Minority Leader Pelosi Accuses GOP of Trying to Rush Health Care Vote CSPAN September 20, 2017 3:09pm-3:37pm EDT
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representative pelosi: good afternoon, everyone. are over what has happened in mexico city. we pray for them and continue to pray for americans in puerto rico and the virgin islands, florida, everyone who has been texas andy harvey in irma in florida and now hurricane maria. you make an people expect the federal government to meet their needs. we are working very hard to make that connection. we are praying and so proud of all of them for how they have come together as communities. so here we are.
the reason i wanted to see all of you today is because they have now hold their latest and worst version, with stiff competition, of how to overturn the afford will care act. again, higher cost, less protectionsep gutted, steal from medicaid, all kinds of things that are not in it, like the funding for opioids, issues that relate to pre-existing conditions. that protection gone. it is really a terrible bill. poorly written. toer schumer and i wrote cbo, along with bernie sanders and john yarmuth, and our ranking members of the budget committee in the senate and in the house, to ask them to give us a cbo score, a report on the totality of the bill. you can cut a lot of money if
you are not taking care of people's health. so we want to know the totality of it all. that.tinue to ask for the reason republicans are rushing it through is because their reconciliation expires september 30. that is when anne's for them to do 51 votes. if they are so committed to all of this, they can pass another budget reconciliation package and go forward. that would be hard for them to do. that this hurts seniors, women, working families, people with conditions, rural communities. it is not just about health care in this communities. it's about jobs and the economy of those regions as well. of this again, just to make sure they have enough money at the end of the day to give tax cuts to the rich. they are trying to rush a vote with this scant budget analysis. on monday, we wrote that letter.
will have ay, we day of action to amplify the voices of families who will be graham-cassidy. again and again, the american people have rejected the immense cost and cruelty of trumpcare. some people think it could cost up to 30 million people being pushed off of health care. we haven't seen those figures from the cbo. but whatever it is, it will be terrible. instead of try to destroy health care, congress should be spending money on real jobs,isanship to create to address daca, to pass the dream act, to have real bipartisanship to stabilize the marketplaces in the afford will care act. i know we will be continuing in a bipartisan way, hopefully sooner rather than later, with
senator alexander and senator murray's good work to go forward. we will have to see. in the meantime, we have to be creating jobs. with all the things happening, all the more reason to have better jobs, better pay, better future, creating jobs and raising income and lowering cost to families and giving every american the tools they need to succeed as we go forward. we will be advancing a better deal all across the country. part of it is to make sure people have access to quality affordable health care. we wanted to move in a direction that is ever expanding, not thinking, as the republicans are doing. this is really an emergency. it is all hands on deck. red alert. everybody is on board to make this fight. we have got to stop this bill in the senate. and if not, in the house. any questions? they moved the health
may,bill inmate, -- in this changes the calculus life. how does this affect california? how is this bill so fundamentally different and how does it affect a big state? pelosi: from a large number of states, they would be able to vote for this. they won by one last time. i think we have a really good chance to stop it in the house. serious violence to the health care people in california, new york, and other places.
