tv Campaign 2018 House Minority Leader Post- Election News Conference CSPAN November 10, 2018 12:19pm-12:59pm EST
sen. schumer: i would join her on that. >> would you call in your republican counterparts? sen. schumer: yes. they say one thing that they , want to keep pre-existing conditions. on the other hand, they support a lawsuit that would get rid of them. you can't have it both ways. either come clean and you don't want to protect pre-existing conditions or dropped the darn lawsuit. last one. you went already. >> what are your views on working with new republican senators? sen. schumer: i will work with anyone i can to move the country forward but we are not going to sacrifice our principles for that. thank you, everybody. that's it. crowd talking]
rep. pelosi: good afternoon everyone. a good afternoon and a great day for the mecca people. the biggest winner yesterday was the health care for american people, for our american seniors and hard-working american families. health care was on the ballot and health care won. yesterday americans elected an extraordinary class of dynamic and diverse democratic candidates. members elected to reflect the
districts and embody the bountiful diversity of our nation. women led the way to victory with at least 30 new women coming to the congress. is that not exciting? there are still some races that are not finalized. there could be more. democrats also secured big wins in the governorships across the country. while it is my responsibility to win the house with democrats is is essential to good policy and our country and open elections. victories in wisconsin illinois, , kansas, maine, michigan, new mexico and nevada. we are very proud of new mexico that are colic michelle lujan grisham is now the governor. in colorado, jared polis is now the governor. even though that is replacing a democratic governor. governor hickenlooper. that was in such a pickup, but
it is a democratic member. tim walls in minnesota. our colleague winning in minnesota. for us, it is just seeing this extraordinary leadership of these members going into governors offices and seeing the increased numbers of democratic governorships. it was a great night for the american people. we won because from the beginning we focused on health care. two years ago today, the day after the election, not the same date, but the same day after the election, everyone came together and said, we see the urgency, we want to take responsibility and that gave us opportunity to protect the affordable care act. that was so essential to the health and financial security of americans, working families and , we knew it would be a target of the trump administration. just so you know we have
mobilized many of the groups outside. we all came together, despite where we might be on the spectrum of other issues, to say this was our focus. their plan to launch our campaign on the weekend of martin luther king in january, and we did. after the president's inauguration something historic happened in our country. the woman's march. much of that was about health care, women's reproductive health health care, the beat , goes on. over the course of that next year and a half, working with the outside groups and they deserve a great deal of credit. i am proud of our democratic candidates in the congress of the united states. and our inside maneuvering that was essential to the clarity of our message and the differences from the republicans in that
subject. working together, voting together we were able to make our case. the outside groups had 10,000 events across the country. speaking out about the risk involved with republican policy in terms of health care and our country. their assaults on medicare and medicaid, assaults on pre-existing conditions being taken away. all of that and so much more. the issue about the cost of prescription drugs. all of those issues ,y groups, advocacy groups patient advocacy groups across this country. veterans. the list goes on and on so many , people were involved in that. leading up to the ballot.
some of you have said to me, how did this emerge as the issue in the campaign? my answer is, we made our own environment because we knew how important health care is. not only to the good health of families, but to the financial well-being of families and health care cost being such a major assault on their economic security. it was only when we put together our for the people agenda, our first priority was to lower health care costs by lowering the costs of prescription drugs. leader mitch mcconnell went forth and admitted that medicare and medicaid and some assets of social security and disability benefits were on the chopping block. the president pulled his punch when it came time to lowering the cost of prescription drugs
by enabling secretaries to negotiate. this is very important. that was for the people. lower health care costs. building infrastructure of america, integrity and government by reducing the dark money in the political section. that was our agenda. our candidates ran with it. health care, health care, health care in every household in america. it is an important issue. the man's his office i occupy now, to o'neill, he said when it comes to health care all politics is personal. we made our own environment. while the gop tried relentlessly to distract and divide, our candidates kept their focus on that subject. when i say our candidates, i say our candidates for reelection.
