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Nancy Pelosi
  House Speaker Pelosi News Conference  CSPAN  March 12, 2020 10:46am-11:10am EDT

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i think it is a little too little and a little too late. hopefully it will help. basically, he should have done this as soon there was an outbreak overseas. they should have been making kits. i think the cdc's numbers will be way off. people can carry it with little to no symptoms for quite a while and still be spreading it. we just don't have enough test kits to know the accurate numbers, yet. >> "washington journal" live every day at 7:00 a.m. eerp and eastern and speaker pelosi: traditional in the capitol so it's pretty exciting time. day job antime, the always goes on, and today we're our g to continue
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conversation with the administration on legislation that puts families first. proud of the work hat the congress did last week with an $8.3 billion legislation to meet the needs of social and services, organizations, state and local government, that.g, all the rest of testing, testing, testing, so ery, very important so we can size of the of the challenge but also that we first and foremost that we can meet of those who test positive. today, we'll bring to the floor families first legislation, which is what we talked about as oon as we finished the appropriations bill. listening to our constituents, listening to health care listening to etc.nors, mayors, families first legislation together, it has free
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by and large for almost everyone in the country. e're having some discussion about that with the administration of maybe some people they want to pay but by large free corona testing so that everyone will be tested and i can't afford it so i can't and that's not a good idea when it comes to health. with 14 gency leave days.ick very essential as we deal with this challenge, public health have.nge that we enhanced unemployment insurance, the first step that will extend rotections to furloughed workers. strengthen food security very important. kids, get their food security in if schools are closed, we have to make sure that the food gets children. the food is already paid for and allocated -- appropriated for. t's just a question of getting
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the food to the children. cost to it.e we also have to get -- that's program, snap, food of assistance for seniors, people with disabilities, helping the the ofits who are on forefront of helping people have access to food at this difficult time. and then clear protections for ur front line workers who are working in infectious environments, possible environments so that regulations are a protection for them. and increased funding for medicaid. the f-map. the initiative that gets force o the states to medicaid that is used hopefully through the counties and the rest which deal with many of health issues to -- as we forward.
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it's about putting families first. we did the big -- the major last week. we are very proud of that. strongly bipartisan. already signed into law. families first. will be other initiatives that we want to work that he administration on may be necessary as we go forward. more discussion, more impact in terms of what is benefit or al collateral damage to stopping coronavirus. the now, let me just get back to testing, testing, testing. important. to understandory, the biological -- the spread of virus. meet the needs of the people affected. i'm very pleased, also, that we to pass a bipartisan
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fisa bill in the house. that's a hard thing to do. my intelligence experience. to pass we were able representative slotkin's war resolution. rep lee's legislation of the aumf is how we go forward. khanna's military action. so as we go forward, i want to members for the bipartisan legislation that was uccessful this week on the floor. in case you were going to ask, no, i don't think bernie sanders get out of the race. i think -- i'm a grassroots grassroots -- california of the democratic party. enthusiasm of supporters for candidates and they want to see it play out for he ideas, the causes that the candidates advances, for the to show ty for people
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their support. i congratulate both of the go into s as they debate on sunday. i wish them both well. pleased that we're chance, a narrower close to -- but emerges, their point of view for our party is very important. questions.'ll take reporter: it sounded like you're open to changing the bill or at least tweaking for some of the epublicans or white house concerns. when you guys vote this afternoon, are you planning to release your members to go home? in you keep congress session until there is a bill on the president's desk? speaker pelosi: well, we have whether we go home or not to the -- what
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he house position, the capitol -- the house physician, the capitol physician says, the sergeant at arms and the police rest say about what could come next that we deal with. because they make statements based on the current state of affairs in the exist heren which we in washington, d.c. o i do think some of the suggestions -- we're having to who knew we because would be in this legislation? we passed a bill last week. more.w we had to do we had to get it onto paper. it and we shared it with the republicans, they made some changes to it. negotiating with secretary mnuchin. suggestions. all very reasonable. i think none of them is -- would
