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  Washington Journal Primetime House Speaker Nancy Pelosi  CSPAN  May 9, 2020 5:01am-5:21am EDT

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>> had am speaker, we've seen the short term changes to congress during this pandemic but wondering if you think this will result in any fundamental long term changes to the house f representatives? ms. pelosi: thank you for focusing on how we do our congressional work to represent the people of our country and bring their views to washington, d.c. we have had quite a challenge but had the great help from the sergeant at arms and two occasions one with a voice vote and recorded vote but had a large number of members here to make the decisions necessary to pass legislation in both cases bipartisanship legislation to address the coronavirus. so there's been a call for remote voting by proxy and that is our plan. would have done it before but were striving to have bipartisanship in how we went
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forward there and hopefully we can have that but the fact is it some people can't be here because of their own vulnerability or the vulnerability of someone in their family, we want them to be recorded by proxy. in terms of longer range, this is strictly for the period of time we're affected by the coronavirus. this is not now we're going to have proxy voting. it's for this purpose and probably triggered something similar to this any kind of disaster, whatever happens, we have a precedent in how we can return to it. but our main purpose is to get the policy done so we're having conversations about how we do the committee work in addition to work on the floor. >> and of course you lived and worked through 9/11 nearly 20 years ago. i'm wondering what the sentiment is among your colleagues having gone through that in 9/11 and now what you're dealing with today with
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this pandemic. ms. pelosi: that was a long time ago, many of the members are new on both side of the aisle but many of us who were here as were you, it was a bit of a different situation. what happened then were the discussions that followed that was an episode, an assault on the united states of america and what its impact would have on the continuation of operation. the continuation of government. for three years they had meetings about that and they concluded, they didn't talk about absentee voting but talked about if there were to be an assault on our capital or something, certain people became inincapacitated then there would be an adjustment in hat is a quore only -- quorum. if they would have died, the quorum goes down automatically but if they're incapacitated in a way that they're not able to
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participate, what happened to the quorum? it took them a long time to discuss all of that and come up with a formula. discuss all of tp with a formula. if it is an if it's an episode, that's one thing but if it's an ongoing challenge, if this is, then it's a bit of a different approach. most members are intact but want to be registered in voting and it is challenging. someone 'o come if they have a compromised situation and i think most members take it very seriously thanks if they could but for not sharing if they should not. and we would hope that would be bipartisan but we will see. i know the republican members that would like to have remote voting by proxy. host: one of the great traditions in american politics is the party conventions every
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four years. what do you expect to happen this summer in milwaukee? will there be a convention? what is your recommendation? speaker pelosi: it is not my decision and i sympathize with those that have to make it. as a party chair myself, i had in californias and chaired a national convention and i was bigger the first time so i have some idea of the amount of work and isnning and thus meant that that is necessary. i have confidence in the chairman of the democratic national committee, chairman perez, that he will make the right decision based on health and science. is when i wastion a girl, i went with my parents to a convention in los angeles that convention, john f. kennedy was nominated. as he gave his acceptance speech
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in the coliseum, and an enormous me,torium, stadium, excuse when obama did that in denver are come everyone said that was not. don was the first time. my suggestion to mr. perez was get a gigantic stadium and put people six feet apart so instead of having 80,000 people there you would have 16,000 people there and do it all in one day. i know what that entails. have your platform and nominate your vice president and president and have your speeches and everyone goes home. the problem with it though is logistics. you have to have many more buses to get people there. that was my suggestion to him with absolutely no support for how it could be done but just
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knowing on how exciting it was to be in the stadium with john f. kennedy and barack obama making their speeches but never with the idea that they would move because of the coronavirus. they will make an informed decision about it. i feel sad about it because it is such an exciting thing and really important. the people of milwaukee and the state of wisconsin had been so gracious with their hospitality and enthusiasm. same insure it is the north carolina with the republicans. it is disappointing when you have a historic event like a national convention which brings so many people together when you cannot be together. host: let me turn to some of the news this morning. the unemployment report -- the highest rate since the great depression, what was your reaction? speaker pelosi: it was one of complete sorrow. we have heart break over the
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loss of lives we've experienced in our country and so many people affected by the virus. died but theave livelihood issue is something that is so depressing really. depressing. and i do believe that this president has presided over the worst economic disaster/health disaster in the history of our country. i think the road back is to turn a page on it all. let us start fresh. testing, treating, and tracing and get the magnitude of the challenge we have in terms of the number of people infected and have treatment for them. and then make sure we have the ability to produce the therapies and the vaccines and the vialslity to inject with and syringes and the rest so we are not left just standing there ure or ave a qc
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vaccine. let us be ready. what we want to do is with our package the cares ii which is to honor our heroes. health care providers, first responders, teachers, transit workers, garbage workers -- all making our lives function many of them risking their own lives to save lives. and now, because of what is happening, they may lose their jobs. we want to help state and local retainents to be able to these workers. they are our heroes. honor our heroes. ,econdly, testing, testing testing to open the door to our economy. and third, money in the pocket of the american people whether insurance,loyment the loan program and other initiatives. did i say direct payments?
