tv Senate Republican Leaders News Conferences CSPAN September 10, 2019 5:46pm-6:04pm EDT
[inaudible conversations] >> good afternoon everyone. it was a disturbing development this morning which i hope he will ask her democratic colleagues when they cannot or surely about. we have a cabinet agreement by the speaker, by myself senator schumer senator mccarthy and the president. we all understood what the deal said. for example, we had an understanding of what a poison pill was. a poison pill was anything that was not an existing law. anything that was not in the existing law. if there was to be any change, all five of us would have to sign off on it. and yet what happened this morning in appropriations is
apparently and i would call this a troubling development, there was an attempt to change the rules, change the game, change what we agreed to. now look, one of the few things we agreed to on a bipartisan basis around here was it was a good idea to have a regular appropriations process. i can't overstate how difficult it was given the players involved to reach an agreement and hear when we began to take the first step in our committee process here our democratic friends wanted to try to wiggle out of the agreement that we all signed off on an voted on so i think it is truly a disturbing development. i hope you'll ask them them about it. they will be out here shortly and let me just say again we
don't want to have the chaos associated with government shutdowns and continuing crs predicts no way to run the government and we all agreed to get past that. the game plan for next week was to call up committee reported bill that was a combination of labor, defense and energy. the same configuration that the speaker moved on the house side obviously in a different number at the same configuration on the house side to make it easier for us to smooth the final passage once we reached an agreement that i'm going to call this troubling sign, and i hope that's all it is and it will get past this and will allow chairman shelby and ranking member leahy to do their job and move these bills forward.
>> i would echo what the leader said. the democratic agreed to do we all voted for it. everybody on both sides i think new what the agreement was and it's important that the democrats come back to the table and honor the deal that they made earlier this year. i, like many of my colleagues, during the month of august got a chance to travel across my state. i visited dairy farms and agricultural communities chambers of commerce, fares you name it to hear from the people i represent about the things that they care about and are important to them. of course you can't travel in farm and ranch country without hearing about commodity prices and the concerned about the ag economy and what its future might be. i think it's critically important for those farmers and ranchers that i and many of my colleagues represent that the house take up the usmca free trade agreement.
it's right there teed up and ready to go. it's just a function of them deciding that they want to get this deal done and send it to the senate where we will approve it put it on the president's desk it is signed into law an open up those markets and increase the opportunities for our farmers and ranchers. that's the best thing we can do to get the ag economy up and going again. i hope the follow-on deal will be up bilateral deal with japan. if you look at the overall economy we still have historically low unemployment, 50 year low unemployment explain 3 million jobs created since the president took office, wages for people on the lower income scales are at 10 year highs and we want to see that progress continue. the best way to do that i believe is to continue to put policies in place with conditions that are favorable for economic growth and higher wages. the best way to start is to get that trade agreement out of the house of representatives and headed to the senate where we
can vote on it and send it to the president. >> the democrats had their seven-hour climate debate last week. the schemes that they came up with were absolutely radical and reckless. if you think about what elizabeth warren had to say she wants to get to zero by mr. she wants to eliminate nuclear power which of course is the largest source of zero carbon that we have in terms of energy in this country. bernie sanders says he wants to eliminate fracking which is a low priced natural gas or american homes. as we said in colorado yesterday he wanted to eliminate fracking there where there are 100,000 direct jobs dependent on it and possibly up to 3000 jobs. also to address climate change bernie sanders recommends abortion, abortion and population control.
now the democrats are going to be debating again on thursday. five of the 10 debating will be members of the united states senate. to me, this whole group all 10 of them are chicken little caucus saying the sky is falling, the sky is falling proposing things that are doing drastic, that will have dire consequences for our country and our economy. it will drive up energy costs and that will put people out of work in drive jobs overseas. climate change is not an existential crisis. it's a legitimate concern and republicans have solutions through carbon capture and sequestration also advanced nuclear power. these are the ways to solve this problem, with innovation, not with taxation and government regulation.
senator capito and congressman cole and i went to the border last week monday and tuesday of last week. border crossings are way down. they are 56% below where they were in me. there's always a little of that in the summer but these numbers are lower than they would traditionally be. i personally think barriers and fences and those things make a difference and are part of what we ought to be doing where they make sense but i also think the thing that the president has accomplished that is making the most difference right now is the willingness of the mexican government to work with us under some persuasion from the president when they decided to do it but it's making a big difference. there are 10,000 mexican national guards at the guatemalan border now. when the president made the agreement to help on the guatemalan border i was told there were less than 100 people and the border has 10,000.
