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tv   Speaker Pelosi Holds Legislative Agenda Briefing  CSPAN  June 17, 2021 1:17pm-1:45pm EDT

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>> for the affordable care act. to pass it, to save it and now to once again save it. thanks to them and the democrats in congress, the affordable care act endures as a pillar of american health and economic security alongside medicare, medicaid and social security. when we passed and i said this is a pillar of economic and health security along with the others, today's report is a landmark victory
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fordemocrats to work to defend protections for people with pre-existing conditions . every day we think how far we will go on pre-existing conditions. against republicans relentless assault to dismantlepre-existing conditions . on day one of our house majority democrats acted decisively to show our full legal weight on the house of representatives in the fight against this republican lawsuit. we will never forget how republican leaders embraced this monstrous way to rip away america's health care in the middle ofa deadly pandemic . more than 1 million americans have signed up for the affordable care act since president biden extended the enrollment, more than 1 million. because of the extension but also because of the expansion of access to benefits that we had put into the rescue
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package and i'm very proud of all that. now democrats will continue our work to build on this transformational rescue package to make what's in there prominent in terms of affordability access and quality health care for all americans. for the people we will continue to work to lower healthcare costs by lowering the cost of prescription drugs. that is an important part of where we go from here so we thank the court for its wisdom in declaring the cases against the affordable care act to have no standing. we are so proud of our president back from his bilateral trip, a trip to participate in the g7 talks. of course the nato talks, eu talks and of course with vladimir putin.
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he i think nate made a remarkable presentation for america, to say america is back. you've heard me say many of you that in my communication with numbers of parliaments leaders and other countries that they were very happy to hear that america is back. in full-strength as we talk about nato and the in full value as we talk about who we are as a country and in true friendship to the countries that have been part of our multilateral approach to security, rolling our economy , protecting the planet as well as honoring our values. it's, he was direct about saying that there would be consequences if nguyen is our interests including relating to russia's election interference in and cyber attacks, making clear that certain assaults on our
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infrastructure are critical infrastructure will be met with a reaction. earlier today, some of you were there maybe. i hope you were because we signed, we had the enrollment signing you keep becoming a national was pretty think shirley jackson lee, the current author danny davis, the original author of the juneteenth legislation. madam chair of the caucus and of course mister clyburn regaled us stories of the history as well as the possible connection. we can always pretty exciting and we signed it later today. it's almost record time from the senate 2 days ago to the house yesterday to the
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signatures of the white house. it really is, today is a celebration of sober reflection. we have a lot to cover here because we get on with the george floyd justice in policing. we seem to be making some progress there and i'm proud of the work with karen bass for what he has done on that legislation and it's challenging. we're proud of the bill we passed last year and this year and hope that in the very near future you will have a comfortable agreement in a bipartisan way to pass this legislation. all of it part of how we built back better. the negotiations are going on about the infrastructure bill but we are committed to our full american jobs and families plan.
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i want to just commend the president again for his leadership with our rescue package first and now the recovery with the family plan and jobs bill but let's just review. more than 300 million vaccines in people's arms and an average of 540,000 new jobs each month. the fastest rate of growth in modern ushistory . annual economic growth rising two points from last year up to a projected seven percent would be the fastest economic expansion in 40 years and unemployment projected to go down a full two percent from objections of one year ago and the biggest paychecks across the board especially for low income workers. our work isn't finished as chairman powell said, we have more to do. it would be premature to declare victory so we know we need to do more area we must
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build back better and that's what the discussion is about areawhere do we come to agreement on what is infrastructure , and how close can we come on the funding. how is it paid for. those are matters of discussion right now. and we hope that we can have bipartisan infrastructure bill. however, that doesn't mean we will abandon how we see infrastructure for the future . not 1959 with all due respect , president eisenhower and the interstate highway system. that was important but now we have to have other features that relate to broadband, to water systems that are now over 100 years old. the list goes on but you can't build back better unless you have more people building back better and that's my human infrastructure piece is so important. childcare, let's enable women to fully participate. healthcare, issues like that.
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familyand medical leave . the child tax credit, issues like that that enable families to fully participate in the economic prosperity of that country. as we go forward at the same time that children and their loved ones face. so again, we need to build back better with women. we must also address the economic inequality. for some of our members they built back better with equity and for that reason yesterday some were here when we put forth the members of the select committee on economic disparity fairness and growth. we provided the committee, we got to listen to those in most need. listen respectfully to some new ideas about how we go forward. and do so with openness. listening to everyone
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concerned. it is a priority of addressing the wealth and financial disparity. it's brought in across the board. you've seen the headlines. some of you about this how this just persists and i will review that many of these headlines. i'm very proud of our chair at the committee jim heinz brings extensive professional experience as well as in the private sector and expertise in affordable housing is one way to address racial inequality in equity. of ownership. marcy is focusing on regional economic revitalization representing the great lakes area and areas of that have lost jobs in the last two decades when more leading action to close the racial wealth gap from her perspective as an inner-city representative, something gonzalez recognizing the ties
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between economic growth and infrastructure connectivity. there and in a broad area. affected by trade immediately with mexico with immigration and the rest, a very interesting perspective. pramila jayapal who has many good ideas that will come before the committee they all relate to delivering workers better wages and a better future. angie greg representing family farmers and agriculture communities and with a strong emphasis on unionization. alexandria conseil cortez addressing generational disparities as well as increasing worker power. so it's she and sharon jacobs focusing on the future of work with both a family and global perspective.
