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  Minority Leader Pelosi Calls White House Budget Systemic Deconstruction of...  CSPAN  March 16, 2017 11:04am-11:34am EDT

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this is the beginning of the budget process. this is the thing i have immersed myself in for two decades. when a president smits the budget. that's the beginning of the process. then it goes to the budget committees. then it goes to the appropriation committees. and we'll have a full hearing about how priorities will be met. t do i think we can cut spending and get waste out of government? solutely. where and how and what numbers, that's something we'll be figuring out as time goes on. this is just the very beginning of that process. thank you. reporter: pass the health care bill? [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] >> president trump's budget plan is posted on our website's homepage at you can watch as the house budget committee is holding their markup session on the republican's health care plan. that started about 10:00 this morning. expected to last most of the day. and you can see it live on our companion network, c-span2. and now remarks from minority leader nancy pelosi.
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she gave her weekly briefing his morning. ms. pelosi: good morning. are you already for st. patrick's day? we have an earlier start because we have our traditional st. patrick's day lunch today. always a happy occasion. while i do not have irish grandparents, i do have irish grandchildren. who are all of us are celebrating today. this morning the president, the white house posted the president's budget blueprint. the budget as we have said over and over again in this room, the budget, the federal budget should be a statement of our national values. what is important to us as a country should be reflected in how we allocate our resources in the budget. this budget is not a statement of values of anyone that trump administration has shown he does not value the future of our children and working
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families. it fails to recognize that the health of america -- strength of america does not just depend on our military might, which is very important, and we all support, but also our strength springs from the healthy, education, and well-being of the american people. our strength depends on the and of our diplomacy, th vitality of our communities. all of which are undermined by the president's budget. billions of dollars at defense while ransacking america's investment in jobs, education, innovation, clean energy, and lifesaving medical research. it will leave our nation weakened. again, we all understand and respect our responsibility to protect and defend the american people and to have a smart and strong defense budget. not a budget inaction that is are reckless and rash. here we're. here's some examples of what's in the budget.
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n.i.h., the national institutes of health, biblical power to cure. investments that could compete with any investment you could name, this budget cuts $6 billion from the national institutes of health. 1/5 of the budget of the national institutes of health. when in fact we should be increasing that budget. pell grants, $4 billion cut from pell grants. more than $9 billion cut from education. remember this. nothing brings more money to the treasury than investment in education. so when the republicans say we need to reduce the deficit because -- so therefore weust ut education, that is a stupid economy because, again, nothing brings more money to the treasury to reduce the deficit than the education of the american people. early childhood, k through 12,
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higher education, post grad, lifetime learning of our workers. it cuts 31%, that would be 3,200 jobs from e.p.a. protections for the air or children breathe, water they drink. the atmosphere in which we want them to thrive. the state department is cut by 29%. our diplomacy, the power of diplomacy, so important to keep us from having to initiate hostilities. yet it's cut. anybody in farm country? agriculture cut by 21 sters. commerce by 16%. the army corps of engineers, 16%. the corpsy corps of engineers -- corps of engineers -- army corps of engineers, how we go forward with infrastructure. priority the president has. the list goes on and on. if you want i can give you more examples. read his budget and you will not be reading a statement of values.
