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listen live on the free c-span radio app. up tonight, former senate majority leader bob dole received the congressional gold medal. housewe hear from republican and democratic leaders on the legislative agenda. after that, efforts on funding the government and avoiding a shutdown. later, the house rules subcommittee meets on whether to reinstate the year marks process. former senate majority leader bob dole received the congressional gold medal from house and senate leaders, in recognition of the former presidential candidates service and ace soldier. this is about 90 minutes.
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our honored guests, members of the united states house of's representatives, members of the united states senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the vice president of the united states and the president of the united states. [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the speaker of the house of representatives. the honorable paul ryan. [laughter] [applause] please be seated. good afternoon everybody. it is a privilege to welcome you to the greatest hall in washington for an even grander occasion. we will award the highest
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civilian honor that this body can the stove. i am honored to be joined today by president donald trump, and vice president mike pence, as well as senator elizabeth dole and second lady karen pence. i would also like to welcome all of our congressional leaders and some in a familiar faces that i see in the audience. today, it is my honor to say -1616, weuant to s awarded the congressional gold medal to the soldier, the legislator and the statesman from kansas, senator bob dole. [applause]
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rep. ryan: the congressional gold medal is one of our oldest traditions. since its founding, our country has been ushered beyond the threshold of greatness by individuals of unrivaled courage. bob dole is one of those giants. to the man from russell, it was always a question of what he could do for others. be it on the front lines of world war ii, or within the halls of congress, bob dole always stood by what is just and what is right. he was resounding voice for the hungry and he was a resounding voice for those with disabilities. he negotiated some of the biggest reforms of social programs that we have ever seen.
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he has also proven himself to be one of the greatest allies of america's veterans that we will ever know. in 1999, he stood in this very flag to dedicate that very for our prisoners of war and those missing in action. [applause] rep. ryan: bob dole has never stopped fighting for those who fight for us. he is as honorable as they come. hero this kind of american , this selfless and staunch who cannot those defend themselves, who do not always get the recognition that they deserve. so today, may this celebration marked not only all he has done for those in this room, not only all that he is done for those watching at home, but all he has
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madeand the impact he has for those who don't even realize that it was he who made it. you,or dole, because of america is much better. on behalf of congress and all americans, thank you and god bless. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please stand for the presentation of the colors, our national anthem, and the retiring of our colors. ♪
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>> oh say can you see by the dawn's early light? what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming.
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whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous night o'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming in the rockets red glare the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
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>> please remain standing as the chaplain of the united states house of representatives gives the invocation. let us pray. abraham, we give you thanks for the gift of life, and for the many blessings that life brings. today, we gathered in this dedicated to the enjoyment of life and its blessings for our citizens.
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we honor senator bob dole of kansas. we are honored by his presence. are honored by his long life of service to his own nation. and congressman, senator, among so many efforts in his life as a private citizen, as policies of bipartisan , a legislative giant from the bygone era, may his commitments to work across the aisle to embrace practical bipartisanship on many issues serve as an inspiration to current members of congress from both sides of the aisle. so easy to say, we know oh god, that this is difficult. thus, it is all the more noteworthy that his successors in government have chosen to
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honor him with the congressional gold medal. bless our world with peace. bless senator bob dole and his wife elizabeth, and god bless the united states of america. amen. >> please be seated. ladies and gentlemen, the honorable lynn jenkins. [applause] >> it is truly an honor to be
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her honoring not only a great kansan, but a remarkable mentor and my dear friend. on this historic day, i am pleased to be joined by so many in presenting the congressional -- the congressional gold medal to bob dole in recognition of his service as a soldier in statesman. i am moved by the support and love the congress and our entire country has shown for this man. is fondthe good senator of saying that you can take the boy out of kansas, but you cannot take kansas out of the boy. i know this is true when it comes to senator dole. there has been a strong and consistent voice mentoring me all along the way. the senator is always checking in on us back home, making sure that kansans know they still have a special place in his
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heart. that commitment to the people of the great state of kansas is truly inspiring. sen. udall: known for many great accomplishments, but beyond all of these accomplishments he has fondly remembered as one who puts others before himself. the senator has given his blood, sweat and undying passion to serve this country. dole, you have impacted me and inspired me while impacting so many in this nation, as well as people all over the world and people you have never met. i am blessed and humbled to call you a friend. there is no person i would rather see be awarded the congressional gold medal. may god bless you and your family, and may we all choose to live by your example. [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, united states representative from the fifth district of maryland and the democratic whip of the house, the honorable steny hoyer. rep. hoyer: mr. president, mr. speaker,ident, mr. leader mcconnell, leadership, ,ormer speaker pelosi pelosi doletor dole, the senators -- in a timeless study of courage, john f.
