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tv   House Speaker Holds Briefing on Legislative Agenda  CSPAN  June 9, 2022 6:43pm-7:07pm EDT

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>> c-span is live on capitol hill outside the hearing room where tonight the january 6 committee begins their proceedings. committee members will question key witnesses about what transpired and why during the assaults on the u.s. capitol. watch our live coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. here on c-span, c-span now, our free mobile video app, or online at >> hughes speaker unanimous -- house speaker nancy pelosi told reporters she believes there's public interest for the january 6 committee hearings. she also talked about senate negotiations on guns and house and senate discussions on a bill to increase security for supreme court justices. this is 20 minutes.
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speaker pelosi: good morning. i left the floor voting for the bill called the red flag bill but the extreme -- the legislation to give people the authority the power. why wouldn't you if you knew that a family member or someone else made disturbing comments to you or menacing comments on the internet, why would you not make sure they did not have access to guns to do harm to themselves or someone else? it will be bipartisan. in addition to the legislation, which we passed yesterday, i was very proud of the bipartisan work that was done to pass this legislation. of course, we're prayerful about
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what the senate may come up with and are eager to hear what that is and to work together with them to turn it into law of the land to protect the children. it's always, as i say, of, by, and for the children. little did we know when all of this started so many years ago that children would be testifying to bearing witness to murder in their classrooms and the measures they had to take to protect themselves. so for the children, we were pleased that yesterday we were able to pass legislation to lower the age for someone buying an assault weapon. now, mind you, to buy a pistol you have to be 21 years old. but to buy an assault weapon, you have to be 18. so it is a handgun, handgun 21. an assault weapon, 18. raise the age.
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raise the age so that everyone has to be 21 years old and we take assault weapons out of the hands of teenagers. no, again very, very pleased to have the legislation pass in a bipartisan way for the safe storage of guns. banning highcapacity magazines which are designed to massacre. we're glad to have the two bills that two initiatives that were executive orders under president trump, the bump stock loophole, closing that, and under president biden, the ghost bills, enshrining both of those into law rather than just executive orders. so we were very pleased at the progress that was made on the floor of the house and are eager and prayerful as to what the senate, in a bipartisan way, for legislation that can pass the senate that can make a difference to save lives for the children.
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i'm also pleased that the senate had a bill to proceed with the pact act. this is so important to our veterans and, therefore, to our country. the pact act is legislation that we passed in the house and sent to the senate. they had 86 votes to clear the way to proceed and hopefully they will proceed soon. they'll have the opportunity they need to help them. many of them have cancer. so, in other words, not to have to have them prove to an almost impossible degree that they were there and that it happened.
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the -- jon stewart has taken the lead on this, you probably saw some visibility about it, we passed it a while ago. the senate overwhelmingly, in a bipartisan way has voted to proceed. we are also working, next week we'll be having legislation on the floor that will talk about how we lower costs. how we address inflation. how we reduce the deficit. i'm very pleased we'll be bringing up the ocean shipping reform act which is a bill to address the supply chain shortages that we have when supply is short, costs are up. that's important legislation that's already passed the senate. so we would be passing it in the house. we had our own version here but in the interest of proceeding,
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we're going to take the senate bill. it lowers costs for american consumers. we are also dealing with issues that relate to agricultural coming out of the ag committee whether we're talking about more computation and a spotlight on what's happening in poultry and meat and all the rest of that. when we're talking about lowering costs at the pump we have already done our price gouging legislation and market manipulation legislation but we will also be doing more in terms of legislation to lower the cost, to make further actions, lower costs by making cheaper, cleaner, unleaded 88 more
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available. that's something that springs from a large number of members in our caucus in many states has already been making a difference. so it is again inflation, lowering costs, reducing the national debt, very important. addressing the needs of our veterans which is an ongoing responsibility that we have. but there's absolutely no question that this week has been very much about gun violence. if you go back a month or so you might not have predicted that that would be all consuming now but it should be all-consuming all the time. as people talk about this is happening again and again and again it really isn't. it's happening once, continuously. it's always happening. and we have to make it stop. and this legislation that we passed yesterday is very powerful in making a difference. hopefully some of it will be part of what the senate does. but we don't know. it's their negotiation. we look forward to, we have great confidence in chris murphy, our former member of the house, he has made this his life's work, part of his life's work in congress having suffered the newtown massacre in his district.
