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medicines in the exchanges because the exchanges don't provide them access. so i think we do need to reform the health care the way it's delivered. and the consequences will be with patients. >> and e.p.a. administrator, scott pruitt, on environmental policy. >> there's some exciting things going on with respect to clean coal technology across the globe. there's exciting things going on in the nuclear space. but not here. most of that's happening in europe presently because of the disincentives that we put into play here in this country with respect to nuclear. if you really care about some of these environmental concerns, nuclear ought to be in the mix. >> c-span programs are available at cspan.org. on our home page and by searching the video library. >>'s spokesman sean spicer answered questions about the house intelligence committee's investigation of alleged wiretapping of the trump campaign and russian influence in the trump administration.
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this is a half hour. mr. spicer i'm going to try to : keep this on the short end. this might be present at a listening session with the attorney general and fraternal order of police, with the vice president to discuss law-enforcement issues related to terrorism and inner-city violence. the fraternal order of police, the worlds largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers with more than 330,000 members. they represent those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving. the advocate for improved working conditions for law enforcement officers and for the safety of our communities.
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enforcement officers and for the safety of our communities. the president thanked the fop leadership for the support,, reaffirmed his pledge to have their back. the president remarked his highest duty is the security of our people and pointed to several actions he's already take to enhance our domestic security including the creation of a task force on reducing violent crime and interagency task force to dismantle criminal cartels and historic action to secure our borders and remove criminals from our country. the group held an in-depth discussion about the rights of violent crime in some parts of the country. registered increase of members of law enforcement being targeted, ambush style attacks and the need to address the countries opioid academic, epidemic comics tuesday. attorney general sessions still the fop leadership he looks for to continuing to work closely with them to tackle the challenges facing law enforcement as they work to keep our community say. -- communities safe. as i mentioned at the top the president will sign an executive order on energy independence at the environment of protection agency headquarters. the president strongly believes believe protecting the environment and promoting our economy are not mutually exclusive goals. this executive order will help to ensure that we have clean air
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and clean water without sacrificing economic growth and job creation. first it directs all agencies to conduct a review of all regulation, rules, policy and guidance documents that put up roadblocks in domestic energy production and identify the ones that are not either mandated by law or actually contributing to the public good. it also rescinds a number of the previous administrations actions that don't reflect this administrations priorities. the full list is laid out an executive order which will be provided to link today after the president signs it. next the order directs the epa to take several actions to reflect this president environmental and economic goals including a review of the new performance standards for coal-fired and natural gas-fired plants that amount to a de facto ban on new coal plant production in the united states.
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this is great news for states like wyoming, west virginia, kentucky, pennsylvania and others. finally the order establishes a direct of agencies use the best adipocytes and economic in the regulatory analysis moving forward. for too long the federal government has acted like a barrier to energy independence and innovation. by reducing unnecessary regulatory obstacles we will free up american energy companies to responsibly use our vast energy resources, protecting the environment while creating well-paying jobs throughout the country. american electricity producer, producers have done an amazing job of adapting and utilizing new technologies to deliver clean power to the united states. under president trump the federal government is going to acknowledge that that progress and adjusted priorities accordingly. moving on, later this afternoon the present will meet with secretary of state tillerson and sector, and security kelly. this eating the president and first lady walzer host a reception in the white house for senators and their spouses. this would be the first on the
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president trump has imbibed all current senators to the white house and he looks forward to this opportunity as well as to speak with some of the senators about the places where they can come together and make this country better. one of those places he hopes to find common ground with senate democrats tonight is the confirmation of judge neil gorsuch to the supreme court. yesterday many democrats begin declaring support for senate minority leader chuck schumer is partisan filibuster of judge gorsuch. as i said these senators come if they get their way, this would be for successful filibuster of our nominee to join the supreme court. leading democrats have limited these tactics as recently as last year. senator schumer wrote last year in an op-ed in the "new york daily news" and the quote at a a time when americans want to move forward the last thing we need, the last thing is a new recipe for gridlock in the supreme court. democrat nominee hillary clinton said of the supreme court confirmation progress quote it should not be an exercise in political brinksmanship and partisan posturing, and that nominees to a quote for an fair hearing followed by a vote. claire mccaskill of missouri tweeted the constitution says