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kennedy wrote and i quote "the true democracy living and inspiring puts its faith in the people. faith that people will not simply a lack them to represent their views ably and faithfully, but also elect men who will exercise their conscientious judgment. faith that the people will not condemn those whose devotion to principle leads them to unpopular courses, but will .eward courage there are many speakers after me and i'm sure that the word "courage" will be in town to frequently. respect, honor, and ultimately recognized right. john kennedy spoke of senator
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dole and other americans who have risen above the average and been extraordinary in their service to the american people. few americans living today have demonstrated the kind of courage that abdul has. .- that bob dole has medal today represents a two kinds of courage. the kind of courage that he displayed on the battlefields of the second old work, whose wounds he has carried ever since. the second is conviction, a steady determination over the torse of one's public life stand up for what one believes to be right and to be just. that is our bob dole. that's what abdul did in
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congress when he worked across the aisle with me and others to enact the americans with disabilities act. he it is what he did when came to the senate floor in 2012 in his wheelchair to advocate again for those with disabilities around the world, frankly against some in his party's opposition. the same courage he displayed again, and again, and again as a , astor, as majority leader a presidential candidate, and as a private citizen. -- devotion and continue to this very minute, how blessed america is by their service. as we celebrate that courage today, we pay tribute to bob
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dole, a good legislator, but a decent and good human being. he has been advantaged of course by the partnership of an extraordinary woman, \ a woman of compassion and commitment and like her husband of great patriotism, loyal to our country and its people. his wife, elizabeth dole. [applause] rep. hoyer: senator, i am proud of the work that we have done together. i am honored by your friendship and so taken with your devotion to country. a united going to --
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states senator who would reach out across the isle, reach out across the country to serve this nation well, i would invent bob dole. i am here to recognize all you have achieved to enhance congress and to make our country stronger and safer. how appropriate it is to give a gold medal to someone who is the gold standard. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the united states senator from kansas, the honorable pat roberts. [applause] thank you.s:
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mr. president, mr. vice elizabeth senator dole, distinguished leaders and guests all, it is both a privilege and an honor for me to be part of this ceremony for my friend, my colleague, my longtime mentor bob dole. kansas' favorite son. this rotunda with the nation's most senior elected officials, some might say there's no subject on which we could all agree. when congresswoman jenkins and i embarq on a mission thomas summer to make -- on a mission last summer to make this happen, there was a tad bit of division
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in our congress. i knew that to get the senate's attention i needed to put a little elbow grease cutting through the noise in the discourse, but in less than two days, two votes, two days, i had the signatures of all 100 senators. [applause] roberts: i didn't have to go to them and ask. they came to me and asked if they could sign. it takes a very special person for all 100 of us do be so enthusiastic and grateful, joined in bipartisan cause for this unique a ward. the fact that we are here today is a testament to you to yourly, bob, leadership in congress, statesmanship, and perseverance
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in bringing us the world war ii andrial and to your heroism sacrifice on the battlefield. know, i could go pretty much all day long about you. i have some pretty good stories to tell. one.er, i will limit it to to the man and our mission to build a presidential memorial to the man who commanded you on the italy, dwight david eisenhower of abilene, kansas. i am proud to say with your tireless advocacy the memorial is being built just downhill. -- just down the hill. commitment,ur people will visit the man you called your hero.
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bob too many of us and , you arey team dole our hero. your leadership on so many laws that have improved lives for so many americans and memorials forever etched in stone will also remind america of you, the boy from kansas and your enduring love of our country. we return that love for you today. god bless you and god bless america. thank you. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, u.s. senator from vermont, the honorable patrick lee. [applause]
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lee: thank you. mr. president, mr. vice president, thank you for being here. you are honoring a true american patriot. , all the memories that come to the surface being here with you and elizabeth, two senators i served with. i am blessed for the opportunities we have had to spend time with the both of you on so many occasions, especially when you invited us to our wedding -- your wedding reception, that was a great day. i have learned much from working drawl, majority bob dole, republican bob dole, beginning when i was young member of the senate a while ago. the on the fact that bob dole is the longest serving the public
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and leader of the senate, we can say that he is a senate legend. the best leaders i have known in -- have shownve grow three special qualities. understand their role in the system, the ability to bring to forgegether, agreements even when based on compromises. consequence is accomplished by anyone legislator alone, high achievement is a joint effort especially with leadership like yours, bob. a senate leader needs all of the tools, you have to be a quarterback, a shepherd, father, confessor, and you are every one of those.
