tv Speaker Pelosi Holds Weekly Press Briefing CSPAN January 29, 2021 1:47am-2:06am EST
the month of january is memorable wednesdays as you know. january 6 our nation witnessed one of the worst assaults on our democracy and our constitution in the history of the republic. the following wednesday the house impeached donald trump for inciting the insurrection that we saw. in just one week he was impeached. the wednesday after that t, joe biden and kamala harris were inaugurated as president and vice president of the united states. it has been history making in so many respects. yesterday we celebrate the one week since inauguration. in that one week, president biden starting on day number one have driven a bold agenda for progress and justice issuing transformative executive action from the
coronavirus, racial equity in so many ways and again addressing the climate crisis. legislatively those executive orders we have been working on our committees that are diligently working on the coronavirus relief legislation as a basis for reconciliation. we will pass a reconciliation bill under leadership with mr. sanders in the senate to pass a reconciliation bill if we need it. we hope the word have bipartisan cooperation to meet the needs of the american people in terms of health and distribution and to continue with testing and tracing to meet the economic needs.
but we are not taking any tools off the table. our committees are advancing the reconciliation and legislation at the same time executive actions continue. today's executive action opens the aca enrollment. to take additional steps to expand healthcareod. we are very excited about that because were in the middle of a pandemic and this is a matter of life and death from the trump administration who thought the affordable care act who still don't have the verdict from the supreme court with the lifeline for affordable quality healthcare for all americans. so we are very excited about that initiative that was spent board in relationship to the coronavirus. again, we are going to impeach
the president we are preparing for the case i am proud of the managers led by jamie raskin our distinguished array of managers working very hard to continue to appear for trial before 100 members of the united states senate the trial is about the protection of the constitution and the preservation of our republic we will insist upon the integrity and fairness of the proceedingsee recognizing that the role the senate plays no one is above the law not even a president of the united states and must be tried and convicted to ensure that no future president ever thinks it is okay to incite insurrection to stop of the next president of the united states would be by falsely
inflaming people about the outcome of the election. in that regard in terms of security to protect and defend the constitution and the american people the first responsibility and when they come to the capital as a legislator journalist or whatever we want people to be safe i will be meeting with the general who's leading a security review of the capital complex. updates on the details that will be forthcoming and the house not be distracted or delayed to crush the virus to meet the economic needs and to do so in a way that is fair
and just. >> how concerned are you? what would you like to see done quick. >> the republican house that is willing to overlook and ignore those statements assigning her to the education committee when she has mocked the killing of little children at sandy hook elementary. she has mocked the killing of teenagers and high school at marjorie stone douglas. what could they be thinking that they may be doing? it is absolutely appalling and i think the focus has to be on
the republican leadership of the house of representatives for the disregard they have for the death of those children that not only are they not interested in gun safety are gun violence prevention by passing legislation for background check legislation that is overwhelmingly supported in a bipartisan way but to have someone to mock those events is just beyond any understanding of any regard the house republicans would have in the house of representatives and the congress of the united states and for the heartbreak of the families in sandy hook and marjorie stone high school it is beyond the pale you have to ask them why they thought that
would be a level of something appropriate to do in the congress of the united states. >> will you being a budget resolution next week? >> we will bring a budget resolution and then send it over to the senate if that changes we will take it back by the end of the week we will be finished with the budget resolution which will be about reconciliation if needed. i hope we don't need it but if we need it we will have it. >> so with that game stop manipulation? >> it is interesting. understand the administration is looking the sec is taking a look at what that is. we will be reviewing it but it is interesting.
when they meet with the general of how we protect members. and i do believe we will need supplemental for more security that they are concerned about but i think again in that letter it is just a matter of communicating to them but i do think while it is appropriate to use that for security they shouldn't have to to meet the
needs of their constituents. and then to protect themselves and the constituents when they communicate that is confidential and private and not provocative but also for us to have a massive we will be looking at recommendations for some interim reports today and then continue the work as we go a forward. >> you have been the job of the speaker many members some feel like they are target so what do you say? >> that we will approach it in a way that will truly check them the issues they raise in their letter by and large have been in effect. they will hear are also from the sergeant and arms today
talking about the protection is further enhanced by those initiatives and the general is looking to see what would work in terms of service here and transportation in between play call your attention to be more specific about air marshals, et cetera this is very important and shouldn't be that not only is the president of the united states and siding insurrection, but fanning the flames to endanger the security of members of congress to c the point they are concerned about members in the house of representatives being a danger to them.
>> what did you mean the enemy is within quick. >> we have members of congress who a friend andn violence to other members of congress. >> bottom speaker do believe the president could get the fair trial that would only last one week? >> of course. it depends on the e will make, but it will be a fair trial and respectful of the role the senate plays. >> madame speaker, on lgbtq issues, the president campaign on signing the equality act into law in the first 100 days in office. when will you hold a vote? rep. pelosi: i thank you for that question. this is an exciting piece of legislation for us. with success in the senate, it
went to mitch mcconnell's graveyard, the grim reaper. but i'm optimistic about it because i do think we will get strong, bipartisan support in the house and the senate. we are working with mr. cicilline on the bill for when we will roll it out. then we will calendar it. it is an early priority for us. it is about ending discrimination. i'm very pleased what president biden has done so far and especially pleased about eliminating the prohibition on trans people from serving in the military. that also i think was a triumph for decency and justice and our country. some other initiatives that he took about contracting and this or that, it's amazing that we
would even have to do such things, but we are particularly proud of the equality act because it is so comprehensive. and again, ending discrimination in the workplace and every other aspect of life, not only is good for the lgbtq community, for the whole society, but also the businesses that are the best, they should be hiring without any concern of complaint about this, the diversity they are introducing. that's why we think we will have strong bipartisan support. we think the business community will help us in the senate. one more. >> thank you. >> do you believe that -- you say reconciliation is a backstop, that you would rather have a bipartisan bill. rep. pelosi: always.
>> it sounds like you are not optimistic that will happen. is that correct? rep. pelosi: we have to be ready. i do think that we have more leverage getting cooperation on the other side if they know we have an alternative as well. but i would think if we are talking about additional funding for vaccines, and about the distribution, if we are talking about putting money into the pockets of the american people with direct payments, if we are talking about supporting state and local governments so that they are able to implement all these things, open up schools, health care workers, first responders, teachers, transportation, sanitation, food workers, i would hope the republicans would be supportive of that. many of the localities that will benefit have republican mayors and republican county executives.
i would hope that we could be able to do it in a bipartisan way. and if there is an argument that needs to be made to people, that we need more funding for the vaccines, more distributions resources, more of the vials and syringes and all that makes it happen. i think many republicans would be supportive of that and i hope so, but we cannot not have it happen. we want it to be bipartisan always, but we can't surrender if they are not going to do it. instead, we will pass it. >> madame speaker, will -- >> will vice president pence testify?