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  Senator Schumer on Health Care Russia and President Trump  CSPAN  July 31, 2017 7:24pm-7:38pm EDT

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>> c-span's "washington journal", five every day with some policy issues that impact too. coming up on tuesday morning, the staff attorney and transgender marine veteran discusses the proposed transgender military band. then joshua greene will talk about his book on white house chief strategist, steve bannon and his relationship with president trump. love updates on the investigation of the trump white house in russia. watch "washington journal", live 7:00 a.m. eastern. join the discussion. >> the senate is done for tonight. earlier today members voted to advance the u.s. judge for the 11th circuit. with the failure to move forward with the repeal of the health care law last week the senate moves on to other legislative items including defense programs, executive nominations, and an fda drug user fee bill.
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earlier chuck schumer came to the floor to discuss healthcare issues, russian interference in the elections and president trumps growing animosity with jeff sessions. here's a look. >> first on healthcare, i sincerely and truly hope the events of last week are a turning point. i hope they steer this the body towards the time of bipartisanship. we sure could use it because the problems in our healthcare system to not and last week. the democrats know the affordable care act wasn't perfect, we want to keep what works, there are good things in it and we want to fix what doesn't. we have to work to do. we have a lot of work to do on that front. the first order of business should be to stabilize the individual market them both parties should work together through regular ordering
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committees to discuss other improvements. chairman alexander, ranking member murray have indicated they want to work together. they want to public hearings and do this right away. i'm hopeful that chairman hatch, the ranking member, both were proven willing and able to work across party lines will also be willing to work closely together to address broader problems with our healthcare system. let me repeat, the first order of business should be to stabilize the individual market which has been wracked by uncertainty. threate right now, as insurers prepare to lock in their recent plans for 2018, the trump administration is dangling a massive sword over the heads of millions of americans. threatening to end payments. the administration is supposed to make that will or deductibl s
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and out-of-pocket costs for americans. these payments are critical to keeping healthcare costs down. and also keep in the market stable. remember asia, the largest trade group of insurers has said the uncertainty about these payments are the single most a stabilizing factor in individualized market. i the sun chuck schumer democrat senate, that's insurers. they say.'s make no mistake, by refusing these payments, president trump is sabotaging our healthcare system. is actively trying to make it collapse, taking out his political loss on the american people. that's not being presidential, that's small, it's vindictive, and it will hurt millions of americans he has sworn to help. in pennsylvania, north carolina, insurers have filed two separate
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sets of possible rates for 2018. one of the payments are made, what if they are not. of the payments are not made, premiums would be 20% higher. let's repeat that. if payments are not made and present trump ulcer on his vindictive idea of not making payments, premiums would be 20% higher for the people of north carolina and pennsylvania. so, if president trump does not guarantee these payments permanently, americans will have to pay a bump tax on their premiums next year. let me say that again. the president trump does not w guarantee these payments, americans will be paying a bump tax of 20% higher premiums. president trump has a responsibility to make our healthcare system work. millions of americans will hold him accountable if the system
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implodes on his watch.he if insurers leave the market on his watch, or if their premiums go up 20% or more in his watch. of course, when congress could remove the uncertainty and take the decision out of the presidency in. we can and should guarantee or these payments as soon as possible, before the insurers set the rates for next year. i urge my republican friends to join us on senator shaheen's bill to guarantee the payments to prevent president trumps premium tax from going intos, ht effect. republican senators alexander, collins, hatch, portman, johnson, have spoke about the need to do this. i hope they'll help us move forward. we could get this done quickly and show the american people that we are able to work together on healthcare in a dow bipartisan way to help keep costs down.
