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tv   Sen. Schumer and Speaker Pelosi Press Conference on Deal to End Shutdown  CSPAN  January 26, 2019 1:01am-1:19am EST

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workers hostage again. >> the house also approved the bill to fund the government for three weeks are unanimous consent. nancy pelosi and chuck schumer spoke to reporters following the president's announcement that a deal had been reached to open the federal government after 35 days of a partial shutdown. >> well, good afternoon. first, i am proud that this is the first time this year that leader pelosi is appearing as speaker pelosi. in this room. and the longest shutdown in american history will finally end today. the president has agreed to our
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request to open the government and then debate border security which is great news for 800,000 federal workers and millions of americans who depend on government services. alongocrats have said all , the solution to this impasse was separate funding for the government and then go over our disagreements regarding border security. separate the funding of discussionfrom the on border security and that is what we got. and democrats in the senate and in the house were united behind this position throughout the shutdown and ultimately, this agreement endorses our position. it reopens the government without preconditions. democrats and republicans an opportunity to discuss border security without holding hundreds of thousands of american workers hostage.
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we expect the continuing resolution to clear the senate and to clear the house this afternoon and to be signed by the president today. on, i think from both of us, we want to thank all of the federal workers from the bottom of our hearts. they have worked so selflessly this past month without pay. showing up to do a job that they knew was important but for which they were not fairly competent -- compensated. they showed up despite the callous indifference of the administration who treated them awns, andes, as pon belittled the financial strain. we will do everything we can to make sure that they won't ever have to go through this again. this past month has proven how vital government services are to the american people whether it
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is our food safety, airports, national parks, national security and so much else. the american people do not like it when you throw a wrench into the lives of government workers over an unrelated political dispute. working people throughout america empathized with the federal workers and were aghast at what the president was doing to them. hopefully now the president has learned his lesson. now, once the president signs the continuing resolution, we in congress will roll up our sleeves and try to find some agreement on border security. we do not agree on some of the specifics of border security. democrats are firmly against the manythat we agree on things such as the need for humanitarian need, strengthened security at our ports of entry and that bodes well for finding and eventual agreement. the fact that we have so many
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areas in which we can agree. today, the president will sign the bill to reopen the government along the outlines of what we have proposed. and hopefully, it means a lesson andned for the white house for many of our republican colleagues. shutting down the government over a policy difference is self-defeating. it accomplishes nothing but pain and suffering are the country and incurs in a norma's political cost to the party shutting it down. ever hold cannot american workers hostage again. speaker pelosi. speaker pelosi: thank you very much leader -- mr. leader and thank you for your leadership in bringing us to this resolution where shortly the senate will -- will sendouse to the house two resolutions.
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one to open up the government for all of the agencies of government and one to proceed to conference on a homeland security bill. have reached an agreement to reopen the government so we can have a discussion on how to secure our borders. that we alllear understand the importance of securing our borders and we had some very good ideas on how to do that and that will be part of the discussion going forward. house democrats look forward to working in a bipartisan and bicameral way. i was forged in the culture of appropriation. sometimes, it is necessary for
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paince o -- princicp als tols -- princip participate. we are so grateful for the current of the american workers. they have shown such strong character. they have to pay the bills when they come due. whether it be rent, car payment, or mortgage. the list goes on. moneyid not even have gas or any more credit card ability to put gas in their car to go to work. inis really hard for some the administration to understand how people live paycheck to paycheck and how marginal some of their existences are. it makes a difference in how they educate their children, how they put food on the table, and
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how they pay the rent etc.. we thank them and are so glad that as the president said earlier, as soon as possible or immediately, i don't know which is faster. two theyest of the will receive their backpay and the pay due. we are grateful to democrats on both sides of the capital for their unity that was very important in these discussions. it is sad though that it has taken this long to come to an obvious conclusion. we talked about missed bills and financial security being shaken. sometimes questioning or putting how people's credit is viewed and that is particularly problematic for our veterans. many who are in their jobs with security clearances. and a security clearance is regarding the quality
