tv Minority Leader Pelosi Challenges President on Paris Climate Agreement... CSPAN June 3, 2017 3:36am-4:10am EDT
>> house minority leader nancy pelosi talked about her opposition to withdraw from the paris climate o agreement during her breathing. negotiations for raising the debt ceiling and the russian influence on the 2016 presidential election. her news conference is 30 minutes. ms. pelosi: good morning, everyone. today, some of us are wearing orange to observe that on january 21, 2013, a high school y 21, 2013, a high school student from the southside of chicago marched in president parade second inaugural to read one week later, he was shot and killed in chicago. soon after, childhood friends
commemorated her life by wearing or range. they chose the color because hunters wear orange in the woods and others.imself this day, which had been her birthday, is the day we wear orange. every day, more than 90 americans are killed due to gun violence. that is why, again, so many of us are wearing orange to mark national gun violence awareness day. i thought it was important for us to come together because yesterday, president trump announced his decision to pull out of the paris climate agreement. it was a stunning abdication of
leadership. we all want to did pass health care, but specifically the issue of climate and energy independence are a challenge to our generation. i formed a special select committee. distinguishedy leadership. it was a bipartisan panel. on the bus heard the testimony about why this was important. the generals came and they talked about it. as a national security issue. oft even now, the secretary defense, former general mattis, told the senate that climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today. the climate crisis has triggered drought, famines, and other devastating changes that have sparked political turmoil. that is my statement.
even the trump team knows it is a national security threat. ofin, we have the testimony -- this goes back to 2000 7, 10 years ago. we have known this. it is an economic issue. hundreds of businesses and executives support the accord, including energy companies like exxon mobil. several members of the business council resigned in protest of the decision. trump says he is putting american jobs first, but the accord would have created an explosion of green energy jobs for the future. to keep america preeminent for the jobs of the future is essential that the world moved to a place that recognizes the danger of climate crisis. it's a health issue, a national security issue, it's an economic security issue. it is a personal security issue. families health is affected. this agreement create safeguards
that reduce the pollution that sickens and kills tens of thousands of people each year. that is why these countries are joining. this is a matter of environmental justice. a big matter of environmental justice. low income and minority families are disproportionately vulnerable to the ravages of the climate crisis. it's a civil rights issue. and we have a moral responsibility. in addition to our national security, our economy, and the good health of our children, we have a moral responsibility. we must leave future generations with a healthy, sustainable planet. faith leaders like pope francis to the evangelical community have urged us to be responsible stewards. the beauty of god's creation. they believe, as do i, that this planet is god's creation and have a moral responsibility to be good stewards of it.
when we worked with the evangelical community to put together climate legislation, 10 years ago, nine years ago, they had their literature which said that we had a moral responsibility to be good stewards of god's creation and in doing so, we must pay special attention to the needs of the poor. they saw it as an environmental justice issue as well, the evangelical community. when the pope came to the white house, he talked of the dangers of air pollution. just last week, the pope met with president trump and gave him a copy of his encyclical which made the case for strong, urgent action to halt the climate crisis. the pope wrote, the climate is a common good belonging to all and
meant for all. the bible tells us that it to minister to the needs of god's creation and it's an act of worship. to ignore that is to dishonor the god that made us what we are and that is doing by walking away from this accord. the question i have for donald trump is, how was he ever going to explain to his grandchildren what he did to the air that he athes, assuming they breathe air? i have to assume that is the case, we all do. i was reminded of when we went to selma for the 50th anniversary of the march. the march, the selma to montgomery march. it was a very moving time when george wallace's daughter, peggy wallace kennedy, made remarks on the steps of the capitol. in montgomery. she talked about taking her son
to visit some of the sites of the civil rights movement. he stood still as the truth of the emily passed washed over him. he turned to me and asked," did paw paw do those things to other people?" he said, did pop a do those things to other people? he do those things to other people? i realized she said at that moment, i was at a crossroad in my life and the life my son. the mantle had passed and it was up to me to do for my son what my father never did for me. it was the first step in my journey of building a legacy of my own. i drew him close to me and said , paw paw never told me why he did those things but i know he was wrong. so maybe it will be up to me and you to make these things right. i cap thinking of that yesterday when i saw president trump make a statement. how are you -- almost every
school child in america knows more about climate change than apparently the president of the united states. he lives in a fact free zone. his speech was based on white house counsel memos that were incorrect. he does not know anything about the agreement he is walking away from. he cited an m.i.t. study that the agreement would slow global warming by a tiny amount. >> m.i.t. has said the reverse. without the agreement, the acceleration of global warming would go forward. they said that trump misunderstood, that's a generous word, their study.
