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so it would be un-american to not be devoted to those. >> i think to be american means that we get to stand up and express ourselves, that we have the right to express our voice, our actions, and to quote a lla wheeler by e wilcox, "to stand by silence and when we should protest makes cowards out of men." >> i think what it means to be an american means having a right over your own future, choosing where you want to live, taking whatever it job you want, spending money however you want it. that is truly what it means to be american. >> voices from the road on c-span. c-span's coverage of
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political coverage continues tonight as president trump travels to el paso, texas for a make america great again rally. our live coverage is on c-span2. ohionator sherrod brown took part in a roundtable with voters from new hampshire as he considers whether to enter the 2020 presidential race. this is one hour. rep. cushing: i am lenny cushing. i am a moderator for the school
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district and a state representative. i want to make everybody who turned out to the school district last night. this is what i refer to as the band room. it is now the lecture hall. it is good to see people i went to high school here with. i want to welcome you here tonight to this conversation we are going to have. during this week in the legislature, there are hearings on family medical leave insurance, which is something we have been talking about in the legislature for the past two sessions, and i am honored to be asked by the folks for a family-friendly economy to introduce, to welcome you here, and i want to introduce our guest from ohio, senator sherrod brown, who is going to say a few words, and then we are going to have a conversation. [applause] sen. brown: thank you. it is a pleasure to be here. this is my first time in new believe themts, i
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if i remember right, i was in manchester, new hampshire, at plymouth state university, first with senator shaheen, campaigning in 2014, and then with her husband. so thank you. i would like to introduce my wife, connie schultz. [applause] connie -- and i will not say much. i mostly want to hear from the panelists, of course. we are here with the dignity of work tour. i was reelected to the senate, and i have continuously been noticing democrats seem to thank you either choose to talk to the regressive base, or you talk to working families and listen to issues that matter to them, and i do not think it is a choice. i think you have to do both. we do not win states and general
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elections in states like new hampshire and ohio to swing states unless we talk to workers and to progressives. i am a longtime progressive, but i went to a state like -- win in a state like ohio because what i am and who i fight for every day is the dignity of work. if you love your country, you will make it work, regardless of what kind of work you do, whether you shower before or after work, understanding challenges that people who look like me in the workplace, women and. people of color have greater challenges. higher wages and better benefits, for better workplace rules, and we fight for profamily policies, like this legislature is doing, senator sherman and others, moving this governor in the right place, and governor sununu to actually do the right thing on family policies like this is so important. so i think those in the house and those in the senate who are
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working on these issues, and i want to be part of this as we work to advance the issues, family issues in congress and in the house and senate. congratulations on electing a new member of congress from new hampshire, too, and reelecting annie, and continuing to have tw female senators, the only two womeno elected to be governors and senators are serving you right now in this great state. ohio is working to have a progressive woman governor or senator one of these days. thank you for blazing the trail. jan, you can start your this is a listening tour, so i will listen. jan: welcome. tonightu for joining us for this discussion. my name is jan schaffer. i live in warner, new hampshire. i am recently retired from the staff of the afl-cio, which is the federation of unions.
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i have beenirement, working with the campaign for a family-friendly economy to help pass family medical leave from new hampshire, and i am really passionate about this issue, both because i have had family and medical leave, but also because i have not had it. when my son was born, i did not have it. it was 26 years ago. fortunatetly, i was to have a union contract, and that provided for paid family leave, and i was able to be with my mother when she died, which was an incredible gift, and it would have been more than stressful to have to try to balance work and taking care of a parent like that. so i am really excited that senator brown is joining us tonight. ofis a leader on issues importance to working families. he spent his time in the u.s. senate relentlessly abdicating
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for us, and i am so happy for him to be here. sen. brown: thank you. jan: so welcome, again. the format for this evening, first, we will hear from a panel , who sees the need for family and medical leave, and senator brown will speak a bit more. we will have time for questioning from folks here. i am sure that many people in this room have struggled with the issues that we are going to talk about tonight or you are going to hear about tonight. maybe recently had a baby or you adopted or maybe your parents are an aging parent, a partner who is ill. int of us face these events our lives, and for far too many of us, we face difficult come almost impossible choices when we get into these situations,
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and we are glad that new hampshire and many other states in the country are working to find solutions. according to the federal reserve face an% of us cannot unexpected $400 expense. wagess in part because are not keeping up for a lot of working families, and they are living paycheck to paycheck, to and some of ust, in this room probably know that ifour situation, that something unexpected happens, we would not be able to sort of keep our finances together. health problem or a disability is what can push many of us into poverty, and losing income, even for a short , can really be destabilizing to our families.
