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from the cdc about the isolation period for those infected or in close contact with the virus. that is live at 11:00 a.m. eastern on c-span, online at c-span.org or free on the c-span now video app. >> former senate majority leader harry reid has died. the nevada a democrat served five terms in the u.s. senate, becoming the longest cerney are serving senator in the state's history. he played a key role in getting president obama's affordable care act passed and signed into law. prior to becoming a senator he was a member of the u.s. house of representatives from 1983 to 1987. he was 82 years old. a very good wednesday morning to you. you can go ahead and start cullinan now. top policy start -- start calling in now.
the reason why you saw those flags at half-staff over the u.s. capitol this morning. that's because we learned yet -- late yesterday of the passing harry reid at his home in nevada. here is the obituary from nevada independent this morning. harry reid -- harry reid rose to become one of the most influential state and national leaders died at home tuesday after a four year with pancreas cancer. he was 82 years old. talking about his humble beginnings. >> i grew up in a house that did not have an inside toilet. we were just behind the times. we had no inside toilet, no hot water. in this town i grew up in, we
had not a tv set anyplace. not a telephone, not a telegraph, no real world -- no railroad. no way to can't -- no way to communicate with the outside world. there was nothing. my parents were uneducated. my dad did not graduate from eighth grade. my mother never graduated from high school. the number one business was not mining. my dad worked in minds when he could. i went to a school where i started out with two rooms. i went to school grades one through four. i got to fifth-grade with the big kids. one teacher taught all grades. there wasn't a church ever in that town. i searched back. talk about my history with
search life. i tell kids it doesn't matter how much money their parents have, how much education their parents have. it don't be embarrassed about the house you have. i have a nice suit on now and a tie. host: that was harry reid born in 1939 in nevada. he had a bachelors. first elected to the house in 1983 from -- elected to the senate and served a five year term. served as majority minority leader democratic caucus until his retirement in 2017. he died at his home yesterday in henderson nevada after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. the flags flying at half-staff
ordered by chuck schumer. we will have more on harry reid and his legacy bit later in today's program, but for this first hour this morning we are focusing on 2021, the year that was in foreign-policy. we want to know your top foreign-policy story of the past 12 months. phone lines split as usual come up little parties. republican, 202-748-8001. democratic 202-748-8000. independent 202-748-8002. texts 202-748-8003. independent line, what is your pick for top foreign port test foreign-policy story of the past year? caller: the planned or unplanned pullouts of afghanistan.
host: john, take us back to the in the august of this year and your view of that pullout and your thoughts about ending that 20 year war in afghanistan. caller: i think it was the first time in a long while that you saw unification of this country everybody wanted the world -- the war to end. it puts us in a bad economic situation, but it really brought this country somewhat together. you saw many democrats questioning the planning that went into the pullout. you had the republicans
criticizing it more vocally than the democrats, but there seems to be more unity which is good for this country. we need it now. it's unfortunate that we had to lose servicemen and servicewomen , leave so much equipment behind. it was an ill planned event in my opinion, but it could be argued for the other way. as far as ending the war itself, long overdue. long overdue. host: what is going to be the legacy of america's longest war? caller: i don't know. i'm 85, went to the vietnam war and what have you and the damage it did to this country but the
legacy of afghanistan is yet to unfold. it really depends upon, it used to be we had nonpolitical historians. now they are somewhat all political. you don't get an objective view from these so-called historians, but history will have to unravel . that's dion's my pay grade. -- -- that's beyond my pay grade. host: republican, good morning. what is your pick for top foreign-policy story? caller: a story that probably you haven't heard of considering nobody follows it. it's called the laptop from hell.
our president's and assets of the chinese government. he has been taking money from all of our enemies all over this world and nobody wants to cover it including you guys. that's my story. thank you, sir. have a good day. host: laptop from hell is the book. maranda divine with that recent book on twitter. ending the were -- ending the war in afghanistan, was rocky but acceptable. take it back to august 31 when president biden, his address from the white house on the ending of the war in afghanistan. >> we succeeded in what we set out to do in afghanistan over a decade ago. and we stayed for another decade.
it was time to end this war. this is a new world. the terror threat has mustache to sized well beyond afghanistan. al qaeda affiliates in syria and isis attempting and establishing affiliates across our -- african asia. the fundamental obligation of the president in my opinion is to defend and protect america. i'm not -- not against threats of 2020 -- 2020 -- that is the guiding principle behind my decisions behind afghanistan. smb do not believe that the safety and security ice -- i simply do not believe in
spending aliens of dollars a year in afghanistan -- spending billions of dollars a year in afghanistan. it has changed, expanded to other countries. our strategy has to change. the fight against terrorism in afghanistan. we just don't need to fight the ground war to do it. host: that was president biden august 30 first. we are talking about the year and foreign-policy. we want to know your pick for that top foreign-policy story. what are you going to be looking for in 2022? plenty of pundits weighing in on this. calling it a year of misfortune for foreign-policy 2021, asking will things get better 2000 222?
philadelphia inquirer -- 2022? philadelphia inquirer, does the biden administration deserve a passing grade in foreign policy? james out of steel city, and independent. good morning. caller: good morning and thank you for taking my call. my question is i don't know what trump was thinking when he said that military equipment over because he had an agreement. what did he signed quest -- -- what did he sign? how would that affect, the war is destroying this country. it has to end.
can you answer that one? host: we let viewers weigh in and let them ask and pose and answer questions for each other. this is danny out of arizona, a republican. good morning. caller: good morning, merry christmas, happy new year. my story is afghanistan. this ministration has no clue on -- this administration has no clue on what to do. open the pipeline giving these people, oh my god. it's really bad. china, how about when they were in alaska and what's his name was being schooled by the chinese and apologize for us being a racist country. these people have no clue. host: you mentioned a few foreign-policy issues. i will focus on the first one.
will focus on afghanistan as many of you have. continuing headlines out of afghanistan. this out of the headlines of the washington focusing on the group in afghanistan. the washington times with interviews there with one of the officials with that group still fighting in afghanistan. this picture on the front page taking up most of the above the fold section of the wall street journal. that is samina, 26-year-old. formerly and the afghan air force in hiding after the taliban showed up in her parents house asking for people who served in the armed forces, women in the military among the most vulnerable left behind in afghanistan. this is barney out of bradington
florida. good morning. caller: why do we no longer discuss how to trump words to overthrow afghanistan? this administration actually worked with taliban to defeat afghanistan so he could get reelected. the put that in your pipe and smoke it. host: out of new jersey, good morning. caller: i want to talk about what about china? our world has changed forever how china leased on into the world. how can that not be -- leashed into the world. how can that not be the top story? oh, oh is not a big deal. this is disgusting. the problem is there's two new people in our country involved
in this. that's why -- too many people in this country involved in this. i cannot believe people are just tolerating this. it makes me sick. host: georgia, earl, democrat, good morning. caller: good morning and god bless the united states of america. i'm a combat veteran. people need to forget donald trump is the one started this stuff. you made a deal with the taliban , but they want to blame joe biden for everything this man tried to do. trump wanted to bring the people to the white house, but they will always broke that but they will always lame joe biden. why don't they talk about -- always blame joe biden. why don't they talk about what that mandy? thank you.
