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tv   House Speaker Pelosi Holds News Conference on Build Back Better Passage  CSPAN  November 19, 2021 11:40am-12:07pm EST

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hear your voices every day. c-span has you covered. download the app for free, today. announcer: the house today approved of the president's climate into social spending plan with a vote of 220-213. jared golden of maine was the only democrat to vote against it. nancy pelosi and other democratic leaders spoke to reporters after the vote. rep. pelosi: good morning.
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this location would not have been possible without the vision of our great president, president biden. he has said that the infrastructure bill was very important and we agree, but it was not the total of his vision for how we to build, building back betterment building back with many more people participating, with environmental justice, with home health care and the list goes on and on. one thing i am particularly excited about his medical leave. that is a fight that we have always been engaged in for a long time. we were here when medical leave passed unfunded, now we have it funded. for these and other reasons, as mr. hoyer said at the beginning of his remarks, we will be telling our children and grandchildren that we were here this day.
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and mr. cliburn talked about the three legs of the stool, the rescue package, this, and now the infrastructure bill. and this being our future. and adjusting the chair of our ways and means committee, talking about our responsibility to act. for us, it is not just about legislation, it is about values and the values that this legislation represents for the people. with that, i am pleased to to introduce mr. hoyer.
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rep. hoyer: millions of americans' job opportunities will be greatly enhanced. and america's competitiveness in the world will be heightened for the 21st century. as the president has said, this is a transformational piece of legislation. it's a big win for the people. for the average working men and women of america, for those who struggle every day, hoping that somebody is on their side. somebody is listening to their pain. and their struggle, and their challenge. this bill is an answer. this bill will make a difference
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in their lives. that's why this bill is so historic, not for next year or the year after, but for decades to come. it will make america a better land. a land of greater opportunity. a land of the free. a land of the brave. i now yield to my distinguished colleague from south carolina, who counted the votes precisely, precisely. [laughter] thank you, jim clyburn of south carolina. rep. clyburn: thank you very much. let me thank all of you for a great job well done. last night, when i spoke on this bill, i called it the third leg of a three legged stool.
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and we needed to balance not just the stool, but people's lives. what are we doing for the people we serve? what are we doing further families? what are we doing for the communities that they live in? you look at the rescue act and infrastructure bill, and this one, and i think you can see that we have now proposed comprehensive approaches from the federal government, to rescue these lives. to save these communities. and do what is needed to be done for the future. i also talked last night about the fact that covid-19 exposed some significant faults in the system that needed to be addressed, faults in our health care system that need to be addressed. how do you get telehealth and
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telemedicine to rural communities? that is what the bill is all about. the health care system that in 12 states, that did not expand medicaid, we decided that the people living in those states a re part of this great nation, as well, and we addressed their plight with this legislation. we always talk about this being a great country, but the fact that we have not allowed this greatness to be accessible and affordable for all of our citizens, these three pieces of legislation accomplished that in any big way. with that i would like to yield to our assistant speaker. >> thank you. what an incredible morning, what an incredible vote, what an
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incredible time for the american people to be seen and heard. as we head into thanksgiving, i am so grateful for the leadership standing here with me, especially mr. clyburn, mr. hoyer and our iconic speaker. her work with president biden, focusing and building on conversations with the american people, putting children and women first, to make sure that we breathe life into those ideals that we talk about, liberty and justice for all. and with this bill, we are saying to the american family, we see you, we understand those issues around your kitchen table, and we are going to send help to you, whether it is through expanded childcare, universal pre-k that we have not
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been able to pass since the nixon administration. we are going to build a million new affordable housing units. we are going to be the custodians of this planet. and while we clean the water and air, we are also going to create millions of good jobs. this is the promise of the build back better agenda. and with this momentous step, we say to the american people, we are meeting your historic challenge with historic progress. i'm so grateful to this caucus and to president biden for making this possible. rep. pelosi: thank you. you have heard me say it again and again, all of this would not be possible without members of the committee, the staff of our committee and distinguished chairs, three of them with us in
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terms of the substance of the legislation. we have -- of energy and commerce and mr. scott, the chairman of education and labor. but the person who facilitated this again and again, the chairman of the rules committee, mr. mcgovern. thank you for bringing us to the floor again and again. and yesterday, in record time, however, good thing that happened. and i am honored also to be here with our leadership. this is leadership -- legislation that creates millions of good paying jobs, gives tax cuts to the middle class, lower costs, health-care costs and childcare costs for the middle class, and is paid for 100%. again, we are very excited about what it does for the children, for families. again, if you are a mom, dad, a family caregiver, this bill is for you.
