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process and made the decision. i am not going to say number, but it would be extremely rare and it would be wise to not have objections in a regular way, as we have been having, and the big way we had in 2020, because it is really more about states selecting the electors. they set their laws and congress' role is primarily to count. >> watch afterwards sunday night at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2. >> american history tv on c-span three, exploring the people and events that tell the american story every weekend. on sunday at 4:00 p.m. eastern on reel america, 1934 1934 newsreels on the california -- tonight at 8:00 eastern on c-span's q&a. >> on january 3, 2021, more than 60 new members of congress were sworn in to serve in the u.s. house of representatives. in the weeks since taking their oath, these members have been part of history. their first few weeks included debating challenges to electoral college votes, surviving an attack on the u.s. capitol and
voting on whether to impeach the president of the united states. before these historical events, we spoke to several new members about what brought them to congress and what life experiences and influences have shaped them. here are four former athletes who talk about their path into politics. burgess owens was born in ohio and played for the university of miami before playing 10 seasons with the new york jets and oakland raiders. he started multiple businesses and a nonprofit and is one of two new house members from utah, both republicans. interviewer: where did you grow up, give us background about your life? representative owens: thank you for this opportunity. i have a proud history.
i grew up in the florida era of jim crow in the 1960's. some communities at that time were hard-core, whether they were german or irish, my community was one in the 1940's and 1950's, this is something a lot of people don't know, we learned about the nation and the growth of the middle class. business ownership was 40%. 56% of black americans were part of the middle class. my dad was a research scientist. i had a chance to go to miami and got a degree in ilg. i was the third african-american who got to play football at the university of miami. i played with the raiders when they used to win a lot of football games and just started a not-for-profit in utah about three years ago. this journeys is what you do when you dream big and it is
what makes us the great country we are. interviewer: football laid a big role, especially in the early part of your life going to college and then professionally. tell me how that shaped you. you were a biology major in miami but went there to play football. so how did this come together and how did you bring football into what you are able to do? representative owens: great question. you take the opportunities you haven't make the most of it. what gave me the foundation was my parents, who taught you that
whatever you do, you do the best, you work hard and study hard and be proud of it. not only for the but fear committee. my dream was to become a radiologist. i found a football was something i could do. one of the best lessons i had when i came out of the nfl. i had played for 10 years. every business i thought was going to give me all these opportunities to do what i wanted to do and the best thing about that was nine years later in sales. i believed america could give me
a second chance. so for a little bit of time after my business failed, i was a security guard at night and student during the day and i was able to come out of that because i knew the country would give me a second chance if i just worked hard at it. that led to a 25 year history as a corporate account executive. here is the lesson. the greatest nine words we can give to each other as americans is, if i can do it, you can do it. we all need to give those words
to others so that they know what we have done is nothing special, eight just takes the right work ethics, the right honesty, and having the faith that if you do good things, good things will happen to you. interviewer: tell me about your journey to utah. what led you there? was that a result of some of the business failures and pickups in the 25 years of what you described as working in different industries? representative owens: a promise i made to my six kids, we lived in the philadelphia area for 25 years and as they started going to high school and college, i made a deal. i said you can go to any college, as long as it is in utah. utah because of the family values, the faith, it is a safe place and i wanted them to have a soft landing. a party school is not a soft landing. all six kids went there and i remember thinking, those kids are not coming back home. so i made the decision to move, it was about nine years ago. all six kids in 15 grand live within the district. it is a real blessing that they are all close by. and i am fighting like no other to have that district survive and thrive. interviewer: what led you to
become a conservative? representative owens: i have always been. i grew up in a community where our focus was respect, respect in god, country, family, women and authority. if you did not have respect in my community, you were not respected my my community. i was taught growing up, and my transition came with president reagan when i started listening to what he was all about, the values and tenets he believed in. and i was in the process of building a business and knew what it was to take risks, particularly when i failed and came back. i realized to the republican party was the home of my values and that is the message i have been trying for 30 years to put out there. and to see what is happening right now with so many good americans on both sides of the aisle recognizing the conservative values that we have been taught. 18% of black men voted for
president trump this last time around because of policies, more jobs, less unemployment, and those are the principles and tenets that drive all-americans to a particular ideology, having the opportunity to live event having life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. and that is found in republican values. interviewer: are their top priorities you bring to washington from your district? representative owens: the first is education.
