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  Speaker Pelosi News Conference on Impeachment State of the Union Policy...  CSPAN  February 6, 2020 2:56pm-3:24pm EST

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marine on iwo jima. >> the marines [inaudible] they started firing their weapons, screaming and yelling and that kind of stuff and i really thought everybody had lost their minds for a second rate i could not figure out what was going on and then i caught on what was going on because they were [inaudible] and then i looked and there's old glory. >> this weekend explore our nations passed on american history tv on c-span3. >> next, a news briefing with house speaker nancy pelosi who spoke to reporters about president trump's state of the union speech, his acquittal of the senate impeachment trial in this morning's national prayer breakfast.
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>> good morning everyone. i just got back from the prayer breakfast so let's all be very prayerful. as you know, this week we had the state of the union paid as required by the constitution of the united states and the president is to submit in writing or in person his statement of the state of the union. what happened instead was president used the congress of the united states as a backdrop for a reality show presenting a state of mind that had no contact with reality whatsoever it was quite appalling to hear the president say the 150 million families in america that are faced with pre-existing medical conditions a benefit that is afforded to them in the affordable care act that he was
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protecting that benefit when, in fact, he has done everything to dismantle it. we are fighting him in the courts are now to preserve that benefit. that misrepresentation was appalling and so clearly untrue and next he talked about another issue of concern for working families, the issue of the cost of prescription drugs. as i have said before, i've seen grown men cry across the country when it comes to the fact they cannot afford the prescription drugs and meet their other obligations to their families. we had talked about negotiating for lower prices and that is the only way you will get lower prices. during the campaign the president said he would negotiate like crazy and i think like crazy means maybe not at all. i said that before because the president's statements
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[inaudible] for him to represent that he was working on that, we had been working on it. we were hopeful to get something done. i guess, pharma stepped in. then he talked about saving medicare and social security when, in fact, in his budget the 2020 budget he cemented, $2 trillion were decreased in medicare and medicaid combined, including in terms of social security reduce the disability benefit in social security. one after another right to the kitchen table of america's working families to serve up these falsehoods. appalling also was when he was trying to discredit the triumph of the obama administrations on the economy. i've given you a paper on this
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put out the joint economic committee under leadership of our house vice chair on that and it talks about all the things job creation and the rest. ... it was at 18,000. again, momentum. that the administration was able to build on. during the eight years of the president obama's presidency he reduced the deficit by a trillion dollars. instead this administration is creasing it and with the tax
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cut, the tax scam for 80% of the benefits going to the top 1%, they increased the national debt by $2 trillion and they want to medicare and medicaid to try to pay for that. but we're not doing that. and then during the eight years of -- when president bush was president, the job growth was slow, under president obama we gained more than 14 million private sector jobs, and during his presidency, more than -- and that is far more in the pro rated in terms of years than what the president has created. a momentum, a path of $14 million is not a mess, mr. president. and then during his presidency, we rescued the auto industry and
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all that brought back to the economy. during the administration, more than 20 million people were afforded quality affordable health care and in addition to that, 150 million families with pre-existing conditions got a new benefit that enabled them to have access to health care as well as other benefits of no lifetime, no annual lift, child until 26 years old can stay on your benefit. bag woman, no longer a pre-existing condition. when the talks about making health care. the fact is, he did nothing. he did not inherit a mess. he inherited momentum of growth in our economy. and many more statistics are in the -- what i hope you will read because it was appalling to hear him try to take credit for something that he -- and call what president obama did a mess that he inherited when in fact it was a great advantage to the
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country that president obama's policies took us to that very positive place of growth and of job creation and deficit reduction. i talked to my members and i say what does your idea do for growth, for creation of good paying jobs and reducing the deficit? let see how it meets those standards of what the president has done for him to make it as if he did all this stuff, he still haven't even mecheed president obama's growth in the stock market, if you call that a real measure of success. and in some respects it's a good indicator but it's not an indicator of what is happening at the kitchen tables of america's working family and they're concerned but the fact maybe of them. have not received a raise in a very long time. that 40% of them. could not find $500 for an
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emergency. president goes on in saying, oh, took many more -- because of owl my growth many more people are not on food stamps. no, you kicked them off. you kicked them off. and that is just isn't a fair thing to do in our economy. so it was a -- in my view a manifesto of mistruths, of falsehoods, blatantly, really dangerous to the will being of the american people if they believe what he said. so, again, we do not want the chamber or the house of representatives to be used as a backdrop for one of his reality shows with unreality in his presentation, and by the way, a serious breach to start citing for more years on the floor or the house. totally improvement we're excited how we're going forward to honor our promises to
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american people. low the cost of handcuff by lowering the crosse of prescription drugs. it will lower the cost of prescription drugs for them and also increase benefits in medicare, dental, hearing, and visual. vision in expansion of medicare, the biggest expansion since insent. that benefit will apply to not only medicare, the reduction in costs -- the reduction in cost apply to met care and all insurance plans for prescription drugs. very excited but hr3. lower the health care costs by lowering the cost of prescription drugs and protecting the reexisting medical condition benefit. secondly, bigger paychecks, building the infrastructure of america in a green, resilient
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way. we thought we were in a good place on beth scores with the president because we had negotiated with the white house on hr3 until the president decided we should go with pharma instead of the american people. we thought we were a good path in negotiating with the administration on what the infrastructure bill would contain. last night he talked but rural background. he didn't know what that was. just roads and stuff. no roads, bridges, water, broadband, and the rest, and so bigger paychecks by -- we talked about a man. he sent over a $200 million plan which he then said is a bad plan. it is. it's too mall and too much burden on the locality so we have -- and then of course our third agenda, lower health care costs, bigger paychecks, cleaner government. we think we have a shot on the first two. but not on the third.