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the senate shall advise and consent and that means having an up or down vote. so who are senate democrats going to enact this on an external links to block? -- extraordinary links to block? it's an individual frankly who the body including senator schumer unanimously confirmed for a seat on the tenth circuit not too long ago. this is a jet received a unanimous well-qualified rating by the american bar association. he was a harvard law graduate who received the edward j randolph award for outstanding service in the department of justice. so it can't be the qualifications are taking issue with. judge gorsuch is frankly a mainstream judge. here are some figures to point that out. number one, in 90% of the cases which issued the opinion he received unanimous support of all of his colleagues. second, in divided cases of the last five years involving both republican and democrat appointed judges come judge gorsuch sided with the democrat appointed judge one in three times. when the shoe was on the other foot when the supreme court
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nominee for democratic president went to the confirmation hearing in meetings meeting with senators from both parties, neither justices taken nor so to my or face an attempted senate filibuster. both received repugnant votes in -- republican votes in support of the confirmation. during that kagan nomination when senator harry reid plan to file a cloture motion to bring it to about it was then senator and now current attorney general jeff sessions who stopped him and said quote i have a high standard before i would attempt to block an up or down vote and asks him to read to proceed with a boat without the need for overcoming a republican filibuster. judge gorsuch has met with most of the senate democratic caucus. he is gone two days of hearings and answer probing questions. he is eminently qualified and deserves the deference and consideration from the minority senate democrats. that president obama selections were given once they're through the confirmation process. a few things i want to highlight. last night the president announced his intent to nominate -- to serve as assistant
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attorney general of the antitrust division at the department of justice. and that's when we announced the presidents declaration of major disaster in a state of nevada and ordered federal assistance to supplement recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms, flooding and mudslides this past february. and finally the president is pleased to announce $1.2 billion investment in green manufacturing facilities in michigan, just two weeks after automobile executives came to the white house and met with the president. this adds to the growing wave of positive jobs is under president continued investment from charter communication, his approval of the permit for keystone xl pipeline on friday and in addition energy transfer partners reported monday that the dakota access pipeline has been filled with oil as a end of -- as they enter the final stages of preparation that will finally put this into service. according to data released by the conference board in march consumer confidence quote sore
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to its highest level in 16 years. from individual announcements a significant boost in both consumer and ceo confidence generally it's clear the presidents economic agenda is what america's business have been waiting for. these businesses have spent years doing held back by unnecessary bureaucratic red tape and what we're seeing is a taste of the heights our economy can reach once those burdens are removed. and lastly i want to make a comment on a false report regarding former acting attorney general sally yates. as a matter fact i like to walk you through the sequence of events just which are and what is abundantly clear on what happened. on march 14, chairman newness and ranking member gates onvited sally march 28. sally yates attorney sent a letter to the department of justice asking for their consent
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to testify without constraints. on march 24 the department of justice responded the president own to those privileges to discuss the communications they were requesting to talk about and referred them to the white house. also on the 24th herb attorney sent a letter to the white house counselcounsel requesting that consent specifically stated that if they did not receive a response by march 27 at 10 am they would quote conclude that the white house does not assert executive privilege over these matters. the white house did not respond and took no action that prevented ms. yates from testifying. that's the story. that's with the documents show, and without i'm glad to take some questions. >> i'd like to follow on that because there are reports that even though they hearing that was set for the 27th was not scheduled, it was canceled by devin nunes to prevent this white house from publicly invoking or claiming executive privilege. can you speak about? mr. spicer: i hope she testifies. i look forward to it. let's be honest. the hearing was never, was actually never notified. if they choose to move forward great. we have no problem with her testifying. plain and simple. the report in the "washington post" is 100% false. the letters that they frankly
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published on the website all back up everything i just read. all of the letters are available on their website. i hate to give them the traffic but the route is that they specifically say if you don't respond we're going to go ahead. we didn't respond if we encouraged them to go ahead. which is suggesting any way, shape, or form that we stood in the way of that is 100% false. brian. a couple things you said >> earlier. a couple quick follow-ups. best available science, does that mean there would be no further scientific research? you don't want to fund additional scientific research? number two, what other issues would you like to see the president reach out to democrats do it tonight? on the first one best science, and best science available. >> but is it a code for -- >> no. that's a code for its got to be available. plain and simple.
