tv House Republican Leaders News Conference CSPAN June 26, 2018 7:28pm-7:51pm EDT
friday, with the conversation with the chief justice of the united states, john roberts from the judicial conference of the 4th circuit live friday at 3:30 p.m. eastern on c-span. c-span.org, or listen on the free c-sn radio app. at a press conference today, house speaker paul ryan spoke about the vote expected later this week on a compromise immigration proposal. he also called on democratic representative maxine waters to apologize for encouraging people to protest trump administration officials. this is about 20 minutes.
>> good morning, everyone. with lower taxes and fewer regulations, our economy is built for growth. 95% of manufacturers are optimistic about the future. 95%. it's the highest number ever. in washington state our average wages have increased the highest amount in ten years. 54% of americans are saying that the economy is either good or excellent. it's the highest number from a recent cnbc survey. for families and small businesses, who are no longer overtaxed, overregulated, they have hope. they have hope for a better life because of our booming economy. and they also are hopeful that america is safe and secure. you've heard me say it before. but in order for america to be a diplomatic power, we have to be
a military power. to be a military power, you hav to be an economic power. that's why it's all related. and having a stronger economy is allowing us to take the steps to rebuild our military. the peoples house this week is advancing funding priorities that will provide for our national defense, give our troops the highest pay increase they have seen in nine years. it is our priority to rebuild the military, restore readiness and keep america safe. i've invited the chair of the defense appropriations subcommittee to join us today. she represents naval air station joint reserve base in fort forth texas. -- fort worth texas. thank you chairwoman granger for being with us. >> i appreciate it very much. you are talking about military power and that's what this is all about in the defense bill. in the last defense bill, we began the process of rebuilding our military.
we did that by meeting with the joint chiefs with the secretary of defense and saying what do we need to do to rebuild this? we did that in the last bill. we can't to build on that in this bill, readiness being the most important thing. the equipment you will see in this bill came directly from the secretary of dedefense who said this is what we need. this is the amount we need. this is the date we need them. and we have that there. the support for the troops is also extremely important. we have a 2.6% raise for them. it's a small amount. it's a pat on the back to say you are doing a great job, and there's what's so important. as we do this, as i said, we listen to those military leaders and said what do we need to do? we took the first step. this is a multi-step process, to rebuild our military. but i know we can do that. we had 6600 requests for members about what they saw in their districts and overall what the
needs were, and we tried to meet those needs in every way possible. they are very aware of what's necessary and the votes are there. we expect to have a good strong support in this. looking at job base as well as military strength, and i'm proud the bill, and i think those who voted for it will be proud of it too. any questions? >> we will give you that opportunity. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> we have another busy week at the capital and addressing a number of issues that are important to getting this country back on track and addressing serious problems that we're facing. as kay granger just talked about, this department of defense appropriations bill is critically important to our nation's security and defense, and it is a bill we will be voting on later today. i look forward to a strong vote. it is a bill everybody should be voting for. it meets one of our basic
constitutional responsibilities, for congress, and that is to provide for our nation's defense. what's really important is we are finally addressing the neglect that we have seen over the years to our nation's defense. this is something president trump has emphasized, rebuilding our nation's military. just last week, we had another plane fall out of the sky. just think about this. in america, the united states of america's military almost once a month now we're seeing a plane fall out of the sky in training exercises. and in many cases, we're losing men and women that are in those planes that are dying because the department of defense hasn't had the tools that they need to provide basic equipment and supplies for planes. last year we saw almost by a 3 to 1 ratio more deaths by men and women in uniform from combat training exercises than we saw in actual combat. by a 3 to 1 margin. this is something that needs to be addressed, it's been needing
to be addressed for a long time and we're finally addressing it with this bill. i hope as we pass it in the house we see the senate act quickly on this bill too. i'm glad yesterday the senate voted by a large margin 86 to 5 to pass appropriations bills this house has already moved. we are finally seeing a working appropriations process, i think that's important for this country. we're going to address other issues on immigration. on the president's request, we have a bill that actually funds the wall, provides real border security which we have been needing for a long time, for decades in fact, deals with so many of the interior problems where secretary nielsen can't even properly defend and frankly she can't even deport people that are felons that get out of prison, felons in this country that came here illegally. so this is a bill that's critically important that we will be moving and working with our members on the details of that bill. finally i want to talk about
civility in our discourse. and w saw again over the weekend some more inciteful comments from colleagues. look i know first-hand we've got to be real careful about how we discuss our differences. the great part of america is we can discuss our differences freely and openly. it is one of the things our founders set up. i mean it is part of the 1st amendment. but we also have a responsibility to make sure that as we're discussing our disagreements we're not trying to incite others to violence. and that's i think where the real fine line needs to be. nobody should be inciting harassment or violence of any sort, just because we disagree with each other on issues. we've got a great battlefield of ideas, where we can actually discuss our disagreements publicly but we've got to do it in a civil way, where we respect the differences of opinion, and we have elections, and in the case of congress, every two years we get to go to the voters
and state our case, and that's the place where those disagreements need to be discussed. >> good morning. as the whip talked about, we've got a very big week, coming off a big week last week, week and a half of doing opioids bills more than 50 of them, passing the floor, passing the farm bill, this week we have a big week with dod and the whip brought in a special guest. did you want to introduce your special guest? >> i have my daughter here this week. >> stand up and say hi to everybody. >> dad knows best there. i want to thank kay granger she has dedicated her career on building our military, making sure we're prepared so our men and women have exactly what they need to be protected. we have watched during the last administration, during sequester, our military get cut 20%.
