Notes below from FNC’s Chad Pergram:
Urgent: Pelosi says she’s open to $4 trillion in deficit redution, ala “grand bargain”
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
On-camera with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as she settles her winning wager with members of the Michigan delegation. Pelosi bet various Ghiradelli chocolates and See’s Candies from San Francisco if the Giants lost to the Detroit Tigers. In exchange, The MI members bet various Detroit goodies, including Coney Island dogs and Vernors.
Good policy stuff on the fiscal cliff at the end from Pelosi…
She says at the White House meeting, she advocated for $4 trillion in deficit reduction..ala the grand baragin. She also wants to wrap this up before Christmas.
Also, some funny material between her and Reps. John Dingell (D-MI), John Conyers (D-MI), Sandy Levin (D-MI) and Hansen Clarke (D-MI) over the World Series.
At one point, Dingell said that he could only eat three of those coney dogs at a time when he was in his prime. But a friend of his could eat 12. The friend played football for Notre Dame. Pelosi says “I won’t tell Mrs. Obama about the twelve hot dogs.”
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): Now our inclination is to smile for the cameras but my colleagues don’t necessarily share my view.
Rep. John Dingell (D-MI): I can see why your smiling. You have made a very astute on your pick. We have paid our debts and done so with enthusiasm. You will observe that there are some wonderful things here. I expect a written report when you are done.
Pelosi: The gift that keeps on giving. Now Mr. Conyers.
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI): I decided to come in on the lower end with some snacks. We have no wonderful awards to brag about but they are good snack food. And as our once and future speaker we are very pleased to present this to you.
Rep. Sandy Levin (D-MI): We democrats believe in fiscal responsibility. We brought the real stuff Sanders, not related, fudge. I brought you this even though us democrats do not fudge. So it’s our privilege to present you with all of this.
Pelosi: Well thank you so much. You are all wonderful people but its getting cold out. Mr. Hanson thank you for the non-vegan hot dog.
Rep. Hanson Clarke (D-MI): One of those hot dogs is vegan.
Pelosi: Thank you all for the pride you take in Michigan. You all settled on food that is a very good thing. This is a foul ball my son caught it, my husband claimed it. Why I brought it, the day of that celebration. One of them said (The Giants), which is a very diverse team, is we cared more on the name on the front of our uniform than the back of our uniform. Working together is how we will be victorious. What an honor for Detroit to be in the world series.
Levin: Tell the Giants we will see them next year.
Pelosi: I won’t tell Mrs. Obama about the twelve hot dogs.
On Fiscal Cliff:
Pelosi: I said we should do this before Christmas so were not up to the end of the line. Even if we didn’t come out with solution we came out with a path. I think it was, maybe it is he spirit of the season, Thanksgiving. I think it would be good if we did something in the four billion range which is similar to the grand bargain. Maybe we could do more. If you want to debate with me define your terms. We are working the whole time we have some goals for Wednesday. We all came to the table with good faith.
Senior Producer for Capitol Hill