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tv   Congressional Leaders at White House on Government Shutdown  CSPAN  January 2, 2019 7:27pm-7:38pm EST

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government shutdown and day 2 of 2019. at the white house, negotiations over government funding continued. congressional leaders from both parties met with the president around 3 p.m. eastern this afternoon. shortly after, they spoke to reporters on the north lawn. here is a look. >> thank you all for being here. we had a long discussion. the president asked us to come back on friday after the leadership has been able to deal with the concerns of some people
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to get through. we never got the complete briefing from the secretary of homeland, which we were concerned about, because we do have a crisis on the border right now. we have a violent mob unrest yesterday, but we know that we have a challenge along the border, and we want to solve that issue and make sure we open this government up. i think at the end of the day, the president, listening to him, he wants to solve this as well. he has asked us to come back friday after the leadership races to get this all done. i was a little disappointed with, i would say, some on the other side. once the secretary started, the senator schumer interrupted her and it really did not want to hear it. they challenged some of the points the secretary made. we are hopeful that we can get more negotiation. i know the vice president has sat down with senator schumer and had given him paper at work to find common ground, i hoped we would get a little more on that today. hopefully friday we will be able to get there.
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reporter: how much longer does this have to last? >> i think we can come to an agreement rather quickly. i know that is why the president thought that maybe after the leadership races, people would be more willing to come to an agreement. reporter: [indiscernible] what did senator schumer said say when he interrupted the security secretary, what is he saying? >> i think they wanted to go on without going through the briefing. they wanted to go on with their bill that they were bringing up, tomorrow. but the president has been very clear that it is not the bill that he would support. and leader mcconnell has said he is not ringing up anything that will not become law. [indiscernible] >> the president has also made it clear that his number one responsibility is to keep this country safe. secretary nielsen wanted to go over some very alarming numbers, things that are actually happening at the border. and what happened last year. last year alone there were more than 3700 suspected terrorists that were stopped from entering this country.
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so there are a lot of bad things happening. the reason he wants to secure the border, the bill that we passed in the house of that wasn't the start of the negotiations was over $5.5 billion for the fiscal year, they have not put a counter offer on the table. you saw the vice president negotiating. the president and vice president stayed here over the christmas holidays and there was absolutely no negotiation from the other side. so they want to keep delaying and have a government shutdown while president trump has said that he wants to secure the border. >> can you explain specifically how mexico is going to pay for this wall? what specific provision of the usmca will pay for this wall? >> why we are having a discussion, it is because there is a crisis of the border. one third of all the women in the caravan, some are being raped, some are being violently treated. we have children with challenges coming through. we have another caravan starting to come. we have a real challenge here, and i think that is why both
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sides can sit down, find a compromise that can actually secure the border. everyone in the room says it wants to find a secure border. so we need to find a solution, -- we need a combination to get it solved. and that is why the president -- i watched him in there, he stayed very calm throughout the entire discussion -- and that is why we will be back on friday. we went to make sure this border -- more importantly we went to make sure the government is open. that is why we moved the legislation. that is why the vice president went to the senate when we had a challenge a couple of weeks ago, no control for came back. there was not a counter offer today, and hopefully on friday, there will be. reporter: shouldn't women at risk of rape be granted asylum?
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rep. pelosi: good afternoon, everyone. i just -- [laughter] tomorrow, we will bring to the floor legislation which will open up government. it will be based on actions taken by the republican senate, bills that have passed on the floor of the senate by over 90 votes, and-or in committee unanimously, led by senator mitch mcconnell. we will also present in a bill, the bill that mitch mcconnell did for a continued resolution for the homeland security bill until february 8, using his exact date. we have given the republicans a chance to take yes for an answer. we have taken their proposals on
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houseded by any bipartisan amendment, but just staying true to what the senate has already done. our question to the president and to the republicans is, why don't you accept what you have already done to open up government, and that enables us to have 30 days to negotiate for border security? democrats have been committed to protecting our borders, it is the oath of office we take to protect and defend. it has been very important to us, and we have committed resources to it when we were in the majority, and we will continue to do so. >> they are going to let us each speak, please. > i yield to the senator thank you. >> thank you. so the bottom line is very simple. we asked the president to support the bills that we support that would open up a government. we asked him to give us one good reason.
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i asked him directly. i said, mr. president, give me one good reason why we should continue your shutdown of the eight cabinet departments, while we are debating our differences on homeland security. he could not give a good answer. so we would hope that they would reconsider and would support the very bills that passed the senate, four of them 92-6, dell go of them unanimously in the appropriations committee, with mitch mcconnell support. the only reason they are shutting down the government is very simple, they want to try and leverage that shut down into their proposals on border security. we want stronger border security. we believe ours are better. but to use the shutdown as hostage, which they had no
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arguments against, is wrong, and we would urge them respectfully to reconsider and support these bills, which are bipartisan, one of which mitch mcconnell proposed. open up the government as we continue to debate what is the best way to secure our border. we hope it doesn't. and we hope it does not use the -- we hope that they will not use the american people, the millions who depend on these eight departments, and the workers who are either not working or not getting paid, as hostages. to have a temper tantrum and pound the table and say, our way -- it hurts the people. and again, they could not give us one answer why they would support the first bill that speaker pelosi and leader hoyer will put on the floor that would open up the government. [reporters shouting questions]
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>> let me add this. almost everybody in the room, i don't want to say everybody, believes that shutting down government is a stupid public policy. it puts 800,000 people who work for the federal government at risk and it puts millions of people who rely on a daily basis at risk. we are going to propose tomorrow a bill that has gone the support of the senate and the house. >> the white house says it is a nonstarter, sir, so i move -- why move forward? >> because that is our responsibility as a co-equal branch of government. we hope you will compromise. we are for border security, but we are also for operating the people's government in a respective fashion. [reporters shouting questions] >> the bottom line is very simple. on our last meeting, the
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president said, "i am going to shut the government down here: they are now feeling the heat. it is not helping the president. it is not helping the republicans to be the owners of this shutdown. today, begin give them an opportunity to get out of that, and open up the government as we debate border security, and to say to them, because he says he won't sign it, and use the government as hostage, that we should just give in -- the american people don't want that. it is bad for our country, and it is not the way to govern. [reporters shouting questions] >> we are asking the president to open up government. we are giving him a republican pass to do that. why would you not do it? why would he not do it? [reporters shouting questions]


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