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malloy with my cochair shirley franklin. we will now resume our meeting. rise anduld please join me in the pledge of allegiance. allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god indivisible with liberty and justice for all. >> all. >> all. i am not going to sing. as we begin our second day of discussions and deliberations over the platform draft that our ticket legs our party's promise and purpose, i would like to thank all committee members for your participation and -- we trulyn this
appreciate your patience and commitment to our work, even when the opinions were strong and the hour was even when the opinions were strong in the hour was late, you did not act with rancor. we are showing the nation how to work on higher ground. as democrats, we draw our individual experiences as members of families and communities, if we come from cities, rural areas, tribal lands, suburbs, territories, we are all committed to a progressive, positive future for our country. we know that it elections always matter, but this year, this election is about more than democrats and republicans. it is about who we are as a nation and who we will be as a nation.
build a more equal society and a more perfect union. it is that simple but powerful idea we are stronger together. thank myike to cochair, shirley franklin, for process.rship in the thank you for all the great work and i look forward to continuing our discussions today, to advancing a robust and responsive class one draft our delegates can endorse when we meet in philadelphia. i would like to introduce someone who will speak to us for a short time before we start our .ctual deliberation i want to say that i have come to know debbie wasserman schultz through her great work both in the congress and as leader of our party. she has done a great job and has been a committed speaker on behalf of our ideals across the
nation. i want to thank her for all of , balancing the job as congresswoman and the job of leading our party, and i want to before us ande of make sure that we can have the opportunity to hear from her, so let me introduce my end, debbie wasserman schultz -- introduce my friend, debbie wasserman schultz. [applause] schultz: thank you so much. thank you. thank you very much. thank you, governor. thank you, mayor franklin, and thanks to the leadership of our platform committee and all of you and welcome to my home state of florida. we are very excited to host the platform committee and make sure we can focus on the contrast partyn directors as our
continues to move us and the dramatically backward direction the republicans have proposed. i want to thank the number of people who also have extremely busy schedules and had taken extra time out to help make a difference in the party. and my congressional colleagues who are either members of the platform committee or of the drafting committee, maxine waters of california, barbara lee of california, thompson of mississippi, and eleanor holmes norton of washington, d.c. [applause] i also want to thank our vice .hairs for agreeing to serve thank you all very much. you to all of you, members of the full platform committee who are here this weekend. as we saw last night, your perspectives are critical to finalizing the statement of our values and affirmations of our priorities as a party.
thank you to the members of the grafting -- the drafting subcommittee for the hours of work you have put into the process. they brought the broad spectrum of our party and the best ideas of our campaign to the process with dignity, patience, intelligence and understanding and a special thank you to my colleague and friend, congressman elijah cummings, and drafting committee members. please stand and be recognized. many are sitting over there. thank you so much. my friends, we are two weeks away from our convention and four weeks away from it electing a democrat as the next president of the united states of america. [applause] feels so good to say that. thanks to your work, the state of our party heading into the convention and general election will be strong. i know the efforts you have all
made not only to be here, but to contribute with your ideas and passion in the run-up to today's meeting and i thank you for your commitment to our party and this process. looking around this room, i have no doubt that the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of the american people are well represented here in orlando this weekend. when you finish your work today or tonight, the american people will have a clear choice -- a party with a nominee committed to moving america forward versus a candidate committed to pitting people against one another in a time when we need our leaders to help bring us all together. these are tumultuous times. despite the real progress over the last seven and a half years of democratic leadership in the white house, many americans are still struggling, sick of the partisan gridlock plaguing washington and republicans think we need to go back to their version of the good old days when they took care of the wealthiest and everyone else was on their own, and they are all too happy to keep pitting americans against one another. but every day, it seems we are
reminded that we are stronger together. series ofweek, a deadly shootings have left us reeling, even as we are still recovering from the deadliest one in our nations history in orlando. last night, i joined many of you at a vigil to remember those victims. hearing each of their names was a deeply personal and somber reminder that we must never forget them and those they left behind but also a testament to the series of -- the spirit of our first responders. those who helped the wounded and those who risked their own lives to confront the terrorist and and his deadly rampage. the vigil was also a reminder of our shared humanity, that we are much more alike than we are different. these are indeed trying times. my spirits have been lifted and for the civil reason that i am proud of our party and what our country stands for in times of both the darkest tragedies and greatest triumphs. when times are tough and beyond our understanding, we lean on one another. we come together.
