tv Campaign 2020 DNC Womens Leadership Forum Conference Speaker Pelosi Remarks CSPAN October 19, 2019 12:07pm-12:37pm EDT
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pelosi onker nancy the upcoming impeachment inquiry and the passing of representative elijah cummings. after that, joe biden. ♪ >> house democrats are down with n.d.p. nancy pelosi, the once and future speaker of the united states. >> nancy pelosi is the most powerful woman in american political history. >> please don't characterize the spring -- the strength i bring to this meeting. >> she's been speaker of the house not once, but twice. and chief critic of president trump. >> that's the way you clap when
your husband finally puts the toilet paper on the roller. >> she showed him up in public, walked out of the west wing, put those sunglasses on and walked away in an image that's become iconic. >> no one ever won betting against nancy pelosi. >> there's no denying our -- her political acumen and success, achieving the highest political office ever held by a woman in this country. >> she's been a champion for lgbt rights. congresswoman pelosi is a strong woman who knows how to get things done. ♪ >> i have so much respect for her. it's a combination of courage and grace. >> i heard the president say i
deserve to be a leader. i don't think anybody deserves to be anything. it's not about what you have done, it's what you can do. we didn't have a speaker who would bring a gun bill to the floor, who would bring the dreamers issue to the floor, and we do now. that's a big difference. the power of the speaker is awesome. awesome. >> after we pass this bill, being a woman will no longer be a pre-existing medical condition. >> i think nancy pelosi, when the history books are written, will go down as one of the most effective legislative leaders this country has seen. i cannot speak highly enough of nancy pelosi. >> if you succeed as a woman, then they have to undermine you, because that is a real threat. i take some, for lack of a better term, bad-ass glee in saying, women know how to get it done. know your power. i want women to see you don't get pushed around, you don't run away from a fight. >> the woman who needs no introduction.
[applause] >> ladies and gentlemen i present to you the most influential speaker of the house in american history, nancy pelosi! [cheers and applause] ms. pelosi: good afternoon, everyone. good afternoon, everyone. hello, hello. aren't we proud of our chairman of the democratic national committee? thank you, thank you, thank you, mr. chairman. for bringing your values-based
enthusiasm, your political savvy, your determination to make the future better for our country, translating it into a political plan for success. we couldn't be better served than by your leadership and we look forward to following you to victory, to winning the white house, the senate. the house of representatives, the governorships across the country winning the future of , -- for our children. thank you, mr. chairman, so much. >> we love you, nancy. ms. below c: every year we get together from -- speaker pelosi: every year we to timether from time to speak about what is happening in the house of representatives.
i am honored to do that today, but today is a sad day for congress and our country. we mark the passing of our beloved elijah cummings. in the congress, elijah was our north star, the leader of towering character and integrity. his stirring voice and steadfast values pushed the congress and the country to rise always to a higher purpose. he always told us, we are better than this. whatever it was. how many times he said to us, our children are our living messengers to a future we'll never see. so we have a responsibility to use our power to create a future of justice and hope for our children. he also wanted our children to be aware of our value, to take -- aware of to take our values, to take them into the future. he did this by example. he did this by his actions and his words. earlier this year chairman , cummings asked us, when we're dancing with the angels, the
question we will be asked in 2019 will be, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? now he's dancing with the angels. his pain is over. he's in a better place. he fought to the end. i wish you could have been on the conference call, well, maybe not. but we had a conference call on friday with all the members of the house, mr. chairman. nearly 200 members were on the phone. and he gave us his guidance, his report, full voice, full throttle, full values, full commitment, full strategy. that was friday. not even a week ago. over the weekend, i had a number of conversations with him. he was giving us guidance in the early part of this week. i spoke to maya, whom he loved so much, this morning, she said he fought it to the end. but he fought it with such dignity we really didn't even
know the end was so near. i hope it's a comfort to maya, to his children, to his entire family and his staff as well who were so loyal to him and he to them. i hope it's a comfort to them that so many people mourn their loss and are praying for them at this sad time. we just had some speeches on the floor because we passed a resolution recognizing the loss of a member. the room was totally silent which is not only highly unusual, unique in the house of representatives. as it was so silent i was thinking this morning i had breakfast with a person who had served, just by coincidence, a person who had served in the legislature, the house of delegates in maryland, mr. chairman, with elijah. he said when we were -- this was a long time ago. elijah has been in congress 23 years. this was a long time ago. he said elijah would stand up to
speak in the house of delegates. the whole place would be silent. you could hear the silence. they wanted to hear what he had to say. receive what he was conveying to them. that's what happened on the floor of the house today. in his absence physically but ever-present with his values, his example, his dignity, the goodness of his heart, the brilliance of his intellect, the kindness of his person. so thank you for all the good wishes many have shared to his colleagues, his friends, but most importantly to his family and we will always miss him but his legacy will always live on in the congress. i'm devastated by the loss so forgive my devastation.