host: your top foreign-policy story of 2021. as we show you from last week, anthony boykin's end-of-the-year news conference talking about his work and the work of the state department over the past 12 months. >> when i walked into the state department, my first day as secretary, we had 19 lockdowns around the world. at 1% of the united states was vaccinated compared to more than 60% today. we were dealing with the worst economic crisis of the great depression. the crisis has accelerated. our relationships with our partners were strained. many questioned whether america would or even could lead again. a few guiding premises this year
one is that american engagement american leadership matters. the word -- the world doesn't organize itself. we are not engaged, or we don't lead, one of two things happen. either some other country tries to take our place, but not the way that advances our interests and values. or no one does. and then you get chaos. either way, it doesn't serve the american people. another ms is finding new ways to cooperate -- another is finding new ways to cooperate. none of the really big challenges we face and affect the lives of americans from covid to climate is a disruptive infected technologies can be solved by any one country alone, not even the united states. much of our work is here has been about rebuilding the foundations of american foreign policy.
started with restoring and revitalizing partnerships and re-engaging the multilateral system where so much of the day in day out policy takes place. january 20, we have reinvigorated with nato, the european union, the united nations, aussie on -- we elevated the quad. we lost the bill back better infrastructure initiative. we are much more aligned with our allies and partners now than we were a year ago on nearly every issue, including russia's aggression toward ukraine and its neighbors and china's efforts to challenge the rules based. host: tony boykin, and of year news conference. we are asking you with the top foreign-policy story of 2021 is. 202-748-8001 four republicans,
202-748-8000 four democrats, 202-748-8002 for independent. caller: good morning and happy new year. i want to know why were not holding china accountable for the 800,000 americans and then some. i think we are not strong enough. we used to be a very strong country. people -- people were afraid of us. we were number one. look at us now. to shame. i think we should hold -- look at us now. what a shame. i think we should hold china accountable. that's what i think about the policy of 2021. it has to be china held responsible. host: speaking of china, calm
today and washington post that talked about some of the best parts of 2021. and he points to the u.s. stepping up its support for taiwan as one of the good things that wyden did 2021. -- that president biden did in 2021. caller: i support taiwan, and i think we should jump in on this ganged up in the schoolyard and that is what russia is doing. pushing and pushing and pushing and along with china. in these to start shaking hands and they start, he's a bully. as a bully on the playground and he needs to be stopped. i think all the people we lost
due to this virus, it's a sin and biden, we should do something. -- that's why i'm in the that that's why i'm an independent. the biggest thing i would like to talk about is the john lewis voting right. without that, we've got nothing. all that that's everything else can be put on the back burner. we have to take care of that immediately when they get back in session, immediately. host: michelle out of staten island. out of that column looking into u.s. support for taiwan, praising the president for inviting to -- invited taiwan to share expertise at the global covid-19 summits and continue to provide taiwan with the defense capabilities it needs to defend itself against chinese
aggression. his initiation worked hard to beat back efforts by the people's republic of china to squeeze countries to wreck it -- 2d recognize taiwan. caller: i was going to support the taiwan. i was wanting to implicate the fact that some of -- i used to be a democrat, but now i'm from michigan. and the thing about it is a lot of things in this country run on polymeric procedure. parliamentarian procedure. totally exclude independent, so what we have is a thing that goes more cordial in our own government that is creating a dysfunction about the way we
treat american citizens as themselves worried about taiwan and the simple fact is i be better if i just mailed my american citizenship to mexico and came back. they are paying these people and none of this is being brought up on the housewares. host: stick around in our 830 our next 8:00 hour. we are going to be joined by andrew yang and his effort to start a new lyrical party. -- new political party. he's here to talk about his new book. you may be interested in sticking around for that. chris, simpsonville, tennessee, independent, good morning. you're next. caller: good morning.
i believe the fair trade agreement, or trade. i believe our trade is the best thing. host: that's chris in tennessee. did you want to add something? >> yes, at of the worst waste of taxpayers money obscene, we've got this fbi guy from jackson, tennessee chasing people around with the drone over $10 and it cost half $1 million a day to the taxpayers. it's a terrible waste of taxpayer money. i don't understand losing a nursing home. host: i had not heard that story out of tennessee, but thank you for bringing it up. a few of your comments from social media this morning focusing on afghanistan once again.
