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on the opening day of the 106th congress. >> thanks for taking the time today. we are set up in here. >> how did the conference meeting go? >> very good. we just had the rules of ordinary things to do. it went as well as we could expect. >> have you seen "the post" this morning? there was an inside story on the conference with you and deb with your hands in the air. it was great. >> [indiscernible] >> i know. i have them all in my bag. >> do you want to break and let the c-span camera leave? we will get the first question.
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thank you. and, we are all set. >> great. mr. speaker, you used to teach history. today you are about to step into the history books. how has your background prepared you? >> it gives you extreme exposure in trying to explain things to human beings. it is the personal touch you have day in and day out. teaching is communicating making things relevant to young minds. this job is not that much different. you have to talk to folks day in and day out. you have to make things relevant. you have to tell a story so people understand how things
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move in sequence, so it is very much like teaching. morning. how are you doing? you look very nice this morning. >> thank you. >> how are you? looking dapper. good morning. how are you? come on in. [laughter] >> [indiscernible] nice to meet you. >> my wife, jean, my son ethan heidi. my buddy, tom, from indiana. >> nice to meet you. an exciting day. i woke up this morning in the shower was cold. [laughter] at least i woke up. good. you look nice.
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>> [indiscernible] we went to church this morning. we got up early. >> the sergeant at arms has brought the pin. >> i'm going to have to pin this on, and the new license plate. [laughter] [indiscernible] we will put that in the collection. [laughter] heidi, help put this on. i am not the best putter onner. where is mine? have jean put that on. that is very nice, very pretty.
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i will let you put mine on for me. very nice. that looks beautiful. >> what is the significance of the pin? >> it is the spouse pin. you can move around congress and people will know you are with that guy or i am with her. >> everyone knows i would be about and that is ok for me to be in the capital. >> why don't you stick that on? >> [indiscernible] that is beautiful. jean is good at this. thank you. great. thank you. >> maybe we can get a couple of
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shots of you working at the desk. signing the bill for world peace. [laughter] right here? >> i think i have a chair here someplace. we will put a chair at the desk. >> all right. >> you have to excuse this office. we are in the flux of moving, as you can see. >> sam is going to call you, so be prepared. >> fine. this got right here? -- is scott right here?
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[telephone rings] hello? we need to work on this house administration committee. i don't know if i can talk. [indiscernible] >> ok. >> these are people we have to call. >> i will call them and try to get that scheduled. tom is ok. ewing is ok. boehner is ok. i think we need to touch base with the others. thanks. that is the only ones. that is all that is left, right? good. thank you. >> think the headlines are a message? >> that is great. get this thing going. >> jean is right there. >> jean is in my place usually
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hidden by the microphone. all good news on the front page right? >> all good. here is the release for your speech today. >> we went over it with our other guys? >> yeah. even added how you want to make sure we get our work done or else we will stay here until we do. >> good. i talked to both young and casey, so everybody is in line. those are some meetings we will have to set up early on. good. i hope they have the lines
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right. good. oh. yeah? >> here you are. >> is that yesterday? deb price wears pink. she stands out. [laughter] all us old guys with black. come on in. >> how was dinner last night? >> it was nice. we had some friends come up. we sat and talked. >> they stopped by. >> all hours. >> up here? >> back there. >> short night. >> you did not get the rest you thought you would. >> i am running on adrenaline i
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think. >> ok. all right. >> what time are we supposed to leave? >> i have a question. i know this is your first date. what do you do as speaker every day? >> if it is like the last two days, you meet with people day in and day out. as speaker, you are the person everybody officially speaks to in the house. but you are the person everybody comes to with a complaint or request. >> a good listener. >> it is like teaching school. you listen to concerns and try to lay out the solutions. obviously, in this job you find out you don't have all the solutions and you have to rely on a lot of good people in this conference and congress. a lot of balance. one of my jobs i see is like going back and being a coach.
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you put the stars in front and let them do the job and hope to coach them along so they are doing the right things. i guess that is an analogy in the sense. >> i have been reading about you. have do you go from being a teacher to a member of congress? it seems like you bring so much of your teaching background into what you're doing. >> i served in the legislature six years. last night, george ryan was there. george ryan was the speaker of the house, now governor elect of illinois. you learn a lot. i had the same reaction i think abraham lincoln did when i first went in with the general assembly. he looked around and said what am i doing with all these guys? two years later, he said, i wonder what some of these guys are doing here? anyway, you learn. the first thing i learned you had to except when he got into this business is there is a gap
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between theory and practice, between what you teach them what exists. you learn to use the philosophy and teachings and writings of the founding fathers and let them lay against the reality of what you have to do to get things done. i think it is a good blueprint to be a legislator. >> do you learn something new every day? >> this job is a college education every day. last year for instance, i was doing health care. you have to know the insurance industry. you have to know the doctors hospitals, pharmaceuticals. all these things have to come together. all those issues out there are tied in with the whole issue of what is health care. then the people who are the consumers and what their concerns and needs are. every day, you're learning something you have to be able to file away and come back and pull.
