Fighting Back: “Democrats understand that we have an obligation to keep our government funded.”

 
 

  The Weekly Democratic Party Address was delivered by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA40) and emphasized Democrats’ commitment preventing a #TrumpShutdown.

(Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of California emphasized Democrats’ commitment to work For The People and prevent a Trump Government Shutdown.)

“Appropriators understand we have a critical responsibility that transcends politics: to keep our government funded, so it can serve the needs of the American people.

“Unfortunately, House Republicans and the President have – once again – walked away from that responsibility. Due to their obstruction and failure to govern, Republicans are driving our nation to the brink of another disastrous government shutdown – at a time of great economic uncertainty, and right in the middle of the holiday season.[…]

Democrats have presented the President* with options to keep the government open. It’s President Trump’s choice to keep government open, or to shut the government down – and the American People are waiting for his response.

“And if Republicans do steer our nation into a Trump Shutdown, we will swiftly pass the remaining appropriations bills with a CR for Homeland Security to re-open the government.

“On Election Day, the American people spoke, and demanded a government that would work for them.

(CSPAN link to Weekly Democratic Address: here)

Transcript: Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

“Hello. I’m Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard of California’s 40th Congressional District, and I serve as the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security.

“Appropriators understand we have a critical responsibility that transcends politics: to keep our government funded, so it can serve the needs of the American people.

“Unfortunately, House Republicans and the President have – once again – walked away from that responsibility. Due to their obstruction and failure to govern, Republicans are driving our nation to the brink of another disastrous government shutdown – at a time of great economic uncertainty, and right in the middle of the holiday season.

“Here’s the bottom line. Republicans still control the House, the Senate and the White House. They have the responsibility and the power to keep our government open.

“But this week, before the eyes of the American people, President Trump declared that he’d be ‘proud’ to shut down the government, saying ‘I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down’ if he cannot force American taxpayers to spend billions of dollars on an immoral, ineffective and expensive wall.

“Democrats support a strong homeland security policy, that protects our borders and honors our values as a nation. Yet, the President is proposing squandering $5 billion on this border wall – when our nation has so many homeland security vulnerabilities that, if left unaddressed, threaten the safety of the American people.

“We need funding to hire more law enforcement agents to focus on opioid, gang, trade and child exploitation investigations.

“We need more funding for the Coast Guard’s air and sea fleets, including to pay for the first heavy icebreaker since the 1970s – because, as the Arctic ice recedes, Russia, China and other countries are winning the race to lay claim to the vast resources of that region.

“We need thousands of additional customs officers to help intercept illicit drugs and other contraband, almost all of which comes into our country through the ports of entry.

“And we need to be investing more in first responder grants to better prepare states and localities to prevent and respond to terrorism and disasters of every kind.

“These critical national security needs cannot be met if we waste $5 billion on an unnecessary and ineffective border wall.

“On January 3, Members of Congress will take an oath: to support the Constitution and protect the American people. Democrats are ready to honor that oath on Day One.

“Democrats have presented the President with options to keep the government open. It’s President Trump’s choice to keep government open, or to shut the government down – and the American People are waiting for his response.

“And if Republicans do steer our nation into a Trump Shutdown, we will swiftly pass the remaining appropriations bills with a CR for Homeland Security to re-open the government.

“On Election Day, the American people spoke, and demanded a government that would work for them.

“House Democrats are ready and proud to deliver For The People: lowering their health costs, increasing their paychecks, cleaning up corruption, and protecting our national security.

“Let’s get to work.”

Any bolding has been added.

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Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi’s weekly news conference from Thursday:

Transcript: Transcript of Pelosi Press Conference

Speaker-designate Pelosi. Good morning. They called a vote just when we were supposed to meet here, so thank you for waiting.

So, yesterday we passed the Farm Bill with strong bipartisan support for the bill that really was brought together in the Senate in a bipartisan way. Unfortunately, the Republicans here almost lost the rule on the Farm Bill because some of the provisions they have had for feeding the American people, nutrition programs and the rest.

