Pelosi holds Today weekly press briefing 29 October 2020

Pelosi holds Today weekly press briefing

virus in terms of the election five days from now we are confident we are calm and we are prepared we are ready we’re ready to address the coronavirus in a way that is based on science crushes the virus and addresses the impact on the lives the livelihood and the life of our democracy we are at a fork in the road the path we have been on has taken us to a place where we are approaching nine million infections a path to 250 000 people who have died a path that has taken us uh to tens of millions of people on unemployment uh eight million people falling into poverty 17 million children food insecure again 23 members a million workers on unemployment and the situation will worsen if we do not change our path the heroes act has offered a path science-based well-funded that honors our heroes crushes the virus and puts money in the pockets of the american people i just recently last night or this morning this morning sent a letter to secretary mnuchin spelling out some of the concerns we are still waiting to hear back from the administration in good faith i believe both sides have gone to the table to discuss the priorities two weeks ago the secretary said that he was willing to accept our

the testing language he just wanted to make a light touch on the language two weeks ago the light touch was 55 of the language largely eliminating our initiatives that addressed uh the disparities of the virus when it came to uh minority communities in our country more people in minority community i am told have died of the virus than those, not in the minority community I’ve said it before if you’re a black child you have five times more chance of going to the hospital for covet than if you’re a white child if you’re Hispanic eight times more chance it’s sinful that we have not addressed protecting the lives of the American people on the path that this president has taken starting is calling it a hoax saying it’s going to magically disappear the list goes on and even though in all of our legislation we have talked about

testing as being a key to stopping the spread of the virus so the letter is self-explanatory it talks about state and local government what is it this statement that it was even in the wall street journal that said uh that local state and locals uh face the biggest cash crop crisis state and local governments face the biggest cash crisis since the great depression and yet the president mocks and says this is unnecessary for us to do satan local government fiscal soundness is very important to our economy not only that we want to honor our heroes they’re out there they’re fighting health care workers first

responders police and fire sanitation transportation food workers our teachers our teachers and the president says it’s a matter of pride that he not support them then we have safe schools we should be most of the schools in our country could be open actually if we would take the scientific approach it takes the money it takes more money than they are willing to put up and we’re asking for their response in that regard to have more space, therefore, more teachers ventilation sanitation technology to enable our children to actually attend school children learning parents earning so parents can go to work in the absence of that we also want them to put more money for child care if the children are not going to school the parents cannot go to work unless we have more funding for child care and they just will only go so far

and that’s what we’re asking them to go further again 8 million families as the benefits of the care fade away eight million people more people on uh have fallen into poverty there’s a way out of that child tax credit earned income tax credit these are working poor people falling into poverty and yet the number they gave us back was zero they admitted that zero is not a number even though they said they’d get back with a number they don’t hesitate to give 150 billion dollars in tax credit to in a tax advantage to the wealthiest people in our country and yet they refuse to help families from falling into poverty and by the way all of this is a stimulus for the economy even if you don’t care about people as there’s some question as to whether they do you should understand that it is a stimulus to the economies people spend this money immediately

inject demand into the economy create jobs and that is what has helped the economy even in this uh third quarter but now that fun that money is fading unemployment insurance we uh we’re still waiting for uh some of the response to the five million Americans who are exhausting their benefits OSHA and liability safety in the workplace for us is not a subject it’s not a provision it’s not an item it is a value it is an ethic worker will be safe in the workplace especially in the time of a pandemic where their exposure to it uh could not only make them sick uh but also their uh their families if they bring that home so we are we think that you know we have a list of concerns just give us your answer then you can weigh the equities if we don’t like this or we like that or whatever it is and come to a conclusion but we are ready to feel very confident that Joe Biden will be elected president on Tuesday whatever the end count is but on the election that occurs on

Tuesday he will be elected on January 20th he will be inaugurated president of the united states so while we don’t want to be overconfident or assume anything we have to be ready for how we are going to go down a different path we’ve come to a fork in the road when it comes to the coronavirus the president has taken us on a deadly path the heroes act takes us on a scientific path to help save the lives the livelihood and the lives of the American people so it’s interesting to see how many people are turning out voting in advance it’s a real what whoever they’re voting for it’s a joy to behold people exercising their civic duty honoring the sacred right that we have to vote in our democracy it is appalling to see the obstacles to participation that the republicans and the president are putting in the way we complain when other governments try to undermine the integrity of our elections or the credibility of our elections that’s one country and

another credibility or integrity of our elections but is appalling when the president of the united states contributes to that uh placing doubt onto the credibility of our elections and to have a president who says he might not he may not accept the peaceful transfer of power all the more reason for us to thank god for the courage of these people going out there to vote waiting hours in line because the republicans refused to put money in this uh any of the legislation that we have had to the extent necessary to make sure that when people vote there’s ample space uh there’s an emphasis to facilitate it’s a discourtesy the American people to say you go stand in line for hours we can do something about it but your time is not worth anything to us so again this weekend she’ll be very interesting to see how many more people will vote in advance i hope that people will not depend on the mail because they have done all they can to dismantle the postal system but i