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where little children practically just out of diapers were shot down. we talked about gun violence, protect our kids, what we did yesterday. i just want to say this because i don't know if you saw the hearing yesterday, and you wonder why anybody who had seen the hearing might not be more supportive of stopping the violence, but mia sorillo covered herself in her friend's blood so she could pretend to be dead in the uvalde shooting. a little girl. a little girl. in my own district, a fifth grader lost both of her parents in gun violence, separate incidences. fifth grade. she spoke at a rally about stopping gun violence. little children are testifying. yesterday, daneta everhart, her is on was shot four times, he survived, almost died but
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survived what was viewed as a racist massacre. we are so honored to have the presence here of gabby giffords, a heroine in our country, such an inspiration, challenging the con shons of the congress to do -- conscience of the congress to do something and in our own congress, lucy mcbath who suffered the loss of her own son, being such an inspiration and challenge again to the members to do the right thing. i think both of them made a big difference in our success yesterday. as we go forward.
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any questions? reporter: madam speaker. on january 6, the committee tonight, do you believe the committee will be able to reach the big chunk of americans who decided they just don't care about this anymore? ms. pelosi: i don't think that's the case. let me just thank the members of the committee. they have been hard at work doing a patriotic duty to seek the truth and we will see that revealed. i kept my distance from the committee so i'll be watching just as everyone else is. to see the presentation. i believe that tonight will be sort of an opening of the narration. the narrative of what happened. as an assault on our democracy, on our constitution, on our capitol, on our congress, in a very violent way. for a specific purpose to undermine the constitution of the united states. on a day set aside for the
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peaceful transfer of power. reporter: let me rephrase that, then. do you worry that there is a chunk of people who decided the committee -- ms. pelosi: i don't know that. i know there are people who want it to go away, particularly people in this congress. reporter: madam speaker, i was wondering what the status of the senate bill to protect supreme court justices is in the house? ms. pelosi: the justices are protected, as you all know. we were awaiting language from the senate so we could be completely up to date as to what they wanted to do. that's in the works. mr. hoyer is running that show. if -- we had hoped to do it today but we will do it the beginning of next week. reporter: california has very low turnout on tuesday for the election. ms. pelosi: you're talking politics now? reporter: yes. ms. pelosi: we do that at a minimum under the dome. reporter: i wonder if the message is getting lost, do you think people are disinterested in politics? ms. pelosi: i don't at all.
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what i see is something quite different. sitting here in washington, d.c. you may draw some conclusions but what we see around the country is real interest in what comes next. they're concerned about our democracy. they're concerned about our freedom. whether we're talking about a woman's right to choose or the free tom -- freedom to walk down the street or send their children to school without being in danger. they're very interested in kitchen table issues which i've always -- which have always been the heart beat of the democratic party. how we'll pay the bills, pay the rent, pay for food, pay for education, whatever the subject is. the issues that keep people awake at night are the decisions they make at that kitchen table. so we see something quite different and i don't stipulate to your characterization of the public mood or yours. i do know that elections that happen now have a lower turnout
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than those that happen in november and we expect to have a big turn utah in november. -- turnout in november. and we have absolutely no intention of losing the house. reporter: madam speaker, the most recent bill that passed yesterday passed on a bipartisan basis. on top of that you had the red flag legislation. that's bipartisan too. how do you feel that portends for the future of the bills in the senate that they can pass on a bipartisan basis? are you in contact with any senators act it how confident -- senators about it and how confident are you that -- it looks like the red plag legislation passed or that will be in the senate. ms. pelosi: i don't know what will come out of negotiations in the senate but i have confidence in those who are negotiating in good faith on both sides of the aisle and we are eager to see what that will be.
