House Democratic Leaders Press Conference CSPAN January 4, 2019 12:13am-12:42am EST
as you are aware, we are diligent, diligent and persistent to try to open up government. we will take good ideas from wherever they come including the idea of the appropriations bill passed by the republicans in the united states senate. they passed six bills, over 90 votes to have them in committee and those six bills cover eight agencies or departments of government that are open just by stroke of the pen by president of the united states also what the senate can passes a bill to have a
continuing resolution through february 8th taking the exact date from the senate to cover homeland security and time to negotiate. again we have taken word for word to our distinguished chair of the appropriations committee to demonstrate how poorly republicans and senators and these measures were and until we separated out the two votes, the eight departments of government that are open now to meet the needs of the american people, to protect our borders and protect our workers.
again, the other bill is mostly about protecting our borders that's it we try to distinguish the democratic leader mister hoyer as a means for us to open up government. >> thank you very much congratulations madame speaker. we are here late tonight, later than you would usually expect congress to be here on opening day. when people have family in town because when we sense the urgency to open up the people's government so they can be served by the agencies on which they rely in each 100,000 people who have been put at risk whether or not they can pay a mortgage or their child's school payment, that's why we are here. what have we done?
as the speaker just indicated we are taking six bills the senate has passed almost unanimously out of their committee republicans and democrats joining together to have agreement on the six bills. nobody is arguing not at the white house, we have agreement. we would surely think that if we pass that as i expect we will do then the president would sign it. there is no disagreement. now there is with the homeland security bill. okay we have not reached agreement but we will provide some more time to sit down as adults hopefully as rational and reasonable people to come to an agreement. on something we all agree with the objective to keep america safe in our country safe and border secure is not under
debate the only thing that is debate is we don't agree with the president's proposal we don't think it is the most efficient means to keep our country safe so we will do what senator mcconnell did and give approximately four weeks to discuss this issue without shutting down government. without putting 800,000 people at risk. without inconveniencing millions and millions of americans. so we are hopefully going to pass as well. i hope the senators will vote for it. the president has asked us to come down to be with him tomorrow at 1030. we will do that. we will have a discussion.
excuse me. 1130. [laughter] this will be the news i'm sure. but we will go down there and talk we are reasonable people. we will try to come to an agreement on which we can all agree but only - - but holding the people's government hostage or a hundred thousand people hostage is not what they want or expect. so hopefully senator mcconnell will have the bill on the floor tonight or tomorrow and send it to the president and we will open up the people's government and then continue to do the people's business. i will yield to the chair.
>> the message is very simple. this is the first time in history that a government has been shut down while the new elected assume responsibility. i will say this again because this is the first time in history there has been a shutdown of government as we welcome new leaders and we want to work together to govern responsibly. as we came up with this plan, we did not dream up a plan from the right or the left or the cente center, we just sat together and said there are six bills that were passed by the senate some by the full senate sum by the committees but it was unanimous. so if we want to open government and not have a shutdown, let's take that bill , those six bills and pass them here and then give
everybody a month to pet - - to work on differences with homeland security. we can work out details but i want to emphasize again we got together, we met with our leadership and said how do we keep this government open? 800,000 federal workers? people on the border many industries that now depend on federal police, this is irrational. today is an exciting day. we have elected a new great first woman speaker of the united states of america. let's open the government and get to work because we have a plan that makes sense and i'm hoping upon consideration it will make sense to the
president of the united states unless he just wants to keep tweeting and once the government closed but you cannot be a leader of this great nation and continue to shut the government down. >> at the risk of being repetitive, our responsibility as we start the new congress is to reopen the government. and as you know, , the biggest obstacle to doing that has been the bill that funds the department of homeland security. it only makes sense as it has been stated that we pass in six bills with bipartisan support and then to do a short-term continuing resolution for the department of homeland security so we have the opportunity, not only to negotiate, but to get more up to date and accurate information for what is needed by the department, such as
border patrol to be able to address the health needs of children who are coming across the border because we are all aware of the tragedy of the deaths of the two children. they are preparing that information for us now. this time. we'll give us that opportunity to get that information. but one other point. sometimes the discussion centers between the democrats don't want a wall and the president does and why can't they just put that aside and give money for the wall and move forward? the answer is there are real national security issues that will be negatively impacted if we were to do that. even if we agreed on a wall we