again, mr. chairman, thank you for the invitation an for your determined, strategic leadership at this critical time in our nation. cynthia friedman and carol, over and over again, thank you for your leadership in founding the women's leadership forum. for 26 years w.l.f. has been lifting up democratic women across the country. thank you for that. and unleashing the full power of women in our democracy. it's a mantra for victory, women will vote. and that's important because nothing is more wholesome than increased participation and leadership of america's women in our democracy. that's exactly what was called for, that is what is called for at this moment in history. you recall, you were there, practically everybody in this room was there, day after the inauguration.
this moment in history. as you recall you were there. everybody in this room was there the day after the inauguration. women marched and they ran, women voted, women won. with your help last year, we won a net gain of 40 house seats in the most gerrymandered and voter suppressed political arena in history. right, mr. chairman? 40 seats. thank you for your help. now we must defend and expand our majority in the house of representatives, win back the u.s. senate and elect a democratic president of the united states. [cheers and applause] today you already heard from some of the extraordinary house women or maybe you haven't yet, our schedule is a little juggled because of the loss of elijah. extraordinary house women who led us to the majority and you will see or have seen the bold effective leadership they bring to our fight for working families. the democratic house majority women just don't have a seat at the table. women have a seat at the head of the table. [cheers and applause]
in the house, seven women hold the gavel as chairs of our committee. seven. financial services, appropriations, big-time committees. 39 women head subcommittees in the congress. [cheers and applause] 10 of them are freshmen. mr. chairman, you'll remember this. others may be too young, but maybe you are too. it's history to you. it's my youth. when the watergate babies came to congress in 1976, that was a big transformative class, a big transformative class. historic in its size and its impact. in the first year, not one chaired a subcommittee or had a gavel. and this congress 18 freshmen are chairs of subcommittees in the congress. 10 of them are women.
and just think of this, for example, one, deb haaland, whom i think you're going to see, one of the first of two, a native american to serve in congress, deb haaland is the chair of the public land subcommittee of natural resources. public lands, that's indian country, and she is the chair of -- she presides, she sets the agenda, she calls the witnesses. so we have tried to lift up this class in ways -- i don't want to say historic, because that sounds like the past -- about the future so we can get the immediate return on all of your hard work, like all these women who will make a difference because we know this, when women succeed, america succeeds. ok. you can say that with me. when women succeeds, america succeeds. much better.
[laughter] and this year, this congress -- not this year but in this congress, we'll observe the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, establishing women's right to vote. isn't that exciting? [cheers and applause] we do so for the first time we have over 100 women in congress, the 106 women in congress, 91 of them are democrats. 91. when i came to congress barbara boxer was already there. there were 12 democratic women, 11 republican women. we said we're going to change -- out of 435 members of congress. 420 people were men in that -- really? so, every election -- [laughter] every election, every election, of so many of you here, and certainly ambassador bagley, every election we added so now we have 91 and they have 15 because they did not make that decision.
winning elections are decisions. i will get back to that in a moment. when the 19th amendment passed, a newspaper said women given the right to vote, are you kidding me? women were not given the right to vote. women marched, women fought, women spoke, women died, women starved -- women were starved. they did everything to win the right to vote. now women's rights and women's health are under attack. but we will not go backward. and i'm proud to say that the democratic majority in the house is more than 60% women, people of color, lgbtq. this is a remarkable, remarkable number. [applause] and i say to our members, our diversity is our strength. our unity is our power and we
must, again, thrive on our diversity. it makes us so strong. but unless we are unified -- and our -- democratic unity in the congress is what fears most, whatchamacallit, fears most. he doesn't know how to deal with that. we are a majority because we ran on the for the people agenda. and we are delivering on it. caree lowering health costs and the costs of prescription drugs. this week we have our lower drug costs now mark up in committee and at hearings and by next week fully marked up. empowering medicare to negotiate. for lower drug prices. i won't go into all the particulars of it except to say it is transformative and it will lower prices for people. as i have said so many times, you have heard me say it, on the campaign trail i've seen grown men cry about not being able to
buy prescription drugs for their families. and again, we don't think families, seniors and families should not have to pay for more for what their medicines than what the drug companies charge for the same drugs in other countries. lower healthcare costs, lower prescription drug costs, bigger paychecks and building infrastructure of america in the green way, green, modern way for the 21st century. lower health care, bigger paychecks, cleaner government. maybe i could talk republicans into lower prescription drugs, bigger infrastructure, cleaner government, that one i don't think so. that's why we passed h.r. 1, for the people, to reduce the role of big dark special interest money in politics strengthening voting rights, clean up corruption in washington, d.c. the house -- again, people ask, what's going on across the country? people don't know all the things we have really done. the house -- but we are legislating.
we are investigating and we are litigating. for our young americans who -- we passed save the internet, climate action now, for women, we passed equal pay for equal work, raised the minimum wage because 2/3 of the people making minimum wage are women, passed the violence against women act, for our young dreamers. we passed the dream and promise act. for ending discrimination against lgbtq committee. -- community, we passed an equality act. for the safety of our communities, one of the first acts, common sense bipartisan gun violence prevention bills to strengthen background checks. we passed strong reauthorization of the violence against women act. the list goes on and on about what we have done. mostly the public is not that aware because they want to pay attention to what else is going on out there.
