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tv   House Minority Leader Pelosi News Conference  CSPAN  June 7, 2018 11:03am-11:19am EDT

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until then we will take you over to a live briefing, nancy pelosi with reporters, started about five minutes a. ms. pelosi: again, don't take it from me. senator ernst said of scott pruitt, it's about as swampy as you get here in washington, d.c. and if the president wants to drain the swamp, he needs to take a look at his own cabinet. that's a republican senator saying that about the president.esid t was going to reduce the debt. the republicans are going to reduce theit and national debt. instead, theyxplodethe debt by $2 trillion. with their tax break for the wealthy and giving tax break to corporate america with interest on that debt over $2 trillion added to the nationaleb
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and that's what's said -- sad about that is the dark shadow it places over the budget. the future of our seniors and our families and our chiren. so what's interesting about it is when the trustees of social security and medicare trustees made their report and they said that medicare will be -- now become insolvent by 2026. that's three years sooner than it would have been. they specifically cited the tax bill. as one of the reasons why. tax breaks. 83% of thedvantagef the bill will be for the top 1%. almost $1.5 trillion plus interest given to corporate america and who pays the price? seniors. look at the trustees report. the list goes on. so in any case, here we go to
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the floor of the house this week. we have a bill on the bill, the energy and water bill. it slashes clean energy its, attcreang investments, and guts funding for nuclear nonproliferation priorities. the bill has poison pls in that allows deadly firearms to be carried on public lands, assault clean w children. clean water of our children, what could be more fundamental than that? as a mother of five, grandmother of nine, one of the reasons i'm interested in public policy is for things i can't do for my children. i can't ensure that the water they drink thatomes outf th spi that the air they breathe is clean. there are public health issues that are affected by this bill. republicans encourage pollution of our oceans and push our nation's already endangered species toward extinction.
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so this is a bad bill. we're urging a v it. in any case, it's about -- one of the other problems with it, it takes money away vestmes in health, ood-ying jobs in america's communities. as you know this morning, the republicans are meeting on immigration. lord kno wme out with that. hopefully the lord knows. we have been praying very hard on it. for too long young dreamers have beentuck under a cloud of fear and uncertainty. a jority of the congress, we passed bail in the house. it got a majority of votes in the senate but not the 60 votes needed for passage. all this time later we are still trying to protect the dreamers. we thank them for the dignity in which they have advocated for their situation and congresst dong t address the concerns of these
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extraordinary, patriotic young people. any questions? reporter: madam leader. ms. pelosi: yes, ma'am. i'll come back to you. rter: the democrats win the majority in the house, would you favor advancing sl a public option for health care or would you prefer the medicare for all bill that's been circulated and as the signature of like 121 democrats? ms. pelosi: you are predicating youruestioon a democratic victoryn november. what is happening in the tensity fact that is o out the there where democrats are maybe 15 points, somethiik3 -47, is it, difference in intensity as well as the 10-point spread. i don't go by the generic. i just take iont
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a time. but i wi say, oh, the president's in the 40's. really? not a good place for the president to be. in fact, when weost in 1994, president clinton was atn the that was enough. that opened the door to our victory. this president has been in the 30's and 40's aong time. it's opened the doors to many candidates walking through who have -- know their purpose, know their virgs for america, know their subject matter, they have a plan to make the future better and they connect very directly with the american people. when they come to congress, any of those subjects can be on the table. we believe in the affordable care act, that it has the structure to take usrd in many different ways. it's about expanding access, quality, affordable health care many more aca
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million. but it was also about improving efanng the cost for 125 million families that already had access to health care. tiono i'm alway eager to ublic talk about that and some of the prosed have to be evaluated in terms of theccey give, the a it and how we would pay for it. again, it's all on the table. reporter: you talked about china a moment ago. one of the other concerns, most people's concerns about china in the supposed cyber attacks in china, what do you make of that? nistration'seang with e china on z.t.e., do you connect those issues, these are some of the broad array problems with china?mspelosi: i ththere a broad array of concerns we have about china. as you probably know for --
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well, at least since tiananmen square but probably before, i had concerns about china in three areas. the -- certainly the -- our trade def with ina which is enormous. the ck of market access to our products in china. the sale of missile technology to pakistan and other places on the part of china as well as their human rights violations. at the time, china -- we had $5 billion trade deficit with china, annual, $5 billion trade deficit. i thought oh, my goodness, we can use that leverage to free the prisoners of mentianan square, to gain market access and to stop the prolion ofieshere whe s't b
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they shouldn't be going. i could win the votes on the floor. i could never override a presidentialetlk about china trade. the- and people said, you have it all wrong. you should let peaceful evolution take -- play it out and things will work out. that was almost 30 years ago. well, be 30 years next year, tiananmen square. trade deficit $5 billion a year. you know what it is now? $5 billion a weer more. an enormous trade deficit with cha. china has just decided they will -- for the ability to have access to the china market, hey will -- we have to transfer our technology and the rest, so we have an important relationship with china. our two countries are great countries in the world. we have to communicate. we have to cooperate with each other on climate issues, for example. on issues like terrorism and