growing up in a homework education was everything and we were thought to have critical thinking skills and ask questions, i realized what happens if we do not understand that we have to take control because it is only when we have confidence in our thought process that we can start asking questions, and why is it that 97% of black boys cannot pass a standard reading test? across our country, our kids are not being educated or if they are being educated, they come out of college in that with degrees that don't mean anything. we need to bring our country back with critical thinking, college educated people. we can have debates and agree to disagree. business ownership is everything. 40% of my community when i was a kid was business owners. business owners are what empowers the middle-class in the middle class is what makes our country the rightist in the history of mankind. so the middle class, which i
believe is under attack with government trying to shut down businesses without any science behind it and they are not living by the same rules. until we get back to recognizing this country is a place of risk-taking in second chances and giving back, and in our state, we have become aware of the child trafficking that is going on. so i want to make sure utah is the first traffic-free state in the union. i am working with the state and private industry to not only make parents aware that this is an evil that is putting our kids at risk and they come at us through the internet and we cannot let that happen in this great country. interviewer: you talked about
trafficking. are there key committees you look forward to serving on? representative owens: education and labor. not only is education there, but i want to do things with anti-child trafficking and supporting children who are at risk. another thing i am looking at his judiciary. they are committees that follow my passion. and the reason i am here is strictly because of my passion for my country and my particular race. i never thought about being a politician until last summer, and here i am now with that opportunity. and that shows all-americans that there is nothing that our race, our backgrounds, our ups and downs, if you work through it, this country gives everyone a chance to change american dreams. if i can do it, you can do it. interviewer: you have been outspoken on many issues including the nfl and kneeling, and covid and testing. share your views. representative: it is egregious what small business owners have to go through right now because
people think they are non-essential. the second thing is, i am done with the nfl and the nba. if the founders of these sports look at our flag and the patriotism and we can leave our politics behind an route for the better team, these guys have used their platforms to divide. it started years ago with colin kaepernick. we have people in upper echelons, including the nfl and democrats, who use their platforms for political strategy. and now that they think they
they are not doing that. they are telling us they can't make it and that is not what americans do to each other, we need to know we can make it if we work hard and not be divided. interviewer: thank you. >> pat fallon was also a football field at university of notre dame where he studied government and international relations. he now lives in texas. his district is one of seven in the lone star state that changed hands in 2020. interviewer: republican pat fallon is representing the fourth district in texas in the 117th congress. you played varsity football under lou holtz at notre dame and were part of the 1988 national championship team. how has that experience shaped you? representative fallon: i
practice a lot more than i played, but it was a wonderful experience. coach holtz was a wonderful mentor, and it changed the way i related to young folks when i get to talk to them in the sense that you can exceed beyond your expectations, provided you believe you can. and being with so many great teammates that ended up being in the nfl and became household names across the country, we see how they did it, and it boiled down to work ethic. you have to realize your capabilities and maximize your full potential and you do that with your nose to the grind
stone and old-fashioned good work. interviewer: did lou holtz have a saying or catchphrase that you carry with you today? representative fallon: he had many. one of them was that it takes years to build and seconds to destroy. you can build something for decade and lose it if you are not careful. he would say, a situation is never as good as it seems or as bad as it seems. if what you did yesterday impresses you, you haven't done much today. if you scored a touchdown, he would say [indiscernible]
and it is all those things that stick in your mind. the other day he said he was proud of me, and if there was anything he could do to help. he always put others in front of himself, and that is important, not only in business but in our personal lives, to care about people. we have to be a friend first. that bodes well for me, to be able to listen to your constituents and listen and learn. interviewer: what about former teammates that you still are in contact with? representative fallon: many. we had a fundraiser a few years ago when i ran for state senate. and the heisman trophy winner came to support me, pat carroll who is in the carolina panther hall of fame called to congratulate me when he found out i won the congressional seat. and we get together for a reunion once every year and are going to do that next week, so some of those fellows i mentioned will be there. one of my dear friends and roommates george williams passed away in march, and that is a heavy burden for all of us to bear his family. but coach holtz molded 110 brothers and when one of us succeeds, all of us succeed, and it is a neat experience because i don't have a brother of my own. interviewer: did you hear from