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family and medical leave insurance can provide temporary financial bridge and can help us maintain financial security while meeting the caregiving needs in our family. ,ome of us are single parents some of us, we are holding our families together with one income, or we are a two-person family with one person or both people working at trying to juggle all the daily joys and all the daily stresses that we in our familyne may be battling addiction and needs time off to go into rehab. family medical leave insurance be there for all of us, to relieve some of the strain of taking time off from work. we are grateful to be joined by a panel of people from this community who will start this discussion for us. first, we have former state representative in the ceo of one
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sky community services, which serves a region of new hampshire hampshireduals in new for people with disabilities, chris muns. ands: thank you, jan, senator brown here and i am the only person in my family who did not graduate from high school. by serving onthat the school board for a number of years. i grew up in that mitten-shaped state to the north of ohio. while i did not attend the university of michigan, both of my kids were born in ann arbor, so i am obligated to say "go blue." [laughter] rounds fan as a bran fan, go patriots.
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you guys when a lot of stuff. sox, you have high real urban. [laughter] kyrie [laughter] chris: i am the ceo of one sky community services. in newvery proud hampshire at being the first state in the country to do you institutionalize the care provided to individuals with developmental disabilities. where the first state to allow people with those disabilities to live independently in the community. that is our role here and we are responsible for a region that includes most of rockingham have a contract with the state of new hampshire, and we administer the state- funded and the federal-funded
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medicaid programs that support those individuals. hampshire, unlike a lot of other states where the state department would provide those services, new hampshire entered into a private-public with nine other organizations like us to cover the state. we serve about 1000 people, 1000 families. we have an annual budget of about $30 million. across the state, i think the system supports about 12,000, and the annual budget is closer to $400 million. most of the people we support, that we were with -- well, most of the people that we work with, we call them our clients, most of our clients continue to live at home, and the primary caregiver for those individuals is their family. what we do is we supplement that support by getting funding so that they can hire people to come in and help them in the
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community. we call those folks direct support professionals, who take them out into the community. if one of those people is unable to come to work, it puts a tremendous stress on the family, because most of the families of the people we work with are struggling themselves. they are two-income earners, that ishe staff supposed to take care of a family member with a disability is not able to show up, mom or and if youstay home, are an hourly employee, that means you are going to lose pay. that is an immediate issue if it lasts for a day. it becomes a much longer issue if it goes on for longer periods of time. you combine that with the fact that new hampshire is facing this perfect storm of workforce-related issues. we have the second oldest average population in the country, behind maine.