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prevent us from moving forward with the bill. the st have to, though, in world we live in have language so we can go to rules so we can go to the floor. we'd wait until there's a signed bill. i our work, as changes that have been i don't think they're unreasonable. options we considered in our own caucus, some of them, one route. they want to go the other route. that's fine. we will have done our work and that would be an incentive for the senate to move uickly because senator mcconnell -- leader mcconnell asked me to work with secretary mnuchin. we are. he had his concerns. them.addressing i hope they don't move the goal post. clear, do you think you can work this bill out today and pass that with changes then the dwidea is that the
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house -- not saying si: i am anything. we are here to pass a bill. when we pass a bill we will make a judgment about what comes next. and we'll see the manner in passed.e bill is i am not giving any travel arrangements. know you are busy this weekend but that's not what we're about. reporter: obviously these are you can do immediately. what are the broader things you might see doing in a couple of weeks? speaker pelosi: let's get this bill passed first. the fact is, it's like the house is on fire. are concerned about their -- of course, their health and the health of their children. they are losing their jobs because nobody's coming to the or whatever it is, hen we have to be there with some help for them. if their children can't go to school because the school they afford o childcare? well, this legislation affords the opportunity to stay
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home. on somewhat of a paid leave for a while. is -- we're is addressing the realities of life, of family life in america, putting families first. we're not planning a schedule or we get else until that -- until we get that done. bill last ad in our week, the provisions for the toll business administration provide loans to businesses that were under duress, whether they market overseas or their supply change overseas, whatever it happened to be. thought that was an important initiative to have in the bill. more.ay want to do that's something we can talk about. but even if you have your small so you can pay the rent on your store or your restaurant or your facility, if have customers, you still have a problem. do the hy when we
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tanf -- not tanf. snap, the food stamps, when when we insurance, have paid sick days, paid family eave, that money will be spent immediately. injects money in the economy, creates jobs, is a stimulus. his is not without an opportunity to stimulate the economy. in fact, when we did the recovery einvest and rosa e asked the -- delauro in particular asked the of the ts, name some things that we could do immediately that would be stimulus to the economy? the minimum wage, we're not doing that here. but unemployment insurance, paid stamps, etc., because, again, it goes to need. who have a and earned income tax credit, refundable. we'll talk hings
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about in the future. yes, sir. reporter: one of the issues the about haseader talked to -- he believes that compromise could take place 48 hours. next 24 to if it doesn't, the republicans are willing to stay and work out. families have needs that i just described. we've made the proposal, which on sunday and put out there. governors, mayors, nonprofit organizations, this is and the rest, what families need. hey made suggestions to the language. we're making -- agreeing to most not -- cause they're they're not that different. so we don't need 48 hours. a decision ust make to help families right now. because we have to operate, not business as usual, but in an emergency status where we have done. the job
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reporter: if the decision isn't made, will you stick around? i am not losi: sticki sticking around because they don't agree to language. we're agreeing to much of what look, first of all, mitch mcconnell called me and the you work with secretary. that's it. now the house republicans are saying they are not in the loop. language.ent them the it's not about that. people and utting families first. everybody could have a complaint that.this or save it for another day. we can have an after-action how we got into this situation. save it for another day. we have to find our to on ground, work together get this done as soon as possible because we have other needs. address this issue further. it's some things they might want there, bill that aren't there could be another bill shortly down the road. e didn't do everything last
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week with $8.3 billion, but we did a great more. doing more and we're fully prepared to do more. e're responding to their concerns. we don't want them moving the goal post, and that's it. yes, nancy. was it a wise move to block travelers from europe the next the u.s. for wise and if so, was it [indiscernible] speaker pelosi: i had a onversation with the vice president and dr. fauci last night when they called to inform me of this. . dr. fauci said it was a scientific medical decision. i have a great confidence in dr. fauci. it's just strange because they are saying it's because easy to travel among these countries. but they are separate from the u.k. you can just get in the chunl and you'll be in the u.k. again it's a decision they made. it has -- its ramifications
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we'll see whether it's worth the trouble. i'm here about what we can do to go forward for america's -- putting families first without having a criticism of one of the other things the president is doing. i do think, chuck and i -- leader schumer and i said in our comments last night, testing, testing, testing. that's the only way you are ing to learn about the how this has spread. es, sir. reporter: you said earlier this week congress is the line line of defense. beyond the recess, if it came -- speaker pelosi: last line of defense? reporter: i heard you say that at some point. speaker pelosi: a line of defense. reporter: to work from home, potentially if it were to come to that.