a few weeks ago when congressman john lewis led a sit in on the house floor to lead -- two lead a vote for commonsense gun safety laws, i was proud to join my democratic colleagues literally spending the entire night on the floor of the house of representatives to call attention to the gun violence our nation and congress' refusal to act. i read a letter aloud that was written to us by my former colleague and dear friend gabby giffords. she wrote, "if gun violence affects all of us americans, the solution is not just of to some of us. we are all responsible for our country today and the solution we pass on to our children tomorrow." are all responsible for the country we pass on to our children, the peace and security of their neighborhood and their nation, the fairness of their justice system, the opportunities they have to succeed in the world economy, the access they have two health care, even the sustainability of
the global ecosystem. we are responsible for reforming our broken immigration system, protecting women's health, and reversing climate change before it's too late. we are responsible for ending mass incarceration in the school to prison pipeline. we are responsible for bringing our communities together again -- black, white, brown, and blue -- and we are responsible for investing in infrastructure and making sure a hard days work is rewarded with a fair wage and the dignity of a secure environment, and that means building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. feel free to applaud that. [applause] years ase and a half chair of the dnc, i could not be more proud of the fact that this platform is poised to be the most progressive, inclusive, an ambitious platform and the party's history. that is a phenomenal a
that we are achieving together, and i could not be more proud of how start the contrast is with the republican alternative. for years, republicans have voiced the most extreme voices in our country, and the result we've seen as a party that is divisive, andess, dangerous presidential candidate in modern history. [applause] it shall: trump is a man who is demonstrated time and time again that what he values most is his own network. chultz: hentative shal blames immigrants and religious groups for our problems instead of seeking a solution, a man who has neither the temperament nor judgment to serve as president of the united states of america, and we will make sure he gets nowhere knew the white house. [applause]
scholz: america is better than that. we deserve better than that. we have an election coming up, and i believe the only thing that can keep us from winning is if we lose sight of the fact that there is more that unites us than divides us. as we begin the final step to this process, my only request is .hat we stand strong together [applause] : thankntative schultz you. that is so important because when you do make sure our platform represents the hopes, dreams of those same people, a platform that is as diverse and optimistic as our country is tough, a platform that prizes action over obstruction and inaction, that places people over profit and unity over division. this is a complex task with no perfect answer, but as we saw last night, we can disagree
without the disagreeable. i know you are a passionate group. you would not be here if that were not the case. but i know you will not only find common ground but higher ground, and i know that thanks to the leadership of the democratic national committee and all of our members and our party members all across this country, particularly the voterible vice chair of expansion and participation and the president of the association ofdemocratic chairs, both whom are with us this morning, i know that the document you deliver to our convention in philadelphia will set the stage for the historic democratic victories that we will help spur in november. thank you for your work. we are stronger together. on to victory for democrats in november. thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you. thank you for your leadership
and thank you for your remarks and encouragement today. i believe we can be proud of the work we as democrats have done over the past month and during to meeting yesterday demonstrate our commitment to keeping this party and our nation moving forward. i thank each and every one of you for everything you are doing of everything you will continue to do on behalf of the party and our candidates are between now and november, and we continue focusing on the platform draft today. our recommendations that include historic investments in infrastructure, stating that working people should earn at hour, ending mass incarceration, and the school to prison pipeline, protecting women's health and repealing the hyde amendment and abolishing the death penalty of forward thinking proposal that will make
a positive difference in the lives and well-being of our families, our neighbors, and our community. before we go forward, let me remind you of the rules of procedure and the meeting protocol that we discussed yesterday. we will continue to consider the amendments in the section order laid out in the platform, picking up where we left off with the section titled "fight for economic fairness and against any quality -- inequality." we will consider amendments filed by the deadline, which was july 5 at 11:59 p.m. eastern .ime those who are proposing amendments will have one minute to state and explain the proposed amendment. after a brief explanation, the chair will call for seconds. the proposed amendment must have
15 support of at least committee members who are present at the time to be considered. is seconded,ent proponents will have time to speak in favor. once that time is exhausted or yielded back to the chair, those who would like to speak in opposition will be recognized, so that is a change. as a reminder, members cannot use time after it has been .ielded back to the chair last and certainly not least, let's be respectful of each other today. our goal of creating a platform that our party's nominee and we can run on and not away from is the one that is shared by all of us. as a reminder, the amendment for the next section will consider fight for economic fairness,
included in the packet distributed to members last night. let's begin. governor malloy. [applause] governor malloy: i would like to ask the secretary of state of rhode island to introduce the next section. secretary: hi, everyone. good morning. thank you, mr. chairman. because i amat committed to addressing the concerns at the heart of people's lives. their children, their children's education and well-being, the health and safety of seniors, and the opportunities available in our communities. the democratic party is committed to economic fairness, and in 2016, we aimed to tackle
the structures and practices that stand in the way of a thriving middle class. we must remove disability full participation by all. by fixing our financial system, payng sure corporations their fair share of taxes, and that areg trade deals properly enforced, we will ensure that working families, seniors, and our economy as a whole succeed. with that, i pass it back to the chair. >> pursuant to discussions had between both sides of the debate, we are going to make some slight adjustments with to what has been negotiated between the parties. i believe we have an amendment to be offered -- are you ready?