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now we have this week the american people in terms of the affordable care act, this week the american people did see the truth about the republican's pay more for less healtbill. the c.b.o., the congressional budget office, nonpartisan congressional budget office, a-r a-l are are are appointed by the republican majority in the congress personally selected, my understanding, by secretary price, so we can't disassociate himself from tt choice, while the congressional dget office appointed by the republicans exposed the republican bill as a merciless assault on families across america. this bill, which is called by speaker ryan an act of mercy. called the bill an asket mercy. is it an act of mercy to throw 24 million people out of health insurance? the republicans, hand billionaires a massive new tax
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give away. the bill steals $600 billion from working families and gives it to the rich. it's robin hood in reverse. at the hearing i was just at earlier this morning, a colleague, ranking member pallone from new jersey, said robin hood in reverse, in this bill it's ryanhood. one of the largest transfers of wealth from working families to the rich. the richest in our contry. it now republicans are planning changes which will significantly worsen the already disastrous impact of their bill. including a proposal to destroy millions o americans' medicaid coverage as soon as the end of the year. understand about medicaid, many people think of medicaid as an initiative for poor children. and it is. that's important. many poor children benefit from it. but that is the smallest amount of allocation of resources. a great deal of the money is
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used for middle class entitlement f seniors. for long-term health care whether in a facility or at home. long-term health care. well over 50% of medicaid -- of the money spent on medicaid dollars. of course we have open point of orders. you know the statement by the governor of ohio, it is echoed by others as well, thank god for medicaid. that's how we're going to fight the opioid epidemic. that's where the dollars will ome from, he said. they may end the medicaid -- the bill has it stretched out a bit. they may just end it by the end of this year. the bill is so bad but it's not so bad enough to get the votes in the house. i wrote to the speaker yesterday that the public deserves to see an updated c.b.o. score should they make
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changes in the bill. i haven't heard back. but what's interesting about this is you see the resistance in the senate, you see the house bill. some in the senate, the republican senators are saying, i hope it dies in the house so we don't even have to consider it. but if it doesn't die in the house, this speaker has asked his members to walk the plank on a very bad bill that has damaging consequences across the country that might not even become law. so they have walked the plank for nothing except except to dama the well-being of their constituents. the american people deserve the facts and so do the members deserve the facts before the house acts to destroy the affordable health care in our country. now where do we go? today as you know the court --yesterday a court in hawaii,
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another in maryland again rejected, thankfully, the president's brazenly prejudiced, barely repackaged muslim and refugee ban. it met the same fate as the original bill in court. victory for security and for our constitution. the administration has practically boasted that there are two things. the ban and deportations, on the ban of refugees, the administration and their overall immigration attitude, the administration post boasted of a proposal to separate children from their mothers and fathers crossing the border. an inhumane plan that they wouldn't dare to propose for any other population. it is consistent with statements made by congressman steve king, his most recent racist remarks, when he said we cannot restore our civilization ith everybody else's babies.
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this is a member of congress. of course reflecting the attitude in the whe hous suprem chief strategist for the president of the united states, steve ban none. and really -- ban none -- bannon. and creating a atmosphere where it's ok for people to say. so things they are doing, acting upon prejudice in our country. i called upon the speaker, again and again, to strip congressman king's chairmanship of the constitution. imagine he's the chairman of the constitution subcommittee. he should be relieved of that responsibility. so all this is going on the president is desperate once again, the deflector in chief is desperate to distract the attention of the incompetition of his administration, an administration that has not put forth a jobs bill, has not put forth a infrastructure bill. all the things he talked about doing. and again distract -- deflect attention from the devastating
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consequences of the republican's assault on working people. after two weeks of his -- i don't even know what to use about his charge. irresponsible for sure about president obama wiretapping him . we see no evidence to support his outrageous allegations. really is making a fool of his cabinet and people because they have to defend something that is so indefensible, unsubstaniated, and just a stunt to deflect attention from some of the nasty stuff that he had going object under his leadership. -- on under his leader shfment the it demands answer to our original question, the one i ask almost every day, what is russia's political political, personal, and financial grip on the trump administration? what do the russians have on president trump? it stone balled over 100 lers
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from house democrats reflecting disclosure -- requesting disclosure and transparency on his ties to russia. conflicts of interest, and other administration actions. you have heard me say before, this is an impact on our national security. what do the russians have on him that he should flirt with the idea of weakening sanctions on russia? undermining nato. and europe. secondly, undermining -- the questioning the value of the start treaty, also praising putin at the expense of the greatness of america. what is it that they have on him? show us your tax credits, your tax deduction -- returns. they did do something the other ay which was curious to do a transom report, who knows where that came from. what we want to see are the president's tax returns in the same manner that every
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president and candidate for president, nominee of a party for president has done since nixon. but of course that was demanded. but followed through with wonderful president gerald ford. if the president wants to strengthen our security he should come clean with the american people. with that i would be happy to take any questions you may have. i have some other things to share with you. reporter: the budget the republicans have already started to distance themselves from parts they don't like. in the end will they end up voting this budget? and do you think it's something enough to answer for in 2018? ms. pelosi: i can't see how this budget will survive the light of day when you think of all the -- for example the n.i.h., $6 billion. 1/5 of the budget. so that they can spend more money on defense. what is their mission? what is their purpose, what is their security mission that