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hopefully it will contain some of the measures which we think are life-saving in our legislation. but i don't know what their negotiations are because they are privy to the senate. reporter: they seem to be talking about red flags, safety, mental health, bolstering mental health networks. to incorporate juvenile records into background checks. that's the broad outline what have they've said. ms. pelosi: you know more than i do. i don't have that knowledge about what they may do. i will say this, if it's life-saving and can make a difference and they have bipartisan support for it, then we would welcome it even though it won't be everything we want. but we can't have subterfuge we can't have them say it's about this and it's about that. no, it's about guns. and it's about other things too. but we cannot ignore the fact
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that it's about guns. their availability. at what age. what condition and terms of the person who is -- yes. reporter: in light of the hearings coming up do you think that in the fall that democracy that what happened last january, is on the ballot? or is it kitchen table, pocketbook issues that a lot of americans are dealing with now? ms. pelosi: thank you for asking a substantive question. it's so refreshing. [laughter] who let you in here? i don't know. i think it's always about the kitchen table issues because these are -- what moves somebody to vote? yes it's about our democracy that is on the ballot. they assaulted the capitol. they are undermining the elections by voter suppression and nullification of elections and the rest. people expect us to take care of that.
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but they really want to know what we are doing in their interests. and how they can manage for their families. it's always been about that. it's always been about the kitchen table issues. that's what the democratic party is. no boardroom, corporate boardroom table but the kitchen table so as you have seen we have passed legislation in the rescue package that put money in people's pockets with the child tax credit. got children safely in school. people safely back to work. shots in arms. at a time when we had to move quickly to do so. and again, now what we're talking about is how we can lower costs. when you have -- this president has overseen eight million jobs created. the private sector plays a major role in that. but this is historic.
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no president can make this claim that in this short period of time nearly eight million jobs were created. unemployment was reduced in half. when we had to move quickly to do so, and again, now we are talking about how we can lower costs. this president has overseen 8 million jobs created. the private sector pays -- plays a major role. this is historic. no president can claim in this period of time. -- price at the pump. that price is affected by shortages, some of it caused by putin. when you have lower supply, you have higher costs. that is just the way it is.
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we have to recognize it and we have to mitigate for it. that is part of what we have been doing, but we will continue to do next week when we addressed food and agriculture, making it less expensive for farmers. for example, fertilizer. fertilizer largely comes from russia and places like that, so it is more expensive for farmers to have fertilizer. it increases costs of food. ood. so much of this is connected. you cannot separate what's happening in ukraine from the price at the pump or the cost of fertilizer. on the other hand you have to address it. and i think elections, to your question, are about that. our responsibility is to protect our democracy and the oath of office we take to protect and defend the constitution. and all that that implies. the freedoms that go with that. whether it's a woman's right to choose or all the other things that are exposed because of this
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decision. where they're questioning the value of privacy in our constitution. whether they're questioning precedent in terms of actions of the supreme court. it's important, dispositive of the vote, is what happens at the kitchen table. reporter: you -- it sounds like you think that will be a bigger issue for voters as opposed to the former president -- ms. pelosi: it's not as opposed. i'm saying what people think about our country is one thing. look at the polls. how many people support raising the minimum wage? 75%? 80%? how many support gun violence protection in terms of the legislation we're talking about? 75, 80%. how many people support so many things that we're talking about. is it dispositive of their vote? that's the question. so yes people are concerned. it may be -- contribute to how
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they decide. but the -- as james caan said, it's the economy stupid, no offense to you i'm just quoting him. this president has been a champion for america's working families. he's been a champion on the kitchen table issues. and that's what campaigns are about. to get the message out. so we will be mobilizing at the grassroots level. own thissing the ground with a message of hope and optimism for the people and again with the intellectual, personal and other resources necessary to do so. i feel pretty positive about it all. i'm optimistic and i always am but i -- it is essential that in the only that we win that argument at the polls but we win that argument in the policy
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debate as well. because it is for the people, for the children. thank you for the question. reporter: how can you say the judges are protected when there was an attempt on justice kavanaugh's life? you said the justices are protected, but there was an attempt on his life. ms. pelosi: he's protected. it's not about the justices. it's about staff and the rest. the justices are protected. you saw the attorney general even double down on. that reporter: but it's about security for the justices. an armed man showed up near justice kavanaugh's house. ms. pelosi: we're working together on a bill the senate will be able to approve on. that's what -- we can pass whatever we want here. we want it to pass the senate. i don't know what you're talking about because evidently you haven't seen what the debate is. not debate but what the language
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is there will be a bill. nobody is in danger over the weekend because of our not having a bill.
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democracy. >> next, house republican leaders criticizing january 6's first public hearing, calling it a political gamesmanship. kevin mccarthy led the 40-minute news con >> steve scalise, elise stefanik and jim banks.


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