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we are going for it, though. we have the lowest unemployment rate in new england. i think it is hovering around 2%. we have the highest cost of an in-state college education and the country, which leads to the highest average student debt in the country, and we have an incredibly difficult time finding staff, so what that does is it puts the families we are working within a lot of situations where they just finance on an ongoing basis, as they face the challenge -- do i care for my loved one, or do i lose my job? if they had paid family leave, that would provide them with the extra support. thank you, again. jan: thank you, chris. next on our panel is heather
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carol. heather is the manager of public policy at the alzheimer's policy of massachusetts, the new hampshire chapter. she is a social worker and has been working in the field with elders for over 15 years and has a very good understanding of the importance and the challenges of caregiving. heather: thank you very much, and welcome to new hampshire, senator. we know that you are a leader when it comes to alzheimer's disease in congress currently. we are so appreciative for your support of the bowl infrastructure act that was an excellent bipartisan -- if you can believe it or not -- bipartisan. if you have a brain, you can be affected by this disease. we have 14,000 individuals with alzheimer's and a couple
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thousand more with related diseases. the caregivers are giving 17 million hours of pre-care per year. as chris alluded to, the direct care staff in new hampshire is extremely tough. it also leads to the issue of staff that is trained, properly, to care for individuals with needs come with our disease process is a specific need, so we are unfortunately sometimes competing for people to come to work, and when you have that sort of situation , it leaves families without a lot of options, other than families to care for themselves. we as an organization realize being out of the paid family leave fight, which was ridiculous to us, it was taking it to the other end of the spectrum. we heard lots about new moms and
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adoptions and banks, but we are like -- and things, but we are like "what about our people?" our people are dealing with these things all the time. two out of three of our family members are still in the workforce, and talking to families, the thought process of having to take an early retirement, because there is no workforce out there, if we want to stay with our loved one with alzheimer's or any dementia, we are looking at possible retirement, which means leaving the workforce and leaving a really great job that has fantastic benefits, and the thought process of losing your job because you're out a lot, because you are currently caring for a loved one or taking them to dr. appointment and things like that. the thought of losing your insurance is mind-boggling. i had a gentleman yesterday who was talking about how is he had
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paid family leave, he would have job protection. he is on the older end of the spectrum, so he may be easily dismissed, and if that happens, his wife's prescription meds would jump dramatically if he lost insurance. he is keeping her home right now, and the thought of putting her in a nursing home justifies things from here, but a family dealing with alzheimer's disease should not have to think about possibly losing their jobs, or -- can i keep my job and still have some time to do some transition? we have families who want to move their loved one home because it is not safe for them to be in the community any longer and would love to have a total weeks to just move that transition. we have another woman who is moving her home has lived -- moving her mom, who has lived at her home in bedford for 52 years. she has to take her to a more
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structured care environment, and she does not have the time off from work to help with that transition. we hear stories of kids caring for their parents and trying to make things work, especially when the hospital calls and says, you know, your dad has and we need you to come in, because he needs to is in121, because he the early stages of alzheimer's disease. he needs to stay here. families are in tough situations, and having to balance everything seems to be very complicated. our foe who benefit just as much from having a very strong paid here in new bill hampshire, and federally would be fantastic as well. then we could draw from that model. and what if it be great if new hampshire could pave the way for
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a very strong way of keeping our loved ones home? i think that is also the new hampshire way, is to be able to make our own choices, no matter what happens in life. jan: thank you, heather. , who is next on our panel, is the superintendent of fau 90, which is this district. earlyen is a leader in .m.ldhood, in s.t.e initiatives. named superintendent of the year in 2015. she has been a teacher, a principal, and now a superintendent. supt. murphy: thank you. senator, welcome to new hampshire. a family of communities that is very devoted to their kids, families, and extended families. have found that if
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this is your first stop, this is a great first up, because it is a terrific community. i am a proud public school educator, public school educator for 47 years, so i have a lot of that have given me a focus on understanding the impact that families undergo every day. you know, most of our families recently are working. it is interesting, but change, change, since the recession, we see a lot of families working, but what we have discovered is those families are working with a lot oflow-paying jobs, a lot service jobs, hourly jobs with very few benefits, without any coverage of insurance, so that we have had situations where we have had families come to us. just recently we had a single mom come to us. she was going to have surgery.
