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government it produced. watch tonight. beginning at 8 pm eastern and enjoy american history tv, every weekend on c-span 3. today how speaker, nancy pelosi held a news conference on a 9/11 style commission to investigate january 6th capitol attack and legislation to increase the minimum wage. . >> good morning everyone, and it is a good morning, we're so excited that today, the equality act will come to the floor. we have passed it in the house before. the equality act, hr five joined discrimination against the lgbtq community. this time, it will be not only passed in the house, vital on a path to a signing at the white house. we're very excited about that. later, will be gathered i think right here, right? to talk about that more
specifically, but i want to salute -- for his leadership on this legislation and senator merkley and just point out that when we announce that legislation, john lewis stood with us as the leader in that passing the equality act. again, we are waiting as we all are, to hear from the senate parliamentarian as to what will happen with the minimum wage piece of the legislation. i don't know what other considerations she has, but i feel that we have a very strong argument and we have a very big need in our country to pass the minimum wage. we've been working on this fight for 15 -- for a number of years now and it's a long overdue. and it will be phased in, and we would hope that aid could be
part of this reconciliation deal. but, it could be any moment. if you hear, because i don't have a phone, if you hear before i do, let me know, okay? and then, that -- as you know, is part of our american rescue plan that we are putting forth. it's about putting vaccinations in the arm, money in the pocket, children in the schools, workers in their jobs and it is what this country needs and i salute the president out for recognizing those needs and courageously going forth and the american people. what is it? over 75% of american people support the legislation overwhelmingly democrats, republicans and independents support the legislation. so, hopefully, by the end of the day tomorrow, it will be passed and then prepared for it to be sent over to the senate
by monday morning for them to act upon it. and then, if they change it, will take it back and then pass it and then send it to the white house. we're very excited about that. and it is receiving such widespread support from economists and their need for something substantial is very recognized, as well as the timing at a time when in rates are low. so, the need is great, the opportunity is there and the precision of this legislation to directly address the needs of american people, the wives of the american people and the livelihood. earlier this week, we sadly observed has the over 500 people -- 500,000 people who died from the coronavirus. i was so pleased that we had a big turnout of democrats and republicans, host the, on the
steps of capital for a moment of silence and music. music to share our sympathy with the families of those who have lost their loved ones, and questions? >> the other week, the senate voted -- you were asked if democrats would seek another punishment if there was no conviction? i'm just wondering if there's anything here looking at, maybe the 200,000 dollars that trump gets as a retired president? >> no, what i was thinking of is -- he's gone. what we need is the truth. and that's what we want to find
out. the truth about what is happening in our country to enable something like this to be acceptable to the republican party. secondly, the obviously, the separate from him, the need for us to secure the capital in a way there gives people a code for the weather can visit, that their children can come and see this temple of democracy. but, so many things are happening outside of the congress in regard to your question that we right now, our focus is on finding out the truth and i'm disappointed in what i heard of the minority leader yesterday, mcconnell say on the floor of the senate. it was really quite stunning because, in my brief conversation with him on the subject, i had the impression
that he wanted to have a january 6th, similar to 9/11, commission but what he said on the floor was really a departure from that. it seemed that he was taking a page out of the book of senator johnson. it was really disappointing. he said, you can do something now world that looks at the capital, or we can do potentially something broader to analyze this full scope of political violence problem in this country. now, we have a domestic terrorism challenge in this country. that's what the director of the fbi testified to the absolute number. domestic violence, taking more lives than international violence in this country and the biggest number since
oklahoma city. the biggest buckets under that category of domestic violence were white supremacy, antisemitism and another list of xenophobia, etc. i'll refer you to his statement. so, for the leader of the senate to make light of this -- well, it's don johnson. this is first named on? what is? it ron. not miami visor anything like that? ron johnson seems to be taking the lead on wet this scope would be of how we look at protecting our country from domestic terrorism. >> follow up on that topic.
