tv Political Civility and Bipartisanship CSPAN February 20, 2018 12:28am-1:25am EST
to investigate it, and as you fec has basically deadlocked on all of this the last couple of years. >> you can see the rest of that conversation and other speakers from the event tomorrow night here on c-span. >> c-span, where history unfolds daily. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's cable television companies. youy, we continue to bring unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events and around the c country. c-span is brought to you by your cable or satellite provider. next, representatives and senator tim scott talk about ways to create more civility and
bipartisanship in politics. this form is hosted by georgetown university and took place on capitol hill. it's just under an hour. >> hello. we are at georgetown. the way you can tell you are at a catholic meeting is there is no one in the front row, and the audiovisuals never work. thank you all for coming very much. we are delighted that you are with us. my name is john carr and i am director of the initiative on catholic social thought and public life at georgetown university. we are the host of this. we are very grateful to the chaplain's office for their help , and karen, and our friends at the democracy fund who support our efforts on civil dialogue at
a time when that is more important than ever. we do a bunch of stuff, we do large dialogue, of a georgetown and i will mention a couple of those at the end. probably the most important thing we do is reach out to young leaders here in washington. it's my experience, i'm very old, as i am told by my children all the time, but my experience is a lot of young leaders come to washington full of ideals and many of them motivated by their faith. they get pulled into the wars, and the great temptation in washington is not corruption, i don't think, it is cynicism. now, especially, we wanted to hold up a different vision and different kind of leadership. so here we are, the day before the state of the union, which is
as close as you get to american liturgy. i am catholic, there is an entrance procession, they stand, they said, they don't kneel, but they are tempted. there is ritual clapping and sometimes booming. .- sometimes booing my memories of the house chamber are not about the state of the union. they are when pope francis was here a couple of years ago and i had the privilege of being in the chamber. i've never seen it that quiet. i've never seen people that happy, frankly. it seems like the only thing they could agree on was they wanted to see the pope. he had a different message. he said each son or daughter of a given country has a mission of personal and social responsibility.
your responsibility as a member of congress, and i would suggest that people who work with congress is to enable this country by your legislative activity to grow as a nation. you are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens, the tireless end of any pursuit of the common for this is the chief aim of all politics. that's not where we are today. today we gather for an hour to hear from three leaders who have a different vision. they are not your typical partisans. we have an african-american senator who is a republican, who challenged a republican president for his response to charlottesville and what he said about african nations. we have a member of the house who is a business person who is running for president, to take on bipartisanship at a time of great partisanship, and to lead a software glad to have
congresswoman tingle who has served all her life as an advocate for the auto industry and autoworkers and now for michigan. but before and after she was in the house, she was a bridge builder. as you know, she comes from michigan, the 12 district. in the bio i read, it said shaped by her catholic education. she works for human dignity for children and women. she was a graduate of georgetown, two degrees. put this on the extra credit. things i was thinking about these three members struck me is for them, the personal is political and the political is personal. youink was just recently had joe kennedy in your district
to talk to high school students about the opioid crisis, and there were a lot of experts. congresswoman dingle was a different kind of expert and talked about her own family, her father, her sister mary grace come and she said i hope what happened to our family will not happen to your family. my brother wrote a book about addiction. the other thing i read and loved about congresswoman dingle is she offers an annual holiday greeting called the dingle jingle. this is the to closing verses of this year's jingle. in the congress we will keep on fighting, maybe we can keep on -- maybe we can find some common ground. how that funding chip and fixing daca before we take those jet planes out of town? the matter what's pursued, no
matter if red or blue, let's keep taking a stand, let's work hand-in-hand. iscongresswoman dingle hard-working, one of the most hard-working members of the house. a bridge building and apparently a rhyming member of congress. her, howestions we ask can you be both principled and civil in a time of great division? what are the behaviors and actions that help and hurt and what advice would she have for young leaders who are trying to choose politics as a vocation? so thank you very much, congresswoman. >> i've been losing my voice for , which i can make a joke and say republicans are happy, but it's not the right thing to say as we were standing here today. thank you for that kind introduction, and the tingle
