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tv   Speaker Pelosi Discusses Legislative Agenda  CSPAN  September 23, 2021 11:44pm-12:12am EDT

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nancy pelosi was joined at her weekly news briefing today by senate majority leader chuck schumer. they announced an agreement with of the white house on how the democrats infrastructure plan will be paid for. we welcome some of our newcomers. thank you all for being here. i will add to some questions but first i want to acknowledge a special guest we have with us.
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as you know, we are moving and closing on some of the discussions we have had on legislation to honor the president of the united states vision for the country to build back better. you probably have an announcement that the committee will be marking up the bill in a timely fashion in time for us to send to the rules committee for the consideration. to that end, a very important part of all of this is how to build back in a way that is sound. this morning we met with chairman wyden and neil. to have benefited her wisdom and judgment in the discussions that
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we have from the university of california the white house, the house and the senate have reached an agreement on a framework that will pay for any final negotiated agreement. so the revenue side of this we
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went further because of some specifics if we are in a situation there are so many provisions what is affordable and what is effective. we made progress because it is in the writing. we are writing legislation. we always socialize what we are doing and see what works better
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and what the needs will be. we get more estimates for the proposal that the president has put forth to build back his vision for the country well beyond the bipartisan infrastructure framework. let me tell you we passed legislation to keep the government open to the debt ceiling. the congress has taken up a tradition of having to vote on that and there is doubt as to
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whether that should be the case but in the here and now we put forth a proposal. the senate republicans voted against keeping the government open, which we knew we had to do by september 30th and honoring the full faith and credit of the united states of america. we sent that bill over to the senate and we will keep the government open by september 30th. while that happened before when they failed to support the full faith and credit the doubt lowered the credit rating. it's not good for the country and it has an impact on the
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global economy. we had assistance for the natural disasters affecting some of their own regions which they voted against but again, necessary to immediately and time of disaster as well as the appropriations for the evacuees to welcome them to the country and to do so in a timely fashion to say you already are putting
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forth funding to make the communities. when we talk about the debt ceiling we are not talking about future spending. it's important to note this is incurred cost. last year democrats and republicans together incurred costs that need to be paid for. this is a credit card bill that we owe. only 3% have occurred under the trump administration and again trump administration and again democratic and republican presidents we have to list the debt ceiling so he increased by $7.8 trillion now we take participation in the expenses but not the tax scam that added
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to the national debt. it would cost 6 million jobs, wipe out household wealth nearly doubling the unemployment rate 9% and increased borrowing costs for all americans. it would be a catastrophe but let me quote mitch mcconnell. mitch mcconnell said the following. he said not supporting the debt limit suspension assures congress will not throw this into the thriving economy. they didn't want to throw and unnecessary wrench into the job
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growth. today to do that we urge him to stop holding the debt and the economy hostage. again we will be upholding our values and we will have legislation on the security interests that we have in the middle east by putting additional funding in the defensive system to negotiate in that support it's vital for american security and we pray for innocent lives lost on either side of these arguments. tomorrow, led by the congresswoman we are passing the
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health protection act. it's a very exciting day for some of us in the congress. we've long been supporters of roe v wade but we haven't been able to codify. every woman everywhere has a constitutional right to basic reproductive health but that has been questioned by some. it goes beyond the discussion and it has evoked a response. this is probably why you are all
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here today. for the build back better legislation it is so exciting it's going to do so much for the country. one of the biggest middle-class tax cuts for families ever creating millions of good paying jobs, unleashing the full power of women in the workplace again when women succeed, america succeeds. this bill is for you, even some dads. child care, tax credits to help pay the bill. universal pre-k. home healthcare could be for a person with disabilities or a senior in the home who needs personal attention.
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family and medical leave paid. it's just unleashing the power of women in the workplace in a way that has never been done before. it's historic and transformative and when covid struck more than 4 million women and to withdraw from the workplace because they didn't have childcare or didn't afford it or schools closed and they had to stay home. some dads also. so it's not just about women but overwhelmingly it is. so we knew this problem existed but it was made more apparent. we will be going down a path that enables women to do what they are doing.