any roommates when you won this house seat? representative owens: oh yeah, all the skies, james dillard, antoine mark, it was really heartwarming, a physician in ohio now, he reached out as well. and so many of them are doing so well. a man who was a year before i got to notre dame's president of fast food operations for the nba. there are so many folks and i think of coach holtz's tutelage and molding. interviewer: any advice from those friends? representative fallon: by the way, we are still petrified of coach holtz. i can be presidents, heads of state, it doesn't bother me, but coach holtz, my heart starts racing and i literally sit up straighter. we are own not on the same lines
when you have 100 teammates, many are center or right of center, but we support each other. rob weston is another one. he runs an energy company in parts of louisiana and texas. he is the ceo, and is someone who has reached out. we support each other. interviewer: what did you do after college? representative fallon: air force, rotc, sheppard air force base, wichita falls, wonderful experience to serve this great country. interviewer: why was it a wonderful experience? representative fallon: the people, great folks. one thing i did learn the great nco, noncommissioned officers, you want to talk about the gold of america, the ones who know the lay of the land and know the
ropes. compared to what they get paid and what they know and for the country, it is one of the reasons why our military is the best in the world, because of those people. so many of them took me under their wing, not only the ncos and officers, but also civilians that worked there. i came out of a team environment and went right back into another went that was just very different. without those experiences i don't think i would have careered -- succeeded in my entrepreneurial career. >> two things flourished. one was -- this has become a classic.
we crossed paths a few times. right when i got out of the air force. and i became his business manager right when i got out of the air force. that was a really neat experience because we got to go across north america when he would do public speaking. that was neat. i also had an apparel company. i started it and began to flourish. that is a 30 year entrepreneurial journey. interviewer: you started a t-shirt business as a student. what got you interested in apparel? rep. fallon: i was broke. trying to earn a couple of extra dollars. when you want to buy a nice shirt you have absolutely no money. it was a cottage industry at notre dame because the football team was right then, and so many students wanted to buy extra shirts and things of that nature, so people would come by
the dorms and i got to talking to one of them, and he said how did you do this? so i started selling shares to that fellow for a dollar a pop area when he graduated he hand-me-down the business and i took the torch for a couple of years and handed it down to one of the underclassmen. interviewer: what did the t-shirts say? rep. fallon: i can recall exactly. it is foggy. just fun things about college life and sayings and things of that nature, something that a 20-year-old would want to wear. interviewer: why did you decide to get involved in politics and when? rep. fallon: my parents would go to this thing and handout calendars and the calendars had the presidents on them and details about them, and i was
fascinated by the dates and times and different personalities, different first ladies. my parents were active in the community, so i would volunteer on campaigns, and it is a very wonderful experience for a young man or woman to get involved in because are part of the something that is far greater then yourself. so i was always active on a continual basis more than a continuous basis because when you get into high school your priorities change. once i graduated college and that the air force, i started to get more involved in the community and started volunteering again, joined the young republicans, but i never thought that i would necessarily be a candidate. after the november 2008 election when all the respect barack obama won, i do not think he was remotely qualified to hold the most important job in the world. he so i decided i had to do something and i ended up running for city council in texas. there were 4 people in the race. we won without a runoff. maybe because i knocked on 1000 doors, and it is that mantra of
listen and learn and you can lead. after that, three years later i ran for state house in texas and won that and served six years in the texas house, another really interesting experience. then ran against a sitting incumbent republican in 2018 for the texas senate and he spent $1.6 million, we worked for 276 days tirelessly, knocking on lots of doors and going to different events and speaking to different groups, and we ended up beating him by 40 percentage points. interviewer: what are your greatest fears, concerns, worries about serving in the house? rep. fallon: the greatest fears and worries are what is facing the country. we have china. they have been in the news lately and we should not take
