House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Holds Weekly Briefing CSPAN February 11, 2021 11:03am-11:24am EST
journalists they don't have degrees in journalism. jake tapper, they worked for the democratic party and there should be disclaimers every time they come on television. >> host: but back to the point at hand. you looked at the speech so what made you come to your conclusion? >> caller: there is nothing in their actionable words other than someone doesn't like the word fight or this or that. where we are heading is pretty soon you will want thought police. this is getting quite old. we have freedom of speech. if you don't like what i have to say basically -- >> good morning everyone. what a week. quite a week. i am so proud of our members who are busy at work, especially our chairman organizing their committees to get ready for our
bill that we anticipate will become law as soon as. the american rescue plan put forth by president biden as a part of how we meet the needs of the american people. the pandemic and the economic crisis that goes with it continues to be devastating to the american people. this legislation is necessary but don't take my word for it. yesterday the chairman of the federal reserve stated that the real auto plemons rate is 10% matching the worst point in the great recession. in his speech he said for recovery fiscal policy is an essential tool for this situation. he referenced that monetary policy would not be enough.
chairman powell play down the fears of inflation during the pandemic and noted that in his words, inflation has been much lower and more stable over the past three decades than in earlier times and that he did not expect it to accelerate in a sustained way coming out of the pandemic. as chairman powell said, given the number of people who have lost their jobs likelihood that some will struggle to find work in the pandemic economy in the post pandemic economy achieving a sustaining maximum employment will require more than support of monetary policy. it will require a societywide commitment. hence, the legislation that our members are working on this week and we hope to finish our markups in committee this week and then send it to the budget committee next week for them to work there will on it then and
then to the wolf committee and then to the floor and we hope to have this all done. certainly, on the president's desk in time to offset the marcn appointment benefits would expire. i am particularly interested in how women are affected by the pandemic but also by this legislation. over 2.3 million women have been forced to leave the workforce entirely, including 1 million moms. that is why this bill is so important because it has a strong commitment to childcare so that parents, moms and dads are able to go to work as a strong commitment to getting our kids back to school, another
path to the workforce for moms. last month january, nearly 80% of workers who left the workforce were women and in december it was 90% who left the workforce were women. the women's labor force participation rate is now just about 57% in the lowest level in 33 years and for women of color the situation is even worse. again, that is about the livelihood of the american people and the lives of the american people and i talked about 10% unemployment and i have quoted by the chairman of the fed, chairman powell, another number that is just so somber, sobering is 170,000 americans have died of the coronavirus. 475 -- 470,000 with this
legislation we are passing now addresses the needs of the american people when it comes to the coronavirus about the lives and livelihood of the american people. we are proud of our committee chairs who are moving ahead expeditiously with nine committees working on marking up legislation for the american rescue plan this week. they are moving forward to crush the virus in the funding there for virus, debt distribution, testing et cetera and for other funding in terms of access to healthcare. again, the goal is to put vaccines in people's arms, children back in school and workers back in their jobs and money in people's pockets. the money in people's pockets were very proud that in the legislation we in the house and the education and labor committee marked up its bill on tuesday until 4:00 a.m.
wednesday morning. a big part of money in people's pockets in the education and labor committee in addition to making our schools safe for our children to go back to school. in the bill gradually raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour and increases paychex in doing so increases paychex for 27 million workers and pulling nearly 1 million people out of poverty. well over 50%, closer to two thirds or 70% of people making the minimum wage are women. many of them women of color. again, child tax credits nearly helping one in three adults having trouble to pay for household expenses and having children from going hungry. we've had that child tax credit and this is quite remarkable,
$3000 for a child and then six years and under it is $3600. this is pulling these children out of poverty. the bill also addresses those who are food insecure, rent insecure and the rest. it's a very important piece of legislation and it is what this country needs and i salute, not only the president and vice president, for their leadership and recognizing that and this important work but also to do so in a way that is robust and meets the needs of the american people but also meets the needs of the strength of our economy. we plan, as i said, to work on it this week and next week and have it pass by the end of february and we can send it to the president's desk before the on employment benefits expire.
