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tv   House Speaker Pelosi Holds News Conference  CSPAN  December 2, 2021 11:08am-11:28am EST

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the humanitarian thing this to do? guest: i don't think the travel bans will be effective with the rest pitory virus. i have never been a fan of travel bans. when you talk about a respiratory virus it's likely everywhere by the time you notice t learning that with omicron by looking at the case that is occurred in belgium who had no contact. what ends up happening is you stigmatize -- ms. pelosi: good morning, everyone. it's been a busy one. as we gather here the rules committee is meeting. we have introduced legislation for the tibbing resolution -- continuing resolution which will hopefully -- plan to take up today on the floor. we plan to take up on the floor of the house. sometime early today it will come out of rules committee, go to the floor. then we'll pass it and send it over to the senate. as you probably are aware, it has a date of february 18.
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it has in it some anomalies that are essential. i want to salute congresswoman, madam chair, rosa delauro, for her excellent work and leadership on this not only c.r. but also the omnibus bill that we are -- we passed most of the provisions in the house of representatives already. we look forward to negotiation with our republican colleagues, house and senate, in order to bring the full omnibus to the floor as soon as possible. this continuing resolution gives us until middle of february, but we would hope that we would get that done before. our men and women in uniform depend on that. our veterans depend on that. there is so much in the legislation that addresses our national security. again, the sooner we can pass the full bill, the better. in so many respects. again, we are very pleased it
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went into the night so we didn't have anything last night to give you until this morning. that's it for the c.r.. as we anticipate the senate taking up the build back better legislation, which is, of course, very important to the american people in terms of lowering costs, lowering costs of prescription drugs, lowering their taxes for the middle class. build bigger paychecks by building the infrastructure of america both with the b.f.f. and the b.b.b. as well as making the future better for our children. as we enter the holiday season we have to address all of that. the question of supply chain, inflation, all the rest the legislation that we passed addresses much of this and we have more legislation to come. in the bipartisan infrastructure bill it secures $17 billion for
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ports and waterways to ensure that commerce runs smoothly and we can facilitate trade and build back better. we have $5 billion to identify and fix disruptions to the supply chain with loans and grants that can be used to invest directly in domestic manufacturing. preserve surge capacity. and also create strategy -- strategic reserve materials. this is all very specifically written. and then today i'm once again convening the chairs of the relevant committees so that we can come closer to our version of the competitive innovation and supply chain legislation. that the leader in the senate, mr. schumer and i, said we would go to conference on. and that is pretty exciting a prospect. there is so much that goes into that. perhaps you'll have some questions on that. that's what's happening
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legislatively among other things. but at the same time we are always, always having the virus. whatever manifestation it has. as you may have seen overnight public officials in san francisco, and i commend them for their vigilance, recognizing the variant and their leadership in addressing it. i salute the person who was affected by it because he had traveled to south africa. he came forward with symptoms as you probably have seen or maybe written, but what i was told last night from the responsible parties in san francisco, his symptoms -- had he symptoms. they weren't severe. since he had been to south africa, he came forward. all of the people he had been in contact with had tested negative. his symptoms are not -- were not severe, but nonetheless we must
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be vigilant. i understand this morning there is another case in the united states. all the more reason for us to salute the work of the biden administration, the hard work to lead us out of this pandemic. we urge everyone to be vaccinated. the person who incurred the omni kron -- overwhelmy kron -- overwhelmy kron was vaccinated but didn't have the booster. six months since your last shot, we encourage the booster for everyone. even the young ages. so there are those on the other side of the aisle who have this anti-vax plan. anti-science. it would remove all covid safety protections. it would end vaccination requirements that people get shots in the arms. and make workplaces safe. it's a defiance of science and
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public health. that's what we are up against. the more people who are vaccinated and getting the full complement of their vaccinations are the better. this is having an impact on the health and well-being of the american people, causing disruptions that push up prices. hurts small businesses with customers scared, people have apprehension about going into the marketplace and preventing workers from re-entering the work force. that's some of what's onle legislative agenda -- on the legislative agenda. that's the ongoing attention to covid. yesterday the supreme court took up a very important issue. i viewed it as a very dark day. the supreme court heard arguments about the case of mississippi's extreme law.