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i catalyst, a facilitator, a straight talker. he also had the best sense of humor of any senator i have i could probably not repeat some of the comments we had, but i remember when he and torch mitchell -- george mitchell met every day, he would invite democrats and republicans into his office and somehow persuade us we were working together and we did. his third trait is why that worked, that is trust. a good and effective leader must keep his or her word. bob, you always kept your word. we know the injuries he suffered, but those injuries led him to become a champion for others who cope with disabilities, thinking of
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others, not himself. i watched conservative it bob dole and liberal george mcgovern create a child nutrition program helping summoning people here and around the world. we are only as strong as our values. our values are only as real as our actions, but bob dole rose to somebody challenges under tremendous pressures. he set the example for putting country before party. we say well done. we thank you. better and stronger for your stewardship. we all thank you, we honor you and elizabeth, and i feel so honored that i was able to serve with you. [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the united states army band. ♪ when you walk through a storm, .old your head up high -- he afraidafraid of the dark. a storm is a silversky and the sweet
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song of a lark. gone through the wind, walk on through the rain, though your and blown.ossed on, with hope in never --t, and your alone.never walk
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never walk alone. ♪ [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the, craddick leader of the united states house of representatives, the honorable nancy pelosi. rep. pelosi: mr. president, mr. , mrs. pence, to
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our distinguished speaker, it isty leader mcconnell, an honor to be here. i want to pay tribute to the responses of the resolution, roberts,an senator lee and representative hoyer. that was applause worthy. [applause] is getting that we met here where american forged extraordinary progress for our nation are memorialized in marble and bronze. in the company of eisenhower, anthony,ncoln, susan b
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we come to honor another american hero, senator robert dole. honor thisileged to leader of great integrity, deep dignity, and extraordinary courage. we are blessed to be here with senator dole and his extraordinary wife. they have just celebrated what he two years of dutiful marriage. -- of beautiful marriage. an american hero in her own right. our nation is better for her strong leadership, her service in the cabinet, and the united states senate. we thanked her for her tireless work on behalf of the military
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caregivers who sacrifice every day for our veterans and our country. thank you, alyssa bit. -- thank you, elizabeth. senator dole has demonstrated his steadfast commitment to country right from the start. when the second world work broke ut we know that bob left fields to fight. his courage and battle was legendary. heartsawarded two purple and the bronze star for valor. equally extraordinary was the bravery that senator bob dole demonstrated during his difficult recovery. he turned adversity into action as he healed from the grave ones sustained while risking his life
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for a fellow soldier and decided to come to congress and to serve the people of kansas here. it gives my colleagues and me deeper pride to know that senator bob dole first served in washington as a member of the house of representatives fared that could be an applause line, but i guess not. [applause] pelosi: as a senator and majority leader he fought relentlessly to assure that every man and woman in unit arm -- in uniform would receive the care they needed on returning from combat. just as the military leaves no battlefield, the we must leave no veteran behind when they come home. [applause] pelosi: president dwight
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eisenhower, he chose to be memorialized here. the family told us hit of his wishes as a five-star general. present,people can be but hardly anybody can be a five-star general. -- a lot of people can be president, but hardly anybody can be a five-star general. [laughter] rep. pelosi: he said of people that values -- above its principles, lose both. bob dole embodies that have those -- that pathos. senator dole firmly believes in the value of justice and battled congress in the 19 60's to expand the civil rights of every
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american. he believes in fairness, fighting to create and push the americans with disabilities act over the finish line. as my colleague, steny hoyer mentioned, he worked with him on that. bob also believes in honoring human dignity. together with george mcgovern he expanded food stamps, nutrition initiative to millions of women, children, and working amylase. -- working families. it has brought food from peoplen heartland to across the world. senator dole once said our temper ofis not to american ideals or replace them, but to act worthy of them.
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may we all take heed of those profound words. for a lifetime spent defending, advancing, and exemplifying our proudest american ideals, we thank you. sends our warmest congratulations to you, your wife elizabeth, and your entire family. this medal,ccepting you bring luster to it. and your service has wrought luster to the united states. thank you. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the democratic leader of the united states senate, the honorable chuck schumer. president trump,
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vice president pence, majority leader mcconnell, speaker ryan, leader pelosi, senators leahy and roberts, congress and lawyer , jenkins, senator elizabeth dole, friends and family who have traveled here today, welcome. we gather of course to recognize senator bob dole, a son of the heartland born to an era of depression and war, who unblinkingly answered his country's call to arms, who bravely fought in the second world war and at the age of 21 sustained grave injuries for which he earned two double hearts and a bronze star, who after returning home did not pass the mantle of service, but rather continued to carry the torch in an altogether different way elected by the people of kansas to serve them in congress for more than 35 years.
