tv Sen. Marco Rubio and Speaker Paul Ryan at Faith Freedom Coalition... CSPAN June 7, 2018 6:16pm-7:02pm EDT
[inaudible conversations] senator marco rubio and house speaker paul raines spoke at the coalition conference in washington d.c. today. senator rubio talked about what he sees as a threat to american institutions concerning work, family and community. he was followed by speaker ryan to discuss some of the recent legislation passed by congress and the upcoming 2018 midterm
elections. >> i am so privileged and honored to welcome our next speaker. i will never forget when i first found out about marco rubio, i got a call. i was in my office one day in 2009 and i got a call from representative david -- the head of the christian coalition of florida and he said ralph i have with guy that i served with in the statehouse who was the speaker. i served under him and he is now running for the u.s. senate and i think he's going to win. i want you to meet him and i wanted to help him. i said he is running against charlie crist who is the incumbent governor who has $6 million who has been endorsed by the entire republican leadership in the u.s. senate. i said i'm sorry but this looks like a wing and a prayer to me.
he said i just want you to come down here and i want you to meet him. i came down to speak to a republican women's group in orlando and marco was speaking that morning. i got up and sat in the back of the room and i can tell you i have sized up an awful lot of political people in that this man had a greater level of authenticity, knew who he was, knew whose he was and knew why he was running in just about anybody that i have ever seen in my career. this is a man who came to this country in 1956 with virtually nothing to their name and had to flee the country that was evolving into tierney and authoritarianism. our next speaker knows that freedom does not come for free. it is precious and it comes with
a price and my friends he not only won that primary, he drove the incumbent governor of his own stayed out of the party and he had to run as an independent. he was was then elected in a landslide and from the time he arrived in the u.s. senate until today he has been one of the most fearless and eloquent voices for faith and for freedom in the united states senate not only at this time but any time and because of him, not just him but primarily his efforts in the u.s. senate we are about to see a doubling of the child tax credit of $2000 pre-went to the floor in the waning hours to make sure it was helping working-class families and
middle-class families. he works with president trump to reverse barack obama's policy towards castro in cuba. he has a 100% pro-life and profamily record and most importantly, most importantly he is a miami dolphins fan. please welcome to the podium not just my friend but our friend, a friend of faith, freedom and the family. the senator from the great state of florida marco rubio. let's give them a warm welcome. [applause] >> thank you. god bless you. i love you. thank you. thank you very much. thank you ralph. as you know as dolphins fans it takes a lot of faith. ralph reminds me of the
election. i will never forget i was running against governor crist and there was a headline that said rubio takes on. they misspelled it. i said we have got to get that changed. talk about fake news. but thank you for having me. some honor to be with you guys today. what i thought i would do is point us back to seven decades ago when the united states emerged from the second world war and not to make nation optimistic about the future confident of what we could achieve projected enormous sacrifices that were made to win that war americans were ready to come home and get on with the rest of their lives. we forget less than two years after the japanese surrender america faced a set of new threats and challenges that ended up creating a sense of fear. much of the world was left in ruins by that war. even before the war ended the soviet union had transformed from an ally in the geopolitical
competitor headed home the industrial powers that harness nuclear weapons -- how americans responded at that moment in our history was determined not just by the faith of the american idea but it's fair to say the faith of civilization itself. they responded by mobilizing this nation to confront the historic challenges that were before them at that time. the federal government played a key part in that. the g.i. bill helped many returning veterans go to college and into the workforce. the interstate highway system created axis to suburbs and loans insured by the va and purchases of health care across the country. the most important was dramatically cutting spending and taxes and even ending price controls and rationing and the result of the 200% increase in
private assessments. the federal government at that time mobilized by helping to rebuild the nations that have been destroyed by the war and created the international monetary fund and the world bank and the result was the emergence of a foreign market with a product that america was making. international economy to play by the rules. perhaps the best-known phenomenon of this period involved families. the number of marriages after the war skyrocketed while divorce rates remain very low. people got married younger and they stayed married longer and those produced what came to be known as the baby boom in which 75 million new americans were born from 1946 to 1964. these families are deeply engages in the lives of their communities are they formed enjoying churches health clubs bowling leagues and they didn't do it just to socialize but to
support causes and to support one another. while american remained a nation still haunted by racism and other forms of inequality there was a unifying and shared belief that those who were not benefiting from a promise of this land is shared the unifying belief that america was a great and special country whose commitment to limited government for enterprise and liberty and justice were worth preserving at all costs. it was this economically civically engaged in deeply patriotic america which rebuilt a world destroyed by war and put a fellow citizen on the moon. he confronted reverse and defeated communism. because they did what needed to be done that generation of americans would come to be known as the american century. now we stand seven decades
removed from that time were a nation once again face a new set of challenges. challenges that will again determine what this generation will be remembered for and it will come to define the 21st century. home there are millions of jobs which for decades provided people with middle-class lifestyles that are now being transformed and often eliminated by machines, by technology and globalization at all over the world the democracies that we helped to take root to expand and to protect are now being challenged by autocratic regimes that offer people order and prosperity in a time of chaos and economic displacement. the new geopolitical challenger china assist america to do something the soviet union never came close to doing to become
