tv House Republicans on Legislative Agenda CSPAN March 9, 2021 11:07am-11:39am EST
that's what separate ours caucus with with the other side of the aisle. with we want to focus on results and governing. that's why we're going to put up a strong vote. that's why we'll continue to put up strong votes for background checks if protecting the right to organize. next week violence against women. daca and t.p.s. protections. ag worker modernization. equal rights amendment. those are twhings want to be judged by. our ability to govern and our ability to put up votes. so that's what we want to do on behalf of the american public. mr. jeffries: the party of the american rescue plan, versus the party of marjorie taylor greene, ted ted cruz and dr. seuss is not really a fair fight. thank you very much.
>> match live bill debate here on c-span or c span.org. house republican leaders also talked to reporters the morning, they focused on the southern borders. >> hi, everybody. thank you. thanks for joining us today. we've got a number of pieces of legislation that we continue to be very concerned about. obviously the covid package
which is coming to the floor, we don't know, either today or tomorrow. it's a real tradge injury, when you look at that package, we know that the result of that package will be middle class tax increases. we know for sure that it includes provisions that are not targeted, they're not temporary, they're not related to covid. it didn't have to be this way. we could have had a bill that was, you know, a fraction of the
cost of this one, it could have gotten bipartisan approval an support. but the speaker decided to go in another direction. and so we are going to be saddled with a burden, spending burden and a tax burden that is really indefensible if the perspective of what it actually accomplishes. the other thing we're focused on is what is going on at the border. i saw the white house press secretary, jen psaki, say she was heart broke bin what's happening at the border. to that i would say, policy has consequences. when you say that you're not going tone force our immigration law, when you say you're not going to build a border wall, it has consequences. we're seeing the tragic consequences of that right now at the border. so we are going to be very focused as a nches can on what's happening that the border, on working to make sure that as the
biden administration refuses to open schools, they have instead decided to open the border and to let in thousands of people potentially who have got covid, we've got children at the border that have been separated again from their parents. and being heart broken isn't a policy. we expect to see action and the american people expect to see action. with that, i'm going to turn things over to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. hudson who is going to talk about second amendment issues and some of the gun control bills on the floor this week. mr. hudson: thank you very much. i'm richard hudson, north carolina's eighth congressional district, i'm theals conference secretary. listen, i'm a father of a 5-year-old who is in school. i care deeply about gun violence. i'm proud the republicans in congress are very serious about ending gun violence. unfortunately, the democrats in congress are not serious about
ending gun violence. and it's obvious by the bills they're bringing to the floor this week which would do nothing to have stopped a single mass shooting in this country, yet they threaten the rights of law-abiding citizens. the republicans when we were in majority passed meaningful legislation including the fix knicks act which would have stopped the church shooting in texas. like the act that had the most meaningful mental health reform in a generation and dealt with communicating with parents of children in crisis. we passed the stop school violent act which put $1 billion into getting mental health resources to schools and also to training law enforcement. i actually have legislation i've introduced that will double the funding for the stop school violence act. the democrats have rushed two bills toth floork regular order, no hearing time. they have allowed no meaningful input from republicans. and these bills again would have not stopped a single mass shooting.
