tv Speaker Says He Understands Presidents Frustration Over Health Care Vote CSPAN March 30, 2017 6:00pm-6:13pm EDT
as i said first thing when i saw you last week, let's take a deep breath. let's let the public understand what the debate is. it's a legitimate debate. but everybody has to know what it means to them and hold their representative accountable for how public policy effects them n their lives. i respectfully disagree that they could consider any votes accomplishments. because they do not meet the needs of the american people. in a way that is consistent with meeting our responsibility to meet those needs. thank you all very much. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017]
speaker ryan: good morning. congress continues to take action to reverse the tide of overregulation. the congressional -- it does what its title suggests, giving congress the ability to review and reverse regulation that was recently been finalized. in its first 20 years oen the bush -- on the books, we were
able to use this just once but we have already sent 10 items to the president's desk since president trump took office. many of these are designed to protect jobs especially for energy workers. with one move we stopped a bill that would have wiped out a third of jobs in coal country alone. take our action along with president trump's pledge to grow jobs, these will help people get back to work and give a boost to our sluggish economy. with all these measures we are doing something fundamental. that's the point that i think we're seeing here. for too long we have had unelected bureaucrats writing our laws. we have been having unelected bureaucrats dictating the rule we was to live under and the rest of government goes along with it. now we're turningower from washington back to states and communities and to the elected branch of government. we are giving people more
control and more of a say in the decisions that are made in their classrooms, at their businesses, on their lands. this is good progrs and we're going to make more in weeks to come. >> under your policy of not responding to all the president's tweet bus this one directly involve yours conference, saying of the freedom caucus, that you need to fight them in 2018, to you agree? we are close to passing the bill. i encourage members to talk to each other. it's understandable that the president is frustrated that we haven't got ton where we need to go because this is something we ll said we would do.
he is expressing his frustration and you know he does that in various forms including twitter and i understand his frustration. reporter: the senate is moving forward with their russian investigation exposing that the real immediate danger that russia poses while the house committee seems to be bogged down in politics, is the house committee missing the big picture? speaker ryan: i want the house committee to have a full, thorough and bipartisan investigation and get everything out there, follow the facts wherever they go and get to the truth. that is going to take some time and i'm confident they are going to do that. this has gotten a little political. let's take aause and get all the evidence, all the documents and find out what happened. and what i'm worried about with russia is, you got elections coming online in europe this year. nd so the russians clearly are trying to meddle in other countries' elections. we have to help our allies prevent that from happening and uncover it. we have to figure out what they did here and wherever the facts go and ao need to do more to
help our allies guard against this invasion into their democracy from russia. reporter: a number of republicans said that you need the $800 billion from medicaid savings from the health care bill in order to lower the revenue baseline to achieve ignificant tax -- speaker ryan: not medicaid but the revenue. you know how this works. you are a budget guy. reporter: do you agree there is a direct correlati? between medicd -- speaker ryan: that's not correct. someone isisundersnding how baselines work. the medicaid savings has nothing to do with tax reform. it's the baseline, it's the obamacare taxes themselves that affect tax reform. here's how the math works. if we repeal the obamacare taxes then that revenue baseline that we don't have to put into tax reform.
