House Speaker Pelosi Signs Bill on Back Pay for Federal Workers CSPAN January 12, 2019 5:39pm-5:51pm EST
♪ >> ♪ born down in a dead man's town the first kick i took was when i hit the ground end up like a dog that's been beat too much till you spend half your life >> and on friday, house passed a bill to have federal workers receive backpay whenever the government reopens good following the passage of the
bill, nancy pelosi signed it, sending it to the president for his signature. here is a look. rep. pelosi: good afternoon, everyone. i'm honored to be here to sign this legislation which is about fairness to our federal workers and public employees. it should not be necessary. we shouldn't have a shutdown but since we do, we want to ensure that our public employees, some of them are working without pay, some of them are shut out from working, we want to ensure they'll be paid. this is not just for this shutdown but all shutdowns, to remove all doubt. we hope the incentives some in
the financial services sectors and some in the credit union sectors will help people who can't pay their bills because they don't get paid. with that, i am honored to some other members of congress. one of our senior members -- eleanor holmes norton. mr. beyer from virginia as well. congressman mr. chairman, mr. defazio of oregon. all of them have worked very hard to show value, all of them worked hard to make sure that this legislation came to the floor as soon as possible and to
acknowledge senator cardin, senator van hollen of maryland who were instrumental in getting this through the senate so we could take it up expeditiously in the house today. i will sign it. this is the enrollment. >> madam speaker. the president a little while ago talked about the potential for declaring a national emergency, but he would not do so right away and wants democrats to come back to washington and talk about a vote. could you speak on that? rep. pelosi: [indiscernible] i think i have to do that. i didn't realize.
thank you for your leadership, making this possible. thank you for being here at this enrollment. thank you very much. i will keep one. [laughter] we had not intended for this to be a press availability, only a photo op. but since i can speak, when the president asks, we will respond to whatever he does. >> madam speaker, what about this, since everyone is leaving here, it guarantees this will be the longest government shutdown. what are your comments on that, that we'll be in day 22 starting saturday? rep. pelosi: it's totally unnecessary. we have given many paths to alleviating this, opening up government. what we did, i think it is important to remind that in the house we put on the floor the legislation that had already
been passed by the senate, the republican appropriation s legislation. earlier in the week, we passed legislation to open up the treasury department to make sure that people got there -- their refunds in realtime. we talked about opening up the agriculture department so farmers would get their farm support and people could get food stamps and other provisions from the department of agriculture. we did legislation -- i think we did legislation -- transportation and housing and urban development to make sure that people could get access to, or some people would be evicted if initiatives were not ex-tened. then today as you know, we had a
bill on the floor for department of interior to open up the parks , so important. then next week, they passed the senate, 92-6. a republican senate initiative that passed 92-6 in the senate we're putting on the floor here, sending it back to them to say take yes for an answer. we did exactly what you republican senators wrote. now take yes for an answer and pass your own bill that you've already passed once again. next week we'll take up legislation that relates to -- legislation that passed in committee passed over there, some of it voted on in different committees by leader mitch mcconnell. we hope that hopefully by then we wouldn't have the shutdown,
but the fact is we shouldn't have it in the first place. again, as mentioned, a temper tantrum by the president. i'm a mother of five, grandmother of nine, i know a temper tantrum when i see one. it's most unfortunate. people's paychecks are being withheld and that's not right for the american people and we have a better idea about how to secure our border. to do so with technology and infrastructure that is smart. and does the job. building infrastructure at ports of entry where 90% of the drugs come in, the president does not talk about that, most of the people come in seeking asylum, let's have more personnel there. more infrastructure and road repair to facilitate all of that. we have the technology. we need to put the resources there for the technology, take
maybe $400 million to $500 million to scan cars coming in for drugs and other contraband. other problematic items that might be in those cars that can be detected electronically. and use innovation to protect our border in so many other ways. this is smart. this is about now and the future. it's not building a wall. it's more cost effective to do it this way. and it honors our values. that's a negotiation we should be having. that's the negotiation we have wanted. we had three meetings, i think the last one was a staged affair so the president could walk out. the other meetings of staff over the last weekend have tried to be productive. if you want a solution.
we are happy, at least -- not that this makes it ok, but it at least makes it better for america's workers for them to know they will be paid and for their creditors to know they will be paid. >> [indiscernible] rep. pelosi: [indiscernible] he has said terrible things. terrible things have been said by people in this administration. >> [indiscernible] when he makes a decision we'll let him know. theoday is the 22nd day of government shutdown, making it the longest government shutdown in u.s. history. forre leaving washington the weekend, house and senate lawmakers voted to give federal workers back pay whenever the federal government reopens.
about 800,000 federal workers received a blank page seven -- paystub yesterday as lawmakers continue to debate president trump's idea of going on wall on the southern border. follow the debates and briefings on the c-span networks. over 100 new members joined either the house or senate for the 116th congress. indiana voters elected republican mike braun to the u.s. senate. he previously served in the statehouse. the senator on the company that manufactures and distributes parts for trucks. voters in indiana's sixth district sent the vice president brother, greg pence, to the house. andwns to antique malls indiana and was in the oil and gas industry earlier in his career. congressman jim banner represents the fourth district. he had previously been elected to the indiana statehouse and putnam county commission.
he owns a family farm and a home health agency in indiana. he lost his left arm while serving as an officer in the u.s. army during the vietnam war. wisconsin added only one new member to their congressional delegation, representative brian style elected to replace his onetime boss, paul ryan. he served on the wisconsin -- university of wisconsin board of regents. before that, he was an attorney who worked in corporate law. michigan elected for new numbers of congress, all democrats. andy levin succeeded his father, sander levin, in the ninth district. thelevin previously owned clean energy firm and worked on energy issues in the administration of former -- of a former michigan governor. rashida tlaib is the first palestinian-american woman and the first of two muslim women elected to congress. she previously served in the state house. congresswoman alyssa foxconn of
michigan's eighth district served a variety of roles in the pentagon during the obama administration, culminating as acting defense secretary first -- secretary for international security affairs. she previously had jobs in the cia and state department. haley stevens started her career working for the obama administration's auto industry bailout. she worked on ways for small and midsize manufacturers to adopt digital manufacturing methods, including creating job-training programs. her colleagues elected her as one of the presidents of the freshman class. new congress, new leaders. watch it all on c-span. joining us now as kristen brengel, vice president of government affairs at the national parks conservation association. thank you for joining us.