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cleaner government. now that's not something that they, he or the republicans have as a value. so, yesterday the senate acted first time in history, a senator has voted against his own president in a decision regarding impeachment. god bless him for his courage. this morning the president said when people use faith as an excuse to do -- i don't know if he said bad things but whatever he said, just so completely inappropriate. especially at a prayer break fast. we'll be expanding our -- what talked about before, about our infrastructure bill, surface transportation, water systems, broadband, rural broadband, urban desert broadband, very important to health, education, commerce, and the rest for our country. and then we'll go further with our initiative on infrastructure for education -- for school
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construction and some housing initiatives and initiatives that relate to our -- the need of our veterans who will be unfolding some of that in the week ahead. so we continue, continue, continue to do our work, 275 or more bipartisan bills on mitch mcconnell's desk. the grim reaper has not taken any of them up. i if he had one i wish he would too the proud sponsor -- proud background check and which stave lives. we'll be taking up in the next week the e.r.a. and there's a great deal of excitement across the country. you see what happened in virginia and we're hoping to move the date to include that new state in that number to promote women and especially in this year web we observed 100th anniversary of women having the right to vote. chad, you are going to ask what
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happened to the 49ers? >> i'll ask that at the end. >> just when you're thinking of it, think about your own team, okay? >> we're going to the first round draft. >> always that. always that. any questions? >> you mentioned prescription drugs. what is the likelihood of being able to work with president trump on these things given what at least appears to be a strained relationship. >> we have had a strained relationship for a while and able to keep government open, and push back on his threats to set down government if we hadn't do this or that. and i'm just very proud of the work in our bipartisan way of our appropriatators. left to their own devices they can work things out, and we did and pushed back on any threats of shutdown. so we worked together on that and be worked together on the u.s.-mexico-canada agreement.
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the bragged about delivering it. i don't know he knows what is it because it's so different what he sent to is but it does have a framework of enforcement, protection of workers, protection of environment and getting rid of his gift to pharma. a gift to pharma in that trade agreement. we kicked that out. just another example of his beholding to the pharmaceutical industry. so two major things accomplished. these are things the president said he wanted to do reduce the cost of prescription drugs and build infrastructure during the campaign. especially infrastructure. i hardly ever had a conversation with him hundred he wasn't talk can but infrastructure, infrastructure, infrastructure. he wants that. i think he knows our country needs that and hopes -- we were almost there and then he was into the war. >> you don't think --
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[inaudible] -- >> that is up to him. hasn't changed in terms of us. people say why give him a victory on the trade agreement? i said it's not a victory for him. not to do that for the benefit of providing for our manufacturers, farmers, workers in our country, our hemisphere would be wrong. he just wasn't that important that we would walk away from what they one conceding to us, what they were conceding to us in that legislation. if we didn't get we want we couldn't go that path, but we did. now, did we get everything? no, it's a negotiation. but it's a path to much better trade agreements. >> madam speaker, thank you. good morning. the white house -- [inaudible question]
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>> i don't think that has nothing do -- >> when you hear that rhetoric from the white house and what does that make you think? >> well, let me just say that language is -- first of all he whole state of the union was beneath the dignity of the white house and an insult to the congress of the united states and the american people. their language is nothing that surprises anyone, but they have to know, when the white house speaks those word weigh a ton and they're giving encouragement to people to do things. just as remember charlottesville, people were coming down the hill with tickty torches saying the jews will not replace us, and what was the president's statement? good people on both sides. really? the jews will not replace us and good people on both sides? there's a mysterious view that
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they have about what their words -- the weight their words carry, and there are people out there who -- for whatever purpose -- i know i'm constantly -- i don't want to good into the target i am because of them but i can't worry about that. but that was there even before them. just working with president obama stirred up those same people. but the -- i would like to think it had nothing to do with what the white house was saying but i think they should reign in their comments. they're saying there will be payback to us for upholding the constitution of the united states, for honoring the vision of our phonedder for the dreamcracy, republic if we can keep it something our men and women in uniformfight to keep us and our aspirations of children living in a democracy.