top foreign-policy issue of 2021. i'm glad biden got us out of afghanistan, and he got more grief than bush did for starting this debacle of a war. and out of mt. lebanon pennsylvania, this veterans opinion, usa rose in the towel and flees from afghanistan. it is a big shout out to the world, not when it counts. more from the past year. i think president biden gave his oval office address on the u.s. pullout. this is michael mccaul, the ranking member of the top republican on the foreign affairs committee. having this to say about the pullout. >> several weeks ago i said that this president will have blood on his hands. this week, we had 13 servicemen
come home in flag draped coffins at dover airbase. our planes left in the middle of the night. we left afghanistan. the taliban celebrated their victory and we saw the images and how sickening it is. we had an unconditional surrender to the tally band. this president announced complete withdrawal with no conditions. that was a surrender. now they are celebrating their victory over the united states of america. i never thought i would see this in my life. it is embarrassing, shameful, and is wrong to our veterans who served so well. we have emboldened our adversaries. we have weakened our alliances. it is been said that the
military isn't saying that she is saying no man left behind, and the one left behind. it's so hard to watch. spent this last weekend on the phone as many of my colleagues did with state department trying to get these people out. trying to get our partners out, american citizens out. school buses, for school buses of young girls that were adopted and acquire at the university of afghanistan, only to be turned away. into the hands of the taliban. host: michael mccaul, the top republican foreign relations committee on the same day after u.s. forces left afghanistan. coming up on 7:30 a.m. on the east coast, we are spending the first hour of our program asking what are you want to be watching
for on the flop -- foreign policy front and 2022? republicans 202-748-8001, democrats 202-748-8000, independent 202-748-8002. we will also look for your comments on social media. janet, a republican, good morning. caller: good morning. i've been listening to your program and i just wonder what people think if we go after china and russia and declare war. what do they think is going to happen? the best way we can control them is to not buy their products. all you warmongers that want to send your sons to be killed, think about what you're buying. does it say made in china? made in russia? if it does, stop buying it. that's the best thing we can do. host: on russia, the u.s. and
russia are set to resume the talks over ukraine agreeing to hold their security talks january 10 of 2022. they write that continued tensions on deployed near ukraine. no sign has emerged that the two sides have been able to narrow their differences. and resend the past statements that they eventually will join the alliance. the russian talks will be held in geneva. they are likely secretary of state wendy sherman. one more headline and column on
this, from the opinion pages saying it is bidens turn to face the test. u.s. president needs to act fast. if you want to read more on what he has to say. craig, arizona, democrat. good morning morning. you're next. caller: i think one of the most disgusting things that was done was when president trump pulled us out of syria and allowed turkey to come in and wipe out our allies, the kurds. host: we're talking 2021 though. the past 12 months. caller: oh, ok. well, that's the one i was thinking of. that may have been 2021 -- that
may have been 2020 perhaps. host: republican, good morning. caller: there are certainly several issues, foreign policy wise, that could be labeled as the top issue and the most concerning. but in particular, my issue is that russia and taiwan wasted no time under the biden administration to start causing trouble in regard to ukraine and taiwan. it lets not remember, however scary it is, that secretary of defense robert gates stated and he was under the obama administration that biden has
been wrong on every foreign-policy issue in the last 40 years. i predict russia is going to cause problems with lou crane and -- ukraine and so will taiwan. host: china. caller: yeah, china in regards to taiwan. they realize that they will never be as close to success as they are with the biden ministration. -- biden administration. it is said, it is said, but there are many things that trump can be credited for and one of
them is they kept us out of war so there is no denying that. he was a strong president. he meant what he said and he was not afraid to act. this was an invitation to disaster. it biden will be given a choice. he will be given a choice and put in -- in terms of coming to the aid of taiwan. we will certainly be given a choice whether or not russia invades ukraine. i for one and fighting with russia in regard to it is going to be biden's fault whether or not there is going to be peace in the ukraine. here's the way i look at it. russia is not asking for too much. all they want, and they won't be
satisfied or grant -- -- satisfied. guarantee that ukraine will not join nato. i would not blame them. host: there's a lot of people out there who don't believe that russia will be satisfied if they get that. that they may ask for something else or the next thing. why do you trust that they will be satisfied with that? caller: because i believe that putin's goals are reasonable. the russians don't want to start a war with this. they go after easy pecans -- easy pickings. they are going that they believe that biden is not going to go to
war. eastern ukraine is filled with a lots of russians. that is my prediction. host: that is stephen california . on the other half of what you were talking about on that inquirer peace talking about -- asking if things will be better in 2022. here's what they have to say about another issue in china from the past 12 months. they writes that the city of helm, -- hong kong, candidates were allowed to run. had crushed more scored a huge
triumph over the pro-beijing party. china clearly feels free to arrest and or jail nearly all pro-democracy leaders under a severe new security law. they write that chinese leader says he feels he is free to destroyed domestic dissent despite -- dorian, washington, you're next. caller: my concern is the inept policies of this president and ignoring the one, first obligation he has. protecting our border. there's no protection of our border. they are being called on to help
the people who are coming in to take care of them. he is totally inept in every area that i have seen, although i have voted both immigrant and republican in the past. -- both democrat and republican in the past. the border, number one, is a ticking bomb. host: exchange between homeland secretary and lindsey graham at a senate judiciary committee on the issue of border enforcement. here is that it that here is that exchange from november. >> people who come here illegally, how many of them have been released into the country? >> senator, i can break that down to the best of my ability. nearly one million,
approximately 965,000 have been subject under title 42 of the united states code. i believe approximately 40,000 have been removed under our immigration authorities that we >> where that get us? 840,000 people? >> no, approximately 965 thousand were expelled. approximately 40,000 have been removed. approximately 125,000 unaccompanied children have been transferred to the custody and shelter of health and human services. the balance to my knowledge are in immigration enforcement proceedings -- >> so where does that leave us?
how many people are still here? >> the 1.7 million, how many people are still here? >> i would estimate, 375,000 are still here. that is my best estimate. >> do you believe that if you have an immigration hearing and there is a final order of deportation that person should be removed? >> i do. >> why is one million people still here after they get a final order of deportation? >> senator graham, as i responded to >> is the system working? >> the immigration system is broken, has been broken >> it has been broken if a million people have been ordered and haven't left. you think the remaining in
mexico policy by pollock -- by trump is cruel? >> i do. >> do you support herbert lee doing with that doing away with the thataway in mexico? >> i do. >> do you think that will increase illegal immigration if we do? >> i do not. host: senate judiciary committee hearing. all available on our website at c-span.org at our video archives. search at the top of the page and you can watch them in their entirety. mike out of florida. what do you think the top story of 2021 was? caller: this does not tie into the foreign policy, but what struck me was occurred in
myanmar. the reason why is because i was one of those critics of the president of myanmar doing nothing about the killings, but it turns out that she was pretty much helpless. the military is in control of the country. the coup is still ongoing and i don't see any actions. the united states getting involved in that situation. host: did you emigrate from that country? caller: just shocking that somebody of that status did nothing pretty much genocide,
but my position has changed because that my position has changed since the coup occurred because she was helpless as well in terms of politics or policies of the country basically. before i drop the phone, if you can spare me a few minutes. i want to raise the issue of a lot of republicans crying about china. they want some rep -- retribution. i have to say that although covid a little bit hilarious because these are the people who will take the basic measures to try to curb this pandemic and the other presidents -- and had a president that policies
regarding covid and taking basic precautions. retribution against china for a virus which the rest of the world took in stride and refused to do anything about it, but they wanted retribution against china. it was hilarious to me. i just wanted to put that in. host: paul out of plymouth, connecticut. independent. good morning. caller: good morning. can you hear me? host: yes sir. caller: that's great. i love c-span. the pope francis talked about problem areas that are continuing in silence. he mentioned yemen, lebanon.