not newtown, not charleston, not parkland, not las vegas. not southerland springs, would not have stopped the shooting of our former colleague, gabriel giffords, because her shooter passed a background check. h.r. 8 fails to recognize the fact theaver commercial gun sale in america requires a background check today. h.r. 1446 create december lays for law--abiding citizens could be indefinite and would not have closed the charleston loophole. if you want to close the charleston loophole i direct you to tom rice's bill, h.r. 1518. the problem with the charleston shooting was information sharing by law enforce. . this bill allows the information sharing. republicans have meaningful alternatives, we have six bills introduced last week and this week. we will be pushing to end gun violence. our legislation will actually address this problem. the democrats are concerned about taking away our second
amendment rights and the two bill this is week will simply erode those rights. so we're urging a no vote. thank you. ms. cheney: thank you, richard. now i'd like to introduce another member, the gentlelady from north carolina, the republican leader of the education and work force committee, ms. foxx. ms. foxx: thank you, madam chair. the dems would have you believe that their radical p.r.o. act protects the right to organize. all it does is protect the $1. billion that the labor unions donate to support left-wing organizations. while trying to garner support for this outravens -- outrageous bill i have heard democrats argue that it's the unions that built the middle class. this unions didn't build the middle class. entrepreneurs and individuals, workers in this country built the middle class. what this bill does is take away
their free drops, making unions bigger and individual freedoms smaller. there are too many harmful provisions to list in this bill so i'll highlight some of the more egregious ones. it overturns 27 states' right to work laws. it eliminates employees' rights to a secret ballot. allows unions to boycott and picket nearly every business in america whether they're subject to yube vote or not. the bill reinstates destructive obama-era regulations, includes california's controversial a.b.-5 with zero exemptions which will deprive millions of americans of the opportunity to work independently and start their own businesses. this provision is particularly ill-advised since many americans during covid like working parent are taking advantage of the flexibility, the independent
contracting model offers. at a time when employers and workers are forced to tighten their purse strings, it's unconscionable that democrats are pushing a bill that would take millions from workers' paychecks and employers. it also forces workers to hand over their private, personal information to a union. afl-cio president tronca testified last congress that unions will be able to go after workers, quote, in the grocery store and at their homes. this is not the way america operates. this personal information could very well be shared with third parties, subjecting workers and their families to even more unwanted attention and harassment. the bill increases the risk of union corruption an wrongdoing. federal investigators recently finish their investigation of the u.a.w. where senior union leaders embezzled workers' hard-earned union dues for personal expenses.
don't forget federal law already protects union -- employee's right to organize and republicans respect this right. any reforms to the u.s. labor laws should help workers not union bosses. now is the time to reward union bosses and liberal activists with political favors. our focus should be on reopening schools and rebuilding the economy. so all americans have the opportunity to succeed. thank you. ms. cheney: thank you, virginia. now we have one of our new members from iowa, ashley hinson who is going to talk about legislation she has to restore -- to get schools back open again. mrs. hinson: good morning, everybody. ashley hinson from iowa's first district. i come to you today as a working mom of two school-age kids. we need to get our schools back open. when i look at the last year, it's been quite the year and the toll we faced, especially when
it comes to our young people, is staggering. the mental health visits for our young people as young as 5 are increasing at a dramatic pace. they're ending up in our emergency rooms. when i look at why kids need to be in school it's more than read, writing and arithmetic. it's for the social interaction. it's for the stable environment that they can be in. they need to maybe get out of a violent situation. they may be looking for the next meal. the kids need to be back in school. we're now hearing as well that there are additional challenges, we're finding students have fallen off the grid. we don't know where the students are. they've gone missing. simply stopped logging on to virtual school. that's unacceptable. teachers don't know where they are. the fact that they've fallen off the grid is entirely important as a work -- jab hornet as a working mom. school enrollment is also dropping. now that we're a year into this pandemic, it's turning into two for many school districts around the country. i think it's really sad that we're letting our kids fall
through the cracks which is why we need to make sure we are getting our schools back reopened. that's why i introduced the reopen schools act which would set program terse around the $54 billion in money already appropriated by congress before i even got here to make sure schools are a plan to get reopened. they submit the plan to their governor and follow through and reopen their schools. the democrats, i want to point out, blocked this for the fourth time last time. four times they've chosen to make our kids political. the biden administration has no meaningful stratty to move forward. getting kids into school -- i'm sorry, that's better. in no way is this acceptable and our kids should not be a political fool. the kids are the ones losing this game. when i look at examples of how quay we can lead this issue, look at the state of iowa. we prioritized our kids and teachers get back to school safely in the state of iowa. it can be done. iowa is a great model for that. i would encourage the biden