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what an astounding record of service. i never had the pleasure of serving in the senate with senator dole, but his reputation, achievements, and character preceded him. i knew of his steadfast advocacy for veterans and americans with disabilities, something we greatly admire. i heard about his ability to work across the aisle to build coalitions that trust you could place in his word and the respect he would show a political opponent even as he fought them. and though i have never served with him in the senate, i am, unfortunately, familiar with his trademark wit. he is responsible for a certain quotation that hounded me for many years. apparently the most dangerous place in washington is between
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chuck schumer and a camera. [laughter] [applause] reppo shimmer -- sen. schumer: perhaps a grain of truth. for the benefit of posterity, that observation had been made before about phil gramm and your homeboy arlen spencer, but when some -- for some reason when senator dole uttered those words about yours truly, it stuck. i bear you know ill will. after all, you're the one who brought c-span2 the senate. i never would have found so many tv cameras without you. [laughter] [applause] schumer: with much of the focus today on senator dole's
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career in congress, his post-senate life is similarly renowned. his organizational work he has been recognized around the world or his effort to combat childhood hunger and malnutrition. over the course of more than watcher decades, senator dole never stopped serving, never stop striving, never stopped working to make his country and his world a better place. what a legacy. senator dole has earned more than the congressional gold he will receive, he has earned our universal admiration. congratulations, bob, on this much deserved honor. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the
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majority leader of the united states senate, the honorable mitch mcconnell. 67 years ago on a january day, a young man headed to the kansas state capital for his swearing in as state representative. he was only 27, but it wouldn't be the first time he swore to defend the constitution. teenager,42, just a he raised his right hand and the .isted in the army that oath took him to the hills of italy.
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one day his company took heavy fire. a not seashell ripped into his shoulder and all of those -- although second lieutenant ole beat the odds and recovered, he would live with his war wounds every day thereafter. because of how faithfully he fifth filled -- he fulfilled his first oath, he could no longer raise his right hand, but he wasn't done serving his country. so, he walked into the statehouse, raised his left hand , and began the next chapter and a life filled with patriotic sacrifice and public service. bob and i both a arrived in the senate in 1969.
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he was a new senator, i was a twentysomething staffer. stood out. the staff marveled at the kindness and decency he showed us that we had nothing to offer him. bob spent 35 years in congress including a decade as leader. he ran a national campaign. his fingerprints are all over countless pieces of consequential legislation. but the most notable part of's career is the -- bob's career is the character that shaped it, his honesty, his humility, his abiding love for the people of kansas. bob dole's resume never left his
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roots behind. 1980's it was the son of the dust bowl and depression that broke the stalemate and helped save social security. in 1990, it was this wounded warrior who reached across the aisle to help pass the americans with disabilities act. accomplishments reshaped -- but they aren't his most memorable legacy. that would be his unimpeachable integrity or world-class sense of humor. bob showed us a leader needs a back bone and a funny bone. and in his case neither was in short supply.
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i didn't understand how high bob set the bar until my turn came to follow in his footsteps. we are members of a small, rather elite group. we shared a unique role, one with intense demands and awesome responsibilities. we are the only two double a firsts to serve as gentleman of the department of transportation and the department of labor. [laughter] [applause] sen. mcconnell: bob sets a tiring example in many ways, and not least is marrying up. he and elizabeth have stood together and encouraged one
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another with a loving friendship . for a lane and me as a lane and me as for some many, the doles truly model what it means to be unlimited heart nurse -- unlimited partners. elizabeth, it is wonderful to have you here with us today. [applause] sen. mcconnell: bob has built and context ordinary life on the basis of ordinary american values. thatlegislator he showed principles and pragmatism are not opposites, but compliments. as a leader he prides results over rhetoric. from -- to percy jones army hospital to his favorite senate balcony facing the mall, this soldier,
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statesman, and american hero has never stopped fighting for vulnerable people who have less power and less strength than he does. that my friends is the true measure of servant leadership. that is up dole. bob more than deserves the honor we are conferring today. the way i see it, the greater him ons ours to think behalf of the country he has loved and served so faithfully or his truly extraordinary service. thank you. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the speaker of the united states house of representatives, the honorable paul ryan. rep. ryan: at this time, i would
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senator leahy, senator roberts, congresswoman jenkins, and congressman boye hoyer-- congressman to join us on stage to present the medal. [applause] shutters clicking]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the honorable bob dole. [applause]
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president, mr. , andpresident, mrs. pence --is hereident q somewhere. we are honored by your presence and we thank you for being here. i want to thank all of you who .aid such kind words about me they probably weren't true, but they were nice. [laughter] i am extremely this greataccept and i thank you for
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.resenting it to me i also wish to thank all of the speakers who have been up here .nd said such kind words and i also want to thank my for without them nothing would have been accomplished. and i also want to thank my staff thatll of the may be around. [applause] dole: i have always said
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that you are no better than your staff. and i think them for all they have done for me over the years them.hinkthank mr. speaker, i yield the balance of my time through this distinguished gentlewoman from north carolina. [laughter] [applause] she is coming up. mrs. dole: and what a privilege it is to speak for the man i love with all my heart. i am so proud of you, bob.