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the rest. but the fact is that china is totally eating our lunch and this president is serving it up to them after saying in the campaign that he would not. so whether it's sonic attacks, activities in the south china list ether it is -- the is a very long one. the fact is we should use our leverage to improve our relationship with china in a way that respects american erican security.n values and yes, ma'am. report: last week the president referred to you as an ms-13 lover. ms-13 lover.a what? want to get your thoughts of that. msatlo i make of him? what i make of him? let me just say this, i'm not going into the president's twts or his chacter. what i am concerned about are his policies anw they
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affect the american people. and what he's doing in terms of , again, be more concerned about jobs being lost in china than in the united states. what he's doing about not -- what he's not doing in terms of puttin forth a great infrastructure initiative from sea to shining sea. what he's doing to undermine public education in our country. what he's doing to increase financial uncertainty of america's families. pe want to talk about, oh, well, the economy is doing this or that. well, really? he fact is that you have to be very careful when you talk about the fact that more jobs are cedwe tou the fact that wages have stagnated. and it is -- it is an important -- fewer people have access to health care. wages are stagnating. the list goes on and on about th economy and that's why w
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think it's a raw deal. gas prices are rising. wages are flat. the debt of the -- the burden of the debt is increasing. we want medicare to wither on the vine. wither on the vine. if you're a senior, and i am, you do not want medicare to wither on the vine. do seniors know that's the republican agenda here? so my interest is not in his tweets or his personal behavior. my interest is on the impact of american worngamilies. in it's impot for us to show the contrast between his raw deal and our better deal for the american people. yes, sir. reporter: do you expect democrats to be united in opposing the minibus this week? ms. pelosi: i think we will have pretty good unity, yeah. i never count on unanimity in our caucus. i think we have a pretty good understanding what is at stake. first in terms of the poison
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pills that are in the ll but in addition to which the manner in which they allocated the resources at the expense of the health, education, and well-being of our cldren. yes, ma'am. reporter: unemployment in ma was 3.8%, the lowest in 18 yes. is that good news? ms. pelosi: well, as i said, unemployment rate is one indication. the fact is -- and this has happened before that people say, oh, my goodness, people are saying unemployment rate is down. why isn't my purchasing power improving? this isn't just about the unemployment rate. it's about wages rising in our country. so that consumer confidence isr. because our economy will never fully reach its possibilities unless we increase the consumer confidence and that can only be ib increased by a better deal, better jobs, better wages, and
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lowering cost to families, r it's prescription drugs, by really lowering the cost of prescription drugs. and that list goes on. this is onenusual time. and i follow it closely where the unemployment rate is down but the dependence on subsidies, whether it's food insecurity, housing subsidies, and the rest has not gone down because of the wage stagnation. so in terms of financial stability of america's working families, unless we have an crease, very significant increase in wages, bigger paychecks, we will increase the frustration of america's families because they will saying, hip, hip, hooray, unemployment is down. what does that mean to me? i need a bigger paycheck. and that's the apprehension the american families have had for
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ahile and cti have and that we must address. so when we're talking about this, it's not to increase more jobs so that we can subsidize more low-paying jobs by public investment in housing support and food suppt and e list goes on, but to have living wages for people, justice, economic justice, social justice, justice, it's a very important vae that america has. thank you all very much. >> thank you. >> cincinnati reds, too. [indiscernible] [captions copyright national cable rp. ll18] [captiong med the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. isit ncicap.org]
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inaudible] >> we're expecting to hear from house speaker paul ryan in just a couple of minutes. his briefing set for 11:30, so about 15 minutes away. the house itself returning for legislative work at noon eastern. members beginning with legislation to rescind previously approved federal spending, some $15 billion in previous spending after the recision bill, the h wl begin work on 2019 spending covering the v.a., the veterans department, military construction, legislative branch, energy and water projects. we will have live coverage when the house comes back in at noon eastern. they are out, members have been -- house republicans, anyway,
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have been meeting this morning to discuss immigration. that meeting breakingp and here's scott wong, senior reporter of "the hill," the state of play after that meeting saying leadership will put pen to paper and immigratio legislaon today's comments, lawmakers say. could come ithe next week. many believe a discharge n. tion will hold off for he updates that saying lawmakers say leaders neeto write the bill quickly to avert discharge. june 12 is the deadline for the discharge petition, so that's just five days away. asit forpeakern t coe convertion fm this morning's "washington journal" on what's behind the immigration push. a very good thursday morning to u. you can start calling in now. republicans only for this first 30 minutes on the issue of immigration. matt fuller joins us.

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