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tv   House Democratic Leaders News Conference  CSPAN  December 17, 2019 9:15pm-9:35pm EST

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have created, looked at the economy we have created, rebuilding the military, taking , accountability with the vets, so many other things, nobody has done as much of i -- as i have done. thank you. >> follow the house impeachment process and the administration's response on c-span. watch live coverage, stream anytime on-demand, c-span.org. >> leaders from the house democrats caucus took questions for reporters as they prepare for a final vote on whether to impeach president trump and
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obstruction of congress. [no also talked about the audio] >> thank you for making the adjustments in terms of time stop the house majority has passed approximately 400 bills and send them to the senate. approximately 275 of those bills are bipartisan in nature. 100 bills have mated it to the president's desk and has been signed into law. we have passed legislation to lower health care costs, to protect people with pre-existing foritions, to increase pay everyday americans by raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, to address more than one
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million dreamers for americans and contributing to their communities. we have passed legislation to reauthorize the violence against women's act, provided equal pay for equal work in terms of paycheck fairness regardless of gender. this week, we will pass legislation to fully fund the government and to invest in domestic programs after domestic programs the benefits working families and middle-class folks and tina citizens. we will also pass the united mexico agreement consistent with commitment to the american worker for organized labor and do it in a
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way that has the overwhelming support of the labor movement in this country for the first time kept oury, we have promise to the american people that we would fight for everyday ouricans consistent with for the people agenda. this week alone shows the difference between a democratic majority in the house and a republican majority, which we had in december of 2018. in the prior congress, the signature legislative accomplishment was to pass the gop tax scam where 83% of the benefits with to the wealthiest 1% in america. a was a sham, scam and shakedown of everyday americans.
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this week, we will move legislation on the floor that restores some fairness to everyday americans, middle-class folks and those who aspire to be part of the middle class by beginning the process of restoring the state and local tax the dachshunds which was stripped away to give a tax increase to the well-off and well-connected that was unconscionable, but a house democratic majority will begin to reverse the damage that was done by house republicans in the last congress. last year at this time, we were beginning the process of heading into a reckless 35 day government shutdown because wanted to hold the american taxpayer hostage in order to get billions of dollars for a medieval boardwalk to
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satisfy a promise he made on the campaign trail and we stopped .im from doing it this year under a democratic majority, we are fully funding the government. i now yield to my distinguished colleague, vice chair of the house democratic caucus. >> thank you mr. chairman. i feel like because i am always a second, i never get to introduce you as our dynamic chairman. i will take that moment to words of thehe chairman, or the areas
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[no audio] making sure we are building resiliency for climate change in our community, investing in clean air and water and the epa. $50 million into gun research for the first time in decades and we waited. we waited for the senate to take up these bills. it caused a cr back in the fall and today we stand here with an agreement with many of the priorities of the house captured, but still work to do. some of the highlights are the first time, the house has been able to secure $425 million to help state protect their elections.
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as we are working on multiple tocks, we know the threat our 2020 elections from the president in the way he has invited foreign interference in our election. this funding will be critical in helping states keep the ballot box between the american voters and their decisions and their decisions alone on who to vote for. also $25 million or gun , which is again, the first time in decades we are going to be able to research how we can prevent gun violence in justcountry and as we sadly commemorated, the seven year anniversary of newtown, it is way past time that we start making this investment and two
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of the key bills that are being held up by the senate are two bills we passed back in february around expanding universal background checks and making sure the loophole for background checks that allows -- allowed getcharleston shooter to guns illegally is closed once and for all stop we have also included over $7.5 billion for the census which is going to be critical as we go forward to make sure everyone is counted the fullsure we have count that is necessary that states are counting on for their federal funding and there is a a $2 million, over increase for the epa to try to protect our clean air and clean water.