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i once called myself the most optimistic man in america, maybe that comes from taking the long view. it's amazing that almost 60 years have passed since my neighbors in russell, kansas, and the voters of what we call the big first district sent me to this esteemed institution. greenved in washington as as a kansas wheat field in may. fortunately, i had some marvelous mentors, republicans and, kratz, to help guide me through the legislative maze. and the house statesman like hubert baker, george mcgovern, also showed me a decency and dedication that transcended any party or generational differences. it was ed's irks and who observed i am a man of fixed and
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unbending principles and one of my principles is flexibility. [laughter] dole: put another way, it even conviction politicians accept the need for compromise from time to time. this is how the american republic was built and we remain a nation defined by our diversity, a coat of many colors and a healthy respect for those we may agree to disagree. for many years i occupied a suite of offices in the capital just down the hall. setting fromessive any way you look at it, but it's the view from s230 that sets it apart. hill.ng down capitol
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since 2000 four that view has included a memorial which i am truly proud to have championed, a fitting tribute to the warriors of world war ii and those on the home front who aided them in preserving civilization in its darkest hour. extends stills230 further to the hills of arlington, the countless euros who rests there in soil hallowed spokenr service, many tongues, but patriots before partisans. they put country before self. they gave everything for generations they would never see to uphold freedoms that make life itself worth living. 230 two long way from s
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the slopes of arlington, but nowhere near as long as the view they took of their obligations to posterity and defense of how use that shine as bright as the gold in any medal. so, i share with you a lesson learned over 60 years, leadership begins with the longview. thank you. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the
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vice president of the united dates. the honorable mike pence. thank you.pence: mr. president, speaker ryan:, leader pelosi, leader mcconnell, , distinguished members of congress, vice president quayle, governor brownback, senator elizabeth dole, and all members of the dole family, and especially to the newest recipient of the congressional gold medal, the honorable senator up dole. -- bob dole. [applause] it's humblingce: for me to stand or you today.
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i do so as vice president, as president of the senate and as i of kansashe husband born karen pence. [applause] vice pres. pence: as we heard today from so many speakers more eloquent than me, from the windswept plains of kansas to the war-torn hills of italy to the marbled halls of washington dc, bob dole has spent a lifetime serving this country with courage and conviction. today, we heard stories from those who have known him and worked with senator dole throughout his life, we have heard examples from his character, and they are legion. but for my part there was one seemedin his life that
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for me to embody the character of this great american. at every stage of his life, bob epitomized the greatest generation. when you answered the call of duty serving as a decorated veteran in world war ii, when you represented yours date in congress -- your state in , when you lead as majority leader and then there was also that time in history when senator dole answered the call to run for president of the united states. but it was in the midst of that campaign he did something that i believe generations of us call to serve will remember and reflect on. as senate majority leader, he held one of the most powerful positions in washington, d.c., a role that would have then
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waiting for him if he lost the race for the white house, but on a spring day in 1996, bob dole did something different. not different from his character , not different from the long expanse of service in his life. bob dole took to the floor of the united states senate and did what other statesmen have done in the history of this nation relinquishedarily a position. he bid that historic chamber goodbye. he stepped down from the united states senate and told the american people "i will seek the presidency with nothing to fall back on but the white house or home." in that moment, bob, i will
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always believe that the american people saw your heart, yourself selflessness,r for you did in that moment as you have done throughout your life, you put the interest of the country first and you demonstrated your unwavering commitment to serve the american people know matter the cost. my greatole, it is honor to stand before you today and offer a few words among so many others. we have heard of your life of service and consequence, but bob, you deserve to hear from someone far more important for me on this day. ladies and gentlemen, it is my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce on this special occasion, the 45th president of the united states of america, president donald trump. [applause]
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pres. trump: thank you very much . i must say that it is my great honor to join you today and to incredible moment in history, the presentation of congress' highest civilian honor to our friend, a true american .ero, bob dole it is an honor to be here very much, thank you, great job. [applause] pres. trump: bob earned his place in the chronicle of american legends by the time he in the decades since he has never stopped earning his ways and the pages of american
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history. i also want to recognize senator elizabeth dole. your words were beautiful. you have been my friend for a long time, thank you very much and you have meant so much to our country and done so much for so many. i know that very well. thank you. [applause] everything we have heard today reminds us of the thoughts of second lieutenant dole when he was more than 4000 miles away than where we are today many years ago as his body lay paralyzed against a cold jagged italian hill. his thoughts went back home back in that small town of russell, kansas. in those dark as comments, bob dole had home in his heart. he wanted to go home.