voters delivered a resounding verdict against congressional republicans attacks on medicare, medicaid and people with pre-existing conditions in districts everywhere in america. they went in a new direction. a house that will now work to make progress in the lives of america's families and seniors. democrats pledge our for the people agenda. lower health care costs. building infrastructure. clean up corruption to make america work for the american people's interest, not the special interest. yesterday's election was not only a vote to protect america's health care to it was a vote to -- health care. it was a vote to restore the health of our democracy. under the constitution, i am proud that the legislative
branch article one, the first , branch of government, the legislative branch. right after that preamble is the legislative branch. there is a coequal branch with the other branches of government and a check and balance on other branches of government. the american people have wanted to put an end to uncheck gop of -- control of washington, restoring again the checks and balances envisioned by our founders. that is a responsibility we have when we take that oath to protect and defend the constitution. we, as democrats, are here to strengthen the institution in which we serve and not to have it be a rubber stamp for president trump. house democrats will honor our responsibility to the constitution. how we will do things is we will open the congress with a rule that will insist upon openness
and transparency so that the american people can see the impact of public policy on their lives. putting an end to what the republicans did with their tax scam in the dark of night with the speed of light, no hearings on a bill that will have trillions of dollars of impact on our economy. that is over. we will strive in that openness with the american people are our partners and they will see the impact of our legislation on their lives. we will strive for bipartisanship. we believe we have a responsibility to seek common ground where we can. where we cannot, we must stand our ground, but we must try. so by openness, transparency, accountability, our partisanship is a very important part of how we will go forward. we believe that is a responsibility we have, to honor
the vision of our founders. they gave us in their how beautiful. they also give us guidance on how to achieve that. we couldn't imagine how many we would be or from how different we would be, but they knew we had to strive for oneness. .his is a marketplace of ideas we have different views on the role of government and want a healthy debate for us to have. in ouro with confidence values and proposals but also with humility where others may have to say, i'm so that will be the kind of congress that we have, when the honors the himance of its service on -- e pluribus unum.
infrastructure of america and i that hecan achieve talked about it during his campaign and didn't come through with it in his first two years in office. with that issue has not been a partisan issue in the congress of the united states. over the years, we have been able to work together mutually across the aisle and down pennsylvania avenue. i hope we can do that. what to create jobs from sea to jobs,g sea, good paying transportation water systems. my colleague is a champion on broadband and high-speed anddband across america especially into rural areas as well as urban areas and housing in the midwest. those initiatives will create good paying jobs and also
generate other economic growth in the region we hope we can work in a bipartisan way. the other issue we could vote on is lowering the cost of prescription drugs, and that is something you president has talked about. we had it five years ago when we won the house. all five of six became law. the one we couldn't get votes for was enabling the secretary to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices. we hope to get that done now does that has a big impact on america's family and budget. the third is the integrity in government to reduce the role of special interest money and commend all of our candidates for their commitment to health care agenda, to the paycheck agenda and also to the good government agenda. they have written letters saying
that they want hr one, which is our deal forg for america's democracy is what they want. when you come here, you will have an impact on what that legislation is. additionsnt to make or tweaking, but nonetheless, our new congress will be part of putting together the housing agenda going forward. we look forward to that integration of congress. i also spoke to mitch mcconnell -- leader mcconnell this morning as to how we could work together , especially on infrastructure. i did receive a call of congratulations from speaker and:, and i welcomed that, we discussed how it is to win and how it is not to win. the concern he was expressing was for some of his colleagues
who would no longer be serving. on that point, i want to say something because in running the selection, not only were we on the right side of history, but of future. this is where we have to go. when we talk about the challenges we face, we had to jump over gerrymandered lines all over the country. ,hen we talk about our success it is about the grassroots operation owning the ground. all of these groups that cared about health care, many are tough and elect people who share their value of lowering health s on insurance coverage and restoring the benefit of pre-existing conditions, not being a barrier to coverage. quality of ourhe candidates were spectacular from every walk of life.
some of them from a couple different walks of life. when they come here they are bringing their experience and knowledge and values to the congress, and we look forward to that. this is no easy feat to in this election. when you think of how ,errymandered the country is how we hope to change that, nonetheless how we were able to succeed in this election is attempted again to the quality of the candidates, the determination of the grassroots folks across the country and the values that we share with the american people. in terms of working with the that int, i just was say worked very productively with president bush when we had the majority and he had the presidency. we passed one of the biggest energy bills in the history of
our country. we passed one of the biggest tax bill in terms of stimulus for low income people as well in his presidency. there are so many issues that we worked together. the point is we worked together. we have ideas and we can send them, but the fact is we like to work together so our legislation will be bipartisan. we are not going for the lowest common denominator, but the boldest. our position will be a consensus within our own party and what we can support, and also welcoming other ideas. we look forward to a new era in the past two years seem like a long time in terms
of the path it has taken us down. when i think of our founders and their courage and vision, what they had in mind for us, i think of the american people and how beautifully diverse we are and how newcomers to our country come to a liberated america. when i think about our beautiful climate and our country, god's gift to us and how it has been neglected and degraded in this past couple of years, i think there is plenty of opportunity for us to match legislation with the rhetoric that we are hearing. it might surprise you to know that the president who i quoted the most on the campaign trail, would you think? i worried you just one paragraph. ronald reagan said this is the last speech i will make as president of the united states,
and i want to give one final thought an observation about the country. that is quite a headliner. ronald reagan's last speech. two new arrivals of this land of opportunity, we are a nation forever young and bursting with energy and new ideas and always on the cutting edge, always giving the world to the next french year. this -- frontier. this is vital to us. if we ever close the door to new americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost. never door on newhe leadership. and the diversity of our country ande beauty of our land, our constitution, there is an opportunity to work together. on the part of the president to work together, for them to
withdraw their assault on the pre-existing condition benefit, which a republican attorneys general across the country have employed them and this administration has said it will not define the law the land. that is just wrong. of good faith, withdraw the lawsuit and that would be one place we could start. in any event, next week we look forward to welcoming the new class of freshmen. diversity,ebrate the and they will immediately be incorporated into our consensus in a very open and transparent, bipartisan, unifying congress. any questions?