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she came to our office talk to our social worker, because she did not know what she was going to do, because her pay was able to pay the rent and put food on the table and secure the kids, but she knew that having surgery, she would be out of the workforce, and she had no backup. what was she to do? again, i talk about hampton -- it rallies, it supports their families, but she was frantic, because she knew she did not have the and come to be able to support her. she knew that she would be out for six weeks with surgery and recuperation. we don't look at students, we look at families and students. when something happens in the family commit has a direct impact on the work that we do every day. families have
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stresses, as ivies that has a significant impact on student learning. we have learned that when kids because ofd, different situations, their brain responds differently, and they are not this unit that we see -- the student that we see every day in the classroom. looking at ways to help families in any way we can, whether it is providing extra food. we have a program called 68 hours for hunger. we provide food for families on friday. that is enough food for 16 hours, represents the time from hot lunch to breakfast on monday morning, so they have extra food, again, a real community effort. real criticalose pieces of housing and food and clothing are critical for our kids, and when we can't do that and we can't provide that support for families, it is really the kids that suffer. and i think we do not often think about that when we think about paid family leave, we
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think about adults, but the significant impact on children, we have seen that in a number of cases, just in our small community. we have a community of about 1100 students, k-8, and then our students come to when it on a cunit highl -- winna school for their high school experience. jan: thank you, kathleen. thank you so much. our final panelist who will will introduce the senator again is state senator and dr. tom sherman. representsrman district 24, and he is a gastroenterologist who has been a very active advocate of expanding medicaid in new hampshire. he is also serving currently on the state's task force
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investigating the success cancer cluster. sen. sherman: hi, everybody. so muche summer with vibrating through your neighborhoods, this feels like my second home or in my background, as many of you know, over at exeter, and when i was first elected to the house back in 2012, we expandingoking at it endin medicaid. as i learned more and more about expanding medicaid, one of the most interesting factoids was the study that came out of the oregon experience. when they expanded medicaid, which i will not go into the details of how they did it, it was randomized. half the population who was eligible got it, and have to not, so harvard it an amazing studying of that experience, and guess what the number one, earliest benefit
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was? anybody know? mental health. mental health. in the first two years of mental health, which is related to the classroom, is getting people back to school, it was the stability that having health , the immediatet benefit in the first two years was a benefit in depression, mental health, and financial stability. when we pass medicaid expansion in new hampshire, we saw that. and it takes a couple of years before hypertension, diabetes, and in my world, colitis and crohn's disease, those things catch up. the immediate benefit is mental health. if you listen to the panelists tonight, that is what they are talking about. paid medical family leave is all about financial security.
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about a reliable backstop. it is all about having a safety net that you can depend on, so last week, our majority leader sb 1. senate addresse introducd let me tell you a few things about sb this is really important. when i was on the campaign trail, i had multiple people talk to me about what i stress it was to not know what they would ever do if they got sick or if a family member got sick or if their child got sick, and they had to take time off. the bulk of the people could not take time off, and if they did, they lost their job. i think all of us are aware of that spiral. you lose your job, you lose your health care, you lose your health care, you lose your
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health, and all of a sudden, you are declaring bankrupt the. you are -- bankruptcy. you are losing your home, you are losing your apartment. so that downward spiral is what sb 1 is trying to help with. sb 1 is insurance. it is no different from unemployment insurance. it is not a tax. by the way some of the other point is that pregnancy is not a vacation. how many people here feel that pregnancy is a vacation? i have not been pregnant, but my wife will tell you it is not a vacation. the point is this is not a tax. you are going to hear it is an income tax. it is not. this is insurance. we have some really amazing examples of insurance where it started with the state, and a really good one is med-mal, medical malpractice insurance. if any of you are in health care and know what the jua was, we could not get independent practitioners insured, so the state said "we will step in."
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they step in until commercial insurers saw well, this is actually viable. it is financially doable. so now those practitioners are insured through commercial products. so there is a role for the state. that with unemployment insurance ran out, so it is insurance. it is universal. one of the concerns of governor sununu was that it did not involve state employees. sb 1 is everybody. the only people who are exempted are those people who work for companies that have a similar benefit, and then they are exempted, but the bottom line for the people of hampton, the people of the seacoast, and the people of new hampshire is that this is the financial stability that keeps you able to take care of your family and able to keep your job, and guess what? is what is probably the
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most critical component in our workforce. right? if people cannot show up to work , or they show up to work sick, or they show up to work stressed out, because their child is sick, or their parent is in a hospital, and they cannot be there, that has a huge impact on workforce. this is probably -- the medicaid expansion of this is the single most critical bill that we will be working on, and i am so excited that we are talking about it today. senator brown, i went to northwestern. that is another big tent schoo l. i know he was talking about michigan. michigan state usages clobber us.
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you have nothing to worry about. i have a full bio here. senator brown has done an amazing job in ohio, and one of the most important things is that in a state where president trump won by 10 points, senator brown prevailed by seven points in 2018. what that means is he is in touch with his equal. what that also means is that he is a really good listener, so i am glad that this is a listening session. sen. brown: thank you. sen. murphy: but there are a couple of issues with his -- sen. sherman: but there are a couple of issues with his bio. he is a cleveland indians fan. sen. brown: my email is damn yankees. [laughter] sen. brown: i will leave it at that.
