This morning, Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Jane Pauley on CBS’ Sunday Morning for a wide-ranging interview on her historic Speakership and Democrats’ agenda in the 116th Congress including reducing the cost of health care and prescription drugs, increasing workers’ paychecks, and cleaning up corruption in Washington. Speaker Pelosi also discussed her commitment to promptly re-opening government to ensure that the needs of the American people are met.
Below are the highlights.
On Democrats’ Intention to Re-open Government
“The Speaker has awesome powers. But if the President of the United States is against governance and doesn’t care whether people’s needs are met, or that public employees are paid, or that we can have a legitimate discussion, then we have a problem, and we have to take it to the American people.”
“Our purpose in the meeting at the White House was to open up government. The impression you get from the President, that he would like to not only close government, build a wall, but also abolish Congress – so the only voice that mattered was his own.”
On Being the Most Powerful Woman in American History
“If you go into the arena, you understand that you will be a target. And that isn’t anything that should keep you out of the arena. And so, I always say to women, ‘just know – be yourself. Be who you are.’”
“If you’re effective, you’re a target – there’s just no question. So, they have to undermine. But that doesn’t bother me. That’s their problem.”
On Priorities in the 116th Congress
“For The People. Lower health care costs by reducing the cost of prescription drugs and preserving preexisting condition benefit, building bigger paychecks by building the infrastructure of America.”
On Working with President Trump
“What matters to me is that he recognize that the Congress of the United States is the first branch of government. That we’re a co-equal branch of government, and that we are, in this, represent the people. And that when we go to the table to speak with him, we’re respectful of the branch that he represents, the Office of the President, and we want him to be respectful of the branch of government we represent. Co-equal.”
“It isn’t so much about him. It’s about the office that he holds. The Presidency of the United States. Sometimes I think that I respect the office he holds more than he does.”