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the other piece we worked on last year was a competence of antidrug bill. you had the whole issue of people in communities that needed drug rehabilitation, community prevention, law enforcement, border protection, interdiction on the high seas. working back in countries that grow drugs the cocaine and marijuana and poppies then the whole banking system because all the money that came from drugs gets back into the hands of the drug lords. they would not be able to do this. the whole financial side of it. there are so many aspects of anything you do. when you get an defense, you have to understand submarines, airplanes, missiles. it is a challenge day in and day
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out. >> a college education every day? >> every day. >> have you gotten a call yet from your former students, coach, what is up? >> we keep in contact with a lot of those people every day. last night at the reception at the illinois society reception i looked around and saw a lot of our kids that had just come out. it is a neat thing. >> that is great. it must be an exciting time for you. >> thank you. it is and for my family as well. >> what do you guys think of all of this? >> [laughter] >> well, you're awful quiet. i have never seen you this quiet before. >> exciting time? >> yes, it really is. >> i'm just trying to get him through college. >> where do you go to school? >> university of illinois. >> of course. >> what are you studying?
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>> marketing. >> how are you liking it? >> i love it. >> d think you might end up in d.c. someday? >> i don't know. >> i think everybody is overwhelmed right now. even -- ethan, what else do you do aviation? >> i am picking up a minor in aviation and looking ahead to going to law school. that is what i would ultimately like to do. >> so many activities. >> exactly. >> ok. >> morning. how are you doing? great. >> [indiscernible] >> i hope so. it is a great day. good morning.
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how are you? i appreciate the great work you have done with this. good morning. how are you doing? morning. thank you. >> thank you, reverend ford. let me begin by thanking the member and family committee for sponsoring this event. let me also recognize our new speaker elect, denny hastert and his wife jean, that are here today. denny, we are all starting a new congress.
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some, like yourself, are starting this congress in a new role. some as new members. some of us are continuing in old roles. all of us are concerned. can we do it right? can we get the job right? for some of us, can we do it better? >> all right. >> take care. >> [indiscernible] >> one of the things we need to do is get to work. >> with the impeachment hanging out there.
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>> the total numbers of votes cast are 427, of which, the honorable j. dennis hastert of illinois has received 220 and
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the honorable richard gephardt of missouri has received 205 with two voting present. therefore, the honorable j. dennis hastert of the state of illinois is duly elected speaker of the house of representatives for the 106th congress having received a majority of the votes cast. [applause]
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>> mr. speaker and members of the house before i hand the gavel over to our new speaker to me say to him simply, let's bury the hatchet. [applause]
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>> first, i want to say to the new speaker that jane gephardt and i would like to invite him and his wife jean to our congressional district in missouri. i hope in the days ahead jane and i can come to your congressional district in illinois. the only problem i have with this new speaker is that as i understand it, he is a chicago cubs fan. [applause] my wife is a cardinals fan. all of you know i am a st. louis cardinals fan. he tells me his wife is a st. louis cardinals fan, which gives me real hope. if sammy sosa and mark mcgwire could figure it out, so can we. [applause]
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now mr. speaker, you know over the next two years, i'm going to work hard to win a majority back for democratic values and ideas. but i want to shift the focus today away from politics to other ideas to other efforts that we can make together to do us all proud. let's put to rest finally the poisonous politics that has infected this place. [applause] let's join together, not only in words, but in deeds to do right by the people, to live up to our oaathths, and move our nation
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lord into a new century of prosperity. this is hallowed ground. this is a precious place where we have nurtured and protected for generations our democracy. we have a burden, all of us, and we have a responsibility to live up to those who have gone before us. and today and in the future, to reach toward the sky and to listen to our better angels. it is in this spirit that i am proud to hand the gavel to the new speaker of the house to our new speaker of the house, the gentleman from illinois, dennis hastert. [applause]
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>> thank you, mr. speaker -- mr. leader. [laughter] for your kind and thoughtful remarks. i want to break tradition. at this point, i'm going to ask you to hold the gavel so that i may go down to the floor. [applause] customarily, a new speaker gives
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his first remarks from the speaker's chair. while i have great respect for the traditions of his house and this institution i am breaking tradition this once because my legislative home is here on the floor with you and so is my heart. [applause] to you, the members of the 106th congress, to my family and friends and constituents, i say thank you. this is not a job i sought, but one i embrace with determination and enthusiasm. in the next few minutes, i will share with you how i plan to carry out the job you have given me. but let's first, i think we need to take a moment. i want to say goodbye to a member of this house that made history. knew it -- newt, this
