tv Speaker Pelosi Holds News Conference CSPAN November 18, 2021 1:34pm-2:05pm EST
house speaker pelosi said final technical revisions on the bill will be finished today, and then that final version would go to the rules committee before coming to the floor for votes leading to a vote on final passage. the speaker hopes that will happen today. the legislation itself includes provisions on climate change, support for families and children and affordable health care. and as always, live coverage of the house is here on c-span. >> c-span is your unfiltered view of government. we're funded by these television companies and more, including wow. >> the world has changed. today, the fast, reliable internet connection is something no one can live without, so wow is there for our customers with speed, reliability, value, and choice. now more than ever, it all starts with great internet. wow. >> wow supports c-span as a public service, along with these other television providers, giving you a front-row seat to democracy.
wondering when we're going to be out here? this will be a wonderful thanksgiving. we have so much to be grateful for. especially this year with the miracle of vaccinations and the difference it's made in families' lives and being able to come together more than we were able to last year, for sure, testing, again, in that regard. again, this monday, we had another biden child tax credit go out to families, enabling them to care for their children. and, again, the bipartisan infrastructure bill, good-paying union jobs across the country. again, water systems, roads, bridges, mass transit, broadband. so many good things for our country. jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs. again, we're ready for the passage of build back better. as you may know, the debate on the legislation has already
begun on the floor. before i go into that, good-paying jobs, lowering of taxes, lowering of costs, that it's paid for by having the wealthy and corporate america pay their fair share, i'm going to talk about some economic good news. since president biden has been president, unemployment claims are down 70%. since he has been president, there's seven million new jobs created under president biden and congressional democratic leadership. the backlogs in the ports are now being reduced, at least by 30%. i stay close to this as a californian and in a port city. again, consumer spending is up. contrary to some fears, consumer spending is up. again, build back better builds
on this progress with transformative measures. let me talk about that. good-paying jobs. it builds back better and builds back better for women, especially, but others who have been under -- not being able to participate in the economic prosperity of our country in the fullest way by having, again, good-paying jobs that go with health care and the care can't wait initiatives in the legislation. and, of course, good-paying jobs in the green sector as we protect our planet for future generations. child tax credit, as i mentioned earlier, making a difference in the lives of america's families. lowering costs, especially in the prescription drug area. we're negotiating for lower prices but also we are preventing pharma from raising prices above inflation.
and, again, it's paid for by wealthy corporations paying their fair share. how women will be more in the workforce and dads, too, should they have responsibilities at home, which i assume they do. it's universal free pre-k and childcare, which goes with enabling -- liberating women to be more fully in the workplace. it's about home health care. if you as a man, woman, whatever, in terms of parent or grandparent have someone home to care for, whether it's an elder or sibling with a disability or a child, now you can have access to home health care. this is important, not only to liberate the person to go to work, it's important to respect the workers who will do the home health care. and that's -- that is transformative. that is a new initiative. it will also talk about, again,
millions more people being able to be on the affordable care act and lowering costs for people on the affordable care act who pay for their own insurance. this is very important, the health piece. in terms of the investment in combating the climate crisis, i think i have seen you since i've been in glasgow. we had 22 members, chairs, some members of the select committee. we were happy to have new members of congress there. alexandria ocasio-cortez joining some of the members of her class there. they had their own press conference. the class of 2018. about how to approach the climate crisis. it gave us great hope. we had the highest level meetings there. were inspired what happened.
it took a giant step forward. but we have to do our share, our fair share. what that's about is about health care for our children, clean air, clean water. it's about jobs, jobs, jobs. good-paying union jobs to keep us preeminent in green technology throughout the world. you heard me say it's a national security issue. as national security advisors tell us. competition for habitat and resources with drought and rising sea levels, etc., can cause conflict. and, of course, the moral obligation for us to hand this planet over to the next generation in a responsible way. for me, it's a religious thing. i believe it's god's creation. we have a moral obligation to be good stewards. but if you don't share that view, you must share the view that we have an obligation to future generations. so we're very excited about what is in there. and it is paid for. it's paid for.