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they can give their full attention without worrying. worrying minute by minute as to whether their children are safely cared for. i'm excited about in the bill coming up what it does for the environment. you said about women in the workplace it's transformational. the president has established some goals for protecting the environment, saving the planet and this legislation does just that in a way that we were honored earlier that it's paid for so it's pretty exciting we have plans that are not punitive but we do want everyone to pay their fair share and in doing so help build the economy better
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with women in the workplace. yesterday i had the privilege of welcoming to heads of state, boris johnson. maybe some of you were at that presentation but prime minister johnson and then later in the day in the same morning prime minister in australia. they were exuberant about the urgency of addressing the climate issue. we thanked the prime minister of the uk for hosting and i had the privilege of doing that when i was with the heads of parliament. to see what was happening he made his presentation to the
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leadership and strongly talking about what the uk was doing in terms of climate. he would say we are not only addressing the paris accord. so they are leading the way and that is what we had to do and we have the financial responsibility to other countries so that when we leave, having fulfilled our obligations to the paris accord and then to go further. it's a health issue for our children, clean air and water, jobs issue, green technologies, it's a security issue because the security experts tell us migration and the rest, rising
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sea levels, management of the planet, the list goes on. you know what they are. the competition it is a security issue. health, jobs, security and the moral issue if you believe as i do that this is god's creation and we have the obligation to be good stewards but even if you do not share that view we all agree we have the responsibility to our children, grandchildren, future generations so there's a lot going on from a woman's right to choose to preserving the planet and the central focus now on getting the job done. the president has given us a path for a better future for the country and fairness and justice
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whether it is economic or environmental justice i'm so proud of the members writing the bills and having their own discussions about it but the president put us on a course and we intend to pass both of these as soon as possible. any questions? i probably should reward people that come here are the most. >> could you elaborate on what senator schumer said [inaudible] how much [inaudible] >> the house, the senate and the white house came to an agreement
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on how we can go forward in a way to pay for this. i don't know how to define some of the terms you used loosely there but overwhelmingly, the new coalition has been very strong on child tax credit and extending the affordable care act subsidies and the rest. the list goes on. though we have consensus in overwhelmingly may be 10-1, 20-1 to these priorities and a higher percentage in the senate but we wanted to make sure that it was paid for. i am a pay go person. we came to terms on a framework
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with an array of agreements that we have depending on what the need is. at the same time we're we are finalizing on the outlay side so if we need more or less that will impact the choices but this was great progress. >> this is about what's in the bill. universal pre-k, child tax credit, leave for families, protecting the planet. it's about a specific specific legislationand how mucd how do we pay for it. it's about the climate issues in
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terms of using the tax code to stimulate the business aspects to meet the goals and that is part of how we make some decisions and does this meet the goals that we have as a nation so it's not about a price tag, but value, not dollars. our goal is to have a very specific priority clearly presented with as close as possible results and i'm very proud of the members were gone that. >> you've had the treasury
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secretary here and you've expressed concern. it seems every time we get close we hear horror stories. why would we think that that wouldn't have been? why would we think that it's not going to be different this time? >> public sentiment is everything. they voted to shut down government and not under the full faith and credit of the united states of america. shutting down the government of the same time as rejecting assistance for their own constituents who were affected by hurricane ida. again, we will keep the government open and we will have the votes to do that and then we will go to the senate again. but the full faith and credit there is a national debate.
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why should it be that we as democrats always come to the rescue when it's a republican president, and we are coming to the rescue of our economy. of families and the interest they pay on loans and the job security and the rest of that. that's the debate that we have to have. and we must succeed. so again, with your messaging you will get a lot of people writing in and saying let's not renege on the national debt. the president was famous for not paying his bills and they want to do that again but we cannot let them do that and jeopardize our economy. how do you guarantee that there will not be a shut down?
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>> we put this bill together in a very bipartisan way and then when we added the debt ceiling is when the chairwoman very respectfully we had a certain culture of bipartisanship and finding solutions. it's a very bipartisan bill under the debt ceiling so we don't think that it would be a problem to pass the legislation. >> we take it one day at a time but i'm confident that we will pass the bills. >> they warned that the bill is nothing more than a child's sacrifice and call on catholics too fast and feed this bill.
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your reaction? i call from a pro-life family, not active in that regard. i have when you have five children in six years and one day, we can talk about what businesses of any of us tell anyone what to do. for us it was a complete and total blessing that we enjoy every day of our lives but it's one of our business how other people choose to decide. the archbishop of that area. i believe god has given a free will on the responsibilities.
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>> are you saying that the bill will not be $3.5 trillion? are you guaranteeing that this bill will be done on monday? >> i am saying we will bring the legislation forward and we didn't say anything about the price tag, but talking about the values contained therein. we are for the 4.3 number but that's because the number we marked up to that and now we will go to the next step but we are in a very good price. i've always been very calm about this because it's like it always happens the same way this and that and who's there and who's there but at the end of the day we will be unified for the american people and we couldn't be better led than by joe biden and his vision for america's working family so that we have
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fairness in our economy and justice in the environment as was in the economy and every other way and that we open the door for women to succeed in the workplace. so take one day at a time.


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