our eye off on the ball anymore. they are not a sleeping tiger. they are a tiger with claws and teeth. it is the chinese communist government that is the problem. if china was a flourishing democracy, the world would be a pretty good place. they are not and they are aggressive and they play the long game. we cannot take our eye off the ball there. also, our fiscal stability, one of my main priorities would be a
balanced budget amendment at the federal level because i think that is a huge national security threat. maybe not for us in five or 10 years, but certainly in the media range or for our children, we have to watch our debt to gdp ratio. coronavirus has not helped at all. it is aggravated that issue. we have to watch those things, of course, islamic fundamentalists. we can never let that go because that is one of the things where if you address it you can contain it but once you leave that for another term or two, without paying proper attention
to that, it can rear its ugly head again, so we have to be a concerned about all of those things. rep. fallon: what are the roots of your conservative principles? rep. fallon: that is a great question, because my mom and i were talking about this. my parents are conservative democrats, and all 3 of their children are conservative republicans. i remember my mom telling me the government cannot do for you what you can do for yourself and we had someone that lived across the street with us was on welfare. she was 16 and she had a child and that drove my mom nuts. she never got a job and it is unfortunate because 40 years later that woman has never worked. her daughter as also had a child out of wedlock. she has never worked in her life, and i can now see what my mom was talking about. we need to live, not exist. the government has a certain role, but we cannot let it expand into our private lives and what we have to do for ourselves and i applaud achievement, and limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulation, personal and fiscal responsibility, those principles really work and that is best for all americans is to embrace that moving forward, because if you tell folks the government is going to solve their ills, you are just pandering to them. rep. fallon: did your parents or would your parents vote for you? rep. fallon: my mom said if she would she could. interviewer: thank you very much. rep. fallon: thanks very much. >> randy feenstra grew up in iowa where he played it western christian high school, a regular winner at iowa's competitive state championships. later, he entered politics as a run for treasurer and was elected to the state senate. he is one of three republican newcomers to the house this year
from the hawkeye state. interviewer: randy feenstra. you decided to take on the 9 term incumbent representative steve king. when did you decide to do that? rep. feenstra: started two years ago, and the bottom line was we needed someone in the 4th district in iowa that could deliver results, and our best congressman was removed from his committees so it was so vital for us. we have a strong district and small businesses, families. we need a voice, we need an effective conservative voice and that is when i decided to run. interviewer: who did you approach first? rep. feenstra: i got approached by a large group of business groups and members, and they called me up in mid december and sat me down and said, we have got a proposition for you. we would like you to consider running for congress. in the last 12 years i have been in the iowa senate, and they said we believe that we need somebody that can deliver results for us in congress.
interviewer: describe the support you got in order to defeat him in the primary and to be successful in the general election. rep. feenstra: it is amazing, humbling to see all of the support from producers to families. even those that were probably not always engaged in politics and understood that we need somebody at this time and in this place in our state to have a voice and get things done. it was across party lines, just amazing to see small businesses up and down main street realize we need to have somebody that can deliver results for us. interviewer: when did you get interested in politics? rep. feenstra: i have been in
the private sector most of my life. i worked for a candy company, traveling all across the country and my wife decided i need to be a husband and a dad. we had 4 children at the time and got into city government. i worked for a fast-paced private sector organization to a land of bureaucracy in government, and i said we have got to change government. we have to have results based government. we have to run government like a private business, effectiveness, efficiency, understanding we have customers, and customers pay for certain things obviously through tax, and we are government all of us together, and that is when i realized i could make a difference and i can change government and make it more effective and efficient. interviewer: how did you begin your political career?