he mentions the palestinian and israeli unresolved issues. he called for mutual respect and recognition for the rights and cultural values of every people's. as far as your last caller claiming that trump kept us out of wars. i wonder if that includes the secret wars, the special operations, and the drone it should drone attacks that have increased with every president right up until the last one. remember folks, afghan deal was trump's deal. the biden administration extended the deadline. let's get our facts first and then we can have a discussion. there's so much misinformation. if people think that trump is going to be the savior and bring us to the golden land, they are
wrong. we have a war at home. a war within ourselves and our family. we need to become educated. c-span is an excellent vehicle for that. they provide cross-section of opinions. we need to take care of things at home. we have been hearing it forever. we've heard it from our past president. the biden administration since of war with russia. perhaps, there are sins on both sides of the aisle. as michael francis said, the values of solidarity reconciliation and peaceful coexistence must be accepted by the people in the americas.
spreading the vaccines throughout the world, especially to africa, with about 5% vaccination rate. and in the west we have about a 70%. that's not fair. we need to take care of our fellow men and women, everyone. then we will have less war. and what did the pope say before his christmas address? the statement before had to do with decreasing wars around the world. -- around the world through education, not exportation of armaments to supply and line the pockets of the bomb makers here in this country. some pretty serious issues. host: paul, your point in
spreading the vaccine around the world, the wall street journal today with the chart showing the flow of vaccines to high income countries and low income countries. the darker the red, the lower the income country. the share of vaccines they have received. high income nations home to just a six of the worlds population received nearly half of all the covid vaccines made by the major western vaccine makers. i don't know if you can see it on your screen, but the number is starting to creep up for lower income countries. your expectations for 2022? caller: if they remove the patent controls, which is the argument now. the european countries and the united states do not want to do
that. they want to further empower the profiteers and the merchants of death. they claimed that they are giving a secure and at the same time they give us opioids. and look at the fallout. look at the death associated with that. there is some serious questions we need to be informed. we need to get educated. this is a democracy. stop letting the corporations rule the roost. we need to take control of this thing. we need to be more humanitarian. true amended terrien's. not going insane, oh yeah. first -- true humanitarians. not going inside -- not going and saying, oh yeah. first, we are going to bomb you. host: this is lonnie from pennsylvania, good morning. caller: the southern border,
plus all the refugees coming from afghanistan. if you think about it, we don't know what kind of people are coming into this country. a look for it to implode within desk with all these foreigners they are bringing in. one other thing, 800,000 people died from the covid in the united states and never fired one shot. host: anthony, staten island, and dependent. caller: i wish i was on fantasyland. biden opened the pipeline into europe. the one thing afghanistan thing, i wish people would tell the truth.
they said it was trump's deal. certain things they had to apply before us leaving, but the only thing i was here when the planes hit the building for 9/11. i live here. now, we have no eyes and ears. now we are blind over there. they go to north korea to buy uranium. that's the number one threat right now. it's a perfect storm. when it happens, we will be crying and lighting candles. were still in korea. why don't we leave? we should have stayed there. giving them air pipe -- airpower and now we are on the line. it would be great if there were no wars, but some people just don't like us. they don't like us.
they hate us. they just want to kill us. now, they are running everything. we don't know what they are doing. the border is wide open. host: anthony, staten island. ted in miami, florida. republican, your thoughts? caller: good morning. i got two form policies. it at one is afghanistan. my other one is china and russia. we just really need to not play with them and hopefully, we can get on the same board with them because china and russia, they're not playing. and we are playing. we need to get a lot of foreign stuff together, please. host: pennsylvania, an
independent, keystone state. go ahead. caller: first of all, tough act to follow, that guy from connecticut. i want to address a couple of things that you mentioned -- that he mentioned in terms of my concern of foreign policy. he talked about education. very important to be educated and do some common sense with your education. if it does not pass the commonsense test, than it's crazy. you think you talked about, corporations. that brings me to a couple of individuals before the talked about china and trade wars. this is coming back to bite america in the but. in particular, corporations have decided the that they can get things built cheaper overseas. the car was invented and perfected in america. the telephone was invented and perfected in america. the television was invented and
perfected in america. the computer was invented and perfected in america. and now what is it all come from? overseas. everyone is running around like that here is on fire because we can't get computer chips. because corporations can cut nickels and dimes over shareholders and found themselves on their chest about what a good job there doing. meanwhile, the average american has to work two and three jobs to support the family. they fight 15 -- 15,000 hour which is barely living. -- $15 an hour, which is barely living. and then sending back for an exorbitant prices. explain that to me. that's what i'm talking about. host: thank you. rebecca, california, and. good morning. caller: good morning. i wanted to respond to a previous collar, the lady that
called in and said we need to stop buying things from china. bless her heart. we are in way too deep. china owns us, ok. the only way that would happen is we would have to not accept any products from china. that's not going to happen. we would not have tires for our cars. we would not have showerheads for our showers. we are in way too deep. the look being we have to realize is that's the other thing we have to realize is trying that china is -- the other thing we have to realizes china is really smart. the real estate they own and the debt we own -- we owe to them. their new year's resolution is to take over the world. they are well on their way to doing that. i know this sounds negative, and i agree with the caller because i have felt that all along.
i'm just not buying anything from china. well, i can't get anything that's not made in china now so i am forced to have to buy the products, but i just want to say bless her heart because i do agree with her, but we just are in way too deep. host: john, out of miami, florida. independent. caller: the big story for 2021 was that you live in 11th -- july 11 protest in cuba. there have been scores of political trials of those protesters. we are talking hundreds, over 5000 were detained. we know that over 700 continue to be held today. i think the story is going to continue into 2022. host: john in florida. before we finish up, covid is
the foreign policy story of 2021. no end in sight and no country able to control it. jacqueline saying here's a novel idea, how about leaders of all countries minding their own dam business not trying to boss of countries around? foreign policy has always been inconsistent as the two parties have opposing directions. one is cooperative and the other is aggressive. this we can't decide which direction we should take with consistency, we should focus on the problems we face on our own soil first. this is danny, dallas, texas. republican. what was the top foreign-policy story of 2021? caller: i think it's a virus that everybody's got. i think biden has everybody in
the united states like you're in prison. you can't go anywhere. you are fired if you don't take the virus. if you go to a restaurant, if you don't have a mask on you get arrested. we've got over 300,000 illegals coming here, do not have to get vaccinated, do not have to wear a mask, do not have to get checked. and if they don't want to get vaccinated they don't have to. fouts she said if they don't get vaccinated,fauci >> coming up in a moment the white house covid-19 response team briefing, guidance from the cdc about the isolation periods for those infected with the violence -- virus. that is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. eastern. until "that gets underway more of " washington host: we return n to begin with today.
