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agriculture, food, fiber, energy, pharmaceuticals, biology, so many efforts there. so i hope we'll grow a good new crop. >> you have been generous with your time do. you still have your dad's tractor? >> i do. and that 686 that i spent a lot of time on, thousands of hours on, i have it secured in a beautiful place. it was restored wonderfully with good friends. it was a wonderful recounting of memories brought back a lot of memories from my childhood. >> we look forward to covering you over the next few months. >> hope this won't be the last time. thank you, guys. [ applause ]
scott wong is senior staff writer with this hill. what is the status on the republicans health care bill? >> we have seen a real push from the white house and g.o.p. leadership. both would like a vote this week specifically, donald trump who is still awaiting his first major legislative victory after passing his 100 day mark over the weekend. but as it looks right now, they don't have the votes. i was told by a congressman frank lucas of oklahoma if they did have the votes we'd be on the floor within half an hour.
and so far that has not happened. there were two significant gop defections this week. billy long, a conservative from missouri and fred upton, the former energy and commerce chair, one of the key voices who was pushing obamacare repeal over the last several years both said they could not support this bill because of what they said it would gut protections for, people with preexisting conditions. and so those were a one-two punch for gop leadership this week. it looks as though the vote is heading in the wrong direction from what gop leaders would like. >> we are looking as we speak this afternoon the headline at thehill.com. 22 no votes. on fred upton and billy long, this seems to be an issue that is concerning a number of members. >> it is specifically members who are from more moderate
districts although billy long is more conservative. that is surprising and unexpected up here on capitol hill. but essentially, this stems from an amendment or a deal that was struck between tuesday group chairman tom mcar thur of new jersey, a moderate and mark meadows, the freedom caucus chairman, in order to bring on reluctant conservatives from the house freedom caucus, but what it's done essentially has driven away gop votes on the more moderate wing of the party. so now there is a real push from the vice president who has been up here on capitol hill from speaker ryan who has been calling members into his office to try and flip some of those moderate no votes back to yes. >> what specifically has the vice president been telling members about health care legislation?
>> well, the message from the white house and from speaker ryan in the closed door meeting with rank and file republicans earlier today was this is sort of a do or die moment. of course we've heard that in past weeks when we thought we were on the cusp of a health care vote. maybe that message is wearing a little thin with some of these members. but ryan made a case to his rank and file today saying this is a do or die moment. this vote, whether we vote or whether we do not vote, this will define us in 2018 and beyond. so that sort of is some of the rhetoric we're hearing about the contro capitol. right now, however they are still searching for votes and hauling in members to vice president pence's office up here on the capitol on the house side
and trump after billy long came out and told me that he was a no vote and i tweeted it out, billy long said shortly after that tweet went out he received a phone call from the president himself trying to cajole him and switch his vote. but billy long said he remained a no even after a conversation with the president. >> the president is staying act initiative the budget process as well. the house will take up that spending measure for 2017. the senate later this week. the president tweeting, however about the whole process and looking ahead to the fiscal year '18 saying either we elect more republican senators in 2018 or change the rules. our country needs a good shutdown in september to fix the mess. what was the reaction from members on that? >> well, members certainly don't want to shut the government down and i'm not sure how seriously they were taking that message from the president. but clearly, it looks like this
bill is heading in the right direction. it will come up for a vote in the house -- i'm sorry, the current funding bill to fund the government through september will come up for a vote in the house as early as tomorrow and then head over to the senate, where it looks like it will pass although we're hearing a few murmurs of some senators making some noise about the need for more defense funding. but the real fight over funding will happen in the fall. that's when this current government funding bill will run out and donald trump is insisting on funding for his border wall and some of his other priorities. and so that fight for now has been punted to the fall. but i think this is not the end that we are going to hear about trump's border wall. >> scott wong, a senior staff writer with the hill. follow his reporting on twitter.
>> thank you. during the commander in chief's trophy presentation, president trump commented on the $1.1 trillion spending bill deal reached to fund the government through september. the house will take up the measure on wednesday. here's part of the president's remarks. >> this week our republican team had its own victory under the radar. that is a very important thing for the men and women of the united states military and it's a very important thing for the people of our country. in our new budget, and it's been a very hotly contested budget, because as you know, we have to go through a long and rigorous process, but we've ended years of painful cuts to our military and just achieved a $21 billion increase in defense spending. [ applause ]
and we didn't do any touting like the democrats did by the way. not only did we achieve this massive and badly needed increase in defense but we did so without having to put in place an equal increase in non-defense spending, breaking the so-called parity rule that was breaking our budget and degrading our military. and that's not happening any more. that i can tell you. so you're going to have the money we need and the equipment we need. there will never be a time -- i will tell you this -- when we will be spending more money -- we are doing the necessary money, we're going to have the finest equipment of all times, whether it's airplanes or ships or equipment, in general, that we've ever had in the history of our country we are take care of our military and we're not going to go back to what we were doing for the last long period of
time. our military is going to be taken care of. that, i promise you, thank you. thank you, folks. with this major investment in america's national defense, a core campaign promise of mine, we are at last reversing years of military cuts and showing our determination and resolve to the entire world and believe me, the entire world is watching. and we have resolve like never, ever before. these long awaited increases will make america more safe and more secure and give our amazing service members the tools, equipment, training, and resources they need and they very much deserve. to top that, we achieved the single largest increase in border security funding in ten
years, so we have more money now for if border than we've gotten in ten years. the democrats didn't tell you that, they forgot. in their notes they forgot to tell you that. with enough money to make a down payment on the border wall. i think they'll go back and check their papers. this includes swiftly replacing ineffective and failing fencing and walls with an unbreakable barrier. so we're putting up a lot of new walls in certain areas, we're putting up a tremendous amount of money to fix the existing structures that we have, some of which we can keep into the future. they're in good shape but we have to bring them back to the highest level. we'll be doing that with this payment. and make no mistake we are beginning to build the wall and we will keep out the gang members, criminals, drug and human traffickers that threaten our citizens and that threaten our security.
any member of congress who opposes our plans on border security and i know these folks don't is only empowering these deadly and dangerous threats. and we will not put up with it and the public won't put up with it. this bill also includes important health care resources for our great coal miners who have not been treated well. but now they're being treated very well and continues to make funding available so inner city children here right in the nation's capital can go to the school of their choice. choice is so important. after years of partisan bickering and gridlock, this bill is a clear win for the american people. we brought lawmakers together
from both sides of the aisle to deliver a budget that funds the rebuilding of the united states military, makes historic investments in border security and provides health care for our miners and school choice for our disadvantaged children. very importantly there, is no long-term bailout for the insurance companies that the democrats desperately wanted to subsidize -- donors -- the badly failing obamacare. do you know what donors are? i used to be a donor. identify used to get everything i wanted. this is what winning looks like. something that you folks really know a lot about. in an interview, hillary clinton blamed her election loss on russian hackers and on fbi director james comey. director comey will testify at the senate jewiudiciary committ
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hemmings family despite whatever privilege that sally hemmings and her children might have had, they all lived with the specter or the possibility that that could happen because the law construed h construed them as property. >> for our american history tv schedule go to www.c-span.org. scottish historian mile ferguson debated the future of geopolitics. they looked at nationalism around the world. it was part of the munk debate series. >> and i would argue that's a much better gamble for the future than to continue the current system, the current policies, the current bureaucracies, the current mess if washington. that's why i think we