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the court is threatening to trample over the constitution, destroy roe v. wade, and take away a woman's freedom to make the both fundamental decision that she can make for herself and her family. with her family members and her doctor and her faith. so we have a situation where for us we believe the strongest weapon that we have here is to pass the roe v. wade codification. we did that already. in the house. it it establishes statutory right for health care providers to provide and women to avail themselves to receive abortion carefree from medically unnecessary restrictions. the d.o.j. and providers and those harmed by restrictions made unlawful under the act could go to court to enforce those rights. it made the law the women's
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health protection act would protect access to termination of a pregnancy across the country. the codification of roe is the strongest weapon that we have to blunt these restrictive anti-woman state laws. we don't know what the decision will be from the court, but from what they have said about not respecting precedence, and all of that is troubling. what they had said about -- sometimes i think they need a session in the birds and bees for some of the kinds of statements that they make. i say that as a mother of five. six years, one week, five children. when you have five children in six years and one week, we can discuss this issue. that was great for me. that's not necessarily great for other people. it shouldn't be up to any of us
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to decide what a woman and her family and her husband and her partner decides is right for them and their family and their future childbearing possibilities. it's scary. it's really scary. i say that as a practicing catholic. again this shouldn't even be a political issue. look at ireland. is there a more catholic country? look at oilerland and how -- ireland and how they pass legislation respecting, respecting women. respecting women. in any event, any questions? reporter: speaker pelosi, there is an agreement on government funding from leadership, but in the senate the government can still shut down over the weekend over the funding of vaccine mandates, what is your reaction to that? ms. pelosi: look, we all have a responsibility to make sure that
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the government functions. i don't think that the republicans in the senate want to shut down government. i don't know that they would even have the votes to do so. but it is yet again a double, a double sense of irresponsibility. first of all they shut down government. and then they shut down science. reporter: the other bill that is held up in the senate, at this moment held up over the idea of china. that is a bipartisan bill that senator rubio and senator murphy sent to the house. why hasn't the house acted on that bill? do you think that it will? ms. pelosi: i take second place to no one in the congress in my criticism of china's human rights record. i have spoken to president trump when he was at g-20 in japan a few years ago. i said will you go up to the
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president of china and tell them that on the house and in the senate democrats and republicans have very serious concerns about what president xi is doing to the weeingars. the next day he called me and said i talked to the president and he said the uighurs like being in those camps. that's what the president said. that's what autocrats say. we have a bill in the house. it's the mcgovern bill. a stronger bill than the -- it's a bill that we could have freestanding or bill in the act that is part of the foreign affairs committee. mr. meeks -- gregory meeks' bill, kendrick, we are all very sad about losing carrie meek this week, i referenced her son. chairman meeks' bill and the
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house. we will have that. you see in the defense bill, whether it's in the d.d. whatever the things called in the senate or the d.o.d. bill, the senate does not have the right to have a revenue or an appropriations matter. that is the prerogative of the house of representatives. read the constitution. read the constitution. so when they put a trade, which is the human rights prevents trade implications in on the senate side, then it complicates the legislation there. we will have the strongest possible bill for the uighurs, whether we are talking about the uighurs and the genocide that is happening in china over that, marco rubio has been a good champion for human rights in china. but we have a disagreement -- don't know why he's using this to hold up the d.o.d. bill when
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he knows that there will be a strong uighur bill. you have to ask him. but whether it was the democracy movement in honing con. hong kong. whether it's democracy suppression of the culture, language, and religion of tibet, whether it's human rights throughout china, it's a horrible situation. it's gotten worse under president xi. we have all worked together on that in a bipartisan way, house and senate, over the years. so we will have the strongest possible uighur bill. many. reporter: one of the things that senator rubio has said is that the reason why the house is not -- has not voted on that uighur forced labor prevention act is because john kerry has lobbied you and others not to act on it so it doesn't complicate his economy mat
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change negotiation was china s that true? ms. pelosi: no. it is not true. if you want to repeat the charges of the republicans, that's up to you. but that is completely not true. as i said, for over 30 years i have been considered the most disliked, they use stronger language that that, person in china. because of my assault on their human rights violations. that's absolutely positively not true. you asked the question. so they won their case. reporter: once again we are at a deadline for funding the government. there is a deadline to raise the debt ceiling. what kind of a message does it send to the american people that even keeping the government opened is a struggle? we are sitting here talking about whether or not the house, senate can get it done? ms. pelosi: the message is the obstacle to moving forward with most of what we want to do lies in the senate in the person of mitch mcconnell. you like to make it look like
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oh, we can't get -- no. we have been trying to pass, come together to do the omnibus bill, but the republicans will not come to the table to discuss it. they don't care about this. they want to get the job done. and we will get it done. and we just have to hope that we would have some kind of -- instead of repeating the republican message, some accurate depiction of what is going on here. we'll get it done and we will get done in a timely fashion. reporter: are you going in anticipation the republicans might not -- slow this up, the government funding, will you keep the house here this weekend? or do you plan to let them disburse after you -- ms. pelosi: we anticipate the senate will pass the legislation. i don't think that they are
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anti- how do they explain to the public that they are shutting down government because they don't want people to get vaccinated? why don't you ask them. this is so silly. this is so silly that we have people who are anti-science, anti-vaccination saying they are going to shut down government over that. and you are asking me what's our message. our message is that we have to respect government, and we have to respect science, and that's what we are doing and we will pass this legislation. our members, whether they are here or they are home, stand ready to keep government opened. it doesn't matter their location. mr. hoyer was very clear in our caucus this morning that we -- in our whip meeting this morning that while we are optimistic about what it is, we'll stay close to ensure that -- it's -- we are not going to go for their anti-vacsing.
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anti-vaxing. next question. reporter: december 15 the end for the debt limit? deadline for the debt limit? [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy visit] >> the u.s. house is currently in recess. today members are working on a measure to fund the government through february 18. the house rules committee is considering the measure this morning. federal spending authority expires friday night at midnight. as always, follow the house live when it returns here on c-span. >> sunday, on in-depth, historian and conservative commentator victor davis hanson joins us live to talk about war, politics, and citizenship in the united states. his book titled include the
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>> fcc nominee gigi sohn and others testified at a confirmation hearing. the nominees took several questions on the infrastructure bill and its impact on broadband service around the country.


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