tv Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Remarks CSPAN January 4, 2017 12:53am-1:16am EST
i got intrigued by this. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span's q&a. congressman paul ryan was selected bigger of the house. california democrat nancy pelosi got 189 votes and congressman tim ryan of ohio, who ran against congresswoman pelosi in a leadership election in late november, received two votes. we hear pelosi and speaker ryan, next. >> you should be doing that. speaker ryan: now, i got it. >> it is my honor to join
speaker ryan in welcoming all of you to the 115th congress. the new members and your families in this special moment, and i offer a special greeting and special congratulations. rep. pelosi: each of us comes here, sustained by the love of our own family, antitrust of our constituents. i am grateful to my husband paul, our five children, nine grandchildren, and my family, especially our patriarchs, thomas does under -- thomas. again, for the privilege of representing our beautiful and diverse city. in a brief span of days, we built inaugurate a new president, donald trump, and a new vice president, our former colleague, mike pence. [applause]
rep. pelosi: at that noon hour, we will enact the peaceful transfer of power that is the bedrock of our republic. for eight years, our country has been graced by the trailblazing leadership and dignity of president obama and michelle obama. [applause] rep. pelosi: at their site has been vice president and dr. biden. let us give the families our thanks for all the have given america. [applause]
rep. pelosi: today, as we celebrate the renewal of our democracy, let us pay tribute to the men and women in uniform, those who served or have served, and their families, who ourifice in bravery guarantors of our democracy. let us thank our members in uniform. [applause] rep. pelosi: in this chamber, we stand at the very heart of the american experiment. every time each of us set onto the floor, we carry with us the hopes and the hurts of those who have sent us here. we shortly have distinct politically identities as
republicans and democrats, but above all, we are all americans. [applause] here, here, we have the responsibility and the power to lift the lives and he hopes ofthe american -- the hopes the american people. our first responsibility is to secure the nation, embodied in the oath we take to support and defend. we must be strong and smart in defending our land, defeating terrorists, and advancing our ofal interests in the world promise and peril. america's actions must always be equal to america's values, honoring our constitution, and respecting our men and women in uniform. another responsibility is to our economyre
and opportunity for hard-working families. we in this congress must focus on job creation and growing paychecks every day, for everyone, and everywhere in our country. [applause] ruralelosi: from the heartland, the cities, and the suburbs, we must ensure that those who do their part have the opportunity to buy a home, address the aspirations of their children, and retire dignity. is alsoresponsibility to secure our democracy. our founders pledged their sacred honor to create a democracy, a government of the many, not a government of the money. our sacred trust is to keep that covenant. we cannot permit our democracy checkbooksned by the of the power for or subverted by operations of a foreign
regime. [applause] [chanting "usa"] rep. pelosi: all of us cherish ideals. i hope we will each be humble enough to accept the good faith of others. i hope we will find wisdom from the scriptures. to minister to the needs of god's creation, humanity and nature, is an act of worship. two of our those needs is to dishonor the god who made us. that spirit, in order to meet the needs of the american people , house democrats pledge to seek common ground wherever we can. >>
to forge a bipartisan path forward on job creating infrastructure. to make taxes and foreign trade fair to american workers. to help americans balance work and family life. and to drain the swamp of big money from our campaigns. all of these provisions of president-elect trump has pledged and we will seek common ground. but we will stand our ground wherever in good conscience we must. if there is an attempt to destroy the guarantee of medicare, harm medicare social security, or the affordable care act, democrats will stand our ground. if there is an assault on clean air and clean water, on civil rights, women's rights, or lgbt
rights, if dreamers and their immigrant families face a nightmare of deportation, democrats will stand our ground. [applause] pelosi: and if there is an attempt to silence our voices for commonsense gun violence prevention, with gabby giffords here in the chamber as our witness, democrats will stand our ground. [applause] rep. pelosi: many of us just celebrated christmas. the birth of christ. and sharing in our humanity god
enabled us to participate in his divinity. this spark is acknowledged in every faith and tradition in recognizing the spark in others, we reaffirm it in ourself. honor it -- honoring it -- honoring that spark of divinity we're commanned to respect the dignity and worth of all of god's children and to work together for the common good. in that spirit i offer my congratulations to the speaker of this new congress, a proud son of wisconsin, paul ryan. [applause] pelosi: paul ryan is a leader of principle, immersed in ideas, and gifted with experience.
as we all know, paul ryan has had the full breadth of experience on capitol hill from waiter to hill staffer to congressman, he went on to be a sincere and proud advocate for his point of view as chairman of the budget committee and chairman of the ways and means committee. in a place as demanding as the speakership, i know he gathers strength daily from the family he loves so dearly, from his wife, his children, and their entire family. let's acknowledge the ryan family. [applause] pelosi: oh, there they are. [laughter]
speaker ryan: oh, wisconsin. wisconsin.: got it. mr. speaker, god bless them, god bless you, god bless wisconsin. god bless the members of this house. god bless the united states of america. this is the people's house, this is the people's gavel. in the people's name it is my privilege to hand the gavel to the speaker of the house, paul ryan. [applause] speaker ryan: thank you. thank you very much.