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institution has been forever transformed by your presence. for years to come, all americans will benefit from the changes you have championed. the balanced budget, welfare reform, tax relief. this week, families all over america are beginning to calculate their taxes. and to help them, they will find a child tax credit made possible by the congress you led. [applause] thank you newt. good luck and god bless you in your new endeavors. you in this house know me. but hastert is not exactly a household name across america. our fellow citizens deserve to know who i am and what i'm going to do. what i am is a former high school teacher, a wrestling and
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football coach, a small businessman, and a state legislator. for the last 12 years, i have been a member of this house. i am indebted to the people of the 14th congressional district of illinois who continued to send me here to represent them. i believe in limited government. but when government does act, it must be for the good of the people. serving in this body is a privilege. it is not a right. each of us was sent here to conduct the people's business. i intend to get down to business. that means formulating debating and voting on legislation that addresses the problems the american people want solved. in the turbulent days behind us, debate on merits often gave way to personal attacks. some have felt slighted,
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insulted, or ignored. that is wrong. and that will change. [applause] solutions to problems cannot be found in a pool of bitterness. they can be found in an environment in which we trust one another's word, where we generate heat and passion, but where we recognize that each member is equally important to our overall mission of improving life for the american people. in short, i believe all of us, regardless of party, can respect one another. and even as fiercely as we disagree on particular issues. speaking of people who find ways to work together across the political fence, let me bring an analogy to the personal level.
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two good illinois friends of mine george ryan, the republican governor elect, and richard daley, the democratic mayor of chicago, are in the visitors gallery side-by-side. i will ask them to stand to be recognized. [applause] those who know me well will tell you i am true to my word. to me, a commitment is a commitment. what you see and hear today is what you will see and hear tomorrow. no one knows me better than my family, my wife and our sons are here today. they are my reason for being. jean helps me keep my feet on the ground. she and the boys are my daily
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reminders that home is on the fox river and not the potomac river. [applause] to jean, josh, and ethan, thank you for everything and i love you. [applause] as a teacher, i explained the story of america year after year. i soon came to realize it was a story. but a story that keeps changing for we americans are restless people and we like to tackle and solve problems. we are constantly renewing our nation experimenting and creating new ways of doing things. i like to work against the backdrop of american basics. freedom, liberty responsibility and opportunity.
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you can count on me to be a workhorse. [applause] my experience as a football and wrestling coach taught me some other lessons that apply here. a good coach knows when to step back and let others shine in the spotlight. president reagan, for years had a plaque in his office that said it all. there is no limit to what can be accomplished if you don't mind who gets the credit. [applause] a good coach doesn't rely on only a few star players. everyone on the squad has something to offer. you never get to the finals without a well-rounded team. above all, a coach worth his salt will instill in his team a sense of fair play, camaraderie
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respect for the game, and for the opposition. without those, victory is hollow and defeat represents opportunities lost. i found that to be true around here too. so where do we go from here? some media pundits say we will have two years of stalemate because republican majority is too small. some say the white house bent on revenge will not give us a moments peace. some say the minority in this house will prevent passage of serious legislation so they can later claim this was a do-nothing congress. washington is a town of rumors and guesses and speculation. so none of this comes as a surprise. but none of it needs to come true. that is, if we really respect
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the [applause] to my republican colleagues i say it's time to put forward the major although of our legislative program. we will succeed or fail depending on what program we offer. and to my democratic colleagues, i will say, i will meet you halfway. maybe more so on occasion but cooperation is a two-way street and i expect you to meet me halfway, too. the president and a number of democrats here in the house happens saying it is time to address several issues head on. i will buy that. i think we should agree that
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stalemate is not an option. solutions are. [applause] and we will not leave this chamber until we do. [applause] i intend to be a good listener but i want to hear ideas and the debate that flows from them and i will have a low tolerance for campaign speeches masquerading
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as the base whatever the source and our country faces for the challenges which we must address. if not next month or next year or the year after that but now. and each challenge involves an element of our security. and first tom a retirement and health security. both our social security and medicare programs will run into brick walls in a few years if we do not do something now. we must make sure that social security is there for those who depend on it and those who expect it. and we also must consider options for younger workers so they can look forward to an even brighter retirement. nearly a year ago, president clinton came here to give his state of the union address. he called for reform of social security.
