tv Washington Journal Del. Stacey Plaskett CSPAN November 16, 2018 3:11am-3:40am EST
live in friday on the c-span network, the house returns at 9 a.m. eastern or work on legislation to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list. at 8:30 a.m., a day along a summit on improving oversight of the federal government. delegate stacy plaskett serves the virgin islands and is a member of the government reform committee. the morning. -- good morning. folks about the committee and its role in the investigative process. as the name states, the committee on oversight and government reform deals with the oversight of our government, as well as passing laws to reform or make government work better. so, all of the agencies we the operations of those agencies, the government employees, postal services, etc.. host: the trump administration comes into consideration? guest: it does, the different
agencies and their operations. many democrats in this congress actually joined in a lawsuit because we had requested from gao the lease agreement pertaining to the trump e oforation's leas government land, that being the post office where the trump hotel is in washington, d.c. in the past, that information was given to us. after the inauguration, it was denied. those are the kinds of things we will be looking at due to the emoluments clause and the need for elected officials and those in appointed positions not to beginning financially -- not to gain fromfinancial government operations. host: when it comes to the administration itself, are you the body that would look at tax returns? are with waysurns
and means. i know there was discussion of waters, but the actual tax matters and subpoena of the presidents tax returns will go to ways and means. the oversight and government reform committee, which is often times where the select committees are formed from the willrs of that committee, be doing questioning, interrogation of actual officials of the administration and the operations that go from there. host: does issuing subpoenas become part of that? guest: it does, unless they give , you know?tion up in the past, there is information we have requested that administrations have readily supplied. thousands of documents, millions of documents that have come to the staff of the oversight and government reform.
subpoenas are issued when there is reticence or push back against being transparent, sharing with the rightful body that oversees them, the legislative body. host: you might know the name kirk gardella -- senior advisor oversight committee, a republican who became a democrat . he had an idea about subpoenas and the trump administration. anyone talking about a flurry of investigations and subpoenas is falling into a darrell issa trap of taking a smart, strategic step back -- instead of doing so. ultimately, the results will speak for themselves and will withoute impact than the partisan preamble. guest: and i said the subpoenas are a last effort.
i think, by talking with elijah cummings, chairman of the abouttee, spoke with him the plan. he's trying to be systematic the chair of judiciary, along with maxine waters, chair of financial services, and even the intelligence committee. what is your purview? so we are stepping on each other's feet, acting systematically and giving the american people what they want, performing our function, not to destroy president trump, but to be the legislative body and check and balance the administration. host: do you have any concerns about the level of investigation overshadowing democrats' abilities to put an agenda forward? guest: we can walk and shoot guns at the same time. i know i sit on the bag committee,-- the ag and we want to do legislation that supports farmers, rural
areas, extending broadband to rural communities. transportation and infrastructure is excited about the notion of robust transportation bills, which modernizes areas of transportation and expands others. to work withlity republicans on those issues even though investigations might be at the shadow of that? members ofink that congress, even when democrats were in the minority, still worked on things with members of the republican majority. samenk that works in the way, when there are areas we can work together on. whether it is issues of climate change, creating solutions to that. we've seen so many disasters come up that are related to that. some agreement about drugs and drug pricing that many members have, as well as fixes to education, labor, and other. host: if you want to ask her
questions, (202) 748-8000 free democrats, (202) 748-8001 for republicans, and for , (202) 748-8002. here's the picture of the new freshman class. pelosi, far as nancy questions on whether she will become speaker of the house. do you have any doubts? i understand there are quite a number of members who have said and made promises to their constituents that they would not vote for her. i have concerns for them, that their first vote in public not be a removal of what they told, going back on a promise that they made. i know there's been discussion about others coming up. i think our bench is deep. i think nancy pelosi has done a tremendous job of being speaker,
of being our leader, holding us strategic,eing very but i don't think she is the only person that can do that. i know there is discussion about marcia fudge, discussion about others possibly being able to take over. one of the things i find bass or about karen marcia fudge, is an african-american woman. i know that we would not be in the majority without african-american women, either through running or through voting. we have karen bass, speaker of the legislature in california, or marcia fudge, congressional black caucus chair, and also head of our convention in 2016. judge,een on mayor, a and was part of -- largest
significant black sororities in this country. so i think there is a possibility, and i think that having this discussion is a good thing for us, as democrats. i think we made a mistake in acompli,aving it fait with hillary clinton as nominee, and that hurt us. i don't think she was a good candidate, because we didn't have those discussions. i think nancy pelosi is an extremely strategic woman and a .reat fighter so, having this discussion and back and forth does not diminish her in any way, but if she comes out as speaker, makes her a stronger speaker. those women of actively campaigns against her, would you cast a vote for them versus nancy pelosi? guest: in a great fan and marcia
in washingtonntor here. i would have great consideration for her in a fight like that. the: a report this morning, 17 democrats signing a letter -- that letter,ot on but as you hear from me, i would consider marcia fudge. i think the 17 are individuals who are putting their pen to paper, but i don't think that necessarily accounts for everyone. i know there are letters going around now, trying to box individuals into supporting one person or another, and when we have a caucus vote, it is supposed to be a secret. putting people, making them sign a letter now, i think, removes int we thought was important the caucus, that secrecy. i think people should leave their options open. host: the degree of pressure on these young democrats, how would you assess that? think it is unfair.
