On MSNBC’s AM Joy, Leader Pelosi Calls for A Better Deal For the People
This morning, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Jonathan Capehart on MSNBC’s AM Joy to discuss House Democrats’ A Better Deal For The People agenda including proposals to clean up the Republicans’ culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence in Trump’s Washington.
Leader Pelosi also highlighted Democrats’ plan to lower health care costs and prescription drug prices, and raise workers’ pay with economic growth and rebuilding America’s infrastructure.
Below are the highlights.
On Democrats’ Bold Economic Agenda A Better Deal For the People:
“Democrats are for the people. It means we are for the people having lower health care costs, reducing the cost of prescription drugs. Democrats are for bigger paychecks by building the infrastructure of America, creating good-paying jobs.”
“Democrats are for making government work by reducing the role of big dark money in politics. All of these are connected because the culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence that is prevalent in this Congress, in this Administration, impedes the ability for us to raise the minimum wage, to clean the air, to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.”
On Republicans’ Culture of Corruption:
“The water our kids drink, safety of the food they eat, stopping the increase in prescription drug prices. The list goes on so there’s a real clarity now in the obstacle that their culture of corruption is doing to impede better policy.”
“Members of Congress should not be sitting on boards of companies, especially those whose are impacted by policies – policy decisions and the government – so this is appalling but it shows the brazenness of it all. You have to give Republicans points for brazenness. Look at the Cabinet, look at Pruitt, look at what he did every day.”
On One Year Since the Acts of Hatred that Took Place in Charlottesville, Virginia:
“We’re going backward and the President with all of his statements, he is the master of the dog whistle. Everything he has done, whether it’s taking babies out of the arms of their moms, whether it’s issues that relate to health care in our country, access to services and the rest is – his whole thing is Make America White Again, that’s his thing.”
“He can say a nice thing today in a tweet but the fact is his actions speak louder than his words and every day in the Congress we have to fight those initiatives. I’m proud of our House Democrats on different committees who fight those initiatives, again and again.”
On President Trump’s Attacks on Women:
“He’s afraid of [Congresswoman] Maxine [Waters]. He’s afraid of me. He’s afraid of women who will be coming into Congress. He talks about there’s no place for racism and then he speaks that way. It’s really disgraceful. It’s disrespectful to Maxine, of course, to women, to minorities.”
On Democrats’ Agenda to Protect our Democracy:
“When Democrats take the House we will seek the truth. We will have the power of subpoena. We want to get to the bottom of how the Russians undermined our elections, we want to protect the integrity of our electoral system. We have to know the truth.”
“The Republicans refuse to seek the truth by Committee assignment, by establishing an outside independent commission and the President, of course, kowtows to Putin rather than respecting the consensus of his own intelligence agency, so we will seek the truth and where the truth takes us, well then we’ll see.”
“We have a responsibility for oversight of the executive branch, not to protect the President as Mr. [Devin] Nunes says, ‘we’re there to protect the President.’ No, we’re there as the first branch of government, Article One, the legislative branch with our own responsibilities. So I think you will see a seeking of truth, fact, evidence, data. Truth and then we can make our decisions as we go forward.”
On Leader Pelosi’s History of Advocating for Working Families:
“I do not think our opponents should select the leaders of our party. The Republicans are spending millions, tens of millions of dollars, against me because they’re afraid of me. Because I outraise them in the political arena, because I outsmart them at the negotiating table, and because I’m a woman who is going to be at the seat of that table. That for me, is very important.”
“I think I’m the best person for the job and I won’t let the Republican ads which are just flooding these districts and I say to candidates, do whatever you have to do. Just win, baby. One in five children in America lives in poverty. We must win this. When the Caucus decides, it will decide whose name to send to the Floor. Then, only then, after the election will I ask people for their support.”
“I have made some very powerful enemies. Challenging the fossil fuel industry in terms of clean air, clean water, food safety and the rest. Wall Street with Dodd-Frank reform. Health care, bringing in all of the anti-government ideologues. Name any subject, whether it’s the environment, whether it’s a woman’s right to choose, whether it’s gun safety, whether it’s immigration fairness and the rest, labor rights. There’s big money that comes in against the role of government, because many of them are anti-governance, and specifically to these issues, so it’s big money out there against me.”