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>> i'm not very fond of commenting on anything they say but if it's threatening, it's wrong. >> -- investigative committees indicated they would like to subpoena john bolton. what is your opinion on that. >> i want first salute of managers. they did a magnificent job renting our founders, country, the constitution. other could not have been better served, each and every with of them. debt a magnificent job and adam schiff's leadership was a blessing to the country. i'm proud of the work the senate did in terms of their response to all of this and their unanimous vote on the house democrats in support of our
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constitution. we are now -- the senate has spoken in terms of any punishment to the president. he's impeached forever, to what he says or whatever headlines. you're impeached forever, never getting rid of that scar. history will always record that you were impeached for unmining the security of our country, jeopardizing the integrity of our elections and vie late the constitution of the united states. no future president thing thinks he or should have the liberty to tase u. away from the public to the second amendment that enables in the to do whatever i want. that's not what the constitution is about. so we'll continue to do our oversight, to protect and defend the constitution, which is three'm coequal branches of government, each a check and balance on the other, and we
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have in cases in court now, mccann and taxes and that, and that will take time. we didn't need to have that come to a fruition because we had a strong enough case to impeach and remove but those cases still exist. if there are others we see as an opportunity we'll make judgment but no plans right now. >> cue describe what you were thinking this morning as the president said that impeachment was a terrible ordeal, put through by corrupt dishonest people, which he meant you and other democrats and his suggestion that you don't actually pray. >> i don't know if the president understands prayer or people who do pray. but we do pray. no are the united states of america, pray for him, president bush still, president obama. it's a heavy responsibility.
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our values, our country, the air our children breathe fish water the drink and the west he really needs our prayers. so he can say whatever he wants but i do pray for him and i do so sin -- sincerely and without anguish, gently. i thought what he said about senator romney was particularly without class. there's some people use faith as an excuse to do the wrong thing. isn't with what the said about romney? what -- well, it's so inappropriate at a prayer breck pham if you want to go to the prayer black fest, prayer on school vouchers, all the things -- god bless youch it's a prayer breakfast and that's
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something about faith. may not be something i agree with but it's a prayer breakfast, but to go into the stock market and raising up his acquittal thing and mischaracterizing other people's motivations, he's talking up about things that he knows little about. faith and prayer. >> you often counsel members to be dignified the their responses did you step on that's message -- >> no, i did not. i tore up a manifesto of mistruth. infrastructure and the rest, who misrepresented all of that. it was necessary to get the attention of the american people to say this is not true and this is how it affects you. and i don't need any lessons from anybody, especially the president of the united states, about dignity. dignity, is it okay to start
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saying, four more years in the house of representatives? it's just unheard of. it is unheard of for the president to insult people there who don't share his view as well as to misrepresent? present falsehoods? some would use the word lie. i don't like to use the word "lie" about what he is saying. it was completely and entirely appropriate and considering some of the other exuberances within the courteous thing to do. >> madam speaker, give you pause -- to invite him back for the state of the union given what you're. >> next year we'll have a new president of the united states. that is absolute imperative for our country. for our constitution, for the lan that we love, from sea to shining sea which he degradeses almost have a. a nation of immigrants unless
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you're a native american. dee grade the -- degrade the environment. you say no me, tearing up his falsehoods, isn't that the wrong message? no, it isn't. it's just i have tried to be gracious with him. i'm always dig any identified. thought that was very dignified act compared 0 the exuberance -- but we will not allow any president to use that capitol, that chamber of the house of representatives, the people's house, as a backdrop for him. not all presidents have guests. that was not a state of the
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union. that was a state -- his state of mind. we want a state of the union, where are we, where are we going and the rest, not let me just show you how many guests i can draw and see how i can give a -- do it in your own office. we don't come in your office and do congressional business. why rue doing that here? when he start talking about someone with stage four cancer i thought he was -- i don't know what -- -- interior our country? in any event, i feel very liberated. i feel very liberated. i feel that i have extended every possible courtesy. i've shown every level of respect. i say to my members all the time there's no such thing as an
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eternal animosity. there are eternal friendships but you never know on what cause you may come together with somebody who may proceed at your foe right now. everybody is a possible ally in whatever comes next. e pluribus unum. our founders had differences as do we. so, begin, i extend the hand of friendship to him to welcome him as the president of the united states, and the people's house. also an act of kindness because to me like he was a little sedated. looked that way last year, too. but he didn't want to shake hands. that meant nothing to me. had nothing to do with my tearing up -- that came much later, and a speed reader. i went right through the thing so i knew what was coming when i saw the compilation of -- i
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started to think, has to be something that clearly indicates to the american people that this is not the truth. and he shredded the truth in his speech. he is shredding the constitution in his conduct. shredded his state of the union address. thank you very much. >> thank you talk about the investigation going forward? >> live here on c-span2 we take you on the campaign trail in new hampshireshire. >> one thing appreciate about pete, the bother those things early on. he can make a difference when he talk about mental health for veterans. he can make a difference help understand what he is talking about. he has seen it first hand