It took Democratic votes to help them pass the rule for the Farm Bill, and it is a bill that is much needed for our farmers and ranchers. It has a strong nutrition part to it, and it has, again, strong bipartisan support. I think there were only 47 votes against it in the House of Representatives.

Unfortunately, we are hearing now that the President may undermine the will of Congress by doing an executive order to take food out of the mouths of babies and families in our country, as well as undermining the forestry parts of the legislation. Again, we tried to make progress in a bipartisan way, and the President then will try to undermine that legislation.

On a separate note, we have had some success on our #MeToo legislation, and House and Senate have come together. We still have some things we want more for the House, which we may pass soon in the next Congress, but we have a great compromise. And I’m very proud of Jackie Speier and Bob Brady and Congressman Harper in a bipartisan way putting together that legislation.

Today, or was it – yesterday, in the Senate they passed a CRA, a Congressional Review Act, to reverse what the Internal Revenue Service had determined. They determined that if you have a – nonprofit organizations that are doing – engaged in political activity, you don’t have to report the source of the money. This CRA passed the Senate that said reverse that decision. They said, ‘You do have to report the money.’ This is very, very important, because a lot of this is very dark, tax deductible, in some cases, money that the American people should know the source of it.

Again, we are engaged in year end [negotiations]. I don’t know if it’s even possible for us to have an omnibus bill. We have offered the President two options: one was the six bills as negotiated in a bipartisan way by the House Democrats and Republicans and, again, bicamerally agreed upon legislation and one continuing resolution, homeland security. I’m not sure – that was choice one to the President. The second choice was to have a continuing resolution that contained all seven bills until September 30. That may be the livelier prospect, in which case, all of the discussion of is this going to be in, is that going to be in, is this going to be in, no, because we won’t have that omnibus bill.

It’s really unfortunate that the President has decided that he would shut down government at a time when the markets are in a mood, where people are losing their jobs in some industries, the auto industry for one, where there’s uncertainty as to – in terms of the financial security of America’s working families, and a holiday season that the President would say he would shut down government. That’s a drastic thing for him to do, especially as we leave the Congress for the holidays, because that means it would be shut down for a while.

He said, ‘I will tell you what, I’m proud to shut down the government. I will be the one to shut it down.’

He went on further to say, I will not be – ‘I’m not going to blame you for it.’ He’s taking full responsibility for the Trump shutdown. Perhaps he doesn’t understand people need their paychecks. Maybe that’s not the life he leads. It is not enough to say, ‘We’ll pay you in January when people have to make ends meet in December.’

Of course, if he went down that path, as soon as we took over the Congress we would pass legislation to open up government and send it to the Senate, and we think it would then go to his desk. But we don’t want to have to go to that place.

It really would be – now, what is important is, as I said, they didn’t even have the votes to pass the rule for the Farm Bill yesterday, a bill that was wildly possible – popular when it came up. It didn’t have the votes to pass the rule without our help for the Farm Bill.

They do not have the votes to pass the President’s proposal, $5 billion, whatever it is, for the wall. So, I don’t know why – nothing is going to change in that regard. I don’t know why we just don’t proceed to keep government open so that people can be home for the holidays and enjoying all of that.

Anything else? Let’s see. The Trump shutdown.

We’re very excited about our For The People agenda, lowering health care costs, increasing paychecks by building infrastructure of America. And we think that can be a bipartisan initiative working with the President and, again, cleaning up government. We will have H.R. 1 as one of our earliest piece of legislation as we go forward.

Again, we’re open to Congress. It’s going to be a town hall meeting, an American town hall meeting with openness, with bipartisanship, and with proposals starting with that – those that are the most unifying and have the broadest support in the public. Any questions?

Press questioning followed (see transcript)

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A reminder of Nancy Pelosi’s steadfast commitment to the future of the Democratic Party:

Washington, D.C. – Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this evening:

“House Democrats won a decisive victory in November, winning a historic majority of at least 40 seats by nearly 10 million votes.

“Over the summer, I made it clear that I see myself as a bridge to the next generation of leaders, a recognition of my continuing responsibility to mentor and advance new Members into positions of power and responsibility in the House Democratic Caucus.

