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tv   Interview with Representative Ro Khanna  CSPAN  January 11, 2017 5:53am-6:03am EST

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school and then that monday, to actually pick them up, to walk them to school and pick them up. so that is the main plan that i have when we leave. host: thank you, madam secretary. we are adjourned. [applause] [indistinct conversation]
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announcer: before congress returned, we talked to new members of congress. congressman ro khanna represents california's 13th district. why did you decide to run? rep. khanna: because i thought so can belly was such an important district. we have a divide where some have been part of the revolution benefiting, others have been excluded. silicon valley needs to bring jobs to the heartland and across america. >> what in your background lends you to do that as the member of congress representing that area? rep. khanna: i have worked with many tech leaders in my community. i served in the president's
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bringstration working to manufacturing jobs back to the united states. i wrote a book on bringing advanced manufacturing jobs, taught economics at stanford. i was taking about how to deal with automation, globalization, creating jobs of the future for everyone. >> how will you try to accomplish that? rep. khanna: for every tech job it has a multiplier effect of almost numeral for other jobs. an economist at berkeley showed the importance of tech hubs. the challenge is how do we in otherch hubs parts of the country? it requires a commitment from tech companies to try to expand, grants, economic development in those areas, could limit to training and education, not only for graduate degrees, but
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practical vocational skills. merrick college has a cyber security program. we know there are 220 thousand unfilled jobs in cyber security that you not require a college degree. how do we take that program and do that across the country? who are your constituents? what do they do for a living? rep. khanna: the district is in the heart of silicon valley, apple, google, tesla, there are a lot of folks that work in tech. one myth it is it is all tech. 20% is tech, then you have nurses and teachers, county government, working in trades, union -- it is a diverse community. the tech hub propels the issuesty, but there are like everywhere else. people are concerned about the the of living, housing,
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cost of college. it is a district where you have incredible diversity. >> what legislation are you thinking about that you will do first? where will you act first? i careanna: one area deeply about is reforming the political culture in washington. i ran on not accepting tax contributions. not take tax money or lobbyist money. the message in this election was people are tired of the influence of special interests. i would like to see if we could contributions to congress. i am open to term limits, reelection of congress income vince is 96%. these have become almost futile list passed from one generation to another. our democracy was supposed to be
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one of new voices. in california we have some of the most diverse, gender traverse assembly. is there is an opportunity to in 12 years in the house and senate, i will. >> how many terms do you plan to serve? rep. khanna: i am first serving wine, let's see if i do a good a second. to get from a philosophical perspective, if we have 12 years in the senate and house, similar to california, that would be great for the country. >> your background? in. khanna: born philadelphia, the son of immigrants. my dad was a chemical engineer, my mother was a schoolteacher. my interest in politics came from my grandfather. he spent four years in jail with gandhi during the independence movement. it gave me a sense that one could make a difference and it
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mattered. i went to the university of chicago where i knocked on doors for president obama's first came whenwent -- first campaign he was running for the state senate which gave me an interest in electoral politics. after finishing law school, i moved to silicon valley. when the president one i served in his administration. property, itctual litigation, working with startups, tech companies. spending 15 years in silicon valley. were in washington at commerce. one of the honors of representing this district is you can work with the most innovative and creative entrepreneurial folks. my message is it is time for you to serve and answer the nation's call to serve. who is being left behind? how do we provide opportunities
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for everyone to be a part of the new economy? >> what is your entrepreneurial mindset and interest come from? rep. khanna: i am not an entrepreneur. the real ones are creating companies. seeing the extraordinary environment where you have people regardless of faith, inder, race participating inventing the future. it is exciting. you see people fail, fail, fail, then succeed. that spirit is extraordinary. we need to bring some of that to washington. that was that spirit during the new deal when franklin roosevelt had the idea of democratic experimentalism. we needed to try new things, be bold,
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bring that to forward. >> have you figured out where you will live here in washington? >> we have a condo in fremont and we are looking into that. my wife went to georgetown, she is familiar with that area. we are still looking. ask what committees are you looking to serve on? tracks they say is a rush menu serve on the committees with openings. i don't want to do anything presumptuous. whatever the committee assignment, i will focus on economic priorities and this idea of how do we bring tech jobs across america. how do we ring them for people who have been left behind? i really think it is possible. >> thank you for your time. >> thank you.
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