in terms of timing, we received -- i'll talk to you about process right now. it's paid for by having corporate and individuals pay their fair share. in terms of timing, right now we're awaiting the -- just a few more -- like one more committee and a piece of another committee from the senate for the scrub. in case you're interested in the timing of it. we expect by this afternoon to have the information we need from the ways and means committee. as soon as we get the scrub information, we can proceed with the manager's amendment to proceed to a vote. on a rule new, reflecting the manager's scrub -- not policy changes but technicalities about committee jurisdictions, etc. and then, we will -- we will vote on the rule and then on the
bill. those votes hopefully will take place later this afternoon. right now, we are debating the legislation on how it creates good-paying jobs, how it cuts taxes for the middle class, how it lowers costs for america's working families, and how it is all paid for. in that regard, 17 nobel prize-winning economists said this agenda invests in long-term economic capacity and will enhance the ability of more americans to participate productively in the economy and will ease longer -- ease longer term inflationary pressures. moody's, they have said that this and the b.b.b. do not add to inflation pressures, as the policies lift long-term economic growth, via stronger productivity and labor force growth, and take the edge all off of inflation.
that's moody's. we'll get, again, the final c.b.o. estimates later this afternoon. hopefully by 5:00. as we think of all of this progress -- and it's pretty exciting -- this is historic, it is transformative, it will help us build back better with women, all those who had not previously had the full advantage. workforce development and the rest in the legislation. but as we celebrate the passage of the bill and prepare for its implementation, we still need to be thankful for the progress we made on covid. attentive to the sadness that people have suffered in the past 18 months, longer, nearly 20 months in our country. they suffered loss of their loved ones. they suffered loss of their livelihood, in some case. and we have to be empathetic toward what that is as we
rejoice in the vaccinations and the testing that take us to a better place. combating the virus is our first priority. that's why we're grateful under the biden administration averaging nearly 300,000 first shots for people age 12 and older. 300,000 first shots. and 27 million people have received boosters. third shot. quadrupling the supply of at-home tests, launching initiatives to increase vaccine confidence in communities of color, boosting vaccine manufacturing to increase global supply by an extra one billion doses each year, and 10 days into our work to vaccinate kids age 5 to 11, 10% of kids have been vaccinated. have you seen some of them on tv being happy to be on tv, being sad to get a shot, some
combination thereof? science in the biden administration have taken us closer to the end of the pandemic, and we will not relent until the virus is crushed. yesterday was a very sad day in the congress of the united states because we had to censure one of our members for promoting violence against another member. what was sad, particularly sad about it is that it was involving violence against women. it was a source of humor and bragging by members of the other side of the aisle. this -- it's stunning. for me it was very sad because i have such great respect and love for the institution of the house of representatives, the place that serves in our constitution as the people's house, the constant reintegration of people going out and getting re-elected every two years, every session of congress. it's a great place and great things have happened here.
and for us to not uphold the dignity of the house. so that is rule 23, provides our code of official conduct that we -- i'll read it so you know it's not me. it's the code. all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the house. sadly, sadly, what happened yesterday brought shame to the house. and, again, gleefully on the part of republicans. this is quite different when they are endangering lives of members, they set a bad example for other people to endanger lives of people. it's not just about members of congress. it's about the american people. and the safety of -- that they should enjoy. when i was on the ethics committee -- i was the longest serving person on the ethics committee. i say that as paying my dues to this great institution.
