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Charles Schumer
  House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Schumer Press Conference  CSPAN  May 22, 2019 6:41pm-6:50pm EDT

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all set. thank you everybody. indiscernible chatter] >> have you read the mueller eport? [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit >> house and senate democratic leaders called their own news conference to respond to president trump cancelling their white house meeting on infrastructure and the president's comments into the ueller report. s. pelosi: good morning.
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good morning everyone, this morning he we went to the white use for a meeting, follow-up meeting with the president where we agreed on a dollar figure and agreed on the percentage of 80-20 in terms of responsibility and we dusted to priorities about infrastructure. it was agreed at that time that we would return today to talk about how we would cover the costs of such a proposal. last night, and time in between, the president was making some sounds of how serious he could be. and he put forth a letter unless he passed the u.s.-mexico-canada there was no reason to go forward with infrastructure.
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we didn't see those two as related. but the fact is hopeful, optimistic and seeing the necessity for big infrastructure initiative for our country. we went in the sprirt of bipartisan to find common ground with the president on this. he came into the room and made a statement that he made, i wouldn't even characterize it, but i will say this and after he left, thomas jefferson when he was president of the united states, asked his secretary of the treasury to put forth an infrastructure proposal for the country. it was followed by lewis and clark expeditionon and it would be about the the cumberland road and things like that to build into america. hundred years lateer teddy
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roosevelt established the green infrastructure of america. we had hopes we could give this president an opportunity to have a signature infrastructure initiative to create jobs, to to improve the quality of life and do so much for our country on the ongoing -- not only the jobs created but building on the commerce it would promote. and that included, roads, and s and mass transit broadband, and other underserved areas, clean water, waste water, all of the things that have -- the american society of civil gears said is in the trillions,
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the deficit we have. for some reason and maybe it was lack of confidence on his part that he really couldn't match the greatness of the challenge really have, wasn't respectful of the congress and the white house working together . he just took a path. and it just makes me wonder why he did that. in in any event, i pray for the president of the united states and i pray for the united states of america. i'm pleased to yield now to the distinguished democratic leader of the senate, mr. schumer. senator schumer: thank you, speaker pelosi and to watch what happened in the white house would make you jaw draw. we believe in infrastructure. our roads and bridges need
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repair. we believe that rural america needs broadband and we believe to believe clean new energy, we need a power grid, modernized and upgraded, we need electric cars. we believe in all these things. ap so despite signals in the previous few weeks that he might not be serious, we went forward. we came here very seriously. the president asked in his letter, where would the democrats spend money on infrastructure? i was giving him a 35-page plan detailing this in the areas that had the broad support of senate and house democrats. we were interested in. we are interested in doing infrastructure. it's clear the president isn't. he is looking for every excuse, whether it was let's do trade
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first or he isn't going to pay for any funding, or whether today there are investigations. hello. there were investigations going on three weeks ago and still meant with us. and now he was forced how he was going to pay for it, and up with this pre-planned excuse. this wasn't a spontaneous move. it was planned. when we got in the room, the president, there was a place at the front so he could stand and attempt to tell us why he wouldn't do infrastructure. and of course, he went to the se garden with preprepared signs. we want the president to do infrastructure. we want our congress to perform its constitutional
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responsibilities and create jobs, create incomes and we can doll doesn't want to do any to do that. ms. pelosi: we had a distinguished delegatioto the house and senate. as you can see, the distinguished leader on the appropriations committee, nator patty murray and mr. crapo. richard neal, the chair of the ways and means committee, and steny hoyer.. [laughter] ms. pelosi: whatever the title is in the senate. >> number two. ms. pelosi: debbie stabenow of
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michigan, a leader on all of these issues. lujansistant speaker, mr. of new mexico, our distinguished whip of the house, mr. clyburn. the chair -- i love saying chair -- the chair of the transportation and infrastructure ki, mr. defazzyo. yeoh. top -- fee fazz and ron wyden. we came with commitment and knowledge and shared vision of of president eisenhower, when he instituted the interstate highway system. it was important for jobs and mobility. it was a national security
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initiative. and it was bipartisan. lyndon johnson and sam rayburn in the house and senate, president of the united states, dwilet eisenhower, we thought we could do something comparable. unform, the president isn't ready for that. thank you very much. indiscernible chatter] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its captn content and accuracy. visit