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in the end it was home that saved him. home was his grandma who believed he would walk when the doctors doubted that he would even live. it was his mother whose love and cooking fueled the fight to move his legs just a half-inch higher each end every day. bob.an inch each day, it was dawson's drugstore on main street where a cigar box sat on the counter to solicit donations for his so many surgeries. home is where bob dole learned the classic american grit. that got him through 39 months in hospice, where he learned the values of hard work, faith, and family that have defined him
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ever since. to the stars through motto.lties is the state it's a beautiful motto of the truly great state of kansas and the perfect description for senator dole's extraordinary life from his first year as a young representative of kansas to his tenure as the majority leader of the united states senate, all the way to today, bob dole has never stopped fighting for those values. he fights for kansas, for veterans, for the disabled, and for all of his fellow americans, and he always has. tens of thousands of veterans have boarded flights to visit veterans memorial. nearly every day at the memorial you can see tough war heroes moved to tears and many recounts
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the unforgettable experience of being greeted at their memorial and much to their surprise by senator dole, somebody they have rate respect for -- have great respect for. him and toldrote him while he traveled on the capitalight, capital h, feel good about himself, but when he came to doleington, met senator and solve the memorial to his service, i truly felt like a hero for a day. i never felt any better. he remembered he was part of something much bigger than himself. he was a patriot who defended america.
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he went out and defended it more than ever. those who wear our nation's uniform are part of an unbroken chain of heroes. their sacrifice keeps us safe .nd prosperous, and free long after we are gone when our children, grandchildren, right grandchildren visit that attribute on the national mall, they will no longer find world war ii veterans gazing up at the memorial to their friends in their deeds. they will be gone, but they will still stand in the place where our heroes have stood for so many years. their hearts will be filled the beauty and reverence of that grand memorial and they will hear the story of a great man who rose up from a small town in the heart of america to become a
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soldier, a congressman, a leader admired by all. they will hear the story of bob dole and in hearing that story they will truly learn what it means to be a great american. , that is the legacy you have left our nation and it will outlive us all. you are a friend. hero, leader,iot, and today you have become a recipient of the congressional gold medal. it is an honor to be with you, bob. thank you for your service. thank you very much. [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing as the chaplain of the u.s. senate gives the benediction. >> let us pray. eternal lord god, the giver of gift, wed and perfect thank you for the gift of heroor robert j. dole, a and an exemplary role model for
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patriotism, service, justice, and freedom. lord, we are grateful for the beauty of his life that continues to bring light to pardons, joy to sadness, .o injury, and hope to despair may his magnanimous living challenge of us all to see you more clearly, love you more dearly, and to follow you more nearly each day. senator boband keep dole and his precious elizabeth in all of their going out and , keep them without
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stumbling or slipping and one day may they both hear you say well done, good and faithful enter into the joys of your lord. ,e pray this in your great name amen. >> please be seated. ladies and gentlemen, please remain at your seats for the departure of the official party. until your row is invited to depart by a representative. thank you.
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>> good morning, everyone. because of the tax cuts and jobs act, we continue to hear mortgages across the country. americans are optimistic, confident, that they are going paying.etter, higher families are seeing their energy bills come down. utility companies are cutting rates. in february, an estimated 90% of americans will see their take-home pay increase. i travel around eastern washington and i hear about families, some of those living paycheck to paycheck, this is making a big difference and a big deal in minnesota's second district, where congressman jason lewis is from. he just toured a home depot and was talking about the impact of the tax reform on them, and they were excited about increased paychecks, excited about being for to pay and save mortgages, college tuition. it is really making an impact for them in their pocketbooks.