if we don't repeal the obamacare taxes, it is my position that we are going to leave those taxes over there with obamacare and refrm the rest of the othe i.r.s. tax code. it does make tax reform harder. but it has nothing to do with the spending baseline. reporter: explain this idea of not wanting the president to work with democrats on the health care bill. and in response to cis collins, big trump ally and said the next time that the freedom caucus calls the tuesday group, we should hang up the phone and not get to health care in 2019 and you say we are close. why should anyone believe it? speaker ryan: 90% of our conference is there. about 10% is not. reporter: 90% doesn't get you there. speaker ryan: no, but 95% does. i say we are close. here's the point i'm making here, the democrats aren't for repealing obamacare, we are. we work with democrats all the
time. patty murray and i did a big budget agreement. we have long histories working with democrats, i don't think it's a stretch of the mind to suggest that the democrats disagree with us on repealing obamacare. they aren't going to help us repeal obamacare. that's my point. if we do what we said we were going to do is repeal and replace obamacare, something tells me the democratsre going to help us. they created it in the first place. eporter: fiscal 2017, will you send an 11-bill omnibus to the house, will it fund the wall? speaker ryan: the bill hasn't been completed it yet. and it is premature to get into the contents of the bill. there are 11 other bills that we would pass. the question is it one bill, two bills.he senate to decide how they are going package the bill. it's about their calendar and how they work. our goal is to work on the rest
of the bills and that's what our appropriators are negotiating. those negotiations aren't done, it would be premature to get into the contents of the bill. reporter: senate leaders expect you to send them a spending wrap-up. speaker ryan: we sent them the d.o.d. and i anticipate we will send them the rest. reporter: would taking the posturing away destabilize the arket? speaker ryan: yes. you all right over there? yes. i think the answ is yes. last part. but the lawsuit is going to take some time. this is a separation of powers issue and don't know when the lawsuit gets wrapped up. i think it goes into may and it could take us months. it is currently an unresolved issue. reporter: if the payments should
be continued -- speaker ryan: while the lawsuit is being litigated, the administration funds these benefits. that's how they've been doing it, i don't see any change in that. reporter: to follow up on that. you said the $7 billion would destabilize the markets if the lawsuit is successful. why not drop the lawsuit? speaker ryan: don't want to drop the lawsuit because we believe in the separation of powers, we believe in congress retaining its law making powers. buthis lawsuit habit hasn't run its full course. while the lawsuit is running its course, the administration is exercising its discretion with respect to c.s.r.'s. our plan is to repeal and replace obamacare and have that trabsigs occur where the marks are stabilized. >> last question. reporter: it seems to be in limbo, you're encouraging members to talk to each other, will you commit that there will be another vote on this bill or a similar bill? speaker ryan: i'm not going to
commit to when or what the vote will look like because it's my job to ensure that house republicans come together and grow consensus. i'm urging members to figure out what solutions get us to a bill that get us to a vote that we can pass. that's the kind of conversations that are occurring. this is too big an issue to not get right. so i'm not going to put some kind of artificial deadline on saving the american health care system for an oncoming collapse. i think it's too important. let's forget about all the beltway talk here and think about, there are families that are hurt, there are families that aren't getting the kind of health care they need, premiums are going up double digits. plans are pulling out of marketplaces. no one has a choice. in a third of american counties. s that problem. the actuaries are telling us it's going to get worse. it's really important that we do something to fix this problem and that's going to take us, continue to work, to get consensus. i'm not going to put a timeline
on it because i want to make sure we get this right. thank you very much, everybody. >> the senate intelligence committee heard testimony today on russia's involvement in the 2016 u.s. presidential election. npr write the committee vice chair, senator mark warner of virginia, accused vladimir putin of ordering a deliberate campaign carefully constructed to undermine the election. we'll show the hearing in its entirety tonight at 8:00 eastern on c-span but here's a portion with florida senator and former presidential candidate marco rubio talking about how his presidential campaign staff was targeted by unknown i.p. addresses.
sen. rubio: thank you, mr. chairman. in the first panel, one of the first panelists mentioned me in connection with efforts in the 2016 primary. i'm not prepared to comment on that. i do think it's appropriate, however, to divulge to the committee, since a lot of this has take an partisan tone, not in the committee but in the broader perspective, the following facts. in july of 2016, shortly after ai -- i announced i would seek re-election to the united states senate, former member my presidential campaign team who had access to the internal information of my presidential campaign were targeted by i.p. addresses with an unknown location within russia. that effort was unsuccessful. i'd also inform the committee that within the last 24 hour, at 1:45 a.m. yesterday, a second attempt was made, again, against former members of my presidential camig