as you reflect on 2021, what is the top foreign policy of the year? we split our phone lines up by political parties. about 25 minutes left to continue to get your thoughts. steven from bakersfield, california, independent, good morning. caller: good morning. caller: good morning. you know, everyone is so is bicr everything. the democrats, trump, they ridicule him, they lie, all this stuff about hillary clinton and all that stuff. what this amounts to is we are
setting up for one world order and if you understood revelations, you might want to change or politics. host: do you want to talk about a top foreign policy event of the last 12 months? caller: the last 12 months? i would say -- ok, the pandemic i would imagine. it's whipping us and it's not going to end anytime soon. we are in jacob's trouble coming up. host: pete from phoenix, arizona, republican, good morning, looking back on the last 12 months, what was the key foreign policy event in your mind? caller: it was bidens failure to correct the policies that could
lead us to war, 2022. it was against ukraine or the iranians. in the ukraine, we've had this policy since 2014 where we actually went in there and helped institute a coup to overthrow the elected government and then we been arming ukraine to the tune of $2.5 billion. i don't know if -- how we would react if california seceded from the government and the chinese came in and helped overthrow the government. and have the russian army preparing for war for the people
in fresno and bakersfield who want to be part of the united states. the other big issue i think is the iran nuclear deal. he hasn't taken a real action to reinstitute the iran nuclear deal except he continued the policy of total war which is a total outrage. the united states has pursued this the last few years. we are striving to get starving populations in a sensitive position where they are so discontent with their lives that they will try to overthrow their governments. host: the two topics you bring up with talks continuing on both fronts, first when it comes to trying to de-escalated tensions in ukraine, the u.s. and russia agreed to hold security talks on january 10 amid tensions over
russian forces deployed near ukraine and moscow demands that nato renounce any expansion eastward into the former soviet lock. no sign has emerged that the two sides of been able to narrow their differences concerning the core demand that the nato sever its military ties with ukraine and georgia. those talks are set for january 10 and will be held in geneva as part of an ongoing security dialogue between the two sides. when it comes to iran, the story from the associated press this week, negotiators from iran and five world powers resumed their negotiations on monday of this week on restoring tehran's 2015 nuclear deal insisting that the united states and allies promise to allow it to export its crude oil, the latest round of talks in vienna, it opens 10 days
after negotiations were adjourned before the iranian negotiators returned home to have consultations. that is from the associated press so talks on both fronts you bring up. greg, texas, independent, good morning. caller: hello. thanks for taking my call. my question is, i guess the 777 billion dollars that we are spending in the military, and i hope you consider that a foreign policy issue because it's probably going to foreign countries to fight wars. i'm just wondering what if we took 10 or 20% of that and put
it on the border and protected our own borders? what about the rest of the money in this reconciliation bill that's going to go to taking care of other people besides americans? i guess my point is it seems like we are misguided on where money goes. i don't want to keep fighting wars all over the world. host: on monday of this week, president biden signed the national defense authorization act, the military spending authorization bill, the annual bill and it was signed and included $25 billion more than what the president had originally read rested for the u.s. military back when he made the budget request at the beginning of his term. what does that tell you about
military spending and their view on it? caller: it tells me that we have one less war in afghanistan and we are still spending more money because i guess -- andrew yang was good when he mentioned the media industrial complex but i'm talking about the military-industrial complex. to those guys, they need to keep making more and more money all the time. where else can we go? you guys do a great job but why can't we mind our own business? host: greg at of wichita falls, texas. paul from lexington kentucky, democrat good morning. caller: good morning. i'm going to save foreign policy wise, the biggest problem we
made was in afghanistan. we handled that really poorly. not only for afghanistan but how it affects us across the world. in the image we have. the second one is, our border and that becomes foreign policy because how we deal with central america, mexico and all the way down into south america, we are not handling that well. i'm not a big advocate for a wall but i am an advocate of we
need to provide good care. my third one is a good one and that is we've gotten back into supporting the who. we are getting back into talking about climate in a national way. i think those are positive moves. i don't have a fourth one. host: we appreciate you raising those three as we talk about the top foreign policy story of 2021. you talk about the united states getting back into things. it was president biden in his first speech as president before the u.n. general assembly in the wall, talking about rebuilding alliances and the idea of
relentless diplomacy in the world. this is what he had to say. [video clip] pres. biden: instead of continuing to fight the wars of the past, we are turning our eyes on devoting our resources to the challenges that hold the keys to our collective future. ending this pandemic, addressing the climate crisis, managing the shifts in global power dynamics, shaping the rules of the world and vital issues like trade, cyber and emerging technologies. and facing the threat of terrorism as it stands today. we have ended 20 years of conflict in afghanistan and as we close this relentless war, we are opening a new your of relentless to pharmacy, abusing the power of our development age to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world, renewing and defending
democracy, proving that no matter how challenging or how complex the problems we will face, government by and for the people is still the best way to deliver for all of our people. host: president biden back in september of this year, we are asking what you think the top foreign policy of the year story is. dottie in georgia, republican, what do you think? caller: i'm not sure if this is considered foreign policy. what concerns me is the report that came out aboutuat's, that our government has said this is real and we don't know what it is and something is out there and we have no clue what it is. this terrifies me. host: you think we will learn more in 2022? caller: i hope so. i am elderly so i'm not
concerned for myself but i'm concerned for my children and grandchildren. nobody is talking about this. they admitted there something there but they haven't said what it is. if it's not us, why aren't we more concerned about this? host: dottie in georgia. this is mike and san dimas, california, republican, good morning. caller: my point was already made by somebody else. i'll stick with afghanistan and the way we pulled out and the people that were killed who work side-by-side with their soldiers and just abandon them was to me a travesty. thank you. host: michael in riverside, california, independent, good morning, your top foreign policy story of 2021? caller: [indiscernible]
people should be a priority over everything. thank you. host: nathan out of the buckeye state, independent, your top foreign policy story of 2021? caller: oh my, it predates 2021 but i think the polar vortex is huge because goes against more scientific evidence that has been theorized about what climate change is doing to the world since the 90's and the 80's and it's just accumulation. now we have tornadoes in minnesota in december. when we will start looking at the evidence? rain forest are burning and australia lost 60 million acres. at some point come we have to look at the cumulative data
