tv Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Remarks CSPAN January 7, 2017 11:10am-11:36am EST
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ms. pelosi: it is my honor to join speaker ryan in welcoming all of you to the 115th congress. to new members and your families in this special moment, i offer a special greeting and special congratulations. each of us comes here sustained by the love of our own family and the trust of our constituents. i am grateful to my husband, paul, our five children, nine grandchildren, and my family, especially our patriarch, my brother. and to the people of san
francisco, thank you once again for the privilege of representing our beautiful and diverse city. in a brief span of days we will inaugurate a new president, donald trump. and a new vice president, our ormer colleague, mike pence. 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 trail blazering leadership and dignity of president obama and michelle obama. at their side have been vice president and dr. jill biden. let us give the obamas, the bidens, and their families our thanks for all that they have given america.
in this chamber restand at the very heart of the american experiment. every time each of us steps on to the floor, we carry with us the hopes and the hurts of those who have sent us here. we surely have distinct political identifies as republicans and democrats, but above all we're all americans. here, here we have the responsibility and the power to lift the lives and the hopes of 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 vital interest in the world of promise and -- a world of
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 further secure our economy and truly secure opportunity for hardworking families. we in this congress must focus on job creation and growing paychecks every day for everyone and everywhere in our contry. -- country. from the rural heartland, the cities, and the beshes we must -- 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 with dignity. and our responsibility is also 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. now our sacred trust is to keep that convenant. we cannot permit our democracy to be sub borned by the checkbooks of the powerful or subverted by the dark perations of a foreign regime. all of us cherish our ideals. we do have our differences and they are real, but i hope that we'll each be humble enough to accept the good faith of others. i hope, too, that we will find wisdom from the scriptures where it says to minister to the needs of god's creation, humanity, and nature is an act
of worship, to ignore those needs is to dishonor the god who made us. in 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 ur 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 round. 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 ur ground.
many of us just celebrated christmas. the birth of christ. and sharing in our humanity god enabled us to participate in divinity. y -- his 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 ogether 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.
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 amily.
oh, 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. the speaker: thank you very much. thank you. thank you.
thank you. thank you very much. i'll be relatively brief. i want to thank madam leader. you know, i stood in this spot very, very many times. today, though, feels a whole lot different. part of it has to do with all the new faces in the house. you look at all the proud spouses, these beaming children, at their best. people's parents. it's hard if not impossible, to resist this rush of substance abuse yasm.
there's no sense of foreboding in this house today. there's only the sense of potential. it kind of reminds you that no matter how long you've been here, you haven't seen it all. so i just want to say, to our new members, and to their families, thank you, ongratulations, and welcome. to my own priest, father paul, thank you for being here with us today. appreciate it. and to my center, my family, jana, liza, charlie, sam, thank you for all you've done to make this all possible. there's another reason for optimism. that is what we've already achieved by meeting here this moment. just months ago, our country
held a great electoral contest. 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.
discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you god? the speaker: i do. mr. conyers: thank you. i now pronounce you the speaker of the house. the speaker: thank you. thank you. now according to precedence, the chair will swear in the members elect en masse. the members will rise. the chair will administer the oath of office. all members-elect will raise their right hands. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you
take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to nter, so help you god? congratulations, you are all new members of the 115 -- you are all now members of the 115th congress. >> speaker paul ryan held a