still could not set aside billions of dollars and still meet the national security needs that we have here in the homeland. i will give you a couple of examples. right now, we need more customs agents because there are not enough to monitor and to be able to combat the opioids and contraband that is coming to the ports of entry contrary to what the president will say, they are coming through the ports of entry not between the ports of entry where the proposed wall would be built. we also need to provide the funds needed for a heavy icebreaker the last one was 1970s and there is time when there is no presence in the
arctic and now with the melting of the ice, russia has 40 more icebreakers and china they are starting to move into that region to claim those reach one - - rich resources that are there and they are taking the lead on that. so do we want a border wall to provide that kind of money the president is asking for will jeopardize our national security because we will not be able to meet the funding needs necessary to protect our homeland. that the department of
homeland security had it isn't just the border it's drug trafficking to protect our air and land and sea and infrastructure and that would not be funded by providing one - - providing dollars for the border wall. so the speaker and the leader are proposing something reasonable and it is supported by both republicans and democrats with those six bills and a short term department of homeland security continuing resolution to enable us to continue to work with the president, who i hope will put aside his campaign promise about building a wall and look at the realistic needs that we have in terms of national
security and work with us to make sure that is meant to protect the homelan homeland. >> thank you madam speaker. i think all of us are aware exactly what the proposal is that the democrats have made to the white house. basically the foundation upon which that is made is the fact we should be able to carry out the debate over the wall or national security while government continues to operate on behalf of the american people. it is important that happens for us to go forward with
border security. i see very little morality in visiting misery among travelers to keep the uncertainty in the governmental structure while we carry out this debate. we can do both things in a way the american people expect from us as their legislative leaders here in congress. so i would hope that the senate send this to the president and hopefully within the next day or two so the american people can go on with their lives to some degree of certainty and stability.
>> one more thing what we are asking the republicans in the senate to do is to take yes for an answer. we are sending them back in exactly word for word what they have asked. to cover those eight agencies of government and exactly what they pass continuing resolution through february 8. why would they not do that? . . . . there's something very wrong
with this temperature it can't possibly be the president saying i will never sign with the republicans in the senate have written. there is something very negative about the role of government meeting for people's needs and doing so in a timely fashion because when the government is shut down its largest republic employees and meeting their needs. it's about the economy that is affected by it. ask any cab driver when they see their receipts turned down. we didn't alter any language we are just sending you what you have passed. take yes for an answer. open up government to negotiate
with the package could be to protect the borders. it's a responsibility that we had to take the oath to protect and defend. that is a very false statement. but let's make it easy for you. do what you have already done. open up government. have an adult conversation about how we protect the borders and let's listen to people who know what they are talking about like the congresswoman about the opportunity cost is of spending a billion dollars on a wall. because he wants to have a wall
that is not effective in terms of his purpose or for the opportunity is it is a federal dollar to spend and the president has said mexico is going to pay for this. let's anchor ourselves into reality. mexico is not going to pay for this wall. let's not get off on the wrong foot. he is essentially portraying these bills tonight. >> you will just have to ask him. a dollar.
that's not your question. it's not who we are as a nation and this isn't between mexico and the united states that the president is creating it is between the reality and his constituents to the department of interior and epa he doesn't want them to know how he is hurting them. he's a master of diversion and we are trying to open up by giving the path to do so where the leaders at both ends are willing to put the country above
affiliates were in that room and he said to the senators this is what i want bring it to me and i will sign it. he said that and then he walked away from it. on the subject of the dreamers he said it would do this without and then he walked away from it so understand this you can't have an agreement they walk away from and that is what they did. it has nothing to do with politics. it is an old way of thinking. there are things we could be
doing at the ports of entry. we need more infrastructure at the ports of entry then there is a technology that can scan the cars coming through we should be spending about 300 million to do this there are so many things we can be doing to maintain. it's a community with a border going through it the wall in my view is an immorality and again a waste of money and opportunity costs to protect the american people but it is a diversion on
60,000 americans died from fentanyl. if you do buy it to somebody probably bought it over the web so it is something that is killing more americans than oure dying in automobile accidents, so this is something that is the form of illicit trade and if you have your bank account wiped out by somebody who has dot tools that allow them to penetrate financial accounts, it has an enormous impact on the citizens.
>> the senior members of the campaign meeting with a russian adversary they were told was bringing them dirt produced by the secret government said they said yes we will meet with you and take your information and presumably they would use it if they found it useful so they were agreeing to conspire and throughout the rest of the campaign, trump and his lieutenants again and again denies the russians for doing anything.