rep. feenstra: through city administration. i was a city administrator of a small community for 8 years. i had to be careful. my friend said you have to run for county treasurer. i was there for a few years. i got into the state senate. they said wait have got to make a difference in the state senate. i was there for 12 years, chair of ways and means, and now i am just blessed to be in congress. interviewer: from that experience, what do you think you bring to the table in washington, d.c.? rep. feenstra: both sides. i have the private sector experience along with public
sector experience and it is so important you could relate to what people are going through in the private sector, whether that be employees or business owners. i spent a lot of time in agriculture. my in-laws are a producers and cattle, corn and soybeans. i note that area several well. for me, this is what i bring to the table. the background knowledge of what it takes how government can be burdensome to the families who are trying to put food on the table. i want to be the voice. interviewer: along the way did you have political mentors? rep. feenstra: i have had so many political mentors, so many
people inspiring me, calling me, directing me, and it is so exciting to see those people and to reach out, and then also, i read team arrivals with abraham lincoln and how he navigated politics, and i was really inspired by that book. from doris goodwin, the author that said this is how politics should be, this is how government should work. interviewer: how is that? what is that view? rep. feenstra: it is about understanding that the people are government. we the people, that our founding fathers say government is not off to the side. we are the people putting money into this business, this thing called government, and i am blessed to be the voice of the people in the 4th district but i have to remember they are my bosses, and i have got to advocate for them. i have to do everything possible to make sure we are doing things for the 4th district and for iowa and our nation that is best, whether that be for the farm producer or the people on main street or the families, education. i have been elected to be there voice and i have to make sure i deliver for them. interviewer: when and why did you become a conservative? rep. feenstra: i became a conservative i think throughout time.
i understand at an early age, i was 9-years-old, my parents got me my first paper route. six days a week waking up at 5:00. i became an eighth grader, freshman, i realized if i work hard i could do certain things, so i woke up at 3:00 in the morning baking bread and making donuts, what i learned then is each person can decide their outcome for the most part. it is called capitalism, and to me i am just so passionate that america, that is what it is all about. we could have these liberties and freedoms and we can espouse to do great things because of the lord has given us each talents, and through that we can aspire to do so many things and that is what conservativism happens, but it is also looking at government saying we have the constitution and we are the people, we have the right to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we have the right to life and for me that is so
important. we have the right to bear arms, which is another thing in our constitution and to me it is about being a strict constitutionalist, understanding this is what our founding fathers created at this is what we have to abide by. interviewer: were your parents conservative? rep. feenstra: they were. they were both teachers. my mom taught in a public school, my dad taught at a private school and they taught me from a young age work hard, be happy, and you can aspire to whatever you want to be in life, but you have to work at it, and nothing is given to you except
for your help from the lord. everything else -- you can be and aspire to what you want to be. that always made me feel good as a young child, looking and saying this is what i would like to do. this is what i want to be. now it is just humbling to be an effective conservative voice for those people in the 4th district. interviewer: you are of dutch ancestry. how do you think that has shaped you? rep. feenstra: if you know the dutch, we are hard workers. we put our nose to the grind stone and we work hard. people say we are also frugal. i am a fiscal hawk. i wrote the largest income tax reduction in iowa history. i also believe the federal government, we have an out of control deficit and i think it is catastrophic the path we are on. and that is something i want to