jingle started with my husband long ago, so i'm just trying to keep up the him years later. a sort of laugh when you talk about father, it's good to be here with you, i am always in the last few, i never go closer. but it is good to be with all of you and talk about a subject that's very passionate for me, long before i ever got in congress. , iecommend to all of you went back to georgetown in the i90's and got my masters and lobbied for the doctoral program , an excellent program for everybody that wants to keep learning and studying and some dam want to get my doctorate from that program. we were the two that lobbied for that program for decades and it finally came in, and i think life should be about lifelong learning. thesistingly, my masters
was on civility in congress. is the subject that in the 1990's -- this is all coming right to my heart. it's been a crazy day and i did not even look at the questions, which i should have, but you're really getting this straight from me. in the 1990's i began to worry about what we were witnessing and i think there is a real problem that people don't get to know each other. i say i'm not old, but i am seasoned. most of you are many of you may know my husband is a great man, john dingell, and i married him when i was a child, but we've been married for 38 years. , when it him in 1980 was a very different congress and a very different time. there was actually a headline that said i was going to work. i cap my career at general
motors. members did not go home, they lived here. the families lived here. people had relationships. i watched things change, i was part of watching it change. any member by the 1990's it didn't go home every weekend or two weekends out of the month is going to lose their election. i cannot remember what year this was, but they briefed spouses when they would get here and people keep telling me i have to move here, but do i have to move here? can tell you what to do. every district is different, every marriage, every relationship is different. you took the guilt away from me for not moving here. it's really a complicated time, but in the 1990's is when you begin to see that people -- by the early 2000's, and i love
newt gingrich, actually, i don't agree with him on much, but he and marion were very close friends. i think a lot of things he did in the mid-1990's contributed to what has been somewhat of a loss of stability, but republicans trusted me enough that we actually organized bipartisan retreats. i worked very hard to keep them from being political. i wasn't always successful, but tried hard. we talked about a lot of issues back then and the lack of relationships. everybody loved those weekends because you got to know people that you would never get to know otherwise. i have been here for three years and i have nothing on my ethics what i'm doing isn't necessarily the right thing to do, either.
code elsewhere away that you travel with people and got to know people. what has happened is that .embers fly in on mondays i did not realize we didn't have votes on wednesday morning. we come in just in time for votes. tonightfundraisers and up at eight receptions. tomorrow night i think there are 15, and i'm out of here on wednesday. that doesn't give you a lot of time. in the 1980's and 90's we would go to dinners, sit around the table, you talk about ideas. i had a really great conversation with a head of homeland security. nobody would believe the discussion i had with the secretary of labor yesterday, but those opportunities are not there for people to just sit and talk. is -- i don't know
where you all were, where you come from, but get to know each other. the first bit of advice i would say is lose the electronics. pick up the phone and talk to people. every talk i give to high school or two college or graduation speech. noto too much texting and enough just talking to someone and really having a dialogue. you get a lot more out of a dialogue. i have many friends on both , and theree aisle are days i feel more comfortable on their republicans out of of the house than the democratic side. most people don't know this but i was republican when i married my husband. i was a teenage republican camp friends, and have many
mintz abraham was actually my date for my high school prom. we had relationships that go with that. maybe one or two of you remember who will millikan was, but he was a republican moderate. he was actually probably more liberal than many democrats, and i am a dingle democrat. they both reached across the aisle. broyhill was ranking minority on energy and commerce. people thought his first name was dingle. but brown remains to this day one of john dingell's best friends. fred upton is one of my best friends. we went to lansing to be there with the governor. fred and i probably agree on more than we disagree on.
fred is that they're working immigration right now and trying to find a solution. what you have to do is go talk to people. you've got to go have a conversation. john moolenaar is another ishigan member whose office right across from mine. he is very conservative, and we do many of the prayer breakfast things together. about healthng care and daca. i thought i was going to die of shock, when he settlement on a television program he would not vote for another budget extension without daca in it. i think that too many times, people think we are in the middle of a war of words, and these are real people's lives we are talking about. david brett from the freedom
caucus is one of my dearest friends. aren't you worried about this or that? you're not going to find common ground if you don't sit down and talk to people. we can respectfully disagree. news over the holiday when i said i would work with president trump on an infrastructure bill. this country is not only broken bridges and roads that are in terrible disrepair and potholes. i just got another flat tire because of the potholes. flint is far from the only city across the country, and every area of the country deserves to have broadband. my job was to represent the working men and women of my and they need me there. john delaney just walked in and he is even more articulate than i am on some of these issues.
