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Nancy Pelosi
  House Speaker Pelosi News Conference  CSPAN  January 17, 2019 3:41pm-4:00pm EST

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>> at a news briefing this morning, house speaker nancy pelosi said she hasn't heard back from president trump about rescheduling the state of the new dress because of the government shutdown. she declined to say what she would do if the president wants to give his speech despite the shut down. after the news conference he wrote to speaker pelosi saying he was can't blame her trip away the military jets to egypt and
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afghanistan. >> that's a very important time for us. sadly, this week was marked by the great tragedy of losing our brave men and women in uniforms and killed in the terror attacks in syria. so very, very sad. this is a stark reminder of the reality of the security threat faced around the world. later today we will hold a vote on determination of sanctions against companies controlled by russian oligarchs. we have very informed debate as i've mentioned before we had a briefing, which was stiff competition from the trump administration. the very proud of democrats in the room who ask very specific
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question to the administration. you'll hear some of that debate. it's very, very important. a strong majority 57 to 42 to disagree and disapprove of the actions taken by the administration. next week as you are aware next week to stay here to work on legislation to open up government, to continue our ongoing bills to open up government starting with the bill the republicans themselves have in the senate that will go to the next step. at the same time we will be working on our agenda for health care costs to increase paychecks
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by building infrastructure of america in the very near future to bring dignity to government by a dark special interest money in politics. once again we call upon the president to open up to reopen government. this is directly related. we are not paying people to stop bombs from coming onto planes. the fbi agent, the dea agent who stopped the flow of drugs intercountry and immigration officials to control the border. this senseless shutdown isn't with them great pain in every part of our country. everyday impact spread between
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hard-working americans in every corner of the country particularly concerned the united mine workers of america. because i do believe we owe them so much even though i'm not a supporter, i am a big supporter of the coal miners in their retirement benefits. yesterday i heard the reimbursement of health care providers are not being processed, which will lead to the shortages that jeopardized the health care 35,000 workers at the shutdown continues. back home in san francisco, members -- we are being bombarded by them and they are the most eloquent, articulate for opening up government.
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in san francisco, thousands of people are being denied paychecks. people think of employees only been in the washington area. they are in small town u.s.a. and other places around the country including the bay area. he explained that he could have a garage sale and it won't be enough for one months rent. they can't pay mortgage and was told by the lender, too bad, you're just going to have the weight until your house goes into foreclosure. transvaal is imaginary but my walls are real. this is most unfortunate and i don't understand why the reality
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of this in people's lives is not concerned or heard about by the administration. not only are these workers not paid. they are not appreciated by the administration. these are the people who deliver service to the american people. we should respect what they do for our country. many of them are veterans who have translated their military to civilian patriotism working for the government. and they are affected by this. including security officials who would be in the president at the state of the union address. this is defined by the secretary of homeland security as a national special security event. it took place or the resources
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of the government used to protect about event. the president of the united states and the vice president, congress of the united states, houses and that. the cabinet acting as it is. supreme court of the united states. the diplomatic corps and all that implies in terms of security. continuation of government is the reason for all of the security as well as the power in the room. i have no doubt that our men and women in the federal workforce has the capability to protect and they want to say -- yes they can. they're professional. they trained for this. they should be paid for this.
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that's what i said to the president, if you don't open up government, if that doesn't happen, let's discuss a mutually agreeable date. to date of the state of the union is not a save the date. it's not constitutionally required. it's not anything. it is a date that we agreed to end it could be a week later his government has so been. it is a massive fact date is sacred for any reason. it is one that was negotiated but works for you, works for a schedule on both sides of the aisle. i just want to make it clear there is no reason for this to happen. we are over and over again put forth an agenda for protecting our border.