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despite the out of touch rhetoric we are hearing from the defenders of the status quo, this is not on get him -- armageddon. this is real relief for hard-working men and women that this country has been seeking. the tax cuts in the job act was an opportunity for the democrats to join us in delivering paychecks to the american people. as they struggled to blame why they did not support this overhaul, long-overdue overhaul of the broken tax code, our focus continues to be on a better future for all americans and families. the week, we will continue protection act. this is about kids, babies, born receivedd historically bipartisan support. i am excited to help welcome families that have traveled from eastern washington for the 45th annual march for life. we are also continuing discussions on government funding. a real authorization of chip.
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and ensuring men and women at this very moment have the resources they need as the terror threat continues. these are our most basic and fundamental responsibilities that we have serving in the house, and i call upon the thecrats to stop obstructions, the gains, and join us in getting it done. i will turn it over to congressman lewis. >> thank you, and welcome. i am jason lewis. it is wonderful to be here to talk about the single most important thing happening right now in america. enough about the minnesota vikings in the playoff game on sunday. let's talk a little bit about tax reform. we had history on our side. get this rising tide when labor and capital come together and increase activity in the private sector.
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i was at the home depot in minnesota and talking to the manager and how wonderful it is going to be for home depot. the associates of home depot. they engage in profit sharing. theirre stockholders, and 401(k)s are going up. balance between equity financing and debt financing, they are going to get more share of ownership in this opportunity for society. this is what we have done for the tax bill and why the folks at home depot where excited. that is why another company in minnesota has just -- they published something called the progressive farmer. the progressive farmer publisher just gave a $1000 bonus to 700 employees in minnesota. i have seen $1 billion, should say, in bonuses, to one million people, all of which we were told before we passed the tax cut and jobs act that could not happen.
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pinnacle ofhe growth, and now, we are not growing at 1.6%. ports --owing to four 4%. getting median wages back up to where they should be. a $1000 bonus is not good. the average family will get a tax relief cut of $3800. vacation. that is retirement. that is a college education. what the minority leader said was plain offensive. this is working. toer this week, we are going continue the job. we are not going to shut the government down. we are going to reauthorize chips and repeal a medical device tax that is hurting minnesota big-time. then we are going to send it over to the senate. the senate democrats will have to decide whether they want to shut the government down. i don't think they will. they certainly should not. i want to thank this team behind me for remaining firm on this.
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help get this resolution out and help pass the greatest tax .eform in three decades that is a good first term. i am proud to be here and proud to do it. thank you. >> thank you, jason, and good luck with the vikings. [laughter] >> unbelievable game, was it not? every day, we come in turn on the news, and what do we find? more employees are getting bonuses. there is one part as you see these more than $1 billion put out, something more that is happening. the times that we find in baltimore gas and electric company lowering their rates, passing on the tax benefit to other customers. then, what did we find last week? not only were bonuses going out, but raises. people were getting more. the minimum wage was being raised in so many countries, but maternity leave is longer for thousands of americans. that's much different than a
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crumb. that is the beginning of america's come back. i know we have challenges before this week. fund the military. it is that a deadline. the children's health insurance program, chip. two times, we have voted to move that off the floor, but both items, the democrats have not only said no, they whipped their members to hold them back. we have states that are being challenged for their children's health. this is not a time to play politics. a lot of things have been said in the process. i am committed to solving our problem when it comes to daca and border security and chain migration. throughout this weekend, i talked to all the players. i talked to schumer. our staff has been continuing to
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meet. today, the principles will get together. we will be able to solve this problem. the deadline this week was about the military and the children. hope we can go to the floor to have the vote to continue to , but ivernment-funded don't look across and see what i saw the times before. i watched the leadership on the democratic side. these were comes to the american public. actually holding her memories back. even those who want to vote for it. that would not release them to vote for it. i would like to see us work together to solve these problems. if they are successful, i will have to find some new jokes about the vikings. in respect, look.
