from us and he wanted to know what will concerns. in that room there were nine m men, north carolina, texas, and out of 3020 sheriffs only 38 women elected sheriffs. i do what i can i'm the numbers were wonderful but there's been an increase in various levels
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perhaps on the state. it's very difficult to encourage them to enter the feeling law-enforcement. while those of us try to mentor women i wonder if there's anything on the national or federal level we can do to encourage women? >> 20% are women. 63000 women serve in the united states air force. that's more . i remember 27 years ago for the first time, i graduated in 82 and served as an officer in europe during the cold war.
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for the first time i remember our senior leaders on national television was new. saying talking about our men and women in harm's way. i had never been included in that way before. before that it was incisor men in harm's way. i remember being struck by that that i was on the team. i was part of something. think about the most protected person you know in your life, the person who no matter what we keep you safe. there's people in here today thinking about their moms. we don't know anyone more protective than a mothers whose
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offspring is threatened. we want to talk about the protectors, they are not all guys. and those who seek to serve and protect others were called to serve our welcome in the united states air force. >> i don't think we talk as much as we made about these things. about the consistency of those values. there are things between intelligence, the military and national service that are doing things for reason. wanting to feel the weight of
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responsibility and to make a difference. i think we need to talk more about it where you're at that point. we need to do more the junior high and high school next when people decide what they're going to become. it's inspiring to us and i think we need to do more of not letting hollywood be the purveyors of who we are because if we talk about who we are and why we do it think there's something fundamentally consistent with the values of those achievers. i think we can do it. >> before i direct my question i
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want to say how fantastic it is to be on stage with these other women particularly a female shara what i was running for attorney general. ask you are you tough enough to do the job? i would say if a girl can get through junior high, she can do anything. they really don't give us enough credit for those years. my question, as he probably will know arkansas little rock airbase, any man or woman going through their force working on piloting comes to little rock. i have the spouse of one of our pilots, her husband just got transferred and now she's working with me.
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we love having the brave men and women little rock. can we do more to the air force do more to recruit and retain looks to be a basis like the little rock airbase. >> you don't have a problem recruiting people no one has been drafted in the united states air force. we are all volunteers. no woman has ever been drafted, ever into the military. over to million have certain everyone has been a volunteer. we do have a challenge and retention particularly of pilots it also maintainers.
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some cyber professionals as well. there are lines or hiring in order to fly have to to you hundred hours of flying time. it's hard to get that. there's a demand out there. one thing that we worry about is the high pace in the temple that we have been asking our airmen to support over the past 27 years. search has become the new normal. for your assignment might be to play twice for six months at a time. temporary duty, when home you're not home but you also missed
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every birthday this year and it's that balance that's really important to maintain. that means we have to grow. and asking of our airmen and their families. that's why we've had a reduction of some of those duties that airmen have to do when they're not deployed. airmen and you retain a family. were focus on her family's and our support for them by the communities in which they live would matter along. for those of you who are part of state legislators were active in your communities, there are two things that would help her family's, one is universal
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reciprocity and professional licensure's for the spouses. if you can cut hair in new mexico my guess is you can probably do it well in colorado without being relicensed. if your lawyer, cpa, teacher, nurse, lpn, and your husband or why gets moved you should be able to continue to get a job. so universal recognition of licensure. the quality of the schools your basis. there is nothing that makes you basic choice more than have been exceptional schools. american airmen is four times more likely to have a college degree in the population as a whole. they care a lot about the education of their children.
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>> i have a question about human trafficking. we live in iowa. >> i grew up in pella. >> wow. great. a few years ago islands were definitely do not think human trafficking happen. but for et cetera at the intersection of 80 and 35 running across the country. a lot of times at the local level is high because they come from all over don't stand a place too long. to have ideas of how at the state local level we can work with you? i'm happy to hear the priority at the federal level. >> will love to talk to about the issues you're seeing in iowa. we have law-enforcement around
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the country, whenever i'm in a field office attend to meet with the prosecutors and state local law enforcement. ice in cincinnati and met with the sheriff's office and police department. in some places they have collaborative model where they work together to find victims and figure out what's the right one to prosecute the offender. whether the salvation army or some other agency. one thing i've heard from law enforcement to different places is that trafficking crimes are not charged as that. maybe as a gun case which is easier to prove. so if the numbers don't show up on the sheet, the resources don't follow. to increasing public awareness
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and education about the prevalence of the fact that it might be happening even if they been charged on the ear might help. >> we have time for one more question. >> we have a problem in america today in my community and others i'm sure the sheriff can attest to this. the lack of trust in law-enforcement. what can we do to encourage communities to have more diversity so the community of law enforcement looks like their actual community? seems that people in general are more comfortable with people like that. what can we do to encourage
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that? >> public trust in law-enforcement is extremely important to the effectiveness of law enforcement. many are focused on diversity efforts were focused on that at the federal level as well. in addition, it's hard to recruit when they feel like they're under attack group that the public doesn't appreciate the work they're doing. the attorney general has sent a message that we stand with law-enforcement we believe the majority of law-enforcement officers are keeping us safe every day and doing their jobs in good faith. there's a bad actor will go after that person. because it undermines the integrity of everyone else. that does not mean that we paint with a broad brush.
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law-enforcement is an honorable position. >> where the final seconds. were trying to keep it on time. i think i'll panelists and guess in stage with us. [applause] >> thank you for coming. my name is kelly and you have my e-mail address. if you like information about what were doing, e-mails of our priorities please let me know and i will include you on the list. we encourage you to tweet and share stories. will be having more of these moving forward. thank you for your time. [applause]
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[inaudible] [inaudible] >> saturday in the one-year anniversary of the women's march, protesters gather a places including at the lincoln memorial. watch live coverage at 11:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> c-span's "washington journal", live every day with new some policy issues that impact too. , bobby skyler virginia and jason lewis in minnesota discuss
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bipartisan legislation they've introduced to reform the criminal justice system. then were live in raleigh, north carolina for the 50 capitals tour with north carolina josh size. >> on afterwards, the women's march on washington culture reflects on the 2017 march and what's ahead in her book, together we rise behind the scenes of the protesters around the world. >> what you say to them? they may not of march but share their culture and belief. >> it might not feel like this but were fighting for them too. i know they can oftentimes to disappoint but the 47% of the
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percent that topo. i'm not loyal ten a political party. the known as a big critic. don't assume at this movement is about. the last year we got into the controversy what i said is that we never said we are pro- abortion. that was not the language we move. we are pro-choice. we believe a woman should be able to choose whatever is right for her and her family and her body. >> phil murphy has been sworn in as the 56th governor. he takes over from chris christie

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