tv Speaker Pelosi News Conference on Legislative Agenda CSPAN February 7, 2019 11:08am-11:26am EST
developed, we empowered our commanders in the field, enabled our partners on the ground and directly confronted isis' wicked ideology and we're doing that today except at even greater numbers. as a result, as i noted in my state of the union address yesterday, the united states military, our coalition partners, and the syrian democratic forces have liberated virtually all of the territory previously held by isis in syria and iraq. it should be formally announced sometime probably next week that we will have 100% of the caliphate. host: congressman, from your seat on the armed services committee, do you believe that will be the situation in what "the washington times" says a full battlefield defeat of the
h.r. 1, cleaning up corruption and restoring integrity in government. yesterday. the second hearing was held on h.r. 1. which will reduce the role of big dark money so the people's interests, not the special interest, will have a stronger voice. in addition, we had two hearings, really, the first in health years on climate change. one in the committee of energy and commerce. first time they had a hearing in eight years, natural resources as well. now that the democrats are in the majority. was pleased yesterday to
appoint the select committee on climate. before i go to that i was very disappointed in the state of the union address there was no mention -- violence in our country caused by the proliferation of guns. we have h.r. 8 which we will be bringing to the floor. we had our hearing this week on that legislation. it will be marked up and it will be sent to the floor, hopefully this month. yesterday, as i mentioned, i appointed the select committee on climate. there's lots of excitement. i said the select committee will have a leading role in taking testimony, building current information on solutions to the climate crisis. but it would be a congresswide initiative. as mentioned, two of our committees have already -- subcommittees had already had earings but we hope it will be -- all of the committees of jurisdictions will be very involved in it. that's the impression i had.
we welcome all the ideas as they highlight the importance of this existental threat to the planet. in our committee, the work will be to address to find solutions. it's not a legislative committee. it will be -- its recommendations, as other recommendations, will be referred to the committees of jurisdiction, legislative committees of jurisdiction. but it's a public health issue. clean air, clean water for our children. it's a national security issue when it comes to preventing climate-driven instability. it's an economic and jobs, jobs, jobs issue of -- good-paying jobs, making america -- keeping america preeminent in green technologies in the world. in my view, a moral responsibility as to believe why this planet is god's creation and we have a moral responsibility to be good stewards of it or if you don't share that religious view but you just understand that we
have a generational moral responsibility to pass the planet onto the next generation in the best possible way, then it has that standing as well. so it's health, security, jobs, jobs, jobs and, again, preserving god's creation. the conference that is going on right now to pass legislation that will, again, keep government open. i don't think that is a question. but, anyway, to protect our borders as we protect our values. i have confidence in the appropriators, not because i know what they're doing, but because i have confidence in the appropriations process. being an appropriator myself. knowing left to their own devices, as i said over and over again, that the appropriators in a bipartisan way and a bicameral way, house and senate, can come to a fair
i would n, which support. i have asked the administration to be as noninterventionist as i am. just let them do their work. hopefully that will i would support -- we'll get some good news in a short period of time and certainly in time before the deadline of february 15. any questions? reporter: who questions on trade. one if you support the bicameral trade authority act, reclaim some of the trade authority for congress and, also, i was wondering what if y are the elements of the -- the speaker: i haven't seen that legislation but i do support reclaiming some of congress' -- it is congress' prerogative. we have given some of that authority to the president and there is legislation here that i am familiar with that would
give him even more authority. and i don't support that. the concerns we have about -- and hopefully they're resolveable because i'm optimistic, always -- what do we call it u.s.-mexico-canada -- i don't know if has an acronym -- previously known as nafta but not nafta. the concerns centered around workers' rights, centered around the environment and centered around prescription drug prices, those are some of the subjects, but the overarching issue is enforcement. you can have the best language on any subject in a bill, but if you don't have the enforcement provisions very strongly spelled out, not as a sidebar, not as a side letter, but central to the treaty, then there's a problem. i believe that the trade representative has been most accommodating and being available for members.
hopefully he'll come to answer some questions soon but we've had good repour with mr. lighthizer. i believe that the committees of jurisdiction, that being the ways and means committee largely, will be having sessions with members so that members can see what is in the legislation, what we'd like to see in the legislation and how we can be supportive. i have always thought this was probably one of the easier trade agreements to come to agreement on, but so far we're not there yet. reporter: you mentioned your committees are getting to work but the president said your committees are going to nuts, that is presidential harassment. are you in fear you are in danger of over-- the speaker: i am not commenting on what the president has to say about our work. i always think whatever the president says about us, he's
projecting his own unrulyness. he's a projector and that's what it's about. i'm very proud of the work of our committees. even the republicans have complimented the committees on being wise in how they proceed in terms of subpoenas and the rest. we will not surrender our constitutional responsibility for oversight. that would make us delinquent in our duties. so i'm not going to respond to any characterization or mischaracterization of the president who -- i am not going there. i think if he's using the world unruly it's a projection of his own administration. reporter: how important do you think it is for the public to see the president [inaudible] the speaker: i think overwhelmingly the public wants to see the president's tax returns. so they want to know the truth. they want to know the facts.