“For some time, there have been a number of conversations to advance a proposal to institute term limits for senior leadership positions in our Caucus. This proposal, which was developed by Members who care about the institution of the House of Representatives, would provide that Members in senior leadership positions can serve 3 terms with an additional term with two-thirds support of the Caucus. It would include the two terms of the Democratic Majority from 2007 to 2011.

“It is my understanding that Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries and incoming Rules Committee Chair Jim McGovern plan to bring up this proposal for a discussion and a vote by February 15th. I am comfortable with the proposal and it is my intention to abide by it whether it passes or not.”

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And because it’s fun, links about the red (actually burnt-orange) coat:
Nancy Pelosi’s Red Coat Was Such a Moment It’s Coming Back to Stores in 2019
Nancy Pelosi’s Red Coat Parody Twitter Account

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  5 comments for “Fighting Back: “Democrats understand that we have an obligation to keep our government funded.”

  1. JanF
    December 15, 2018 at 8:32 am

    Draining the Congressional swamp: Pelosi Statement on Passage of Bipartisan #MeToo Legislation

    Washington, D.C. – Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Congress passed the bipartisan MeToo legislation on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis:

    “Today, the Congress made historic progress to uphold human dignity and protect the inalienable right to live free from harassment or abuse. This bill protects everyone in our legislative community from workplace abuse, and helps foster a climate of respect and dignity in our institution.

    “The MeToo bill is the product of months of thorough discussions with survivors, advocates and experts, and a year of thoughtful debate with Members on both sides of the aisle. It shines a bright light on the scourge of workplace abuse, which has been allowed to fester in the shadows for too long. It protects the personal safety of all who come to the Congress to serve, by streamlining and strengthening the resolution and reporting process. And it is proudly bipartisan because the fight against workplace harassment and discrimination transcends party or politics.

    “When House Democrats take the gavel in January, we will move to build on the progress made by this legislation. We must end the culture of complicity and silence around workplace harassment by ensuring that taxpayer money will never again be used for settlements, and that Members are held personally liable for discrimination in their offices. Congress must also now work with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to forge a path forward to improve protections in every sector and workplace in America.

    “On behalf of House Democrats, I also salute Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Congressman Bradley Byrne, House Administration Committee Ranking Member Bob Brady and House Administration Committee Chairman Gregg Harper for their relentless, persistent leadership to craft and pass this vital legislation. This progress would not have been possible without the extraordinary courage of the #MeToo Movement, and we must continue our work to confront harassment and discrimination everywhere.“

    Thank you, House Democrats, for leading on this.

  2. JanF
    December 15, 2018 at 8:42 am

    From the Thursday presser, some good points:

    Q: What makes you think [Trump] changes his calibration even if you are able to pass the [Continuing Resolution] bill under your watch on the 3rd of January? His position ostensibly wouldn’t change. Why would he sign that bill to open government up in January?

    Speaker-designate Pelosi. Does he want to have the government closed forever? I mean, what’s this about? I know he doesn’t believe in government. I know he doesn’t know that much about what is at risk to shut it down. But I think that it would be – let’s not talk about what might happen. Let’s talk about what we can do right now to keep government open. There is strong bipartisan support to do that. The only obstacle is the President of the United States.

    On Trump’s many crimes including the inauguration committee money laundering:

    Q: So should the House committees not investigate this then?

    Leader Pelosi. The committees will have to make a judgment at that time when they come in as to where we go. But, again, we haven’t – and the committees of jurisdiction have important work to do. We want to pass our H.R. 1 to clean up government and Judiciary Committee pass a Voting Rights Act. That’s very important to us.

    That same committee is the committee of jurisdiction for commonsense gun violence prevention. That same committee is a committee for protecting our Dreamers, and the list goes on about the priorities that the committees have to establish.

    Those are indeed the priorities. I am glad we have wise leadership.

  3. JanF
    December 15, 2018 at 12:56 pm

  4. December 15, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Thanks for this, Jan! Very comforting as well as enlightening. Don’t you adore the way Nancy is kicking ass and taking names? What a leader!

  5. JanF
    December 21, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Is this Nancy’s Coat color?

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