i will work with him on any issues that benefit the people of my district. if he does something i disagree -- ithat is morally wrong, represent the largest group of muslims in this country. i tell you something, i am a catholic girl, and i'm very proud of my catholic roots. the nuns have put in me the backbone and the value -- i went to boarding school in fifth grade. i was catholic educator from preschool through and i'm still being educated. i did not think it this age would be defending freedom of religion, which is a pillar of our constitution. we put together in a day and a half -- the young people call me and said we want to do a protest at the airport. another friend of mine said we
will help you guys. we had 20,000 people in a day. and the airport cooperated with us. they let me get up in a package carrier and talk to them, and they said we get them to go home so we can reopen the airport? iople came together because called ahead of the airport and sent these kids want to organize this. what happened spontaneously was people from all walks of life -- you cannot believe this crowd. it was people from all over the state and people from all walks of life. because we did it in a way that respected each other. ,o i know what my values are and when the president is wrong, i tell him to his face. but if there's something that's going to help working many women , people that need a hand up and not a handout, i'm going to work with everybody and anybody. i'm working with him on the opioid drug crisis.
i will let john delaney takeover with his wisdom, but i would say you get to know people, don't be afraid of conversations. find common ground, respect each other, and lose the electronics. thank you very much. [applause] >> come on up, john. >> that was terrific. those nuns taught you well, debbie, they always do. john delaney, as you know, is a congressman from maryland. you may not know he comes from a blue-collar family in new jersey . he went to school on a scholarship from his dad's union and the lines or rotary club, i think. he represents one of the most gerrymandered districts in the country. he is not your typical politician. he is working against gerrymandering. he is offered a piece of legislation to open up our
election. i will tell you something surprising about john, it is not that he is the first democrat to announce for president this time around. it is not that he would be the first member of the house to serve as president in a long ceo, is that he is the only of a publicly held company that serves in the house of representatives. he is a democrat who is a businessman, a successful businessman. he was onto burner of the year according -- entrepreneur of the year according to ernst & young. he was one of the world's 50 greatest leaders according to fortune. they must have really good scouts in washington. universitygeorgetown and a lesson for all of you, he and his wife, april, have reinvested back in georgetown university in public service, education and internships and experience there.
he has been a member of the board of georgetown. his parish, a great supporter of catholic charities. is most known, i suppose, for the bipartisan infrastructure bill. a lot of people talk about infrastructure, john is actually done something. i've had a chance to meet and have a meal with john. people make fun of the fact that he has announced for president. one of the headlines was, what is john delaney thinking? he answered very directly in the pages of the washington post. the american people are far greater than the sum of our political parties. it's time to rise among our broken politics and renew the spirit that enabled us to achieve the impossible. that is why i am running. the other thing i read, and i don't know how i came across it, but it was a statement about his father, after his father's
death. it was a long, wonderful tribute about this electrician in his pickup truck, two kids and his mom and his grandchildren. at the very end, he said, as i look back at my life, i realize that my dad taught me something utterly invaluable. he told me to work hard, to never back down, to stand up for your friends, and most importantly, to take care of, protect, and love your family. in his world, it can you judge yourself. ,hat's not a bad message for us for a member of the house, or even for a president, so i'm delighted that john delaney is going to address us. [applause] >> it's really great to be with you. that was very moving, thank you very much. see everyone. a lot of friends from georgetown. i do concur that one of the best
thing certainly in my life was going to georgetown, because i met my wife there, as i think was mentioned, and totally changed my life. it has been an amazing community for me. i went to law school, i didn't go to undergrad. i graduated in 1988, before some of you were born. it has been an amazing community for me. it's always good to have a good jesuit in the room. for 30 years it has been an amazing community, and i have not only at my education in georgetown but from my engagement with the community. one of the things i do not quite appreciate even fully when i was in law school, but i begin to appreciate more with my involvement in the university is a great jesuit motto that we should be women and men for others. i think it is a very simple and straightforward way to live our lives. it is definitely a good way to
live our lives, and i've tried to do that as best i can with my life and certainly with my time in service in congress of the united states, which is an amazing privilege. i do think as we look to the future, the central question facing this nation, more so than any particular visa policy is how do we begin to unify a terribly divided and fractured nation, which is what we find ourselves living in right now. what has happened to politics decades, we'vel always had partisan politics in this country, and partisan politics actually leads to a healthy debate around the issues. so as george washington discussed extensively in his farewell address, he warned about the dangers of hyper partisan politics. importancedged the of partisan politics, but where we have evolved to is hard-edged , putting party ahead of country
