tv House Minority Leader Pelosi News Conference CSPAN November 15, 2018 9:46pm-10:08pm EST
there were members who died. and i was shot five times on the right side of my body. a bone jetting out of my right arm. the wound in my league the size of a football. and it was, oh, my god, i'm 28 years old. this is it. announcer: sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span's q&a. announcer: house minority leader nancy pelosi, says she has the votes to be speaker of the house during the 116th congress. she took questions on the leadership election as well as the legislative agenda for democrats when they control the majority next year. this is 20 minutes.
nancy: good morning. >> good morning. nancy: it's snowing here. we have great sadness in my state of california. just an unprecedented number of people dead and many missing. it's just we've had these fires again and again. but these seem to be particularly deadly. so our thoughts and prayers and the forces need to be with california at this very sad time. much discussion about fires and causes and the rest. but right now our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered, lost their lives, lost their loved ones, lost their homes, impossible to be made whole. so again, it's a very sad time for us in that regard. on the other hand, here, we are celebrating a great victory for the democratic party, but more
importantly for the american people. every place i go people say -- not even go, just coming in and every means of communication thank you for saving america. and i convey that gratitude to my colleagues, to the grassroots people who are so effective in getting out that vote and particularly to our -- to our candidates. they have been the courage to run, the stamina to win, and they are here now in what is one of the transformative new members -- body of members of congress in our country's history. the biggest victory for the democrats since 1974 when the watergate babies came in. i don't know if this congress will name itself, but we're almost close to 60 new democrats. 60 new democrats. around 40 in the red or blue.
we're just waiting for some final results from california, georgia, maine, texas. those places where we have a question mark, even new york state. but we will -- we will win 40 -- we'll take -- win 40 seats. it may be a net lower because of two seats that we did not win. but we'll see what the number is. but i think -- i should have said from the start that winning seats in a voter suppressed gerrymandered map was a wave. i knew we would win that but now we're getting up to 40. that's a very big -- almost a tsunami. the -- the thrill of it all is that 30 -- half the members -- the new members in our democratic class are women.
one on the republican side. happy for that one person. but sad to say just one. we're on track, again, it's transformative. they will decide what their priority is. i'll talk about that in a moment. but they will decide how they want to proceed -- what they want to see within the manner in which they do that. they are entrepreneurial. they are enthusiastic, and they want to make progress for our country. and we want them to do so in a most open congress. the american people talked about a better deal. and then we talked about for the people agenda. for the people, we will lower health care cost. we will grow their paychecks, and we will bring integrity to government. and to that end, this group has decided, 100 candidates wrote and said they wanted hr-1 to be
our priority and our agenda as we go forward. fortunately, we're ready under the leadership of john sore baynes. we are ready with that legs and how lovely it will be so early hr-1.s congress to pass all that it does including finally the restoration of the voting rights act largely what's been proposed by congresswoman -- by the congresswoman from alabama. we will be opening this congress in a very open and transparent way to do what we said we were going to do. we're going to defend protections for people with preexisting conditions, lower drug costs, protect social security, medicare and medicaid by taking them off the chopping block, and we will increase
workers' benefits -- wages by building the infrastructure of america and all that that implies in the greenest possibly way for the most worker training involved in it so that everyone participates in that success for our country. we'll clean up corruption again as hr-1 will do to make washington work for the people. reduce the role of money in politics and advance the election by strengthening the voting rights act. again, transparency, that openness, so essential to engaging the american people in what is happening here and how it affects them. one of the reasons we were so successful in this past congress when health care issues, was because of the outside group, their mobilization made all the difference. many of them participated in the campaigns around one issue, health care before the issues
that relate to medicare and medicaid. and that was our successful issue. but again, openness, partisan where we can. you've heard me say this over an over. partisan that we have a responsibility to find our common ground where we cannot, we must stand our ground. thomas jefferson said like a rock, but we must try. and i've urged the freshmen to reach across the aisle. we respect every member here. and we respect the people who sent them here. then again, all of us are committed to a better future. that's our common denominator in the democratic party. that's what unit fice us. and that's what connects us to the aspirations of the american people. while, that's happening, on the other side of pennsylvania, the president continues to wage and all-out campaign to obstruct the
mueller investigation. the president took to twitter to try to discredit the investigation tweeting a total witch hunt like no other in american history. this is the president of the united states. president trump installed matthew whitaker as acting a.g. for one person, to end the investigation. there's partisan consensus that this appointment violates the appointments clause of the constitution. which trumps any statute that the administration lawyers have cited. s george conway and former solisor general kneel conyer wrote in "new york times," mr. whitaker's installation makes a mockery of our constitution and of our founder's vision, partisan house democrats demand once again that in our scations on the omnibus bill that the g.o.p. leadership join us in
including language that would say the special council to protect any special council, the special council cannot be fired without cause. he or she would be granted a three-judge appeal panel if fired. could only be removed by a senate confirmed a.g. -- replaced by a senate-confirmed attorney general or top senate confirmed official. this is very important. whitaker would not qualify because such an appointment must be made confirmed by the congress, by the senate. that's a fact. and now it has to be re-emphasized and very importantly, the press ration of all the documentation so that the people can know their truth. i don't know if you saw an op-ed the other day by senator -- former leader frist, former leader daschle, democrat and republican saying that the star
report was released big vote in the congress to do so so too should the mueller documents be released. any questions? >> i wanted to ask you, you have plans to be in the next congress and there's a pushback on that idea. are you still going to go forward with that idea and what do you think -- nancy: as you may not recall, but i will remind when i was speaker of the house, the climate issue was my flag hip issue with president bush in the white house. by the time president obama came in, we all moved to health care. but it was any flagship issue. we established a special select committee that you referenced for now headed by john -- by john morrissey of massachusetts who did a spectacular job of
shining a spotlight on the crisis that our planet is facing and to do so in a way that has full documentation from the generals because this was a national security issue from the health providers that this was a public health issue, clean air, clean water. from -- on our economy that we must remain preeminent as number one in the world on green technology and four, that it is a moral issue. if you believe this is god's creation and evangelicals certainly do, then we must be good stewardess, then we must act upon it. even if you don't share that religious belief, if you understand that we are have a moral responsibility to the next generation to pass the planet on in a responsible way. but it was urgent. it was urgent when we established it in 2007.