throughout the world and not let the corporations continue to do what they are are doing and destroying this planet. that's how i look at it, thank you for your time. i appreciate andrew yang as well. host: more from the world stage, this is president biden from just last month at the u.n. climate conference in scotland talking about the issue of climate change. pres. biden: we meet with the eyes of history upon us in -- and the profound questions before us. it's simple, will we act? will we do what is necessary? will we seize the enormous opportunity before us or will we condemn you to generations to suffer? this is the decade that will determine the answer, this decade. the science is clear, we only have a brief window left before us to raise our ambitions and
meet the task that is rapidly narrowing. this is a decisive decade in which we have an opportunity to prove ourselves. we can keep the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees celsius within our reach if we come together. if we commit to doing our part of each of our nations with determination and ambition, that's what cop 26 is all about. glascow must be the kickoff of a decade of ambition and innovation to preserve our shared future. climate change is already ravaging the world. we have heard from many speakers. it's not a hypothetical threat. is destroying people's lives and livelihoods and doing it every single day. it's costing our nations trillions of dollars, record
heat and drought feeling more widespread and more intense wildfires and crop failures and other places. record flooding and -- in what used to be once in a century storms are now happening every few years. in the past few months, united states has experienced all of this in every region of the world can tell a similar story. in an age where the pandemic is made so painfully clear that no nation can wall it self off from borderless threats, we know none of us can escape the worst that is yet to come if we fail to seize this moment. host: that was president biden last month on the issue of climate change. less than 10 minutes left in this segment of "washington journal" to talk about the top foreign policy story of the year at 9:30 a.m. eastern, we will
turn the phone lines over to you in our open forum and you can call in on any public policy or political issue you want to talk about it but for now, just your top foreign policy story. rose in apex, north carolina, republican, what do you think? caller: i have two that are tied together. the top or me is joe biden laughing at the council on foreign relations over his quit broke well and the outrage of extortion from ukraine. i wonder why he left like a hyena and the second one closely follows, it's the hiding of hillary selling uranium to russia step also the fake russian dossier that has caused so much trouble. the very last one would be build back better and coming from the world economic forum. those who have attended broke
the logan act and are making choices without the consent of the american people. i think build back better is the worst because they did plan a pandemic in october of 2019 with regard to the release. host: tim from lakeview, arkansas, independent you are next. caller: good morning and thank you to that lady from north carolina, those are important but my biggest one is the surrender in chief surrendering who surrendered our borders to the mexican cartels so they could make money shipping 2 million people across the border and also is surrendering to china and doing apsley nothing about them shipping the virus over here. not a single thing. that's because they are so deep in his pockets.
he's been feeding himself as family off of the taxpayers back of a bad policy for years. if you want one more, it would have to be the surrender of bagram air poise -- airport to the chinese. he literally went out in the middle of the night so he could hand it over to the next biggest power and that is china. host: laurie, long beach california, democrat you are next. caller: i appreciate it. i cannot understand the republicans and where they get these ideas. anyway, i'm calling about afghanistan, the constant criticism of biden on afghanistan and the withdrawal. didn't trump make that deadline? biden has to abide by that deadline to withdraw so they keep criticized biden over the
withdrawal but he had no choice but to do it. the other issue quickly of the border, i was a nurse for 42 years in southern california. illegals have crossed and they took sputum samples from them. they do test illegals that come over here and i'm sure for covid now when they catch them all step they are tested in the hospital and go to immigration jail and then they send them back. there is a lot of misinformation as we all know. that's about it but thank you for letting me talk. host: georgia, republican, good morning. caller: i found to 24 hour television comedy shows that everybody should listen to. one is russian television and
the other is the chinese global television it. they're both so ridiculous. you have a kgb murderer in one country and a george orwell he and amber leading another. they are trying to tell us how to run our country. it's so ludicrous. i don't know how we allow it. host: are you more concerned about one or the other? caller: china is pretty smooth. russia is sort of crude. their propaganda is out of this world. it's laughable. they must think we are idiots and maybe we are sometimes. host: this is new york, a
democrat, good morning. caller: good morning, i'm just following up, i believe russia is the biggest ongoing threat. they obviously invaded ukraine in 2014 massing along the border and making threats but i'm particular concerned that since trump clearly worked with the russians were cozied up to them, the investors were in the oval office and kicked out the americans, i'm afraid a lot of trump people are russian supporters. i think we need to mold these people out and i think russia presents an ongoing threat from cyber to military to propaganda. host: what you think happens in the 12 months to come? caller: i think biden is doing
is good a job as he can under the hand he was dealt and i think he has good people in place. it's going to be interesting to see what happens. we definitely have to be on the same page as a country and i really wish that people wouldn't be so convinced by propaganda that like fake news and here are the callers calling in and i believe they are good people but they are misinformed. it's great to hear how you deal with some of the callers when you take their points and you still make sense out of it and that helps educate and inform was better because there is so much stuff out there that is distracting. that is a major issue and i thank you for that step host: that was the last call in this segment step it's coming up on 9:30 a.m. on the east coast
and in our final half hour, we are turning the phone lines over to you. what public policy or state or political issues do you want to talk about? it's our open forum and start calling in on those issues. we will get to your phone calls and just a second but i wanted to note why the flag over the united states capital is at half-staff this morning. that's because we learned late yesterday that armor senate majority leader harry reid has died. he died yesterday at his home in henderson, nevada. a clip of one of his many appearances on capitol hill and he is one of the leaders in terms of appearances in the c-span archives. this is from 2013, senator harry reid, taking reporter questions at the u.s. capitol.
[video clip] >> it's been held up for an average of nine months. doesn't need to be changed? yes. you always get through to me, look at all these people. you are a bully. [laughter] >> you mentioned judges. senator lahey will send dcc nominees. host: that scene from harry reid's exchange on the capital back in 2013. the reporter he was talking to, that so-called bully was a senior writer for congress on the white house neal winooski and he's joining us this morning by phone to talk about the legacy of harry reid stop do you remember that moment on capitol hill? guest: i certainly do. thank you for having me this morning. it was a little bit unexpected.