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if you care about the planet and how we pass it on to our children, this bill is for you. right now, whether it is health and well-being, good paying jobs, green technology, the security of our country by preventing and hoping to mitigate conflicts that come from conflict over resources, it's a national security issue, and of course a moral issue to pass the planet on english 82 -- in good shape to future generations. with that come i am on a debate abelard. thank you. how many hours were you in the chair last night? too many. [laughter] but very well. and the distinguished chair, mr. maloney.
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here we are. i know that are distinguished chairs would like to take all of your difficult policy questions. why don't we begin. >> after this week, this is a historic moment for the democratic party, but you had to deal last night with the minority leader, kevin mccarthy, what do you feel like the tone and tenor of the house is at this moment and what can you have done -- could you have done to bridge the gaps? rep. pelosi: it is a great day for our country. that's why we are so thrilled about it. it's for the people. it should be bipartisan. it should be bipartisan. the fact they would rather give tax cuts to the richest people with 83% of benefits going to the top 1% without anything paid
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for is a stark difference between what we do in this legislation. i do not even listen to most of the speeches on the others because they are not fraught with meaning or fact, so i do not let my computer be bothered with that. but the fact is the censure, they could improve their behavior, they do not have to threatened to kill members of congress, or threaten the life of the president of the united states. use it, what can we do to bring people together? we encourage everybody to honor the rules of the house, that you must bring credit to the house of representatives. with that, i will yield to my colleagues for any answers and they may have on the subject of your question. >> i never thought that quoting daniel webster would have received such a reaction from the republican leader last
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night, that seemed to be the thing they repeatedly came back to. if i can emphasize this quickly, paid family leave, middle-class tax cuts, child credit, the aca premium credits, negotiated drug prices, and with that, with the president's signature on the infrastructure bill, this is quite a week for the american family. >> how do you respond to republicans today that say that democrats lied it to the american public a win they said that this plan costs zero dollars, when it adds at least billions of dollars to the debt? rep. pelosi: let's not present with the republicans say as a factor that you are predicated in question on. understand what is happening around here. >> they hung their hats on the
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issue of the irs. we believe, according to the irs commissioner, a republican appointed by the former president, who said, by the way, that there could be up to $1 trillion that's hanging out there. we subscribe to the $400 billion mark, which not only that commissioner, but the former commander has subscribed to, for better modeling at the irs, software, an investment in allowing auditors to update their phone skills. your chances of being audited are not greater if you are paid in dividends and capital gains. the last point, this is really important, if you are a working american, because of withholding taxes we have north of 95% compliance in america and we should be proud of that. that means people who get paid week to week with wages, they
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pay their share. the problem is in the upper echelons of the american economy. republican irs commissioner's and democrat irs commissioner's believe in principle. rep. pelosi: the charge for the investment in training in the irs and hiring more people, but they do not see the upside what you get from that in terms of increased collection of taxes. it is a deterrent, because people will know that more people are looking at tax returns at the high end, with high-priced lawyers. as he said, you're more likely to be investigated with earned income tax credit, these are low income people in our country, they do not have high-priced lawyers, and they get more audited than the wealthiest. next question. >> this is a huge vote, but it
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will not be the last. are you confident that you can keep momentum going to get the final version of the bill through? rep. pelosi: yes, but i will yield to my colleagues because 90% of the bill was written together, the house, senate and white house. there were some differences at the end, and we will deal with those as we go forward. we have different committee systems in the house than in the senate, so this will be reshaped in their committees, and at that point we will see where we need to reconcile, should we say, our differences. but at the end of the day we will have a great bill. do you want to speak to that? >> the fact of the matter is over the last few months, particularly in the last few weeks, we have been working with senators, not only senator manchin, but also with the chairs of the committees in the