>> amendment number 93. this is the final version that .as distributed this morning note that it combines the amendment 234 and 235. this is sponsored by lee saunders on page 10, line eight. is long.sed amendment i just want to say that on the front end. democrats acknowledge that for millions of americans, global trade has failed to live up to its promise, with too many countries breaking the rules and too many corporations outsourcing jobs at the expense of american workers and communities. over the past three decades, america has signed on to too many trade deals that have not lived up to the hype. trade deals often boosted the profits of large corporations while at the same time failing to protect worker rights, labor standards, the environment, and
public health. we need to end the race to the bottom and develop trade policies that support jobs here in america. that's what democrats believe we should review agreements negotiated years ago to update them to reflect these principles . any further trade agreements must make sure our trading partners cannot undercut american workers by taking short cuts on labor policies or the environment. they must not undermine democratic decision-making through special privileges and private courts for corporations trade negotiations must be transparent and inclusive. democrats' priority is to significantly strengthen enforcement of existing trade the toolsstrengthen we have, including by holding countries accountable on currency manipulation and significantly expanding enforcement resources. china and other countries are using unfair trade practices to tilt the playing field against
american workers and businesses. when they dump cheap products in our market, subsidized, state-owned enterprises devalue currencies and discriminate against american companies, our middle class pays the price. that has to stop. democrats will fight to use all our trade enforcement tools to hold china and other trading and all accountable, countries must be held accountable when they manipulate their currencies to gain a competitive advantage. while we believe that openness to the world economy is an important source of american leadership and dynamism, we will oppose trade agreements that do not support good american jobs, raise wages, and improve our national security. we believe any new trade agreements must include strong and enforceable labor and environmental standards in their with streamlined and effective enforcement mechanisms. they should crack down on the on air and illegal subsidies other
countries grant their businesses at the expense of ours. they should promote innovation and should protect a free and open internet. we should never into a traded -- enter into a trade agreement that prevents our government or other governments from putting in place rules that protect the environment, food safety, or the health of u.s. citizens or others around the world. any trade agreement must protect workers and the environment and not undermine access to critically needed prescription drugs. these are the standards all democrats believe should be applied to all trade agreements, including the transpacific partnership. has a proponent one-minute explanation period. >> good morning, everybody. my name is lee saunders. i am the president of the 1.6 of everydayers
heroes who never quit providing public services to communities across the country. [applause] i rise to present an amendment to the trade section on behalf therganized labor, and with full support of hillary rodham , of all the vitally important issues we are grappling with this weekend, this may be the subject to which ordinary americans are paying the closest attention. i know we all share their frustration with the trade deals that hurt our community for decades. my amendment adds necessary language to the draft. specifically, it adds new language that protect working families from the private and secretive court that has privileged national corporate interest over the common good
and undermined our very democracy. deserve a level playing field. so this amendment requires that we vote to hire american families and arm ourselves with stronger enforcement tools. >> i just have to find out if there are 15 people who are endorsing this first. and there are. applause] let me explain now -- you went over the one minute, so i don't want to get myself in trouble. pursuant to agreement, proponents of the agreement are now given eight minutes to speak to it. your eight minutes will begin now. >> i want to start from the beginning. american workers deserve a level playing field.