the world's premier technological or economic geopolitical and military power. these are all significant challenges but i would say they pale in comparison to recovering from the second world war or living under the threat of a third world war. i would say our greatest solution to our problems are too strong. the institutions that make a strong have grown weak. we can buy an an economic elitist who has replaced the dignity of work with a blind faith in financial markets and views america simply as an economy instead of a nation. with a view of americans as consumers whose happiness is solely based on what they can afford to buy instead of viewing americans as human beings who and the confidence and resources that come from a good job. our institutions have been weakened by a cultural elitist
that seeks to replace the family and values in government and the laws that it passes. the cultural elitism that mocks and even discriminates against the norms and ethics developed over 2500 years in western civilization. we can buy a toxic brew of runaway secularism irrational partisanship and a eighth at eight politics that has eroded the trust in the norms to act together in pursuit of shared goals. this in turn has isolated us from one another and left us vulnerable to conspiracy theories susceptible to the daily outrage and has caused us to stop speaking to family members and longtime friends because of whom they voted for. we are also weakened by the increasing loss of patriotism. patriotism rooted in the belief that america is an exceptional
nation, a strong america can solve any of the problems that we currently face but we cannot be strong if the pillars of our strength our weekend. the first pillar is an economy built on work. the farmers to take advantage of the homestead act to buy land but their labor and the factory workers who powered america's victory in the second world war and americans have always benefited from a market that allows us to earn high wages and fulfill the american promise that if you work hard and live responsibly you and your family will have the opportunity to flourish. today are our economic debate is not built on the dignity of work. our economic debate is built on the value is self-interest and the view of americans as -- and their immense consequences to those. when right and wrong are based solely on profitability then
there is nothing immoral about shipping jobs overseas are surrendering american technology and innovation to china. when happiness is measured solely by how much someone can afford to buy than it check from the government is viewed as just as good as a job. i saw the devastating impact of this kind of thinking first-hand during my campaign for president. i saw the factory towns hollowed out that by the companies to ship those jobs overseas for bigger prophets and the dignity of work was replaced by food stamps and disability checks and opioids. in order to make america strong and we must restore the dignity of work as their primary goal. not a false promise of universal basic income or check doing government work so they can afford to buy more things and not for the policies based on the false choice of a narrow economic growth with
redistribution verses narrow economic growth. instead we need policies to view americans as human beings who cannot flourish without the sense of accomplishment pride and efficiency that comes with a good paying job. policies built on the realization that our people need jobs that allow them to pour themselves turning their efforts into productivity and allow them to use that productivity to invest in themselves and their families. creating these kinds of jobs will require us to make sure we lead the world in making advances in technologies which is why by the way we cannot allow china to continue to cheat and steal their way into a position of dominance and we need to spur american investment in manufacturing and support american companies when they are helping american workers. [applause]
the second equal dollar of strength is the family. indeed the institution in any society strong families that america can pass down the values of love, work, tradition. sadly you do not need to run for president to see the state of the american family. 1950 fewer than 5% of children in this nation were born outside of the marriage. today the number is over 40% of the children born in america and adding to this too many families are being constantly offended by economic treasures of family life and social engineering that seeks to replace family life. this is why we need a culture that will value and support the family in the way the freedom coalition supports.
[applause] by the way it is why i feel passionately and begin to summon my own party to expand the child tax credits as part of tax reform it's also why i intend to fight just as hard on for the present and alongside avago trump ask us to family leave. after all how can we fund hundreds of billions of dollars to give to multinational corporations many of which feel little loyalty to america but not also cut the taxes of hard-working families trying to make ends meet and provide for their children. if being the parent is the most important job and the american will have how can we not make it easier to walk for working parents to find time for their growing families without facing financial ruin. while i support the social safety net wet government
programs could possibly contribute more to our national wealth than strong families and empowered parents? [applause] the third pillar for strength is working together in communities. our churches neighborhood schools sports leagues and especially when my son's football team beat the neighbor's team, these were each of the slip up oke of our lives. they are where we give and receive love and strength of the people we know the best. the very concept of community social organization separate from the government that values everyone's neighbors is a strong guard against the radical you were on your own individualism promoted higher government entire society over the last 30 years. one good example of how divisive the nicely that we have become from each other comes from a speech given several months ago
by hillary clinton. she told the foreign audience that she won in places that representative two-thirds optimistic diverse dynamic and moving forward. complicit in that comment is that the rest of the country the ones that didn't vote for her or the people who are angry stagnant and backward. lvs secretary clinton openly admitted a widely held belief among those who dominate our cultural institutions such as their universities and the media but it would be unfair to claim that this isolationist vision is only coming from the left. there are many people in positions of influence and authority in finance business and politics who also described being wealthy and being good are the same thing.
