WATCH: Pelosi Says “This is an Opportunity. Every Crisis Is”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during a presser discussing her HEROES act coronavirus bill that “every crisis” is an opportunity to advance her agenda.

“We have to open the economy, we have to do so in a way that gives more opportunity for access to care, to credit, to opportunity in our country because…this is an opportunity. every crisis is.”


During a virtual town hall last month where she endorsed Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton made a similar argument and said “this would be a terrible crisis to waste, as the old saying goes.”

Hillary Clinton:

This is a high-stakes time, because of the pandemic. But this is also a really high-stakes election. And every form of health care should continue to be available, including reproductive health care for every woman in this country. And then it needs to be part of a much larger system that eventually — and quickly, I hope — gets us to universal health care. [Biden nods] So I can only say, “Amen,” to everything you’re saying, but also to, again, enlist people that this would be a terrible crisis to waste, as the old saying goes. [Biden nods] We’ve learned a lot about what our absolute frailties are in our country when it comes to health justice and economic justice.