that comes to the investigation part. at the beginning of our country, mr. chairman, i know you've heard me say this a million times, so forgive me. at the beginning of our country, thomas payne said, this is a dark day for the revolution. he said that times have found us. the times have found us. we think that times have found us now. did you, mr. chairman? everyone in this room who sacrificed their time, resources and the rest, not only to be here but to be there for the -- for our candidates so we can make a better future. and so here we are. none of us came to congress to impeach a president. not anybody. not anybody. that's not what we are about. but we did take an oath to protect and defend the constitution of the united states from all enemies, foreign and domestic. [applause]
and constitution day is september 17. isn't it amazing? september 17. on september -- that september 17, 1787. on september 17, of this year, the bomb burst. the news exploded that the president of the united states violated his oath of office by calling upon a foreign power to intervene in an election to jeopardize our national security, undermining his oath of office and jeopardizing the integrity of our elections. on that day when the constitution was adopted, thomas -- not thomas -- benjamin franklin walked out of independence hall and on the steps people said, mr. franklin, what do we have, a monarchy or a republic? he said, a republic, if we can keep it.
a republic, if we can keep it. our task now is to keep it because we have a president who rejects the genius of the constitution, which is a system of checks and balances, co-equal branches of government, check and balance on each other come -- other, separation of power. he says article ii says i can do whatever i want. that's a monarchy. that's not a republic. if we can keep it. so we think that is our purpose. is any one individual worth impeaching because it's divisive in the country? no, i don't think so but the constitution is worth it. our democracy is worth it. and our republic is worth it so that we can keep it. we owe it to the vision of our founders who sacrificed so much to establish this model of democracy for the world and thank god they made the constitution amendable so we can expand freedoms over time.
we owe it to our men and women in uniform who fight for our freedom. we owe it to our children so that their aspirations can be achieved in a democracy. again, we think the times have found us. so we are on a mission. we are on a mission to do what is right in a way that honors the constitution. passionate about our calling, dispassionate about how we do our jobs. respectful of others views. heeding other words of our founders, e pluribus unum, from many come one. they could also imagine how many -- they couldn't possibly imagine how not imagine how different we would be from each other, but they knew we had to oneness.r unity, for we are not here to divide the country. we are here to unify and to do what we have to do to honor our and prove worthy
of the constitution. here we are with an election coming up. morning to a press conference because they asked me is whatever the president is doing in syria part of the impeachment? i said it has nothing to do that. the impeachment has to do with the facts, the truth, and the constitution in terms of somebody honoring their oath of office. , use ofher issues in passingcowardice and violence protection, his cruelty to dreamers, the list goes on. those are subjects that were the election. impeachment, that is the constitution issue. we have important work to do to
honor our oath of office and also to the fight for the values that unify us. sometimes people give me a lot of credit for unifying our caucus. us, our values unify us. all,ty and justice for another pledge that we take. i think you for the role that we all have to play. what is it, one year and two weeks? 383 days. it is going to be clicking away. we just put one good day in front of another, one good weekend front of another. winning an election is a decision to do what you need to do to mobilize on the ground, to mobilize around a message that is unifying and also about the
money that it takes to organize and spread the message. ton you make the decision win, you have to make every other decision in favor of winning. that means curbing some of our enthusiasms from time to time so that we can make a start that honors vision of our founders, the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, ,he aspirations of our children equality and justice and liberty and all of that. i hate to be the one to tell you is a bigre difference between republicans and democrats on this issue. i wish there was not. i wish republicans would take back their party. that is what is at stake in this election. i see a lot of people are ready
to strengthen our majority in the house of representatives, electing even more women to the house, and in doing so, we think we are going to be the engine. the engine to contribute to winning back the united states senate for the american people. that means democrats. governors ande, state legislative races across the board, we can dig up soon. do, it is totally rest.tive, we cannot we must elect a democratic president of the united states. [applause] i need more. i need more.
[cheers and applause] you know what's at stake. we all ask god to bless america. god bless america. what is america? america is that constitution, which is genius, if we can keep it, the bill of rights and all the freedoms contained therein. what is america? beess you are blessed to born a native american, we are all immigrants. they are dishonoring the constitution, degrading our environment, denigrating the people, degrading the environment. in denial about climate and the rest. just to grading the environment. what is america?
we are a principal. we are an idea, a vision. we are very special in the world. lessen theo confidence of americans, ,onfidence in our elections diminished the prospect of the american dream. dishonor the them constitution can denigrate the newcomers to our country, degrade our environment and undermine the vision of what america has always been and will always be. that is what is at stake. have you made a decision that we are going to win the election and win the white house? i thought so. thank you, mr. chairman. thank you all very much. [cheers and applause]