that's how we have the financial elite that outsources american jobs to countries that do not share our values and the traditional belief of americans. that's why we have multiple national corporations have no problem chasing a prophet and a repressive communist dictatorship like china that they won't do business with the state of north carolina. so google won't help in technology for the american military but they are willing to partner with chinese companies. they have chosen financial self-interest and ideological division over country. instead of working together in a community or nation it feels like a democracy which pits us against each other on the basis of how much we make and how much we buy, where we went to school, whether we practice religion and if so which one? which race or ethnicity we are
and who we voted for in the last election. these key divisions do not paralyze us. they are used against us with their international adversaries. why by the way not for terry -- off authoritarian like latimer putin would seek to exploit our divisions and better policies so no matter who won the election we would find it hard to mobilize and take action. authoritarian figures around the world point to this inability to take action as an argument for why authoritarian models that they are offering provide more stability and more security and more profitability. we do everything we can to reinvigorate communities and we must continue create faith in which individuals can provide positive examples of moral
communities that advance the common good. if. [applause] we should continue to support the conscious rights of various faiths and creeds against unlawful infringement but more than that they might show with our hands and our feet and good to our country that comes from taking care of our neighbors kids from coaching from volunteering this, feeding the sick and elderly. the final pillar of our strength is the belief that doing all of this is worth it. america is a special country through believing that america is a special country does not require -- on the contrary would say how we overcame those is a testament to how special our nation really is. [applause]
the ending of slavery women's suffrage civil rights movement and segregation every single one of her great social causes has been an effort to bring us closer. a powerful founding truth that all men and women are children of god born with a right given to them by their creator, not by their leader and not by their government. this is by the way what made the american revolution so unique. to revolutionists ought not to establish a home for people bound together by common blood or common soil but sought rather to establish a home for people united to protect and preserve our god-given right. so while it is true we have never stuck to a founding idea to testament to america's greatness that for over two centuries each generation has fought and defeated and moved us
closer to it and that's why pledging allegiance to our flag and standing for national anthem is not about ignoring what our nation has done wrong. about honoring a 253 over evolution that continues to this day. [applause] nothing is more american than the belief, nothing is more american than the belief that all men are created equal. nothing is more american that belief that every human being is endowed by god with inalienable rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. this is the kind of nationalism that when you then this is the kind of new nationalism we embrace. it's not nationalism of the race or ethnicity but an american nationalism built on a commitment continuing the work of forming a more perfect union a union of many races come many faiths and many points of view
by one people committed to equality of opportunity in protecting our god-given rights and american nationalism that doesn't view america just as a piece of land shared by 326 million individuals but rather families and friends neighbors and co-workers and fellow citizens with equal rights under the law but also fellow citizens with the responsibility to each other, and american nationalism in which we should always try to be our brothers helper and american nationalism that understands it is not possible to have an america that is good for some of us that is not also good for all of us. in conclusion let me say my journey over the last seven years has provided me with the benefit of the router perspective, perspective that comes from meeting with new people and learning new things. it's provided me with the blessing, the kind of lessons
that are rarely learned in factory butter, and defeats. i returned to the u.s. senate against my initial wish but i'm glad the people of florida allowed me to come back and as long as my health family and the people of florida allow me to be here i intend to try to make a difference and that's why i'm there for you today. each generation has been called to address the american nation and i believe with all my heart but now it is our turn to do the same. i believe despite her divisions and dysfunctions i am convinced that somehow some way at some point we are going -- and i believe this because every american is an heir to the dreams of immigrants, pogroms. literally in her veins runs the blood of people who left behind an old world. in our veins runs the blood of a place driven by the belief that
one day we shall overcome. the men and women who overcame great obstacles because in spite of that was the burning desire to live the life that god created them to live. literally and are dna to confront new challenges and do great things with great honor. this is what we have done for centuries. this is what we are called to do once again. we are blessed with the liberties to vote on the best way to preserve and nurture the god-given rights of all people and we should do so with all the passion and energy. we can never lose sight of the fact that no matter how angry we get at one another none of us are going anywhere and therefore just as we have to do in our own families where there are those with whom we will never agree on anything because we must live together something is important to them it must become important to us. this is not an unrealistic