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to protect and defend a securing our borders is a very important part of the period the president who says there's all these drugs coming into the country, 90% coming over the border comes through the ports of ventured let's build the infrastructure and maybe increase them. let's facilitate trade and travel and protect our security was more lateral roads there. let's increase the personnel. nearly 3000 vacancies. let's increase the personnel. technology, technology, technology. for several billion dollars we have the capability to scan the cars for drugs, guns, contraband technology is there. i think there is bipartisan
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agreement that we should be doing that in two years technology to protect the border in other ways. the only way to do it is with the debate we have. we all agree that protect in our border is the responsibility we have and not as always, always been the case. respect their workers, protect our borders and reopen government immediately. any questions? >> speaker pelosi. >> are you going to ask me again? >> no, ma'am. i will not give republicans a talked about the comments you made the would only spend 1 dollar for the wall. open up first and then negotiate. >> that is a silly comment on the part of the republicans. they are desperate. were you the one that asked me? we spend 1 dollar?
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but that is not the point and they know that's not the point. let's not glorify a silly question. >> could express a willingness to negotiate on the figure. >> they asked for a wall. >> they say they could secure the union. archie trying to deny -- >> let's get a date when government is open. maybe he thinks it's okay not to pay people who do work. i don't in my caucus doesn't need there. the chernow of the homeland security committee with oversight of the committee and has worked hard on issues that relate to domestic terrorism and
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he agrees we should go for it. it isn't a question of vague professional enough. the question as they should be paid in at the secretary has any agency, the person should be advocating instead of saying it's okay to work without pay. >> of the president comes back and says i want to see the state of the union of the capital, what will you do then? >> we have not heard. very silent more than 24 hours. have you heard? no, i haven't heard. >> i know you have concerns about the security, but considering how everybody is so amped up on both sides of the aisle, by not doing this, this is really enough for to lower
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the temperature, the nothing could potentially come in numbers might not be respectful. are you concerned about that? are you concerned about the temperature getting too high? >> i'm concerned about people not having paychecks in their home. have you heard this tories but the young woman from a newlywed who came home, she was sick, diabetic, she had three miles left, did no issue is going to do. she hoped the governor would open again. it didn't so she's not taking insulin that she needed for her diabetes and she even said what should go to sleep she thought it would be easier not to wake up if she didn't take her medicine than the fact she didn't have a paycheck and couldn't afford her medicine. a child who needed an operation but couldn't get to the health insurance program because government would shut down.
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the list goes on and on. that is the heat we want to allow to convey the storm going on all over the country and we want to convey the reality of this policy in the lives of these workers. and although it's a stunning number, 800,000 who care about that statistic, but care about each and every family that goes beyond those employees into our economy. people are saying that gdp shot down as they are and that means that the president insistence is a luxury -- the country can no longer afford.
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>> based on your concerns, don't you a speaker of house have an obligation to be at the negotiating table? >> the last one we went to was a set up and give themselves leverage to leave the room. i've never discourage anyone for not accepting an invitation from the president of the united states. i don't know which meeting you're talking about that were not out. >> there don't appear to be any active talks. congress has the power of the purse. i'll give you money for border security. here's how you going to use it. >> that's what we've been saying. perhaps you missed it, but i'll take responsibility for that. let me go into it again. 90% of the drugs coming into the united states comes through the ports of entry. and by the way, in the last
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congress, we gave the administration exactly what the department asked for in the senate. we are negotiating, but let's be clear. but in case i wasn't clear, 90% of the drugs come through injury. let's use resources to expand the ports of ventured. this has to be evidence days. and those ports of entry need more personnel, nearly 3000 employees vacancies. and some of it is because they need more infrastructure to do
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their job, water supply and the rest. and then we talk about technology as i said several hundred million dollars ranges from half a billion to $700 million for technology to scan the cars coming through the port of entry and that is to detect guns. it's like an electronic with all. in other places along the border so it's about infrastructure, about some roads to go with it to facilitate trade, immigration first and foremost our security and to do so in a way that honors our values. i just saw a poll that said, which was interesting because it said you think -- what was the
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question? do you think that the law is consistent with our values? 51% said no and 42 or something like that said yes. this is about who we are as a country that we are able to protect their borders, our people and our values. >> what if they find another home on the hill? >> the u.s. done for the because the u.s. senate begins its state today. a bill prohibiting taxpayer money from funding abortions. at 4:30 eastern se