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senate. i'll use two examples, one on the -- pricing. we have been getting representative sinema's input, and i believe the pricing provision that you see is it. i guess there could be changes, but i do not think that they are significant. the fact we have negotiated prices and savings, as the cbo showed, it means that this is a provision that saves money, and at the same time does a lot in terms of affordability for seniors and others. the same would be true for methane. we went to glasgow for the climate conference, and they were touting international action on methane. so we have this important provision with regard to methane, that wasn't worked on with the senators and with --
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and was also worked on with house members. this is pretty much it. there may be additional changes, but i think that we are solid at this point. >> we have had changes with childcare that will now allow parents to go to work. you really cannot afford childcare in certain situations. pre-k, which is so valuable for future education, universal. the job-training, the fact is we
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do not have enough skilled skill to do the work that's already there. the president signed a major infrastructure bill, if we want to have things get done, we will have to have major upgrades and workforce development and higher education. we worked with the agriculture committee, and the speakers indicated they don't necessarily line-up. school lunches are part of the agriculture and labor committee, and we have agreed to significantly increase access to school meals. there is a lot in the bill that was agreed to on the labor side. >> i wanted to ask, first of all, you used to hold the record
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for the longest floor speech. do you plan to take that back? [laughter] >> that's not what i am here to talk about. this is about serious business here. >> can i ask a serious question? you've got a narrow majority. are you, -- confident that the biggest hurdles in the bill are in the rearview mirror? speaker pelosi: this bill is monumental. it's historic, it's transformative, it's bigger than anything we've ever done. we've got so much agreement within the bill. should there be some disagreement? by and large, we had the bill --, so we are technically eligible for the 51 votes in the senate. that's what that was about.
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whatever comes out of the senate will be working together -- senate, we'll be working together with them. i have absolutely no doubt. the biggest hurdle was to get the bill there. the biggest challenge was to meet the vision of president biden. does anyone have anything they want to say on any of these? i don't know if you want to talk about being the chair -- >> this bill, many of your colleagues in the democratic party are counting to run on it given its context. upon passage, will you talk about whether or not you are going to run for reelection, upon the passage or not? >> this is an important meeting about serious subjects. if anyone has a serious question -- i am not here to talk about me. i am here to talk about building back better for women, for
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people, for the children. yes ma'am? >> some of the provisions such as immigration reform and paid family leave are going to drop out in the senate bill. do you have plans to address this? >> we have made our statement today. we have stood the test of these parliamentarians. we are celebrating that, we are sending it over to the senate, and we are ready to debate for our bill and have a big success. my colleagues, is there anyone who wants to say about any of these things, again? >> i will just say this. there is nothing unusual about the house working it's will and -- its will and the senate working, that's why we have conferences.
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say, for instance, the salt tax. there are several senators that got a version that they feel good about. i have not seen that version. but we think they have a good bill. they think they can make it better. let them go at its. they may make it better. we will accept better. so, i don't think that's anything for us to be all that concerned about. we've done what we think we can do. the senate will do what it thinks it can do, and we will come together on behalf of the the american people. speaker pelosi: it's called the legislative process, and the white house does not just write bills that they think the senate will pass, but we find our
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common ground and have our own personality about things, and we will reconcile whatever changes are needed as we strive to build back better. it's a cause for celebration for us now, not getting bogged down in long speeches and people's careers and what is happening if this doesn't happen. we are talking about what has happened, and it's a historic, glorious, transformative piece of legislation going out. by the way, happy thanksgiving to all of you. as the -- said, we have a lot to be thankful for, and i want to express my gratitude to president joe biden. thank you. >> know the president want to see this past by christmas?
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what did he say? >> congratulations. [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] >> a look inside the white house briefing room, live, expecting everything to start here store -- shortly. president biden's build back better program includes funding for climate change, and heads to the senate for reconciliation, where it would only require a simple majority to pass. the senate can make changes to the bill with amendments, which would require another boat in the house. we are waiting for the white house briefing to start, about
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the spending package. [inaudible] [inaudible]

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