idealism. it's not the platitudes of someone of being all to all people. reality that sooner or later we will realize unless we figure out a way to solve our problems and work with people who we do not agree they will all pay a terrible price. what would that terrible price p.? it would be that her children once your donation and which dignified work is available only through -- and it will be our children once your democracy that his islands and an ocean and it will be better children to live in a world dominated by china where they will have to depend on them to make medical advances in in technology and where religious liberty human rights are no longer protected because china the world's most powerful country at that point is a serial violator of each one of these. and if god forbid that should ever become able be because
those of us here allowed to happen. therefore we cannot, we will not be the first generation that has failed to leave -- each generation is called to the task of preserving and sending to the next in and america better than the one they inherited in our time has come. we leave behind and confront the challenges that embrace the opportunities of our time so that when her children write their story they will say like each generation before we too live in the time of great uncertainty but we did not falter. we did what needed to be done. we authored in a new american century and left for her children when her parents left for us a more perfect union by the single greatest nation in the history of all of mankind. so thank you for having me today. god bless all of you. thank you. [applause]
♪ our next speaker's a fifth-generation wisconsin native. he came to washington early 1990s in the age of jack kemp at a conservative public policy or in a station called empower america. he returned to his native wisconsin was elected to congress in 1998 and from the minute he arrived in congress he was an impact player. he rows to be chairman of the house budget committee and chairman of the house ways & means committee and from those posts he provided leadership on
pursuing policies to create jobs and economic opportunity for every american and enforce fiscal sanity and discipline on washington d.c.. in 2012 he was the republican nominee for vice president and in 2015 he was elected by his colleagues as speaker of the house. as speaker he helped pass the most sweeping and deep tax cuts since the reagan era. he has helped pass the abortion act to put an end to late-term abortions in the united states. [applause] he passed the repeal of the johnson amendment so that american churches could speak out on civic and public policy matters once again in america without being harassed and persecuted by the irs. he has passed the toughest federal human trafficking bill
in modern history. [applause] he passed the first step act to reform our criminal justice system so that would eat based on the debacle principles of redemption and restitution and he has always, always not just as speaker but as a man as a husband and a father and a public servant he has been unapologetically and courageously committed to his christian faith and to his pro-life views and if he comes out to address us as speaker of the house i'm pleased on behalf of faith and freedom to present the 2018 friend of the family award to speaker paul ryan. let's give him a warm welcome. [applause] ♪
♪ c what do i say it? i had known that after 25 years. 25 years ago. thank you. it is great to be back. it's great to be back at the faith and freedom coalition. you come to milwaukee and come to d.c. every year come it's so nice to see so many friends in faith. this entire organization including everybody in this room has been so -- of our success driven this conference start in 2000 i was there. a lofty goal for sure and it was one that took time to follow through on but we made a ton of
progress. in 2010 we won back the house. it took four years. in 2004 to recapture the senate and then finally we took back the white house in 2016. [applause] for all of you for everyone that has been with us the whole way you know that the road to this majority was long and it was bumpy but because of your efforts and because of your belief that we can have a more faithful country we are hard at work in washington as that unified majority party. thank you for that. [applause] i have got to say we didn't want this majority just so we could sit on our hands.
we asked for this majority so we could make it work. the outlined exactly what we would do to control government and we have been spending the last eight months making promises. we are now more than a full year into having justice neal gorsuch on the united states supreme court. [applause] and he has been exactly what he has said he would an independent judge to interpret the constitution for what it says and not what he wants it to mean. what a victory his position on the court is for every american who values their civil rights. we also promised we would change the free-market empower people by reforming the tax code for the first time in more than three decades and we got that done too. [applause] the benefits of this law are
widespread. the benefits of this law and what it means on the surface, it's more than money. instead of giving what you work hard for two bureaucrats you can make a down payment of children's future. you can make a needed home improvement or take a family vacation. can steer resources to a charity or cause that personally motivates you. tax reform may appear to be fiscal legislation that empowers the american economy to move forward but it's much more than that. in so many ways it's a moral legislation. do you know why? it's our government telling citizens that they deserve to keep more of what they earn. it's their money in the first place. that's an important principle. [applause] it's washington saying you no longer need to be under word in
some policy that works against you. thanks to what we does majority millions of families will have more freedom to do what they want with their own hard-earned money. not only that but it's the part of legislation that we established we have opportunities and social impact. this will inject real dollars from the private sector into some of her country's most impoverished areas. with those new provisions we will be meeting a calling that we all aspired to by helping those around us who are unable to help them selves. this idea of for 25 years this is conservatism at its best fighting to get people out of poverty on to the latter flight. this is the kind of thing that makes fighting for the majority worth it.