>> the president [indiscernible] are you concerned about democratic -- [indiscernible] rep. pelosi: the republican said this was a good day for the republicans as well. we have a constitutional responsibility to have oversight. that is a balance of power. i am an appropriator and i was forged on the probations committee and intelligence committee.
we were left or own devices to find our solutions. it has changed. in the appropriations in many other committees, we have a responsibility for oversight. ofefully in the course asking for information we could , just make the request and the information will come in. we are concerned about what is happening at epa to degrading the air we breathe and the water we drink despite what the president said today. that is only one example. i do not think we will have any freelancing in terms of this. we have a responsibly to honor our oversight responsibilities and that is the path we will go , down. we will try to unify our country. [indiscernible] rep. pelosi:. i am a big believer in the committee system. our committees will make their
recommendations to the caucus. you can be sure when we go down any of these paths, we know what we are doing and we will do it right. there have been a historic number of women in congress. we you and your leadership team stay at the top, how are they going to have room to --? rep. pelosi: they have to decide they want to run. many people like making their mark in their committee and that is a decision they have to make. to the first part of your question, some people have said to me, and i appreciate your question now that we have more women coming in, what we have more emphasis on childcare? we have a big emphasis on that. we need to make it stronger in the majority. that is across the board in our caucus.
i don't want women only. as important as it is to women's role in the workplace i want , women to not just be talking about those issue. s. we view every issue as a women's issue. economic security of our country is a women's issue, national security, economic security, issues that relate to energy. they are women's issues. what i have always tried to do with everyone is, if they are interested, to introduce them and be interested and to have a security credential, whether it is on services, intelligence, mr. cummings'rs, committee of government have a security
credential. i think this is very important for the face of security in our country. with all due respect to their terrific leadership, for women to take standing on those issues. many of the new members coming in have those standing with them. i do think that in terms of the economy, we have maxine waters at financial services. there is already a record of high leadership that relates to the economic security of our country. we have four new women members on the ways and means committee this past year. two newy be one or members. again, all of these issues, i want women to take ownership of
ast would be traditionally high a visible role with them. that is one of the ways they will change the congress so when people, when the white house or administration has to report to leadership in the congress at any level about the safety of our country they will be talking to the full diversity of our country. women of color, lgbtq, and that is a very positive thing. people in the public will see and share their values and experience and concerns making decisions about the safety and security of our country. [indiscernible] confident that you are going to be the next leader of the house? congratulations on your election. welcome.
as to why you should be speaker? .ep. pelosi: i heard the president say i deserve to be the speaker. i don't think anybody deserves anything. it is not about what you have done. it is about what you can do. what you have done in the past speaks to your credentials, but it is about what you can do. i think i am the best person to go forward to unify, to negotiate. i'm a good negotiator. anyone can see and terms of how we have one every negotiation so far. the only one we did not win was the gop tax scam dark of night. i think my case is about being the best person for how we go forward. i'm not going to answer any more questions on that subject. we saw something this morning that challenges the conscience of our country. we saw something this morning
that shows the differentiation and effect for the diversity of our country. we have to try to bridge that gap, to bring people together. that i think i can do a good job with that. i would rather answer questions about policy and the rest. itselford will speak for .> the demo -- th to speak to what the president said, he maker in a right bipartisanship is off. do have concerns it could jeopardize your opportunity to legislate? rep. pelosi: we will not relinquish our responsibility for accountability, for oversight and rest. this doesn't mean we go looking for a fight, but it means if we see any to go forward, we will. that will be the work of our committee.
every committee has oversight responsibility energy and , commerce, that is a big oversight. specifically to some concerns the president may have, the judiciary committee, intelligence committee, the oversight committee, a number of committees depending on how we go down that path. financial services committee, intelligence, homeland security committee. of course we are shamed as a , nation by a policy that takes babies out of the arms of their mothers, that builds tents and all the rest. we want to look into that. we would hope we could do so by simply having oversight. if it requires a subpoena, i hope not, but so be it.
