On CBS' Face The Nation, Leader Pelosi Calls for 116th Congress 'with Accountability to the Public"

November 11, 2018
This morning, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Margaret Brennan on CBS’ Face The Nation for an interview on 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.  She also highlighted the accomplishment of record-breaking diversity in the 116th Congress with the new Democratic House Majority being more than 60 percent woman, people of color and LGBTQ.

Leader Pelosi also questioned the constitutionality of President Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General and added that Trump’s actions do “violence to the Constitution.”

Below are the highlights.

On Democrats’ Priorities in the 116th Congress

“We are coming to do something that is very important for our country; a more open Congress with accountability to the public, with a seeking bipartisanship where we can find it, stand our ground where we can't.”

“The beauty of our Constitution is the system of checks and balances.  And in doing so to have oversight responsibility, to be a check.”

“Well, we are responsible. We are not scattershot. We are not doing any investigation for a political purpose, but to seek the truth.”

“I am on a mission and that mission was to honor what we did with the Affordable Care Act.  It stands with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid as pillars of economic, as well as health security for the American people.  When we had the opportunity to do it we fought hard, and we won, and now we have to protect it, not just as a legislative matter, but as what it means in the lives of the American people… It was the central issue in this campaign.  And so many of the outside groups told their stories, walked their precincts, won their votes, for us to preserve and protect the Affordable Care Act and improve it.”

On Record-Breaking Diversity in the 116th Congress

“In terms of the diversity, we used to be over 50 percent women, people of color and LGBTQ.  Now, we're over 60 percent and that's a beautiful thing, that diversity for our country.”

“The additional people who will change the face of security in our country and of our – not only our national security, but our national economy.  People say, ‘Oh you're going to have more women so you’ll have more emphasis on child care.’  Well, we already have that, and we'll do more.  But the point is, is that every issue is a women's issue.”

“These women bring each their individual excellence to the Congress, and we're very proud of it.  When I came to Congress, there were 12 Democratic women.  I said, ‘We have to change this.’  Now we'll have close to 90.  And that's a major accomplishment for the American people, but also for the Congress.”

On the Appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker

“I think that he should recuse himself for any review of the investigation because of statements he has made already in the public domain… There's bipartisan editorializing about this, that he should never have been appointed and that it does violence to the Constitution and the vision of our Founders to appoint such a person in such a manner to be the chief legal officer in our country.  And that's bipartisan.”