tv Minority Leader Pelosi News Conference CSPAN March 8, 2018 6:52pm-7:12pm EST
pelt pelosi -- ms. pelosi: good morning. thank you for accommodating the house schedule. we had votes until now. it's 11:00 on thursday, and we are gone for the week. when we come back next week, we'll be doing the bidding of republicans' wall street friends at the expense of american taxpayer and consumer protections. this is march madness. march madness. there's a -- as i said before
there's a dark cloud hanging over the capitol and it's called the g.o.p. tax scam. the g.o.p. tax scam adding over $2 trillion to the national debt. 83% of benefits go to the top %. 86 million middle class families will be paying more under the provisions of this bill, $1.5 trillion tax break for corporations and further benefits to them to create jobs overseas at the expense of creating jobs in the u.s. morgan -- in the u.s. morgan stanley analysts estimate that 43% of corporate tax savings would go to buybacks and dividends. nearly 19% would help pay for mergers and acquisitions. just 13% would go to bonuses an raises. "usa today" editorial board saud, this is a tiny portion of the windfall and the fact that they gave out one-time bonuses rather than permanent raises was telling. even goldman sachs c.e.o. called the bonuses symbolic and not a
significant thing. certainly we love when people get a bonus and if they get a raise. but if it's so small in comparison -- if the choice was made for corporate america and the top 1% in our society at the expense of working families, something is wrong with this picture. the g.o.p. tax scam is padding the pockets of g.o.p.'s donors, executives, and big corporations at the expense of everyone else. for example, an active analysis this week said the health care companies will receive a windfall of tens of billions of dollars from the g.o.p. tax cam. most is going to share buybacks and paying down debt with just a sliver of the one-time employee onuses, research, and internal investments. the tax scam will save health care companies billions but not patients.
and as the trump budget shows, adding -- after adding $2 trillion to the debt, republicans plan $2 trillion worth of cuts to medicare and medicaid. democrats will continue to expose the truth all over the country. we're having the tax scam, the tax march folks have just been magnificent participants, just putting forth the facts. what does this mean to your state in arizona, texas, and illinois, in florida, and new york and massachusetts and california, did i say california ore than once? it's a big state. the list goes on and on. we will speak out against the g.o.p.'s tax scam, massive giveaways to the wealthy, and consequences for workers, seniors and families. democrats want real bipartisan reform. some people say to me if you
win, what would you do? we said what we would do is what we said the republicans should do. we would have bipartisan open hearings on how we go forward with the appropriate level of corporate tax cut, how do we first and foremost empower financially the middle class and make that permanent, not treat them as second class people in our country because we said for the corporations it's a permanent tax cut, for people it's not permanent. and again, it would be a unifying, unifying would be, bipartisan, open and transparent and unifying as we go forward to strengthen middle class tax cuts and to do so in a way that creates good paying jobs for most growth and reduces the deficit. this is quite a week. there's all kinds of things going on. as you know, yesterday was first day of the election. amazing. voting in texas and some in illinois. but yesterday was a primary election in texas. and i bring that up because we
face one of the greatest threats to our electoral system ever and that's russian meddling in our elections. yet the u.s. government is totally unprepared for the attacks that -- that we know are coming. last week n.s.a. director rogers testified that the russian interference is likely to continue and he's not been granted any additional authorities, capacities or apabilities by president trump to respond to russia's attacks and prevent further foreign meddling. he said what we've done hasn't been enough. n.s.a. director rogers. house republicans continue to obstruct, cover up, and interfere with investigations into the trump-russia scandal. why does the g.o.p. put the president ahead of our national security? as you know, the mueller investigation is its own investigation. what i'm talking about here is honoring our oath of office to protect and defend the
constitution central to the constitution is our democracy with the right to vote. and people should know that when they vote their vote will be counted as cast and there shouldn't be any russian intervention. it's been 14 months, it was january 6 of last year that the intelligence community presented its report that the russians had disrupted our elections. and 14 months later, you see what n.s.a. director rogers has said about it. i was very pleased that some of you were here when our election security task force released a blueprint to protect our democracy. democrats introduced h.r. 5011, election security act to appropriate funds to secure our elections. i'm very proud of the work of bennie thompson and ranking member thompson and ranking member brady of the house administration committee, ranking member thompson of the homeland security committee for the work that was done, coming
up with this, house and senate democrats sent a letter to speaker ryan and leader mcconnell urging them to have additional funding to protect our elections. -- 14 months later, nothing. we had leadership of the committees of jurisdiction say what they askeder that chairman to do. but nothing has happened. you have to ask yourself why would they not want to protect the integrity of our elections? that's so fundamental. everybody cares about that. in any case, on to -- i wanted to just say another thing here that is happening this week. this week we have the sixth being the 14 months, and first day of new elections, this
weekend, march 5 marks the end of the time frame that the president gave to produce a bill that protects dreamers. that was september 5 he issued his rescission of the obama daca and other provisions. at the time, the national conference of catholic bishops said that it was reprehensible. it's still reprehensible. six months later we do not have a bill. i'm calling on republicans in congress to work in a bipartisan way. there is bipartisan support, the hurd bill in the house, bipartisan, and addresses the issue. in the senate there was a bipartisan bill which i think would have gotten 60 votes had the administration not interfered at the end.