thinkhindsight's, do you it was a mistake to stay silent on the rhetoric from the president and some republican senators? the senators kept control of the senate and some ran on this anti-immigrant rhetoric. are you in hindsight thinking that was a mistake? rep. pelosi: no, i do not. i urged our colleagues not to take the bait and with the president was putting out. very dangerous issue because of misrepresentation put out there. you don't win a fight by fighting the same fight. you win by sticking with the program for the people. lower health care costs, bigger paychecks, cleaner government. that produced a victory for us in spite of the gerrymandering the republicans have done could i have no regrets. >> they are pledging to vote on the border wall and border
security funding that he claims democrats pushed back on. rep. pelosi: i am sorry. i did not watch his press conference. i don't know exactly what he said. but i will say this, one of the biggest resources that we have, we as representatives, is public sentiment. you have heard me say, abraham lincoln, president lincoln said public sentiment is everything. publisht anything without it. people will see, the impact of what is being proposed on their lives, on their values, on our country. that is -- president ronald reagan's, george herbert walker
bush, president clinton, george w. bush, president obama all valued the contribution of newcomers to our country with their hope, determination, optimism, courage to make the families -- a feature better for the families. they're all american trades. when they come with those values americansmore american, other presidents saw that. with the president's fear mongering, i do not think that is right. in order to get into a position to fight it, we had to win on issues that strike right to the financial security of americans and our values. presidentu and the spoke about bipartisanship, president trump said he believes there will be less gridlock with divided washington. what gives you confidence that with democrats in control you can reach deals on issues you have not been able to reach on for the past two years?
rep. pelosi: public sentiment, our biggest ally. , then luther king said ballot, the ballot, the ballot, legislation, legislation legislation. your life, your life your life. he called people's attention clearly that voting was important because what happens legislatively can impact their lives. with our transparency in government, we intend for people to see the impact of lay legislation in their lives. that is our strength. another person who marched with dr. king said that they cannot be separated. decisions made at the negotiation tables can be overturned by what happens in legislative halls. people have to see more clearly
the connection to voting policy and their lives so that they will vote. they will have an impact on the public policy. i feel very confident about it. i think democrats come in to this majority with a responsibility not to democrats. it is not about democrats or republicans it is about the , united states of america. it is about the country ronald reagan talked about. the president said he loves it and we all love it. we have a great obligation to honor the vision of our founders and what they were courageous and fighting for. they were so brilliant and presenting it to us. we have a responsibility to our men and women in uniform to keep this the land of the free and the home of the brave. we have a major responsibility to our children and their future. this is all -- elections are all about the future.
i think there has to be a place where we can find common ground to end a situation in our country, which is one in five children goes to sleep hungry at night. one in five are in poverty. how could it be in the wealthiest country that ever existed in the world, how did -- do we address that? by lifting up everyone in our society to speak to the bigger paychecks for everyone including the bottom. the middle class is the backbone of america. some of us believe they have a union label on it. the more we can do about people having involvement in the determination of their fate. a candidate says they know the why, why they were running and what they were caring about and
speak to it authoritatively so they know how to communicate with their constituents to their hopes, dreams, and concerns. is a symptom of something else in our society about a really not participating in the full prosperity of america. that, it is to say there are many ways to solve problems. some is direct and some not. i do think the american people have a good heart. i respect them, those who vote with us and those who do not. the constitution is central to checks and balances. further to it is the bill of rights. i do believe freedom of the press is the guardian of the gate of our democracy. we may not always like the press that we get, and that is not the point.
the point it is important that you are there to speak truth and hold us accountable. i don't think it is a good idea to undermine freedom of the press in our country. we are an example to the world. ronald reagan talked about it. the statue of liberty the beacon , of hope to the world. not only to incoming people, but to what we stand for. god has truly blessed america with our founders and our values in the constitution which i mentioned that the american people and their beautiful diversity and with this beautiful land that god gave us. i work some evangelicals that -- because we believe this is god's creation. when we build the infrastructure we have to do so in a green way. for these and other reasons i look forward to working with you along the way. thank you for being here today. again, we are very excited about our new members who will be theng next week to start
new congress great thank you all very much. [indiscernible] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> tonight, to retiring members of congress, orrin hatch of utah and democratic congressman sander levin of michigan talk about their tenure in congress, the state of the put up -- clinical progress today, the
trunk administration, and what is next. join us tonight -- trump administration, and what is next. join us tonight. congress returns tuesday for the start of a lame-duck session . the house is backed work on legislation funding the federal government passed the december 7 deadline. the senate returns for votes on coast guard programs and denomination for the federal reserve board. watch the house lights on c-span and the senate live on c-span2. here is more from a capitol hill reporter. the 115 congress returns tuesday for the lame-duck session and the home stretch of legislative work and leadership elections. joining us is scott long, senior staff writer with the hill. let's start with the elections and nancy pelosi'