tv House Minority Leader Kevin Mc Carthy News Conference CSPAN May 23, 2019 11:46am-12:01pm EDT
on reducing robo calls at 12:45 eastern. still waiting on word on a disaster relief bill. we are waiting on house minority leader kevin mccarthy's weekly press conference. this is live coverage on c-span2. [inaudible conversations] >> good morning. you may have plans this weekend across america. there will be cookouts and barbecues but i ask everybody to spend a moment on what memorial day is about. it is about the men and women in uniform who give the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. ronald reagan said freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. we didn't pass it to our
children, it must be fought for and protected. the benefit of this country for generation to generation of those who wear the uniform to defend us, those who gave the alternate sacrifice. this weekend, those who are out celebrating their freedoms, take a moment to remember those and make sure they will never be forgotten. i just watched part of the speaker's press conference. we should not be leaving. and finish the supplemental disaster relief, something we've been working on for quite some time. i applaud mitch mcconnell for saying he will not let the senate leave. and look to this majority in this house, we can't point to one problem we have solved.
the idea we believe as others going through disaster and i watch my thoughts and prayers to missouri and a devastated tornado. the one thing that should not be partisan is we should make sure this government is there for them in this time of need and we should work forward. i have a real concern with what transpired on the floor this week. the same thing that happened last week. there are moments in time that i believe all-america becomes proud of this house. those moments in those committees where we find every republican and every democrat find common ground. we watch that the for energy and commerce, ways to lower drug prices. we found three bills that would give america more options, liberty actual cost of free scription drugs and pass the committee unanimously. before it got to committee, democrat majority leadership changed the bill, put a poison
pill in it which will never become law. today we just witnessed something very similar. ways and means committee worked together to find common ground when it came to pensions. every republican and every democrat voted for it. but the special interests won out. they changed the bill before it came to the floor. we are familiar with 529 accounts that allow us to save money for our kids college but it also allows you to do more. pay for the books, pay for college exams. it would also help to have a child with a disability. but the special interests decided that was wrong. the special interests decided that should be removed from the bill. i'm not sure why the speaker would treat the chairman of ways and means that way or the whole committee itself. we found a moment of time they could all come together but as i said before this is not the same democratic party we found in the past. it has become a new socialist democratic party and there are three things i learned from
this, allowing special interests to remove the idea that you could not help your own children. democrats want institutions, not individuals be the focus of their education funding. they want partisan interests, not parents, to decide how children learn and they want the federal government, not families, to have control of their money. when i watch the leadership of this new socialist democratic party, some things really concern me. if we are serious about solving problems, the actions of the speaker were irresponsible. you had on schedule for a number of weeks to have a follow-up meeting with the president to talk about infrastructure, to come to a solution. what do you do right before the meeting? you schedule a special conference of the majority to talk about impeachment. you walk out of the microphone and claimed the president is
covering something up. that same day, the speaker questioned all republicans both to the constitution. this is irresponsible. this is not a way to govern. the speaker and i will disagree philosophically but i would never question her oath. the idea that how long and how many years we have gone through the investigation, time to put that aside. even something as easy, that unites republicans and democrats, helping parents direct their own children education, don't we all believe education is the great equalizer regardless where you come from, give everybody an opportunity to show special interests over all the members of the committee who agreed? to me that was irresponsible as well. we can do better. the first action we should take to show we can do better, we should call the house back in.
we should stay here, finish the supplemental disaster and show the american public that we can govern. it shouldn't be leaving this weekend. >> the action of the president - >> i think the actions of the speaker to call a special meeting. they did not have a conference that day. it was not scheduled during that day. she put out a notice to all members to notify them to come to talk about impeachment. she walked before the microphone and claimed something we just spend years showing is not true. she has some information mueller did not have? that all the fbi agents did not find? hundreds of witnesses they went through? this is the same action we found that adam schiff lying to the american public for two years.