crucially, we say this as we sit here today -- do not just apply to the old treaties, which we commit to renegotiating, and not just to future negotiations, but to the current treaties. the powerful corporate special up against inre this fight can only be overcome if we forge unprecedented unity, sisters and brothers, and i believe this can be done starting with all of us here today in this room. have wide public support behind us, wider than ever. we have the open opposition to tpp from both of our candidates running for president of the united states. for once, all democratic candidates and labor are of one
view -- no on tpp. [applause] no more. no more. no more trade deals that give americans and working families across the country the shaft. we are united on this issue, and supportr your united for this amendment. thank you. [applause] >> mr. chairman, fellow democrats, my name is bob martinez. i and the international president of the international association of machinists and aerospace workers. we represent proudly 630,000 fighting machinists across this country. [applause] our union is an industrial union. .ur union makes things
trade agreements like tpp will hundreds ofion' thousands of jobs, if not millions of jobs. good paying jobs, american jobs. all workers and communities will of thisa direct result transpacific partnership agreement. let's be clear -- we are not opposed to trade, but we want fair trade, not power trade. as what is being proposed in this flawed trade agreement .alled tpp tpp must be transparent. as thisbe inclusive amendment provides. i believe, with all due respect, that this amendment offered by is clearly saunders
a huge improvement to the existing language you have before you. guidelines for trade agreements to meet in order to gain passage to congress. this seriously flawed tpp does not and cannot meet these standards set forth in this direct result, i strongly urge you, my fellow democrats, to vote yes to this amendment, this pro-worker amendment, on trade for all american workers. [applause] >> my name is randi weingarten. i and the president of the 1.6-million-member american federation of teachers -- i am the president. [applause]
tpp duringn against this year, during these 2, 3 years when we have watched communities all across the country, communities where our members are nurses, teachers, communities have been unraveled because of what has happened to our manufacturing base. and we are glad of the robust debate in the country this year thatade, and we are glad both of our candidates are against tpp. but what this amendment does, what the saunders amendment does in addition -- sorry, i'm sorry to yell. i know, but girls shouldn't yell, right? in addition to what was already take whattform is we
trump has now used as a sound bite and we make it into a standard. that is what this does. these thingsall around. we need a democrat to have a standard on trade, to be about what we are for, not just what we are against, and what we are or, not just in the pacific, but in all areas of the world. and i want to make one more point -- in this amendment, the point about no more private courts -- this is not a hypothetical. cases are coming up in other countries that seem crazy of suing poland for billions of dollars because poland decided not to privatize a government function.
this amendment says these are the standards we are for and we will hold everyone accountable for these standards of fair trade, not free trade. so i ask for unanimous support for the saunders amendment. >> one minute. one minute. [applause] >> my name is bennie thompson. i'm a member of the united states house of representatives, and i one of those folks who will have to decide on this issue. to be very clear, i support the saunders amendment. i have never voted for any trade agreement since i have been in the united states house of representatives. nafta seen the impact of and a lot of other trade agreements that have been to the detriment of working men and women in this country. i will not support any agreement
that denigrates workingmen and .omen in this country let me be very clear -- democrats cannot support anything less than fair trade. it is an abomination for us to even consider any trade supportt that does not working men and women. support the saunders amendment. >> pursuant to the agreement of on parties, i am now calling ben for the purpose of making an amendment to the amendment. actually, wait a minute. do you have that? you are going to do it from there. >> mine is really simple, y'all. i just want to add the words,
"that's why we oppose the tpp." [applause] >> pursuant to the agreement we have, 15 seconds. five minutes to speak to the issue. >> thank you. thank you. good morning. i am a lifelong civil rights organizer. i was trained by congressman thompson and the people who .rained him i was trained by del lucy and norm hill. i spent my early 20's stumping against nafta, and i am proud of the unity in this room and our party and between mr. sanders and secretary clinton and their opposition to the tpp.