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speaker pelosi: we have been briefed by the chief administrative officer, by the chief of police, by the sergeant at arms, by the capitol attending physician. by our leader on the house administration committee, zoe lofgren, about what preparations have been made for remote work. that is something that we are actually encouraging people to be prepared for. they may choose to -- be prepared to do that. it isn't a requirement yet, but it is that we want people to be prepared. we are buying the technology, the training, all the rest to make sure that everybody is up to par on that. our writing of legislation, our exchange of ideas, that won't stop the work of congress because by the time we come to the floor it's the tip of the
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iceberg there is so much else work that is going on. with all the respect in the world for our staff, who do much of that, and our members who participate in that, everybody is not universally at the same place in terms of technology. want to make sure they are their personal best when that sets in. it's about -- i hope much of what we are doing is redundant and that we don't have to engage in some of this. but if we do, we want to be prepared. we want to present -- prevent the spread. so if people have to stay home, they have to stay home. but we also don't want people to panic. that's why we have based any decisions about the capitol, this or that on what is recommended by the capitol physician and the sergeant at arms and chief of police. i think we have to be very
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careful about this. people are sick and some people are dying in our country. and globally. and it is kind of shocking to see the challenges that we have and the decisions that have to be made about people coming together. whether it's sports or the arts or just political gatherings, whatever it is. we have to think in a different way about that. whether it's about personal hygiene or personal contact with other people, we have to be smart about how we do that. washing our hands for 20 seconds with soap and water. i say that all the time. as a mom. now it's an imperative, it's always been important. again, as i say, what we think about one policy or another, what we really have to do is come together and get the job done. now we were very clear in our
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communications about what we heard. when members go home they will hear more from their constituents, from their nonprofits, from their local government, from their health care providers and the rest what other ideas have emerged as important in all of this. and that will be a source of knowledge for when we come back and we could come back any time. everybody has to stand ready to be here at all times if we have a legislative solution to put forth. but again it can't just spring from what we did before, anything like that. it's about what's current and the challenge that we face with this coronavirus. it's not about spending a lot of time saying how we got here. we have to talk about where we go from here.
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and then we can make changes for the future in how we could prevent or withstand whatever it might be happening in other countries 345 might spread to our owe -- that might spread to our own. i want to salute our health care providers, first responders, nonprofits that are working to inform people about how they should be tested. in our legislation we enable millions of masks to go out. that was something very important to the administration. that we would suspend immunity for liability was a very big deal, big concession to the administration on that because weighing the equities it would be important to get those masks out. even though it provided -- we have tried to say, ok, we have our -- it's just specifically
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for the coronavirus. i thank you for your interest in all of this. i want you to wash your hand for 20 seconds. not just -- all the time. for no reason at all. and one bit of advice they told me, i was talking to somebody from california, i said my usual thing, a month ago i might have said whoever the nominee of the party we'll enthusiastically embrace. then i changed it to whoever the nominee is of the party we'll enthusiastically elbow bump. but somebody said to me, when you elbow bump you get close to the person. forget any physical contact greetings. eastern style. thank you-all very much. again we are very excited that honored that senator leader mcconnell will be part of our hospital to him at our lunch later today.
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thank you. speaker pelosi: i saw him last night. we had this big irish singer. it was wonderful to see him. i did not impose upon him with the handshake, nor did he on me. thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2020] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. isit] >> house speaker spending much of other briefing talking about the coronavirus economic aid package being worked on now by the house rules committee. it is expected the speaker says she plans to bring that bill to the house floor today. a time to be determined. live coverage of the house when they do return here on c-span. related news, the house and senate will begin placing new
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restrictions on who can access the capitol and congressional office buildings as lawmakers increase efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. congressional buildings will be limited to members, staff, and credentialed press and visitors on official business. those restrictions go into effect at 5:00 p.m. eastern today. we'll take you live now over to the rayburn house office building for the continuation of a hearing that started yesterday, was recessed with health leaders, including the c.d.c. director, dr. redfield, dr. anthony fauci testifying before the house oversight committee. live here on c-span. doctor kadlec: domestically, even though some of their sources for finished product is from overseas like china. then the third thing is what can we do to basically use masks that haven't been used for the medical area. nonmedical m-95's could be used in that fashion. f.d.a. is basically certified through an emergency u