tv House Minority Leader Pelosi News Conference CSPAN November 16, 2018 1:57am-2:21am EST
congressman ryan was shot 45 times and died on that airstrip. i was shot five times on the right side of my body. a bone jutting out of my right arm, a wound in my leg the size of a football. i am 28. this is it. &a.sunday night on q >> nancy pelosi told reporters she has the boats to be speaker of the house during the 1/16 congress. ongress. to 116th c took questions on the legislative agenda for when she controls the majority next year. this is 20 minutes.
time for us.sad -- a very sad time for us. we are celebrating a great victory for the democratic party, and for the american people. you for saving amer aica. i convey that gratitude to my colleagues and to the gra ssroots people, and particularly to our candidates. they had the courage to run. ofy are here in what is one congresstransformative in our country's history, the biggest victory for the democrats since 1974.
we have almost 60 new democrats. we are just waiting for we are just waiting for final results from places where there are questions. seats.will have won 40 it may be a net of lower because of two seats, but we will see what the number is. i should have said from the winning 23 seeks in a voter suppressed, gerrymandered map was a wave. i knew we would win that, but getting up to 40 is almost a tsunami. all is that 30t
members in our new democratic class are women, one from the republican side. happy for that person, but sad to say just one. it is transformative. how they wantde with and the manner in which they do that. they are entrepreneurial. they are enthusiastic in making progress for our country. we want them to do so in the most open congress.
the american people talked about a better deal and then talked about for the people agenda. for the people, we will lower health care costs, we will grow the paychecks, and we will bring integrity to government. and to that end, this group has decided -- 100 candidates wrote and said they wanted h.r. 1 to be our priority and our agenda as we go forward. fortunately, we're ready. under the leadership of john sarbanes, who has been working with an array of co-chairs on his task force, we are ready with that legislation and how lovely it will be so early in this congress to pass h.r. 1. all that it does, including passing, finally, the restoration of the voting rights act. largely what has been proposed by congresswoman terri sewell of alabama. again, we will be opening this congress in a very open and transparent way. do what we said we were going to do. we were going to defend our protections for people with pre-existing conditions, lower drug costs, protect social
security, medicare, and medicaid by taking them off the chopping block. and we will increase workers' benefits -- wages by building the infrastructure of america and all that implies in the greatest possible way with the most worker training so that everyone participates in that success for our country. in that clean up corruption again as we'll h.r. 1 will make washington for the people and reduce and role of money in politics and advance the election by strengthening, again, the voting rights act. again, transparency, that openness, so essential to engaging the american people in what is happening here and how it affects them. one of the reasons we were so successful in this past congress on health care issues was because of the outside groups, their mobilization made all the difference.
many of them participated in the campaign around one issue, health care. the affordable care act. issues that relate to medicare and medicaid, and that was a successful issue. but again, openness, bipartisanship where we can. you have heard me say this over and over. bipartisanship where we have a responsibility to find our common ground where we can. where we cannot, we must stand our ground. thomas jefferson said like a rock. but we must try. i have urged the freshmen to reach across the aisle. we respect every member and respect the people who sent them here. then, again, all of us are committed to a better future for america's working families. that's our common denominator in the democratic party. that's what unifies us, and that's what connects us to the aspirations of the american people. while that's happening, on the
other side of pennsylvania, the president continues to wage an all-out campaign to obstruct the mueller investigation. this morning, the president took to twitter to try to discredit the investigation tweeting, a total witch-hunt like no other in american history. this is the president of the united states. president trump installed matthew whitaker as acting a.g. for one purpose, to end the investigation. there is bipartisan consensus that this appointment violates the appointments clause of the constitution, which trumps any statute that the administration lawyers have cited. as george conway and a former solicitor general wrote in "the new york times," mr. whitaker's installation makes a mockery of our constitution and our founders' vision. bipartisan. house democrats demand once
again that in our negotiations on the omnibus bill, that the g.o.p. leadership include -- join us in including language that would say the special counsel -- to protect any special counsel, the special counsel cannot be fired without cause. he or she would be granted a three-judge appeal panel if fired. could only be removed by 8 -- replaced by a senate-confirmed attorney general or top senate confirmed justice department official. this is very important. whitaker would not qualify because such an appointment must be made by someone confirmed by the congress -- by the senate. that's a fact and has to be re-emphasized. and very importantly, the preservation of all the documentation so that the people can know the truth.
i don't know if you saw an op-ed the other day by former leader daschle, jointly, democrat and republican, saying that the starr documents was released -- the starr report was released, big vote in the congress to do so. so, too, the mueller documents. any questions? reporter: i wanted to ask you, [inaudible] there has been pushback on that idea. are you going forward with that idea, and what do you think of the criticism that there should be new climate legislation? representative pelosi: as you may not recall but i will remind, when i was speaker of the house, the climate issue was my flagship issue with president bush in the white house. by the time president obama came, we moved the health care force.
it was my flagship issue. we established a select committee that you referenced, headed by ed markey of massachusetts. he did a spectacular job of shining the spotlight on the crisis that our planet is facing, and to do so in a way that has full documentation from the generals. they said it was a national security issue from health care providers, that this was a public health issue, clean air, clean water. on our economy that we must remain preeminent as number one in the world on green technologies and that it is a moral issue. if you believe this is a right and this is god's creation, and evangelicals certainly do, and that we must be good stewards, then we must act upon it. even if you don't share that religious belief, if you understand that we are -- have a moral responsibility to the next generation to pass the planet on in a responsible way.