[applause] i'll be relatively brief. leader.o thank madam you know, i've stood in this spot more than a few times. and yet today it feels completely different. part of it has to do with all the new faces in the house. you look at all the proud spouses, the beaming parents, children at their best. if not impossible to resist the rush of enthusiasm. there's no sense of foreboding today. there's only a sense of potential. kind of reminds you no matter
how long you've been here, you still haven't seen it all. and so to all our new members, i want to say simply, "thank you, congratulations, and welcome." [applause] ryan: to my own priest, father paul, thanks for being here today. you fory family, thank thisou have done to make possible. there's another reason for optimism. and that's what we've already achieved by our very meeting here. just months ago, our country held a great, electoral contest. and at times, it was a little intense. as you all know, when you're in the heat of it, in the heat of the kind of campaign we had you start to wonder. will the tempers ever cool? will the system still hold?
does our old, rich tradition still have that magic? well, it turns out it does. the clash of opinions, the hue and cry of campaigns, the rain cor of the dissension, in the end, they all dissolve in the silent and peaceful transfer of power. and so, in just a few weeks' time, we will welcome a new president who offers us yet another new beginning. a new chance to work toward a more perfect union. for all of our arguments and all our differences, we are all united by a deep, abiding love of our country. it is this slender but sturdy thread that holds us together. we always seem to forget this. but it has never failed us. that is why when the votes are
counted and the people have spoken, we all accept the verdict. we come back from the campaign trail, we tack up the yard signs, and today, today, as one body, we pledge allegiance to one flag, the red, the white, nd the blue. that's not the only thing that we have in common. i don't care what your party is. find one person in this house who doesn't want the best for america. find one american in this house who does not want to see help given to the unemployee or care for the sick or education for the young or honor our troops. here -- who here among us does not want to open wide the door to opportunity? who here among us does not want every american, every creed and every color, to cross the
threshold? you cannot find one person in this building, not one, and that, that is a true cause for celebration. we have a lot to build on. but that being said, this is no time to rest on our laurels but to redouble our efforts. it's no secret that millions and millions of americans across this country are deeply dissatisfied with their current situation. they've looked to washington for leadership and all they have gotten is con desession. for years they suffered quietly. quietly amid shuttered factories and shuttered lives. but now, now they have let up a -- let out a great roar. now we, their elected representatives, must listen. so i want to say to the american
people, we hear you. we will do right by you. and we will deliver. we will honor you because you have honored us. we take this sacred trust seriously. you know, it's not enough to say that the condition of your birth should not determine the outcome of your life. no matter how much we immediate it. in a few years' time i hope that the people will say of this 115th congress, that we didn't just pay lip service to this beautiful american idea, that we made it a reality. for everyone. we are not here to be. we are here to do. we are here to improve people's lives.
grow our economy. keep us safe. improve our health care and infrastructure. fight poverty. restore self-government. friends, we've got our work cut out for us. as your speaker, i intend to keep this place running at full speed. when i came into this job, i pledge to restore regular order. get that committee system working again. hold regular house and senate conferences because only a fully functioning house can really, ruly do the people's business. we've made some pretty good progress on that front. take our work on finding cures for deadly diseases. or beating back that opioid epidemic. or our work on mental health. these are all things that we should be very proud of. these efforts were directed by the committees and crafted by
our members all through regular order. there's still a lot of work to do. like having a fully functioning appropriations process, for example. and so, to the minority, i want to say this. we've never shied away from our disagreements and i d not expect anyone to do so now. but however bright of a contrast that we draw between us, it must never blind us to the common ground that we share. we must never shy away from making progress for the american people wherever we can. so as your speaker, i promise to uphold the rights of the minority. i promise to hear you out an let you have your say. if i had to sum up, it would be this. agreement whenever possible. but at all times, respect.
and to the majority, especially to our returning members, i want to say this. this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. this is the kind of thing that most of us only dreamed about. i know because i used to dream about this a lot. the people have given us unified government. and it wasn't because they were feeling generous. it was because they want results. how could we live with ourselves if we let them down? how could we let ourselves down? i have for many months been asking members to raise their gaze and aim high. now, today, this congress, let us not be timid but rather reach for that brighter horizon and deliver. and so, this old chamber, this
chamber might look the same but in the hushed whispers, in the whirl of activity, you can feel the winds of change. as i stand here next to that por trade of good old george washington, i am reminded of a line from one of his favorite plays, tis not in mortal's to command success, but we'll do more. we will deserve it. so my dear friends and colleagues, i say to all of you, good luck and god speed. thank you very much. >> here is that a headline. house republicans reversed on their own decision. read more at politico.com.
especially on party lines. taking pictures to stream or video from the house floor. docking the salaries of offending lawmakers. here is a look at that house floor debate. >> mr. speaker, today is an exciting day. 115th congress. here in the house of representatives, we have new members of congress with their emily's people coming to washington with a sense of exuberance. but mostly with what i believe is respect for the american people. respect for the people who elected each of us. those from our district back home all the way to the election of the president-elect of the united states of america, donald trump.