Speaker Pelosi News Conference CSPAN June 27, 2019 1:33pm-2:01pm EDT
lawmakers go on recess for the 4th of july week. they are expected to do it by the end of this week within 24 hours hopefully coming to a compromise on the senate-passed version. we heard from senate majority leader on the bill and take a look at what the house speaker ad to say earlier today. ms. pelosi: good morning everyone. well, that was a night. you are thinking of the debates. we are thinking of the game. last question from chad as i was leaving. who is going to win the democrats or the republicans. i thought you were asking a different question. 14-7. i like it like that. the only thing is that it took a long time, the game. we missed the original presentation of the debate but everything looked very good and
proud of all of the democrats who put themselves into the arena to be continued tonight. we are getting a mixed review on the supreme court on the senate. it appears now they are sending it down to a lower level of court because the chief justice -- now this is all reporting, is saying there wasn't sufficient justification from the commerce department for this citizenship question. there could be justification, he says. let's see what that is. first they ruled in favor of the question, but it's a little bit of a different question. but that is all to say we have to make sure whether that question is on there or not and i certainly hope it is not. whether it is on there or not, that the american people come forward and be counted.
it would be a sad occurrence if people said, since it's on there, i'm not going to be counted because it means so much of who we are as a nation and what makes up america, who are we and how do we address the needs of the american people and how do we reapportion seats in the united states so people have the representation that is justified by their numbers. here we are. right now on the floor, we are debating to save our federal elections act. this is part of h.r. 1. we are taking some of it in pieces. to fortify funding our voting machines and the rest and addressing the cybersecurity concerns we have.
i salute madam chair lofgren, chair of the house administration committee. this is step one. we'll have more legislation. mr. beeney thompson, chair of the homeland security committee has been working on this issue and the other legislation. this happens to be the jurisdiction over the house administration committee and it is exactly word-for-word the same as a senate bill. and hoping to get some bipartisanship today for the people, for the people, so that the resources that are allocated, the standards that are set will give us an honest count. speaking of bills being word-for-word, we were hoping that would be the case from the senate when it comes to the children, the children, the children. when someone asked me the most important question facing the congress, i always say the same
thing, the children, the children, the children, safe, healthy environment and which they can reach their fulfillment. and right now, we are faced with a situation that we can do much better for the children. i am fond of the phrase, you are in your mother's arms. that's one of the most comforting phrases for a child that everything is going to be in their parents' arms, mother and father. what we are hoping to do is have an improvement on the senate bill for the children, for the children -- must have a high standard of medical attention for them as well as for hygiene and nutrition and the training of personnel to address their needs, for the children, for their safety. we want them not to be in an influx center longer than 90
days so they can be safely placed with family or other opportunities for their safety. 90 days. centers, influx fa -- if they don't live up to the standards of influx centers, they would be terminated after six months. for the children we want to reimburse local governments, even the armed -- the state for the funds that have been spent to protect the children and their families. these are very simple things, for their health, for their safety, for their well-being and their comfort. we are hoping to have this model of really a pilot program of a
place of cultural and linguist particular religious comfort level for the ching where they can be at a migrant processing center for the comfort of the children. so what we are asking for is to have transparency and accountability and how we deal with it. i hear people say it's about more money. it's not about more money but accountability and more standards that i think we all share. i don't know why anybody would be afraid of that. my view, i would be considered one who is not inclined to iolence and -- in any way, but if you start endangering children, i become -- you get near those cubs, it evokes a response. and i just feel that way about
all children. our -- i want children to have opportunities. all we're saying, for their comfort and safety and well-being, for their health, we can do so much more. only take a few minutes in conference. these issues are not unknown. and remembering all of these children are god's children. they have a spark of difficult vin ti that we must respect. the t will relate to humanity that should evoke in us. this isn't about challenges or anything like that. it's about humanity and the courage to do what is right for the children. it wouldn't take a long time, but it would make a big difference. and that is what i'm very proud of our colleagues for what we voted on the other day.
a conference is a compromise and so we expect that that would be part of our conversation. but for some reason, the senate republicans have decided they don't want to go there. and i think the public should note. i had a very good conversation with the president. i think he would have been well disposed and now he is in japan. hopefully can share our religious values with vice president pence this morning. what else is happening? we are out there for the people. when we come back we will be doing national security issues. we will be doing the the armed services -- the national defense authorization bill when we come back. we'll be talking about following on what the senate did sales and the like and we will
hear from special counsel robert mueller on july 17. we look forward to hearing that from him. but i would hope that we could pass today in a bipartisan way the safe act, save our federal elections, because john lewis said this on the press conference on the voting rights act which is a partner to this bill, it's a sacred right, the right to vote. any questions? reporter: madam speaker -- ms. pelosi: something new. -- ter: as you know [indiscernible] reporter: would you put the enate bill on the floor?