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of your credit rating. we want the civilian side to continue their public service and we want them to have all of the respect that they deserve as well as our other federal employees who are working so hard to meet the needs of the american people. we value their purpose. their diligence in performing their jobs weather as it wasders said keeping us safe in terms of and in sor the fbi many other ways including food safety and the list goes on. way anyt want in any shutdown of government to diminish the respect we have for the purpose of our public employees and the excellence of
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their service. a disagreement of policy should never be a reason to shut down the government. especially for such a period of time. to have an impact on the paycheck. i am sad it has taken this long. aam glad we have come to conclusion today as to how we go forward in the next three weeks. and again, i salute the democratic leader in the senate. we passedse, 10 times the bill working with mr. hoyer. the most recent one presented on the senate floor yesterday was so simple. disastern for assistance and open up government for two weeks. the republicans said no. i think the public weighed in. i quote lincoln all the time --
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public sentiment is everything. we thank the public for weighing strongly and paying attention and i think that will be the success of this conference. the public awareness is so increased and the public interest in it is so sharpened that they will see the decisions that we have to make and help in on on the -- weigh those decisions. >> one at a time. please. reporter: the president has wanted this wall funding for a long time but it was not until the democrats won the house that
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he went to the mat for it. >> i do not understand your question. the point is today that we have come to a way to move forward. i don't see this as any power play. reporter: the fact that he held out over while funding. >> if you're saying that the president held out over wall funding to show who was in charge, i think that is a bad statement to make about any leader in our country. what i do say is let us go forward and get this done. , lessonsr mentioned learned and hope that the people know that we cannot hold our public employees hostage because we have a disagreement. 34 days. i don't want to make any characterizations of the president's motivation. you will have to ask him. pelosi, dideaker
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the president underestimate you politically? can you assure the public that there will not be another impasse in three weeks? >> i cannot assure the public on anything that the president will do but i have to say that i am optimistic. i see every challenge is an opportunity. an opportunity to do the right thing for the american people and also to make people aware of the decisions that we have and hopefully that will make everybody come together in a way that is unifying for our country. i cannot characterize the president's evaluation of things. >> we suggested to leader mcconnell that we use a conference committee format. has conference committee democrats and republicans, house and senate sitting at a table and it has worked very successfully on homeland security and all of the other bills that have not been signed over the last several years even
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when the republicans were in charge. optimisticm very that the conference committee can come to a good conclusion that we can avoid another shutdown. reporter: [indiscernible] >> it is not planned now. ist i said to the president that when the government is open we will discuss a mutually agreeable date and i look forward to doing that. state of the union. this morning you were planning to announce a border security vision from the democrats. what is the state of that? and can you accept any sort of physical barrier? the work of the conference committee will draw out
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everyone's view of what is the best way to protect our borders. the chair of the subcommittee on knows thiscurity issue very well. table with to the our best ideas on how to protect our borders. some iner referenced terms of infrastructure that relates to our ports of entry. the president talks about drugs coming into our country. in throughdrugs come our ports of entry. theus increase infrastructure where the drugs are coming in. technologyease the to scan for drugs, guns, and other contraband. let us talk about some of the other things in terms of humanitarian assistance for
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those coming over. we are not having a conference committee right now. it up to our appropriators. where we have evidence-based knowledge about how we best secure our borders. do you think the president underestimated the speaker? do you think he thought he could get what he wanted? ever one should underestimate the speaker as donald trump has learned. but in addition to that, i would say that our democrats stay totally unified. in the senate, there were many made to gete to -- our democrats to side with them.
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the president was told by some of his advisers that -- holdout and we will get the democrats to crack and join us in the senate. he was unable to do that and i think after three weeks, as the clearounted and it became as we made clear to the public that the president was responsible for the shutdown that the president knew it was a lost cause. reporter: are you no longer rolling out any money for the wall? >> have i not been clear about the wall? i have been very clear about the wall. let me just go to the previous question and say this. and associate myself with the remarks of the leader. in our caucus, the beauty of it is the mix. i say when people say -- you are so good at organizing a caucus.
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our values unified us. the fact is that our diversity is our strength. we have differences of opinion. that is our strength but our unity is our power. and that may be what the president underestimated. >> thank you, everybody. on friday evening, the house held a brief session passing the bill to fund the government through february 15. the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on january


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