we all have that obligation. one of the investigations we had was of then speaker newt gingrich. speaker newt gingrich. the punishment was reprimand and a fine of $300,000. the speaker of the house. the vote was 29 -- 395 bipartisan vote charging the speaker of the house, 395-28. yesterday, two republicans would agree that it's not appropriate to have violence against women, workplace harassment. bad example for the rest of the country. dishonor to the house of representatives which you serve. two versus -- democrats and
republicans, 395 versus 28 no republicans against the speaker of the house at the time. so it was most unfortunate, but nonetheless, i want to say i am proud of the committees. the rules committee went into action. jim mcgovern, as usual, and the rules committee prepared us to come to the floor. we met with the leadership and the members to see what the approach should be. and it was overwhelming that we would -- we could not let this stand. we had to go for the maximum penalty that we could achieve. anything more than that would have required 2/3 vote of the congress. you know that was not a possibility. in any event, we were very proud of the work of ted deutch, the chair of the ethics committee. as i said, jim mcgovern. right away, the motion of censure from jackie speier,
distinguished member of congress. and also, i thought congresswoman ocasio-cortez who said so beautifully on the house floor, why can't you admit this is wrong when someone is talking about violence against another member of congress or against anyone? any questions? reporter: madam speaker, on the second bullet point on your board there -- can you respond to the criticism when all is said and done on this bill, the biggest tax cuts goes to millionaires who can take advantage in the salt deduction? speaker pelosi: as a supporter of that particular measure in the bill, i just want to say -- thank you for allowing me to clarify what that is about. that's not about tax cuts for wealthy people. it's about services for america's -- the american people. in our communities where we have
taken care of our people -- education, transportation, health care, all of the issues that public service brings to people was slashed by the trump administration. and we're just turning that over. so this isn't about who gets a tax cut. it's about which states get the revenue that they need in order to meet the needs of the people. and that is a fight that i will continue to make. reporter: that is the result, though? that is still the result? speaker pelosi: it isn't the result. that isn't the result. the fact is that the dynamism that is injected into our states for the people is what is important here. and we're not going to have our states with their hands tied behind their back because the former president in the tax scam that they put out there, giving 83% of the benefits to the top 1% in our country while penalizing states that were
meeting the needs of their people. so let's see this in the perspective that it is. the tax scam of the republicans added $2 trillion, at least, to the national debt, giving 83% of the benefits to the top 1%, penalizing states who were doing their -- honoring their responsibility of public service to the people. we're turning that around. yes. reporter: madam speaker, the hyde amendment is still not in the reconciliation bill. weeks ago, chairman jeffries said anything is on the table. speaker pelosi: it's not in the bill. it's not in the bill. thank you for your question. yes. then you. reporter: my question, you talk about the timing here. speaker pelosi: women asking questions -- you go quickly. quickly. reporter: talk about the timing here, later tonight, tomorrow, you know, saturday? speaker pelosi: i didn't say saturday. did you say saturday? reporter: we've been through this dance before. we know how this works.
when you moved obamacare and they voted on christmas day. they voted on the scott brown situation. you have a 50-50 senate. something could happen. the longer this takes this could sidestrack -- speaker pelosi: no, absolutely not. no, absolutely not. what keeps me up at night is the fact that in the congress of the united states, when we had really historic infrastructure bill, bigger than any infrastructure than we had before, that the republicans in the house of representatives overwhelmingly voted against jobs, jobs, jobs for their constituents. not only that, had death threats to their members that did vote for the bill. and then tried to take credit for it. vote no, take the dough. penalize those who voted for it. that's what keeps me up at night. reporter: are you at all comfortable with the likelihood that if republicans take the
majority, they may retaliate against democrats who removed them from their committee for any perceived of -- speaker pelosi: the inference i draw from your question, we should not censured mr. gosar for his shameful behavior for fear of something the republicans might do in the unlikely case that they might win the congress? even if they do, we can't -- i don't expect that's the case, and i'm doing everything in my power to make sure it isn't. not just because of gosar, but because of our democracy, which they're undermining every single day. and you see their behavior on the floor says they shouldn't have a gavel to be anywhere near them ever. but, no, we would not walk away from our responsibility for fear of something they may do in the future. reporter: why element the -- reporter: on several occasions he is -- speaker pelosi: who? reporter: senator mcconnell.
