tv House Speaker Pelosi Holds Press Briefing CSPAN January 21, 2021 10:51am-11:19am EST
>> good morning, everyone. what a difference a day makes. wasn't that just the most beautiful inauguration, the theme, america united. it was so perfect, in my view, not only for the, shall we say, peaceful transfer of power, but the manner in which it happened. america united. you know, i said again and again that the arts will bring us together. when the act together we cry together, we are inspired together. we find our common ground more easily, and that was certainly given proof yesterday with amanda gorman presented her beautiful poem about unity and
about coming together, optimism. and it was of course the complete claim of the inauguration but also of the vice president, now president, and he was president when he made his eatable inaugural address about unity. when the day began, the inauguration began, at the end of the day, i love what was on tv at the end of one of the celebrations. you know, the president always love to quote the irish poets, shamus being one of his favorites. so at the end of the day to see -- reciting the poem and then at the end of the poem joe biden,
seamus heaney, together the hideaways of justice can rise up, and hope and history can rhyme. it's about trust. it's about hope it is about optimism. that's what the inauguration was about. when the president said today is america's day, today is democracies day, that was really true. that inauguration was a breath of fresh air for our country, inauguration of joe biden as president, kamala harris as vice president of the united states, with all of the newness that that presented, first woman, first african-american woman, first asian-american women, the past. not just about demography, but about quality of leadership.
so exciting. so now biden-harris administration in place, democratic majority that occurred later in the day yesterday when chuck schumer became the majority leader of the senate with the swearing in of three new members, we are very proud of senator padilla of california come just overwhelmed with joy about the two senators from georgia, jon ossoff and raphael warnock, three new senators, and new democratic majority. now we can recover from the pandemic and get to work to build back better. today, our nation marks passing of the 400,000th people -- 400,000 people yesterday, 400,000 people died people died.
but today marks one year since our first knowledge of this pandemic. and what did we learn this morning? we learned this morning that the trump administration had no real plan for the production and distribution of the vaccine. just another in a series of their terrible, ineffective approach to it from the start, in denial, delay, distortion, calling it a hoax, and now we find that they don't -- that they didn't even have a plan. as we go forward so, we see immediately that joe biden, as president biden, has put forth a plan to crush the coronavirus. you know what that is. yesterday he talked about it in his executive actions when he talked about wearing masks,
distancing, science-based approaches. today, he will sign further orders, my understanding is, to use the defense production act to speed up epp -- ppe delivery to expand testing treatment and public health workforce that we need and launch a vaccination campaign. all of this to more safely open up schools and businesses and approve health equity. something that the republicans were just erased from any bill, addressing the disparity and treatment and testing and, therefore, the disparity and incidence of covid-19, in communities of color. as we salute the actions we are getting ready for comic relief package. we will be working on that as we go. as you probably have seen, mr. hoyer announced that as we work
on these issues we won't be back in session until the beginning of february, another week, february 1, is it, or second? but we will be doing, doing our committee work all next week so that we are completely ready to go to the floor when we come back. and then again the covid proposals from the administration building many of the initiatives that were in our packages all along. it's what the people need, what the country needs to crush the virus, put money in the pockets of the american people and honor our heroes. talking larger about executive actions but i just mention that one bill, covid package, with also were pleased to see the president come forward, the administration come forward with an immigration proposal. very pleased in the house linda sanchez will be taking the lead.
senator menendez in the senate. it has a basic principles that we've talked about all along, and we will see what the timetable is on that. today we are in session to vote on the austin waiver. it is a waiver so that general lloyd austin can serve as secretary of defense. as i i said general austin isa highly qualified and well respected leader with over 40 years of decorated service picky brings a great understanding of the challenges facing our nation's defenses, and the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, and their families. once the waiver is approved i feel confident that the senate will confirm the general as secretary of defense. civilian control of the military is not an issue for us.