form of politics that we find ourselves in, in my judgment is just terribly destructive to who we are as a country. it really puts the question, one of the great assets of this nation which is our resiliency, our ability to respond and unify as a people, to respond to great challenges and opportunities. but then people have always marveled about the united states of america from other parts of the world is this resiliency, our ability to snap back really quickly, even if we make a mistake. i think that is really in question right now because of how divided the country is. .t's tearing families apart how many of you know families that stop talking because of what happened last election? marrying -- there's a concerning trend about people just marrying people from the same political party. this is not who we are as americans. itbe the biggest problem is
has prevented us from doing anything. for decades, we have failed as a country to respond to tremendous change that has occurred economically, socially, culturally, demographically, from a national security perspective, and the cost of doing nothing is not nothing. without thedecades action and leadership that was needed by the federal government in our country, you pay a very high price. i worry it's going to happen again, because the world is about to change even faster. technology, automation, machine learning, artificial intelligence, these are having a profound effect on society, the future work, our demographics, our environment, our security risks. so we really need to rise above this and return to our core mission, which is really serving the people and working for the common good of the citizens.
that's where in many ways, this kind of social justice mission that is so important to the catholic church and so important to georgetown and the jesuits is really what should animate our thoughts. working for the common good of the citizens, trying to shape a world and of future that is more , and is consistent with our values. the free market rule of where we society, but are constantly making progress to improve the lives of our citizens, here and around the world. one of the reasons i've been such a big admirer of our hope, will i think right now is probably the most popular person in the world, is that he speaks so eloquently on these issues, to herinds those of us catholic faith is really important to us, what we love most about our church, that commitment to the poor, that
community to shape of world that is more just for our citizens. what i think it's been so exciting about our leadership in the church. his leadership style could rub off on some people in government and i think we would all be better off for it. can fixgood news is, we all these problems. i believe that resiliency is still there. it may be a little bit below the surface, but it is still there. all the issues we failed to confront we in fact can confront. we have enormous opportunities to make the world better place. if you think of what's happened the last 50 years, when i was born 50 years ago about 75% of the world and in poverty in about 25% of the world was interconnected. so we largely a kind of an isolated communities. that's the way most of the world was. we largely lived in isolated communities in the poverty rate around the world was staggering. today, 50 years later, the world
globalrely -- the interconnection rate is about 90%. the world has become smaller and extreme poverty rate is about 10%. that means that business of people have been lifted out of poverty. because of economic progress, technological advances, because of people being committed despite government in action to make the world a better place. if that's the hit -- if that's not the hand of god, i don't know what is. i think institutions like georgetown really are showing the way. we have to recommit ourselves back to our core mission, which is serving the common good of our citizens. likeve to start acting half the country is not entirely wrong about everything they believe, which is what the political parties would lead us to believe. we have to stop listening to people who are just not honest. we've listened to the parties basically tell the american people that everyone in government is either in idiot or
a sellout, which they are not. and we have to get back to a more civil discourse where we restore respect to the professional public service would come together with confidence to work together for the common good, which is something i am committed to do. a lot of the lessons i've learned in my life i learned at georgetown. either in that law school really in my two decades being engaged in the university, it's something i'm most proud of that i've done in my life. >> you've also provided an example, your teaching the rest of us. >> recently you have a case in a d.c. court, defamation case over project veritas and reporters
going undercover, supposedly theyding a report saying were either paying or encouraging people to go to rallies and incite violence. was true and that determine that there were groups that were paying people to go to rallies -- it's like we crossed the line. what should be done in that case? >> i think it comes down to leadership. as long as we elect leaders from both sides of the aisle who talk about half the country as if they are entirely wrong about everything they believe, we are going to continue to perpetuate this brand of hyper partisan politics, which is tearing us apart and preventing us from doing anything. at the end of the day it really does come down to leadership.