senator manchin and senator sinema has amendments once it enters the senate chamber. are you concerned about the timeline? speaker pelosi: no, i am not. reporter: what amendments might be or are you concerned about changes in the bill? speaker pelosi: no, i'm not. i'm not. this legislation is so historic. it is so transformative. ifs so different in terms of so many things that we have all agreed on. free universal pre-k. childcare, we're lowering the cost where no middle-class family pay more than 7% of their income. issues that relate to expanding the affordable care act to contain those who were cut out by certain states. home health care so that
families can be assured going to work knowing their family member is cared for. issues that relate to negotiating for lower drug prices and preventing pharma from raising prices above inflation. many of these things are so substantial. now, should the republicans offer some votes in the vote-a-rama, i feel we are in pretty good shape where we are. i didn't go into saving the planet and meeting the president's goals. so, no, i think whatever happens in the senate -- and their rules are different. just so you know, what happens, this bill will go over to the senate. then, it gets realigned according to their senate committees. which are different from our committees. they're just different. we just have different alignments of committees. get realigned like that. then, the senate will act its will on it. but whatever it is, it will
still be transformative and historic. i don't fear that. yes, ma'am. reporter: can you talk a little bit -- the polling has shown the president is in a bit of a slump. the democratic party has had some challenges in its own polling. what -- why do you think that is? as you look forward to taking this on the road and talking to people about it, how hard is it going to be to get americans to understand what you are trying to lay out there? speaker pelosi: i agree with you, there is a great deal in the legislation. we divide it into saving the planet, care can't wait in our care pieces and, again, the health pieces in there which is related to the care piece. the members have committed to 1,000 town events one way or another. when we saved the affordable care act from the tentacles of the trump administration, we had
10,000 events around the country of people telling their stories. and people telling their stories -- and that was over a period of time. but people telling their stories, that's the most eloquent message of all. people telling what it means to have home health care so they can work. to be assured that their children are learning when they are earning. to have some assurance about what it means to have health care so that someone in your family takes ill. all of those things are, again, personal stories. and then from a policy standpoint, again, saving the planet is a responsibility that we have based on science and morality. it isn't a set of values that seems to be shared on the other side of the aisle. the hand in the pocket of fossil fuel industry. we're looking to the future. so i think these messages will,
again, not just from our members but from others. i'm a big -- i'm an organizer. that's how i came to congress. i'm an organizer. chair of the california democratic party which i thought was the pinnacle of all success, the biggest democratic party in the country. so we are big believers in mobilization. the inside -- what we do inside can only get us so far. the inside maneuvering. the outside mobilization is really the glory of it all and makes the policy so much better. and, again, those are the messengers of eloquence about what all of this means in their lives. what it means for kids if we have green initiatives that stops the spread of asthma and have clean air and pollution, the president's initiative to reduce pollution by 50% by 2030.
100% by 2050. what that means in people's children's lives, especially in some underserved communities. what it means to have workplace training so that people can be part of the new green technologies as we go into the future. it's pretty it's exciting. it's a lot. if you're just thinking of the well-being of america's working family, create good-paying jobs, cut taxes for them, lower costs for them, and not increase the national debt. reporter: when you were touting the a.c.a. -- the speaker pro tempore: i'm -- ms. pelosi: i can't hear you. reporter: when you were touting the a.c.a. it took years for the public to appreciate it. what makes you think that this effort is any different? a lot of these things take years.
ms. pelosi: i think it's different in this respect, with all due respect to everybody else. joe biden -- joe biden is very committed to messaging this. he's already on the road, been to baltimore, new hampshire, maryland, new hampshire, michigan just in the last few days since the bill -- this bill was signed. and now to build back better. so i think there's no substitute for the bully pulpit of the president of the united states especially when reinforced by the events that we'll have throughout the country as well as the mobilization of the grassroots of people who know what this means in their lives. so i think that the, shall we say, the messaging on it will be immediate and it will be intense and it will be eloquent and it will make the difference and i'll see you later this afternoon on the floor of the house as we further advance our build back better initiative for
the people, with the women. thank you all very much. if i don't see you, have a happy, happy thanksgiving. thank you. reporter: do you expect c.b.o. scores today? [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy visit ncicap.org] >> and the house now in recess after considering president biden's build back better social spending plan. in a briefing earlier today house speaker pelosi said final technical revisions on the bill will be finished today and that final version will go to the rules committee before coming to
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