in those days when senator reid would have the tuesday afternoon stakeout at the ohio corridor, i was pretty much one of the regulars who was there every week working for roll call. it sort of became a recurring element with senator reid picking on a few select regulars in the crowd. the other one that comes to mind as you may remember was steve dennis who also used to work at roll call and works at bloomberg now. he had a moment where he was accused of asking a clown question in the parlance of
harry reid for bryce harper back when he was playing for the nationals. this was sort of a recurring part of the sort of shtick, i would call it. host: we get a sense of it from some of those clips but what was harry reid like as a person on capitol hill? what was he like in those conversations when the cameras were there? guest: senator reid was a fascinating person to cover. when the cameras were not on, he and his wife were high school sweethearts and had been married for more than six decades at the time of his passing. he couldn't be the most abrasive
person you ever dealt with but i know from many experiences, not just of my own but colleagues and staffers and all sorts of people i've talked to, when you had suffered a loss or when you had a child on the way, the moments of life that are not about the rough-and-tumble of politics, he was one of the lawmakers and maybe to view who actually paid attention to what was going on around him in the capital will the. host: on twitter after the news came out yesterday about harry reid death, calling him perhaps the most important elected official in nevada history, plenty of writing in the independent today about his legacy in nevada, growing up in
searchlight and rising to state offices and then federal offices stuff what are your thoughts on his legacy on capitol hill? guest: on capitol hill, the sort of greatest legacy is whether he wanted it to be or not, the biggest will be the fact that the filibuster rule changed for nominations on his watch. we had that year where he grew incredibly frustrated with what the republicans were doing during the obama years with the circuit judge nominees and the result was that he and the democratic caucus use the so-called nuclear option and brought down the threshold for
approving judges to a simple majority. obviously, it has continued since then and senator mcconnell and the republicans under president trump expanded that to the supreme court. that's one legacy piece. the other thing that is both a home state issue and a national issue -- i would be very interested to see what happens now with the long stalled or canceled or dead and never coming back nuclear waste response -- repository at yucca mountain. he single-handedly killed and used every lever he could come up with as party leader and earlier as appropriate or to
make sure that it never happened. on capitol hill, the legacy from that is the power that the leader has, if you are a state like nevada that is not terribly populous and you get someone of your own to be the leader of either the democratic or republican party in the senate, you can do a lot more and really push above your weight. host: you mentioned harry reid in his home state and on capitol hill. i will let you think of your favorite story from capitol hill and i share this one story from back in his home state before he came to congress. the paragraph in the wall street journal notes he was appointed the top gambling regulator in the late 1970's, job which he had held in 1981, face to face with organized crime and built a reputation for toughness,
teaming up with the fbi to set up a sting operation everyman tried to drive him. he veered off script and tried to choke the would be briber. that's one story about him from back in the day. net your favorite story about your time with him? caller: guest: i will not quote it to let -- directly on air but there was the 2013 incident where there was a meeting between the party leaders in the house and the senate and there was a back-and-forth between harry reid and then speaker were minority leader at the time john boehner. it ultimately led to expletives being exchanged and what's
fascinating is this is a famous exchange over the years but they went ahead and became sort of partners after they retired boehner and read and were both involved in a public policy project associated with mgm casinos so it fell into the category of an encounter was just one for the history books. i was just pulling up the quotation from speaker boehner's recent memoir so i can read the quotation. it's about how macconnell responded -- mr. decorum which he called o'connell was a stunned and horrified witness to this angry encounter.
i thought he was going to keel over from cardiac arrest then and there. so boehner had called read expletives in this exchange as well and john boehner said their relationship got a lot better after that. this is somehow how you needs to deal with harry reid. he could punch and take punches. host: before you go, do we know anything yet about funeral services or remembrances in washington? i know it just happened late yesterday. guest: we have not seen announcements yet from the family, they sent a statement from his wife but further announcements for services would be for coming so we will be looking out for those over the
next holiday and early into the new year. host: senior writer for congress and the white house, we appreciate your time this morning. there is the flag over the u.s. senate. you are looking at a shot from our studios to the senate side of the capital and it was senate jodey leader chuck schumer ordered flags over the capital to be lowered to half staff last night after the announcement came back. harry reid had died yesterday after a four year battle with pancreatic cancer. he died at his home in henderson, nevada. about 20 minute left in our program this morning and is promised, an open forum and any public policy issue or political issue you want to talk about, the phone lines are yours. fort washington, republican, good morning.
are you there? caller: good morning. i wanted to say that when harry reid went through the nuclear option, it must be the republican view that came up where they got to use it to get those three picks in and now trying to ruin the filibuster again stuff it didn't work out too good last time so i that i hope they rethink it. also, somebody said president biden had to follow what trump said on getting out of afghanistan. i don't think he did follow the timeline. he changed it to later and he made it august 31 or whatever
and he could have done whatever he wanted. he wasn't down by anything. host: it was a spring deadline and he delighted by several months. caller: yeah. yeah, he changed it anyway. i don't think he had to do it. he could have done whatever he wanted or said we are not leaving. maybe i'm wrong but anyway, i was bringing those two points up, thank you very much. host: ben, democrat, good morning. caller: calling regarding the question of the day on the most significant foreign policy event of the year. i would have to say without a doubt it has to be pulling out of afghanistan which is not a bad thing stuff i am a democrat my believe we should not be asking as -- acting as police around the world. we had to give people a chance
to reform. i don't think there is any shaming going back into afghanistan. my solution is we should send waves of airplane over their airspace and scare the living but jesus out of them. the other callers on the republican side say it's covid. covid is not foreign policy and biden is investigating the origins of covid in china. he's not easy on china. host: alexandria, indiana, good morning. caller: i think our biggest
thing that we have going on right now is the corruption we have in the white house. it seems like all the money that's being spent may be high enough five or 10% of the money is going where it's supposed to go and we've got a lot of stealing going on. we just had $100 billion, missing. maybe somebody could address this issue. host: i was trying to pull up the committee on covid relief. the select committee that was set up, the committee on pandemic oversight i believe. it was set up through congress that is looking into some of those issues.
i guess the question is do you trust congress to investigate waste, fraud and use of the money they are sending out the door? caller: no, i cannot trust our administration. it seems like they don't have any kind of background for taking care of our money. it's been misused. host: thanks for the call. the select subcommittee on the coronavirus is what i was looking for coronavirus. house.gov and they have had several hearings on waste, fraud and abuse and there is a tip line to report waste, fraud and abuse. joe in red bank, new jersey, good morning.
caller: this may seem idealistic that i would like to see public funding of congressional elections and senatorial elections. the senators and congressmen comment on how much money they need for elections and reelections and distracting from their job which should be legislating on behalf of the american people. host: did you hear andrew yang when he was on? caller: no i didn't. host: one of his proposals, i think he called them democracy dollars. every american gets $100 in federal funds that they can direct to the candidate of their choice. his point was that doing that flushes out the special interest money if enough americans point their $100 and send it to a
specific candidate. your thoughts on that? caller: that would be a good idea because of a senator or congressman is beholden to someone giving them money how are they going to do anything to oppose items in congress that are favored by the special interest groups of silicon valley and other places in the united states? i think that would be a good idea and perhaps in the next few years, something like that will be introduced and passed by congress. we can have a government, of the people and by the people and for the people. host: thanks for the call. salsberry, north carolina, democrat. caller: good morning.
