House Speaker Pelosi News Conference CSPAN January 10, 2019 7:13pm-7:32pm EST
what we are more on our guard about are the institutions in he federal government that are avowedly benign in their intentions. the federal reserve, for example. he department of treasury. the securities and exchange commission. these institutions set up as benefactors to the public. i think increasing -- increasingly they are not so. >> author and columnist james grant sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span's "q&a." the senate confirmation hearings for william barr to be the next attorney general of the united states begin on tuesday at 9:30 a.m. eastern. in december, president trump nominated mr. barr to replace jeff sessions who held the position for over a year and a half since the beginning of the trump administration. william barr is now counsel at the law firm of kirkland and ellis and served as attorney general for president george
h.w. bush. watch the process for the nomination of attorney general nominee william barr live on tuesday on c-span3. >> earlier today house speaker nancy pelosi held her weekly briefing with reporters at the capitol. she spoke about the government shutdown over imgation and the ongoing negotiations taking place to reopen it. this is 20 minutes. ms. pelosi: good morning. this week we are continuing to pass senate republican language. as i said in my opening day remarks we want to accept good ideas wherever they come from. so in that spirit we accepted the senate republican language. for bills that had passed the
senate 92-6. strong bipartisan support putting those on the floor each day. yesterday, we did the legislation to open up the treasury department. to make sure that people there are able to come to work and be paid as they meet the needs of the american people including but not confined to getting their refunds. getting small business -- s.b.a. loans. answering questions for taxpayers who are calling in. the sole function of the treasury department. can't say to the treasury department come in, do the job, you're not going to get paid. that's what the republican -- the president is saying. and today we will have the agriculture bill, the bill that covers the department of agriculture so we can address the farmer safety net.
that are expecting and not receiving what the president promed when he did his misinformed trade policies. they also have subsidies and other needs as they plan for the growing season. and food safety inspections, food stamps and all the rest being held up by the president's petulance. again today we'll do -- this week we'll vote on ransportation and h.u.d. and we'll do interior department legislation on friday. next week we'll proceed with legislation that did not pass the full senate yet but very trongly came out of committee.
in fact with the vote where he is on the committee of mitch mcconnell. we're saying take yes for an answer, this is what you have proposed. why are you rejecting it at the ex-pension of the health, safety, and well being of the american people? did you take an oath to the constitution or to donald trump? these veterans are not able to meet their car payment, their house payment, harming their credit ratings. you're no friend of veterans if you harm their credit rating and that's what the president is doing. you're also harming the full faith and credit of the united states of america and our credit rating if he lets this go on with statements, so irresponsible, saying i'll let his go on for months or years.
so he's endangering the safety of our food supply, the security of our airlines. vulnerable families, nutrition assistance, tax refunds, paycheck of 800,000 innocent families. what did they do to deserve this? the president doesn't believe in governance. he doesn't care if government ake place. he doesn't appreciate the role of public policy and the lives of the american people. but, in addition to that what he is proposing is not the best way for us to secure our borders. let me just make clarity. not only is the president un-presidential, surprise, surprise, yesterday in his behavior. i think a meeting was set up so he could walk out. as i said to him yesterday, these people cannot go to their fathers to cover their payments. their costs. can you?
can any of you if this happened to you? if you can, good luck. that's wonderful for you. but that doesn't speak for most families. in our country. but the fact is is that what the president is proposing is not the best way to protect our borders. let's correct the record. he has not told the truth when he -- when he asked me if in 30 days i would support border security and i said no. he knows, the people in the room know, that that was not what happened. but he said in 30 days will you support a wall? and i said no. he went out and said something completely different. he knows we all support border security and that there is a better way to do it. he talks about drugs coming into the country. 90% of the drugs come in through the ports of entry. so we're proposing is to build the infrastructure of the ports of entry. strengthen that. the ports of entry. spend the money. hundreds of millions of dollars,
but to have the standing -- the scanching technology to scan the cars coming through for drug, contraband of any kind, weapons even. repair the roads that facilitate immigration and trade in these regions. the positive, shall we say almost technological wall that can be built is what we should be doing. i don't even know if the president wants a wall. i think he just want as debate on the wall. he's having some difficulty with it because now -- do you think a person who has confidence in the strength of his own arguments, he's debating with the american people, you have confidence in your own position why would you say i have to shut down government so people will heed what i am saying.
it's a bad thing. yesterday we also had legislation on the floor to stop the assault -- government assault on the affordable care act. 192 republicans voted to undermine pre-existing condition benefit. to lifetime limits. the ban on lifetime limits. they voted to stop expansion of medicaid. they voted to impede health insurance affordability, tax credits, and the benefit of kids can up to 26 years old being on their family policies. nd other things. only three republicans voted against that. and that was a vote for us to continue our legal argument against the case that the republicans have. on the campaign trail they said yeah, we're for the pre-existing condition.
