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tv   Speaker Pelosi Holds Legislative News Conference  CSPAN  June 18, 2020 8:00pm-8:31pm EDT

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featured. order your copy today wherever books and e-books are sold. >> coming up tonight on c-span, house speaker nancy pelosi briefing reporters on the upcoming legislative agenda. then president trump meeting with the governors of nebraska and oklahoma on the reopening of small businesss. after that, the house select committee on intelligence looks at online foreign influence leading up to the 2020 election. house speaker nancy pelosi talked about the legislative agenda in a briefing on thursday. topics included police reform efforts, coronavirus legislation, and john bolton's book on president trump. the speaker talked about the supreme court ruling to uphold daca.
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rep. pelosi: good morning. and a good morning it is. the supreme court decision upholding president obama's wonderful action to support our dreamers. somethingecision is that supports our values as a country. the dreamers across the country enjoyed more popularity than almost anyone. overwhelmingly, it is something like 75%, 80% of the american people. three quarters the people who vote support the dreamers. large number of republicans, independence. over 60% who support president trump support the dreamers.
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such dread about what could possibly happen at the court up until last night. if it goes this way, if it goes that way. this way is the american way. we are very proud of it. that was this morning. last night, in the judiciary committee, the committee overwhelmingly passed the george floyd justice and policing act, which will now go to rules and come to the floor before the fourth of july. we are very proud of the work that was done. -- was done by the chair of the judiciary committee and also the chair of the current subcommittee of the judiciary committee. this morning, the supreme court and daca. last night, the judiciary committee and the justice and policing act. tomorrow is juneteenth, a day
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that we observe as a day of freedom in our country. a day that people in the west found out about the emancipation proclamation. in observance of that, i have sent a letter to the clerk of the house directing the clerk to remove the portrait of four previous speakers of the house who served in the confederacy. we did not know about this until we were taking inventory of the statues. the curator told us there were speakers ings of the capital of the united states who served in the confederacy. so tomorrow, juneteenth, the clerk will oversee removal of
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those confederate speakers from the house. as i have said before, there is no room in the hallowed halls of this temple of democracy to memorialize people who embody violent bigotry and racism. you have to see the remarks they made and how oblivious they were to what the founders of our country had in mind. we must lead by example. we are glad that is gone. i will take questions in a moment about the justice and policing act, but we are very proud of the legislation that was put together. it was the work of decades. these bills have been in the hopper for a while. in terms of the public sentiment to get the job done in a strong way, the moment is now. as we take action on the
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justice in policing, we also have to realize other injustice in our country. whether it is injustice in health care, the economy, environmental injustice that exists -- the list goes on. one manifestation of it right impactthe coronavirus having a disparate impact on people of color in our country. we are hoping and pushing and advocating for the passage of the heroes act to open our economy, testing, tracing, treating, isolating. get the job done. we don't have a vaccine. and we don't have a cure. hopefully we will and science will be the answer to our prayers in that regard. but we do have testing, tracing, treatment. we want to address that in a way that takes data and shows the disparate impact on people of
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color in our country so that we can save their lives. the legislation also has an impact on our economy. yesterday the day before, the chairman of the fed, jerome powell, urged congress not to take our foot off the brake. of concernwould be to congress if we pull back from the support we are providing too quickly. i think it would be appropriate to think about continuing support for people who are newly out of work and for smaller businesses who are struggling. the economy is just now beginning to recover. it is a critical phase. i think the support would be well-placed at this time. he is not the only one. moody's, the economic forecasting firm, published an analysis that highlights the need for the heroes act.
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"without additional help from congress and the administration, prospects for double-digit unemployment through the end of next year,a and this assumes nothing goes wrong like a serious second wave of the virus. how well the economy doesn't the next several years depends critically on what lawmakers decide to do in the next few weeks." and in the next few weeks, we not doing another bill, may be but not so big, maybe but not so soon -- they are having their own internal abate about the size and scope -- debate about the size and scope of timing of what happens next. ourust honor our heroes, state and local governments. see what it means to you and your community. open our economy.
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testing, tracing, treating, and isolation, and direct payment. by economists,id including chairman powell, that improvement that was viewed in the employment numbers was largely because of the theployment insurance and direct payments. we must do that again. we want our voting by mail money in there as well. later today, not here, but in the rayburn room, democrats will unveil hr2, the moving forward act, taking bold, transformational action to build the interest of her of america while again addressing key injustices. the justice of transportation
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and transit and the rest. sadly the covid-19 crisis laid bare many disparities in our nation in terms of health care, financial security, housing, transportation, and more, which we will combat with this legislation. the democrat's plan will protect jobs, growth the economy, invest in clean energy and climate resilience and make sure america's infrastructure is the envy of the world. we will bring this bill to the floor and pass it before the fourth of july. with that, the three things we said when we ran. for the people we would lower the cost of prescription drugs, lower the cost of health care and preserving pre-existing conditions. that bill once again will be on the floor on june 29. enhancementle care act. day -- and maybe it
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will take two days -- we will vote on bigger paychecks. that will be the next two days. before then, making our government better with the justice in policing act, which will be the end of next week. any questions? >> you are on the police reform bill. this may be getting a little ahead of things -- the senate republicans introduced theirs. [indiscernible] if you could move things in parallel. rep. pelosi: we would like to end up in conference. that is how congress works its well. you go to conference and try to reconcile the legislation. so important. the american people care so much. they know so much. they are watching.