the american people get the leaders they deserve. i just think the next generation of americans, my generation didn't handle this as well as they should have. we have to think about the qualities we want as leaders. we want them to be honest and conduct themselves with integrity and be civil and show some >> if we actually start rewarding those things in our elections, people here will change real quick. thank you. >> thank you very much. [applause] leave, i have a story. moresaid the pope is popular with his message. shortly after the pope came, i had a chance to meet with a number of senators, and we talked about daca, we talked about the budget and all that, and at the very end, i said "how
come you folks never talk about poverty? how come there is so little talk about work?" there was hemming and hawing. and they said "we don't think it's that popular. we don't think it's politically attractive." let me justwell, give you a point of view. on a good day, the senate breaks into the teens in terms of its popularity. on a bad day, the pope falls into the 80's, and all he does is talk about the poor. maybe you ought to try it." this is aed and said " senator that does not shy from talking about poverty and opportunity." senator scott is a republican from south carolina. he is a member of the senate finance committee, banking and urban affairs, but his story is
more powerful than any political biography, raised by a single mom, meant toward by a powerful figure that taught him that everyone deserves an opportunity , and that every opportunity ought to be seized. i read over the weekend, the town hall in south carolina, ivanka trump was there, and senator graham was there. he said "tim is the smartest guy in washington." that's not saying much. [laughter] >> amen. >> but he is the smartest guy in washington. with senator scott -- you won't remember this, but i will take a minute to say this. a couple of years ago, we had a summit on poverty. catholics and evangelicals and others. scott was one of the few that
agreed to come. the other leader was the president of the united states, and when he agreed to come was the time we had given the senator -- to senator scott. "would you be willing to move around a little so we could have the president be on a panel?" [laughter] >> i said ok. >> we had the president. we had, you know -- we had a full thing. we had c-span, cnn, and following that was senator scott, and not surprisingly, some of the folks left. some of the cameras shut down. what mostn imagine senators would do in that situation. senator scott could not have been more gracious. he said "i have a message." we had several hundred people to listen to him. i learned then something about humility, something about the importance of message over personality.
it was a very gracious thing to do. the other thing i remember is when our country was so divided by the murder for the killings of these black men and people were saying this and that, it was a very tough time, senator scott took to the floor. i want to read what he said. he talked of his own experience of "anger, frustration, sadness, and humiliation," from being targeted for nothing more than "being yourself." recognize this. just because you do not feel the pain and anguish of another does not mean that it does not exist. to ignore their struggles, our struggles to make them disappear, it simply leaves you a blind american family. very vulnerable. we must come together, for phil what we all know is possible here. love, understanding, fairness.
he is working as an example to bipartisanship. we are asking you to talk about how we can bring some stability canhis internet, how we bring some bipartisanship. what advice you have for young leaders. this is someone who does not just talk about these things. this is a humble public leader who actually practices what he preaches. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. kind you for that very introduction. i will say that for me, the issue of poverty is not a sexy issue, not a popular issue. it is an issue i lived through. if you live through something, hopefully, you have the insight and the foresight to let that continue to germinate in you so that you can do something who find for others themselves in that situation. with that, do we start with questions, or do i say something?