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my wife and i spent three miserable hours in game six when jv drew, who never had a clutch hit in his life, hit a grand mer, and it basically ruined my life for a couple of years. sen. sherman: they then came back. there are a couple of points i want to bring back. these are critical points to the seacoast, when i was going through the campaign process. one, he is a champion of a woman's right to choose. [applause] woman's right to determine her own health choices. second of all, when he was elected to the senate, he did not go and use that platinum insurance plan. he waited until the affordable care act was insurance plan, he waited until the insurance was passed and gets his insurance through the exchange. i think that deserves a round of applause. [applause] sherman: some of you know i
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am chair of health and human services in the senate are you -- in the senate. of your work on voting rights. thank you so much for coming. thank you for helping us bring this incredibly important topic to the forefront. sen. brown: i will be brief. we have lots of time for questions and comments. i want to hear from people. let me say a word on each panelist. the importance of medicaid expansion, we have a republican governor in ohio who expanded medicaid against the wishes of his party. for that.eful i have many disagreements with him, but i know what medicaid expansion means to care generally, especially mental health services, and the opioid crisis isic health
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almost as bad per capita in ohio as it is in new hampshire. i know my work with maggie on it is for how tragic many families. cincinnatia day in at a similar kind of roundtable where a gentleman whose daughter was sitting next to me had been at treatment, he put his hand on her arm and said she would be dead if it were not for medicaid expansion. about $400, asaid huge amount of the american public cannot deal without going to a payday lender if their car breaks down. we have all read during the trunk shut down that 800,000 withoutemployees worked
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ppay and still had to arrange or care of an at least we got them back pay as we should have for all that stress that caused them. there are hundreds of thousands of contract workers that works for $12 an hour, but they don't work for the government. prepare the people that our food at federal facilities. the clean the offices and the grounds. they provide security, and they are not getting back pay. it is five weeks without pay for people making $14 an hour. what happens in their lives? they go to payday lenders. they go again and again, and they had a downward spiral that can lead to eviction and other horrible things. we have an obligation to them as we do to the families that all
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of you mentioned. thank you for pointing that out. chris, your comments about disability and aging population, medicaid matters, and so does legislation you are working on here. is an explosive situation. thank you for bringing that out. heather, i was lucky enough, maybe, i think that is the right word, with both my parents when they were in their late 80's several years apart in home care at their home in mansfield, ohio. nashua, a the size of north-central town that has been hit hard by globalization, just like lawrence, nashua, .anchester were hit so hard we were hit hard in a town like
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mansfield. i know what all that meant. i was lucky enough to be with my parents. i had a job where i could be with them the last day of their lives. they did not suffer from dementia, so it was not a two-year or five-year process. one of my friends, connie, her mother had dementia. her mother who seemed healthy and strong got less healthy as she cared for her father and his and evengot greater, though you would never have predicted it, her life ended before the father's life. you see that all the time with caregivers. with the additional stress of income and all that means. thank you for pointing that out. superintendent murphy, thank you for 47 years, is that what you said? --is that what you said?
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>> i was 10 when i got my first job. you do the math. sen. brown: cincinnati is one of cities in the country. it is not just taking care of students. it is obviously taking care -- sometimes they need food pantries at the school. maybe it has always been that way, and we ignored those needs. i love your 68 hours program. tom, thank you for making this sb-1. i think that is symbolism. it is a priority. it tells synnex were skeptics -- skeptics, and he
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really said that about pregnancy? >> he said that about family leave, like taking a vacation. sen. brown: not my taste to -- place to weigh in. something. sb 1 says that is smart and impressive and makes the chances of success that much greater. i will stop there and love to hear comments or questions. especially comments. thoughts and ideas. >> cody is the microphone. if you want to ask a question. sen. brown: just tell us a little about yourself, what are you are willing -- whatever you youwilling, name and where grew up. >> my name is robin.