ms. pelosi: i haven't been told by the administration that the president was predisposed by what we are proposing. what are they afraid of? i see that coming from mitch mcconnell and i just don't know why. we have respected the fact that the senate has passed their bill. we think they should respect the fact that we passed ours. if he sees things in the future, cooperation is a two-way street and when you are talking about the children, this is a very big priority for us. so we'll continue our conversation. without threats or present dicks but holding up this concern for children on the border and for children across america as a moral imperative. reporter: are you ruling outputting the senate bill on the house floor? ms. pelosi: we are looking forward to having further conversation on this matter. one step at a time.
reporter: with all the attention focusing on immigration and the picture of the drowned immigrants, do you think there prospects for broader immigration legislation? ms. pelosi: i'm encouraged with our conversations with the president. i spoke to him on friday and i spoke to him yesterday and we talked about the fact that if we are going to deal with these issues, we have to deal in away that builds on the dream act and oes further to address the people in our country -- we have a path to citizenship. which is overwhelmingly supported by the american people. i think we are going to continue those conversations and hopefully that is something that can be done in the near future
than the longer term. it has to be done. we can talk about one thing or another and we have talked about comprehensive immigration reform and since that didn't happen, we want to do the dreamers, a number of things that must be addressed, but hopefully we can work in away that respects the dignity and worth of every person and understands what immigration means to america and constantly reminding people and president ronald reagan's last speech as president of the united states when he spoke about vital force of the america's preimnens in the world is every new generation that comes to america. look it up. it is a beautiful speech. wait a minute. we had a rule in our caucus if
you asked a question in the previous meeting you have to get in line. you know how it is the same people jump in front of the line. reporter: follow up on that question of the man that was drowned with his daughter. what was your immediate reaction to that photo and who do you hold responsible for that? ms. pelosi: can you imagine that the father put the little girl on shore to go back to get her mother and she wanted to be with er father. this is such a tragedy. not a question of blame but being careful and understand the
consequences of policy. i'm sure nobody decided to have a policy which says and i don't care if something like this happens, but it does happen. i have visited the border so many times. the rio grande has personality. this is not just a river that you swim across. it has its moments. i can just imagine how that happened. -- i think it's just a shame that is the face of america around the world. let's get back from the standpoint. this is one of those metered situations where people who have come to our country and want to be admitted have to meet certain standards. that's the way it is. but it isn't -- i had this conversation with my republican
colleagues recently, it shouldn't be a crime to have a visa, to have a status violation . if somebody commits a crime or is guilty of a crime and they are in our country, prosecutorial justification would be that they be sent away. if you overstay your visa and they narrowed the number of people coming in through the ports of entry -- and that's not unusual. i have seen -- i have physically seen that happen there. nd again, enlarge the issue. let's just subject people to the laws. but we also have to reckfies everybody in america has rights. everybody in america has rights.
and we are trying to make people aware of their rights once they are in our country. but you just cannot say -- and there is a disagreement that anybody coming across the border is breaking the law not as to whether there is a determination whether they can stay or not. just because they are coming across the border. we want border security and do what we need to protect our borders, north, south, east, west. but we don't have to undermine who we are as a country by saying it's a crime to engage in an internationally recognized opportunity to make your case to come into a country, any country. reporter: can you describe the
time crunch we are under. the senate passed their bill and you are going to pass another version. but there is a time crunch and there is a risk of not getting any agreement before the break. can you describe that risk is? ms. pelosi: did i not ask this question? one step at a time. one step at a time, chad. like to see if we can have some conversation. if there is a rejection because they don't agree we should have healthier medical facilities and nutrition and hygiene and trained personnel, let's find that out. if it's not more money, it's how the money is spent. if they say the faith-based organizations and should not be compensated fully for what they have already provided, well let's find that out. what is the objection?
