tv Speaker Paul Ryan and Leader Mitch Mc Connell Hold News Conference CSPAN January 26, 2017 2:47pm-3:05pm EST
delegation, texans in congress offer scant support for full border wall, none of the 38 texans in congress offer a full throated endorsement of a wall, a position popular with donald trump supporters according to a texas tribune survey. ,e will have mike pence shortly the vice president and theresa may, the british prime minister but up next we show you the news conference with house speaker paul ryan from earlier today joined by the senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell who were asked about the border plans and we will show you as much as we can until the speeches get underway in philadelphia.
mr. ryan: i want to congratulate the leader on his sweater, we are bringing argyle back and we are very serious. we are having a fantastic opportunity in philadelphia. where our constitution was signed. excited talking about how we improve people's lives and get our country back on track. house republicans and senate republicans are working on a planned and a bold agenda to get moving and to work with the new administration. we are very excited to host vice president pence, president trump , and prime minister may as well
, a lot in store, a big, bold agenda we are working on and that is what we are here to discuss and i will turn it over to the majority leader. sen. mcconell: thank you. one of the things that will be explored is the new relationship with the united kingdom. one of our earliest and oldest with their change in approach to trade opens up the opportunity for the president to discuss with the prime minister, the possibility of a bilateral trade agreement with the british people. interesting new topics. in the senate, we are concentrating on getting the president's cabinet in place, we will have a very busy week in that regard. starting monday. we will be taking congressional review act proposals from the house and taking those up as well as we begin to change america and go in a different direction. mr. ryan: questions?
>> you want to talk about tax reform and health care, a variety of issues, voter fraud -- are you on the same page? mr. ryan: we are on the same hate with the white house and work with them to plan a bold and aggressive agenda and make good on the campaign promises, and to fix the problems, to fix and repair our broken health care systems and reform the tax go to get jobs and economic growth and clear up regulatory undergrowth -- underbrush to get growth going, we are on the same page as the administration and have worked with them to -- on a timetable on the legislative agenda we have. question] this will be an unconventional presidency. we will see unconventional
active things like tweets and we have to get used to it. sen. mcconell: for myself, i do not react to daily comments, what the speaker has done which i concur with andy administration is on board with is to lay out a game plan before the august recess of what we want to accomplish. for myself, i intend to stick to a plan and make as much progress as we can. >> the president demanded the mexican people pay for the wall and the mexican president that he will not pay for the wall. he said the meeting should be canceled, should the president tony down to salvage his relationship with mexico -- should tone it down to salvage his relationship with mexico?
sen. mcconell: i do not have any advice on that. to $15 billion and we intend to address the wall issue and the president can deal with his relations with other countries on that issue and other issues. fine.an: i think will be >> how do you feel confident you will get -- the president's opinion appears to change day-to-day, how will that impact your ability -- mr. ryan: i would not describe it that way, i do not share that opinion that he changes his opinion every day, you will see different differences, but the core agenda that we plan in the senate and house, we have done this in conjunction with the
president and ran on these issues in 2016, there is no surprise and the president agrees with this agenda and we have laid out not just the issues we will focus on but the timeline. that is consistent and has not changed. >> the president says he likes it and does not like it, has he told you specifically -- mr. ryan: on a good place on tax reform, it can get complicated when you get into the details of tax reform but once we go through how tax reform works and what it will take to get the kind of competitive taxes and competitive tax rate, i think most people agree it is the right approach. we will work the legislative process through. >> the president signaled he wants to look at and maybe
modify the ban on torture, is this a debate your members want to have? what is your take on the issue? sen. mcconell: the director of the cia says he will follow the law and i believe all my members are current -- comfortable with the state of the lot right now. is not legalture and we agreed with it not being legal. the lady and the glasses kind you -- in the glasses behind you. [reporter question] mr. ryan: the last part of your question is not a document from the donald trump administration, push that aside. we have a special and unique relationship with great britain and value this relationship, the fact that the prime minister is coming to meet with us today is testament to the fact that this
is an important relationship that we value and we believe going forward we can do more things like trade and the rest to help increase our bond and ties and help each other our nations. nations.ch of our agendaave an aggressive for the hundred days, the senate is not always on the same timetable -- mr. ryan: really? agendad you address the as played out and whether the senate can move at that speed? sen. mcconell: the biggest issues we are moving forward with our repealing and replacing obamacare and tax reform which we anticipate having little or no democratic cooperation. we are working with the house to reconcilablese are and the speaker understands the challenges of getting things are the senate which has been true