there are 15,000 mexican national guards people working along the northern border along the border between us and them and maybe most importantly of all except for unaccompanied children and a native spanish speaker that doesn't have a. jenna: fear of going back to mexico is being sent back to mexico to await their court date. no more than 15 out of 100 people from el salvador or guatemala or honduras will ever qualify to stay at their asylum hearing. most of them figure that out. many of them are going back home , being flown back home before waiting for weeks or two or three months in mexico. it's making a real difference. it wouldn't happen if the president hadn't insisted on it and frankly wouldn't have happened if the new mexican president hadn't read to it and
it's going to have long-term impact as long as we maintain that relationship with them. >> hello everyone. over this past august many of us were back in our home state traveling around with their constituents and that is what i was engaged in dan as well doing what we call in iowa the full grassley which is visiting all 99 counties. during that time i'd did is that i believe 37 counties. 11 of those were town halls across the state of iowa. what i'm hearing from thousands and thousands of iowans in every corner of our state is in particular with farmers and their ethanol producers they really want to see the congress upholding the rss and making sure epa's actions are more transparent. what i'm hearing from seniors and working families is that
they want us to address the cost of rising health care and that particular prescription drugs. what i'm hearing from small business owners is that we need a greater labor pool with more skills, ready to go to work. they also, what i'm hearing from other small business owners are keep it up with the regulation and decreasing regulation and keep this economy going. and what i'm hearing from all iowans no matter where they are from is that we need to get busy on the usmca. a very important trade deal. i have not heard one iowans say we shouldn't the supporting it. we have a lot of work to do and a lot of things that really matter in everyday islands lives. we need to spend time getting those types of activities done. i'm excited to be back in working with my colleagues on these important issues and look
forward to wrapping up 2019 with a very successful year. thank you everybody. >> good afternoon. i spent the month of august traveling the highways and byways of the great state of indiana doing what i enjoy most about this job rank and file hoosiers securing their interest and feedback with respect to our work here in washington. during the last few days of our august recess i had an opportunity to travel to the middle east. i went to the united arab emirates, the amman into the kingdom of saudi arabia. there was a whole lot to talk about and as you might imagine tensions with i ran was certainly a topic of conversation in the ongoing civil war in the country of yemen. i met with saudi arabia's crown prince mohammed bin salman and i had a opportunity to question him on a number of matters to the humanitarian and security crisis in yemen, releasing
pledged humanitarian assistance. he did indicate to me that saudi arabia in the coming weeks is going to make good on their whole 500 million-dollar commitment and the death of jamal is so g. -- khashoggi and i was informed the legal process continues and everyone will be brought to justice. my takeaways this, diplomacy in the middle east is always challenging and always complicated. it's especially difficult right now. and it's really important that the united states of america, congress and the executive branch continues to have an open and candid dialogue with their security partners. these three countries are going to be critical moving forward to address important issues, confronting the serious threat posed by iran, continuing to work in the world's worst humanitarian crisis in yemen and addressing their religious extremism that is fueling so
up we put a proposal that the president will sign. until that happens, all of this is theatrical. you do cover theatrics but on a serious issue like this, after the surrender shootings that have dominated in the month of august, at least we could come back we put a level of seriousness that underscored that maybe would like to get an outcome and so we do in fact, await word from the why house about what the president is wheeling to sign. that is important to a lot of my members and also at repeating the history lesson is the only way we'll get a law. [inaudible conversation] >> unexpanded background checks, would have more support given
the change of sediment sentiment in those areas. >> honestly i can't handicap the outcome. we were waiting for something we know that if it passed, would actually become law. until the why house gives us some indication of what the president is wheeling to sign, we were waiting to see what it looks like. once you get the product, if you question is more appropriate because both sides then we'll have to make a decision about something that is real. not just theatrics, press conferences have efforts to intimidate. [inaudible conversation] >> do you think it would be reasonable to mandate background checks for all commercial gonzales ? gonzales. >> we were waiting to see how
much we can actually achieve on this issue. i'm going to wait and assess the proposal that could actually become law at that.i will be happy to explain my vote one way or another but we were engaged here we put the level of seriousness that is completely nonexistent on the other side. it is all about trying to scare people and create crafts conferences. we need to try to make a lock. these were in this shootings in my opinion divert deserve a response. i hope we can get something that weekend actually become the law of the united states of america. [inaudible conversation] >> okay good afternoon everyone. thank you for coming and i am proud to be joined buy colleagues i sign in her honor. nella, we know