192 of them voted against it yesterday. so in any case, recap in terms of the soap opera that the president is creating, we all support border security. we take an oath to protect and efend the american people. and defend the constitution as we do so. and that's what this debate is about. there is a better way, a more effective way to protect, to secure our borders. and that is what the debate should be about. if you believe in your arguments and convinced that you are right, and you think you can persuade others, you don't have to shut down government to strengthen your hand. any questions? reporter: is there any world in hich you would support the contact of reopening government
would you support daca as part of reopening government? ms. pelosi: we haven't had that discussion. just what we're talking about is the president's insistence on the wall. we need comprehensive immigration reform. the democrats and republicans know that. and that is about dreamers and their families and the rest. we had said that we're going to protect the dreamers. that is very popular in the country. we can do that. very quickly. it has republican support in the congress and certainly in the country. the comprehensive immigration reform is what this debate should be about. quite frankly when the president talks about this being national ecurity issue, not really. it's about a policy that's discriminatory as to where people are come intooling -- coming into this country.
yeah, no, absolutely we stand -- all of us have stood ready to discuss comprehensive immigration reform and of course the dreamers. reporter: are you willing to have those conversations before the government reopens? ms. pelosi: we have been having conversations. we want to be a backdrop for the president. to stomp the table and get up and walk out. i think he thought we were going to stay there when he left. he got up. we got up. we have been having these conversations. our staff all weekend, saturday, sunday have been engaged in these conversations. the president just keeps upping he ante. i said to him you are moving the goal posts so many times they are out of the stadium. reporter: have you offered several billion dollars for other border security measures ot relating to the wall? what has the white house reaction been? ms. pelosi: don't think of it as ormal. don't think of this as
normal. the goal posts keep getting moved. but what we did give the president, the white house, is exactly what the homeland security department asked for. but they moved the goal posts. reporter: a manufactured crisis at the border. is that a concern? would you say the same thing order -- you said that this is a manufactured -- ms. pelosi: what was next? reporter: you say this is a manufactured crisis, would you a that to a family who lost lowed one to an illegal immigrant who ended up shooting them in your state. would you say this to families who lost relatives to overdoses because obviously the drugs came from mexico, what would you say to families about that? ms. pelosi: what i say to families like that is what i say to the president regularly. these are tragic situations. tragic situations at the border.
two little children died in custody of the border atrol. a poor anecdote is not data. as painful and horrible, one death is more than we should be able to bear whether it's corporal or whether it's children. the fact is we have to have policy that secures our order. what the president is proposing will not eliminate those possibilities. reporter: the president this morning suggests he may declare a marble emergency. is this a possible way out of the standoff with the president? how would you react if he were to go that route? ms. pelosi: when the president does that you'll find out how we will react. i'm not going to that place now.
the president will have problems on his own side of the aisle for exploiting situation in a way that enhances his power. not to go there. see what he does. right now there is a path. open up government. let's have this discussion on where we can agree on the best ways to protect our borders. to secure our borders. to do so in a way that honors ur values. and the president's going to the voters now, maybe the -- he goes and comes. let me just close by saying this. clearly there is a disparity of hared values here. in terms of respecting the dignity and worth of everyone, we're concerned about ever death that's happened because of the imperfect world. that's very sad. but it is not a justification
for having more children die in custody or be separated from heir families. taking babies out of the arms of their parents. as a mother of five and grandmother of nine, i find that appalling. they find it normal. talk about the -- what he might do tomorrow or today. he's at the border. i think he's going to have to answer to his own party on usurping that much power. again, i'm not going down a path until we see what it is he's willing to do. it's unfortunate because there is an opportunity crossed here of this monday -- he keeps increasing the money, increasing the amount of beds, increasing the obstacles to find a solution. i didn't think he wants a solution. i think he loves the distraction that this is from his other problems. and that's most unfortunate.
it's a luxury our country can't afford under any circumstance. certainly a luxury we can't afford when he's shut down government, takes pride in it, and says months or years. hat's not the action of -- -- action of a responsible president of the united states. let's see what he decides to do and let me just close as a californian by saying how shocking it is that this president would say he's going to withhold funding to meet the disaster assistance -- disaster needs of people in california. ironically most of those, except for maybe part of what happened earlier in santa rosa, most of those fires took place in rural california. the votes he did get in california, were in rural alifornia. we're saying to him if you think
you're punishing our state, you're punishing your own voters and besides which, unless you have a different definition of what a disaster is and the need for assistance, you have no right to withhold those funds and i look to my republican colleagues from california to top looking the other way on the president's irresponsible behavior nationally. but think know people died, communities were wiped out and they're just cavalier about it because of the president of the united states. thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
>> the house is out for tonight but earlier they passed bills funding the transportation and housing and urban development programs and for food stamps and housing programs. the senate said they don't debate these spending bills because president trump said he'll veto them. tomorrow the house plans to work on more government spend, debating a measure to fund the interior department including the e.p.a. follow the house live on c-span when members return friday at 9:00 a.m. eastern. earlier today secretary of state ike pompeo spoke about u.s.-middle east policy and future relations with iran. held at the university of cairo, this is half an hour.