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Posted by: thepinetree on 08/06/2020 10:11 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 08/06/2020 10:11 AM
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Speaker Pelosi with Leader Schumer Following Meeting with Trump Administration on Coronavirus Relief Legislation

Washington, DC...Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer held a media availability after meeting with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to discuss further coronavirus relief legislation. Below is a full transcript:


Video from this morning is above with updated information



Speaker Pelosi. Good afternoon.

As we come together here in the Capitol, the American people – among the American people are many millions of children who are food insecure, many families who are concerned about being evicted, tens of millions of people who are on Unemployment Insurance. We have to come to an agreement that meets the needs of the American people. That is the standard.

This is an unusual negotiation, as I’ve said before, because people are dying. And so, there is an urgency and a value that we have to address that is in the here and now. And so, time is of the essence. The Leader and I are determined that we will come to agreement, but it has to meet the needs of the American people. That is our purpose here.

And it has to be done in a timely fashion, because that is what is happening there. We’ve got to end the virus, so we can open our schools and open our economy. We’ve got to help state and local governments so that they can meet the needs of people. And we have to put money in the pockets of the American people so that they can stimulate the economy, spend the money, inject demand and the rest.

And we have to do it in a way that is respectful and not disdainful of America’s working families, as if we have to subject every dollar they receive to a scrutiny that we would never give to someone, a big tax break for wealthy individuals.

So, this is the challenge that we have. And, again, it is about some issues that are important to us and our big dollar figures that are important to us, and that is honoring our responsibilities to the American people in terms of the postal system. Motherhood, apple pie, the postal system, an all-American system as well as how that has an impact on the life of our democracy.

So, our lives, the livelihood and the life of our democracy. That is what we are having a discussion about, and I feel optimistic that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. But how long that tunnel is, remains to be seen.

[Laughter]

Leader Schumer. Let me first say we did meet, as the Speaker mentioned, with the head of the Postal Service. It was heated discussion. We told him that elections are sacred, and to do cutbacks at a time when the ballots – all ballots have to be counted. You can’t say, ‘Oh, well, we’ll get 94 percent of them’ is insufficient.

We are demanding that the regulations they put in place, which cut employment and cut overtime, be rescinded, particularly because of COVID and because of the elections. We need those to vote, and we will advocate strongly for money so that they can hire all the people necessary, both overtime and new people, to make sure that every single ballot is counted. And that is a sine qua non for us.

We told that to the Postmaster. He had some answers. I don’t think we found them adequate, but we are going to push for both the money and rescinding those rules that would get in the way of all the ballots being counted.

As for the main issue, the Speaker hit it. This is a huge crisis. We will – our Caucuses will only support a bill that meets that crisis. To have a skinny, little bill, to say we’ll just pick one or two things and do those and walk away from all the other responsibilities, when we are in a deep recession, when we are in a major health crisis, is not living up to our obligations to the American people. And so we’re going to keep sitting and working as the Speaker said. And we are not walking away.

We heard that Mr. Meadows said in the lunch that if he doesn’t come to agreement on Friday, he’s going to walk away. We confronted him with that. He said he didn’t quite say that. But a number of Senators say he did. We will stay here as long as it takes to get an agreement. And we urge Mr. Meadows to sit down and continue to work with us and to do it as long as it takes.

There are wide differences in certain areas, particularly in terms of the areas, in terms of the high dollar areas, in terms of the amounts that are needed. But we will sit and work and work until we meet the needs of the American people and get this job done.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-08-06 10:18:42   By: Anonymous
 
Clark we need you...

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-08-06 11:10:41   By: Anonymous
 
Cons are going to drive this economy off a cliff. While they argue about giving regular people a lifeline through the pandemic, people are losing their homes, and can’t pay for food or medication.

But don’t worry, Bezos made 7.2 BILLION dollars last year. No, not Amazon, just Bezos. Good thing we don’t tax the rich, that would be such a burden for them.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-08-06 11:13:43   By: Anonymous
 
Leave it to the congressional republicans to dump the apple cart - every single time.

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    Re: tired of Winning?
    Posted on: 2020-08-06 11:27:49   By: Anonymous
     
    Bet Mnuchin(aka Gilbert Godfrey) wishes he was back in private sector.
    Mark Meadows? He wasn't even a decent congressman.
    Only the brightest working for Trump.

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      Re: tired of Winning?
      Posted on: 2020-08-06 12:30:48   By: Anonymous
       
      That sounds like another case of alien’s sperm . Thanks Donald...

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-08-06 12:29:45   By: Anonymous
 
Anyone whose wages are less than a couple hundred thousand a year has been getting screwed by Republican politicians every time they can influence federal or state legislation. With very little exceptions the Repubs seek to aid the wealthy at the expense of the rest of the county. It is do extreme that both the incompetent,e inequality and wealth inequality have greater than any other G7 country.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-08-06 12:37:06   By: Anonymous
     
    Trump’s agenda for second term. Help Putin get back in the G7. Pardon Jeffrey Epstein’s girlfriend. So she doesn’t implicate him in there sex crimes . Finish his job of lying to America about the coronavirus.