work on. we have got to have a balanced budget. for me, that is what i am, that is the dna of what i believe you to occur. work hard and make sure you spend only the bunny that you take in. common sense government. interviewer: you played basketball in high school. do you think that is helped make who you are, and if so, how? working together. rep. feenstra: working together. everything is team sports, whether that be basketball or business. whether that be in government, we are all in this together. we are government and it is not so much about me but it is about my children, my four children. they love sports. i have 3 that played collegiate basketball. they had to work really hard to get where they had to, and it also took teamwork, a great coach, great teammates all looking for the goal, and they all won a state championship in basketball. i know this works and it is no different in government. there are a lot of things in agriculture we can do together. interviewer: it sounds like you have grown children. what was their reaction to your wedding as well as your wife's reaction? rep. feenstra: they were excited but they also understand this is a bigger thing than just me. this is about we the people, this is about us sharing a
movement of capitalism, carrying a movement of understanding the that we are god's creation, we can aspire to whoever we want to they see that through me. they have aspired to do that and they want our country to be the same thing. my kids have read a lot from our founding fathers, and we cannot lose that out this country was started. it is the greatest country in the world, but we have got to keep it and fight hard for it, for freedom and liberty. interviewer: what role does religion play in your life? rep. feenstra: it is the foundation for who i am. everything i do and say is based on my faith, meaning that i believe god creates persons special with talents for a purpose and reason, reason and whether it be you or anybody in
this great nation, that we are created for a purpose to further his kingdom. interviewer: is there something that you do to remind you of this? rep. feenstra: i read the bible every day before i go to bed. i read one or two chapters a night. it keeps me grounded, keeps me huddle. i am a servant leader. it is very biblical. i pray a lot because i need god's direction in everything i do. interviewer: thank you for your time. >> bob good attended liberty university on a scholarship. he later worked in finance and is the athletic director of his alma mater. he is virginia's only new member in the house this year. interviewer: you have described
yourself as a biblical conservative. what does that mean? rep. good: i am a born-again christian. i believe very strongly in the judeo-christian principles on which our nation was founded. i believe those principles have made america the greatest nation in the world are important. i am 100% pro-life. i believe in our religious freedoms as well. interviewer: where do your religious please come from? rep. good: i am a born-again christian with a biblical worldview. interviewer: what about your family? have you always grown up religious? rep. good: my parents became christians when i was a kid and i came to know the lord myself when i was 9-years-old and my faith has been a central part of my life ever since.
interviewer: do you have a daily reminder of your faith? is there something you do or have a certain ritual? rep. good: i begin my day with a bible study and prayer each day to get my day started off right. interviewer: your father went to seminary school when you were 9-years-old. how did he come about making that decision? rep. good: i am not sure exactly. i was just 9-years-old but he had a desire to go into the ministry and attended seminary and that is what moved our family from new jersey to lynchburg, virginia. interviewer: what was life like as a child? rep. good: i grew up in a lower income family. my dad was a full-time student. there was for boys. i was the second of four boys. my mother was a stay-at-home mom for those years and working odd jobs trying to make ends meet so we struggled going up financially. i know what it is like to depend on the benevolence of others. i know what it is like to have groceries left under porch from other families trying to help your family. i know what it is like to walk everywhere.
