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Rep. Speier Feels Optimistic That Shutdown Will Be Avoided

Rep. Speier Feels Optimistic That Shutdown Will Be Avoided
Rep. Jackie Speier (Tom Williams/AP)

By    |   Friday, 19 January 2018 03:06 PM

Rep. Jackie Speier said Friday she feel optimistic that there may be a way to keep a government shutdown from occurring, even though earlier in the day she did not have much hope.

"The rumors in the House floor were we were just going to shut down and go home, which would have been just horrific," the California Democrat told MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports." "I would not have supported that at all."

She noted that there have been reports that there is interest in extending the continuing resolution for at least five working days, as some members want to travel to the World Economic Forum, being held in Davos, Switzerland next week.

"I think the president wants to go on down to Mar-a-Lago to have his big $100,000 per person fundraiser tomorrow night," Speier said. There's a lot of other elements playing out."

Most lawmakers are concerned that "governing by continuing resolutions is not governing," she added.

"That's why we're seeing the kinds of hits being taken in our military, where it's just the same budget year after year without the kind of augmentation needed for certain services and certain weapons systems and readiness."

Speier also commented about the March for Life in Washington D.C., and President Donald Trump's decision to be the first president to deliver a speech to its participants.

"Well, you know, in 1999, the president was pro-choice," Speier said. "In 2016, he had five different positions in three days, and at one point, actually thought women should be punished if they had an abortion.

Most abortions take place in the first trimester, she continued, with just 1 percent in the last trimester.

"Well, this is a choice between a woman and her physician and let us remind everyone that in this country, it is still the law, abortion is legal," Speier said. "There is something very painful to go through an abortion."

The congresswoman who has spoken publicly about her own experience with abortion, told Mitchell that her own abortion was performed as a late-term procedure when she was 17 weeks pregnant, and it was a "very painful experience," as "it was a fetus that was not going to survive outside of the womb."

There are many stories like that, she added, but "there's a callousness with which some people, the president included, who talk about this because they don't live it."

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Rep. Jackie Speier said Friday she feel optimistic that there may be a way to keep a government shutdown from occurring, even though earlier in the day she did not have much hope.
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