administration to look to the state of iowa and how we made sure we get kids back in the classroom safely. republicans will continue to lead on this issue. i would invite all my democrat colleagues to join us. let's make sure we have a plan to get those schools reopened and get kids back in the classroom. thank you very much. ms. cheney: and now we'll hear from our whip, mr. scalise. mr. scalise: good morning. gooded to see -- good to see all of you, if you look at the schedule this week, you have speaker pelosi once again pushing a socialist ageneral ta taking away rights of families while bankrupting the next generation with mountains of debt focused not on covid relief, over 90% of the bill they're going to bring back on the $1.9 trillion spending bill is not focused on covid relief it's focused on push manager of the far left agenda. it's very concerning when you look at both what happened in the house and in the -- and in
the senate. speaker pelosi and chuck schumer shut republicans out of the process completely. in fact president biden was offered the ability to work with republicans an he chose to have a go it alone strategy as well. that left americans -- let americans down all across the country who wanted to see a package focused on helping family, helping small businesses stay afloat and helping reopen schools. we brought amendments to double the number of vaccines so that we could get more americans vaccinated quickly and that was rejected on a party line vote. there was an amendment in the senate to say that felons in prison shouldn't be able to get taxpayer checks. and that was voted down on a party line vote. so clearly when you look at the priorities of speaker pelosi, it's to spend as much money as quickly as possible on her socialist agenda and turn her bass on those of us who want to work together to confront this virus and to safely reopen our economy and our schools. you can look at the cry soins
the border. it's a major, major national scandal. jay johnson, the obama homeland security secretary, once said if there were 1,000 or more illegal crossings that was a bad day. today we're seeing 3,000 or 4,000 illegal crossings a day at our southern border. it's a national crisis. and it needs to be confronted by president biden and he refuses to acknowledge it. there are superspreader caravans coming across our corn border. i think it's an interesting misplaced priority that the biden administration's agenda is to open america's borders and close america's schools. this is the wrong approach. this is not focusing on the hard working families in this country. the science says that the schools should be open now. every school should be open, teaching kids in the classroom and every day they refuse to do that, it's setting those kids back even further. millions of american kids are being denied the ability to learn and to be able to compete.
the science is clear that the schools should be reopened. again, we put more money, ashley hinson's bill was offered up during the process of moving this bill forward, to say if schools get more money it has to be to reopen so kids can be learning in the classroom. it was rejected by every democrat. which d begs the question what do they need this money for if it's not to reopen schools during this pandemic? and so again we're going to continue to fight for those hard working families. we'll continue to fight to reopen schools safely. to follow the science, not union bosses. when you see a union boss fighting to keep public schools closed while taking the parent's money but sending their own kids to private schools it just shows youing they're not epidemic following the science. last tremendous amount of hypocrisy and double standard involved in the people who want to take the hard-earned money of taxpayers across the country while not fighting for
themmering, for their family, for their children. we're going to continue to do that, we'll continue to try to fight for an agenda that works for family, not to push the socialist agenda nancy pelosi is bringing to the floor. this scandal involving governor cuomo is a scandal on multiple fronts. it's not just the sexual harassment scandal which is concern, but also the scandal of what eehe did to seniors nursing -- nursing home, starting with his order that went against federal c.m.s. guidelines, forcing seniors who were covid positive to go back to nursing homes and stopping nursing homes from testing for covid led to thousands of deaths that never should have happened. the republican select committee started asking governor cuomo for the data back in june. he refused back then, called us names. seems to have a pattern. but he never gave those families a -- families an answer. we continue to fight for the
families who deserve an answer. it's come out that not only did he potentially obstruct justice in hiding the data but we he may have directed his own employees to manipulate the data, to lie about the number of deaths that could have been used to help prevent more deaths. so i would call on president biden to rescind his designation as the gold standard for covid leadershipful that's not the gold standard. that's an epic failure that led to the death of thousands of people and governor cuomo needs to come clean with the american people, with the people of new york, parents, children, who lost their grandparents and their parents, who demand answers who deserve answers to that data. we're going to continue fighting for those families. reporter: i have a question on the suspension bills last night. democrats pulled bills because of frustration about how the process was being run. do you agree with the strategy?