salute our postal workers our letter carriers and those who are making the best of the situation but even the postal service is saying it’s too late now to mail a first-class piece of mail to take more than five or six days to reach its destination is uh that speaks for itself so here we are and it is it’s a remarkable remarkable experience that our country has been through hundreds of thousands of people dying millions infected joblessness raging poverty rates going up 17 million children food insecure and just to say something about women in September alone nearly one million people when women

one million one million women left the workplace one million women left the workplace and what’s the president’s message to women we’re getting your husbands back to work well factually it isn’t even true but in addition to that what decade is he living in what century is he living in so completely removed from the realities of life and that has caused death without any questions you may have figured yes i thank you thank you good morning thank you thank you very much you said you were confident in joe biden on tuesday here i want to kind of ask you to look into the future a little bit on coronavirus but other issues that could come up here you always talk about your caucus and the beauty and the mix here there’s a lot of diverse opinions that’s right do you think though that that could be a problem whether it be on coronavirus or some of these other legislative initiatives of environment voting rights download liberals and what they intend to do and why why and no i don’t our caucus has a beautiful array of thinking of generational gender gender id ethnic background geographic differences in the rest but the one thing that unites us is our commitment to america’s

working families and that means our children their health their education the economic security of their families a clean safe environment including gun safety in which they can thrive in a world at peace in which they can reach their fulfillment so again we don’t any of us want to lead or represent a caucus that is lockstep lock step caucus we invite the exuberances the differences of opinion and we do not see that as a problem we see that as an invigoration yes ma’am speaker the economy grew at an annual rate of 33.1 in the third quarter does president trump deserve any credit for that the cares act deserves credit for that uh the uh we had lost ground in the second quarter this barely makes up for that and the cares act deserves credit for injecting the resources into the economy whether it’s than in our subsequent cares and the subsequent ppp so it’s as if somebody used an example this morning as if you lost a hundred dollars in the second

quarter and now you’re making up uh 65 glory alleluia no and and if we don’t pass a a recovery bill a a a um cobus a cobat 19 bill that that we will face dire circumstances as well so yes congress and and the administration work together in a bipartisan way to pass the cares act as well as subsequent legislation to inject resources into the economy the lack of doing that this time is going to take us back down to another path yes sir thank you madam speaker if you are correct that joe biden is going to be elected you’re still going to confront a balance of power with president trump and a republican senate for the lame duck would that not argue for you to take a somewhat smaller bill that the system can produce in the lame duck and then get the rest when biden is president this is not a small we’re not talking size we’re talking quality and we we are not going to take a small bill that uh has the bulk of reinforcing funds the richest people in america while questioning the integrity of people on unemployment insurance uh so we’ll have we will well i want i want a bill for two reasons first and foremost the american people need help they need real help and second of all we have plenty of work to do in the joe biden administration we’re going to build the infrastructure of america in a green way we’re going to make

sure health care is available to all Americans lower the cost of prescription drugs we’re going to have hr1 hr1 right off the bat be about a cleaner government so that we can reduce the role of big dark special interest money it prevents us from having policies that the American people need and are have doubts that we can do unless we reduce the role of big dark money and we have a number of bills that we have passed uh that we’ll be ready for of course this will be impacted by uh joe Biden agenda his build America better is similar to our moving America forward but nonetheless uh we’ll be working in uh between the white house and the congress to get those jobs did so we want to have as clean a slate as possible going into January we will have to do more on the coronavirus to make sure that the vaccine god willing uh will be available and that will take resources to make sure it’s available to everyone, not just those in a position uh to

pay for it so yeah no we what we’ve been why would we be talking to them if we didn’t want a bill uh other than our uh heroes to act 3.4 billion which is what the trillion which the American people need they say you need to show more flexibility anything like mitch Mcconnell has are hungry people on the verge of eviction people need money in their pockets we have enormous challenges there they don’t believe in governance they don’t like the public role in helping

people and they don’t believe in science so they ignore the recommendations of science for masking for testing tracing treatment separation ventilation sanitation we are in a terrible place and it was a decision with a decision made by this president of the united states so we have to have enough money to address that and we still haven’t gotten the yes from the white house on that subject so again has to be about the quality of what it is yet it’s not just something to say we surrender they surrender to the virus we’re not surrendering to you, yes sir do you how do you think about the uh increasing corporate taxes given the state of the economy in a first couple months of dividend if there is a violent

presidency in the first couple months well why don’t we wait until we win the election uh we have our transition and the president of the united states puts forth uh his agenda I always have thought that when we do a major tax policy we should try to do it in his most bipartisan way possible contrary to the dark of nights of the speed of light passage of a bill that gave 83 of the benefits to the top 1 in our country and then they reinforce that in the cares and the cares act in the dark of night as well so it’s not a question of having that discussion here I think there’s a large quite an agreement that we should have brought down the corporate rate but we should not have given away the store at the expense of America’s working families okay that’s it thank you all very much thank you as a giant fan what do you think about the Dodgers winning the

the world too can you abide that California you know my life I died lakers because it just takes your mind away you forget your differences with other people you uh it’s just like the arts it’s just therapeutic in that it’s not only entertainment but what I like about sports it’s about numbers and I’m all about numbers and selections on the floor and but sadly the numbers in this case because this president’s failures are so staggering and sad and they compel us for this imperative that we act on a different path than where the president has taken for the children thank you that’s right all of us

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