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Rep. Raúl Grijalva on impeachment, USMCA and climate change

Rep. Raúl Grijalva on impeachment, USMCA and climate change

This week house democrats
took a step forward toward impeaching President
Donald Trump, and also paved the way
for him to make good on his promise to replace NAFTA. Both issues came
up late last month when representative
Raul Grijalva sat down with
Christopher Conover. – [Christopher] Shortly after
public impeachment hearings began before Thanksgiving,
congressman Raul Grijalva told us he believed the
house democratic majority would vote to impeach
the president. But he rejected criticism
that his party sidelined other pressing issues in
favor of the proceedings. – The reality is that we’ve
been our job in the house, there’s only one
branch of government
that control right now and that’s the house
of representatives, that’s where the
democrats are in charge. We were sent up to 300 pieces
of legislation to the senate. McConnell hasn’t moved on it. Everything from
background checks, and efforts to
reduce gun violence, health care issues in
terms of drug pricing, we’ve sent environmental issues, we’ve sent issues dealing
with the transportation, and how to build the
infrastructure and
put people to work, We’ve sent about the security of our voting in 2020, and
the list goes on and on. Those are all there, and
for the president or any of the republicans to say,
“We are not doing anything,” the abyss is the senate,
who’s in charge of the senate? The republicans, so if
there is a bottleneck, it is in the senate because
they have not brought any major piece of
legislation to the front. – We’ll be handing out a memo from the ways and means
committee, you may have it, which explains why we are
so proud of the distance that we have come
from where we started with the administration
on this legislation, – The same day
democrats unveiled their articles of impeachment, house speaker Nancy
Pelosi announced a deal on the revised version of the
US-Mexico-Canada agreement. A move that both Pelosi
and the president praised on Twitter. (clapping) Leaders of all
three nations signed the USMCA more than a year ago. Republications say the longer this doesn’t pass,
jobs in Arizona and other places end up
getting hurt, is that rhetoric? Or is there a point
where something just
has to get passed? – I think at some point
it’s gotta be a yes or a no. And quite frankly,
it would be good to get it at the beginning
of the next session, to see what we have
in front of us. But, you know, I think
that this fixation of this administration on
tariffs and other means to try to control not only
what’s imported and exported, but also as part of foreign
policy when it comes to Mexico, “I won’t do tariffs
unless you do this,” in terms of border security. Those issues I think have also
complicated the situation. – [Christopher] On the
issue of border security, Grijalva has consistently
spoken out against the Trump
administration’s policy. This week the Department of
Defense Inspector General opened an investigation
into the deployment of national guard and active
duty troops to the border. Not long after Grijalva
and other democrats raised concerns
about its legality. – And the reason for that
is to make sure that we are following the constitutional
protection that’s there now. Which says, quite frankly, that our military cannot enforce civilian laws. Immigration law
is a civilian law. And wheelhouse of homeland
security and border patrol, that’s where it belongs. And so we wanna make
sure that distinction, wanna make sure
what they’re doing, what training they’re getting, before they go there. You know, the men
and women in uniform, this is not a
reflection on them. I predict that many of them are
wondering what they’re doing in the middle of the
Yuma Desert watching what and doing what, in
a supplemental role. – [Christopher] Not long
after he sat down for this interview, Grijalva
traveled to Madrid with a congressional delegation, to attend the United
Nations Framework convention on climate change, where they voiced support for
the Paris climate agreement. Last month, the president
began the formal process to withdraw the
US from the deal. Grijalva who chairs the
committee on natural resources, has plans to advance
the issue in the house. – What I hope to do
is to working with
the committee members and others to put together a climate change
resilience sustainability, that looks at our public lands
as sources of a solution. And looks at our oceans and
costal areas about resilience, and the damage has been done to our oceans and
to our waterways, and put those together, and the area in which
we have jurisdiction to propose in legislation some
solutions, some timetables, some steps in which we can
turn this jurisdiction we have into something that
contributes to the reduction in the warming that’s
going on on this globe.

2 comments on “Rep. Raúl Grijalva on impeachment, USMCA and climate change

  1. Suspicious 0bservers channel for real Climate Change information. X22 Report for real geopolitical news. Wake up normies and sheeple.

  2. We dont want politicians, or even 16 year old little girls talking about climate change!!!
    We want real scientists, in full view of the public, debating the topic! Let the scientists put there ability as a scientist reputation on it!!!

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