but it is urgent. it was urgent when we established it in 2007 and even more urgent now. it has always been a challenge with these standing committees and we will have conversations about some of the objections they may have. but there is tremendous interest on the outside for us to return to that place where the climate issue is preeminent. what we did then was, under president bush, we passed the biggest energy bill in the history of our country -- do you have some water? the biggest -- sorry. please. the biggest energy bill in the history of our country by -- thank you -- taking tens of millions of cars off the roads. much of the authority used by president obama in this regard stems from that legislation. so it's very important it was bipartisan.
he wanted nuclear. i wanted renewables. we came to agreement. again, we have to sit down with our ranking members. but i believe an array of ranking members has broadened since then because not only is it energy and commerce, for example, that you referenced, but also homeland security, because this has become such an issue hitting home by way of hurricanes, forest fires, so many different ways. natural disasters affecting people. very directly in their lives. so we do believe that it's about stewardship of our planet, and we have to find the best way to engage the public to make the change that is necessary to put us on a different course of action. we live with the deniers in that regard.
reporter: what do you tell members who say they wanted leadership change? what can you offer them? and might you back primary challengers from safe districts? representative pelosi: i always have. i'm largely responsible for most of the resources that went into those campaigns. that didn't matter to me. i said just win, baby. does anyone have a question in this regard? reporter: there are 17 members who have signed the letter saying they will not support you on the floor. representative pelosi: have you seen the letter? reporter: i haven't seen the letter. representative pelosi: you haven't seen it. ok. reporter: there are more, apparently, who are willing to vote no. you expressed total confidence in the vote. representative pelosi: i do. ok. next question. reporter: is anyone else in your conference capable of
taking on speaker? representative pelosi: this will be the last. reporter: republicans help win the gavel or -- representative pelosi: no, never. reporter: bottom line, madam leader -- representative pelosi: ok. reporter: if the election were held today on the house floor, do you have the votes elected to be speaker? representative pelosi: yes. let me just get back to your question. this is what we have. we have a farm bill that we have to deal with. we have #metoo legislation we would like to get passed here. we are trying to pass an omnibus bill so we don't have any question about shutting down government. there are issues that relate to the veterans affairs and lawsuits that are happening there. we have the mueller language that we want. we have -- we're still -- i have a day job here that's different from what's happening on the political side. we are just very excited about the size of our victory. i will say to you, always, supported it. it doesn't matter if they support me. what matters is they support a democratic agenda to make progress for america's working
families and they all spoke out beautifully for the people, health care, health care, health care. like a jackhammer, that's what's important. what was yours? come back to the omnibus. i do -- no. i intend to win the speakership with democratic votes. that was your question. that was your question. the -- i have overwhelming support in my caucus to be speaker of the house. and certainly we have many, many people in our caucus who could serve in this capacity. i happen to think at this point i am the best person for that. i've answered one, two, three, four, five, six questions. now you want to ask about the omnibus? thank you. reporter: you mentioned the language about robert mueller. what are the other policy asks and red lines for you as we go into this negotiation, particularly as it pertains to the border wall?
representative pelosi: you know, i am an appropriator. that's one of the places where i was forged there, and intelligence committee. and left to their own devices, i have said to you before, democrats and republicans can come to their own conclusion -- to their agreements because they know what they're doing. they understand the issues. it's just when some of these poison pills come from that the problem is created. so what we would like to see -- we're making good progress on the bills on the individual bills. we would not like to see a continuing resolution. we'd like to see the bills passed, have it done, move on to the -- to what's new in the new congress. congresswoman nita lowey our ranking member, soon to be chair of the appropriations committee, chairwoman lowey, music to my ears, she and the ranking
members and soon to be chairs of the subcommittees on appropriations have done a remarkable job. they have beaten back over 150 poison pills this year alone and probably more to come that they have to -- hopefully not, but we have to be prepared for that. we don't know what they'll come up with, but so far we are on good track. reporter: is your ask it fund the bills through the rest of the fiscal year until next september? ms. pelosi: yes. reporter: and not give you something in february? representative pelosi: we just want to get it done. we can do it. it's possible to do it. how the president weighs in and the rest, we will see. yes, sir. reporter: what do you think of marcia fudge trying to challenge you or considering challenging you? representative pelosi: come on in. the water's warm. yes, ma'am. [laughter] reporter: i want to ask you about the role of gender in the speakership race.
representative ryan said yesterday that there are plenty of women who can replace you, and he named, among others, marcia fudge. is he playing the gender card there? representative pelosi: i had 137,000 ads against me in the campaign. that put some -- shall we say, pressure on our candidates because i have never run for national office, so most people don't even know who i am. an italian american grandmother with lots of energy and mother of five, grandmother of nine, who is here to do what's right for the future, not for my family. they're fine. but i don't want them being -- living in a society where one in five children in america lives in poverty and goes to sleep hungry at night. that's my why. that's why i'm here. so to see the mischaracterizations or the characterization of san francisco, san francisco liberal, yes, proudly so.
so, it makes it hard on the candidates. here they're running for their first time, many of them, and they really need to focus on their why, and it's not about me. it's about them and their opponent, and obviously those ads didn't work. we had the biggest victory since 1974. you'd have to ask those people what their motivation is. i think of the 17 it's mostly like, 14 men who are on that letter. reporter: is it sexism? representative pelosi: you know i have never gone to that place. i enjoy a tremendous amount of support from the women in our caucus, from the new members who are women in our caucus, and so i get the upside, i think, of being a woman. if there is any misogyny involved in it, it's their problem, not mine.
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