even more urgent now. it's always been a challenge with the standing committees and we will have conversations about some of the objections they may have. there's tremendous interest upon the outside for us to return to that place where the climate issue is preeminent. part of -- it would not -- what we did then was under pressure bush, we passed the greatest -- the biggest energy bill in the history of our country -- do you have water? some water? the biggest energy bill -- please, i'm sorry. the biggest energy bill -- thank you, like taking tens of millions of cars off the road. much of the authority used by president obama in this regard stems from that legs. so it's very important -- it was bipartisan. he wanted -- he wanted nuclear -- i wanted renewables. we came to agreement. again, we have to sit down with
our ranking members. but i do believe that an array of ranking members have broadened since then because not only is it energy and commerce for example one particular that you probably referenced but also homeland security because this has become such an issue hitting home by way of hurricanes, forest fires, so many different ways. so natural disasters affecting people in their lives. so we do believe that it's about stewardship of our planet. and we have to find the best way to engage the public to make the change that is necessary to put us on a different course of action. and work with the deniers in that regard. this gentleman. >> thank you. say do you tell members who
they want a leadership change? what can you offer them? nancy: i always have. i always have. i was largely responsible for most of the resources that went into this campaign. that didn't matter to me. i just said just win, >> pop them out. >> there are at least 17 members who signed the letter. >> have you seen the letter? you have not seen it? have not seen it. ok. >> they were willing to vote no. you expressed total confidence -- >> i do. ok, next question. >> is there anybody else in your clock is capable of taking on the trump administration -- in your conference capable of taking on the trump administration? >> please. never. never. >> final line, madam leader.
>> ok. were heldelection today on the house floor, do you have the votes to be elected speaker? >> yes. let me get to your question. we have a farm bill we have to deal with. we have me to legislation we would like to get -- me too legislation we would like to get past. we have an omnibus bill. there are issues that relate to the veterans, veterans affairs and lawsuits that are happening there. we have the mother language. i have a day job that is different from just what is happening on the political side. just very excited about the size of our victory. have always you, i supported it. it doesn't matter whether they support me. what matters is they support a democratic agenda. and they all spoke beautifully for the people, health care,
health care, health care, like a jackhammer. that is what is important. what was yours? >> we will come back to the omnibus. i intend to win the speakership with democratic votes. that was your question. that was your question. i have overwhelming support in my caucus to be speaker of the certainly, we have many, many people in our caucus who could serve in this capacity. i happen to think that at this point, i am the best person for that. six questions. you want to ask about the omnibus. >> yes, please. you mentioned the language about robert mueller. you mentioned the california wildfires earlier. what are the other red lines going into this, particularly as it pertains to the border wall? rep. pelosi: i am an appropriate
or. left to their own devices, i have said this to you before, democrats and republicans can come to their own conclusions. to their agreements. because they know what they are doing. they understand the issues. it is just when some of these poison pills come from on high that the problem is created. we are making good progress , on the individual bills. we would not like to see a continuing resolution. we would like to see the bills pass, have it done, move on to what is new in the new congress. rankingwoman -- our members, soon to be the chair of the appropriations committee, music to my ears. she and the ranking members and soon to be chairs of the subcommittees on appropriations
have done remarkable job. they have beaten back over 150 alone andls this year probably more to come that they but to -- hopefully not -- we have to be prepared for that. we do not know what they will come up with, but so far, we are on a good track. >> is your asked to fund the bills? rep. pelosi: do not want that. we want to get it done. we can do it. it is possible to do it now. when the president weighs in, the rest -- we will see. >> what do you think of them trying to challenge it? rep. pelosi:, on in. the water is warm. yes, ma'am. [laughter] >> i want to ask you about the role of gender in the speakership race. representative ryan said yesterday that there are plenty of women who can replace you, and he named, among others,
marcia fudge. is he playing the gender card? rep. pelosi: i have not engaged in that. i had 137,000 ads against me in the campaign. say,put some, shall we pressure on our candidates because i have never run for national office, and most people do not even know who i am. a grandmother with lots of energy, grandmother of mine, who ne, to doo do -- of ni what's right for the future, not for my family. they are fine. i do not want them living in a society where one in five children lived in poverty and goes to sleep hungry at night. that is why i am here. so to see the mischaracterizations or the characterization of san francisco liberals -- yes, proudly so. so it makes it hard on the candidates.
here they are, running for the first time, many of them, and they really need to focus on their "why." it's not about me. it's about them and their opponent. obviously, those ads did not work. we have the biggest victory since 1974. you have to ask those people what their motivation is. 14 men are on that letter. >> is it sexism at work, the opposition to you? rep. pelosi: you know i have never gone to that place. i enjoy a tremendous amount of support from the new members who are women our caucus, so i get the upside of being a woman. you would have to ask them. if in fact there is any misogyny involved, it is their problem, not mine. thank you all. night?ince election
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