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did i say that twice? that is really important. we built on past bills we have passed that all had bipartisan support. , directd local, testing payments. i would hope we could overcome some of the difficulties we have with the republicans not seeming interested in doing food stamps, what we call the snap program, i hope we can overcome that. a've tried to get that in number of bills unsuccessfully but i think the american people are well aware of the need for us to do more in that regard so i am optimistic. we have a big challenge to our country. host: with all of that, madam speaker, is there an estimated price tag? speaker pelosi: we are working on it. big. host: a trillion? two trillion? speaker pelosi: you're getting warmer.
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host: 3 trillion? speaker pelosi: getting help to the american people which in many ways is a stimulus, making sure states and make their payrolls, paying them for what they have spent on the coronavirus and lost revenue but no other expenses they may have or putting money in the pockets of the american people -- everyone wants to know how much it will cost but around here, nobody batted an eyelash on the republican side when they gave the benefits, the tax scam to the top 1% in our country and that was nearly a $2 trillion addition to the national debt and did not create any jobs except more burden to our children. host: to that point, today marking ve day 75 years ago and during the war, there was a tax to pay for our military
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operations. should there be a tax to offset the costs to our nation? speaker pelosi: if you are going to do any tax policy, it should be bipartisan and comprehensive. ison't think -- our country doing well together, there are exceptions but we are all in end together facing this to this so we can open up the economy. the lives and livelihood of our people. had two unpaid wars, afghanistan and iraq. we had a big tax cut in the bush years and we had to give away to the pharmaceutical industry -- all of these things have added to the national debt and as you mentioned, the other military engagements, we have had a way to pay for it and if it was to
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be a worthy mission, the american people would be behind it. , this is a war as a president said but we have to equipmentarriors the they need to fight the war. shame on us that the health care professionals and others that risk their lives daily to save other lives are risking there's and can bring that home. is foolhardy of us not to make the investment we need to keep people safe and healthy like using science to open up the government and the vitality of the american people. the optimism and the entrepreneurship of our small businesses and the rest. leading us out of this. if we do it right and we have to make sure we are doing it right because there is a lot of money involved.
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we need to -- now we see how hard it is for some small ownedsses and women businesses and better and owned business to even gain access to ppp. want disparity and to credit oraccess in access to care to be solidified. we expect it to improve and we will make progress in that regard. it is a decision we have to make as a country. host: i know negotiations are continuing into the weekend. how do they work --zoom calls? what are the mechanics? speaker pelosi: there is very little face-to-face around here and we don't want there to be. said, wegain, as i
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follow the lead of other bipartisan legislation that has been passed. to increase funding because we have not done enough testing. increase of assistance to state and local governments because of their outlay for the coronavirus. -- and again, the money in the pocket of the american people -- consistent with what we have done. we do have some controversial issues. i don't know why food stamps are controversial. it is just a mystery to me but it is a difference of values and that is one of the discussions we will have to have. host: is the president part of these negotiations? i don't have any idea what the president does. host: he said that the house is on vacation. speaker pelosi: you know what --
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don't waste your time on what he says. we are trying to get a job done for the american people in a way that brings people together. we certainly have our differences of opinion. we have a strong agreement that we have a responsibility to meet the needs of the american people. -- inn appropriator intelligence and appropriations. agreement so reach we want to get to that place and when we have differences, we will see how we can resolve them. there is a great deal of public attention on what happens next because there is a great deal of heart break in our country. loved one and the sadness of losing a business or the prospect of losing a business, people want to know what we are here for them -- what we are here to do for them.
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with all due respect your question. note, the personal institute of notre dame announcing it is shutting down. what was your reaction? speaker pelosi: so sad. my mother went to the institute of notre dame as did i many years later. it is a revered place in our hearts. she served as mayor of baltimore sister thatom and a went there. to our very important family. my brother passed away in the fault which was very sad for all of us. communicant of the school. taking interest in the interest of the school sisters of notre dame.
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inner-city. across the street from the projects. it was a school founded 100 some years ago. as with some schools, some orools moved to the suburbs outside of the city a bit, this institute stayed in downtown baltimore. it was a wonderful place to go. it taught us what we needed to learn academically and it taught us values and it was the place where we went to mass every day as well. massot chocolate after which is something i remember with great joy. i love chocolate and i love mass. host: madam speaker, when last point. social media has been commenting on your face mask which also serves as a scarf. are you making a fashion statement? this is a mask
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from all over the country i'm getting masks. my colleague sent me one from maine. another store in washington sent to me one and a few others. again come it is a distraction. people enjoy sharing something they may have done that could be useful and maybe they will see it on tv. but in any case, i am a big believer in wearing a mask and not sharing any, shall we say, air unnecessarily accept to talk with you itches -- which is why i took it off. host: >> president trump met with house minority leader and a group of republican lawmakers to talk about the administration's response to
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the coronavirus and confirmed the vice president's secretary had tested positive for the virus. the meeting also included treasury secretary steve mnuchin and white house chief of staff mark meadows who commented on china and the u.s. economy. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. [applause] president trump: please sit down and get things