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you should read anything into that. the president will speak more to that at today's signing at 1:30. at 2 o'clock rather, sorry. i think there's a host of issues. talk about health care, if you want to come together infrastructure, tax reform. we'd love to have as much support as possible. >> a couple questions. cold. --coal. your action today, the white house is thinkable reverse president obama's were on call -- war on coal. a lot of people in the coal industry suggest john shall not come back in the industry based on the way to his just change, technology and other things. does this administration of an estimate of how many jobs will be created as a result of the actions taken today? mr. spicer: i'm not aware of one, estimate. i know the president has met with some of the coal miners the other day and senators from west virginia and other some kentucky that were here. we did that sign a few days ago. i will tell you that from a mining perspective, the miners and the owners are very, very bullish on this. the people who are actually in the business applaud this effort
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, and believe it would do a lot to revive the industry. it's a private interest is not going to get into who does what, but i know that the industry itself said so. steve. i'm sorry. [inaudible] >> two weeks after the automakers met here at the white house. did the white house and the president do anything and that meeting? mr. spicer: i think there's been some regulatory effort and some commitments on the regulatory efforts going forward in the future that i think may have played a role. i would ask forward on that. i think we've seen a number of industry leaders, union leaders, truckers, truck companies come in, talk about burdens. there's been several cases where meetings in the white house or frankly we went to michigan and held that roundtable out there as well, the meetings that we have have a very positive follow-up in terms of a
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commitment from a company or an industry to create jobs, to invest more in this country. in each of these cases -- >> does the white house get political credit for this? i will leave it up to forward to make that determination. we are pleased with more americans getting jobs throughout various sectors, and i think we will continue in the president made it clear he continued to fight to bring back jobs in manufacturing here in the country. steve. >> tax reform, could you go through what is the presidents of bottom-line? -- the president's bottom line? does it need to have middle-class tax relief, corporate tax relief? can you do it comprehensively or piecemeal? do you add infrastructure spending to it somehow? how are you looking at this? mr. spicer: on the first two, those are both key components, the middle class, individual tax piece of it and then the corporate rate has to come down .
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think those are guiding principles that the president has laid out. as far as how the process works, there are i think, i don't want to get ahead of the folks in the legislative affairs of the guys on capitol hill but i would suggest to you there's attitude out there that at 418 reconciliation is probably the most likely people to move some of this. -- f .18. what what to do is keep a lot of options on the table in terms of do we put in for stark and his -- infrastructure in. is there another vehicle to drive that? but part of gathering folks together now from capitol hill from industry, from groups is to begin the discussion to talk about what needs to go in, what the way forward is and then so that conversation has begun and it is continuing. >> do think you have some recommendations to take to the president? mr. spicer: well, integrally the team has been talking to him for a while. i think there's a big discussion that has to happen as we branched out with outside
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groups, industry, members of capitol hill, et cetera, that start to formulate some additional listing that needs to happen on this, and again i think part of it is that the legislative strategy and needs to tie this. blake. >> does the white house truly involved in any negotiation on -- is the white house involved in negotiation of the health care bill? if so, in what manner? mr. spicer: staff has met with individuals and listened to them. so i don't know how detailed you want. i mean, have we had some discussions? yes. are we actively planning an immediate strategy? not at this time. there is a discussion that began as a mentioned yesterday of a lot of individual both sides of the aisle reaching out to both the president and key staff members to share ideas and additional ways forward. so there has been a discussion and i believe there will be several more. >> what would you say to the folks who have a genuine concern that if you could not get
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healthcare done, how do you go about giving big-ticket items like tax reform and infrastructure done? people say she can't get one, how are you going to the next? what would you say to that concern? >> again, i mean, we're going to build a coalition for this. i think each of them have different constituencies and i think we will work with members of both sides of the aisle on both of those big-ticket issues to see what we can find agreement and move forward but i don't want to prejudge the outcome at this point. john. >> thank you, sean. >> we will do both. >> all right. just as a follow-up question, did the president himself had have -- have any discussions
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with speaker ryan or later mccarthy or anyone over the weekend about healthcare and making an actual vote on the american health care act? and one got the impression from speaker ryan today that is going to try to pass this with republican votes, which would contradict some of your statements about reaching out to democrats all along. has any of this come up with discussions between each side of pennsylvania avenue? mr. spicer: so i think i talked yesterday they have spoken a few times. about different strategies, different ideas, to the policy aspects of the bill. [inaudible] absolutely. at least on a number, at least two, maybe three times they have spoken and i know several of the staff there was also engaged in discussions, again, to talk about potential ways forward. so those conversations have occurred. i think that's what i mentioned to blake, mention some of it yesterday. if we can find a way forward we