are you concerned about that? mr. scalise: there's concern about what's happening on the floor. 10 of the 11 bills brought to the floor this week did not go through committee. we see this pattern by speaker pelosi who famously said years ago you got to pass the bill to find out what's in it, when she rewrote obamacare in her office. now she's not bothering to go through committee, bills that should have gone to virginia foxx's committee where they by passed the committee process so she can write the bill behind closed doors with no public cruteny no public hearings. i think a lot of americans are concerned about that kind of closed process where nobody gets to see the bill until she crops it on the floor, every never even went through a public process in committee. republicans and democrats alike, we work hard to get on committees of jurisdiction, they can bring their expertise to make a bill better. speaker pelosi is shutting her
members out of that process. every democrat ought to be asked if they'reup set that they were not allowed to offer an amendment on a $1.9 trillion spending bill that speaker pelosi wrote in her office hand "out of practice" every amendment. there was not one idea that could have been brought forward. democrats were told in committees not to bring an amendment on the $1.9 trillion. reporter: should bipartisan suspension bills be held hostage? mr. scalise: i don't want to see hostages. i want to see speaker pelosi open up the process to amendments by republicans and democrat, bring in tpwhrills committee, something as basic as having public hearings in committee on bills. i think a lot of people are getting frustrated, including her own members who don't like this closed pelosi process. reporter: who is leading this charge for suspension bills and what is leadership advising this group that is trying to push for suspension and motions to adjourn, you know, when it comes to how to proceed?
mr. scalise: those are individual members, that's not a leadership decision. as republican leadership we called on speaker pelosi to open up the house process. again, getting rid of the motion to recommit, a process that's been around for decades that speaker pelosi shut down to try to deny the ability for people to bring amendments on the house floor. we'll continue to push for that. reporter: is leadership's position to allow these procedures to happen? mr. scalise: that's not a formal leadership position but leadership has been vocal on the republican side that ewant bills to go through committee and we want members' voices to be heard. reporter: house democrat says they're bring back the earmark process. do you think this is something republicans should participate? are republican leaders going to work on guidelines for, you know, changing the rules if so? mr. scalise: we've heard the democrats talking about bringing this back on their own. they haven't consulted with us. we had a lot of conversation we
had a meeting last night, widely attended by the republican conference, and our members have a lot of different views on. this one thing that's universal, we share a lot of concerns about the abuses that happened in the past and don't want to see those abuses brought back. this will be a continuing conversation amongst house republicans. it would have been helpful if democrats would have talked to us about what they're doing and if there's a better way to do it. we're going to have that conversation an it's ongoing. reporter: one of the provisions in the democrats' bill is the creation of a child pass through. do you consider that socialism? is that something you could see a conversation happening? a lot of democrats want to make that, some republicans wan to, do you think there's room for a conversation about doing that? do you think that's the definition of socialism? mr. scalise: the question is, what in the bill is covid related and what is a broader policy that should be discussed
separately? i think a lot of people have a concern that speaker pelosi took advantage of the crisis to fill the bill with primarily things that have nothing to do with covid that should have been discussed separately. our focus from the very gipping was, let's help families who are struggling with a targeted relief bill. not just sending everybody a check all across america. but to help the families who are struggling as opposed to saying if somebody is making more money than they were a year ago they're going to also get a check. the other thing is, there are millions of small businesses that have already closed. it's deaf sating to see what some of these governors did to make it harder for states to stay afloat while there were states like texas and florida that kept things open and had different results. it's a shame they penalized -- penl sized -- penalized states that had more success keep theag states open while rewarding states like california and new york where the biggest winners in this bill, just giving billions of dollars, california
announced over $10 billion surplus yet they'll get more than $4 billion of money borrowed from our children in this bill. i think that's the biggest frustration is 90% of the bill has nothing to co-with covid. whether it's a good idea or not needs to be debated independently. don't take advantage of a crisis to try to ram through a socialist agenda. reporter: do you think republicans will have a hard time clawing that back since it will be voted in later this week? mr. scalise: we were willing to work to get more vaccine, they wanted to spend money on a whole lot of things that had nothing to do with covid. we'll take one more. reporter: the former president had a campaign -- mr. scalise: that was a new policy he rolled out.