i know it is like to work for everything. i grew up developing a tremendous work ethic by necessity. i also learned compassion for others who are less fortunate and the value of a dollar and the value of hard work. interviewer: what did you do with that experience? rep. good: it shaped me in terms of my work ethic. it shaped me in terms of my compassion for those less fortunate. it made me into a giver. my wife and i have become generous givers toward ministries and charitable organizations and those less fortunate, and it also drove me to work hard, having to work for everything as far as i can remember. i had to work my way through college. i was able to earn a partial wrestling scholarship as a high
school athlete, so i worked and wrestled my way through school, but it helped to form a work ethic, a sense of discipline, a toughness that has shaped me for my life. interviewer: how did wrestling impact you? rep. good: if you know much about the sport of wrestling it is a very demanding sport that requires tremendous discipline, sacrifice. it tends to draw driven individuals, goal oriented, those who will desist to accomplish something. wrestling does not get the attention of a sport like football or basketball gets. it is generally individuals who are self driven, self motivated for a sense of achievement and accomplishment, and it really tends to shape values and develop character qualities in terms of intensity and drive and determination and perseverance and sacrifice. much of life is about living for
the future, doing today what will benefit you in the future. versus what you feel like doing today. much of life whether you are talking about academically, for your career, for your health, or whether you are talking about from a sports standpoint, much of life is about doing today what you will be glad you did tomorrow instead of what is enjoyable or convenient just for today. wrestling is a great tool to help teach that and shape that in young athletes. interviewer: it is something you taught as well. rep. good: i wrestled most of my life through college and a little bit after college. i continued to do the sport. as my wife and i began to have our children and our boys became wrestlers at a very young age. i began to coach the sport as they were young boys and coached wrestling for 15 years. interviewer: for those that they did not follow your race you incorporated wrestling into your
rep. good: in a lighthearted way, my staff had the idea of doing a wrestling pad, just in a lighthearted way, we used the sport of wrestling. my youngest son connor, using him in a video ad we did on the wrestling mat where we said in a lighthearted way we are going to pin these bad progressive liberal ideas, put them in headlock. just to stand out in a sea of political ads, something memorable, a positive, softer image on the candidate, allow people to know something they might not know. we got a lot of positive feedback from it. interviewer: you attended a private liberty christian academy with financial assistance. you earned a partial wrestling scholarship to attend liberty university. what was that like? rep. good: as far as the private
christian academy you are , correct. i was able to go to high school through the benevolence of others. my family could never have afforded that but i was thankful for that privilege, and then thankful again to earn a partial wrestling scholarship to liberty university. between working through school was able to pay my way through , college and where i received a degree in finance, i met my wife there at liberty and we graduated together. she was a magna cum laude graduate. as i mentioned, i did graduate. we were student athletes and i have been an actively involved alumni ever since. interviewer: you have 4 children. how do you plan to balance life between d.c. and back home? rep. good: i am blessed that our children have done very well. they are in their 20's. our youngest is 22, connor, who helped me with the wrestling video. he actually served on the
campaign team and traveled with me a lot. he has an older sister who is 24, an older brother patrick, who are into their careers. we are on our way to empty-nesters, so my plan is to commute to d.c. and stay there during the week and commute home on the weekends and being close by in virginia is very convenient. my district is only an hour away. the top of the district in warrenton. we live 3.5 hours just outside lynchburg, but it is convenient to get back and forth to d.c. and we plan to be home in the district as much as we can. interviewer: what are you excited about? rep. good: it really is a surreal opportunity to have been entrusted by the people of your district to represent them here in this congress. america is the greatest country in the world. we are the first representative democracy that has ever been founded, and this democratic experiment that has succeeded
these 233 years since the constitution was ratified, and to know that you are following the steps of the founding fathers. in the fifth district in particular, james madison was our fourth president, he was also the first congressman from the fifth district. this is a historic district. there are big shoes to fill. it comes with great responsibility. i want to validate the trust of those who voted for me and earn the trust of every voter and every citizen within the fifth district by how i perform in office and how i fight for them and fight for the things that matter for our country. interviewer: does anything keep you up at night? rep. good: we all probably share similar concerns. we care about the future of our country. we care about a future for our children and our grandchildren,
and so when it comes to this position, i want to be the best congressman that i can. i want to make a difference for our country. i want to fulfill my campaign promises by fighting for the things that i hope and believe in and i will try to make a difference. so i just need to do that to the best of my ability. interviewer: have you received any advice that stays with you as you enter this journey? rep. good: i guess i will say you get a lot of advice from citizens, constituents. thankfully, i have a number of friends who served. there have been mentors who helped me along this journey to help prepare me for it. i do not know if you are ever fully prepared. you never stop. but the person who held the seat for 12 years was instrumental in
my decision to one. he has been a great mentor and great friend. there are other friends who have served in congress who have become friends. dave brat, tom garrett, and then i have met some outstanding members on capitol hill who are serving currently. we share core convictions and principles for the country and they have been great resources as well. interviewer: how was the former congressman instrumental in your decision to run? rep. good: virgil mead in particular was among a number of conservatives throughout the fifth district who encouraged me to run, just sharing our passion for conservative principles, and believing that the fifth district would be well-suited by a true conservative candidate, so he was just one of those who helped share that passion and helped give counsel. interviewer: thank you very much for your time. appreciate it.
