Sep 30, 2021
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Signs Continuing Resolution to Keep Government Open Transcript
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed a continuing budget resolution on September 30, 2021 to avoid a government shutdown. The bill will fund the government through December 3. Read the transcript of her speech remarks here.
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Speaker Pelosi: (00:00)
Goof afternoon, everyone. I really am so excited to be here to say that, because of the great work of our distinguished Chair of the Appropriations Committee and her cardinals, that’s what they’re called, Cardinals, when you are Chair of the subcommittee of Appropriation, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. Thank you, Congresswoman DeLauro. Where’d Whipp go? Mr. Whipp, thank you for honoring us with your presence. Mr. Clyburn and I, and Mr. Hoyer, are all appropriators. So this is where we feel at home. It’s our culture. It’s where we work, almost always in a bipartisan way, but good of the American people. We did get some bipartisanship today, certainly in the Senate, some here. So thank you, Congresswoman DeLauro, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Congressman Sanford Bishop, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Oh, I should be saying Madam Chair, Mr. Chairman, Madam Chair, Chair Barbara Lee, Brenda Lawrence, thank you for [inaudible 00:01:03] Madam Chair [inaudible 00:01:06]
Speaker Pelosi: (01:07)
Again, tell them we feel very comfortable in this movie, but thank you. It was a masterful feat. And, as I said on the floor, this is about honoring our preamble to the Constitution. It talks about establishing justice, ensuring domestic tranquility, providing for the common defense, the general welfare, and the blessings of Liberty. And each of these subcommittees do just exactly that. And with this continuing resolution, we not only keep government open, keep checks flowing to our veterans and social security recipients and the rest, but it’s about, again, whether it’s science at the National Institutes of Health, the education of our children, the protection of our environment. It’s just a remarkable thing to think of all the things that we can do working together for the people. This comes in an especially sad time for us because of the destruction of the Ida and Madam Chair Delauro was very much in the lead, working at putting together a bill in a very bipartisan way to help meet the needs.
Speaker Pelosi: (02:20)
One of the fastest turnarounds in disaster occurrences, and people have told us that, who are waiting for their receiving these funds, this is quite remarkable. Hurricane Ida, it’s victims, other disasters, eagerly await this bill and also to meet the needs of the evacuees from Afghanistan. Some of us are particularly concerned about the women of Afghanistan, but they and their families needed some of our assistance in this regard to help communities help them. For these and other reasons, we are very, very proud of this legislation. And I now have the honor of signing it. And when I do it will then go to the President of the United States for his signature. Thank you.
Speaker 2: (03:17)
[inaudible 00:03:17] Here we are. Here we go.
Speaker Pelosi: (03:43)
It really is exciting to keep governments open. [crosstalk 00:03:49] In addition to having these cardinals, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence is the Vice Chair of these [inaudible 00:04:37] What a wonderful honor. [inaudible 00:04:41]