Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
116th Congress: State of Play with Speaker Nancy Pelosi
She’s the most powerful Democrat in the country. Washington Post Live hosted Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, May 8 for a conversation with Post national political reporter Robert Costa. Pelosi talked about her legislative priorities for the 116th Congress are, ask about leading her diverse House Democratic Caucus, and explore where she might find common ground with President Trump, as well as her Republican colleagues.
Highlights
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said President Trump is “becoming self-impeachable,” pointing to his efforts to fight all subpoenas from congressional investigations and prevent key aides from testifying before Congress.
  • May 8
As the House Judiciary Committee moves ahead with a vote to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she believes that he should be held in contempt and that impeachment is not ‘off the table.’
  • May 8
When asked whether she would hold Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in contempt or have him arrested for not complying with Congressional demands, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she believes there are several options, one of which is going to court. She quipped, “We do have a jail in the basement of the Capitol, but if we were arresting all of the people in the administration, we would have an overcrowded jail situation and I’m not for that…There are several options, one of them is to go directly to court.“
  • May 8
The New York Times reported that Donald Trump’s businesses lost more than $1 billion from 1985 to 1994, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) said the report tells her ‘nothing new.’ ‘It tells me nothing, but it does tell us, though, that it would be useful to see his tax returns. As the law says, the administration ‘shall give’ – it doesn’t say ‘may,’ ‘should,’ ‘could’ [give over tax returns].
  • May 8
When asked if the administration is considering military action against Iran, House Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) said ‘there’s no appetite in our country for war.’ ‘We have to have peaceful resolution of whatever it is, and if you’re not capable of that, that’s something that has to be part of the national discussion.”
  • May 8
When asked if she was confident that a deal between the U.S. and China could be reached this week, House Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) said, “No.” “This is a very, very major challenge and the President, I think, is correct to try and change it, but you have to come in with as much strength as possible.’ She said the U.S. is also far away from getting an enforcement agreement on the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement. ‘Even if you can come to an agreement on [areas of concern], if you don’t have enforcement, it’s just a conversation.’
  • May 8
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she believes President Trump’s wants an infrastructure deal, but she is still waiting to hear how he intends to pay for it. ‘I have to believe that he wants to do that and we have to give him every chance to do so… We said to the president, when we meet again we’ll hear how you want to pay for this.”
  • May 8
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she will not endorse any candidate for the Democratic nomination. “I think all the candidates are fabulous, and any one of them will be a better president than the current occupant of the White House.”
  • May 8
Full Program
Speaker Nancy Pelosi sat down with Washington Post Live on May 8 to discuss the most pressing legislative priorities for the 116th Congress, her views on 2020, impeachment and the President’s tax returns.
  • May 8
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
Speaker of the House
Nancy Pelosi is the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives, having made history in 2007 when she was elected the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House. Now in her third term as Speaker, Pelosi made history again in January 2019 when she regained her position second-in-line to the presidency, the first person to do so in more than 60 years. As Speaker, Pelosi is fighting for the people, working to lower health care costs, increase workers’ pay through strong economic growth and rebuilding America, and cleaning up corruption for make Washington work for all. For 31 years, Speaker Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California’s 12th Congressional District, in Congress. She has led House Democrats for 16 years and previously served as House Democratic Whip.
Interviewed by Robert Costa
National Political Reporter, The Washington Post
Robert Costa is a national political reporter at The Washington Post.
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