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this is an opportunity that we seer had before, as you can taking all types of shape as to setting the record straight as to who we are as a country and how we treat people. ed by jerryors are l nadler, the chair of the judiciary committee. i am proud of the work they have done. it is very different in terms of what it does in the senate bill. at least they have similar categories. >> in your conversations with leader schumer, are you encouraging him to let that senate bill move forward? speaker pelosi: one of the things you should know about our action is they don't tell me what to do and i don't tell them what to do. that is up to the senate to make their own decision about how they go forward. we have a bill that was introduced in the house and senate. we are proud of the work of senator booker and senator
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harris and how they contributed to what this bill is. i will leave it up to them as to how to proceed. yes? good morning. in november, the president indicated if the supreme court ruling does not go in his way, he would be willing to make a deal. [indiscernible] based on what the president said in november, do you see the possibility of a deal on daca, or moving some sort of immigration legislation between now and the election? and pelosi: the dream promise act goes well beyond daca to many dreamers. pecos to temporary -- it goes to temporary protected status, so we would like to see that bill
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pass. what we would really like is to come together to talk about the country hints of immigration reform -- the comprehensive immigration reform that goes well beyond what i just talked about. there isn't anyone in the immigration community that wants us to trade a wall for immigration. >> is that back on the table where you could see the house passing an immigration bill now before the election? rep. pelosi: we did pass a bill. it is called the dream act. >> [indiscernible] rep. pelosi: we will see. there have been times where the president said he would support a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform right on tv in the white house with democratic and republican members of the house and senate, then reneged on it would be great if we can do that.
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it is what we need to do for our country. there was bipartisan support in the senate for such a bill, which the house republicans would not be allowed to be brought up in the house. we have not found our common ground. we can, but there isn't that much time. what is it? 138 days. [laughter] best ande for the always try to find that. i don't know what the president meant. maybe he doesn't either, because he backed off what he said before. yes ma'am? >> [indiscernible] do you want to see john bolton testify in the house? rep. pelosi: it is interesting because he was so arrogant in terms of the house when we were
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engaged in the impeachment. we did impeach the president of the united states. removing him from office requires a vote of the senate. many of them have said there is nothing that john bolton has put forth that would change their mind about removing the president from office, because no matter how unfit the president is, they just did not want a democratic president. president trump, by what we saw in the impeachment, by what others are being quoted as saying in terms of leaders in the president's own administration -- president trump is clearly ethically unfit and intellectually unprepared to be the president of the united states. that does not seem to matter to republicans in the u.s. senate. it did not seem to matter to john bolton. he chose loyalty over
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patriotism. so he is going to make money off of his book, i guess. we will make a judgment. i will be meeting with the chairs to make a judgment. it is not necessarily about whether we subpoena. we did subpoena some of his employees. they very courageously testified. courageously testified. mr. schiff put out a very strong statement. the chair of the foreign affairs committee put out a very strong statement. we will be discussing how the american people are best served by oversight. the public has a right to know. as you know, we are waiting for the court to decide -- maybe by the end of this month as to whether they will support what founders had in mind, the separation of powers, three
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separate coequal branches of government, each a check and balance on the other. that is what is at stake. it is before the supreme court now when it comes to subpoenas being respected by the executive branch. one thing is for sure, the american people have a right to know our oversight will always continue, whether that is by subpoena or some other way. i will discuss that with the chairs of the committees. i have not seen the book. i am not paying any money for a book that was a substitute for testifying before congress about the well-being of the american people. >> do you have any regrets? rep. pelosi: i have no regrets. i proud of what we did. amfor someone who is trying to keep the con going with the right wing of the replicant
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party by criticizing us for not subpoenaing him, he went to the senate where he knew the senate would not subpoena him. this is called a con. we are very proud of what we have done. it is really a sad thing. he knew the president should be removed by office. that is clear. he does want to keep his ties to the right wing. he does that by criticizing us. i place no value on that. i repeat, president trump -- the evidence is clear and always has been -- president trump is ethically unfit and intellectually unprepared to be president of the united states. yes sir? momentted to the big congress has faced, whether it be right here or deficit
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reduction. we are seeing moments where there is a lot of buy in for a common cause and it falls apart at the end. this police reform appears to be one of those moments. rep. pelosi: we go back to abraham lincoln. public sentiment is everything. with it you can come blush almost anything. -- can accomplish almost anything. weighblic sentiment to in, the public has to know. that is sometimes a challenge. do people really know what the choice is here? they do. they have made it clear. beautifully. patriotically. peacefully. and for the congress of the united states to ignore that call for justice would be wrong. i have confidence of that vote.