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will do it. i don't think just so we're clear, to your question, i'm not saying we pick a stack and we'll -- pick a strategy and we will with this group or that group. i think the president was, several people reached out and expressed an interest. the presidents view is he's willing to listen to them and hear what their ideas are. i made a comment yesterday that, just so we're clear. we have, let's call it 205, 207, 207, some are in their votes. -- somewhere in their votes. right? the point that i made yesterday is to get to 216, to get to 218 to be on the day of the week, there are certain things that people want that would take what i think the president views as a very good bill that were worth doing because it would make a deal bad. so the question is can add the additional votes in ways that enhance the bill or bring people
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over that have been previous skeptics. but there's a way in which people are saying hey, if you bring the onboard with these five provisions, then i'm on board, in which either take people off the bill or don't make it a strong and make it a bad deal. i think that's the balancing act that has to happen. what is can you add additional folks on with a punching -- without pushing additional folks off. and two, what you add to the bill, doesn't make it strong or does it not? i think there are suggestions by some that we are willing to come along to the bill but in doing so it would make it a bad deal. that's an important aspect, is how do you take whatever that number is that we have now and get it up to 216 to pass without making, without losing people and or making it a bad deal? hold on. >> republican votes, not democrats. mr. spicer: however we get there. >> yesterday you were not able
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to tell us very much about congressman nunes visit to the white house. a democrat on the committee today said that the white house would have known that he was here. the same democrat said it looks like a criminal cover-up to him. my question to you is have you learned any more information since you have this conversation yesterday about how he would it even got in at how he would've gotten cleared? do you think congressman nunes should recuse himself or making charges to the russia investigation at this point? mr. spicer: on the latter part of that it's not up to me. he's a member of house, appointed to the speaker. that is entirely up to the speaker at the house of representatives. when not going to start commenting on that stuff. i do think is running an investigation which we asked for. and i think the thing that's important to note is there somewhat of a double standard when it comes to classified information. when leaks are made illegally to the press and you report them the coverage focuses almost entirely on the substance of the allegation, that a a part of an
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illegal leak not on the illegal nature of the disclosure, the identity of the leaks or their agenda. but when the information that is occurring now, to individuals who are properly cleared or three or whoever he met with, i don't know, that they are sharing something that is entirely legal with the appropriate clearances and then there's an obsession on the process. it's sort of, it's a backwards way that when you i'll report on -- you all report on stuff with sources that are leaking illegally leaking classified information, that's appropriate and fine. no one questions that. the substance and material. when two individuals are having a discussion that is 100% legal and appropriate and cleared him suddenly the obsession becomes about the process and not the substance. and i think that it is somewhat reckless and, how the conversation over classified information is discussed without while sort of attempting to
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press a false narrative that exists. so while it is completely appropriate to share classified information with individuals who are cleared, it is clearly not the case to do that with, when it's illegally leaked out. i think that's sort of the irony of how this whole conversation has gone. john. >> just following up on the statement with regard to the "washington post" story. [inaudible] mr. spicer: no. >> why is that? you would be in a a position to invoke privilege come after all these were not privilege communications between -- mr. spicer: i know this will be a shocker but again part of it is that i think we've been very clear that when you actually get to the bottom of the facts, every single person has been briefed on this as i said at
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-- said ad nausea him, there is no connection between the president for the staff year and anyone doing anything with russia. great, thoughwas share what you know. that is why the washington post should be ashamed of how it handled this story. it was 100% false. the letters they actually published back up exactly what we're saying. that she was asked about this information. their attorney asked the doj. the doj said she had asked the white house. they made it very clear if you don't do this we are going to go forward. we had no objection to her going forward. that's it. hold on. next. there's an order here. >> just quickly follow up on that. i have two questions. so we're taking what you're saying as assurances that chairman nunes decision to call off the hearing did not have anything to do with any pressure from the white house? >> no. >> thank you. on a different topic we are seeing more states, maine,
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virginia, and kansas specifically moving to expand medicaid under the affordable care act joining the 30 plus states have already done that. what is president trump's message to republican legislators in the states now that the affordable care act future is uncertain? mr. spicer: there's a reason he explained to congress and especially numbers with talk about entitlement expansion and why we should pass this bill last week and why we need to address it now. it's a major issue. it's one of our talking points i hope they listen. [inaudible] he understands that the way, the way it was handled in terms of the able-bodied provision of that right now are leading to an implosion on that piece of entitlement and that there was an opportunity to refocus it and put the money at a lot of the authorities back to the states to best determine how to handle issues within their states, both in terms of high risk pools and individuals that they wanted to cover.
