Floor Speech on Senate-Passed Budget Resolution, A Key Step in Enacting the Urgently-Needed Biden COVID Relief Package

February 5, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks on the Floor of the House of Representatives in support of S.Con.Res. 5, Senate-Passed Budget Resolution, A Key Step in Enacting the Urgently-Needed Biden COVID Relief Package.  Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Speaker Pelosi.  I thank Mr. Morelle, gentleman from New York, a distinguished member of the Rules Committee among other committees of the House for bringing this important rule to the Floor.

Madam Speaker, we just left a meeting with President Biden, where we had a discussion about how this legislation meets the needs of the American people.  As our colleagues may be aware, early this morning, before 6:00 a.m., the Senate passed a budget bill which is identical in instruction to the bill that we sent there.  We had the debate on that bill on Wednesday.  It passed with a strong vote in the House, and then went to the Senate.  It will – it comes back to us now, and we're addressing it. 

So, that's what brings us to the Floor now.  What brings us to the Floor now is the opportunity to crush the virus, to put vaccines in the arms of the American people, money in the pockets of the American people, children safely in schools, people back in their jobs.  We can do that following the science and good governance to make it happen.  We must do that in a way that addresses the disparities.  It's almost sinful to see how the disparity in access to some of the vaccines and everything that happened up until now.

As I mentioned the other day in the debate on the budget bill, the GAO has put out a report that at least 90 percent of their recommendations to the Trump Administration on how to address the COVID crisis were ignored – 27 out of 31 were ignored.  This legislation, again, based on science and knowledge and respect for all of the people in our society and in our country, addresses many of those concerns in a more current way as now we have more access to vaccines and people more willing to participate because they have hope.  And that's what this legislation does. 

It gives us hope.  It is a reconciliation bill, which means we can pass it with just 51 votes in the Senate.  It would be my hope that we don't have to use it as a reconciliation bill, that we will be able to have bipartisanship, with a facing of the facts of what is needed to meet the needs of the American people, both in this body and in the United States Senate.  But in order to have a guarantee that the people's needs will be met, we're passing this legislation today. 

So, I hope we will have a very strong vote in favor of crushing the virus, money in the pockets, people back to work and children, children, children safely in school. 

With that, Madam Speaker, I yield back and thank the gentleman, again, for his leadership.