>> for a comprehensive source of video information on the u.s. house and senate, go to c-span.org/congress. c-span, your unfiltered access to congress. >> here is our live coverage tuesday. on c-span dan -- on c-span at 10:00 a.m., the senate confirmation hearing for the health and services secretary nominee. on c-span two, the confirmation vote on the agriculture secretary nominee. and debate on the nomination for the united nations ambassador. on c-span 310:00 a.m., jerome powell, chair of the federal reserve with a policy report to congress. on c-span.org at 9:30 a.m., the confirmation hearing for debra haaland. also on c-span.org at 10:00 a.m., a joint oversight hearing to examine the security failures that led to the u.s. capitol breach on january 6.
watch live coverage tuesday on c-span, c-span2, c-span3 and c-span.org. or listen on the c-span radio app. >> the covid-19 relief package was a topic on the sunday news programs. the house may vote on the legislation later this week. here is what representative steve scully and pramila jayapal had to say. >> package money still available across the board without this bill. even larry summers said it would wreck our economy. this idea that washington should be giving out 100 plus million dollars -- a billion of new money to schools and not require them to open -- to reopen. >> that bill, which looks like they are poised to pass without republican support, it seems
they have overwhelming support across the country. 68% support the bill. 24% oppose. biden may not have republicans in congress on board, but he must according to the polling have a lot of republicans across the country in favor of what he is trying to do. >> you don't have to be a good poster in washington asked the question, would you like the federal government to send you a $3500 check? if they said you want us to bar that money from your children, i think their answer might be differently -- might be different. especially if you told them there is over a trillion dollars of money unspent from previous relief bills that were bipartisan. the money is still sitting in a bank account and we are going to pass 1.9 trillion of additional spending to raise the minimum wage. what does that have to do with covid? it should be focused on helping families and small businesses who are struggling. >> the president came up very
strong early on saying he wanted a $15 minimum wage in this bill. he has been fairly consistent on that. i know there are questions about whether or not the senate can get it through. i can tell you this $15 minimum wage increase would mean 30 million americans get a raise. a million americans would come out of poverty and 30% of those minimum wage workers are black. 25% are latinx. it is essential we will do it. i believe the senate will do it. >> you said he was consistent, but he has also said he does not think it is going to end up in this bill. >> i think he is speaking as he is thinking about whether or not it is going to make it through according to the parliamentarians rule. i have been speaking with senator sanders gillooly, with speaker pelosi, with the white house and if republicans could
give a true trillion dollar tax break to the wealthiest people and stop arctic drilling or continue drilling in the arctic, i think democrats can make sure 30 million americans get a raise. >> congress is back with a busy agenda. the major business in the house is the $1.9 trillion relief package. it includes an extension of unemployment benefits, a minimum wage hike, additional funding for individual stimulus checks and help for state and local government. action could begin as early as thursday. democratic leaders aim to have the bill on the president's desk before march 13, which is when current unemployment benefits expire. the senate spends the early part of the week on cabinet nominations. monday and tuesday, they vote on the nomination of linda thomas-greenfield to be the ambassador of the united nations and the agriculture secretary.
the senate would take up the relief package after house passage under reconciliation, which requires a simple majority to pass and does not allow filibusters. watch the house live on c-span, the senate live on c-span2. >> in 1992, former president ronald reagan wrote a letter to rush limbaugh saying, i know limbaugh -- i know liberals call you the most dangerous man in america, but they used to say the same thing about me. keep up the good work. more than 25 years later, mr. limbaugh made many references to the former president. in a speech to the conservative political action conference, here is rush limbaugh's speech to cpac in washington, d.c..