he has nothing to hide. i will tell you this and go from there. e have important work to do. and we have important judgments to make and we need information to make those judgments. i haven't been in a hotel lobby i don't know how long. go through the garage to the kitchen. this is -- it was on martin luther king day in san francisco going to the kitchen to go to the event for the breakfast and one of the people working in the kitchen said to me, i have to tell you this. when the president says that the mueller investigation is going on too long you just say back to him, not as long as your tax audit, mr. president. i thought those were words of wisdom. reporter: some have said [inaudible] the tax return, trying to demand it, what do you say?
the speaker: as you have to be careful. as i said, we are in the first month. the committees have been appointed. they have organized. they are prioritizing their work. and in terms of the tax returns, it's not a question of sending a letter. you have to do it in a very careful way. the chairman of the committee will be doing that. i know this is impatient because people want to know that answers the question. but we have to do it in a very careful way. chad. reporter: with everything that's been going on with virginia, the governor, the attorney general here, virginia is a swing state. you won several states there in the house. what is going on, does that filter down and advantage the national democratic brand in any way? the speaker: no, it does not. no. they will resolve -- the irginians will resolve their
issues that they have there. it's sad because they have some very talented leaders there, but they have to have the confidence of the electorate and the confidence of the legislature that they have to work with but i'll leave that up to them. i have nothing to do here without getting involved in the affairs of virginia. reporter: today a number of democrats unveiled their green new deal proposal. wide ranging. they are talking about curbing air travel. they are talking about retrofitting every building in the country. what's your reaction to that? can you talk about your own approach to climate legislation? is it informed by the experience you had in 2009 and 2010 with the clean energy and security act? the speaker: i thank you for the question because many of you don't know but when i was speaker, my flagship issue under president bush was climate, addressing the climate crisis and increasing energy independence for our country.
under president bush, in a bipartisan way, we passed one of the biggest energy bills in the history of our country. it was like taking millions of cars off the road, raising the emission standards and many good features in it. including a compromise between nuclear -- renewables, we came to agreement and had a magnificent signing ceremony. many of the authorities that president obama used as president to address the issues of pollution and climate were authorities that were in that legislation so i'm very, very proud of that. so now when we lost the majority, the republicans dismantled all of the greening of the capitol, some of the leadership symbols we wanted to put out there but also some of the policies that we had so we are here again forming a select
committee. technology has advanced so information is available and communicated more readily. we will have to be up to date in terms of hearing from our national security experts on the challenges to stability in the world that climate crisis and i will go into detail if you want me to. this is a jobs, jobs, jobs issues, as i said, making us preeminent in the world in terms of freen technologies and as we -- green technologies and as we build the infrastructure that's part of our -- part of the for the people agenda. we want to do in a green informed way and it's a public health issue. clean air, clean water. a moral issue to lead -- leave the planet in better shape than we found it. reporter: is the green new deal proposal a useful base -- the speaker: quite frankly, i haven't seen it but i do know it's enthusiastic and we welcome all the enthusiasms out
there. the purpose, though, of this select committee and the tasking that i have given to the committees of jurisdictions -- i didn't have to task them. they had their own enthusiasms for it, was that we would have an evidence-based, well-defined approach to how we go forward to make a difference. because even then in 2000 -- well, 2007 when we passed the first energy bill but then continuing that debate under president obama, it was getting too late. and now we're well past that time. so time is of the essence. we welcome the enthusiasm that is there. the green deal points out the fact that the public is much more aware of the challenge we face and that is a good thing. because the public sentiment will help us pass the most bold common denominator, the bold
initiatives with the interest in, again, saving the planet while we create jobs, protect the health of our children and pass the planet on in a very serious way. i'm very excited about it all and i welcome green new deal and any other proposals that people have out there. thank you, all, very much. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. isit ncicap.org] >> as this press briefing comes to a close, speaker pelosi will be joining her colleagues in the house when members gavel back in at noon eastern, just over half an hour from now. live coverage here on c-span. right now we'll take you live to house energy committee panel looking into the f.c.c.'s repeal of net neutrality rules with testimony from two former f.c.c. chairs. ive coverage here on c-span. >> what our colleagues have talked about all along.
i'm once again asking our friends across the aisle to work with us on a bipartisan solution. let me close with this. i want to read from a letter that is from 2010. it says, and i quote, internet broadband access as telecommunication services that are subject to the provisions of title 2 of the communications act may have far reaching implications. to reclassify these services is to create uncertainty, internet access something that's sure to adversely affect job creation, both of which are in short supply right now. this is a job for congress. chairman pallone, i couldn't agree more with you. this was your letter from 2010. i look forward to reaching across the aisle to find a solution here that will give certainty to the market and protection to consumers and with that i yield back the balance of my time. >> the gentleman yields back. ll remind my friend that the past efforts of both democratic and republican f.c.c. chairmens to do it in the way you described was struck down