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justifies all that money that would break the agreement we have on parity between domestic and defense? he n.i.h., it's job producing. it's cure producing. the same ti. by the way, we need more money at the national institutes of health so that we can respond to more grant applications. we don't even come close to -- i say there is a moral responsibility, when we see scientific opportunity to honor the bub lickal power to cure that the national institutes of health have, we have a moral responsibility to honor it. in this case we're not only adding, we're subtracting 1/5 of the budget. i don't know how that can be justified by anyone. i think they should ask every republican, do you agree with this? i don't -- to have talk to them about what this means to them. but hopefully maybe a statement
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of president trump's values, i hope it's not a statement of ur colleagues' values. reporter: mike boyle certainly stands with donald trump and supporter, mentioned very recently that sees no fire, only smoke right now in accusation that is donald trump anyone of his association had entered collusion with the russians. he's seeing perhaps a lot of claims but no real evidence. can you respond to that? ms. pelosi: i haven't seen what he said and i don't understand -- perhaps you have an accurate characterization of it. will i say this we need an investigation. we need an investigation. we need an independent outside investigation. because there are plenty of indicators that there is a connection. and until we can have an
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investigation, what are the republicans afraid of? if there is no there, there they should be happy to go forward with an investigation. reporter: do you have any thoughts on this -- veteran second amendment protection act that's on the floor today? ms. pelosi: i think it's unfortunate that the republicans have taken it to that place. i am sensitive to the concerns of what the due process is involved. if someone is incapable of performing some of the duties that people do at a certain age , one of the judgments they make about capability of a senior, i think there should be a little better due process as to how those judgments are made. but i will -- i am concerned bout guns being -- without a better process. i support ms. esty and the comments she made about the
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investigation. reporter: back on the russia issue, what's your response to chairman nunes saying he does not believe that president obama wiretapped trump tower. he thinks the president was wrong. you can take the tweet literally. is there anything specific you'd like to hear from director comey in monday's testimony on this? ms. pelosi: i think monday, the president's kentscomments should be rejected -- comments should be rejected by the director. i would hope that the department of justice would have done something already. but one might assume, but we don't know, that question might be asked of the director. it should come as no surprise to him but he should answer it directly. yes, ma'am. reporter: what do you think of the administration proposing at the same time that they say they are supporting massive infrastructure investment, proposing in the budget to cut amtrak, air service, they say
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that they are looking for more efficient ways of funding these programs. ms. pelosi: i appreciate your question. it's tiger glance, e.a.s. subsidies for air service to small airports, other things like community block grants, liheap, and the rest that are related to infrastructure. arpa-e was a remarkable bipartisan achievement that we accomplished during the bush administration and the obama administration working in a bipartisan way. arpa-e is how we invest in energy resources across the board. and that's really a very important part -- not only our economy, not only our atmosphere, but also our international competitiveness in those areas. this is a budget that
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deconstruction of the federal government. they are deconstructionists. they have said that. and they make no bones about that. if one thing, listen to what they say. there is complaret. they want -- there is clarity. they want to deconstruct. you see what they are doing in terms of infrastructure and in the case of speaker ryan, he has in his budget over and over again that we would take the guarantee away from medicare. medicare is a guarantee. without a guarantee you are reverting back how it was for seniors before we had medicare. this is all about a philosophical distrust of the role of the federal government in any way in meeting the needs of the american people. should there be a debate, should we subject all spending to the harshest scrutiny? we certainly should. those of us who have advocated for some of it are the harshest critics to make sure those
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investments accomplish what they set out to do. so we don't have any argument about saying, ok, are we getting our money's worth for what we need to do for the american people? but that's not what this is about. this is systemic deconstruction of the federal government and the role. it's very hard to see where the president will come out on infrastructure. perhaps this is paving the way for what i fear which is that he's going to have a bill that will be a tax bill for the rich disguised as infrastructure. where the federal taxpayer will subsidize the construction of something to give opportunity for somebody to own it in the private sector, charge fees so the taxpayer's paying twice. subsidizing it and paying for use of it while somebody profits from t that's what we have to be fair -- from it. that's what we have to be careful of. the republicans in this congress and white hse as we're ng now in a few wks ver miss an opportunity to
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suck up mone from the middle class and working class families to the richest people in our country. and you see that in the health care bill. you see that in how they establish their budget priorities in this bill so that they can say we can give more tax cuts to the rich and we can be in balance in the budget because we have cut education, research, infrastructure, and the rest. by the way, the president today, the complell came down today which is again -- supplemental came down today which is again disrupting the defense and domestic. $5 billion for observingo, department of homeland security, $6 billion. nd of that $6 billion $1.4 billion is for building the wall. $1.4 billion. we're taking money out of building billion is for building the wall. health security, national institutes of health and the rest, and we're putting $1.4 billion to build the roy.
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which is just a small -- build the wall. which is just a small start. they are cutting $18 billion in nondefense discretionary funding. there are more cuts on the discretionary side. so again i think that we should return to a place where we have parity. remember, the discretionary side of the budget does include many security functions. homeland security, state department, veterans' affairs. that all is on the domestic side. so when they are shrinking the domestic side, increasing the defense side, and then saying, well we're going to increase homeland security, then you're further shrinking any investment in education, health re, the judicial system, transportation, housing, any other responsibilities that we have to the american people. so the budget -- i always say, show me your budget, show me your values. show me your values, show me your budget. this is the blueprint.