but we watched the world become more dangerous, and what we're doing now with the dod appropriation bill that is moving through, we are rebuilding it. as she talked about, it is a pay raise 2.6%, the highest pace -- highest pay increase in more than nine years. looking at the readiedness, restoration and modernization programs. we have to be innovative in this process and a continually changing world. we want to make sure we are protected the world is safe and our troops have every protection they need as we move forward. one thing i found also that we're doing this week is modernizing a 30-year-old bill that also ties in to our military making sure from theft but also for the future that we're keeping innovation here in america and protecting that innovation at the same time. as the whip talked about, we will deal with immigration as well this week as we're continuing to move forward. each week that we continue to progress, just as our conference chair talked about, you see
economics improvement. i think it is very important that we think about that for one moment. i've told you once before, in the last 49 years, in america, unemployment has only been below 4% seven months. you know what two of those seven months were? the last two months we lived through, april and may. we're putting an economic time in a much better place for the future. this helps us solve many more problems, but what's most importantly, it gives the opportunity for the next generation and makes sure the next century is america's. >> as you also know, we just hit the six month milestone after tax reform and i'm sure that's mostly what you are reporting on these days. i just want to say just how far we've come in a brief period of time. wages are rising. unemployment remains low. people are feeling confident again. it is just what the majority leader said, that the kind of economic turnaround that we have
seen since tax reform exceeded our expectations and we've been working on this issue for decades. after tax reform, our top priority was to rebuild our military. the chief architects of rebuilding our military is chairwoman kay granger. we needed to address a very serious readiness crisis in the country that was costing us american lives. we were able to secure the biggest funding increase in defense spending in 15 years. with this defense funding bill, we are putting these promises into action. we are starting a new era for our military. this bill invests in training. it invests in equipment. it provides funding for modern systems so that our military is best equipped for the challenges we face in 21st century warfare, new challenges, tough challenges. this is about ensuring that our armed forces after years of being hollowed out can operate on the cutting edge with agility and efficiency. this defense bill gives our servicemembers their biggest pay
raise in nine years. what our troops do is nothing short of remarkable. they have our greatest admiration, and this raise is well deserved. we want the men and women who wear our uniform to always, always have what they need to fulfill their missions and to take care of their families. so we are keeping promises that we have made. we are doing in office what we said we would do in the campaign in 2016. through our policies, whether it's bolstering our economy, or strengthening our defense we are reinforcing america's leader ship throughout the world. assume you have a lot of questions about the defense bill? chad? >> [inaudible].
>> well, obviously i typically don't think that the speaker of the house has to get involved every time we have a legitimate document request from the executive brancho the legislative branch. i got involved a week ago. and since that we have had compliance coming forth from the doj. now the question is, will all the requests be honored this week? i think they are going to be very honored very very soon. we had them working through the weekend to deal with completing the document requests that our committees have made among the department of justice. there are technical issues involved. it is literally computer search terms and things like that. we do expect full compliance very very soon. and if we do not get that, then we're going to keep every single option available to us, because again, the legislative branch has a constitutional duty to do oversight over the executive branch. that is what we're doing. we have gotten more documents in the past week than we have gotten in weeks and months.
so we've got a lot to sift through, and by the way, what you learn from the ig is what we're seeing in our investigation. bias, we are seeing all of these things and we have to run down every one of these leads so we can bring transparency and accountability to the executive branch. >> [inaudible]. >> right. >> [inaudible]. >> 3 billion dollars? we have put more money in opioids than any congress has in the history of this country. >> i heard the opposite. [inaudible] >> this is the second funding. we did one in 2015 and followed up with appropriations and now we're doing these bills which also has the very big pay. you have never seen a legislative assault on the opioid epidemic like you have seen with this congress. 48 bills i think it was?