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i take the time to say that because that embraces many of the challenges we face. all of it to set a higher standard for how we pass our legislation. it's not a legislative committee that makes recommendations to the committee standing jurisdiction. as we talk about such actions , as we talk about juneteenth , we talked with sadness and pride passing the legislation to designate the national pulsememorial . that site a national memorial . we did that yesterday. parts break thinking about that hate or the young people of pulse where young lgbtq who enjoy dancing were violated by an act of bigotry . i met with the survivors and later when they came to dc to
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make their case, it was all about stop the gun violence. stop the gun violence. we were there to console them but they were using their pain to prevent other people from joining that horrible club. of losing a loved one. today again also marks six years of the racist attack on mother emmanuel church in charleston. this comes down to gun violence issue and we keep saying we are not going away until we pass legislation to stop gun violence and we will have a better chance to do it if we pass hr one. clearly the republicans are handmaidens of the gun industry and it prevented us from passing, although it's bipartisan it's not enough for us to pass it in the senate. so again, before the people have important the personal
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safety of americans families and children and again, a lot going on. pulse and juneteenth and stopping gun violence and passing hr one progress. they are as you probably know so it's a busy time. i'm proud of our members. they've been working on committee work and we can talk, will become next week and a week after the fourth of july has we celebrate . we want to do so having made progress for the. yes sir. >> speaking about these big issues i want to reiterate what my congressman said, i think potentially joe mentioned can take whatever we're trying to do and
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essentially everybody is in the position. [inaudible] >> i feel we are building consensus in a positive way congress will work its will and way that is respectful. we have in our party a common core and that is we are working families and i have no doubt that we would legislation to help america. [inaudible] we are a democratic party, we are not a lockstep rubberstamp. one want to belong to a party like that? we are a party of ideas and dynamism and we respect differences of opinion but at the end of the day we know we will have unity to promote the well-being of america's working families. yes.
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>>. [inaudible]. let me just say that they support roe versus wade. i have a mother of five children in six years having had standing on this issue as to choose . yes. >>. [inaudible] >> i don't think there's any question more bipartisan a bill is a screen it is because the republicans in addition to being in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry, that's one of the reasons it's like for us to
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as much as we want on high-speed rail and mass transit because they want people in cars on the road but we will have provisions for electrification which some of the republicans have not been enthusiastic about. i'm not worried about what you propose. we know that one bill is not going to do it for us. we have to have a bill that not just is about assessing green but assessing people with disabilities who need care the rest so that their family members and they can fully participate in how we go forward. i don't think that's a problem. it's important for people to say what their priorities are as we develop how we go forward. one step, two steps, i don't thinkthat's the debate . i think it's where were going
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to end up and how will that happen i'm very confident that we will have a bill that you cannot build infrastructure without resilience and sustainability. and protecting the planet. you just can't so whether it's in the actual bill or otherwise, we could not be better served than the chairman of our committee. defazio has been for 30 years, maybe more on the canadian transportation infrastructure. he was chairman of the natural resources committee before that. but before that but simultaneously. he hasn't been here that long. everybody knows better how to make transportation resilient . and how to use different materials to be protecting the planet as we move people and create jobs. so i think we are in a good place and i don't see a whole
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lot of value in deciding whether is one bill or two bills. we've got to get the job done . where going to get the job done. >>. [inaudible] x is there a plan as to when if ever? >> know, we will have to have protection. yes sir. i just said number. >>. [inaudible] >> i don't know that we've seen all of the implications
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of the pay force. i myself do not think we should be taking money out of the pockets of people in unemployment or take money out of the rescue package because it's there for a purpose but let's just see what it is. the administration i know will be reviewing this. i haven't frankly seen all that it's very new and is not just what is in the public domain but what's in the devil frequently and the angels are frequently in the details so let's just see but i think the first order of business is what this is for. i've never been one to talk about pay force at the beginning of any discussion oninfrastructure . what is the country need, what is in the bill to help meet those needs and then let's just see where we go from there. i don't start with pay for his him. >> one thing that i am not
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even sure of it if it's in but one thing we're going to do was expand gas tax. it would not be for that. i don't think that american people, america's working families should be footing the bill of roads and bridges and the rest that america's wealthiest people and their businesses are using without pay. so i just have not been, we have a gas tax. explaining it is the issue. >>. [inaudible] so since 2005, 2006 and enabling the secretary to negotiate for prescription drugs prices, lower prescription drug prices has been a high part
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of our agenda. one we in the first 100 hours we passed our 6406. the six most important bill including raising the minimum wage. i had been put in 11 years. all six became law except enabling the secretary to negotiate for that so we've been fighting for that for a long time. whether it's part of one tax or another remainsto be seen but we will persist . because when we did the affordable care act we did so to lower the cost of healthcare for all americans and we did. exceptin one area , the cost of prescription drugs. this is something we will persist on and when we prevail, to enable us to expand benefits in medicare, to dental, visual, healing and the rest, it's hundreds
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of billions of dollars that will be saved. this is a core value for us and we have great support in our caucus and have had over 15 years. [inaudible] in the house, one or two. i think that at the end of the day is do you want to vote to enable pharmaceutical companies to have america's families subsidize lower cost of prescription drugs in other countries? where they're paying three, four, five times less that we are paying as we subsidize research and development? i think that i don't even see it being 10, maybe you do but
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i've got a different response to them on what they would vote for as part of lowering the cost of prescription drugs in the united states and not subsidizing the cost of prescription drugs and other countries and enhancing the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies to the tune of half $1 trillion or maybe more and with baby opposed to using that money for better benefits for people on medicare. that's internal debate is one that is one that we all welcome and i come from an area that has a lot of pharmaceutical industry research and the rest and you have to be a patient or to be an investor in pharmaceutical. it takes a long time for discovery and approval and the rest. but we don't want use that you make on television ads and passing them on to our constituents.
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