let me be very clear -- we are facing something in all my years of campaigning against bad trade agreements we have never seen republicanch is a opponent who intends to run clearly against the tpp. we have it on good authority that the draft gop platform speaks clearly against the tpp, and we must empower every representative of the democratic party to speak clearly against the tpp. [applause] we have the unity in this room against the tpp that we have because we know that we cannot afford for the detroit auto ofts industry to go the way the southern textile industry. [applause]
we have the unity we have in this room against the tpp because we know that we cannot and all theietnam other countries in the tpp to finish the job that nafta started in destroying manufacturing in the united states. [applause] are democrats first and foremost because we believe in the power of organizing and uplifting regular people to improve the destiny for their families. that, inder to do order to empower every democratic organizer across this country this fall, we must say clearly, the democratic party, through its platform, is on record as being opposed to the transpacific partnership. thank you. >> one minute each. [applause]
clear -- if itry were not for the sanders campaign, we would not even be having this kind of debate. [applause] >> bernie! bernie! bernie! >> let us also be clear that divisions between the corporate wing and the populist wing of this party is one in which we do not want windowdressing talking about working people. put at opposition that stress on ordinary people even when my brothers and sisters who i love so much from the labor movement support a candidate who was not clear about tpp in the way in which bernie sanders was. we want unity, but we want it real. we do not want it on the backs of working people. we want opposition to tpp in this platform.
>> are we done? you have one minute left if you want it. no, no, no. one minute. thatjust want you to know it does not take all that just to say we are against the tpp. plain and simple, we need to leave no doubt that democrats stand for the working men and women in this country and their babies and their children's .hildren just plain and simple, leave no doubt that we are against the tpp. to my sisters and brothers who live in midwestern states who know clearly what nafta did to rape and pillage the working-class men and women in our state in particular, we need to leave no doubt that we stand up for the everyday mamas and daddies in this country. leave no doubt that we stand up for generations in this country.
leave no doubt that we continue to stand up for workers rights in this country. vote no on tpp. >> thank you. [applause] pursuant -- let's have some order. pursuant to the agreement already reached, the opponents of ben's offered amendment to the amendment now have five minutes to speak in opposition. pursuant to agreement. that clock begins now. -- i thinkay this that all of you saw this when both parties came up because we are friends. we know each other very well, but i want to make it real clear -- the trade union movement does not take a backseat to anybody regarding its opposition to bad trade policy and to tpp. we have stood up constantly
fighting our enemies and sometimes our friends because we understand how this hurts, watching families and how it hurts our communities. i would urge you to look once because my amendment everything that these sisters and brothers said is included in my amendment. support mye you to amendment and not support the amendment provided by them. thank you very much. [applause] morning, sisters and brothers. good morning, sisters and brothers. [applause] i stand in front of you not as someone that is dressed and not aware of what it is to be a worker. i am that. i come out of the textile workers industry. i know what nafta was all about.
i know how a that agreement can impact workers because i am a worker who has been affected in that manner, but i also heard what the saunders amendment says, and it says that we needed a platform in order to make things transparent. it also said that we needed a platform that would make people .ccountable it also says that we are fighting for things to be there to american workers and to make sure that jobs in america were not going to be taken away from here. we have an obligation to make sure that what we stand on is unified and inclusive. saundersead what lee proposed, you see that it is all there. we're talking about what we need in order to make us strong, not what we stand against, because it is clear what we stand against. we have been there.
i worked at a textile plant for all those years not to say that we don't have a voice. we have a voice. we know what credibility and accountability is about. i stand in support of the saunders amendment. [applause] >> two and a half minutes. >> my name is david whirling. georgia. my hometown lost thousands of textile jobs. i spent years 25 years ago running for congress talking about these issues, running against a republican incumbent, losing by 900 votes to a guy named newt gingrich. i have spent 25 years since
holding corporations accountable. don't take a backseat to freshmanven my philosophy professor, cornell west, when it comes to standing up for fair trade, but i'm asking you to vote no on the .ealous amendment the saunders amendment is a remarkable achievement. anyone who has been involved in these issues for this many years knows what a remarkable achievement it is. tpp will standard that not meet. that other trade deals will not .eet we have to vote for the saunders amendment. i urge you to vote against the jealous amendment. >> one minute left. one minute left. >> my name is kevin williamson.
