House Speaker Pelosi on Coronavirus Relief Bill CSPAN May 12, 2020 7:05pm-7:14pm EDT
legitimacy of psychiatric hospitals. >> because roseanne said he had this wide influence on so much of what we can do an -- of what we contend with today, so much of the mental health crisis that we see today was touched by this study. and lot of public opinion about psychiatry, about its institutions were shaped by the study. about its institutions were shaped by the study. so i think -- hope that this gives us an opportunity to go back and reassess in a way to move forward, because we can't move forward on a rotten foundation. if this study wasn't up to snuff, if it wasn't legitimate, we really have to rethink some of the conclusions that it presented. announcer: sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span's q&a. hope that this gives us an announcer: house speaker nancy pelosi delivered a statement unveiling a new $3 trillion coronavirus economic relief
package. she said the house democratic proposal is largely based on the four previous part -- bipartisan bills. the house is expected to vote on the legislation on friday. ms. pelosi: good afternoon. in february, sadly we learned that the first known coronavirus death in the united states. since then, over 80,000 americans have died and nearly 1.4 million have been infected. 33 million americans have filed for unemployment insurance. we all know these numbers. we face the biggest catastrophe in our nation's history. setting aside how we got here, we must approach this tragedy with the deepest humanity as we go into the future. all of our hearts are broken by the loss of life.
the number of 33 million americans who have filed for unemployment insurance is almost unimaginable. this is a moment when many this is a moment when many millions of our fellow americans are in deep suffering. we must have empathy for our heroes. the health care workers for how exhausted and how stressed they are in doing their jobs. add to that, they may lose their jobs in this economy. we must also empathize with the pain of families who do not know where their next meals are coming from and how to pay next month's rent. it is imperative that we address the needs of the american people with clarity on how we proceed. that is why today house democrats are introducing the heroes act, named for our heroes, whose provisions are largely based on the four previous bipartisan bills we have passed. the heroes act focus on three pillars, opening our economy safely and soon, honoring our heroes, and then putting much-needed money into the
pockets of the american people. we can all agree we must open our economy as quickly as we can, but we must do so based on science and data. the key to opening the door is testing, tracing, treatment, and social distancing. and we must do so in a way that reaches all americans in a way that addresses the disparities we have seen so that we can assess the full extent of the coronavirus and defeat it. overwhelmingly, the scientific community agrees. americans also agree that we owe our heroes in the fight against the coronavirus an enormous debt of gratitude. our health care, first responders, teachers, transit, food, sanitation, and other essential workers who risk their lives to save lives and who could now lose their jobs. to do that, we must act boldly to support state and local entities to address coronavirus-related outlays and lost revenue due to the coronavirus.
we all know that we must put more money in the pockets of the american people. this is not only necessary for their survival, but it is also a stimulus to the economy. direct payments, unemployment insurance, rental and mortgage help and food and student loan assistance among other things are essential to relieve the fear that many families are facing. the chair of the federal reserve bank has told us to think big because interest rates are so low. the low interest rate and the prospect of access to credit has bolstered the stock market. we intend to use those interest rates to bolster the american people. we must think big for the people now because if we don't, it will cost more in lives and livelihood later. not acting is the most expensive course. we are presenting a plan to do what is necessary to deal with the corona crisis and make sure we can get the country back to work and school safely. we have a goal.
we have benchmarks, and we have the science to succeed. in this critical moment for our country, we must demonstrate a clear strategy of testing, tracing, and treatment again. we must honor our heroes with the coronavirus crisis with support, not just words. we must address the pain of families who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. i'm proud of the chairs of our committees and jurisdiction for the work on all five bills. we must all take an extra moment to understand the numbers we are seeing which are the most overwhelming in our lifetimes. these numbers require action that we've never had to take before. there are those who said let's just pause. you have the families who are suffering though, hunger doesn't take a pause, rent doesn't take a pause, bills don't take a pause, the hardship of losing a job or tragically losing a loved one doesn't take a pause. this is an historic challenge and a momentous opportunity for
us to meet the needs of the american people to save their lives, their live hihoods, and -- their livelihoods and our democracy. 400 years ago, a great poet wrote "no man is an island entire of itself, each is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. each man's death diminishes me for i'm involved in mankind. therefore send out to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee." america's heart is full of love, and our tradition is one of optimism and hope. let us pray for those who are affected. let us pray for a cure and a vaccine, and let us pray to god to continue to bless america. thank you. announcer: the house will vote on a more than $3 trillion
coronavirus aid package on friday. the over 1800 page bill includes state and local government funding for first responders and health workers, and money for individuals and families. it provides $75 billion for coronavirus testing, contact tracing and treatment. legislation also includes additional funding for food assistance. the house is in at 9:00 eastern. watch live coverage on c-span, online at c-span.org, or listen with a free c-span radio app. washington journal primetime. a special evening edition of the washington journal on the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. wren,ests are dr. lena former baltimore city health commissioner and a visiting professor of public health at george washington university about the possibility for subsequent waves of the coronavirus as state leaders look to reopen their economies.
also joining the program, new mexico democratic congresswoman deb haaland to talk about the impact on her state. join the conversation, watch washington journal primetime tonight at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. after washington journal primetime, today senate hearing with the officials leading the coronavirus response. you will hear from doctors anthony fauci, rod from -- robert redfield head of the cdc, stephen hahn with the fda, and brett jarrard from hhs on the current national virus response on what the future holds. the entire hearing tonight at 9:00 eastern on c-span. earlier today, georgia governor brian kemp held a briefing on his states response to the coronavirus pandemic. the governor extended coronavirus restrictions for bars, nightclubs, and live performance venues through the end of may, ng