>> if we can talk about the importance of stability, that would be great. >> sure. civility is just not important at all. [laughter] >> how is that? [laughter] anybodyn, i think -- ever gone high school -- to high school? this is good. i want to know my audience. college? georgetown? here is what i learned in high school, and the lessons don't really change that much in high school from my perspective. physically, people find themselves in groups, and it starts before high school, but in high school, it crystallizes. your job, your academics. we work on legislation together. he graduated cum laude. i actually made him possible. this is a good thing. good.
thanks to you guys. from my perspective, the reality of it is that if you remember which group you were in, perhaps the group he wanted to be an, the groups you felt isolated from, you start understanding and appreciating this whole political world we're living in today. with one addition. today, it is now in vogue to speak about those not in your andp in the most fallacious vicious ways, and you are rewarded by doing so by the friends you have within your group. of the the breakdown american experiment of the melting pot. we have of responsibility, not as elected officials, but as human beings. those of us who are part of this to restore andry reinforce the values that make us great. one of the reasons why i think finding stability in
the senate is so important is i want to make sure that i am a part of those examples were leading in the right direction. when i am working with cory booker on legislation or when we were actually going out to speak message,s, it sends a not when we start talking, but before we start talking. the sense that maybe there are bald, black men caucus. i am glad they allow republicans in that. [laughter] us -- the, it allows seed to germinate and for something to spring above the soil that can be instructive and constructive. there are a number of victories that have happened because i worked in a bipartisan fashion, and wrinkly, on some of the legislation that we have seen, i did not go to him. he came to me. it works both ways.
i think our future is incredibly bright as long as we remember that we are a single american family, and every time that we whichurselves at odds, typically in families, you do that, you find yourself at odds someme to the table, break bread, and make something good happen. i will answer some questions. >> in back. peopledo we bring together to focus on human rights internationally? >> i think there is a group -- it is a group of americans for basically a strong israel and the middle east. done a fabulous job of bringing republicans and democrats to the table with a single-minded approach. one of the ways we bridge that
gap is not trying to figure out whether we agree on economic policy, but whether we agreed on reform. find an area where folks who are -- who disagree with one another on many other topics, find the area where there is common ground and focus on that. when we do that, we do that very well. one of the ways we do that throughout the world is finding the common bond that draws us together. and whatever that issue is for the two folks were two groups that are coming together -- or two groups that are coming together, that makes all things possible. theourageously, when president was quoted about africa, you have done a lot of work. how do we get people to see the common ground we have with people half a world away? sen. scott: start with every single human being on earth has intrinsic value. i don't have to agree with who you are. i don't have to agree with what you think. i don't have to agree with anything. but if i start there, it allows
me to continue the conversation on the right track. i can have very strong disagreement with my friends, but i never question their intentions or motivation. when i start questioning their intentions or motivations, i am saying something about who you are and not what you are fighting about. very different positions. >> kellyanne from the special innovation lab. there was this idea that a digital revolution was going to create -- democratic institutions. there haslooks like been increasing fragility. my question for you is -- how are you using technology and gap or fill the civic to improve knowledge seeking functions of the senate, especially? and what would you like to see?
are you experimenting? cory booker is really great on the subject. [laughter] sen. scott: i am experimenting, yes. >> is the community helping you back home? this is a two-way street. sen. scott: absolutely. in the senate -- number one, who havea few others run for president were are thinking about running for president -- i am top 10 and the use of technology. i'm not sure exactly where i am. the fact of the matter is that orhnology is another vehicle conduit for the message. the question that we should start with is "what is your message?" and "who is your audience?" my message of hope and opportunity. my agenda is called the opportunity agenda. we focus on educational choice. we focus on work skills. we focus on tax reform. we focus on one other issue that i feel like i am up here being
the secretary -- what? energy, yes. sen. scott: exactly. [laughter] my agenda focuses on those issues and the reality of it is that as i look for ways to communicate those issues, technology becomes a primary driver of my communication. good news for me is that i have a very diverse audience i am committed getting to. my comments from a racial perspective draws some folks in that like me. other folks that hate me. political and especially economic issues draws the exact opposite from those sites. it'sitter and instagram -- just a freak show, but it also allows me to communicate the core message of hope and opportunity to my audience, so it brings me into a real world
sometimes fascinated, frustrated, but typically fascinated by the comments of folks. i find people signing up to have the composition about a topic we would never have been in the same room because we are so different. that one comment on we were talking about earlier allows me to address them of the issues across the board. >> ok. >> i heard you speak earlier -- you spoke in the white house in piece ofabout the legislation you and cory booker worked on. i was wondering if you could speak to that? sen. scott: after the charlottesville incident, the president and i were on two very different pages. he invited me to the white house to perhaps talk through some of the challenges i had with his comments that i found indefensible and disgusting. i went to the white house.