it's a come pom myself. there may be some things that we would yield on depending on the objection they may have. so we are taking it one step at a time. and i say this almost with a sense of thanks for telling us, everyone. we know how urgent it is to get the money, resources and changes to these children. and we care very much about them. we just want to do the best for them under the circumstances. understand this. this is not the end of this discussion, because we will have more time to shine a bright light on what is happening there, what difference one policy or another might make and how we can be respectful, not only of those people but the people who are trying to help them. some in the public sector and
nonprofit sector. i spoke with cardinal of houston, the bishop of austin, the archbishop of los angeles, all of us sharing our concerns about god's children. reporter: [indiscernible] friend : she told the after the incident allegedly took place. what if anything should congress do about an allege of rape against this president? ms. pelosi: we are still immersed in what is happening in iran and what is happening on our border, so many policy issues that we have responsibility for including keeping our elections safe, today as well as well as protecting the children to the best of our ability. i haven't spent any time on that
and i don't know the people you are referencing. i don't know the person making the accusation. i guess i'm not -- i haven't paid that much attention to it. i'm more concerned about policy decisions that we have disagreements on that we need to come to agreement on that affect for the people, the libes of the american people. i appreciate it is getting more publicity. i'm just not following it that closely. reporter: that she was raped by the president and she came forward and said she was actually raped. ms. pelosi: lord knows, i respect the concerns that are expressed by women as they present their case. and as i say, i don't know the person. doesn't matter if i did or not. i respect that.
but i don't know what congress' role would be in this. but in any of these things, this is about what the president's own party would do. you really have to ask them. i'm busy worrying about children not being in their mother's arms because of policies we may have. i'm concerned about -- one thing that we did that was great last week and wasn't bipartisan, but we passed under representative neal's leadership to help poor children in america with the low-income -- child tax credit, but the younger children's tax credit. that's what we spend time here. i'm respectful with any woman who comes forth with her story. i don't know what the role is of congress. reporter: did you reach a
negotiated settlement with -- [indiscernible] reporter: what do you expect opening negotiations with canada and mexico and does that mean if usmca? get a vote on ms. pelosi: was that a question r a statement? here's the thing. n the subject of u.s.-mexico-canada, we have to t a name, nafta revisited, nafta 2.0, after nafta, they have all kinds of names, as much as possible we are trying to keep the discussions on track and on schedule and what the schedule is is when we come to agreement and whenever that is.
but i had ambassador lighthizer with the caucus to narrow anywhere our concerns are. i told you over and over. enforcement the overarching issue. you can have an agreement but if you don't have effective enforcement, you are just having a conversation. there are three issues, what does it mean for america's working families. environment, what does it mean in terms of the environment and third cost of prescription drugs, pharmaceutical issues, those three are very important to a broad across the board group of our members. we had some dogs and cats in here, other more smaller and regional issues, we love our dogs and cats, but first
overarching and the three could be deal breakers. so what we would propose, we have to have enforcement. we don't have enforcement if the it's a letter or side bar that is in our country but not in the agreement. i could see a scenario that for the singular purpose of doing enforcement that we would suggest that they should open -- i mean it's a question of having the strongest as possible, but we want to pass this bill. we do not want to pass this agreement just slightly different from nafta with little sugar on top and say see, we did something different if it isn't going to be enforceable it will just be nafta with sugar. i voted for nafta and i took the heat and i know my disappointment.
couldn't be like opening it up and now it is ala entry. it would be surgical. i hope we can do it. you have leverage. we want to change nafta. and i think that's across the board that we do and everybody's working very hard to understand the differences to try to eliminate some or prioritize as we go along so hopefully we will be able to do. the ambassador will frequently say, we don't want to get this into the presidential candidates. i think most of them would want a better nafta, but i certainly don't speak for them. but that doesn't have anything to do -- it's about the substance of the agreement and not the politics at all. reporter: administrative fixes
that the president might be able to offer you that you would trust if you can't make an agreement with senator mcconnell to address some of these concerns on immigration? ms. pelosi: i think senator mcconnell will do what the president wants. we would rather have it statutory. 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 >> since then the house has withdrawn the votes as they were about to begin on the senate version of the border security supplemental bill that was going to be voted on in the house. we should be hearing from the senate leader mitch mcconnell shortly. if the house is still out, we will bring you his remarks here live. if the house does gavel back in, you can find those remarks over a little bit of a look at what's been happening in the house as they try to get this legislation
passed ahead of the july 4th hollywood break. lawmakers expected to go out of the -- holiday break. lawmakers expected to go out of town this week. a tweet here that the house just pulled the rule containing the house amendments to the border supplemental. meaning they're redrawing the lines to move forward with funding. strong senate vote from wednesday clearly difficult to ignore for the democratic majority in the house that wants to pass something else. wong's ere from scott reporting that speaker pelosi faces a rebellion. and of course from the senate majority leader, he is saying the senate will not pass a border supplemental bill that cuts funding for the immigration and customs enforcement and the department of defense. e already have our compromise. host: while we wait to see what the house does here, we are
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