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my husband and i just retired here from new york state. midwesterners to begin with. sen. brown: new york state is in the midwest? >> no, illinois. aclu voter. my big interest is in terminal justice reform -- criminal justice reform. all the states have different laws regarding restoration of voting rights. would you support the story -- totoring voting rights people who are out of prison or even in prison? alleviate you do to mask pressure -- mass incarceration?
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how would you help the formerly incarcerated to find employment? what is a person to do? sen. brown: a living wage for formerly incarcerated people. my wife, you should look at her on facebook or twitter. she is a pulitzer prize winner. she wrote about a gentleman by the name of michael green who had been wrongfully incarcerated for rape. for 12lowed him around years? prison for 12 she followed him around for his year after prison.
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that was before i knew her, 20 years ago. his challenges trying to find a gap in hisdozen year resume and how hard that is defined employment -- is to find employment. take mosti don't even credit for this. i make it a practice of calling large institutions in my state ad encouraging them to adopt $15 minimum wage. mitch mcconnell is not going to adopt a $15 minimum wage. cleveland clinic did recently. i have been pushing on that. service,ract custodial, and security.
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many companies don't think about that as part of their employees. if you go to the airport, the people that push the wheel wages work for sub-minimum and rely on tips. cory booker has pushed the first step act. it is important. aclu would say that much. box, thathe ban the they cannot ask about prior convictions as they go into the workplace. i worked with president obama do then executive order and
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statute. i've been working on voting rights issues my whole life. state,was secretary of republican officials did not believe in expending the franchise, but they did not believe in restricting it. my product was probably getting government agencies like the unemployment bureau to offer registration at the agency. my most fun accomplishment is i asked corporations all over ohio to help us. corporation's printed one million tree liners ay liners to register to
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vote. registration voter with ketchup stains, but they still counted. we have had generally good laws. you can actually vote in prison if you committed a misdemeanor. i am not a lawyer. felons cannot vote in prison. felons as soon as they are out of prison can vote. we have one of the best laws in the country on that. generally probably better than the average state, but not what it should be. someone do an easier
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question then that? >> thank you for coming, and thank you for organizing this. my name is kevin. i teach at this school. i'm a member of the national education association in new hampshire. while we would like family-friendly policies for us as employees, we do appreciate you seeing things across the country where teachers have been more active and demonstrative in their own labor concerns. we have concerns for all our support staff, but drivers, lunch ladies, people in the school buildings. know our students, when there are family-friendly policies, there can be better learning. thank you. thank you for bringing that up. andy morris.
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i teach at one of the community colleges in the area. sen. brown: what do you teach? >> history and government. inhale, it is in massachusetts. fromt a lot of students amateur. what can you do about the problem of student debt? sen. brown: connie teachers at kent state, her alma mater. she graduated. she was the first in her family to go to college. all three of her siblings followed her to college. she had virtually no dollar help from her parents and tells the story as so many first-generation students do when they are facing an issue at school, they call home, and their parents so often don't have answers because they have
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not had that experience. connie graduated with not much more than $1000 in student debt years ago. it is important we recognize that. you know what your question suggests, what we have done to this generation of students who may be put off marriage, having children, largely because of the cost of childcare and paying for student debt, less likely to start a business, less likely to buy a house, all the things we have inflicted on them. too many state governments would rather cut taxes for rich people then invest at bowling green and the university of toledo and ohio state and miami. that is the problem. congress is not nearly kept up at pell grant's. not even close. we are working on a match for
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the federal. this will take money. president trump and mitch mcconnell and paul ryan have decided that a tax cut of $1.5 trillion going to the richest people in the country is more important than all of that. we have got to figure out how to assist in funding of state universities. not that that takes care of all the problems. my work with senator kennedy on allowing forgiveness of loans for people who did public service, anything from to nursing, two police officers, to teaching at community college. being a superintendent or whatever. after 10 years, whatever debt you have not yet paid is canceled. this administration looks
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program and has done all they can to squeeze it. in the end, you should be up to renegotiate your loan. the banks have far too much power in making those decisions and keeping people under that economic duress. thank you for the question. i saw you out in the hall. how are you? >> good. how are you? i am a senior. i will be majoring next year in education. sen. brown: where will you be next year? >> i am looking at keene state college for music education. i want to be a high school music teacher. [applause] sen. brown: superintendent murphy just promised you a job. four and a half years, five
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years. >> you are pushing it a little bit, senator. sen. brown: not that there are any witnesses. >> i wanted to ask you your thoughts on young voters and empowering and motivating my voteation for people to for causes they believe in. sen. brown: thank you. that's a good question. , obviously, not particularly meaningful. increase innout voters under the age of 35 or 30. i'm not sure. 50% increase in turnout. this generation, you are younger than a millennial. will?rned 18 yet or soon [inaudible] [applause]
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sen. brown: you changed the world by voting. that is not overstated. this year, your generation, moree under 35, seem to be public minded, more interested in being full-fledged citizens then generations preceding, more political in the sense of issues and caring about climate change and guns and civil rights and rights, rights and lgbt write and things that are american values that this government seems hostile to. what you stand for and what you do really matters. we saw a 50% increase in turnout. we know people under 30 might .ot be as partisan they are progressive.