this week, as you know, we have seen, it has been such a sad time for us but as we see what is being presented we also see the extraordinary valor of the capital police who risked and engaged their lives to save our capital, democracy, our lives and they are martyrs for our democracy. martyrs for our democracy and those who lost their lives. that is why in putting forth a resolution and introducing legislation to pay tribute to the capital police, another law-enforcement personnel who protected the capital by giving them a congressional gold medal, the highest honor that congress can bestow. the service of the capital police force that day brings honor to our democracy and their accepting this reward and brings
luster. we must all remember their sacrifice and stay vigilant against what i've said before about what abraham again said the silent artillery of time. we will never forget. we were so moved by having the family give us the honor of honoring brian sick nick also the living good family and the smith family and we share their grief and we want to recognize the valor of that and then also of course, officer goodman for his valor but these are demonstrations of much more bravery throughout the capital on that sad day. we want to honor them in the best way that we possibly can and we will continue to do so beyond the metal but in our hearts. again, as the senate is dealing
with its business at hand, so proud of our overwhelmingly proud of our managers but at the same time we are getting our work done to meet the needs of the american people and to crush the virus and put our children back in school, money and people's pockets and again people back to work. the lives and livelihood of the emory people are our responsibility for 470 people have died and we have to call a halt to that. any questions? >> will the bill you sent to the senate have a 15-dollar minimum wage? >> yes, we are very proud of that. millions of people will get a raise, 70% of them are women and
we will be sending that yes, sir. >> obviously. >> before we spend more time, i have not said anything about impeachment in last weeks leading up to this. may are making the case. i will not be responding to what happened yesterday or what might happen today except to salute them for the excellence of what they had presented and how proud we are of them. i won't be answering any questions. [audible questions] >> again, let's let the presentation work its way out and when the court of the senate right now or were also in the
court of public opinion and in the court of our families and they will make judgments about us and history. >> why would the capital not better prepared for the violence on january 6 but who ultimately. >> of the secretary of defense said in response to the request for the national bride. this morning i was briefed again by the general and was so honored and blessed by his service and another general who is working with him on making some recommendations to us about how we go forward. that will be a part of the commission to review the command and control in the interagency of operation or lack there of.
one important thing would be really good if washington dc or if the district of columbia could operate as a state as any governor can do is to call out the national guard without getting the permission of the federal government and it shouldn't have to happen that way and if you see the letter, excuse me, january 4 letter from the secretary of defense saying what he wasn't going to do, it is most unfortunate but i think everything has to be subjected to the harshest review to make sure that this doesn't come again. it we cannot be in better hands than the general who had such experience and commands so much respect in this regard and then further to that to pursue a longer term. what he is recommending to us is here and now but a larger look at how we got here and where we go from here.
>> you sent us the enemy so do you feel comfortable. >> the enemy is within. i did not say. >> do you feel comfortable explaining the hold up and is it largely because of the violations that we've seen? >> again, everything we do in this regard in terms of security et cetera relating to covid and relating to security security is in the hands of the sergeant at our sunday capital police and the capital physician and so they will make a recordation about how we are able to do that spatially or i mean, how may people -- when we sworn in members on opening day only the freshman -- the brand-new freshman members were able to have a guest or a child or not even a child of a certain age but older child or parent there
and only the new members and i as new speaker of house cannot have any family member there to see me sworn in as speaker. they decide what that number is and what that criteria or what the criteria are for it and the same thing will hold for the president coming to make a state of the union address. we won't be doing any of that until we pass our covid bill. that is the first order of business. >> with so many republic and senators indicating that they are prepared to go to acquittal what avenues accountability do think there will be and would you like to see the former president trump. >> as i said, this pursuit of justice and truth is in the hands of our managers and i will have things to say maybe next week but not this week so let's just see what the case is and
what their responses to it but i am not acting upon something that hasn't happened yet. [inaudible questions] >> that has nothing to do at present, but it is about the security and how did this happen and where do we go from here and it also, it also will talk about white supremacy because there are many instances leading up to this that could have been indicative that this could happen in acts of violence around the country springing from that and that is not to say this is only about anti-semitism and rights of privacy but it could be about other things and we will see and how that was provoked but in terms of the commission we are listening to folks about what answers we need in that regard and particularly listening to the general about
what would be the motion to protect us as we go forward but next week i may have comments to make but i haven't said anything. most of our members have not and we just respected the path of our managers and we couldn't be prouder of their presentation and we don't want any static from any of the rest of us. >> could you address the one argument that the republican senators are already making and that is it's not valid to have this trial because you are dealing with somebody who is a former president and yet the house impeached him before while you're still a president but the acts occurred while he was still president but the trial shifted until after he left the white house but what he think of that argument in the impeachment occurring at one point and people saying you can't try because the actual trial did not take place till "after words". >> actually, again, this is not
to the trial but we passed the article of impeachment and then we were prepared actually, lined up to take it over to the senate and we were told early in the day that the senate even though they were not in session could receive the article and the managers were prepared to take it over. as they were preparing for that we got word from the senate that if it is not in session you cannot bring it over. we have to wait until mitch mcconnell decides the senate will be in session which put it off until later and until the 19 and then they decided well let's do this or that and then wait two weeks in order to have the trial so we were ready and they
said no in fact, one of them even said if you bring it over here and just leave it with the secretary of the senate it could be destroyed and i don't know if that is true but it they could just ignore it and say we weren't here that we never got it but it's a little disingenuous to say that but separate and apart from that when i just told you is totally unnecessary because the fact is that the senate voted and the constitution allowed for someone to be tried after they are no longer in office or else as jamie said you have a january exception and you've get a get out of jail free card and do whatever you want as long as the sum senate is accomplished in putting it off and you are saved. in any event all that i said is that interesting but it is not
dispositive of interest because the constitution is the positive of that. okay. thank you all very much. >> the senate impeachment trial against former president trump resumes today with house impeachment managers concluding arguments in their case to convict the former president before defense lawyers begin their arguments. after that four hours will be set aside for written questions from senators or lawyers on both sides, in addition time will be set aside for attorneys to argue whether to subpoena witnesses and documents. closing arguments on the vote are expected next week. watch our live coverage of the senate impeachment trial at noon
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