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we, frankly, the bill made a much more states' rights program and immature states' rights -- and a much more states rights decision making process in terms of how to care for the population that they had to address. cecelia. >> a couple things. how and when exactly did the white house -- [inaudible] mr. spicer: the letter that her attorney said literally says that if we do not receive a response by march 27 at 10 am, i will conclude that the white house does not exert executive privilege over the matters with respect to things or otherwise. i don't think you can be any clearer than that. so you are saying executive privilege does not -- mr. spicer: no no. i'm not saying anything. i'm literally, that's what she wrote. the action was a veto act and we will assume the following. great. i don't think you can read that any other way. it was very, she's, he is a very talented lawyer and was
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specifically for the wii read it that way and chose not to act because with no problem with her testifying. plain and simple. >> so it's not an issue with sally yates testifying? mr. spicer: that's correct. i don't, if you understand, this is very clearly worded and yet somehow you ask me how to interpret that in any other way than literally reading plain english. >> ok. does the president feel climate change is a hoax? mr. spicer: you'll hear more today about the climate and what he believes. i think he understands, he does not believe that as i mentioned at the outset that there is a a binary choice between job creation and economic growth and caring about the environment and that's what we should be focusing on. i think at the end of day where we should be focusing on is making sure all americans have clean water,, clean air we do , begin to preserve and protect our environment.
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>> sean, don't seem so happy. anyway, with all of these investigations, questions of what is, how does this administration try to revamp its image two and a half months in. you have other things going on, russia, wiretapping -- mr. spicer no, we don't have : that. no no. i said it, but there is no connection. you've got russia. if the president puts russian salad dressing on his salad tonight somehow that's a russian connection with every single person -- >> but -- mr. spicer: i appreciate your agenda here during report the facts. every person that has been briefed on the subject has come away with the same conclusion. republicans, democrats come on
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-- that that disgusts you. you are shaking your head. understand this. the facts are what they are. every person that has been briefed on the situation with respect to the situation with russia, republicans, democrats, obama appointee career have all come to the same conclusion, at some point, april, you're going to have to take no for an answer with respect to whether or not there was collusion. we are going to keep doing every thing are doing to make sure the president, what the president told the american people he was going to do, to bring back jobs, to grow the economy, to keep our nation safe, that is what he has been focused on. >> congress did not support this -- how does their relationship healed since he used a negative word?
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spicer: it is interesting you ask those back to back. what we doing to improve our image and then here he is meeting somebody that hasn't been a supporter of his. but april. hold on. it seems like you are hell-bent on making sure any image you want to tell about this white house sticks. you know what. you were asking me a question and i'm going to answer it. stop shaking your head, again. if this president continues to reach out to individuals who support him, didn't support him, to bring the country together and move forward, that is it, plain and simple. if you are asking what we are doing, we continue to do it. bring groups together that have been supportive of him, to share a goal which is finding common ground on areas of national
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security, personal security, job creation, safer communities, education that can unite us as a country and make the country stronger. i'm not ready to -- when they are done with that will have a readout. hold on. i understand that. i will have a readout when that is done. i know the pool needs to get to the fans for the signing. we are going to do five days in a row this week. thank you. [inaudible conversation] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] 2017] tonight on c-span the house
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c-span 10 tv and sunday afternoon at 2:00 a.m. on american history tv on c-span 3. working with our cable affiliates visiting cities across the country. the house ways and means committee worked on a bill that would require the treasury department by the committee tax returns and other financial documents they developed -- he beginse well this committee meeting. >> good afternoon. the committee will consider resolution of inquiry offered by mr. paskrel related to president trump's tax and financial information. i'm going to keep my remarks short today because, frankly, this resolution is a procedural tool being utilized and i think abused, for obvious political purposes. >> abused? >>