tv Speaker Pelosi Holds Weekly Press Briefing CSPAN January 28, 2021 6:00pm-6:19pm EST
faulkner exploring a time of racial unrest, violence, a deadly pandemic, and the first red scare. watch american history tv this weekend on c-span3. >> book tvr -- book tv on c-span2 has authors every weekend. saturday at 8:00 p.m. eastern, the life and career of vice president kamala harris. then at 11:00 eastern, charles goodhart talking about their book the great demographic reversal, aging societies, waning inequality and and inflation revival. and on sunday at 9:00 p.m. eastern on "afterwards," op-ed columnist charles on his book "the devil you know: a black power manifesto."
watch book tv this weekend on c-span two. >> earlier today, house speaker nancy pelosi held her weekly briefing with reporters. she discussed recent controversial comments by georgia congresswoman marjorie taylor greene, the attack on the u.s. capitol and the upcoming legislative agenda. this is 20 minutes. rep. pelosi: good morning, everyone. this month of january is a month of memorable wednesdays, as you know. on january 6, wednesday, january 6, our nation witnessed one of the worst assaults on our democracy and our constitution and the history of the republic. the following wednesday, the house impeached donald trump for inciting the insurrection that
week. in just one week, he was impeached. the wednesday after that, joe biden and kamala harris were inaugurated president and vice president of the united states, history making in so many respects. yesterday on wednesday, we celebrate the one week since the inauguration. in that one week, president biden is starting on day one and vice president harris have driven a bold agenda for progress and for justice. they are issuing transformative executive actions ranging from crushing the coronavirus, racial equity in so many ways, and again, addressing the climate crisis. legislatively, those are executive orders -- legislatively, we have been working on and i'm proud of the
committees who are diligently working on the coronavirus relief legislation as a basis for reconciliation. should that be needed. we will pass the reconciliation bill. the leadership in the house will pass a reconciliation bill if we we need it, with mr. sanders in the senate. we would hope we would have bipartisan cooperation to meet the needs of the american people in terms of their health and in terms of distribution in an equitable way of the vaccine, continuing with testing, tracing, etc., but also to meet the economic needs. we would hope that but we are not taking any tools off the table should they not. while the committees are advancing this reconciliation legislation, at the same time, the executive actions continue. today's executive action will open up the acas enrollment
period and take additional steps to expand health care. we are very excited about that, of course because we are in the middle of a pandemic and we will see, this is a matter of life and death. very different from the trump administration who fought the affordable care act, and still don't have the verdict from the supreme court to destroy the lifeline for affordable quality health care for all americans. we are very excited about that particular health care initiative today in addition to the others. that the president has put forth in relationship to the coronavirus. again, again, we are preparing for the impeachment -- we have impeached the president, but i'm we are preparing for the case. i'm very proud of our managers led by jamie raskin, are distinguished area of managers, working very hard, they continue to prepare for trial before 100
members of the united states senate. this trial is about the protection of the constitution and the preservation of our republic. we will insist upon the integrity and fairness of the proceedings. we recognize the role the senate plays in all of this. no one is above the law, not even a president of the united states. trump must be tried and convicted to ensure that no future president ever thinks it's ok to incite insurrection to stop the ascertainment of who the next president of the united states will be by falsely inflaming people falsely about the outcome of the election. in that regard and in terms of security, security, security which is what we do to defend the constitution, protecting the american people is our first responsibility. when they come to the capital
, whether to work as a legislator or staff, or a journalist or whatever, we want people to be safe. later today, i will be meeting with general honoree who is leading a security review of the capitol complex, updates on the timing, and details will be forthcoming. attacking the capitol is a matter of protecting our democracy and the house will not be distracted or delayed from our work that we are doing again to crush the virus and meet the economic needs of the american people and do so in a way that is fair and just. any questions? yes, ma'am. >> i wanted to ask about marjorie taylor greene. how concerned are you about her post -- past remarks and rhetoric? rep. pelosi: i'm concerned about the republican leadership in the house of representatives, who is
willing to overlook, ignore those statements, assigning her to the education committee when she has mocked the killing of little children at sandy hook elementary school. she has mocked the killing of teenagers in high school at marjorie stoneman douglas high school. what could they be thinking? or is thinking too generous a word? it is appalling and i think the focus has to be on the republican leadership of this house of representatives for the disregard they have for the death of those children. not only are they not interested in gun safety and gun violence prevention for passing legislation for background
checks, which is overwhelmingly supporting in a bipartisan way in the country, but they have someone who would mock and call it fake events is just beyond any understanding of any regard that the house republicans would have for the congress of the united states, and for the heartbreak of the families, and marjorie stoneman douglas high school, it is beyond the pale. you just have to ask them why they thought that raised itself to the level of something appropriate to do in the congress of the united states. > are you going to bring a budget reconciliation in the house?
rep. pelosi: we will bring a budget resolution and then we will bring it to the senate and then if they change it, we will take it back by the end of the week and we will be finished with a budget resolution, which will be by reconciliation if needed. i hope we don't need it. >> are you thinking about the game stop frustration on wall street right now? rep. pelosi: i understanding is the sec is taking a look at it, but it's interesting. completely different. that was not considered a follow-up, would you say? >> you had 30 plus members of the house and you and the minority leader a letter asking for more money for security and you have members who are worried
about not only their safety, but when they go back to the home district. you have a member who has talked about executing you. and then about the ongoing domestic violence threats, what do you say about members about protecting themselves and what can be done to feel safe? rep. pelosi: i appreciate the letters from the members, but most of the items on their list have already been done. haps they were not aware and i take responsibility for them not being aware in terms of the use of their funds and the issues that are in there. today, when i meet with the general, he is looking at members here, members at home, and in between. we want to have a scientific approach to how we protect members.
i have said this all along that we will probably need a supplemental for more security for members when the enemy is within the house of representatives. that's a threat that members are concerned about in addition to what is happening outside. but i think again, what's in that letter, it is just a matter of communicating to them that it has been done. i do think that it is appropriate they use their mra for security, but they shouldn't have to because that money is there for them to meet the needs of constituents. in the meantime, to protect themselves and their constituents when they communicate with them as confidential, private, and not provocative, but also for us to have, and that is what we will be looking at, recommendations
from the general will have some interim report today and then we will continue his work as we go forward. it is very important. >> you have been the subject of threats that come with the job of being speaker. many of your members, not necessarily, some of them feel like they are targets now. what do you say to your caucus? rep. pelosi: what we are saying is that we will approach it in a way that will truly protect them, that the issues they raise in their letter have by and large been in effect. they may be relieved to hear that. they will also hear from the sergeant at arms today and you will see his letter talking about their protection by certain initiatives we are taking. and as i said, the general is looking to see what really will work in terms of their service
here, their service home, and transportation in between. but i call to your attention the sergeant at arms issue because it will be more specific about air marshals, etc. but this is very important, it shouldn't be that not only is the president of the united states inciting an insurrection , but keeps fanning the flames and endangering the security of members of congress to the point that they are even concerned about members in the house of representatives, being a danger to them. >> what exactly did you mean when you said that the enemy is within? rep. pelosi: it means we have members of congress who want to bring guns on the floor and have threatened violence to other members of congress. yes? >> madame speaker, do you believe the president can get a fair and complete trial that lasts only one week? rep. pelosi: of course.
of course that is what our system is about. i don't know how long it will take. it depends on the response he 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? >> president biden today spoke briefly and signed two executive orders on health care access and affordability. the