yeah? listen, i think he was very interested to hear, to listen, which i thought was wonderful. as i have said several times since then, he is 70 something years old. i have never seen somebody change their mind in a single conversation. i am not trying to change her destination, just your direction, at times. one of the things he asked me is "how can i be helpful from a legislative standpoint?" my legislation, investing in opportunity act, is the way that you can help to stress the community. live a better life, see more opportunities. basically, with the investing and opportunity act, what it does is it differs or capital gains tax for seven years. you have to pay it, but we defer it, so you can make a long-term investment in a distressed community, where 50 million americans live.
a prettyt that was good idea, and very quickly after the meeting, started taking a very positive stand on the legislation and postured himself as someone who would be supportive of it being included in the tax reform package. and so, when it got to the nitty-gritty, having the president of the united states on board for that legislation was very helpful for me to keep it as a part of the final tax reform act that passed, and so now, all over the country, governors are working on -- within their states -- areas that they can designate as opportunity zones, so that they -- as control leaves washington and goes to the states, which is wonderful -- the state will be empowered to figure out where they want to invest some of these private sector resources into these areas. and my understanding is that onre will be opportunities the federal level, but
specifically on the state level, to grant dollars and do really interesting work and fascinating work in investments in these communities. i think the future will be brighter for the kids that grew up in the communities where i did, and that is my mission, to make sure that we tackle this issue and we don't quit until we die, so it doesn't matter what role you play as long as your mission stays the same. [applause] >> well, we have had three very different mid-atlantic southern perspectives, republican, democrat, different backgrounds. all making a plea for principled civility. civility is not softness. it can be an exception of stat strength. we can be political but not an examplet can be
of strength. of conduct.e a lot i don't think the three members we have agree on everything or even a majority, but their point is that we are better served when we engage and persuade each other rather than stand back and condemn each other. i want to thank you for coming. i want to thank our partners at the democracy fund. i want to thank our friends in the chaplain office. mcgraw,nd conroy and who pulled this together. i want to invite you to make sure you left your name and your email to be part of these. we do a number of these. a few of them are on the go. the next one will be at georgetown law center on the 26th of february on criminal andice, gangs, rehabilitation.
if you have never heard father gregg boyle, it is an amazing experience. noto larger dialogues restricted to young people, and we have two coming up. at georgetown,ay in our chapel, we are going to have cardinal hogan from newark. is not yourin typical cardinal. some of you may have seen the picture of him lifting weights in cutoffs on the front page of the new york times. he was the archbishop stood up when governor pence of indiana said we are not going to have any more refugees in our state. hass accompanied -- accompanied people facing deportation to hearings in new ark. he will talk about the morals in human faith dimensions. we will hear from a doctorate student. georgetown is working very hard for our daca members of our communities and other
immigrants. we are upon the 13th, against or looking forward to the fifth anniversary of pr pope francis' election. we have father antonia spataro, one of the pope's closest anfidant, editor of newspaper, the eyes and the ears of the pope coming to talk about his global vision. fromve gregor winds and the catholic news service, and then, an amazing nun, sister norma, who works on the border between the u.s. and mexico, the pope's favorite nun. she will talk about what has been the message, what have been the impacts, what is incomplete about pope francis' leadership and what are the challenges for the future? we hope that you will join us.
my sense is that what we're offering together is a different vision. it liftifferent -- people up from the bottom. it is a vision that says we can move forward together, we can be principled and civil. we can argue and come to agreement. that is why we are working with the democracy fund. that is why we are pleased to have these members of congress join us, and that is why we are especially pleased that you have joined us this afternoon. there's lots more to eat and drink. help yourself. and make sure you leave your name and your email. add the names and emails of those you think might also be interested in something like this. [laughter] >> thank you very much. [applause] >> c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and
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the national portrait gallery in washington, d.c., unveiled the official portraits of former president barack obama and former first lady, michelle obama. we hear from the artist, amy cheryl, who described the process of creating the portrait. this is just under one hour. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome kim, director of the smithsonian's national portrait gallery. [applause]