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this is the place to go to see what the purpose is. their purpose with this budget is to deconstruct government. it's a philosophy that they ideological are about. one of the biggest differences between democrats and republicans, we do want to work in a bipartisan way. we have enough humility about ourselves to think there might be a good idea on the other side. in any event, people voted for them and we want to hear what the wishes are of those people. so we would be happy to sit down, put it on the table, what produceses growth? what produces growth? good-paying jobs in our country without any ideology. how do we come to the conclusion of a budget that produces growth? and that's not exactly what this is about. in fact, it's not anything like what this is about. yes, ma'am. reporter: on that point, looking for areas where you could be able to work together,
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is there anything -- anywhere in this budget you could support? any glimmers of potential compromise? ms. pelosi: they have to come to their own conclusion on the budget. we'll have our own budget, too. that will comfort shortly. that will be something that creates jobs, reduces the deficit, and creates growth for the american people. we're very proud of john yarmuth of kentucky who is our ranking member on the committee. you will see a sharp contrast between the two budgets. i really to tell you the truth, as low as my expectations have been, this budget is really -- goes beyond. they call it their skinny budget. i don't know what that means. i don't know what analogy they are calling. maybe they are going to have a fat budget later? i don't know. maybe you can find that out. maybe you can ask that question. the thing is, i appreciate your question, because the fact is while the american people want us all to stand up for our
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values, th also overwhelmingly want us to work together. we come here witat purpose. we don't come here to say i have -- there are 218 districts just like mine, so whatever any one of us wants to do, that should be the product. that's not what it's about. it's about finding common ground. it's about sustainability of any proposal that you put forth. but you have to have some agreement that at least you agree on government. our founders would expect us to have that -- at least that common ground. that we recognize that there is -- we have responsibilities to the american people. how we have the debate about what the role is at any given time has been the story of government and politics in america. has been a kaleidoscope sometimes regionally people come together who might not otherwise be in sympathy, but you're always opened to what
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that can be. right now we have something hat says that arc of legitimate differences between progressives and conservatives is something that is no longer valid. we're off that chart. we're just saying deconstruct. niece the debate t will be an interesting one and we try to do it as respectfully as possible to the vision of our founders as our responsibility to our people. to honor our commitment to our men and women in uniform as we provide for the common defense and honor our responsibility, protect and defend the american people. but also protect and defend the constitution of the united states. and recognizing that our mission is about the future. it's about the future and that future demands that we invest in education and health and well-being of the american people and our families. for our children, our children, our children. i wish you a happy st. patrick's day.
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perhaps as we have st. patrick's day lunch we can have a moment of -- what? a moment of comity, of good will. in honor of st. patrick. hopefully that will carry us through. but this budget is really a slap in the face of the future. thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. isit] >> march 21 -- >> this is live picture of the house budget committee as members are considering the republicans' health care law replacement. markups are typically a day long process, and we expect this will be no different. c-span2 will stick with this live all day. last night by wait house speaker paul ryan said the current health care bill will not likely pass the house. senate republican leaders have expressed opposition to the measure.
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we'll watch this for just a moment or two. >> in my state is the family of ms. overman. sky lar was born with a rare neurological condition. in a 2016 news report, lindsay overman, sky lar's mother, said she feared her daughter won't live long enough to receive the assistance -- >> again you can watch that live all day on our companion network. c-span2. earlier the irish prime minister arrived at the white house for a meeting with president trump and vice president pence. the two leaders have planned an oval office meeting today. >> the u.s. house is back at noon eastern to start work on three veterans related bills. one changing current v.a. policy that would require a judge to rule if veterans were deemed to be a threat to themselves and others before the v.a. determined their mental fitness to buy guns.
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ghore would expand the v.a.'s ability to fire or demote employees for inadequate performance. see the house live right here on c-span. until then, some of this morning's "washington journal." " continues. host: joining us now, representative marco can --mark pocan. the congressional progressive caucus first vice chair. good morning. guest: good morning. host: the house budget committee 's meeting on the republicans budget. what are the questions that need to be asked on the financial side? guest: i still wonder why they are even calling it health care. after the cbo score, clearly this is a bill that cuts taxes on the wealthiest americans and has a little bit of a side of that 24are and we found million people are eventually going to lose health care access to the bill, everyone else will a more.