i could just go through some of things he said yesterday in why they are wrong. if you ask me, i will tell you. when you look at what he said in the statement based on false and faulty representations by his own general counsel, let's give the president to break on that. his general counsel did not know what he was talking about. and then look at his budget and how he wants to ransack the epa, clean air, clean water when he says in his campaign. it's just a stunning thing. it's about our national security, or economic security, keep america number one, the good health of the american people to preventer pollution, clean air, -- to prevent air pollution, clean air, clean water and to hand over this planet in a responsible way to future generations and we have the evidence and testimony to
support that. again, how do you explain this to your grandchildren? all the money in the world cannot change the fact that walking away from this agreement is a disservice to your children, your grandchildren and future generations of americans. any questions? yes, sir? >> it was said yesterday -- >> can we stay on subject? i will come back to that. >> dozens of mayors are vowing to continue on with the goals set forward. how does that happen? how can states do that? >> as a proud california, i am proud of jerry brown and the leadership he has provided in all of this. he and other governors have said -- they have joined into agreements understanding before
some of them have said they will continue with her efforts. many mayors, there has been an explosion of activity within the climate alliance about mayors from city states and the private sector encouraging these efforts to go forward. people know. when we went to greenland and went under the pole to see what was happening, the scientists then told us that any reports they would make on the global warming statistics would almost be obsolete by the time it was peer-reviewed because it was moving so fast. that was 10 years ago. that was eight or nine years ago. so, the facts are so compelling and the president lives in a
fact free zone. these mayors and governors and businesses see the importance of american leadership on these issues. i commend the mayor and of course mayor bloomberg has been on this subject for a long time. under his leadership, many of the cities came together to share information and make decisions, to make decisions that were in favor of the air our children breathe in the water they drink. really important about that because right now, we are waiting to see the president's infrastructure agenda. there is a green way to do that. we had the blue/green alliance about how we grow our economy and build our infrastructure in a way that protects the environment, keeps as number one in green job creation. it affects our education system
as we train people for all of this. to leapfrog over traditional obstacles they may have had to be entrepreneurial and think in new ways. the cities see it and the mayor sees it straight up and they have been on the forefront for a long time. some of the governors have. i'm especially proud of my own governor, jerry brown, on that score. >> many businesses have urged the president to stay in this deal. do you believe that over time, the deal will stay in those cities? >> it's not a question of that. it's about doing better. it's not a question of cost more, it's a question of how you allocate your resources. it keeps america on the forefront and number one.
let's put it this way, we are now among three nations in the world that do not support the paris accord. syria, the united states of america and the one other now among three nations in the country, nick or while goa did not sign the accord because it did not go far enough. -- nicaragua. if the president would gain knowledge, he would understand that this is not an obstacle to us going forward. it is not a requirement except to strive. if he does not even want to strive to keep the planet and be responsible about the planet and its condition, that's an indictment on him. by the way, what good news his announcement was to the republican congress. they have been standing in the way on every issue that relates to recognizing the climate issue. they had prevented funds from
being spent to even study the issue. they say the paris agreement is simply a raw deal for america. spaghetti -- pathetic, the speaker of the house, the president of united states, so wrong, so uninformed, so irresponsible to future generations of americans. another question? nothing else on climate? >> back here. >> i heard a voice but i could not see. >> we've got the mayors and the governors planning to move ahead. what does it mean for u.s. leadership for all the other countries who signed on this accord to go without that u.s.
teh u.s. they understand >> the paris accord. it was a compromise. what i like everyone to sign it? it was a compromise. i come back to monday being president kennedy's 100 birthday. i was at his inauguration when he said which you all know to the citizens of america, that's not -- ask not what the country can do for you but what you can do for your country. you don't remember but you remember reading it in history books. i remember it because i was there. the next sentence, the very next sentence the president says ask what we can do to work together for the freedom of mankind and that working together, the lack of condescension, the presence of respect is sorely lacking in the statement the president made yesterday. when we had the vote on the
omnibus bill in december, i voted against it. it was because it was pathetically maker in addressing the needs of coal mining families. i'm not an advocate for coal. i think it degrades the environment but i am an advocate for coal miners. this administration loves cold but rejects the coal miners. in my office, you will see a statue of the coal miners that my father gave me when he served in congress and has been in mind since we're there. in this last bill, we did something about coal mining health care but we have not honored our responsibility to
pensions. if you really care about the workers, you would have insisted that congress would meet the responsibility, the promise that has been made to them many years ago when president truman was president. it's so inconsistent. it's really hard. on the one hand, the same day the president says i'm doing this because i set it my campaign, he issues a waiver on moving the embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem, he said that he would do that on day one. is he saying that day one is not come yet? the inconsistencies are disconcerting but i will tell you this, what happened
yesterday on the climate issue is an embarrassment to our country and should be an embarrassment to him personally for how he answers to his grandchildren. another question? >> yesterday, devin nunez talked about the subpoenas issued. this had to do with the russia probe any said you have spoken with paul ryan about this. can you tell us about your discussion and your concerns about the continued role of devin nunez? >> i probably won't share the entire conversation. let me put it in this context, the intelligence committee is a relatively small committee. the speaker and the leader of point those members. they are not subject to any
approval. it is our appointment. we deputize people to serve in the interest of our national security. and to do so with integrity, patriotism and the most apolitical way possible. the behavior of nunez, whatever his position is is believed that is beneath the dignity of being the chairman of the intelligence committee. the chairman and ranking member have special status. if he were accused himself on the subject of russia, he should not be having access to documents relating to subject who russia. he should not be issuing separate subpoenas attaching them to a bipartisan subpoena that was issued this week. to my dismay, my objection has been conveyed to the speaker on
more than one occasion. >> to follow up on that, is he concerned as well customer >> you will have to ask cam. it all comes back to him because this is his point. his appointment acted in a way that was weird. it was irresponsible but it was weird when he did what he did uberring to the white house and then for him -- did you think he had recused himself? the press thought he separated himself from the russian investigation. had recused himself? he has not. in all fairness, he should be the one that has access in that regard as the top republican, a very important position in terms of the intelligence gathering
for our country. no, i have conveyed that. it all comes back to the speaker, it's his appointment. yes, ma'am question mark >> on another subject, hillary clinton said it was possible the democrats could retake the house in 2018. is she a good messenger for the democratic party? >> they will be all kinds of messengers some people will be more helpful in some places than others. you are telling me more she says she will be helpful on that and that would be great. she is highly respected in our country.