the idea as a speaker of the united states congress would walk out and claim something that was not true right before she went to meet with the president, to me that is irresponsible. >> even if it got under his skin he is the president. shouldn't he comport himself better on important issues like infrastructure? >> the president has been working on infrastructure. he just had a meeting with all the democrats. he said yes, let's do an infrastructure bill. he said let's have that other meeting. he did nothing different except exactly what he said he would do, that he would meet and come to a solution. it was the speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, who called a special meeting of the entire majority of her party to meet just about impeachment on grounds we cannot find and to walk to a microphone and claim something that is not true, by a speaker of the united states
congress, that is irresponsible. >> do you agree the president should be working on infrastructure and other bills while democrats are investigating? >> i know what the president is focused on and wanting to do. he wants to focus on us mca. think for one moment what the criteria people laid out to actually vote for us mca, the president negotiated with canada and mexico and came to an agreement, he met with both sides of the house. there were ideas what people said they need done. democrats laid out something almost impossible for the president to do. they asked that mexico change their own labor laws, something the president doesn't have a vote on our ability to do and you know what happened? that took place. they also requested that the president take away the steel tariffs on canada and mexico.
those milestones have been set. i think the president has done a lot. let's make the economy stronger. we are in an economy that has been our strongest in the last 50 years and could be stronger. >> is congress broken if they can't get it deal done? >> i have real concerns about this new democrat socialist party. the idea that they change bills and leadership pics and changing them after they come out of committee unanimously, i cannot -- name me one problem they have solved. name me one item they have focused on. one item they focused on, the impeachment of the president. even when the facts aren't there. it even comes down to the fact that if you watch chairman nadler when he was running to become chairman, his campaign platform, he would be the best chairman for impeachment. that is what he put and sense to all the democratic members on why they should vote for him for chairman and you know what? we are beyond that. the report answered that question and we should move on. i think the majority is broken. they cannot govern.
>> circulating -- [inaudible question] -- >> do you agree with that? >> i haven't read those talking points. i have not seen them. i've been clear in my position. my position is the same as ronald reagan's and donald trump. i believe in the exemption. i am pro-life. i think the most precious gift god gives us his life. that is what i have been voting on. i'm also concerned about what i see on the other side. the idea that a child survives an abortion, what do democrats want to have happen? the child dies. infanticide. the idea that new york, the
governor of virginia has said that. we have a discharge petition in the house. that is the one mechanism, 218 votes, 218 signatures, you could have a vote on the floor to stop that. i would not think we would have to have that vote but we do. today marks the 50th day on this floor that we have asked unanimous consent to bring that bill up, to protect that child that may survive an abortion. that to me is concern. >> house judiciary passed a bill -- in june, infrastructure conference about one way or another on that. >> that is in the bill. the conference will look at them and walk through. we believe we have a very big crisis. i believe all-america understands we have a crisis on
the border. even the new york times wrote an editorial about the crisis on the border. the only individuals in this country who do not believe we have a crisis on the border happen to be those democrat serving in congress. may be part of the hangup of getting a disaster bill is making sure the funding for part of what individuals, happening along this border today, crisis, the new york times even said funding should come forward but again democrats have withheld -- >> you think the basic idea of a dream act for dreamers -- >> i believe our overall immigration system is broken and that is why last congress we brought two different immigration bill to the floor but not one democrat voted for them. this is a problem. we've got to secure the border, fall the challenge, make sure this land is a land of immigrants and continues to be that and it will be an overall bill that immigration reform can get done.
>> you know the president well, he wants to have them impeach him because he benefits? is that his goal? >> i think that is irresponsible of the speaker to say. remember what office she has. remember what position the speaker is in line to become president. to have that kind of conversation is irresponsible. she knows better than that. she knows the president does not want that. she knows the president wanted to work on an infrastructure bill to make the economy continue to be strong. the president didn't have a meeting of a bunch of members of congress talk about impeachment, the speaker did. the president didn't go to a microphone and claim speaker pelosi was covering something up. the speaker did. for the idea to continue to say that to the american public is irresponsible. >> with their have been support
for an infrastructure package? has that discussion move forward on your side of the aisle? >> we will see what the plan would be but there is a desire to do infrastructure. i continue to be amazed at this new socialist democratic party that even when you have both sides agree in committee unanimously. a senator: madam president. the presiding officer: the senator from tennessee. mrs. blackburn: thank you, madam president. yesterday tennesseans were really filled with a bitter sweet pride as president trump awarded posthumously the public safety officer medal of valor to a heroic tennessean, sergeant verdel smith. his watch with the memphis police department ended on june 4, 2016, and on that day an armed gunman stole a car and