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now on another matter, russia sanctions. i very proud that last week, as nearly every member of congress voted to pass legislation to sanction russia, iran, north korea, that there is such bipartisanship on that issue.e according to reports, the president will sign the legislation. these are tough sanctions. they'll have a real effect on russia, and they are more than justified. president putin violated the sovereignty of ukraine, aided and abetted human rights abusese in syria, and attacked the very foundation of our democracy. by meddling in the 2016l election.ut the
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just as important, the sanctions bill gives congress the ability to review any decision to weaken, dilute, or lift sanctions on russia. president putin will not be able to get out from under the sting of the sanctions without theen consent of congress. let this be an unequivocal message to mr. putin and any other nation that thinking of interfering in our elections. if you interfere with our elections which we hold sacred, you'll be sanctioned. s the sanctions will be severe. finally met and president, word on the investigation conducted by special counsel mueller. since the beginning of the investigation into russia's meddling into our elections, both here, in congress, and the executive branch, the heavy hand of the administration has never been far away. we know the administration solicited the help of the chairman of the house intelligence committee to be back reports in the press about russia's interference our election. that was after 17 intelligence
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agency said it happened. the president fired fbi director jim comey, and admitted on national television he was thinking quote about this russia thing when he did it. then, after special counsel mueller was appointed to lead the investigation, allies of the administration went on television to defame his character, to sell his reputation, shameful pole ploy of a great man who has a great record of nonpartisan public service a man can have in this country. m now, the president continually berates and humiliates his former friend, maybe still spring, who knows, but his attorney general, his great ally in his campaign, man on twitter, jeff sessions was one of president trumps earliest friends and for supporters in congress. not only does that at the
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character which assured us, i cannot imagine any american likes the way senator sessions was treated whether you agree ot disagree with him. bu it raises questions about whether the president wants the attorney general to resign so he can appoint a new attorney general willing to fire specialn counsel mueller. if such a scenario were to pass, we would have a constitutional crisis on her hand. the senate should remove even the possibility of that coming about. rec so with the senate, i expect we will hold sessions throughout the upcoming recess to prevent a recess appointment from being ml made. the fact that president trump continues to meddle with the department of justice and impede the russia investigation gets to larger question. the president trump has nothing to hide, nothing to fear, why
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not let special counsel mueller do his job, follow the facts, and finally get to the bottom of the matter. on the matter as important as foreign interference in our election, the american people deserve a thorough investigation into the facts. president trump should come nowhere, nowhere near it. i yield the floor a note the absence of a quorum. >> tonight, the communicators. >> as an internet group and there were jobs and people putting things online and there's money at risk, all of a sudden hacker started getting jobs doing security. i kept getting these e-mails of people telling me, give me an announcement to death, then make it sound professional. i have to convince my boss to send me to death, for my job. >> so is trying to rewrite the messages and finally one of my
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friend said you should just a real conference, charge real money to make it a professional conference. i thought those brilliant. i save my money for a year, took alona and then i started it a year later than i wished and every year, unbelievably it has grown for 20 years. >> jeff moss, founder and creator of black had a deaf call talked about his conference for researchers and hackers. >> you have to remember now it's hostile everywhere. used to be just hostile during devcon. but now every airport seems to have a fake cell tower operating. because if you're going to steal some of his login why not at the business logic the airport. if you monitor your wi-fi signal you'll see all of these
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stations, this is the way it is. if you're criminal and you can build the backpack to intercept information and leave the backpack plugged in somewhere, that's more low risk than trying to rob a bank. >> we been on the road meeting winners of the student cam documentary competition. at east life high school second prize winners jack mcdonald, kyle and victoria handed $1500 for their documentary on environment and justice. honorable mention winners, received $250 for their documentary on healthcare. then to massachusetts to hand out a second board where
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students want a second place prize of $1500 for their documentary on the wage gap. in north hampton massachusetts, students won an honorable mention price of $250 for their documentary on sanctuary cities and immigration reform. the massachusetts received honorable mention price of $250 for their documentary on the opiate epidemic. thank you to all the students who took part in our 2017 student cam deck competition. to watch the videos go to student and student cam 2018 starts with a theme the constitution and year. choose any provision of the constitution and create a video illustrating why it is important.