for 240 years. we are aware of the challenges and think we can move forward. we also have other responsibilities the house does not have, 1200 presidential appointments subject to senate confirmation, we are big any personal business on top of the other challenges. you can anticipate two reconciliation measures in the first six months. complete we are in concert and we in the house respect the fact they have a different rule system and it takes more time and that they have additional responsibilities than we had in the house as the majority leader said, proving not just cabinet secretaries but judges and lower-level appointments with 1200 altogether. our agenda is designed to incorporate that as well and that is something we want -- walked our members through to appreciate the differences between the house and senate and the responsibilities, even with that, we have a very good agenda and timetable in --
plan, talked about the 100 days -- 200 days, one specific deadline congress can reach on any of these issues? tos the 12 but you dollars $15 billion for the wall, will it be offset? mr. ryan: we do not want to set arbitrary deadlines, we want things to get done the right way and move quickly but right. there are statutory deadlines we will clearly have to deal with, april 28 is an important statutory deadline and september 30 is one. those are the things that will help guide us. the reason we moved our agenda from 100 days to 200 days is to appreciate the last question which is the senate has to do more things. we anticipate a supreme court justice that they will have to process and all of the cabinet. that is why we moved the agenda
to basically filling most of the calendar for 2017 which is a very bold and aggressive agenda because we feel we have an obligation to make good on the commitments we made in this campaign, we are trying to fix people's problems in this country and health care is collapsing and we have to fix it, the economy is nowhere near its potential and that is what the glittery reform and tax reform are important for a healthy economy, more jobs, higher wages, the things people elected us to do and we want to follow-up on those and it will take more than simply 100 days. wall, weof the anticipate something coming from the administration, we have to get the office of management and budget director in place and we anticipate the supplemental -- like any administration, when -- toome in, they give process something before the finish of the current fiscal year. deadline, ifory
you're doing health care reform, tax reform, a lot, without that stuff last year you did not get the 12 appropriations bills passed of the house and the senate did not get very many, will you have time to do those? what about the debt ceiling deadline? sen. mcconell: on the appropriations process, senate democrats last year with president obama in the white house believed it was to their advantage to not have an appropriations process. as you recall, they prevented us from going to the defense appropriation bill multiple times on multiple occasions. i am hopeful that with a different president in the white house, they will not conclude that it is to their advantage. to prevent some semblance of a normal appropriations process. we do have a heavy non-appropriations agenda as the speaker has laid out. but we hope we will have some semblance of a regular order,
even with all of this and get at least some appropriation bills through the senate. so that we will have something closer to a regular order appropriations order and proces. most members don't like being irrelevant. when you have an administration, hand thesurd to previous administration a blank check, we don't want this one to have a blank check. it will be challenging. rep. ryan: we will find out when they anticipate the debt ceiling. that is something we will deal with at that time. we don't do people shouting out. ok? what is the difference between this president and president obama? aboutve made a big point
executive orders. is it because he has an r next to his name? rep. ryan: it is the opposite. exceeded hisma power. everything he did by executive order, this president can undo. we would like to see these things restored to the people and the states, not the federal government. that is what this president is doing. he is restoring the proper balance, undoing damage done by the last president to exceeded his power. >> you guys have dealt with issues, whether environmental lawsuits, private property owners who had issues, how are
you going to deal with those state issues? rep. ryan: if you take a look at the history of the secure defense act, the last administration frustrated the deployment of offense. this administration is facilitating the deployment of offense. we agree with this. 2006, nowor this in we are going to actually deploy this fence and we will on howate 2006, instructions to finish construction and if there are other barriers, we will deal with those. a lot of those barriers can be done by executive order through the administration, like the last administration frustrated the wall. >> anything else? >> a two part question.
are you saying that by august recess, we will have a tax reform bill enacted into law and obamacare replaced? rep. ryan: we are going to wait and see from the administration. i am not going to get ahead of a policy that has not been written yet. the point is we are going to finance the secure fence act, a physical barrier on the border. we have ambitious goals and timelines. we want to give these laws done in 2017. we aspire to get most of these things done by the august recess. is by thege, our goal end of 2017, we have made good honor policies. the reason we are doing this is because there are people hurting in this country. america is not near its potential. we want faster economic growth
and more wages and we want american businesses to be able to compete. we are losing businesses left and right. they are being bought by foreign companies. they are inverting. we have to fix this so we keep american businesses in america and comprehensive tax reform can put american businesses in a better position to keep businesses here and make things in america and export them. that creates a lot of good jobs. health care, you know the ollaw is increasing. deductibles are three times the size of those in the large group market. this law is collapsing. five states have one health care -- arriving inump maryland just outside the nation's capital and returning to