president's proposal didn't even get 40 votes much less 60. and the bipartisan durbin-graham bill got 54. came closer to the 60. so there's that. and then we have the issue, next week a week from now will be the walkout across the country. demanding gun violence prevention initiatives. kids, young people will be here back again in larger numbers on march 24 to show their support at the -- support, advocacy, knowledge, eloquence, values about protecting people from gun violence. so this march madness we see here, ignoring all of this, putting bills on the floor that only give more opportunity for financial service institutions to take us right back to where we were in september of 2008. so why are we going home at
11:00 on thursday afternoon? not coming back until next tuesday? when we have a deadline of the 23rd of march to pass the omnibus bill and to do so in a way that, again, can be unified. i have a debate that's transparent, that has support that is bipartisan. well, we'll see what the speaker wants to do. any questions? yes, sir. reporter: leader, on two points you mentioned guns and immigration. can you give us a sense of what exactly you're doing to potentially get something related to those issues in the omnibus? and then based on your years of briefings to the intelligence committee a member of the big four, are you seeing right now examples of russian interference in the mid-term elections? ms. pelosi: i can't speak to anything i've seen as a member of the gang of four or gang of eight as the briefing may be but i do know that the intelligence
community in the public domain put forth their assessment that the russians did disrupt our -- attempt to disrupt our elections and a that they would do it as n.s.a. director rogers said, plan to do it again. on the -- that was like three questions. ok, i'll take the other one. [laughter] it's up to you all, we can have a conversation if it's ok with you. none of these bills has to be part of the omnibus. we could go to the floor and do gun violence prevention bill. also in terms of dreamers, we have the hurd bill, we could go to the floor and do the hurd bill or as it's suggested over and over again to the speaker, bring anything to the floor you want, bring hurd, bring goodlatte, bring any other bill you want and let queen of the hill prevail. it doesn't have to be on the omnibus bill.
but the omnibus bill has other problems in it, for example, even if the dreamers never existed, in the homeland security piece, in that subcommittee, there's suggested language we could never live with. could never live with. even if dreamers never existed. so the bill may have problems in other respects, whether it's women's right to choose, defunding planned parenthood, there's a -- maybe we'll meet next week, but for the moment we have a lot of work to do to iron these out. as an appropriator, two cultures i was forged in here, one
intelligence, and appropriations, i know the appropriators left to their own devices, democrats and republicans, working together, can come to resolution. it's the poison pills that rain down if on high or up from on low, however you want to characterize that, that cause the problems. that's some of what we have to deal with. however on homeland security, it's a debate about the funding for specific things. that's not a pill. that's a funding debate. reporter: since you talked about mid-terms, election security, there's a number of democratic candidates floating in the zone here, certainly that's the story in california, party is somewhat divide on who to support in illinois in certain races. do you see that, does that division -- is that division going to backfire on democrats because some want to take the
party further left and that actually could backfire where maybe that helps republicans sweep through different districts because the democrats are not completely unified? ms. pelosi: welcome to the democratic party. it is the most exhilarating thrill to be a leader in a party that has that kind of diversity of opinion. creative tension, jerry brown once called it. and it is -- it's what we're used to. it's our strength. we're not a rubber stamp. that's just the way, we'll never be a rubber stamp. and so the elections, the campaign is about people putting frt who they are, what their purpose is, in running for office. what they know about that subject. so that their judgment is respected. how they think in a strategic way to have success in moving forward on those issues and how they connect with the american people. it isn't about some of the things that you talked about in your party, and it's a dynamic, but it certainly can work to our advantage. i don't see it as an obstacle, no. reporter: a representative signaled he's interested in revisiting his decision not to
run again, he has a week to make a decision to file, i want your reaction to that? ms. pelosi: when he makes a decision, i'll give you reaction. [laughter] reporter: i need to ask you about something that's been increasingly in the headlines this is week, the legal arrangements between the president's personal lawyer and an adult film star the president apparently had a relationship with has raised questions about what the president, his involvement in it, what he knows about the legal wrangling back and forth. is there a role for congress to get involved in this matter? ms. pelosi: let me just say i'm more concerned about the president's policies which undermine the financial security of america's working families, for example, his budget, cutting medicare, cutting medicaid, cutting social security disability benefits, cutting housing and urban development, cutting food stamps, cutting education.
that's what congress should get involved with is to say, the president of the united states who put forth a budget that is not a statement of our national values about what is prnt to us as a nation. so i don't know that we necessarily have to get involved in any of that. you can be sure that if any of that were happening with the democrats, the republicans would be very involved in it. but our time should be spent making the future better for the american people and creating good-paying jobs, reducing cost, whether it's prescription drug costs or any other cost that they have that we can impact so that they have more confidence, that they can make more than -- and we should be talking about a budget and the rest that is about. not survival. success. but transformation. many more people see their place
in the future, an economy that works for everyone and not worried about whatever category you want to place the president's -- the rumors about the president's personal life. reporter: madam leader, do you see a significant difference between the banking reform bill the senate is considering and the dodd-frank rewrite passed by the house last year? ms. pelosi: let me just say, i'm going to spend some time on this, maybe a magic minute, i don't know, but it shouldn't take that long. what the republicans are doing to dodd-frank should be a cause for alarm for everyone across our country. because it affects people directly in terms of consumer and being a taxpayer and having protections in those categories. what i will tell my colleagues on the floor is how we got here, where we were in 2008 in the first place.
how dodd-frank was a remedy to that. a compromise in open hearings was a remedy to that. and now how republicans want to take us right back to where we were in 2008. >> you can find the last few minutes of this briefing online. we take you know live to the white house for an update with the visiting south korea delegation. >> good evening. today, i had the privilege of briefing president trump on my recent visit to pyongyang young. i would like to thank president trump, his vice president, and his national security team, including my close friend, the general. , hise to president trump leadership, his national policies, together with international