Pelosi: "Does The Public Know That The Emancipation Proclamation Was An Executive Order?"


REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-California): Let's get back to the fact that we want to work together to get something done. In the manner that the Senate did. We would hope that we would have bipartisan support. That the case has to be made to the American people, or else these false claims fall on fertile territory.

Remember, President Lincoln said public sentiment is everything. So the public has to -- I wish the Republicans could at least give the public a chance to listen to what the president is trying to do.

And also does the public know that the Emancipation Proclamation was an executive order? People have to understand how presidents have made change in our country.

Congress catching up and in the case of Ronald Reagan, improving upon what Congress has done. Again, there's some things that I may want to see in this that may not be there, and the reason they are not there is because they don't meet the test of the president having the authority to do it.

And he was very, very, again, very strong on that point. You going to give me a clue what might be happening? He said it's not going to be as much as you want. But in any case it's going to be good.

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