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after hearing the good news, there is one thing undeniable. tax reform is boosting america's economic confidence. company after company have been announcing increased bonuses and wages. renewed investment in america, all because of tax reform. i was at my sons basketball game , and a worker came up to me and said this is going to get me $4000 in my paycheck. i thought this was only for the rich. this is working. this law is really a lower tax burden for american families who are going to start seeing this relief very soon. the treasury department announced it has adjusted the amount the irs takes out of people's paychecks to account for this new law. it is estimated 90% of wage earners in america will experience an increase in their take-home pay starting as soon as february. americans will see
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increased to take-home pay as a result of the tax law, starting in february. this is incredible. that is more money to pay down the mortgage. you take your family on vacation. this is real relief to real americans, especially more than half of whom claim and say and show that they are living paycheck to paycheck. another huge benefit for american families, it's lower energy costs. it is pretty cold right now. are very high,ts and what i'm seeing is all of these utility companies are passing through the tax savings on to their ratepayers. so if you are low income, living paycheck to paycheck, heating your house, this is real relief, real tangible. we are seeing evidence that the tax bill is working in so many
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ways. jobs, more bonuses. we did this,ly why so we can improve people's lives. one more point. kevin mentioned this. according to the pentagon, just last year, we lost more american military members who died in training accidents than we did in combat last year. we have combat across the globe. these deaths may have been preventable. it all points back to the deterioration of readiness in our military resources. funding for modernizing the army has been cut in half in the past eight years. navy sailors are putting in 100 hour work weeks in less than half of their aircraft, which are not capable of flying. the number of fatal accidents happening in the loss of aircraft has doubled over the last decade. trend, to reverse this putting these lives at risk, and
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we have to fix our national security. to that's why it's baffling me the democrats would be willing to block funding for our military over unrelated issues. i used to think the democrats thought the chip was bipartisan. this was written by republicans and democrats. we are going to be bringing it to the floor again this week because real deadlines are occurring this friday and the real deadlines that occur are our men and women in uniform. that is why it is unconscionable to me that they would block funding for our military were cut off funding for these states that really will lose their funding for chip by playing these political games and tying them to unrelated issues. questions? can you give us a general timeline for how you see the out?ration debate playing
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what we have done before is the other deadline. do you think march is the deadline? speaker ryan: these are talks occurring in earnest. we want to fix daca. we want to fix daca in a balanced way so we don't have the same problem down the road. that is pure, common sense. involveslution security measures that make sure we don't have another daca problem down the road. that is purely common sense. the majority of americans see it that way. it is perfectly reasonable that we address this in a more comprehensive way. our meetings to discuss these things, good faith negotiations are underway, and to push that aside in trying to jeopardize funding for things like s chip in our military, to me, makes no sense. you never ask a question at these things. do you not have one? i always look for you.
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all right. all right. >> yesterday, steve van and anger -- steve bannon angered republicans and democrats alike after they said he should not answer questions. is it appropriate in your view for the white house to invoke executive privilege and deny -- hasker ryan: there always been a tension on executive privilege between the legislative and executive branch. this goes back to every administration. that is a typical tension you're going to have between the two branches of government. i don't know the specs on that. i do not know the specifics. i really just do not. you have enough republicans to keep the government opened this week? can you look a dreamer in the eye and promised them you will put -- speaker ryan: we have been very
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clear. we want to see a doctor solution, but this has got to be a balance solution, a solution that not just treat the symptom but the root cause of the problem in the first place. i feel it makes no sense for democrats to try and bring us to a shutdown, to try and cut off chip funding for the states running out of money like minnesota and washington and kentucky and other states. so i think cool heads hopefully will prevail on this thing. andy. >> do you agree with scott walker that last night's results were a makeup call -- a wake-up call to republicans? ryan: it is not my district. it is over in western wisconsin, but typically, we held this seat and lost the seat. we should pay attention to it. >> last question. last month leadership said you just needed a few more weeks to negotiate a doctor deal.
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are you confident that all you need this time -- speaker ryan: i think the cash deal is very close and the democrats are holding out because of these daca negotiations. but i think the fact that we are in earnest in negotiating in good faith with our four leaders on daca speaks to the fact that we want to see a solution and get this thing fixed. it has got to be a balance bill. we will not bring up the dr. bill if the president does not support it. what point would be to bring a bill modified by the president? street.not a one-way it has got to be balanced, bipartisan, and the president has to support this for this to occur, and the president is being completely rational in that you want to fix daca, but you want to address the root cause problems so we don't have a daca problem in the future. i think it is in our interest. it should be and can be done, but for people to hold up funding for our military over issues, thated
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makes no sense to me. the federal government has many responsibilities irma but it's first -- responsibilities. but the primary responsibility is to provide for the common defense. trainingdying in accidents than they are in combat, it is a serious situation, and to block funding for our military with a friday deadline over unrelated issues makes no sense to me. it's wrong. >> do you have a solid feel for where the president stands on these negotiations, the? -- though? house democratic caucus chair joseph crowley and vice chair linda sanchez give an update on efforts to keep the government running. they spoke about their hopes for passing daca legislation and gave an update on a meeting with

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