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you know how the impact of climate change and impacts of this administration that is protectionsll back that are so vital for how we address this crisis. there is a $1.1 billion increase in child care that is going to enable the children of this country to get the best start they can and we know if we have kids reading at grade level by third grade, that is a game changer for them and opens up opportunity throughout the lives. we do not get everything we wanted. these were difficult the negotiation's with the administration and a republican-led senate, but our commitment to the american people was to keep government open and make every bit of as wess that we could and
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have the impeachment vote weighing very heavily, we are going to be taking up tomorrow, we will continue to move forward with the people agenda and will continue to be clear that we came here to uphold an oath of office that includes upholding we arestitution and that going to continue as we did from the beginning of the impeachment inquiry to follow the facts, let the truth be our guide and it is not an easy vote. i greatly admire the unity we are seeing out of this caucus that may not be politically expedient, it may not be easy. we don't know how this may or may not affect the 2020 election, but we know this. this opportunity and the history of our country to stand up,
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defend our constitution and send a clear message not only to this president, but to every president in the future we are a coequal branch of government that is going to insist that no one is above the law. >> thank you, questions >> -- questions? show thisl numbers split. is pretty evenly we are a 50-50 country divided on a whole host of issues and we based on ouroceed
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constitutional responsibility in terms of the president's abuse of power which continues to hide in plain sight. in fact, the president's abuse of power is a constitutional crime in progress. over the last few days, rudolph giuliani, the president's political henchmen returned from ukraine to continue the -- whichntrol efforts has been reviewed at the heart of the trunk ukraine scandal. i have seen,rs most recently from fox news have suggested that more americans support the efforts to all the president accountable by than being against it. in fact, in one poll, i believe in an a 15 point split
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otherwise evenly divided nation, but what i'm concerned, the poll numbers are not concerned with the political applications, we are not concerned with the impact on the 2020 election, not concerned with the constitution or abuse of power or undermining of our national security and we are concerned of the effort by donald trump to corrupt our free and fair elections. >> you are talking about the tax bill. why aren't you concerned about the risk to the majority likeion mark it seems losing the majority could prevent that. >> today, we are going to fully fund it with our responsibility, including constitutionally.
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preeminents the institution to allocate taxpayer dollars. today, we will fund the government, tomorrow we will hold the president accountable and thursday, we will pass a historically aggressive trade agreement. the business of the people has last week, westop passed the national defense authorization act that includes paid family medical leave for millions of federal workers and military families and for the first time in american history that will lay the foundation to do so much more and so we are continuing with the business of the people, but we do have this responsibility to hold an out-of-control president responsible, but the center of gravity for the house democrats caucus will remain getting things done for everyday americans.
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>> we don't know politically where this is going to landesk, whether there will be a threat to the majority or whether it won't, but there is no choice. what we have is a constitutional crisis, a president who keeps telling us exactly what he did and what he will do in the future and we have to believe him. back in june, he said he would take political dirt from a foreign government again and no, he would not let the fbi know. all know his call where he was willing to sell out the integrity of our elections, willing to sell out our national security, willing to sell out a country that desperately needed our help in a war that russia is waging on them for political dirt. then, he took to the microphones
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on the south along and said yes, we should investigate and ukraine and china should investigate my political opponents and then we had mick mulvaney saying we should all get over it. then just this past weekend, we have rudy giuliani saying yes, we had to get rid of the ambassador because she was going to stand in the way it -- of our corrupt investigation. there has been a lot of talk and action in ukraine from this administration, but it does not come from the ukrainian government, it comes from the white house.
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i noticed the country and everywhere i went, they were people that never voted for democrats before and one of the unifying themes was the have to get corruption out of our own government, return the voice to the people. this is where we stand now because we want to, not because we think it is necessarily a political winner, but because that is our oath of office and that is our duty to this country at this point in our history and i hope that my republican colleagues both tomorrow and in the house and over the next few weeks in the senate will feel that call of history, will feel the call of the oath of office and put aside not just partisan divide, but a pledge of allegiance to a particular president is exactly what the
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framers feared. it is abuse of power and obstruction of congress and we cannot let that stand for this auntry to continue to be thriving democracy. [inaudible] indicated,er pelosi it is not living the vote
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the ultimate form of accountability when a president like donald trump has gone rogue and every single number will have to make that decision as the have been doing in principle. jeff van drew has made a isision that he believes respective of his district and ultimately, he will have to answer to the people of the second congressional district in new jersey. any other questions? thank you. >> at

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