it's so much more than that with a unified government. big picture items that we talked about for years are now being passed by congress and signed into law by our president donald trump. the house has advanced more than 500 dells in the last year and a half. it's an incredible pace. we just had a senator -- some of these things get a little hung up in the senate. don't ask the guy in the house about the filibuster by the respective of all those bills that we have passed and many still in the senate we are racking up policy winds that people in this room have been working for for so long. [applause] ralph mentioned it. earlier this year we passed the largest crackdown ever on human and trafficking in the united states. [applause] the stories that you hear are
abhorrent and our principles tell us that we have an obligation to uphold the importance of every life. we are doing that with this legislation. we are also combating the awful old. epidemics dividing people and hurting precious people in this country and fighting programs that fight access to treatment in every efforts. we are attacking these head-on and we will keep pressing this issue and keep fighting to save lives. we are not just prioritizing your inches and our values here at home, we are doing it abroad. this unified government committed america's unwavering support to our closest ally in the middle east, israel. [applause] thing back a couple of years ago no longer do leaders like
benjamin netanyahu have to question where america is on the big issues. we stand we with them. [applause] earlier this year the president proved that by moving our embassy to its rightful home in the capitol city of jerusalem. and congress after years of work we were able to make it the law of the land. this freezes any aid from going to the palestinian authority to support terrorist groups like hamas or finance terrorism. israel is our partner. america is stronger when our bond with israel is stronger. that's what this new majority does. [applause] and we are making sure that our country has strength internationally by restoring critical funding for their
majority gave secretary matt is the exact funding they requested which is what our troops deserve and what we need to do to keep america safe. [applause] and guess what our troops deserve the best medical care when they come home which is why we have improved operations of the va and given them the resources to fulfill the promises we have made to them. that got signed into law this week by president trump. in some areas we have been phenomenally successful in other areas we are still working toward the goal but make no mistake our leaders are fighting on the right side of important ethical issues of our time. i've got to tell you a catholic boy seeing a bunch of nuns in the audience, and nothing is more dear to us than the cause of life. [applause]
so thank you. your hard work is the victory that we have sought for decades. this is one example. the house we have passed micah's law which would ban abortion at 20 weeks when the unborn babies can feel and recognize pain. you know why we did back? we shine the price when they are standing up for those who are suffering in protecting those who cannot protect themselves. [applause] but beyond that, beyond the policies and initiatives you have built this beautiful pro-life movement. the movement based on love a movement based on dignity and inclusion. i try to honor this work by inviting kathy dicarlo to be one of my guests at this year state of the union. you need to meet kathy dicarlo. as a nurse in brooklyn the
hospital the he worked at is one that forced her to assist in late-term abortion, forced her to do it. because of her belief she of course objected and the hospital threatened her with disciplinary action. kathy dicarlo stood strong patient in given it she fought for the religious rights of this country guaranteed her pick the hospital changes policy and now is a nationwide advocate for religious freedom standing up for what others in the medical industry say is an unjust dilemma. those are the kinds of people that america produces and we need to keep standing up for our constitutional rights to religious freedom and conscience as we think about the people who inspire us we have to remember that there are those who want to strip away her accomplishments.
after a member that's why this year's midterm elections are so important. we know how hard we have worked for the majority and how we are going to keep this election but we cannot let this opportunity slip away. we are going to keep racking up winds but they want to take it all away. democrats have promised to pursue a far left agenda to jeopardize our agenda. so many elections we are with them. we won the white house in 2015 and now we need to build on that we need this coalition to meet that challenge. [applause] >> that's where er. people in this room know we put
the same energy and defending our principles of past years i know we will succeed. from the right side and of all pr people who are better off because of it. it's really simple. let's get to work. that's when the selection process continuing our mission to bring more opportunity more prosperity and more freedom to this country that we all care about so passionately and finally as a person with watch this movement and grew up in this movement it's exciting. thank you. we all have taken on a vocation to make america better and we each generation has this responsibility. ..
>> today russian president putin held his annual question-and-answer session in moscow. for about five hours, he answered a series of questions from the public via telephone, video call, satellite and social media. during this one-hour portion, mr. putin answered questions on relations with the west, russian troops in syria, and updates on the new 12 mile bridge. >> translator: this year we have a lot more questions about the relationship between russia and the west. i should say it's not only about some alarming feelings but also about the feelings of