it is really a poorly written bill. it is hard to see if people will even get health care appear it is predicated on states implementing health care in their states. they don't even know if they can do it in two years. >> i wondered if you had any response to political this morning. price left for work on a private jet. this comes on the heels of jim edition. rep. pelosi:: we have been working on health care bell and daca and the congressional black , the air been leg talking about jobs and health care and making the future better. so i did not see that report. as you know, we have a rule the house. -- cannot travel on private
it's just not right. it's just not right. but i have not seen a particular report. but we have that rule for a reason. there was a time when you could walk out here and they would have private jets all lined up and that is how they would travel for the weekend. lobbyists would be on there and it would be, what? the majority said none of that anymore. some people didn't like that. they shouldn't be doing that. your meeting this leadership support hr 1133? rep. pelosi: the capital improvement bill? yes. we pass the affordable care act at the same time we pass the higher dictation bill. it improved funding for
minority-serving institutions. in order for all of these institutions to succeed, it is important for them to have infrastructure. theonly do we support capital improvement bill, but we believe any of her structure bill that we have writ large should have a focus on how we build if her structure for our schools. , when thely on hbcus federal government, whether it is the department of defense, national institutes of health or the national science centers, one of the competitions is what facilities do you have to implement the grant? we are saying we can't compete
with ivy league and the rest if they are getting all this private money because they are getting all this federal money. they are getting federal grants because they have private philanthropy funding with labs and things at that. so we want to have more money invested there so our kids have the best opportunity in all of these minority-serving institutions. so yes, we support her belt. but also any infrastructure legislation writ large will have this element to it. >> some immigration activists are pushing back on democrats, same as the dream act business affect the family and they are asking for a seat at the table for negotiations. in those negotiations, last monday, when you were with the can you elaborate?
senator pelosi i don't know it you know about that conversation but i am not one to relay conversations. i'm not going to go to that place. i did not agree with it. let me just say that. but to your first point, yes. we have been having meetings constantly with the leadership thehe group that represents dreamers and other immigrant .roups as well more than once a day on the , house and person senate, at home and here is washington. so we are in constant touch with them, as well as our hispanic
congressional caucus and our congressional black caucus and pacificressional islander caucus. the agreement we all came to is that the bill would be lucille's bill. that we would be supporting that legislation. that was generally agreed. there are some who said all or none. we are not going to do dreamers unless you do conference of immigration reform. we don't have that now. we are the only ones who passed a dream act in the house. couldn't get it through the senate because we did not have 60 votes when we had the majority. act has been a
priority. we think it is a good first step. it is a priority, something [indiscernible] what about other undocumented? comprehensive immigration reform, we think this is a good first step and we want to protect the families. which gives me an opportunity to say, which i did say on friday -- no, monday, we were in sacramento monday afternoon and had a great event at sac state. francisco, barbara lee and -- word to champions for our brands of immigration reform. some of the people who were protesting had been part of the planning meeting for this meeting. it was to say to dreamers sign up. you have until october 5 to sign up. sign up even sooner than that. if you need legal assistance, there are organizations that
will help you, try to help financial resources for the $495. some people can afford some of it, not all of it. we don't want that to be an obstacle to their signing up. irregularities, inappropriate actions taken by , contrary to what the president said that they would not be harmed. aboutst goes on and on how we want to advance and protect the dreamers until we and protectingll their families is the logical next step. their families did a great thing for our country, bringing these kids here, who are enrolling our military and a growing part of our future. concerns ofect the the people who came to our meeting, if we are not in a situation where we can say all or none.
we have to say the dreamers now. the constituency is therefore a country. its success. with all the respect and concern that i have for other who were at that meeting saying all or none, i can't go down that path. but we do want to continue down the path of comprehensive immigration reform. it is absolutely essential to our country. there is a lot of precedents -- is there any appetite within your caucus that should the shoe be on the other foot again and democrats have control of feeless, that you will not the need to wait for cbo or have hearings on major pieces of
legislation? pelosi: thank your for the question. four months in advance, we asked the cbo for a score. it did mean the bill was frozen, but it meant the general parameters were there. four months later, we got some of it and then more with legislation amended. you have to have the facts. you can't say to the american people this is what we want to do and we don't know how much is going to cost and we don't know how mini people it will serve. you really do need the objective . we don't want anything other than an objective report on the numbers. and in this case, republicans are saying just tell us how much money is cut. we want to know how many people are cut and what happens to their coverage and what happens to the pre-existing medical conditions and what happens to
all the essential benefits in the package? this is really a stin k-a-roo. question on the health care bill. were democrats caught off guard at all by the suddenness of this? senator schumer spoke about this the other day. do you have anything else planned next week as far as protests or rallies? rep. pelosi: outside groups that deal with different illness, -- name any that society does not support this bill. groups concerned about quality affordable health care. yesterday, they had a rally
here. they had a rally outside the capital. their own. be on this is really organic. it is more than us. it is about people calling the members of congress saying this is what it means to me, whether it is pre-existing conditions, lifetime limits, access for college students until 26 years old, you know, the list goes on. and the uncertainty of it is something people can't have in their lives, especially if you have a pre-existing condition, which over 100 million families in america do have. so there will be an inside/outside mobilization. nothing we can say will the republicans -- they are who they are. they don't believe in a public world. themng is more eloquent to than the voices of their own
constituents. they will be hearing from come a republicans in their districts, as well as democrats. >> [indiscernible] they had said to the american people, it's dead, we've done it. but more on the subject, people want to know. when the parliamentarian of the senate determined their ability to do a bill with 51 votes would end on september 30 is when they knew they had to act again and soon, try again and soon. if they thought they had forever, they could just say -- not forever, but for the rest of the year -- they could do their timing differently, i think. instead, i think they like the fact that people are paying attention to hurricanes and earthquakes in daca and things like that and that they might be able to sneak this by.