we put them into one bill. we wanted to make it easy for the senate to pass it. we know the senate takes time to do anything. we took all these bills from our members with huge bipartisan vote, put it in one bill to make it easy for the senate to get it done. we are excited and confident that we can get our hands around this real crisis that is affectiaffect ing our community, the opioid crisis. the funding for this crisis is unprecedented >> you repeatedly pointed to harley davidson with the tax reform, now they are moving jobs overseas. c congress has policy to affect trade policy. is congress going to do anything to affect that policy? >> i don't think tariffs are the right way to go. i think they are basically taxes. what ended up happening you get escalating tariffs or taxes. we did tax reform to make it easier for businesses to keep
manufacturing in america and not exporting overseas. with taxes like tariffs some companies make overseas in order to penetrate foreign markets. that's why we want to lower those barriers. they are unfair trading practices no two ways about it by other countries. i think it is in our interest to use other tools to go after those unfair trading practices, to stop companies or countries from dumping, from cheating, from stealing, from doing theft and the rest, but i think there are better tools than tariff increases. >> [inaudible]. also the supreme court just upheld the president's travel ban. [inaudible]. >> the ruling came out this morning? i haven't had a chance to look at that because i have been in
conference this whole time. >> [inaudible]. >> let me read the ruling and get back to you. >> mr. speaker, there are a number of children that are still separated from their parents. what's the plan? obviously we addressed this in the bill we're bringing to the floor wednesday. we've made it extremely clear. we want to keep families together, and we want to secure the border and enforce our laws. our government because of a court ruling or a law should not be forced to choose between keeping families together and securing the border and enforcing our laws. we should be able to do all of those, and that's the legislation that we're supporting and proposing. >> [inaudible]. >> i want to get through the first wednesday vote because i want to lean into that vote and do as well as we possibly can on that vote, and then if that doesn't succeed, then we will cross that bring. the last thing i want to do is undercut a vote on what is a great consensus bill we're putting on the floor wednesday. susan? >> how do you respond to conservative critics who say you really didn't work hard enough on that bill, 193 votes and they
say you want to -- [inaudible]. >> we spent six months in listening session after listening session on that bill. there hardly is another legislative effort that we put as much effort into it than getting that bill over the finish line. it is getting those last 20 or 30 votes are the hardest. we have been whipping this thing since february. >> [inaudible]. do you feel like both sides are negotiating in good faith? what can be learned from this whole exercise? >> i think both sides are negotiating in good faith. it's been productive meetings. we have a big conference with big different views and districts, and the president was communicating his frustration with the senate, and that's what some of our members communicated, the same frustration which is we get something through the house and you will still need at least nine democrat votes to break
filibuster. that's frustrating to our members because obviously this is something that can be filibustered and they expect would be filibustered. but having said all of that, rachel, i think what we're having -- what we have here is the seeds of consensus that will be gotten to hopefully now but if not later. the supreme court is going to rule on this issue. they will rule on daca eventually. the president, the past president obama exceeded his authorities. we believe that he should not have been able to do this. and at the end of the day, the president -- this president laid out a smart plan very reasonable his four pillars, and what this compromise does is address those four pillars on how to solve this problem. so i think hopefully sooner rather than later, ultimately we're going to arrive on fixing this broken immigration system by addressing these four pillars, dealing with daca in a smart way, going toward a merit based immigration system, and securing the border, securing the rule of law. he was just asking us about opioids and all the opioid
issues. yeah, yeah, thank you very much. he was addressing opioids. you know one of the biggest problems we've got with opioids? we've got heroin cheap heroin coming over the southern border from mexican drug cartels. we need to secure our borders. if only to stop all these drugs from going into our kids' high schools. so this is very very important. and i do think at the end of the day, you're going to see a four pillar-like compromise that is going to address this issue. hopefully it is now. if not it will be later. >> [inaudible]. >> catch and release? no. >> [inaudible]. >> imagine if we do what the democrats are suggesting, which is to tell the world you can just come to this country, we're not going to have closed borders. we should not have to be in a situation where we're saying separate families or secure the
border. we should be able to keep families together and secure the border and enforce our laws. it is ridiculous to think that we have to choose between families staying together and securing our border and enforcing our laws. one more thing i want to say and add to what steve said about congresswoman waters. there's no place for this. she obviously should apologize. when we in this democracy are suggesting that because we disagree with people on political views, on policy views, on philosophical views that we should resort to violence and harassment and intimidation? that's dangerous for our society. it's dangerous for our democracy. she should apologize and there's no place for that in our public discourse. thank you. [inaudible conversations]
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