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this year, i invite him to return to give us his reform plan and he has my assurance that it will be taken seriously. second, we must ensure a secure future for america's children by insisting that every child has a good school and a safe, drug-free environment. [applause] in my 16 years as a teacher i learned most of the decisions having to do with education are best left to people close to the situation, parents, teachers school board members. what should the federal government's role be? to see as many education dollars go directly to the classroom where they will do the most good. [applause]
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and the next is economic security. in the early 1980's, we adopted policies that lead to long-term growth and except for one brief period it has continued ever since and we want our economy to keep growing. toward that end it is time for us to put a microscope to the way the government takes money from our fellow citizens and how expensive. there's a culture grown on challenge for too long. it combines three notions. one that government is prior claimed to the earnings of all americans as if they work for the government and not the other way around. another notion is the government program, once it begun, will
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never end. a third notion is every program must grow each passing year. to borrow a musical line, it ain't necessarily so. it won't be as long as im around here and have something to say about it. [applause] we must measure measure every dollar we spend by this criterion. is it really necessary? for most americans money doesn't come easy. i work nights in a restaurant. i still remember when tax time came around, our family really felt it. along with tax policies that
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spur and sustain growth by giving tax relief to all working americans. [applause] finally there is the challenge of american security in a world of danger in certainty. without it other elements won't be possible. we won't worry about soviet nuclear bombs raining down on us. or a rogue state that aims a deadly missile, we need to defense capability that matches these turn-of-the-century threats. we have not given them the best equipment they need to match those assignments. that must be corrected. [applause]
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these are not democratic or republican issues. we should be able to reach a agreement quickly on the goals. if we aren't earnest about our responsibilities, we will find common ground to get the job done and in the process we will build the people's faith in this great united states congress. [applause] as a classroom teacher and coach i've learned the value of brevity. it is work, not talk that wins championships. in closing, i want you to know how proud i am to be chosen to be your speaker.
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there is a big job ahead for all of us. i ask that god bless this house as we move forward together. thank you very much. [applause]
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>> now let's get to work. i recognize the dean of the house, the distinguished gentleman from michigan, mr. dingell. [applause] my friend, my colleague from the commerce committee whose common sense and fairness i admire. he will administer the oath of office. >> thank you, mr. speaker. if the gentleman from illinois will please raise his right hand. do you solemnly swear to support the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, and that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, that you will well and faithfully
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discharge the duties of the office which you are about to -- about to enter, so help you god? >> i do. [applause] >> according to the president, the chair will swear in and all members of the house at this time. if the members will rise, the chair will administer the oath of office. all members please raise your right hands. do you solemnly swear you will support and defend the constitution of the united states, against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that will bear the true faith and allegiance to the same? that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, that you will well and
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faithfully discharge the duties of the office in which you are about to enter, so help you god? >> i do. >> congratulations, you are new members of the 106th congress. [applause] [indiscernible]
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>> right there. >> excellent. >> how are you doing? >> good to see you. >> thank you. >> the camera. 1, 2 3. >> thank you.
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>> you're welcome. >> glad to see you. >> over here. >> there we go. right here. >> thank you. >> congratulations. >> this way. [indiscernible]
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>> let's go. >> thank you. [laughter] >> congratulations. >> right there. >> over here.
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>> good luck. >> congratulations. >> thank you. >> congratulations. [laughter] [indiscernible] >> glad to see you. >> good luck.
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>> hey congratulations. >> hey mister. >> a lot of people here. >> congratulations. >> congratulations. >> great day. >> this has been fun. >> this is exciting. >> a wonderful day for all of us. >> i wish patty could be here to see this. we've enjoyed it. it's been great. >> this is great. >> thank you. >> congratulations. one step at a time type of thing. >> you've got all of our
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support. >> how you doing? >> so proud of you. >> great to see you. >> my pleasure. [indiscernible] [laughter] >> have the gang here too. >> congratulations. >> any time. [laughter] >> i understand don.
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>> that's what he said. i talked to him a little while ago. >> i'm so proud of you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> one day at a time. >> i'm going to try and get there. have 2 bodyguards. >> we turned the corner.
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>> a good day for all of us. >> congratulations. >> is your dad here? >> take care. >> congratulations. >> don't i get a hug? >> great great. >> congratulations. wonderful. really. loved every minute.
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>> congratulations. >> how you lost the junk food czar. it worked out. >> nancy pelosi was elected the first woman speaker of the house in 2007. we will hear from her in a few minutes. how did she get the job? >> she got the job by working hard, harder than anybody else and being a person -- politics were ingrained in her in an early age. she grew up in baltimore. her father was a five term congressman. also mayor of baltimore. he was mayor of baltimore as well.

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