it comes from lieutenants, others areof her and pressuring her. i think they are hearing in orientation, just getting their feet into washington, but i'm sure they've been pressured well before they came to washington this week. comes fromirst call chesapeake, virginia, calling on the republican line. , c-span.ood morning are you going to go after trump all the time? waste taxpayer money, just like pelosi? she said, you got to voted in before you see what is in it. would you buy a car before you test drive it? i don't knowaid, if you heard earlier, that the democrats will be engaged in a lot of activity. we are really concerned about notng the pieces that were
fixed in the affordable care act, a transportation bill which expands infrastructure and modernizes american transportation. we are also interested in fixing the farm bill and making sure it ins through, sitting conference right now. there are issues of criminal justice we are working on. all of that will occur and members of congress will do their job as well, which is, in fact, to look at the administration and look at the overd conduct oversight the administration in the same way that republicans conducted oversight over president obama and his administration. that is the function of congress and we are going to do our job. host: independent line. vincent from pennsylvania. , how are youday doing. i'm glad to have made contact with you. i have something totally different, been trying to call
in since last night. i think you are doing a great job in your position. the farm bill and the different thing you guys are speaking about on tv today, will that extend to the virgin islands? there are a lot of things going on there since the hurricane. and i'm wondering, how are we going to use all of these things to benefit not only the people of the united states, but the people of the virgin islands and other territories out there? guest: i think that is a great question and it does extend to the virgin islands. one of the reasons i'm on the agricultural committee is that most of the virgin islands is considered rural, so the department of agriculture has a tremendous amount of -- there's opportunity for agriculture. one opportunity is really expanding broadband. we know there is a digital
livee between students who in rural, underserved areas, as well as for our utilities, telecommunications. all of that falls within rural development within agriculture. even little things like supporting areas with drought. probably aware, several years ago, there was a tremendous drought in the virgin islands and puerto rico. because we were not on the drought monitor, they were not able to give us funding. we fought, going forward, that that is taken care of. from twitterwer says, it would be ok for newly elected members to vote for nancy pelosi against their pledge, if, and she puts it in capital letters, they can clearly explain to their constituents what they didn't know before being elected. she asked that karen bass is good, too.
guest: one of the things that older members tell you when you come to washington is, don't let anyone take your voting card from you. one of the reasons i think the in the majority's we ran a 50 state campaign, we had individuals who fit each district, each constituency. they are the individuals they want in washington to speak for them, and i think they will have to listen to their constituents and what they want and be able to address that in their own fashion. host: have you been talking to any of the freshman yourself about this issue? guest: i spoke briefly with some of the freshman. they are really busy with their orientation. we are seeing them at receptions, talking about a lot of things. what are their committee assignments going to be russian mark what are the best places for them to have staffing? issues theyof the
are working through, and i think it is really leader pelosi who has served us well by allowing us to have until the end of november to have this debate and discussion, because it allows freshman and others to really take a look at the composition of our party now, the ,omposition of the democrats and who is going to be the best team to lead us in that. we focused a lot on leader pelosi, but there are quite a number of other positions that are going to be in leadership as well. a majority leader, a whip, and assistant democratic leader. we have three members of our messaging and policy groups, as well as who is going to head up our congressional campaign committee. so those all can really show the diversity in the democratic party, and i think individuals will be thinking about that. host: next, also months springs,
florida, rich joins us on the democrat line. morning, thank you for c-span. i have one question. how many viewers do you think you have daily, then a couple questions for stacy. host: we don't take ratings, there are other things we look at. we don't technically take ratings at all, on our network. caller: ok. i was curious, which island is she from? guest: i live on the island of -- and i represent all of the u.s. virgin islands. caller: i used to work with a great gentleman from st. croix, haven't been there lately. i'm curious if there has ever
been a thought about the islands joining with puerto rico and becoming a state? and i'm trying to figure out, you think you have more democrats for more republicans in the islands, and who helps you more in congress. in your case, probably democrats. what do you think of the citizens united decision? guest: that's quite a number of questions. i talked to jennifer theirez-colon about quest for statehood. i think version islanders are proud to be virgin islands, and the notion of being consumed by puerto rico is one that most of them are not in favor of. supports, iwho follow the mantra of, we look for whoever is going to support us. of myk one of the reasons advocacy and leadership for them is that i work with whoever is going to be supportive of us. it appears right now the
democrats have been the most supportive in terms of supporting legislation i put forward, but that does not say that republicans have not been. supporters of amendments and bills when they were in the majority and i'm grateful for that. as registered democrats, as registered voters, there are more democrats than republicans, but we've had republican inresentatives here washington, republican governors. i think that is a misnomer people have about the territories, the assumption that we are people of color and only vote democrat. that's not the case, we currently have an independent republican, was a going into a runoff with the democratic challenger. in each one of the territories, both of those positions, governor and representative in washington, our republican or democrat, one way or another. host: we have a question on