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practice on my party's part in my part if we cannot help you connect the dots on climate change. you understand climate change. you care about women's rights. you care about your lgbtq friends. you should vote. you should vote for people that will go a different direction from this president. thank you for that question. i will tell you a closing story that could have happened in new hampshire because the sophistication of new hampshire voters is similar to the sophistication of iowa voters. i called barack obama about a month ago and talked to them about candidacy and all that. he told me some interesting things. his first trip, president obama was launched, sorry, it was not
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in new hampshire. his success in iowa was where he did very well in 2008 in the iowa caucus. did not do as well here. he was flying back to iowa for his first visit a month after he was president in this big airplane. he had with him his secretary of agriculture, tom millsap, who ack,been governor of -- vils who had been governor of iowa. his press secretary in those days was robert gates. , turns to the president, tell mr. vils ack about the first call you made after the iowa caucus. i was tired. i was done. my young staff person pulls out a cell phone and says senator obama, you need to make five more calls. i'm done.
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i'm tired. no, you have to call five more people. like, state representatives were whoever? no, you have got to call five high school students. he said i am exhausted. these are all 18 years old. they are all going to bring their friends to the iowa caucuses next week. president obama takes the phone, and the woman answers. he says barbara, this is senator obama, i want to talk to about the caucuses next week. busy, i barrack, i am minute yearbook meeting, i will call you tomorrow. [laughter] all of you know that
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could have happened here. i have only met him three times. i need to meet him four times before i decide. >> thank you. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit]
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>> there are nearly 100 new members of the house of representatives this year, ohio, west virginia, maryland, mississippi, and washington added one and new member. gonzalezative anthony was a football star at ohio state. after injuries cut short his professional ball career, representative gonzalez earned his mba at stanford business school. he is the first latino elected to represent ohio. politics runs in her family.
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she is the daughter of former congressman samuel divine, whose seat would be filled by john kasich. congress and michael guest was a local prosecutor in mississippi for 25 years before his election to the house. he is also a sunday school teacher at his local baptist church. representative david trone and his brother opened a small liquor store in the 1990's. the company moved its headquarters to maryland and has expanded to become the largest independent timeline retailer in the country. -- fine wine retailer in the country. a pediatrician and the only female doctor in congress. new congress, new leaders. today, a discussion on how to protect the human rights of journalists. we hear from lawmakers and reporters at the national press
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club in washington, d.c. that is live at 1:30 p.m. eastern on c-span two. >> tonight on the communicators, from the state of the net d.c.,ence and washington, we will discuss internet regulations and monitoring. >> the sec>> has -- fcc has rulemaking authority that is much more expensive. they can say here are the rules of the road. here is how you have to treat traffic and privacy. we don't have the ability to do that across the board when it comes to consumer protection issues. we have much more limited rulemaking ability. we have sector specific laws that will protect some data some
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of the time. mean so many different things when they talk about privacy that it is hard to see how congress does anything that is specific. people have not agreed on what the problem is. i think there are a lot of areas people could agree on, that these are the types of injuries we are trying to stop consumers from suffering. i think we could get there, but right now the conversation is very vague. it talks about privacy as a general idea. watch the communicators tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2. ♪ >> now democratic senator amy klobuchar of minnesota announces her candida


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