president trump will decide what kind of role he wants to play in elections in future. ewe're focused on winning the house back. the nrcc outthreached dccc in january. people recognize that speaker pelosi's socialist agenda is bad for americans. way out of touch with he mainstream of this country. we're going to keep working to get the house back and raise the money it takes to elect more candidates like ashley hinson here who is already a leader helping fight to reopen schools. so we're going to continue fighting for hardworking families while they continue with the socialist agenda thank you. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> the house returns for legislative business at noon eastern time. a bill to make it easier for labor unions to organize. it changes national labor relations law and nearly 20 amendments will be our offered. the house is waiting for the
senate to finish assembling and brinting the nearly $2 trillion covid relief bill that the senate passed saturday. here's a look at what's ahead. og speeches and getting down to legislative work at noon eastern , which may include the $1.9 trillion covid relief plan. here to talk about that with us is eric wasson, congressional reporter at bloomberg. good morning. the house is not even set to take it up yet, they are not even in the rules committee yet. is it a certainty they will take it up today? guest: it's a matter of paperwork. they were adding amendments in the middle of the day on saturday, proofreading from chuck schumer at the very end. to put it all together in one document a lot of line by line reading has to go on and they
have to make sure it complies with the parliamentarian to make sure it's kosher. they are just waiting for that. there's no evidence that this is a ruse, they don't have the votes from who i talked to and even the progressives who were upset about the scaling back in the senate will be on board and i'm not sensing the kind of doubt that we have seen in the past of it not being able to pass the house. pelosi said it could be wednesday morning but rules committee officials say that even if they get it tuesday night, they are ready to roll the dice and roll the bill out. host: the price tag does not appear to have changed much, but some things have changed in the version that was passed on saturday, correct? guest: yes, originally there was a minimum wage increase that was ruled out of order by parliamentarians. there was a threshold to try to add it back in but six members
of the democratic caucus said that it shouldn't be waived, showing this strong support for the wage that many sought and in addition there was a long drama on friday with joe mansion of west virginia, who was going to back ending it in july and they did it on september 6 and kept it where it is currently rather than increasing it to 400 per week, what the house had passed. there were additional myriad other changes and amendments that were made on for-profit higher education rules, extra benefits for homeless youth. these are often integrated but they don't really rise to the level of controversy that unemployment insurance change did and we are not seeing the kinds of defections that could bring the bill down, though they can only afford to lose four members. yesterday a moderate democrat who voted against the house bill
came out in favor of it, saying that the modifications in the senate wrought him on board. host: you and your colleagues were writing about a potential sequel once they finish work on this. how far down the road is that and what might it include? guest: that's right and we are in a crucial phase right now as members of congress, with the administration, the president could roll it out within weeks. an attempt to perhaps even greatly exceed what's been centered on infrastructure. there has been a lot of trouble trying to do it in a bipartisan way but the debate among democrats is what to add on to that as a vehicle to do big things like create a public option to change the optics on immigration and to do manufacturing on the renaissance , it's the idea that there's only enough bandwidth for one major package and will they break it up. a lot of that's going on right
now. last night in the house democrats talked about the bipartisan opportunity. republicans are saying it can't just go on the national credit card and be deficit driven. are these the tax increases democrats would want? a lot of problems and i recommend reading the story that stephen and i did on the bloomberg website, laying it all out. host: the original bill passed the house on a partyline vote, no republicans supported it on saturday, we are pretty much expecting the same vote tally today, wednesday, whenever the final vote comes up. guest: that's right, no sign of republican support for this. politically the party seemed divided by trump's last few weeks there, controversy over the riots, but opposition of this bill has allowed party
leaders to ignite the flock once again and it is serving an interesting political unifying moment for them but on infrastructure i think they will be willing to do some sort of deal. it just might not be the same size and scope that democrats are envisioning. host: eric wasson >> the 40us house gaveling back in about noon, to work on a bill expanding the ability of labor unions to organize. nearly 0 amendments will be considered. the house stand big to consider the senate-passed covid-19 bill. the house rules committee meeting shortly to decide debate parameters on the fearly $ trillion bill. then they'll send it to the house floor which is expected tomorrow. watch live coverage of the debate here on c-span or online.
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