twitter, responses to puerto rico and the virgin islands in the government? will see that you now that democrats are in the majority. that's not to say republicans would not. committee, howmy the recovery was going, i think there is a need to ascertain how that recovery is going both in puerto rico and in the virgin islands, and in several communities, whether it be natural resources, oversight and government reform. we will see transportation and homeland security, which looks at fema, to see what has been the good and bad, the pros and cons. the purpose of hearings aren't you," but togot see what we've done well, what we've done badly, and if there are laws congress should work on
for the future. host: illinois, independent line, paul. caller: i'm listening to the democrats again, and -- host: keep going, you are still on. are you there? let's try another line. this is from missouri, lisa. i am a democrat, i have been a democrat for over 30 years, but the 2016 election, i voted for trump because i thought he was getting things done. he had great ideas, and he has so far kept a lot of his i haves, and that is why no desire to vote democrat again. all i hear the democrats say his investigations, investigations, investigations on trump. i'm sick of investigations, i want to see action, democrats get off their keister's and
start working for the american people and do what needs to be done for the american citizens in this country, the middle class. and stop worrying about giving everything away and having investigations, investigations, helping the illegal democrats. guest: thank you. i think that is an interesting position that you have, that it is the democrats doing investigations, when in the last two congresses, run by republicans, all of those initiated bys were republicans. i think that if you've listened to me this morning, you heard me say there are real issues the democrats want to work on. you talk about the middle class. the tax bill that was passed in this last congress did not butfit the middle class, the wealthy. which is why you are now hearing president trump talk about a tax break for the middle class. that is something democrats are tremendously concerned with and want to address.
we also want to address issues of transportation, issues related to creating more jobs, creating more innovation, creating an environment with small businesses in the united and supporthrive, for our veterans and ensuring our children have a leg up by having the best educational system possible so that all children have a level playing field to thrive. viewer on twitter says the best thing democrats can do for the american people is impeached donald j. trump. would you agree? guest: that's not my focus in washington, but delivering on things that the people in my district have told me, which is that they want opportunities, opportunities to thrive, support for small businesses. theirant to ensure that children have safe schools as well as proper resources and support for the teachers in those schools. aree are the things that
important and the things that i am here in washington to work on. now, i do support the mueller investigation and think that the senate should insulate him from president trump and whatever his rash decisions made be -- decisions may be, but my immediate thought is not to impeach donald trump and i don't think that the democratic majority is of that mindset. i think each committee will do its job and where things fall is where they fall. host: you have a legal background, what did you think of matthew whitaker taking the temporary post? guest: i think it is a travesty that negates the great importance of the department of justice. for the department of justice, work for james comey, worked for larry thompson before that under attorney general ashcroft. and i think that chris wray is a friend of mine, and it really disturbs me that someone who was not senate confirmed is in that
position where you have individuals down the line, whether it is the deputy attorney general attorney general, one of the dozens of assistant attorney general's that could have taken the position. host: does it violate the act as far as his appointment? from a legal background. guest: from a legal background, i think it is fuzzy. i think that the president can appoint who he wants to appoint, but there is a point at which it needs to be senate confirmed. i think that in an exit in or emergency circumstance -- exigent or emergency circumstance, he could do that, but i do not believe we are in that timeframe. i believe he skipped the line and brought in someone who he thought was going to meet his needs rather than the needs of the american public. host: your committee has been looking into russian interference. how would that be shaped as democrats take the house?
guest: i hope we would allow mr. mueller to finish what he does and make sure that information comes to the house and becomes public. one concern about whitaker is that he would not allow the american public to see the outcome of that investigation. i think that once we have those findings, much more thorough than what has been going on for some time, we could do a short investigative period to see what we could do. host: bob on our republican line from tennessee. doing. how are you i was a democrat until 2016, and let me tell you. if something had not been mentioned, and everybody knows what the democrats are trying to do. they want to overflow this country. when someone like oprah winfrey stood up and said this would be a much better place when all the
old white men are dead, that is racist. -- dr. democrat party kings at all -- host: your question for our guest? we will leave it there. guest: i don't believe oprah winfrey made a statement like that. i can't see her making a statement like that. i think this is everyone's country. think this ison't a country that belongs to black women for white men, it belongs to all of us, and that is what makes us american. every hue, gender, and ethnicity. my concern is for those who thwartork that -- would that. i think the rhetoric of donald trump, to people, especially
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