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something will happen now because it must. because the people insist. they will not stop insisting until we get something done. >> [indiscernible] sorry, a little bit louder? >> can we talk about the police reform bill and reactions from law enforcement? weres angeles, there officers who did not show up to work. in atlanta, we are hearing that officers did not report to work there. is there concern about a blue flu essentially happening across the country in reaction to what we are seeing up on capitol hill as well as locally? rep. pelosi: i think the men and women in blue, whether that is firefighters -- but men and
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-- there are enough of them there to keep the american people safe who care about doing their jobs in a way that honors justice. we had communication with the fraternal order of police. connected them with karen bass so she could hear their concerns. we think there is a place for us to come together. we do know there are some people, who, as we have seen their actions -- i don't think everybody who is blue would be proud of those actions. i think there are many people in blue whose actions we are proud of, and i think there are enough of them to keep the american people safe. anymore women?
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yes ma'am? you can have one more. [laughter] theid you reach out to administration about negotiating the heroes act? putting it on the floor as smaller bills to address the pandemic a bit early? rep. pelosi: what would they want to do? if we take out the state and local government money, which is absolutely essential, by the end of june, many states and localities have to have their anced budgets. but the grim reaper says he does not care about that. you don't care about the fact that state and local governments that meet the needs of people need to have their budgets balanced? this is money needed for them to pay for the cost of the coronavirus to them. to meet the needs and the loss of revenue,'meet
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-- needsm loss of revenue loss of revenue. meet the needs, loss of revenue on coronavirus. are they willing to test in a way that fights, defeats this virus? why would we divide those two? because they are directly connected. and what piece would they want? they say they don't want to do unemployment insurance. this is the 13th week that we have had over one million people applying for unemployment. over oneight week, million. what piece would you subtract? this is a very disciplined, focused, necessary piece of legislation. honor our heroes.
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support state and local. open our economy. testing, tracing, treatment. money in the pockets of the american people. i think they are all very connected and they should go forward together. i haven't seen any initiative on their part. i have not seen them say we should help state and local. few in the senate have. i have not seen anyone in the house who has. we can need to test so we can address this comprehensively, addressing the disparity in all of this. i heard someone say they don't want to do anymore unemployment insurance. all the three things i just mentioned, they are all stimulus to the economy. they are all stimulus to the economy. piece, state and local
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government, heroesact -- look it up -- costs did of what the republicans in their tax scam which gave 83% of the benefits to the top 1%, did not provide any stimulus to of economy, and added $2 trillion debt to our children. for what they are willing to do for the high end, we are willing to do for our country and at the same time honor our heroes. yes sir? >> you said you do not like the republican bill. but at least the categories seen the same on policing reform. i wonder if you see more urgency here on police reform than you saw on the gun question or a
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number of any other bills. you are both working on the same topic. rep. pelosi: the gun issue is very important. yesterday was the five-year anniversary of the emmanuel -- that terrible shooting -- where that young man prayed with people and then shot them dead. we have been carrying that around for that long time. memorializing it again yesterday. the gun issue is very important. background check legislation, including mr. clyburn's south carolina fix, is important to us. like 80% of the american people support that, including gun owners who have to have background checks. they do comply with that and support that legislation. we have not seen tens of
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thousands of people in the streets day in and day out over messageeriod of time, a spread throughout the world about justice. the demonstrations in the streets were about this issue, police brutality, but also about fairness. fairness across the board. when you are talking about brutality and safety, you are talking about guns too. that continues to be a very important issue for us. you would have to admit -- and it is quite obvious to all of us --that we have not seen anything quite like the peaceful demonstrations that are out there, awakened by the visual
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strangulation, lynching, chokehold of george floyd and the reaction that people have had to it. it wasn't the first time it happened. it happened many times before. it somehow or another was the tipping point. i will close by saying what i said before. we have a lynching museum in alabama -- many of us were just there in march. one is a monument and the other is a museum. when you go to the museum, it is about slavery. i bring it up again because as a mom, it impressed me. i had my grandchildren with me when they saw this. there are two little children on the wall, slaves. and they speak. they say, mama, mama, has anyone
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seen our mother? does anyone know where our mother is? of course, you know the mother has been separated from the children, and the brutality of all of that. and then to hear george floyd all out for his mother, universal call, the humanity of struck such at chord for many reasons. not just the mama part, but the part of eight minutes and 46 pled manyere he times, i can't breathe. the inhumanity of it all has taken us to a place where we will have justice. we will have a bill.
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i hope it is sooner rather than later. thank you. >> is there going to be baseball? rep. pelosi: i hope so. >> have you spoken with the league commissioner? rep. pelosi: no, i haven't. >> will you? [laughter] c-span's washington journal. every day we are taking your calls live on the air on the news of the day and discussing policy issues that impact the. coming up friday morning, a former new york city police commissioner on efforts to reform policing in the u.s. and a reverend, cochair of the poor people's campaign, talks about racial and economic injustice and the role clergy play in the fight for equality. watch c-span's washington journal, live at 7:00 eastern friday morning.


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