one guy stated he doesn't know where the money is going when a democrat is in office. the democrats are trying to distribute money to the people before we distribute it back to wars and the 1% is getting all the money. i'm calling about afghanistan. when the biden administration pulled out of afghanistan, people act as though it was all messed up. they never mentioned anything about the deals the trump made with the telephone to release isys. isis is now going through afghanistan and taking them out. if anybody wants to look at anything wrong about after kanas
stan, it was trump's dealing that did this in the first place. it's totally ridiculous when they talk about the removal and afghanistan. they act like it was joe biden's fault and it was trump's fault stuff host: you say democrats are trying to move money away from wars but earlier this week, president biden signed the $770 billion defense bill on that was 24 billion dollars more than what he originally asked for so congress added even more than the president asked for for military funding and congress is controlled in both chambers by democrats. caller: at the same time, when
barack obama crossed the red line, the senators, the republicans would not even vote to help the pushback -- two pushback vladimir putin when he and -- when he entered the crimea. they were giving money to wars but they will not vote to give money to american people who has to fight those wars. it's totally ridiculous. host: this is virginia in california, good morning. caller: i would like to speak on january 6 that i can -- that i cannot believe could ever happen in our united states. i agree with the fellow about the money that goes into the selections. i think the lobbyists should be shut down on that would solve that problem. we don't need private donations
from these big corporations. i also believe people that don't live in california, i'm sure i will get some retaliation for this but i live in southern california. i wish they would correct themselves. we do not have open borders. i have lived here all my life so thank you very much. get their information correct. thank you. host: washington, d.c., independent, good morning. caller: good morning, i have two points, one is it's extremely frustrating because a number of issues. republicans raised some of the issues correctly and democrats respond on some of the same issues correctly. the middle is there but neither one of them -- on immigration,
it's true that we know who is in and who is out step we need to control our border. the way republicans want to do it is wrong stuff the manner by which the demo rats want to address the issue is right. the hoopla and the entire conversation has become so frustrating. they are talking across each other without really understanding that this is about our country step we need to protect what we need to protect. host: this is rick, council bluffs, iowa, republic and, good morning. caller: good morning. i was wondering if you had any
recordings of january 6 thing going on there in washington? i think nancy pelosi played little mom with a rope a dope. she could've have had the national guard out there two or three days before that. she refused. host: that's rick and iowa. we know president biden will be working the anniversary, waiting for details on what he is doing as well. a hearing is getting held in capitol hill to talk about congressional security a year after january 6 with the capitol set to testify. we will be airing that hearing
live on c-span. plenty more on that next week. glenn in greenbriar, arkansas, independent. caller: good morning. i'm going to reflect back on your last thing, foreign policy. i would like to know why you don't make a report of how many billions of dollars the first 10 days joe biden signed executive orders. every one of them was to help foreign countries. everything he signed an executive order on was to help foreign countries, communist countries he is in the pocket of . what is there no report on his executive orders?
that doesn't help america. he put 275 trucks on the road and all the climate change. why are they not reporting the williams of dollars he cost us and gave them. host: i got your point. pete in michigan, democrat, good morning. caller: good morning, there was a gentleman that made the statement about trump making the deal to pull out of afghanistan. that is 35 change that date step you don't leave civilians behind. you get your civilians out first.
climate change -- let's not forget the buildings you put up that are tall changes windshear. let's stop building taller buildings and maybe there are problems with climate control but you will not solve it all overnight. i was in politics, it's rough but i will tell you, i'm a dinner rat and the top officials, i would be switching to republican, thank you. host: what elected office did you run for? caller: i was a supervisor here in michigan and acosta township. it's a rough job and i can imagine how rough it is in washington will step we did catch people stealing. they were prosecuted. host: a minute or two left in the program.
i wanted to give our viewers a programming note for later today. at 11 a.m. eastern, we expect another white house covid response team and we will air that here on c-span. one or two more calls, oklahoma, republican. what's on your mind? caller: i wanted to throw the question out there, you have these people crossing over the border. i see these people are young. is anybody investigating how many babies are being stolen from people in mexico? they get these people over the border because they know they have to have a young child with them. host: and this is patricia in georgia, a democrat, last caller. caller: yes, i'm calling about
the republicans. as a child,, i'm glad you had that girl on yesterday step they need to pass the bill back that are built step -- the build back better bill. republicans are rednecks. host: we try not to end with name-calling but we will be back tomorrow morning on this >> c-span is your unfiltered view of government. we are funded by these companies and more. >> cox is committed to providing families access to affordable internet to the connect program.
bringing us closer. >> cox supports c-span as a public service along with these other television providers giving you a front row seat to democracy. >> you had something to hold you over after this meeting. something you may have thought about needing a little pick me up through the committee meeting today. college students face those same challenges in preparing to go to class or studying for tests. but in alabama between 30 and 60% of students do not have enough food to eat each day to support their concentration and focus along with their many other needs. it is important to remember each of these students has a name and a recent study conducted, one student named maggie mentions
food was impacting my ability to go to class and perform because i would be in these three hour classes i had to focus for those three hours and they could not because i was hungry and i didn't have anything to eat. >> food insecurity during the college years has been shown to negatively impact many parameters including what we've already heard today, retention, persistence and higher education. >> a house committee examined hunger issues among college students putting the role of the federal government and barriers to existing programs. watch tonight at 9:40 p.m. eastern on c-span. next week on c-span, wednesday the senate rules committee holds a hearing on the u.s. capitol
police since the january 6 attack. live coverage begins at 10:00 a.m. eastern thursday at 7:00 a.m. we will have coverage throughout the day marking one year anniversary of the attack. friday the supreme court hears oral argument in two cases dealing with the biden administration's vaccine mandate for health care workers and the vaccine or test mandate for larger private companies. live coverage beginning at 10:00 a.m.. the house and senate return in january for the start of the second session of the 117th congress. the senate takes up the president's climate and social spending plan known as build back better despite west virginia democrat joe manchin opposition to the bill. senate democratic leadership hopes to take up voting rights legislation which may require changing the filibuster rules. there's also a february 18 deadline for both chambers of congress to change -- pass
additional federal spending to avoid a government shutdown. watch these developments on c-span networks once congress returns or you can watch full coverage on c-span now. also head over to c-span.org for scheduling information. c-span, your unfiltered view of government. >> flags are flying at half staff at the u.s. capitol to mourn harry reid, the former senate majority leader who died yesterday at the age of 82. the nevada democrat was first elected to the senate in 1986 and became the senate democratic leader in 2005 and served as majority leader from 2007 thousand seven to 2015. senator reid retired from the senate when his term expired in 2017. he paid the senate farewell just over five years ago on december 8, 2016. ... my final speech.