but it's so terrible and people are understanding what it means in their lives. i feel optimistic. but never surprised around here. one last question. >> a with ago, we were talking about your dinner with president trump and bipartisanship. trump tweeted today his support for the ram-cassidy bill. in that context, what is your message to the president? we don't talk about bipartisanship across the board. we talk about those instances when they agree with us. lifting the debt ceiling, the president agreed with us. we talked about the dream act, the essence of it. but it's one subject at a time. -- then he goes on to say he supports this bill. i don't think most republicans have the faintest idea what is in that bill.
do, how could they possibly do that to the people of their state? that's why you are seeing a number of governors, republican governors, coming out against it. does graham-cassidy affect your buddy relationship? rep. pelosi: that's a different issue. we disagree on a number of things. we agree oning that daca and raising the debt ceiling and therefore we agree on something else. ,e have a conversation going legislation by legislation, issue by issue. it is imperative on all of us, there is always a discussion. this bill, they have really outdone themselves. it almost says we don't care what is in the bill. we just want to have a bill.
if they cared, they couldn't possibly be for it. but it's philosophical. antigovernment. and that's where they find their common ground. and will go on the senate and then we will have on all out base in the house. republicans are terribly affected by this. so i don't see how they could even vote for it. but you know that republican thing that you have to have a deal and we want to over turn therefore book air act. let's say this in a more optimistic way. andpe they will defeat this the president will agree to go forward in a bipartisan way. alexander and mary were any track to do that. hopefully, that will continue grandma-cassidy
doesn't work. -- graham-cassidy doesn't work. do you have any doubts on the debt ceiling? rep. pelosi: no. my d say that -- why do you say that? >> that this would come down to a deadline. now they have two weeks to talk about -- rep. pelosi: it's not even related. that gives us the opening. it isn't that at all. months coincides with the three month of the cr. it would have been september 30. now it's a soon as we can get it done, maybe it's october, maybe it's november, but looking to the middle of december. no, no, not at all. did ayou think sanders
mistake by doing medicare for all? it gives motivation for them to do their own bill. rep. pelosi: everything has to be on the table if you're talking about expanding access to a formal health care. that's the goal. to grow the number of people who are covered. senatorsomething that sanders is putting on the table. same thing with the public option, which we had in the house bill, which is something we should try to strive to get to. but none of it works if you don't have the votes in the house. act.ath is the formal care that's why we would like those were striving for some other broader visions and saying to the american people let's have
single-payer, well, how do you get there? how much does it cost and what does it mean? everything is on the table and look at them with all with great respect. but not gram-cassidy. that goes in the opposite direction. maybe 30 million people passed off of health care. thank you all very much. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] congress is back in session next week faces several deadlines at the end of the month. the senate is planning to vote on the latest bill to repeal the affordable care act. the house and senate are expected to take legislation
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