it is of value, a principal, and are so pleased that and like the trump administration, the biden administration not only allowed but encouraged the general to come and present his views, which is happening right now in armed services committee. so again, a very happy time. i am very proud of our members. .. psychological trauma, vicarious trauma and the rest. the press asked about things that were stolen, glass that was broken, violation of the
property there, i respect the speaker's office and the accoutrements of history that is there but i am more concerned by the damage that they did to staff, colleagues in the capital of the united states. that is damage. that is damage that must be addressed. the resilience we want to convey, by coming right back, opening the session of congress, proceeding with the business at hand, counting the electoral college votes to ascertain joe biden and kamala harris for vice president of the united states, but that was one aspect of resilience. so many members shall the
uncertainty of it all contributed to the trauma. this is something everyone should take a measure how they reacted to this but the price of resilience our country is famous for and our people need to have as we go forward and one other part of that is we will be in the next few days when i'm talking to the managers as to when the senate will be ready for the trial of the then president of the united states for his role in instigating an insurrection on the capital of the united states, on our democracy, to undermine the will of the people, very clear he has been on this path for a while, he
urged them on, on the way to the capital, because of the lawlessness. he showed a path to the capital, the lawlessness took place, direct connection in one day over and above all of the other statements he had made before. not going to be telling you, we've got to wait for the senate to be in session, whether he to receive the question. we are ready. with that i'm pleased to take any questions. >> talking security at the capital and concerned about this. do you have any evidence where
you briefed in any capacity about these allegations of reconnaissance tours, there is not proof of that, alleged to have given these, - >> all the things you indicate you have to have evidence of what has happened. there is no question members in this body gave aid and comfort to those with the idea they were embracing a lie perpetrated by the president of the united states that the election did not have legitimacy. the president of the united states, his words have weight, they weigh a ton in fact. that is one thing. in terms of what you suggest,
everything has to be based on evidence and that remains to be seen. in that regard i am very pleased we will have an after action review that will reveal many aspects of what happened, people did aid and abet, there will be more than just comments from colleagues, there will be prosecution if aided and abetted an insurrection in which people died but you have to collect the evidence as you proceed. i'm very excited, and and we have an after action review. before the weekend, he agreed to take a look at the security
infrastructure, interagency relationship, the capital regional security aspects of it, we believe we were in very good hands, taking a look he has and inviting experts in the field to give their views as well. >> any timing for the articles of impeachment. >> you mentioned leader schumer, senate majority leader, what is your advice for leaders -- in the majority, as it concerns leader mcconnell
who let us know even the sweep of government, leader mcconnell sees an important role for republicans - >> are you asking what advice i would give leader schumer. and and -- >> in dealing with literal -- leader mcconnell. >> it is very different from the house. to find bipartisan where we can, to find common ground or can we have that is not only a goal the responsibility.
and if we are talking with the country needs, that hasn't happened yet. to end the economic crisis we are in. we need to do more to do that and one way is to help our heroes, healthcare workers, first responders, sanitation transportation, food workers, teachers on the front line risking their lives to save lives on the verge of losing their jobs, with what the country needs that hopefully we can have bipartisan agreement. >> you you mentioned unity. to undercut that message and
alienate public support for the president? >> know. i am not worried about that. the fact is the president committed an act of incitement of insurrection. i don't think it is unifying to say let's just forget it and move on. joe biden said it beautifully, going to unite, and we must bring this in. to uphold dignity, to protect and defend the constitution of the united states. just because he's now gone, you don't say to a president do whatever you want in the last month of your administration.
you're going to get out of jail the card don't get out of jail card free because people think we should make nice nice and forget the people died on january 6th, the attempt to undermine our election and undermine our democracy, dishonor our constitution, i don't see that at all. don't see that will be harmful to unity. >> a year ago in the context of the last impeachment trial use it you cannot have a trial without documents and witnesses. i wonder what kind of trial you would like to see your impeachment managers put forward. is that we are waiting for? some guidance from the senate how they will conduct themselves before you send that article? >> we are talking two different things, we are talking phone calls the president had as one part of it that people could say i need evidence.
>> what is the status of hr one? >> hr one is in an exalted position. the priority for us, f6, thank you for asking about it. this is central to the integrity of our government to reduce the role of special-interest money in politics, to give more leverage to small donors and grassroots activists, to implement endings voter suppression, that is what february 6th was about as well.
the list goes on, we have pulled out hr 4 which is part of hr one, the voting rights act, very much a part of the spirit of that. the reason we are doing them separately, hr 6 provided it, all over the country, terry sewall, john lewis, bless his heart, all a part of establishing the record for hr 4, the voting rights act for now. we are optimistic, to pass both of them. their voices were important as everyone, it suffocates the airwaves is not the order of the day.
i think jon's our brains -- john sarbanes, and what is important about it is it gives people the hope we can have clean air and clean water and for the climate crisis because big dark money will not dominate politics. directing special interests from lobbyists money will not dominate the process. we in the democratic party have advanced these, haven't stopped on the other side but we hope now the more the public knows the better we will be in terms of policy. i can collude with something you heard me say again and
again, with that you can accomplish almost everything practicing nothing. abraham lincoln, abraham lincoln, now that we have the bully pulpit and the president can explain more clearly the president has a bigger audience that the public will know what is at stake and they are bickering, we are not. we have a very major difference of opinion how we honor the constitution. we hope we can find common ground because it is very important. wasn't it beautiful when president biden quoted what president lincoln said many times, the emancipation proclamation, new year's day 1865.
what he is setting out to do in his soul and his very being. thank you very much. what a difference a day makes. >> house minority leader kevin mccarthy will be briefing reporters set for 11:30 eastern, we have a live when he starts on c-span2. >> sarah friar discusses the founding of instagram and the
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>> your filtered view of government, c-span2 created by cable television companies, brought to you by television companies who provide c-span2 to viewers as a public service. >> very good thursday morning, you start calling in now, donald trump's departure yesterday morning to the lockdowns in front of the capital yesterday midday, the flood of executive orders to last night's celebrating america tribute, getting your reaction to all of it this morning on washington journal and how it is playing out on the full pages of national news media starting in president biden's home state of delaware. president biden vows to assure in an era of unity using a quote from his inaugural address this is america's day,