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"Some controversial views. To kind of press on racial and other, you know, very very. Very fiery elements of our society. So even in his final days, he was speaking out. Mike lewis. Jealous. You can say too much about John giggling, you know, he was one of the giants of the institution. And and that's almost saying saying too little he was here for fifty nine years, the longest serving congress member in the history of of of either chamber, and he was around for some very historic votes. You know, he was around for the passage of Medicare and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and you had a hand in ObamaCare the Clean Air Act. I mean, the list goes on and on you name an instrumental law in the last sixty seventy years, and he was a part of it. And of course, he inherited from his father now his wife is in that seat. So that the dingo legacy lives on? A fascinating episode in all of this was for all of his liberal, bona fides. He was the guy who every year in the first week would introduce Medicare for all. So, you know, we're having this Medicare for all is it to liberal John Dingell was the guy who used to introduce that Bill every single year. Oh, I think I think he inherited that tradition from his father as well as a freshman. I think he began doing that don't quote me. But I'm almost positive about that. But he also represented the automakers in Dearborn Michigan. And for that reason he was an old bowl. And he knew how to wield the gavel and that was at a time when when legislation was actually built out of committees not at a leadership offices, and and man he knew how do we will power? But in two thousand in two thousand eight when Barack Obama won the presidency. Henry Waxman from California said I'm not gonna let John Dingell have a hand over over fuel efficiency standards because he's just going to protect the auto industry. So dangle with the tacit support from Nancy Pelosi. At the time came in and knocked him off the energy and commerce committee, and he didn't see common. We didn't see it. Come. And no one really saw that common. But it was quite a fall for a guy who wielded power and since then he hadn't he he kind of fallen off. You is still respecting of course, he's still wrote legislation. He still had a voice in everything. But he you could see him sour on the institution. And when he left in two thousand fourteen he said, this place is falling apart. It's too partisan. And I fear for the for the institution that I love and he's going to be buried this week. What details we know about the funeral yet? We do it's they'll be two ceremonies one in Michigan first and then on Thursday at holy trinity here here in Washington. The speakers kind of speak to his bipartisan outreach and the attraction that both sides had its. Biden and Fred Upton. I think in the Michigan one, and then President Clinton and John bainer former speaker John painter here in Washington so bipartisan voices, and then he'll be he'll be buried in Arlington, plenty of colors, awaiting gentlemen, Joseph is in Clifton, New Jersey and independent. Good morning. Yes, sir. Go ahead. I have two questions for your guest. And it's simple. The border basically, congress they won't give them any money. For the border wall. Believe they should be here. I don't know. I think some of them ever Jim reasons some of them don't. Basic questions if they won't give them the money for the border wall, congress, here's what I know their representatives site to Washington. But called state Representative state. Actually, I believe someone plays. Does the president have to pay this salary? Kennedy say no, and you'll have to get it from your state the money for the wall and to well, let's let's take that one up. Mike Lewis on how members are paid. Whether the president has any say over that portion of this morning's Washington journal on C span radio WCS, PFM, Washington members are of course, federal employees. They're elected by their constituents in their states and in their districts, but they're paid by federal tax payer dollars. So. And they're already paid of all the talk of the shutdown that peace is not is not a part of the shutdown talk. So they are paid through October. No matter what President Trump wanted to the legislative branch appropriations Bill is what it's called other members have talked about after this past shut down to perhaps time member pay to future shutdowns that numbers wouldn't get paid for another shutdown happened. That's right. A number of bills out there that say we're the ones who were so dysfunctional that we can't keep certain parts of the government open. Why should we be getting paid through the process? Several different bills. I don't know that there's appetite among party leaders in either chamber to pass them. But it's a good. It's a good thing to take home to your constituents and say, I'm I'm fighting the good fight. John bennett. You've got Barbara in north Ergen, New Jersey Republican good morning. Hi, good morning. I'm calling in regards to President Trump. He wants to have. The things properly done with the wall. It's so important that we have the wall that people can in the."