others have also said we also want to see a 50/50 bipartisan split, why do you not want him to go down that road and are you concerned about who the republicans would appoint on a commission like that? >> you know, the author of the legislation and the 9/11 commission we passed in the set in the committee, the intelligence committee, i lost on the floor. the ball was picked up by tim aylmer and he, with the enthusiastic support of the families of 9/11, was able to pass the bill. but it was resisted at first by a republican colleagues. not in the committee, i wanted a committee but not on the floor of the house. they were in the majority. and that was a different time, different commission. most recent commission of spoke has been of the -- when my take away pride in, the
centennial of women's suffrage, that was a committee where each of us had to and the president had to. it isn't unusual to give the president -- and we don't talk about democrats or republicans, these can be independent, they can only be one, i hesitated to put in there that there should be a difference of only one because maybe more independents would be named, we don't know because there is a criteria for who it is. so, that's not the point though. that's easily negotiated. the point is the scope. if you don't know your why, if you don't have your purpose as to what the purpose of this is, then the rest of it is not the important part of the conversation. yes sir. >> are you concerned that the commission would have lack of
equal liberty and number two, to your point about scope, that the republicans would be -- >> all that's exactly what senator mcconnell said. we had an event on january 6th, which i'm sure the world has not forgotten. at that time, there was a descent on the capital, instigated by the president of the united states for an insurrection on the capital and on our democracy to overturn or to prevent the election coral college votes to be counted and the president of the united states to be ascertained. after there was an assault on
the capital, and those of us, and to his credit, senator mcconnell was part of it, he insisted on coming back to the capital to resume the proceedings, not doing it and offset or anything like that. he was very much a part of coming back to the capital, even after an assault on the capital, they still insisted on objecting to another state to take us into for o'clock in the morning and then overwhelmingly voting against the count. and so, we're saying okay, something happened here. it's about domestic terrorism. we want to solve this and now, i will do anything to have it be bipartisan so, to your point, is it will be well received by the american people.
but if we're talking about scope and saying, we've got to go and look at -- it's the ron johnson school of january 6th investigation as to seeking the truth. that's most unfortunate. yes sir, did you have a? >> can you talk to us about the equality [inaudible] [inaudible] >> thank you for the question. i love talking about the equality act. it is needed because there is x discrimination against people in the lg dp q community to. give your little background on that, we have for a long time a series of four things that we
were going to do. one, was we were going to pass hate crime legislation, which we did and i'm so proud of that. matthew shepard's parents helped us pass that legislation. secondly, we were going to do the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. which under president obama's leadership and with his courage and the rest, we were able to do that. the next thing we were going to do was to end this incrimination in the workplace, but then it was, why just the workplace? why not in every aspect of the economy and of our society? so we went to the equality act, so that it was more comprehensive than just in the workplace and that's where we are now. and our fourth, was not our doing. it was the court, it was a marriage equality. and the courts took care of that for us. so, the piece that was remaining of the four that we
set out to do a number of years ago, it is the -- now the equality act. earlier it was at nine, but we brought it. and it is necessary because it breaks my heart that it is necessary, but the fact is, and the fact we had a side event here, even this morning. demonstrating the need for us to have respect, not even just respect but take pride in their lg bt q community. thank you for your question. >> it doesn't seem that you think changes for the police reform passed in 2019 -- do you still need 60 votes in the senate, so how do you see this path if republicans want
sign on? >> well, we are passing the legislation here, which is of -- thank you for question. about the george floyd justice and policing act, which we will have on the floor next week. congresswoman had worked in a very intelligent and fair way to put something together that was respectful of those in blue. who do their work so honorably and to whom we are in that. but also, to recognize that not everyone does that and so this is what that legislation is about. what the senate will do is what the senate will do. but we will send over the bill that has the balance that we have in it. when we scented over before, the senate said, well we're for all these things.
let's study them. and who are going to do something we're not going to do something, but hundreds of thousands -- millions of people marched in the street all over the world, not just for one day, but over and over again to say, make the change that is necessary. and this legislation, when we had the hearing for it in the house, the family came, george pham floyd's family came and they said now speaker, while you named the bill for george floyd and i said, i will only name the bill for george floyd if you think it is worthy of his name. now, let's go into the process. they did and we are honored to call it by his name. >> last question. let's say the parliamentary does allow the minimum wage,
what's the path forward on that? >> you know, you're gonna have to ask that question on senate side. but we are very pleased with the case that has been made and we will pass a minimum wage bill. we must pass a minimum wage bill. again, when we had the majority in 2007, one of the first bills that we passed, it was part of our six 4:06, and the first 100 hours, we passed the minimum wage bill. seven dollars and 25 cents. it had not been passed in 11 years. now, it's even longer. after we passed it in the house, it went over to the senate and about the 22nd of january, the
senator from west virginia, senator bird, put out a press statement supporting the passage of the minimum wage and how important it was to the people of west virginia. i call that your attention because he might be a rightful advocate, but he was urging that. when we passed in the senate, we went out and had a big rally on the lawn, and i spoke to the house democrats and senator kennedy spoke for the senate democrats and he says, you know what we have to do now? we have to pass the minimum wage. recognizing that already, that was not enough for her family to ivan. so here it is. that was a seven in january, signed by president bush and, what are we?
14 years later, we still haven't raised the minimum wage. thank you all very much. i'll see some of you 2:00. to 15 for the equality act. thank you. up next on the presidency, a conversation between benjamin franklin and thomas jefferson, as portrayed by bill and bill barker. they talk about their roles and shaping revolutionary war era america and the constitutional government produced. moments cello hosted this event and provided the video. >> it's a pleasure to bring you once more to monte cello, but you can see that we have a distinct canvas because we are welcoming through this modern