i am with the united food and commercial workers union, who represents over 1.3 million members in the united states. the democratic platform is meant to be aspirational. it is meant to guide us towards what we want our government to , what we want our nation to be -- a roadmap for how we apply our principles and values through governance. ufcw opposes tpp -- opposes tpp. this trade deal harms american workers and all who we represent. w supports thec saunders amendment, which lays out the terms we insist must be met before any trade agreement can be considered fair. i oppose the jealous agreement because it is too narrow. tpp is only one of many trade
agreements. old and new that does not live up to its promise in protecting and improving the lives of american workers. i encourage everyone here to think they are than the , which willo tpp share -- >> thank you. >> thank you. then, you had a question? mr. jealous: just for clarification, i was adding to, not replacing the saunders amendment. >> thank you. pursuant to discussion, if the proponents and opponents would return to the station to vote, we are going to prepare to have a rollcall vote. that is a 62nd vote. rather than doing it twice, we are just going to go direct on
the jealous amendment. what is before you. please set up the 62nd clock. do not vote please until i ask you to so that we do not have any confusion. i need the clock set up. all right. do we have the clock set up please? ok, here we go. vote if you are in favor of the jealous amendment, yes. if you are against it, vote no. do you understand? let vote. clock is running. vote.'s clock is running.
heather got me, and i am from bernie sanders' home state of vermont. i keep hearing the message that we need to say what we are or and i agree with that, but in this case, i think we really need to say what we are against. one of the things i would like to highlight about the tpp is why this is that for women. i think that is a really relevant thing to talk about right now. it is a race to the bottom for women making minimum wage. would be forced to compete directly with vietnamese ankers making less than $.65 hour. women, especially women of color, are disproportionately affected by downward pressure on wages. 2/3 ofake up nearly minimum-wage workers. trade agreements tend to discourage competition and increase competition with international workers, which the roads conditions at home and globally. it is also terrible for women's
health. during tpp negotiations, big pharma push for extreme monopolies. health care advocates like doctors without borders have raised serious concerns about its effects on access to medicine. drug companies have an allowed to add stipulations to the agreement that would increase the length of patents. the tpp would be a death sentence for many cancer patients, including women with breast and cervical cancer, by keeping lifesaving medicines out of reach due to exorbitant monopoly pricing. women treating aggressive rest cancer or cervical cancer do not have the luxury of waiting to eight years for accessed to affordable medicine. by pushing up drug prices, the tpp could impact medicaid, which also has a big impact on women and families. thank you. [applause] ms. kramer: name is christine cramer. i am from the state of nevada. i am against the saunders amendment because of the very last line shown highlighted --
states including the transpacific partnership, which opens it wide open for a franken-bill. this opens it wide open for a lame-duck session. was notg enforcement enough. nafta destroyed our communities not following the rules. we had never funded enough cops on the beat to enforce against corporate america. we need strong, arm language. vote no on this because we need the high tower amendment that no, -- that says, "hell, tpp." stevenson: my name is kylie stevenson. i'm from indiana. i live on the west side of indianapolis where the carrier air-conditioning plant is, which is going to be closed next year, and 1300 jobs are going to be shipped to mexico as a result of agreements like nafta and like the transpacific partnership.
i want to speak directly to my fromw platform members industrial states. we all have to go home tomorrow and face our neighbors and tell them what we did to protect their jobs, and the best way to thatat, to leave no doubt we support working people, that we support the people working in manufacturing in our state, is to say clearly that the democratic party opposes the transpacific partnership. [applause] is why, with the greatest respect, i am opposed to this amendment and in favor of the high tower amendment, which sets a strong, aspirational standard that the democratic party takes a back seat to no one on fair trade and opposes the transpacific partnership with no exceptions.
thank you. .overnor malloy: four minutes mr. craig: my name is robert craig from the great state of wisconsin. jobs tolost 135,000 trade agreements. the people of america think the economy is rigged against them, and they are right. quite frankly, we've had no speech here in favor of tpp, but we cannot bring ourselves to say we are against tpp. what is going on? so you still have something you can do. jim hightower's amendment is coming up, and that will take a clear stand against tpp and for a positive view of what we should do for our economy. thank you. >> i supported and agreed with the majority of his choices, but with all due respect to president obama, i cannot support this
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