it's going to take everything to the recent -- to defeat the republicans because they will have endless special interests, secrets, dark money flowing like black substance into the campaign, suffocating the airwaves with their messed -- with their misrepresentation. we will take everything but we are proud of our chairman and the job he is doing to mobilize at the grassroots level, to recruit candidates and there is something happening in our country beyond politics. it's about the spontaneity and organic nature of people coming forth and seeing how public policy affects their lives. people saw the urgency, they see the urgency, they want to take responsibility, that gives us opportunity and we are proud to enlist all of our leaders in that effort.
>> what are your odds of taking back the house? >> comparing it to 2005 in 2006, when we began our efforts, harry reid and i were new leaders and this was our chance. president bush had just been elected and he was at 58% in the polls in january and february when we started. you know were president trump is in the polls. by the time i got. into her campaign, people told us don't even other with that because there will be a permanent republican majority. if president bush could win with the iraq war, there are be a permanent republican majority in we do not accept that and went forward. we have our discipline, or strategy, our unity and our harmony and wonderful candidates.
you can have the message that is required but you have to have the candidate. >> we are having technical difficulties. >> they have to vote on the debt limit. >> the u.s. house is gaveling in next for a pro forma session. live coverage here on c-span. >> outside experts say there is still room to run under the debt ceiling before december but mick mulvaney has said a want you guys to go into august. do you believe that has to be done by august and will the democrats help raise the debt ceiling before you are given a concrete dropdead date? >> i don't know who you're using as a reference for october.
>> the bipartisan policy center. >> everything we are hearing is that it should probably be done before we leave at the end of july so that it could be ready for september. it could happen in august. one of the reasons, my understanding is, again, is that we need to do it sooner because many people, many entities are thinking they will get a big tax break from president trump for
it should be a different subject. and do so in a way that creates growth. be agnostic. wherever good idea come wherever the good ideas come from, we will embrace them and increases the paycheck of the american workers. what they are proposing will not reduce the deficit, it is only going to give tax breaks and increased the deficit and that is not any reason to raise the debt ceiling. , outside experts say that there is enough room to run under the debt ceiling until october or november.
director mulvaney has said that they want you guys to do it by august. do you believe it has to be done by august? will the democrats help raise the debt ceiling before they are given a concrete day? using a reference for october. >> bipartisan policy center. >> everything we are hearing is that it should be done before we leave the end of july so they could be ready for september because it could happen in august. that wehe reasons is need to do it sooner because many people are thinking of letting entities in our country to get a big tax break from trump for next year.
so the revenues are not coming in as fast this year as they should. happens, it isis how much the health revenues come in. people are making decisions about their balance sheet relating to something they think is going to happen relating to rates for next year. >> they have a history of crying wolf on this. >> you might as well do it anyway that would be in front of it instead of behind it. we are not there. i think the senate leader has spoken to this point very clearly. we are not there to enable republicans to throw a few crumbs to the middle class. the accelerated timetable on it i believe is because the revenue has not come in as anticipated.
thany have to be sooner what is projected. we shall see. .e will have that debate speaking of taxes. i think the decision the president made on the paris accord, i think the budget he has put forth again really speaks further to the fact he should show us his tax returns. it's very important that we see his tax returns. it relates to russia or the russians affect on donald trump financially. but he will show us his tax returns. maybe that would clear up the issue. maybe it will be a path to some other questions. so, show us your tax returns. you talk about lifting the debt
ceiling. what he proposed when he was talking about it before would have given him a tax break of $30 million on the year that he has revealed his tax returns. million.ak of $30 show us your tax returns. we come back to the fact that something very different happen yesterday. i've been telling my members this about policy. tweets, notity, not about how much sleep somebody gets at night and how balanced they are. it's about difference in policy. that manifestation comes in the form of a budget, in the form of decisions like the paris accord. this is something that is about the children. the responsibility we have to
them. i think the president was irresponsible to the children. thank you. >> c-span, where history unfolds daily. created as aan was public service for america's assistance companies and is brought to you today by your cable provider. >> members of congress return next week from the memorial day break. on the house floor, a bill that would undo the