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    Whaaa
    Posted on: 2020-08-06 12:40:12   By: Anonymous
     
    Democrats like too whine and cry and blame everything on somebody else , such a sad life

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      Re: Whaaa you want sad?
      Posted on: 2020-08-06 13:18:58   By: Anonymous
       
      What's sad is the fans of Trump don't see the skunk suit that he's wearing.

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      Re: Whaaa
      Posted on: 2020-08-06 16:11:16   By: Anonymous
       
      The rich movers and shakers are screwing everyday people , and too many don’t know how they are getting screwed, others don’t care because they have fallen for the propaganda that the economy depends on making the rich richer. That is hogwash. The economy depends on average people spending g money on Main Street businesses, educational and technical schooling and opportunities for anyone, affordable child care, affordable health coverage. Our health care system will only get worse due to the covid virus because it is overwhelmed with sick people who aren’t insured. And the Republicans in the Senate want to provide more help to Wall Street and multi- million dollar corporations than they would provide to struggling American workers. It ain’t sniveling to state the facts.

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      Re: Whaaa
      Posted on: 2020-08-07 08:56:26   By: Anonymous
       
      Democrats throw more temper tantrums than my children

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        Re: Whaaa
        Posted on: 2020-08-07 10:59:45   By: Anonymous
         
        Stating facts is not a temper tantrum. Look at cause and effect. The documented history proves that Wealth and income disparity has been growing for decades, and increasing more drastically in recent years. The result is fewer Americans can stay afloat without multiple jobs. In the fifties and sixties Moms could stay at home to raise the kids. Dads with a factory job could support the family. The kids could afford to go to college or good trade schools, or join a construction union with decent wages and benefits. Much less opportunity now.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-08-06 13:33:39   By: Anonymous
 
All you need to know about the American economy is during a pandemic and a massive economic recession with massive unemployment and people losing assets left & right- billionaires have continued gaining wealth at a staggering rate. Corruption at it’s finest and Trump supports this!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-08-06 17:29:58   By: Anonymous
     
    Yea, and your Gov Newsom is any better ! Maybe he's invited you to his new multi million dollar house, gifted with NO TAXES incurred. Liberal Dems are the real snakes in the grass. Keep voting blue to get your welfare check, that I pay taxes for. Loser

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-08-06 20:56:02   By: Anonymous
       
      Governor Newsom tries to put on that happy face very single day during his conferences but don't let that smirky smile fool you. While he continues to thrive in his gifted mansion, millions of people in California are out of a job thanks to him and the economy will never come back.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2020-08-06 22:00:57   By: Anonymous
         
        You two are so full of crap it is unbelievable. You will remain so if you only watch Faux news and believe what trump says.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-08-06 22:12:34   By: Anonymous
       
      What is your complaint about welfare checks. Few people get welfare for any long period of time. What they get is spent on food and rent and other things that help the local economy, Main Street businesses, and even sales tax, property tax via rent paid to the landlords, has tax, etc. this is far more important to the economy than huge tax cuts to the super rich and multi national corporations that get huge bailouts, giant tax breaks that working people don’t get, and hide their riches in offshore account to avoid taxes. Too many good working people are mere wage slaves without much hope for a better life for themselves or their children. Republicans are turning this once great nation to its knees. You cannot dispute this, the facts are everywhere if you will only question what the new style trump Republican Party tells you on Faux news.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-08-06 14:48:16   By: Anonymous
 
Nearly 10,000 Americans died in the last week, with no signs of slowing.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-08-06 16:24:15   By: Anonymous
     
    10,000 Americans that wouldn't follow protocols or were so fuc*ed up that any virus that attacked them would cause them to die.

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      Re: /\/\ 10,000 Americans that wouldn't follow protocol...
      Posted on: 2020-08-06 18:49:37   By: Anonymous
       
      Ditto. Yep! I always wear my mask religiously like I have since March and observe the social distancing guidelines. I have also stayed healthy too! There you have it!

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        Re: /\/\ 10,000 Americans that wouldn't follow protocol...
        Posted on: 2020-08-07 07:46:21   By: Anonymous
         
        Yep, I am safe in my basement and will probably live forever. I resent the name given Leader Schumer--should be Loser Schumer. These scum-buckets should be sent to pasture ASAP!!!

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          Re: /\/\ 10,000 Americans that wouldn't follow protocol...
          Posted on: 2020-08-07 11:44:18   By: Anonymous
           
          I agree , flush these Tu-ds

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-08-07 08:22:35   By: Anonymous
       
      Certainly many get it because they didn’t follow protocols. But many others tried but were infected by others who wouldn’t. Among those that tried are health care workers, emergency personnel, essential workers, family members who simply could not follow all protocols. Basically, the protocols help tremendously to slow the spread but they are not 100% effective.

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        Re: /\/\ Certainly many get it...
        Posted on: 2020-08-07 22:21:46   By: Anonymous
         
        Yep! Ditto! Spot on!

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